All posts in December 2013

Episode 15: 2nd Annual Punk Holiday Show!

Listen in to Calamity Jane’s last show of 2013! Tune in right here ->

Calamity Jane: Season 3. Episode 15: 2nd Annual Punk Holiday Show by Calamity Jane on Mixcloud

Xmas Eve (She Got Up And Left Me) – Rancid
Joy To The World – Bad Religion
Christmas Night Of The Living Dead – MXPX
Santa Claus Doesn’t Come on Hanukkah – The SpacePimps
Xmas Has Been X’ed – NOFX
Oi! To The World – The Vandals
The Christmas Song – New Found Glory
Take More Than You Give – Safety Hazard
Silent Night – The Dickies
Daddy Drank Our Xmas Money – TVTV$
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy
Hava Nagila – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink 182
Happy Holidays, You Bastard – Blink 182
Alone This Holiday – The Used
Christmas in California – Kevin Mulligan
Santa Stole My Girlfriend – The Maine
The Season’s Upon Us – Dropkick Murphys
Jingle Bells – Skayway
BONUS:Holiday Road- Better Luck Next Time
Last Christmas – Jimmy Eat World
This Time Of Year – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Cold Christmas – Better Promises & Till I Fall
Christmas Lights – Yellowcard
Nothing For Christmas – New Found Glory
I Had A Heart – Real Friends
All I Can Give You – Jason Lancaster
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – Ramones

