News, Reviews, and Dads
• Starting in December (the date is still being decided), Master Musicians of Bukkake's Randall Dunn and Midday Veil's David Golightly and Timm Mason will be putting on a night of synthesizer/drone-based music at Vermillion. The combined musical knowledge and keyboard mastery of these three players should make the prospect of this event tingle your every last vertebra.
• Bleached played a fantastic set at Neumos last Thursday. In attendance were at least three brooding teens accompanied by a parent, who, by just hanging out and enjoying the show, looked more normal and at-ease than their kid.
• Well, the Hostess with the grosstess—Hostess brand "foods"—has announced its plans to close down, leaving everyone to whine about how Twinkies and Wonder Bread will no longer be available for them to never think about unless they got locked in a rural gas station for more than three weeks and every other food option was covered in locusts (we're talking a postapocalyptic or M. Night Shyamalan scenario) or rotting, because that is what food is supposed to do.
• Ben "Jammin'" Gibbard played a sold-out show at the Showbox at the Market on Friday night. Josh Bis reported that Gibbard called the experience "a coffee-shop vibe with a rock-show audience" who remained so silent between songs that Gibbard could hear the gentle flushing of toilets in the men's bathroom from his cozy singer-songwriter setup, which included a rug, a steaming cup of tea, and a music stand. This would only be more perfect if Gibbard were being backed by Phoebe from Friends on guitar.
• Nikki Sixx has confirmed that his memoir, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, will be turned into the most boring Broadway play ever.
• Sabzi (of Blue Scholars and Made in Heights) has a new focus, just in time for the drizzliest months of the year—PHO! Sabzi dropped a music video last week for a rap called "WASSUP FAM/Pho Life" as part of his new TOWNFOLK project. There's a Kickstarter in place, which aims to fund the creation of pho-centric posters, buttons, stickers, and chopsticks. I mean, if you're going to support anything...
• Mars Bar (you remember Mars Bar, right?) has a new booker! CJ Frederick, former Big Eyes drummer, has taken on the gig, hoping to fill some of the punk-show gap left by the Funhouse. CJ, along with the Mars Bar's new sound guy, Cody Creel, both worked at the Funhouse before its closure on Halloween. Looking forward to it!