Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cheap Booze: Thataway!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM


Long gone are the days of having to use the North Star and a sextant to find the nearest happy hour (other people do that, too, right?). NCJ is proud (gleeful, really) to present The Cocktail Compass, a one-click, smartphone app that points you in the booziest direction possible.
Free to download, easy to use and all together super handy, The Cocktail Compass is a necessity for people who want the best deals in the shortest amount of time. That's you, right? Yeah, that's totally you.
Not convinced that The Cocktail Compass is the must-have, clicky-appy thing of the future? Check out this fancy schmancy commercial from Humboldt's favorite video-making superstar, Chuck Johnson.

The NCJ Cocktail Compass is available for free via the iTunes App Store and Android Apps. 
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From the Hum: Out With the Old, Baby!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Whether you loved it or hated it, see 2013 out in style. Choices are plentiful. Here are three highlights to help you plan your good time.

Absynth Quintet "The Freshmaker" Live @ Arcata Theater Lounge - Arcata California from Chad Johnson on Vimeo.

NYE option #1: Male models promise ‘massive ball drop’

Forgive me the digression, dear readers, but I must confess to you a problem: I have a longstanding crush on The Absynth Quintet. I can’t help it. From my initial baptism into the band’s fire-breathing-traveling-gypsy-circus-indie-grass through their modeling debut as Mr. Kitchenaids into their annual NYE gigs at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, I remain starstruck as ever. You’ve got the mad skillz happy joy of Tofu Schwartz on drums. You’ve got the disarmingly laconic string master Ian Davidson on banjo. You’ve got the delightfully unpredictable genius of John Ludington on bass. You’ve got the stunning virtuosic sweetness of Bird Jowaisas on mandolin. You’ve got the almost-annoyingly gifted, slightly twisted Ryan Roberts on guitar. Add them up and as good as each part is, the sum still manages to elevate the band’s sound to another plane. There is nothing not excellent about The Absynth Quintet. You will dance. You will laugh. You will sing along to “Reverend Sam” and rejoice in life. There’s also Liquid Kactus and a free midnight champagne toast and a ball drop and flying sharks. Ring it in for $12 advance (highly recommended and available at the ATL box office and website, and at Wildberries). Doors at 9 p.m.

NYE option #2: Spiked punch at the Jam

The Jambalaya’s enhancing the live music portion of the night – funk rockers Free Rain and Afrobeat enthusiasts Motherlode – with “The Comedy Cocktail,” which is two parts local comics – Joe Deschaine and John McClurg – one part SF comic – Josh Argyle – and one part some other people who will, at least theoretically, also be funny. Ten bucks’ll get you in.

NYE option #3: A sparkling DJtacular

Humboldt Brews hosts the ever-popular Matt’n’Adam, Jaymoorg and King Maxwell turntable experience. The evening is billed as a “champagne celebration,” but the tunes will intoxicate on their own. Also, you will sweat very much. Do it for $10. Doors at 9 p.m.

NYE option #4: Ever-lovin’ honkytonk

Logger Bar. Rooster McClintock. Free. Champagne. 8 p.m. There ya go. Happy New Year, kids.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

From the Hum: Funk and Jazz on a Monday Night

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Why not dance your pants off on a Monday night?

As per usual, The Getdown, hosted by DJ Rickshaw, Brian Swizlo and Pete Ciotti delivers an all-star lineup of HumCo funk for your body-moving pleasure. The magic begins at 7 p.m.

For something a little more chill, drop into the Ultra Secret Good Guys Organization at the Palm Lounge. The acoustic jazz improv trio features percussionist Tamaras Abrams, bassist Danny Gaon and pianist Justin Ross. Another free show! This one starts around 8:30 p.m. 
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Recycle Your Tree

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM


That tree looking a little dry? You've already returned those novelty socks, so recycle your tree before it turns into a sparkly fire hazard. Take Humboldt Waste Management's advice — pluck off all your ornaments and let the folks listed below take the tree off your hands.