I’m On A Boat Fest

Hey rockers Cupid here. Sorry I haven’t been on the ball with blogging for a while I got caught up with a bunch of different distractions with my schedule. Such as School, Music, and Life. Hopefully I can turn my blogging into a weekly routine again. Thanks Calamity Jane for not blasting off my knee caps.
Now on my blog I don’t really talk about my band. I don’t talk about what band I’m in, who I actually am, or what I actually do. I do my absolute best to try to keep my personal music life separate from my blog because I’m not a whore. This blogs whole purpose is to promote Calamity Jane’s stuff not mine. Promoting Calamity Jane promotes the music scene we share and the local bands we love, that’s all I care about. Even though it’s not a huge secret through the pop punk music scene in the Bay Area who Cupid is, I’m only going to mention it maybe twice throughout my entire blogging “career” about my band. Because it’s not all about my band and “look at me look at me I’m in a band.” It’s about you guys, the inspiring beginning artists and music lovers and in hopes you get pointed in the right direction.
Well here it goes. I’m the lead singer and guitarist for a band called Crossout. If you know my real name good for you. Recently we played at a music festival on an old steam ship called the Queen Mary. The Festival was called “I’m On A Boat Fest.” Now the opportunity to play at a festival at all is an amazing thought but there are a few problems with this one THAT I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT BEFORE YOU JUMP INTO IT.
A couple of months ago we got this offer on our Facebook page to play at this huge festival in LA talking about how last years festival was such a huge success resulting to 6000 people being there. How it was the “warped tour on a ship” and so on. We were plenty excited to be invited to something so sweet but we had to keep in consideration the reality of some of these things. “Possibly it’s a scam” “we aren’t that big of a band, will people care?” “what about the price for the gas and the housing?” Which are always really good thoughts to keep in mind. For the phrase “a gig is a gig is a gig is a gig” it’s true but for this case it’s good to make sure that someone isn’t telling you gullible is written on the ceiling. We asked the guy how he heard about about us but he never responded. The only way to know more about it was calling the number that was give to us so we went for it.
We called the guy up and gained some more info. Because we were from monterey, the booker was kind enough to give us a good spot and time slot. There was just one problem. Ticket selling. Everyone I’m going to tell you right now. If you are a band starting off and aren’t well known or have a huge fan base yet, Don’t waste your time trying to sell tickets. On a website called Dying Scene, there’s an article in a link I put down bellow by JanQuixote that talks about the 13 Common Sense Guidelines For Playing in a (Punk) Band. It’s really useful. They mention a bit on this topic of ticket selling
[4. Thou shalt not “pay-to-play”. Ever. “Pay to play” (or “ticket sales deal”, as it’s euphemistically called), is a policy most prevalent in the Los Angeles area. This is when the venue requires you to sell a set number of tickets for a certain price in order to play the gig. Usually the money is required to be paid before you are allowed to take the stage. I shouldn’t need to explain why this business model is garbage. Your band already spends enough time and money writing and recording music, touring, rehearsing, and promoting. You shouldn’t also be responsible for keeping venues in business. Any reputable promoter or venue will never ask you to pay-to-play.   Don’t worry about the bigger shows for now.  Just keep plugging away at the house shows and smaller venues and eventually you will be asked to support a legitimate larger show at a bigger venue.]
That speakers for itself. So we accepted anyway just to see how it will turn out. The ticket cost was $16 per ticket.  The amount of tickets was 30 to sell. That means we had to gain $480.00 just to be able to play. By contract we are bound to give the money to them regardless if we sold all the tickets or none. Here’s what came to mind for us how it would work. 3 band members 10 tickets per band member to sell not that difficult. Turned out…We only sold one. Thankfully we were able to some how afford it but still draining us with the additional 200 dollars worth of food and gas (with the kind of car we were taking)
We get there in the morning of the show and everyone is running around like crazy. “Quickly get into here! quickly get into there!” Everyone was super strict with scheduling (as they should be) to make sure everyone was on time. If you were late you wasted your time and money simple as that. Our time slot was around 4:00 on a main stage right at the entrance. So we had a really good spot and a really good time. One of the challenges was having to get our equipment on and off the boat. With all the gear we had, We needed to stand and watch guard so no one can steel our stuff. We had to make little stops “inching” our way to the stage. So it’d be from the parking lot, to the outside of the boat, to the inside of the boat, to the stage then back. It was a little draining. What really sucked is a lot of peoples equipment got screwed up and damaged because they would try to hurry. One of the bands in front of me tried to make one whole trip with all their stuff piled on like Dr. Seuss. It resulted to stuff falling off and bending a hi-hat stand.
Here was another main problem with the show. Before we even got our stuff together to go in. We decided to take  a good look around with what we could on the ship. There were 3 different floors for people to choose from with several different stages per floor. Each stage consisted of a band playing very loudly, next to another band playing very loudly, across the room from another band playing very loudly and so on. And during this portion of the day all the bands that were playing were screamo, metal, hardcore bands. So in writing with all these bands playing at once it sounded just like: Dhsnjxnfndndnkdnnsmss dududududus RAGASEMABFJFBJDNSBDNDN wwwwaaabndndnndndnsnnzkzmm AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
We couldn’t stand to be in there. If all this was out side then we could handle it. But this fest was IN-side So all the sound waves hit the walls and reflected it back to us. It was just too much.
We started to regret accepting the show in the first place we would have to try to play louder than the other group so that people could actually hear us. And it’s painful enough as it with so much volume and so much noise. To get away from the noise and mass hysteria. We actually did a little exploring of the ship trying to find ghosts and stuff. We found ourselves in the engine room for one of the propellers that was pretty huge it was like looking into a scene from the titanic. Except only the propeller was underwater in the room and we were able to see it personally which was pretty sweet.
Once the time got closer for us to get on we finally got all of our junk to the staged watched this sweet pop punk band play before us then we jumped on. At this point a lot of the random noise died down and there were different sounds per floor so if your ear was attracted to anything different that’s a good area to go to. So as soon as we started playing everything just got better. We rocked HARD. We had the most fun playing in a long time. People stopped and actually WATCHED and LISTENED to us. It was awesome. We had a lot of good reports from people and our time was extended to a 45 minute set. And just because if that it made me not regret playing that show a single bit. The show wasn’t worth the money or the trip, but I don’t regret playing it.
So just a heads up to anyone who gets invited. Don’t accept anything that you have to pay for. It’s not worth it. (Refer to to rule 4 above)
-Cupid

2 HOUR CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY SHOW!

Next Wednesday December, 18th tune in for Calamity Jane’s 2nd Annual 2 Hour Christmas/Holiday show featuring classic punk/pop punk and ska christmas songs with some new christmas music by local bands as well. And if all of that isn’t exciting enough for you, there will be a special giveaway during the show. So tune in, rock out and listen for the code word to win a special prize TBA on Friday!

