Sunday, October 5, 2014

Funky Hard Bop Punkers, Bakers

Say, everybody: call this cake baked, have a slice, and share!
Entertain idea of a 12" artefact for your 'lazy' friend, Susan.


...regarding your question, I’d entertain hard-hard bop, skate-rock, tripmaker punk rock. Or put simply, spiritual inoculation. This may suit where your head is — now and in the past — with enthusiasm for R&B, blues, hard bop jazz, funk, “latin twang,” and punk rock: Intentional avoidance of meathead sensibility, with clear presence of muscle and ability [wink], philo-sci-fi lyrics, humor, heart, intellectual, emotional intelligence, voice and cert not for the least: espanich. Bright, respectable, thoughtful.

Weird that in 1964 The Kinks rejected the R&B label...called their music “Expression” on the BBC...but I guess they were “moving it forward,” so whatevs. Maybe, then, Big Crux plays “Distress Signal Music” rejecting boundaries, form, attitudes, etc., while celebrating the history in it. Know what i mean, Electric Lady?

By cruising-nature, Ponchito is inclusive and therefore outwardly makes “rejection” a slippery term. I opted for “Distress Signal music” referencing sci-fi elements and what I believe to be genuine efforts to reach people. Like a bizarro Ridley Scott film — where someone responds to a deep space (outlier punk) “beacon” and upon contact picks up an unexpected stow-away having awoken from hypersleep — the listener’s chest bursts open while “eating a bowlful of noodles,” but instead of reptilian destructive rage and horror, the alien within the host turns out to be a joyful, healing being a la Nic Schmidt’s reaction to Big Crux Is a Big Funk 7” ep. Hopefully, Ponchito’s unintelligible message of tap dancing & farting creatures will be deciphered in this, a sort of version of the Kilgore Trout tale, so we won’t have to see our heroes brained with a golf club before they dig it.

And about the time I cut off Sherman Alexie at Dick’s Burgers…the short and skinny — of which he is neither — is the as-yet stranger and I approached the counter almost in unison; I was slightly ahead. I turned to beg the stranger’s pardon when I realized who it was. I said, “hey, you’re Richard Sherman!” RS: “you mean Sherman Alexie…” [shrug]. I ordered a Deluxe and a chocolate shake. To my chagrin, I didn’t have enough cash. SA throws down two bones: “here dude, get your burger, get your burger. You can tell your friends Richard Sherman bought you a hamburger.” [smile]. CG: “No, I can’t take your money, but thank you! I’ll tell my friends Sherman Alexie tried to buy me a burger.” We’re now exploring a literary skate-punk band called Guns, Germs and Steel Totin’ Whiteys…

Nice & Friendly,
Cruxy Grimace

Thursday, April 11, 2013

¡Oye ese pito!

¿SerĂ¡ que vuelve big crux? ¿El clavo y la cruz? Some coals are still smoldering:
  • Split 7" with Criminal Code on Bedside Records (exclusive track: "R13")
  • "Welcome to 2013" comp LP on Not Normal Tapes (exclusive track: "Anvil of Stars")
  • 14-song LP nearly done, hopeful late-summer release
  • More Than Music Fest @ Gilman, June 26-28 (other possible Cali shows)
  • And "Bob Odenkirk of punk cultivating young talent, blazing trails" (resounding endorsement)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gestational. Dye. Beaters.

Gadzooks! Rad toques??? Even in this burst of Spring, NW heads still need some cover. Enough, already.

Saturday, 6/23/12 at The Funhouse in Seattle: opening for Unnatural Helpers and K-Holes (NYC). Let's have a GOOD time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deserters vs Wavers

Scorching outta the Southwest, the state of things being what it is...Lenguas Largas are living like men should live. We join them along with Criminal Code, on high alert for backward cap overages in the U-District on Saturday, October 1st at Galway Arms. Bring your love for punk and potatoes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Selfish Dictator Dreams

Free show this Sunday in Seattle at B-Side Music. Come on down. All Ages. 8pm. Playing with our good friends Dreamdecay, Same Sex Dictator and Self Com.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mission Accompliced

Well...we did it--Criminal Code and Big Crux got a ball-tingler of a tour outta the "Big Weekend." Friends of both bands were super helpful. Thank you very goddamn much. Hosts were generous and kind.  Venues and the peeps who played and watched the shows were dope.  We traveled safe and sound, without a hitch.

Specific thanks are owed to many and it may take multiple posts to be comprehensive. For now let's just know who you are. But a special show of gratitude was earned by Criminal Code for being mystifyingly cool travel mates and also to White Wards for making it all possible by letting us rent their ghostly van. Andrew's mind will be forever haunted.

Here's a taste of how brilliant Criminal Code were on this tour--and this is their first gig of the jaunt!:

We wrapped things up in PDX and here's what a big chunk of that looked like:

If pressed for high points, would have to say:

1. "Rocknroll lifestyle...1, 2, 3, 4...stay parents allowed forever." (Making Love @ Phantom City Records - Olympia, WA 8/31/11)

2.  Chickens wear boots and you gotta believe Taiga. (Jawsh's house - Reno, NV 9/1/11)

3. What came out of singer of Elephant Rifle's mouth about his butt. (Lincoln Lounge - Reno, NV 9/1/11)

4. Our faces are Permanently Ruined. (The Church - Oakland, CA 9/2/11)

5. Shangri-La, without The Kinks. (House of the Dead Rat - San Jose, CA 9/3/11)

6. "Does it smell bad in there?" (Matt Average in some doorway on Pine Street - San Francisco, CA 9/3/11)

7. Sinking D's battleship! (Cemetery Gates Cafe - Portland, OR 9/4/11)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yeah...uh...moshi moshi to you, too...

Big Crux and Criminal Code are "set to pop" for the Big Weekend...

...also these forays into local spots (pre and post Big Weekend), supporting friends from all around...supernumerary as some of these 21+ dates may be (sorry kiddies):

8/17 - The Funhouse w/ The Arrivals (Chicago), Underground RR to Candyland (San Pedro), Demerit (Beijing) and The Unemployables

8/20 - The Josephine w/ The Men (NYC), Milk Music (Oly) and Cold Lake

10/02 - The Comet (matinee show) w/ Lenguas Largas (Tucson)

10/14 - Rendezvous Theater w/ Police Teeth, Victory and Associates (Oakland/SF)