From Humboldt Waste Management's press release:


Free drop off at Wes Green’s Mad River Compost Facility, 6360 West End Road from December 26 - Friday, January 31. Open hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arcata High students raising funds will pick up trees curbside for $10, December 26 - Sunday, January 12. Call (707) 822-8325.

Blue Lake

Free drop off at Prasch Hall, near baseball fields, December 26 - Friday, January 10.


Free drop off at HWMA’s Transfer Station, 1059 W. Hawthorne St., December 26 - Sunday, January 12 during open hours. Hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Commercial trees do not apply. Recology picks up trees in Eureka and surrounding county areas January 4 and 11 for $5. Call (707) 442-5711 for an appointment.


Free drop off at the City Barn, Francis St., from December 26 - Friday, January 10. For those who cannot transport trees, place curbside on Friday, January 3 by 2:00 p.m. for pickup by the Ferndale Boy Scout volunteers.


Free drop off at Eel River Disposal’s Transfer Station, 965 Riverwalk Dr., December 26 - Wednesday, January 15. Call (707) 725-5156 for open hours. Don’t have greenwaste pick up? Eel River Disposal collects trees for $12.


Free drop off at Humboldt Sanitation’s Transfer Station, 2585 Central Ave, December 26 - Sunday, January 19. Call (707) 839-3285 for open hours. Arcata High students will collect trees for $15. See details under ‘Arcata.’

Rio Dell

Free drop off at Eel River Disposal’s Transfer Station, 965 Riverwalk Dr., December 26 - Wednesday, January 15. Call (707) 725-5156 for open hours. Eel River Disposal picks up trees curbside for $12.


Free drop off behind Murphy’s Market, December 26 - Friday, January 31.

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From the Hum: Saturday Night (and Day) Action

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Here’s a fun show: Lizzy and the Moonbeams bring their version of speakeasy blues – with a touch of swing – into the Logger Bar. How perfect does that sound? Exactly. Music starts 9 p.m., show is free.

Maybe you need something that starts a little earlier? A gig you can take the children to? (Is school ever going to be back in session?) Try Bradley Dean at Mosgo’s. He’s playing old rock and country at Mosgo’s starting at 4 p.m. It’s free.

On the flipside, you might be looking for a Saturday night that starts late and goes till the wee hours. Squeeze into the SpeakEasy for a dose of “sticky, muddy, sexy, smelly, booty-shakin’ blues” courtesy of Buddy Reed & the Rip It Ups. This gig starts at 10 p.m. 
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Party Planner

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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Start chilling the bubbly for New Year's Eve. Dressed up or down, it's a big night on which you are constitutionally guaranteed to get to first base with somebody at the stroke of midnight.

But before you plan your assault on the party circuit, sort out a designated driver. And let's talk about designated drivers for a moment, because it's not always easy to find someone to willingly eschew the evening's boozy delights, remain hyper-aware of all the liquor-fueled fun and buffoonery, and essentially babysit your drunk ass until it's time to shuttle friends back to their cozy beds.

What we need is an established set of rules. Etiquette, if you will.

The Rights and Privileges of the D.D.

1.) The D.D. position shall be rotated amongst the group (NOT over the course of an evening) so that if you drove to Hops in Humboldt, congratulations, you are not driving New Year's Eve.

2.) The D.D.'s gas tank shall be filled by the passengers at the start of the evening.

3.) The D.D.'s food, including but not exclusive to entrees, miscellaneous fried foods, taco truck offerings, fancy non-alcoholic beverages and breakfast in the wee hours, shall be paid for by the passengers.

4.) The D.D. shall have first crack at any and all hot people over the course of the evening. Any passenger may be called upon to accompany as "wing man/woman." If and only if the D.D. crashes and burns, trailing drinkers may go for it.

5.) The D.D. has full permission to photograph any and all shenanigans, including the above attempt to pick up hot individuals.

6.) Passengers will not complain, grouse, roll eyes or bitch in any way, shape or form because the D.D. is saving your soused skin from costly, legal and potentially tragic consequences.

