Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 : Epilogue

To round out the year we've got a couple of treats for you.

Saturday, December 27th
O'Brien's Pub, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
9:30-close. Free. 21+. Full Band.

New Year's Eve
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd. 92268
Free & all ages. 7:30pm-close
Dinner reservations are closed, but there you can still order the full menu from the bar.
And there will be plenty of room in the pool hall and on the dance floor.
Champagne toast at midnight.

New Year's Eve at P&H 2014. Photos by Katie Stratton...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PCB 15 Year Anniversary Month : Saturday at Mrs. Fish in Downtown Los Angeles

Saturday, December 20th
Mrs. Fish, 448 South Hill St. 90013
8-10pm. Free
After us will be the band Tulips.

This is a brand new swanky spot downtown.
They have a giant aquarium.

We are playing early enough there should be no problem getting in.
Bring your snorkel gear.

word to the booty monster

PCB 15 year anniversary note...
In the summer of 1999, I had graduated college and I had a little leeway from my beyond forgiving parents before it was time for me to get a job.
During college, I'd read 10 hours a day. I'd play basketball the other 3. It was an idyllic situation. Every Thursday, I worked it out that I could spend an hour or 2 writing songs. Previous to this and since then, there were no parameters on my so-called art. I would and will write all the goddamn time.
My thinking was, I really wanted to take in that knowledge and graduate from UCLA for whatever that is/was worth. So, those boundaries were self-imposed.
Anyway, I would use all the words I learned from reading all those books with a dictionary sitting beside me and my little soul mate, Candy the toy poodle, sleeping on my lap as my study partner, and write a song.
Every Thursday at 4pm. They were very erudite. And pretty dang good. But a little forced.
So like I was saying, I had been writing all these songs. Everyone kept asking me what I was gonna do with my life.
I finagled a little 3-4 month window where I was working part-time trying to figure it out.
In secret during the Summer of 1999, I played every open mic night in LA pretty much. Several nights a week.
After a couple weeks, I started to know everyone.
And I started to realize that I was only there for myself. Because everyone else was.
And I had the most terrible stage fright. It was crippling. Slowly I got over it. Still working on that.
I dove in head first. Into the shallow end of the swimming pool.
In those couple months, I met this dude name "Eric Swan-in." That's how he spelled his name when he scrawled his # illegibly on a napkin. He said if I ever needed a bass player, he would love to be in my band.
Band? I never had a band, but I needed one.
Then we met a drummer, Jon "Beachfoot" Weil. And in December of 1999, we got our first show as the PCB on a Sunday night at Canter's Kibitz Room.
Long story short, me & Dutch have played about 1200 shows together.
It's been a couple years since he was 'in the band' because he's been working on other projects, but last week he joined us on the guitar up in one of our favorite dives in Bakersfield.
Why don't we just call it the 15 year anniversary month of the PCB for all of December?
Let's do that.
Wow! We made it. In so many ways. Artistically. As friends. As brothers. Musicians. Arch-nemeses. Co-conspirators. Enablers. Lovers. Alive. We done way better than like 99% of bands. And we're still here to make fun of each other and steal each other's songs. So. Like I said we kinda made it. Not like Jay-Z or even Ryan Adams.
But we have so many great friends that we have met over these last 15 years to share it all with. Jonny Niemann your 10 year anniversary is coming up.

The celebration continues at Mrs. Fish on Saturday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I played at the Hollywood Bowl : Bakersfield on Saturday (Dutch is coming, look out!)

So I played the Hollywood Bowl the other day.
The show went from 3pm until 5:03pm. At one point a guy walked through with his 2 dogs.
Otherwise, it was just me and Stephen Albanese who was filming and taking stills...
Click here to check out a little video.

Also, Dutch will be joining us for a trip to scenic Bakersfield!
Saturday, December 13th
Texas 28, 1517 Eighteenth St. Bakersfield, CA 93301

Next LA show will be 12/20 at a new bar in downtown called Mrs. Fish.
It is "pretty swank" in a rock n' roll kinda way.

12/27 O'Brien's!

