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Jesika von Rabbit tour dates with Eagles of Death Metal


Jesika von Rabbit to open for Eagles of Death Metal
on their 2015 Midwest / East Coast Tour

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Queen of the High Desert, Jesika von Rabbit, will be supporting Eagles of Death Metal on the Midwest / East Coast leg of their 2015 worldwide tour. von Rabbit will be performing songs from her recently released Journey Mitchell album.

Prior to the Eagles of Death Metal dates, von Rabbit will grace her local desert following with two shows, including the Campout 11 fest with Cracker and Camper van Beethoven at her home base, Pappy and Harriet’s.

von Rabbit desert dates:
Aug 28 2015: Schmiddy’s Tavern – Palm Desert, CA
Aug 29 2015: Campout 11 at Pappy & Harriet’s with Cracker and Camper van Beethoven –Pioneertown, CA
with Eagles of Death Metal:

Sep 09 2015 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN
Sep 10 2015 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Sep 12 2015 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Sep 14 2015 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 15 2015 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Sep 16 2015 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 17 2015 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 18 2015 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Sep 21 2015 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Sep 22 2015 –  20th Century Theater, Cincinatti, OH
Sep 24 2015 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Sep 25 2015 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Jesika von Rabbit with local bands TBA
Sep 27 – Beerland – Austin, TX

von Rabbit will re-unite with Gram Rabbit in October for four shows with Eagles of Death Metal before playing their annual two-night Halloween ball at Pappy & Harriet’s.

von Rabbit’s second solo video has been released! “Glamorous Misery” is directed by Jessica Janos who also directed von Rabbit’s “Psychic Spice” video, both from her Journey Mitchell album available via digital from iTunes and Bandcamp, via LP on Dionysus Records and via CD from Royal Order.

www.jesikavonrabbit.com
Jesika von Rabbit Bandcamp page

For more info, images, and audio, contact Reverberations Media on the website’s contact page.

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Exotica and TV Music Legend Robert Drasnin Passes

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We with great sadness announce that the great Robert Drasnin passed away in the afternoon of 5/13/15, after about a year of failing health. He was 87 years old.

Bob is now mostly known for his two masterpiece exotica albums, Voodoo and Voodoo 2, but those are only two highlights in a long and multifaceted career as a player, composer, executive, and teacher.

He joined the Musicians Union at the age of 14 upon being hired to play in the Canteen Kids big band on Hoagy Carmichael’s radio show. He first made his way as a player through the forties, playing alto saxophone and clarinet with a great many big bands, including Les Brown, Freddie Slack, Tommy Dorsey, and others. He studied composition and conducting at UCLA, joined a bebop era Red Norvo Quintet (with whom he recorded), and evolved into a film/tv composer and also a very well regarded sideman (on clarinet and alto saxophone).

As a television composer, he was prolific. Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, Man From U.N.C.L.E. all boasted great Drasnin scores, and such giants as Johnny Mandel and Jerry Goldsmith considered him an equal. Rightfully.

He eventually became the head of music for CBS television, until his position was eliminated (mostly because the vast majority of shows were made by outside production companies, not the network).

He took to teaching film/tv music, first at the Dick Grove School, then at the UCLA Extension, and he was an excellent teacher, beloved by his classes. I sat in on many of them, and he was inspired, inspiring, insightful, and generous with to everyone to whom he taught.

DrasninIn the mid nineties, the resurgence of interest in exotica brought him back to public musicmaking. Unlike any of the other first generation exotics, Bob’s powers as a composer and conductor were undiminished. The 1996 reissue of his Tops Records 1959 gem Voodoo returned him to composing and playing. He played on a great many records of mine and toured in my jazz quartet (teaching me more about music than I can ever estimate in the process). He played on my music for Dexter’s Laboratory, Flintsones On The Rocks, Tilt: The Battle To Save Pinball, and the Bernie Mac Show. And he was playing at least as well as he had in the fifties.

