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• sunday, october 29, 2006, 5 p.m., thee parkside, 1600 17th street, san francisco. sunday twang, free afternoon show. all ages.

thee parkside, one month later. the end of our three-day bay area tour. by this point george had lost his voice but he growled his way through the set, including the debut of "hey fucker." it was wonderful to play to a room of friends instead of an empty bar, like we did last time. afterward the show it was off to fatty and sarah's for more beer and pizza and family guy reruns. by monday afternoon, we'd all scattered back to where we came: salinas, san jo, tucson, berkeley and SF. the only thing left to say is when are we going to do it again? stay tuned. this is too much fun to be over. joe, thanks for coming out of retirement for the weekend and taking a punch sunday night. it was great playing with you again. thanks chad, for putting us up and putting up with us. amber and claw dogg, thanks for singing along like always. thanks to brooksley and the muses and the impromptu opening set. fatty and sarah, thanks for coming to every show this weekend, lugging equipment and supporting our habits. phil and dee, thanks for dancing and the heckling. sorry for outing your confrontation with the one-handed woman. cfan and amski, thanks for coming through. big ups to marcos and jenny and julie, who made a late night appearance (and disappeared the next day?). thank you. we love you.

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• saturday, october 28, 2006, at the edinburgh castle pub, 950 geary st., san francisco, with two gallants and trainwreck riders.

ghetto party in the tiz l. another near disaster averted. friday night, we were told the show was cancelled and we'd likely be playing a party in the mission. instead, we got word saturday morning that the show was back on. apparently, the trainwreck kids told the two gallants that the show was off. then the two gallants spoke in person with the folks at the edinburgh. show was back on. i guess it pays to be on saddle creek. so the show was a regular costume party. all sorts of folks were dressed up something strange. robert came as a big bananna, sunny as a mermaid, and george wore a dress. the old deejay from KUSF wore some crazy leather speedos and smurph was rocking a hip hop outfit. we went on at a quarter to midnight and closed it off with "this sin" properly: sunny sang with us. two gallants finished playing sometime around 2 a.m. special thanks to andrew and trainwreck riders for hooking up this show.

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• friday, october 27, 2006, at the gilman street project, 924 gilman street, berekeley, calif. with the achievement, trainwreck riders, genghis khan. $5, all ages.

by most accounts, the show should've been a disaster. but we had a fucking blast! of the five bands on the bill, only three showed. there was no promotion. the guy who set up the show never arrived and the pa system broke. but gilman was a dream and we had the time of our lives with good friends, new and old. george sang through john's guitar amp. mark wasn't able to make it, but joe came out of retirement with a smile and scott played with george (the dog -- see the photos). phil was the punkest mother fucker in the house; dancing, singing, swearing and heckling. andrew from the trainwreck riders wore a black and white striped prison jump suit to commemorate his run in with houston pd. jamie rushed the stage with sage advice for the Jza -- "play a clash song and you've got'em!" thanks, jamie! though the evening was marred by bad news of sunny, it was an awesome show. special thanks to carl and dr. love for driving all the way up from salinas and chad for letting us get in a practice at his house before the show.

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• sunday, sept. 17, 2006, 5 p.m., thee parkside, 1600 17th street, san francisco. sunday twang, free afternoon show. all ages.

we pulled up to Thee Parkside sometime in the afternoon, still in a haze from last night. we weren't drunk, but we were hardly sober. amber mentioned something about feeling like we were on tour. tired, trapped, dry and without a bass player, we did what we always do and had the best time. honestly, it reminded me of some of the first R&R practices, when we had no name, just a few songs, when it was just scott and I ... except this time we sounded good. we followed a traditional country band and cleared the bar, but chad and amber sang along all they could while myra and jmo and smurf nodded their heads and clapped. as ever, major dan fitz rolled up after we finished, CP-stylie. so we piled into the parking lot, passed around the last of the guatemalan ponche, and, per myra's request, did "this sin" one more time. then it was off to the baghdad for desert fries like the old days...

