Digging the Local
by Mat Weir
Hot damn has it been a crazy month! Record Store Day and the ensuing aftermath has kept us all crazy busy here at the store. Add to that four other jobs, one insane (now ex) “friend with benefits,” jangled nerves, an impatience for boredom and a taste for weird life experiences at ungodly hours after the bars close and you get glimpse into my madness.
April was also a frenzied month for consignment inventory, with nine different new additions to our stock. It might be a little late, but this list is guaranteed to have a least one item that’ll tickle your pickle.
Written and illustrated by local artist, James Reitano, it’s a semi-autobiographical work about a graffiti artist growing up in a small, seaside town. All you locs will recognize Santa Cruz landmarks throughout the pages and you might even see a familiar name or three. Maybe it’s your buddy’s older sibling who you thought was always kinda lame or that guy on the corner who always bums change. Reitano has already made several issues, each with its own, unique mix CD–created by his friends–for a multi-sensory experience in nostalgia.
Simpler is better, especially when telling someone to go fuck themselves. Just ask poet Jorie Henrickson, the local author of Fukiu: Seventeen Syllables of Sarcasm, Scorn and Spite. In the most minimal ways, she takes on every issue from Monsanto to jay-walking students with a sharp tongue and deadly wit. For instance, take this lovely little tome about housemates: “My food is not your food. I now lick it all. Go to the fucking store.”
CONTINUUM — THE HYPOTHESIS
Featuring members of Decrepit Birth, Sons of Aurelius, Flesh Consumed and Deeds of Flesh, Hypothesis is the debut from the Santa Cruz technical death metalheads. Both the band’s and album’s names pay homage to Georg Cantor’s 1898 theory on multiple layers of infinity. Needless to say, The Hypothesis is packed with mind-bending guitars and layers of time changes tinted with science fiction flavor to get your hair windmilling.
DEARLY DIVIDED – S/T
Oakland’s melodic punk quartet, Dearly Divided, might only be two years old but they’ve already cut their teeth in the punk scene. Their self-titled debut and live shows earned them much due respect throughout the Bay and beyond. If you like NoFX, Jawbreaker, Pennywise and other late 80s-early ‘90s punk, then Dearly Divided is the updated sound you’ve been looking for.
Oakland born and San Francisco livin’ rapper San Quinn has been in the business since age 12 when he first opened up for 2Pac and the Digital Underground. Since then, he has been on the grind, constantly hustling new albums and rhymes. Whether it’s his solo project or his work with the Bay Area group, Get Low Playaz, whenever San Quinn plays it’s guaranteed to be sold-out. We just re-upped on a couple of his solo albums and a few comps he’s featured on. Get at yer boy!