In 2007, he returned to the studio as composer and conductor with Voodoo 2, a record that did more that just pick up where the first one left off, but rather showed a greater, deepened command of composing and orchestration. It was cut almost entirely live in two days in an auditorium at Pierce College in the Valley. The cast of musicians was stellar, and his brilliance in those sessions was truly awesome to all who witnessed it. In 2008, he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, an honor that meant the world to him.

There were a few exotica performances after that, but the last years of his life were devoted mostly to teaching. In many ways, his energy flagged as he went into his eighties, but not when it came to teaching. I saw him conduct pieces composed by his last group of students, and his energy as a conductor, his incredibly facile judgement as a music editor, and his unbelievable insight as a teacher served everyone in that room as a lesson on how a classy elder statesman gets the job done.

The last year or so of his life was a lot of health problems. He lived a healthy life — rarely drank, always ate smart, played tennis innto his late seventies — but he became increasingly frail in his last months.

Work was started on a Voodoo 3 (as many of you know). It is not as now releasable, and the family is going to need some time to deal with the immediate facts of his passing, so it would not be in good taste to start asking questions about when and if V3 will be released.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife Marlene and their three children, who loved him dearly. To say he was well-loved by his friends is an understatement. He was generous, insightful, funny, and ridiculously smart, and passionately concerned about the world around him. He’d also take your hand off at the wrist before he’d let you pick up at the check.

His legacy as a great Hollywood composer is huge. Less known but no less enduring is his incredible body of work as a teacher, which is ongoing in the work and methods of the composers he taught so well.

www.robertdrasnin.net

Skip Heller, 5/14/2015

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Jesika von Rabbit Vinyl LP – June Shows – Portland Gay Pride


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Photo by Marina Chavez

Joshua Tree’s Jesika von Rabbit has released her new LP, “Journey Mitchell” on iTunes. The album will also be available on vinyl (including a vinyl only bonus track) as a co-release on Dionysus Records and von Rabbit’s own Royal Order label, early summer, exclusively at live shows, until its’ official street date of 7/14 via ILD Distribution when the album ships to retail.

The lead singer, keyboardist, and songwriter of Gram Rabbit’s first solo outing is a playful, poppy, and psychedelic “sextronic” experience, and includes the track “Psychic Spice” which is the subject of von Rabbit’s first video off the new album. The video, directed by Jessica Janos, starts with von Rabbit auditioning to be a new Spice Girl and unravels into a cornucopia of outrageous imagery featuring a warehouse of weirdos which von Rabbit refers to as her “prairie gangsters”.

After trailblazing high-desert rock as the front woman in her band Gram Rabbit, Jesika now steps out on her own with solo project, “Journey Mitchell.” Her album, music video, and stage show debut this month, with release parties in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Part pop princess parody, part desert gypsy, Jesika takes us on a strange trip. “Journey Mitchell,” is laden with New Wave influenced synths, keyboard melodics and infectious dance beats. But make no mistake — this is not a collection of pop songs that induce a brief sugar high; Jesika von Rabbit wants to penetrate and disturb you. The undercurrent of gothic industrial baselines, ghostly echoes and Jesika’s hallowing voice, leaves resin in your system that will bewitch you long after the music fades. — Coachella Magazine

Among her live dates –  von Rabbit will be appearing main stage at Portland Gay Pride on June 13th,

June 4: Harvard and Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles (East Hollywood), CA 90027
June 11:  DNA Lounge,  375 Eleventh St., San Francisco, CA 94103
June 13: Portland Gay Pride, Portland OR, main stage, 5:30 showtime
June 14: Deadbeat, 226 Division St NW, Olympia, WA 98502
June 15: El Corazon 109 Eastlake Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98109
June 25: The Flycatcher 340 E. 6th ST. Tucson, AZ 85705
June 26th The Rogue Bar 423 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
June 27th Backstage Bar & Billiards 601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Writers and DJs can contact lee(at)reverberationsmedia.com for digital or a CD, images, etc.

