Monday, November 26, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PCB Bandanas! : Pappy & Harriet's Friday & O'Brien's Pub Saturday

Get your PCB Bandanas at our shows or you can purchase online here.

Friday November 23rd
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Our annual post-Thanksgiving party.
Free & all ages!

Saturday November 24th
O'Brien's Pub, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free. 21+

Our drummer Rich is back from helping clean up his family home in Seaside Heights, New Jersey the last couple weeks. Still a lotta work to do, but it'll be good to have him back. We had a great time playing with Denny Weston, Jr. and Travis Popichak in his stead on drums the last few weeks.

And our old buddy the infamous Dutch is filling for our regular guitarist Josh Norton who's gone back East to visit his family for the holiday weekend.

Gettin' the band back together, again!

Come say hi or heckle or join the party or all three.

Happy Thanksgiving!

gobble gobble.

Last week's lineup at the Basement. (L-R) Niemann, Denny Weston, Jr., PC, Stephen Tegel, Emperor Joshua Norton
PCB Bandanas! They are for sale at our shows or I can mail ya one.
Basement band from last week with some new friends.
This week's band lineup in a pic from 9/20/11 at the Peninsula Hotel. L-R: Dutch, Niems, Berardi, Chez, Mississippi Steve

Monday, November 19, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shows this weekend & Pics of the week

Shows this weekend:
Saturday afternoon November 17
Malibu and Vine Bar & Grille, 901 Encinal Canyon Rd. Malibu, CA
1:30-4pm. 21+. Acoustic duo with Jon Niemann on piano
Saturday night
Basement Tavern from 9pm-close
2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Full Band.
Sunday afternoon
Primitivo Acoustic Brunch, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
$20 bottomless mimosas!
Noon-3. All ages. Acoustic duo with Niemann on piano

Iron Door Saloon Review
Rogue Art Research & Writing Journal
November 5, 2012

Pics of the week:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters, Brothers & Sisters,

I sense a certain distress in the world these days.
Animals and humans alike. Friends... loved ones... The population and the very planet itself.

Let us excise the cancer.
Exorcise the demons.
Open up our hearts.
Cash out.
Walk away.
Whatever it takes.
Galvanize around each other. Around the future. It may look dire. It may look like we're going nowhere. Or worse, backwards.
Let this be the time, when in ten years, we look back and we remember the crossroads of today. Wherever we were. Wherever we find ourselves.
It could be the bottom of the barrel. A stagnation.
Or for all we know. These could be the salad days.
In that case, Relish. Revitalize. Resuscitate. Take it all in. Breathe deep.
Once and for all. Take the wheel, take the reigns. Take your finger off the trigger. Or just take everything and blow it the fuck up. Start from scratch. Only so that we can painstakingly, puzzle piece by puzzle piece, put it all back together. With each other in mind. All connected and absent the negativity. Lay down our arms. And open our hearts.

Let us open our hearts brothers and sisters.

Brothers and Sisters. Now is the time. Seize it with me now. Let us move forward in to a better tomorrow. And finish today off right.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Article About Our Show at Iron Door Saloon on November 3, 2012

Rogue Art Research & Writing Journal
November 5, 2012
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Ceci N'est Pas L'Art
By Michelle Lepori

n. pl. a-nom-a-lies
1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify: "Both men are anomalies: they have... likable personalities but each has made his reputation as a heavy" (David Pauly).
3. Astronomy The angular deviation, as observed from the sun, of a planet from its perihelion.

With the alien eyed deer of Jennybird Alcantara's, Strange Fruit, fresh in mind I drove 20 mph on a two lane half mooned country highway alone. Winding up a cliff to Groveland, California, the signs warned of deer crossings and every once in awhile a monstrous lake would emerge out of the darkness to distract from the road with glimmering waves. The wide spaced eyes of lake folk and their mutant fish tongue after me. I drive with imagery of artist Scott G. Brooks forcing me to stay alert and push on. The merger of reality and fantasy had begun with a Bergamot Station visit to Copro Gallery for the Anomalies show. It was one long journey from LA to Sacramento and then back south to Yosemite.