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• saturday, sept. 16, 2006, julie's house, santa cruz. george's going away party.

homecoming, in a way, except george was on his way out. there was a roast. ask scott for the recording. joe made a guest spot. we played to a captive but appreciative audience and ended the night at 4 a.m. with a bottle of guatemalan moonshine.

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• friday, sept. 15, 2006, 7 p.m., la perla, oldtown salinas. with the achievement, fake problems and o pioneers. all ages, six bucks.

it had to happen. our last show (for a while) in salinas. we asked for requests. rebecca yelled, "this sin." then claw and marc chimed in. as did dr. love and mayor maynaught. so on the spot, we did it. it was the second time mark had ever played it. in what was no doubt the must intimate R&R moment in salinas (short of sleeping with the band), everybody pulled up close and sang along to a song about falling for a beautiful married colombian. mark debuted the R&R cowpunk art as well.

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• saturday, sept. 2, 2006. 7 p.m., the cherry bean cafe, 332 main street, oldtown salinas. para la gente cd release show. also with baktun 12. free, all ages.

still elated from the night before, we had the honor of playing with some great friends again -- this time repaying para la gente by backing them up at their record release show! we also finally played with baktun 12. of course marc was late 'cause of fantasy football draft, which allowed us to sneak in a few extra songs. after PLG's set, there was a great jam and everybody got a chance to check out dee rip the mic. afterward, we ended up at snack attack's house, where we jammed jarochos, cumbias, manu chao and the clash. somewhere along the way we played images for hilda, who translated and sang the song on the spot, making her the one for our recording. post script -- Hilda recorded the vocal track for images in late september. look for the track by the end of november!

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• friday, sept. 1, 2006. melissa's going away party, royal's house, out in the woods off highway 68.

another acoustic affair for friends, this one was an honor, because of all the bands in Monterey County to choose from, the lovely ms. melissa "focker" stoddard asked us to play her going away party. for the occasion, mark convinced pete wise to let us borrow a tolo loche (if you don't know what it is, looked it up.). mark was stoked on the thing and said it was his dream to play one. scott whipped out a ghetto spiel, which claudia nicknamed the pianita. We played four sets -- everything we knew and then songs we'd never, ever played together but somehow pulled off -- oldies, gangsta shit, doo wop and of course, johnny cash. san benancio canyon will never the same. RIP Pear.

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• friday, august 25, 2006. 7 p.m., live in-studio performance on kzsc santa cruz 88.1 fm, the silverfish in the kitchen show. show will be available for download at www.silverfishradio.com.

finally, a recording with mark! in some way, we owe paul davis for this one, because he kept badgering our lovely host carla to invite us on-air. We got to fill in a whole two-hour set, which meant about an hour and a half of playing -- electric & acoustic -- and a half hour of george yaking away. If you notice the pictures, scott and his drum set couldn't fit in the studio, so he was set up in the vinyl closet, where his cymbols were literally half an inch from stacks of records. We got a bunch of great recordings out of this, including "juntado," "blvd.," "kick rocks," and mark accompanying george on drums for the waltz. the setting was idyllic -- the studio was nestled in a redwood grove. check out the music page. you can download the show!

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• saturday, august 19, 2006. 7 p.m., the cherry bean cafe, 332 main street, oldtown salinas. with the achievement, dun bin had, numb minded. free, all ages.

fuck yeah!!!! -- the cherry bean. we performed as numb minded since numb minded didn't. of which -- does anybody know what happened to them? dun bin had came up from santa cruz and rocked it as a trio -- which make this show a menage a troie (umm, I can't speak french, much less spell it correctly) times three. it was great to see the achievement back in action again. welcome back, nate! we debuted two new ones -- "boulevard" and "juntado" -- for a crowd that included lots of good friends, good people and one drunk parsons. best of all, mark's daughter, isabella, got a chance to see her old man play, though I heard she was more into her cookie than his rolling bass lines. que bueno!