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3/6-8: Jesika von Rabbit International Radio Debut


Jesika von Rabbit’s spicy track, “Psychic Spice”, from her upcoming Journey Mitchell album on Royal Order (CD to be released March 21) and Dionysus Records/Royal Order (LP to be released late Spring – early Summer)  will debut on INTERNATIONAL radio via Jonathan L’s “Lopsided World of L” Radio Show, to air March 6-8!

The track is also featured in a video directed by Jessica Janos.

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Listen to Lopsided World of L – March 6- 8

See set-list here Website www.jlradio.com

Featuring the international radio debut of  Jesika von Rabbit


 

Friday March 6 on www.rockxs.com Athens Greece 14:00 GMT- 15:00 CET- 16:00 EETin America: 6am Pacific- 7am AZ- 8am Central- 9am East Coast

Friday March 6 www.merseyradio.co.uk Liverpool, England6- 8 pm in United Kingdom – 7pm Central Europe America:10am Pacific- 11am AZ- Noon Central- 1pm East Coast

Saturday March 7 www.indie1031.com Los Angeles 11am Pacific- NOON AZ- 1pm Central- 2pm East Coast in Europe: 19:00 GMT- 20:00 CET- 21:00 EET

Sunday March 8 on www.kingfm.net Berlin, Germany 21:00 GMT- 22:00 CET- 23:00 EETin America 1pm Pacific- 2pm AZ- 3pm Central- 4pm East Coast(rebroadcast following Tuesday & Thursday (same times)

Sunday March 8 on www.kfma.com Tucson, Arizona 11pm- 1am Rock 102 FM

Sunday March 8 on www.indie1031.com Los Angeles (rebroadcast) 10pm Pacific- 11pm AZ- Midnight Central- 11pm AZ- 1am East Coast (Europe is wee hours Monday morning)

Sunday March 8 www.andhow.org 107.5 FM New Zealand 8-10pm in New Zealand –6-8pm Sydney, Australia Saturday March 7 11pm Pacific CoastSunday March 8 morning 7am U.K.- 8am Central Europe

Same edition runs following Wednesday on KWSS 93.9 FM Phoenix www.kwss.org at 10pm AZ time

Same edition runs following Thursday on Radio Andra Gothenburg 11am Pacific- NOON AZ- 1pm Central- 2pm East Coast in Europe: 19:00 GMT- 20:00 CET- 21:00 EET

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2/25: Jesika von Rabbit on OUSD – LuxuriaMusic.com


It’s a platter and chatter party featuring special guest Jesika von Rabbit on Over Under Sideways Down, with your host Lee Joseph, on LuxuriaMusic, Wednesday 2/25, 3-5 PM PST. Join in on the chatroom! It’s Listener Sponsorship Week at LuxuriaMusic.com  – listen in, nab some cool premiums and help keep Lux on the air another year! For those of you who are website challenged, here’s the direct listen link and chatroom links.

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7th Annual Surf Guitar 101Convention


7TH ANNUAL SURF GUITAR 101 CONVENTION

SG101Saturday, August 9, 2014
8AM-8PM
$30 dollars
12 and under free.

The Starting Gate
5052 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
www.startinggateoc.com

Surf Guitar 101 Website
Surf Guitar 101 Facebook page
Jeff “Big Tiki Dude” Hanson: bigtikidude@yahoo.com

Featuring
Slacktone – Los Angeles, CA
www.slacktone.com
Boss Martians -Seattle, WA
www.facebook.com/BossMartians
The Surf Coasters – Japan
www.surfcoasters.com
The Kilaueas – Germany
www.kilaueas.de
The Supertones – New York, N.Y.
myspace.com/thesupertonessurf
The Surf Kings – Oceanside, Ca.
myspace.com/thesurfkings
Frankie & the Pool Boys – San Francisco, Ca.
www.facebook.com/FrankieAndThePoolBoys
The Threesome Band
www.threesomeband.com

Plus:
Paul Johnson & Friends
A tribute to the Atlantics (Australia) featuring Ivan Pongracic, Danny Snyder, and Jonpaul Balak
SG101 Member Jam

These days, just about everyone is familiar with the twangy, reverb-drenched plunk, undulating whammy bar and machine-gun staccato commonly known as “Surf Gutiar.” It’s become one of the staple sounds chosen to set the mood for commercials, television programs and feature films by music supervisors and sound designers the world over. Whether it’s conjuring the feelings of Summer, the beach, the old West, outer space, a desolate desert, or the adventures and intrigue of an international super spy, that quintessential “Surf Guitar” sound is somewhere in the background.