Nothing like exhaustion and creative saturation to create perfect anomalies. I arrive at the state's oldest bar and rumored once brothel, Iron Door Saloon. It is Friday night and I am here to catch The Paul Chesne Band aka PCB. Stephen Tegel is on bass with his animal, deep from Satan's seed, psychic crow style. Denny Weston Jr. of the Kooks, sits in on drums wearing the mythological Bill Graham’s old party hat. John Niemann plays keys on a stacked Nord Electro 2 with a Korg VK7. From the shadows of stage, hipster Link Wray cowboy, Josh Norton, melanges his Fender Stratocaster with the group. The radio is playing KC and the Sunshine Band, "My Boogie Shoes." They riff off that old disco jam into a musical blend that makes as much sense as a paraplegic boy fishing with a pole for an arm. But it works and it works beautifully. Chesne stares out with the same intensity and face of artist Beau White's, The Angler. "How to Get to Sesame Street" melts into Tears for Fears, "Everybody wants to Rule the World", to a PCB original, "Off Shore Bank Accounts". Their set ranges from “I got Five on it” to "Dream a Little Dream". I heard The Pointer Sisters, Eminem, Adele, The Ghost Busters theme song and a most fitting rendition of "SAIL" by AwolNation. There is no apology.

"Maybe I should cry for help, maybe I should kill myself (myself). Blame it on my A.D.D. baby". Perhaps, but it is the tension of chaotic difference and exaltation that is creating such moving artworks in both gallery and stage performance. Paul Chesne is a hyper intelligent ass clown in a safety orange space suit, who jumps on the bar top with his battered guitar in hand. After several rowdy songs you might think this guy's a menace. But he always seems in control and perfectly observant of the mayhem he seeks to create. I feel I am in on a very good secret. The improvisational and elaborate sound creates an expansion of energy rocketing into outer space with commander and crew. Rap and folk rock classics are interspersed with original works, not only ignoring genre but avoiding the very idea of musical distinction. It is artistic mastery that allows experimentation found at Copro Gallery and PCB to be absorbed and congratulated. These artists are weird, but they are so good. Their uniquity and confidence lends encouragement, I too can pursue my art with reckless abandon. Wherever it leads me. This is why I drove an extra 200 miles in the dark. To lose judgement and watch layers of strange identity be formed with artistic bravado. To watch and emulate that strength of self.

I come home, this time in the daylight. I can see now, though the roads are still windy and misleading. Between the odd paintings and sculptures at Copro Gallery in Bergamot and LA based Paul Chesne band playing Groveland, I am a cultural tumbleweed. I was wowed by the precision and dedication to nose hairs in life sized Beavis and Butthead statues. I danced with a few-toothed young cowboy to Eminem played by a spaceman. As a naturally self conscious person, these artistic experiences taught a compassion for individuality that allowed me joy as I drove alone on unknown roads.

Anomalies at Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station T5
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA
310- 829-2156

The Paul Chesne Band

Iron Door Saloon

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Richie Update & 3 Shows With 3 Intriguing & Different Band Lineups This Week

Our buddy and drummer Rich Berardi's childhoold home and hometown of Seaside Heights, NJ were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. 

He flew there last week and has been helping his family try to cope and get back in. The house is still standing but was flooded under 4 feet of water during the storm. They get to go back for the first time for only a couple of hours on Saturday to get belongings and survey the damage.

Sending Rich, his family and all of our Eastcoasters all of my and the rest of the PCB family's love.

Thanks to all the drummers that have offered to fill in for him and all the love sent his way in this emergency.

Shows this week:
Thursday, November 8th
La Palapa, 4020 E Olympic Plz. Long Beach, CA 90803
6-9pm. Free. Lovely setting on the water. Excellent food and view.
Drummer Travis Popichak will be joining Jon Niemann, Josh Norton and I along with my brother from another mother J-Sonic Jason Chesney on the bass.

Friday, November 9th
The Tavern, 211 E Santa Clara St. Ventura, CA 93006
8-close. Free!

Drummer Denny Weston, Jr. will be joining Jon Niemann, Stephen Tegel, Josh Norton and I.

Saturday, November 10th
Cafe Boogaloo, 1238 Hermosa Ave. 90254. 
9-11pm. Free, 21+

Lineup will include:
Mark "Loveman" Pender on trumpet
Denny Weston, Jr. on drums
Josh Norton on guitar
Mississippi Steve Tegel on the bass

Pics from Yosemite last week...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Yosemite crew

Paul Chesne Band's Fan Box