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• saturday, 7/22/06, 8:00 p.m., the penny farthing tavern, 9 east san luis street, salinas, calif., with the gunslinger (their cd release show). free, 21+.

the gunslinger was nice enough to not only let us play their cd release show, but they let us "headline" over them and crucial unicorn (ex-static revolution -- kick ass melodic punk!!!). that weekend monterey county experienced a conflux of all that is lucrative, commercial and with mass appeal -- rodeo, moto gp and the bach festival -- we figured the place would naturally be packed. the night was fun but george lost his voice, his temper and was, to quote ms. amber, a pissy pants. a good show nonetheless with three covers that included quicksand via crucial unicorn, kid dynamite via the gunslinger and johnny cash by, ugh, us. thanks, guys.

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• friday, 7/21/06 - la perla restaurant, 129 main st., salinas, calif. with la plebe, bound to break, fuga, call to arms. all ages, $7, 7 p.m.

an amazing show all around. to everyone's surprise it started on time -- 7 p.m. -- leaving none of the out-of-town bands anywhere near salas by the time bound to break finished their set. so we got up and did our thing much earlier than anyone, including ourselves, expected. it's always fun to see a packed joint dancing along to the country punk sounds of r&r! lil' emily played the role of merch girl for the evening. ain't nobody gonna' pull a fast one on her. thank you! fuga came down and lived up to their cumbia punk reputation that meana's been touting. live, they're still george's new favorite band. and la plebe -- well, need we say more. to be honest though, the most exciting thing, at least for george, was the show after the show, when maestra hilda y los fuguistas jammed in the restaurant,the stage and the back alley, sing old jarochos and playing jaranas. that's the point of all this -- brings like-minded folks together through a common passion. as ever, the party continued,from jaime's to the wilson building.

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• thursday, 7/13/06, 8 p.m., the cherry bean cafe, 332 main street, oldtown salinas. with sex farm (darktown rounders acoustic) and the sundowners (LA). it's old-timers night, so bring your walker and cane and look out for the accordion and banjo! free, all-ages.

guerilla shows in our backyard! night two of the mini-tour. unfortuately our friends para la gente were playing morgan's at the same time in monterey. the sundowners have the great knack for singing harmless lyrics about pie and lemonade and yet coming off really creepy. oh yeah, and just when you think it's over, it's just the beginning with them. john started it off right with a few new ones. watch for lyrics that'll perk the ears of the pacifists. sex farm -- need I say more? favorite moment was when davey forgot what he was singing altogether and lost it towards the end. scott rush has a great video to F.U.C.K. and that one about not caring about money. yeah -- you saw it right. george played the accordion for ring of fire. we're anxious to bring it back tambien! and what had to be the smoothest transition from a near drum disaster, homeboy from the sundowners saved scott with a bass pedal after scott's crapped out on him during "no charity." el nuevo maestro de rum y rebellion, smacky macdonald. it was great to be back. god we missed the cherry bean.

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• wednesday, 7/12/06 8:30 p.m. at the blue lagoon, 923 pacific ave., santa cruz, calif. arrive early, we open up for god of shamisen, the sundowners (LA) and foxycock (LA). 21+.

we forced our way onto this bill so we could jam with senor harpel's band, the sundowners. a relatively short set accented by shouts from friends alex and david; it was an interesting night. mark and meana cut out for a bit to dance next door. foxycock sang, repeatedly, about getting head from laura bush and the god of shamisen played a shamisen with backing from a metal band. all and all, a mellow start to a two-night stand with the sundowners. hamms, pabsts and old friends. saludos!

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• thursday, 6/29/06, 8 p.m. at the jury room, 712 ocean street, santa cruz, calif. with main street militia. 21+.

back at the jury room five days later. we lost mark along the way but he's alright now. joe filled in on bass (for what was his fourth farewell show, but who's counting?). rockabilly kim requested "the san luis waltz." damn if that didn't feel good, though george felt bad we couldn't do it for her. we inspired a few young ladies to dance with each other which inspired many a man later that night -- we assume. main street militia drove all the way out from sonora -- not mexico, but outside yosemite -- only to play while "army of darkness" was projected onto them. we hope to have 'em in salinas someday. two beers, 20 bucks, higway one y salas otra vez.