New Year's Eve at Pappy & Harriet's dinner reservations are now full. But they have the full menu available at the bar and in the pool room. So don't be scared. Come fill up that dance floor and rock in to 2015.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Lucky 13: For The Coachella Valley Independent

In  anticipation of our New Year's Eve show at Pappy & Harriet's, I did a little interview for the Coachella Valley Independent.

The Los Angeles-based Paul Chesne Band is a regular at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. After playing there at the Campout with Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker in September, the Paul Chesne Band will return to Pappy’s for New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit or; to make reservations for the Pappy’s New Year’s Eve bash, get details at Paul Chesne was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13.
What was the first concert you attended?
The Jacksons’ Victory Tour at Dodger Stadium, in December 1984. I was wearing the Thriller jacket and a sequined glove.
What was the first album you owned?
The first cassette I got was Air Supply’s Greatest Hits. My older sister made fun of me, but it was the only (tape) I had, so I listened to it over and over. I don’t think I’ve listened to it since. The first two CDs I got were Paul Simon’s Graceland and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Black Sabbath, Kip Boardman, Nancy Sinatra, Ramsay Midwood, and First Aid Kit.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
The Foo Fighters. They are doing everything right. I love what I’ve seen of Sonic Highways; we had talked about doing something similar on a smaller scale among my circle of musicians, but Dave Grohl trumped us. I just don’t get their music. It’s rock ’n’ roll; it’s smart, and I should love it, but I just don’t.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I’d love to have seen Elvis in Vegas. That would’ve probably been righteously and offensively decadent. Plus, he had a killer band with James Burton, Jerry Scheff and the Sweet Inspirations. As a bonus, (I’d have loved) to have been invited to one of the legendary spontaneous late-night gospel sessions they had. I remember several years ago listening to some of that stuff when I had eaten some psychedelics, and feeling close to God or something.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Barbra Streisand.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I love Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and I like the Greek Theatre (in Los Angeles).
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Right now, I have this obscure country song by Linda Martell stuck in my head, “Color Him Father.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
When Dwight Yoakam parted ways with his band a little more than 10 years ago, he hired a bunch of guys out of the local L.A. scene. Those guys, like Mitch Marine, Dave Roe and Josh Grange, ended up being a huge part of directly changing my musical career by helping me record my first real album, and have played live with me countless times. I have met tons of amazing people through them. I owe them a lot. Also: the rock ’n’ roll band The Vacation, which was signed to American Recordings by Rick Rubin for a while. I went to see them play probably at least 50 times. I learned a ton from watching their lead singer, Ben Tegel, taunt an audience. The rest of the band has been in my band at some point for a number of years. Many of my players have played with them.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’d ask Debbie Harry, in 1978: “Can we have sex?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Dropkick Me Jesus,” by Bobby Bare.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
James Brown, Live at the Apollo 1962.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Offshore Bank Accounts,” by Paul Chesne.
Coachella Valley Independent.

Monday, November 10, 2014

PC3 Celebrate the Desert party Friday in Joshua Tree & Acoustic Big Red Sunday In Venice

Make your reservations now for New Year's Eve with the PCB at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the California Desert Conservation Act by the US congress and signed into law by President Clinton which ensures the preservation of Death Valley and Joshua Tree along with the Mojave desert.

To honor this lovely occasion PC3 are playing 
Friday November 14th
Joshua Tree Welcome Center 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
This event is free and open to the public.
Come celebrate the desert with us! One of my most favorite and beautiful places on the planet Earth.

Also, Big Red Sunday November 16th
Acoustic for Lacey Kay Cowden's Album Release with Matt Ellis
560 Rose Ave. 90291
$10 suggested donation. That comes with food cooked by one of LA's top chefs, Brian Dunsmoor, libations by El Segundo Brewery, 2 punch bowls full of booze like a high school party, and music by the aforementioned local heoes.
I go on at 4pm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mojave Rattle Skaters Roller Derby Bout in Joshua Tree Saturday

Saturday November 8th we're playing the Mojave Rattle Skaters roller derby team season closer at
Brehm Sports Park 56620 Little League Dr. Yucca Valley, CA
$5 at the door.

And then we play the after party at...
Kokopelli's Kantina at 10pm
57154 29 Palms HwyYucca Valley, CA 92284

Paul Chesne Band's Fan Box