Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tonight's Setlist: Happily Destructive, Deliciously Dark. Also, Math.

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2015 at 9:06 AM

click image The Hip Joint via FB
  • The Hip Joint via FB

If sexy sells, then The Hip Joint should be among the 1 percent by now. The band is unleashing its epic boogieness at the Jambalaya along with the Bay Area's hard-swinging soulsters Royal Jelly Jive at the Jambalaya. Hip Jointster Tofu Schwartz suggests to attendees, "Let's tear up the floors!" and means it literally.

"Seriously," he continues, "this is the last night before they put in new floors at the Jam."

You heard the man. Cover is $5, show is 21-and-over.


The folks at Six Rivers Brewery have a lot to celebrate — the opening of a new heated patio, for one, and a special gig by The Pine Box Boys, for another. It's also the release party for Prester John's Six Feet Under Scotch Ale and it starts at 6 p.m., both good things.

If you're unsure if this is right for you, maybe refer to fan Scotty Appleford's comment on the event page: "Most events in Humboldt are either feel good fundraisers or hippie BS. This right here is for those of us who need a break from DJ so and so and white dudes with Jamaican accents." Personally, I enjoy a good DJ so-and-so, but totally agree on the Ja-fake-an front. Be warned, the Pine Box Boys, as the name implies, are practitioners — skilled ones — of the traditional murder ballad genre.

(This is not to be confused with "murder music," a term referring to the homophobic and violence-advocating lyrics found in the songs of certain Jamaican musicians, notably Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Capleton, all of whom were the subject of much controversy during their respective Humboldt appearances.)

For those unfamiliar with the "murder ballad" genre, the story-songs have been around at least since the Renaissance, according to music historians, emerging in Europe and traditionally relating true stories — longtime UK music journalist Paul Slade describes them as "tabloid newspapers set to music, carrying news of all the latest 'orrible murders to an insatiable public."

From the London "gallows ballads" of the 1700s to "Stagger Lee" — the first lyrics for which were written in 1903, the tune's been performed by Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, The Clash, Bob Dylan and Nick Cave (and probably others!) — to modern day tracks such as The Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl," Gillian Welch's "Caleb Meyer" and, well, we could go on and even start to examine how hip-hop potentially revolutionized murder ballads — but look, just go to the show, then share your thoughts,

Cover is $5, show is 21-and-over.


Here's a practice problem: If x = rhythmically complex and y = guitar-based and a = experimental rock, then x/y*a = ? Answer: Macktown's math metal Super Demon! At the Alibi, along with the more psychedelic-flavored sounds of The Mother Vines.

Cover is $3, music at 11 p.m., 21-and-over.

Full Setlist here!
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