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• saturday, 6/24/06, 8:30 p.m. at the jury room, 712 ocean street, santa cruz, calif. with hated sg (members of sad boy sinister from san jose). come early. the joint is across the street from the county courthouse in santa cruz. 21+.

the previous show was mark's first one, but this one was his coming out party! the sound is down and we had a fucking blast, with salinas invading the jury room and mobbing deep! (well, at least bill the promoter thought so). the pirates of the carribean opened up for us. some nice lady bought the house a round, which meant whiskey for george, rum for scott and coffee for mark. the regulars kept their back to us most of the night until they saw george leap from scott's bass drum. a sign of the cross and all was better. anjanette dug the cash cover and michelle is now the r&r merch girl. if you ever wondered why alcohol was prohibitioned, george was a prime case for cause saturday night. as scott said, he was in rare form that night. arrrr. i'm still ashamed of getting into an argument with the barkeep at the poet over some shitty heavy metal. but at least joe had my back (and a handful of drink tokens...)

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• friday, 6/9/06 - la perla restaurant, 129 main st., salinas, calif. with madtown mulligan, sugar daddies, f.u.x. and the bluffingtons. all ages, $7, 7 p.m.

congratulations danny and bienvenidos a mark "el maestro" cantu, r&r's new bass player and musician extraordinaire. funny, when we first approached marc a couple months ago about joining up, he said he'd jam but wasn't a bass player. "i'm a rhythm man -- a drummer by trade," was what he told us. then we come to find out he plays guitar, accordion and bajo sexto and will likely give both scott and george lessons at some point. before we even know it, we'd heard marc play before. george has a 10" comp. with his old rockabilly band, the del royals. check it out if you can find it. anyway it was a great show because it was a great local showcase of how diverse monterey county punk rock can get -- from the snotty ramone-core of the bluffingtons to the screaching propaghandi-esq. metal of hate for state and salinas/penninsula melodic punkers madtown mulligan (can someone explain that name for me?), it was a great night. joe gave us his blessing, or at least his presence, and it was great start for el maestro, even though george botched our witty cover of "sleepwalk." see ya next time.

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• saturday, 5/27/06 - at the penny farthing tavern, 9 e. san luis st., salinas, calif. with the achievement. a party to celebrate amber's graduation!

congratulations are in order once again to the magnificant amber, for whom the show was put together. earlier in the afternoon she graduated with her master's degree in social work from san jose state. out of the frying pan and into the fire, as they say. the show was the last with the jza and possibly our last with the current achievement lineup. this was a loose one, to be honest. the three of us hadn't played together since gina's house party about four weeks earlier. scott had just recently returned from his hawaii trip with amber. sanchez's ears were still ringing from the mule train reunion friday night in santa cruz. 8 p.m. rolls around -- no jza. 8:30, no jza. 9 p.m., still no joe. then the kid shows. there were shots and pints. the jza busted a bass string during "no charity," right after george forget the lyrics. mark cantu (remember that name!) pulled his bass from his van and all was saved -- sort of. jza finally did a bass solo during the breakdown in "anne," and threw the rest of the boys for a loop. john and george closed the night with a duet of the weakerthans' "anchorless." congratulations amber. joe, we're gonna' miss the hell out of you (insert sappy music and collage of jza photos and memories) and wish you and the md all the best in san jo. "hey fucker I miss you!"

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• saturday, 4/8/06 - la perla restaurant, 129 main st., salinas, calif. with la plebe, toxic us, sakrificio, outraged, the kings kids. 7 p.m., all ages, $5.

the rumor down at the penny was that tonight's show at la perla was a bunch of mexican punk bands. y que -- madre de la chingada. in hindsight, joe and scott as well as adam and mark de la plebe were the token white boys. this show is gonna be remembered -- outraged, toxic u.s. and la plebe as well as some wicked wicked music from sakrificio. and recording nerd smacky macdonald captured it all on tape! it was a strong, sober farewell to the jza, though there's rumor he might do one last show with us at the penny next month. thanks for everyone who came out, sang along and danced. we'll be back soon. con safos.