Lesser known, however, is the fact that there are legions of fanatics spanning the globe that share a deep passion and sometimes obsession for this 50-plus year old Southern California art form. These die-hard fans keep the genre and its associated culture very much alive and thriving through internet communication, annual meetings, specialty radio programs, and an ever-growing network of performers, collectors and instrument aficionados. Since 2006, the single most important internet resource for everything Surf guitar has been Surfguitar101.com, and for the past 6 years, its official annual convention has been the most important gathering in the United States for anyone interested in this very specific musical style.

2014’s 7th annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention is slated to be the greatest and most well-attended to date. Headlining this year is none other than local Southern California legends Slacktone (slacktone.com), the Surf trio considered by many to have set the bar for all modern Surf bands with their jaw-dropping display of technical proficiency, attention to tone and sheer power. Making their way down from Seattle for a very special reunion performance comes The Boss Martians (facebook.com/bossmartians), who exploded onto the scene in the early 90s with their traditional sound featuring organ. From Japan, for the first time in many years with another historic reunion performance is The Surf Coasters (surfcoasters.com), one of the most prolific of all Surf bands, releasing upwards of 25 recordings since their formation in 1994. Debuting their brand-new full-length album Wiki Waki Woooo comes The Kilaueas (facebook.com/thekilaueas), all the way from Germany, who have been thrilling audiences with their energetic live shows and impeccable vintage tones. Making their California debut is The Supertones from New York, one of the longest running modern Surf bands, a staple of the East Coast scene since 1988. Back to the convention from Northern California to wow audiences once again comes instrumental supergroup Frankie & The Poolboys (facebook.com/frankieandthepoolboys), whose latest album The Adventures of Cap’n Coconuts has been consistently high on international critics’ lists. Up from the San Diego area comes first-wave legend Tom Stanton leading his trio The Surf Kings, who’ll present their special brand of heavy, moody Surf. And last, but certainly not least comes the intensity of power Surf trio Threesome (threesomeband.com), fresh off of a European tour in support of their latest EP, On Tour. Live performances will also include an all-star tribute to first-wave pioneers The Atlantics of Australia, featuring members of The Madeira, The TomorrowMen and Insect Surfers, and a special showcase by one of the originators of Surf music, the creator of “Mr. Moto” himself, Paul Johnson.

In addition to the live performaces, the all-day event will feature a Surf music marketplace, with one of the greatest vending areas of Surf-related CDs, records, books, magazines, posters, clothing, instruments, accessories and other collectibles anywhere! Of special note will be in-person signings by Sven Kirsten, who’ll be signing his new Taschen book Tiki Pop, and Dominic Priore, who’ll be signing his new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise And Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier. Confirmed vendors also include Double Crown Records, Surf King Surf Wear, Dionysus Records, MuSick Recordings, Reverb Junkies DVD, Pounding Surf DVD, Paul Johnson and many more!

And, true to the old saying that there’s something for everyone, thanks to the generosity of major sponsors such as Fender, D’Addario, Eastwood and others, attendees will not only have the opportunity to receive free products, but also enter raffles to win exceptional prizes such as actual Surf guitars! Up for grabs will be a Fender Classic Player Jaguar set up by Slacktone’s Dave Wronski, an Eastwood Sidejack DLX in greenburst, a custom Atomic Brain pedal by Nocturne, and a deluxe accessory package from D’Addario, among many other wonderful prizes!

Bring the kids, listen to the amazing live music, shop ‘till you drop and meet and greet some of Surf music’s most important personalities, all within steps of a full kitchen and bar, in the air-conditioned comfort of Los Alamitos’ Starting Gate. It’s reverb-drenched fun for the whole family! Tickets available at the door.

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