Episode 14: Local Bands Everything Week Show

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Calamity Jane Season 3. Episode 14: LOCAL BANDS EVERYTHING WEEK by Calamity Jane on Mixcloud

The bay area is full of amazing and talented bands everywhere! Go to shows and support these bands who give it their all on the daily to bring you great music!
Stoneheart – Trailview
Summertime Lovin – Brussel Sprouts
If These Lips Could Talk – Till I Fall
Blaze – Second To Last
Beverly Drive – Safety Hazard
Almond Rocha – Our Vinyl Vows
As Cool As An Attempted Suicide – leer
A Snake…But With Arms! – KiLL THE BATS
Destroying Suburbia – PUSH
A Little Bit Slower – Hit Reset
D.O.A. – Hear The Sirens
Fun or Something – Reishi
Disappear – A Hero To Fall
Rally Up – Global Affront
DBTH Anthem – Don’t Be The Hero
The Book We Didnt’t Write – Better Promises
True Blue – @Dead Set
One Way Conversation – Communist Kayte
Down But Not Out – Born To Be Rad
O.S.D [All That I Say Is True] – The Truth Is.
I Got Friends (Les Deux) – 5606

LOCAL BAND EVERYTHING WEEK: FRIDAY

LOCAL BAND EVERYTHING WEEK: FRIDAY

It’s Friday and it’s time for The Shankers to get some spotlight. Back when I was about 16 I saw this band at 924 Gilman St. and thought they were the fucking shit!

Check out their music->
http://theshankers.bandcamp.com/

 

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LOCAL BANDS EVERYTHING WEEK: THURSDAY

LOCAL BAND EVERYTHING WEEK: THURSDAY

As Winter temperatures are starting to take over the bay, Keep warm by listening to Stickup Kid from San Jose, CA. Sit by the fire and listen to Future Fire! haha

Check out their music & band profile right here ->http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-south-bay-area/

Photo: LOCAL BAND EVERYTHING WEEK: THURSDAY

As Winter temperatures are starting to take over the bay, Keep warm by listening to Stickup Kid from San Jose, CA. Sit by the fire and listen to Future Fire! haha

Check out their music & band profile right here -> http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-south-bay-area/

Local Bands Everything Week: WEDNESDAY

Local Band Everything Week: WEDNESDAY
It’s the middle of the week and today’s featured band will get you through it! Till I Fall from San Jose, CA! These chill dudes make some great tunes! Check out their music and band profile right here -> http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-south-bay-area/
and go to their show December 14th at the X Bar in Cupertino!
Photo: Local Band Everything Week: WEDNESDAY
It's the middle of the week and today's featured band will get you through it!  Till I Fall from San Jose, CA! These chill dudes make some great tunes! Check out their music and band profile right  here -> http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-south-bay-area/
and go to their show December 14th at the X Bar in Cupertino!

Hella Mad Records KEEP THEM GAGGING Compilation!

Its official,
Hella Mad Records will be releasing our 2nd compilation “Keep Them Gagging” on January 5th, featuring bands such as The DwarvesPoint of ViewHit Resetthe MOANSMad JudyThe Unfortunate Bastard, Cell Block 5, Communist Kayte, Just Friends, and many many more!!!!

Local Band Everything Week: TUESDAY

Good Morning Everyone! Today our featured band is Saving Cadence! This rad twin brother duo originally from Hawaii are now here in the bay rocking it up! Check out their profile & music right here ->
http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-san-francisco-peninsula/

 

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Local Band Everything Week: MONDAY

Let’s start this week off right with buddies in Communist Kaytefrom San Jose!They’re hilarious, talented, and their music will rock your shirt..I mean socks off. Talk about dope! Check out their profile and see for yourself right here!
-> http://www.calamityjaneradio.com/bands-south-bay-area/
#supportlocalmusic

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Support Local Bands Week!

It’s the first week of December and I’m declaring that this week’s theme is Local Bands EVERYTHING! Each day this week I’ll be posting a photo wearing a local band t-shirt and direct you to their music! And this week’s radio show will be all local bands! So get ready! #supportlocalmusic