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• saturday, 4/1/06 - penny farthing tavern, 9 e. san luis st., salinas, calif. with cali nation. 9 p.m., free, 21+

earlier in the day, marcos lost boy asked george if he was "ready for tonight?" we didn't know what he meant until it was closing time and cali nation was pushing a two-hour set with heads still going strong. damn! When cali nation comes to your town, you better run 'cause these homeboys mean to party all night long. the lovely eleanor elliott of darktown rounders fame sat in with us for what'll be the first of (probably) many harmonica-backed gigs. it was a pleasure to jam with her. and when you get a chance, ask her about the old o.c. punk rock days. you'll get a couple great stories. drop us a line and let us know what you thought of the new live addition?. we're gonna' try to rival the darktown rounders and get like 40 people involved in our live set (or not). the count down to jza departure has begun. make sure you come out next week for the last official show with rosey cheeked joe on bass. but he's not gone yet -- as evident by our $100+ bar tab at the end of the night.

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• saturday, 3/18/06 - la perla restaurant, salinas, calif. with the achievement, bluffingtons, brilliant red lights. 7 p.m., all ages, $5.

ahh -- back home. the kids came out and god knows we appreciate every one of ya'll. scott recorded this one as well. the bluffingtons were hells of fun. "fuck you peter metro!" ha! good screeching weasel punk rock. the achievement played a great set. their new tunes are awesome! brilliant red lights are one of the most impressive trios I've ever seen and the sounds they squeeze out of their instruments are jaw-dropping. they're some cool sacra kids that played with homegirls velvet fury. hopefully we'll play with them in their hometown one of these days. one of these days...

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• friday, 3/17/06 - caffe pergolesi, santa cruz, calif., with the achievement. 7 p.m., all ages, free.

st. paddy's day in santa cruz. outside of AA heads and lonely would-be poets (really, aren't they always ... ) there weren't too many people around. shit, the poet and patriot is just a stone's throw away. we played to the achievement and the achievement played to us and a couple other dudes. it was a sausage party. then again, unless you're walking the line and on the wagon, why would you hit up a cafe on st. patrick's day? but that doesn't really explain why it was a sausage party. anyway, afterwards, we headed into the forest to check out kevin (mule train) and his new band membership at a party. cody from the train rolled up as well and everyone squeezed into a tiny living room to watch the bands. the floor was creakin' and swayin' but nobody was sober enough to recognize the potential death trap we were packed into. well, except maybe john. there should be a live recording of this one hanging around. oh yeah -- ask nate about the wolf.

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• saturday, 3/11/06 - morgan's coffee & tea, monterey, calif., with john from the achievement playing solo. 7 p.m., free, all ages.

darktown christy saved the day by letting us borrow a snare drum. otherwise it was a great semi-acoustic show. john showed up and did a couple achievement "hits" and some new ones. chad, who helped us out with the cd cover, played a few acoustic songs as well. once we set up, scott realized he brought his whole drum set -- except for the snare. so christy helped out. you missed a broke down blues moment when george played guitar and the bass drum at the same time while scott banged out a rhythm on a plastic bucket. in love and war, by any means necessary. thanks to the kids who stuck around and waited for us to play and everybody else who showed up and sang along. we'll be back.

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• friday, 3/10/06 - bowling alley across from the boardwalk on beach street in santa cruz, calif. with others tba. show at 9, we go on around 11 p.m.

a strange night that began with the boys hitting the highway and driving straight into a storm. pounding rain on the windshield and purple bursts of lighting on the ocean accompanied us up the coast to santa cruz. by the time we arrived, everything was covered in a layer of hail and ice that make most cali kids -- like george -- confused and excited. by the time we arrived, the beaver fever girls were rocking out in the corner of a bowling alley bar. we set up and got going sometime around midnight. during the first song -- "no charity" -- some dancing fools knocked over a table holding up the pa speaker cabnet, busting the thing right there in front of joe. a few minutes later they ended up wrestling on the floor in front of us and we couldn't tell if it was a fight or just macho-homoerotic love. either way it was a good show. plenty of dancing and dodging mic stands to keep our teeth. homegirl amanda from the erasmus days showed up. julie and la claudia proudly wore brand new jza pins on the jackets and mary's girl came all the way from philly just to get caught in the cold. unfortunatley, joe's bass didn't come home with us. but jake from dun bin had saved the day and tracked it down. the jza is complete.