Now that we have some guidelines, peruse the calendar for the out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new good times to be had. Happy 2014, Humboldt!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

From the Hum: Tart & Sweet

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Keeping up with Chris Parreira’s various projects is no easy task. What is simple fact, however, is this: they’re all good.

Whether getting raucous with The Trouble or lovely with The Lonesome Roses or bringing other artists to town, Parreira is a sure bet.

Start your night early – 6 p.m. – and catch him as one half of the divine Lemon Lemon Cherry out at Mad River Brewing Company. Expect original folk tunes and old traditional songs – hopefully they’ll grace the crowd with their version of “St. James Infirmary Blues.” Free.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

From the Hum: You Survived, Now Go Out and Get Your Party On

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Unless you’re  one of those insane shopping types, you might think the day after Christmas calls for rest and recovery. You would be wrong.

Here are three choices to encourage you to get yourself out of the house – you deserve a break by this point, right?

1. If reggae is your beat, Selectas T Aura, Nobel Tobal and Pozitive Idiaz invite you to join them for Roots and Culture Reggae Night at the Robert Goodman Winery Tasting Room.

2. If jazz is your swing, pop into the Palm Lounge for some sweet tunes from the Shugafoot ensemble.

3. If karaoke’s your groove, get your Van Morrison on at Central Station with DJ Marv. He has a massive selection of songs.

All the above options are free and begin at 9 p.m. 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

NCJ Writers' Favorite Christmas Movies

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM


There are hundreds of Christmas movies to choose from and selecting the right one can be the daunting task that finally tips you over the edge into Christmas craziness. We've all been there. One second you're browsing your DVD shelf and the next you're on a fifth-story ledge with Miracle on 34th Street in one hand and It's a Wonderful Life in the other. Here at NCJ, we want to save you from the impending insanity with a few recommendations. Here is our list of carefully selected Christmas favorites.

Grant Scott-Goforth:


Sure, this one makes the list on a technicality, but it is undeniably awesome. If you're unfamiliar with the works of Monty Python, then shame on you. Life of Brian is the sordid tale of the boy born one manger over from Jesus. Really, it's a case of mistaken identity with a little soul-searching thrown in for good measure. But, mostly, it's just hilarious. Exhibit A:

Ryan Burns:

Burns' choice smacks the wholesome right out of Christmas. Billy Bob Thorton can't quite fill-out the Santa suit, but he makes up for it by being an absolutely horrible human being. Behaving in ways that would make the Grinch cringe in disbelief, Thorton's Santa is in a league of his own.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill:
It's just not Christmas until Bruce Willis walks barefoot over broken glass. Badassery aside, Die Hard exemplifies the spirit of Christmas. One man goes to painfully awesome lengths to reunite his family, showing his love for his wife by absolutely destroying Hans Gruber. When's the last time someone beat up Alan Rickman for you on Christmas?! 

Heidi Walters:

This movie is undeniably adorable and hilarious. Don't let the multitude of copycat holiday-themed crapfests deter you. Love Actually's cast alone makes it better than most movies, Christmas-based or otherwise. Also, no other Christmas movie includes this hilarious scene:

Dev Richards:
There are a bazillion reasons why this is the best Christmas movie, but we'll just include a few for good measure: Liev Schreiber in drag, Adam Sandler with a ukele and Madeline Kahn just being Madeline Kahn. Mixed Nuts is a '90s masterpiece that was swept under the rug. It just isn't Christmas without Parker Posey and Jon Stewart on rollerblades.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Everlast's Back-to-Back Shows

He's living up to his name

Posted By on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

You know him. If House of Pains' "Jump Around"  or his solo effort "What it's Like" came on a jukebox right now, you would sing along (assuming you're somewhere with a jukebox). Everlast (AKA Whitey Ford) has been absent from the major music scene for a decade or so, but he's back!
Last night, Fri. Dec. 20, he played the Mateel Community Center and tonight, Sat. Dec 21, he's throwing down at The Winema Theatre in Scotia with Angels Cut and Redwood Blue. Partials proceeds from the show will benefit the Volunteer Fire Benefit Organization. Tickets are $28  and are available through Diamondback Presents. The show starts at 7 p.m.
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