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• friday, 3/3/06 - la perla restaurant, salinas, calif. with the phenomenauts, stellar corpses, ambivalence. 7 p.m., all ages, $10.

dry ice, dozens of greasy pompadours and one smelly, pale fleshy dildo -- sounds like either a b-horror movie or porn -- but it was the phenomenauts show. packed like a motherfucker -- thanks for everybody who came out and sang along. we debuted two new ones: "4 years" and "witness." scott ran the sound all night and somehow george and toxic lazaro ended up as "security" at the front, seperating the kids from the flying saucer rock n' roll. meanwhile, the jza was elsewhere with better laid plans...

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• thursday, 3/2/06 - morgan's coffee & tea, monterey, calif., with para la gente. 8 p.m., free, all ages.

finally -- we play morgan's! too bad it was only 2/3's the rebellion. the jza had to work. george debuted the banjo on "kick rocks" (well, actually he did that about a week before at a party, but who's counting...). scott tooled around with his inspector gadget-looking marching snare. with a shaker in his shoe, sticks hanging out of his ass and the tower of bells and tamborines connected to the snare, he looked like of them market street music acts in san francisco that perform for tourists and other homeless people. para la gente came out and did a subdued set with a full set up. can't wait to play with 'em again.

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• saturday, 1/28/06 - la perla restaurant, 129 main st., salinas, calif. with toxic us, bound to break, mule train, skeleton closet and give her the gun. 7 p.m., $4, all ages.

downtown salinas was packed saturday night on what was the first weekend without a cherry bean show (read the news section...). mule train had to back out 'cause paul was sick and skeleton closet never showed up. it was ridiculous to see cops and adults eye the punks and kids with suspicion while business folk and county well-to-dos gathered for a wine party at the steinbeck center. i suppose liver damage is more socially acceptable than black t-shirts, pins and patches. by the way, we're officially out of t-shirts and patches, so we'll be making another batch soon. as for the show, bound to break played some great melodic punk. look for them on the upcoming fury 66 tribute. and toxic u.s. were awesome as ever. their record should be out soon as well. we all wound up at gina and woody's afterward for carrie's going-away party and then it all goes hazy, though i remember something about it being wet back here...

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• saturday, 1/14/06 - moose lodge, 111 monterey street, salinas, calif., 7 p.m., all ages, $8. with mule train, sik luv, stellar corpses, dark town rounders.

rum & rebellion gets down with the psychobillies and their hawkadors! meana put on another great, all-ages show, though she lost $$$ putting it on. the highlights you ask? seeing joe toss down his jacket at mary's request and joining his lady on the dance floor for jump blues ala darktown rounders, who were nice and loose from playing a wedding in big sur. oh yeah, ms. michelle says she's taking harmonica lessons at wise music. once she learns a few riffs, expect to see her blowing harp on some r&r tunes. in the meantime, tip her well at the penny and support her all-female tattoo shop she's hoping to open up. oh yeah -- one more thing. la perla hooked it up as the after-show spot. ranchera karaoke, modelo especial, cheap mexican food and tattoos. i love salinas!

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• saturday, 12/17/05 - caffe pergolesi, santa cruz, calif. with the trainwreck riders, the achievement. free, all ages.

there was something romantic to the night. we arrived to santa cruz amidst a slow misty drizzle. a darling victorian home turned cafe, pergolesi had its usual scattering of students, punks, poets,and egoists on the porch and inside. we crowded into a small room and about a dozen new faces followed. not long after the achievement began their set, the windows were steamed up like a teenage car date. couples danced, people laughed, we all sang along when we knew the words, a few points were made and a string broke. down the street a handful of salinas kids were dancing a 4/4 beat at the tsol show, but we were in our environment as well. at the show's end, we walked into the first storm of winter and scattered to our own destinations under the cover of night. a fitting farewell to the trainwreck riders and our santa cruz homies or a subtle reminder we're all under the same shit. it was off to the bar, raise a pint and then the road. see ya next year. thanks to paul, andrew, the achievement, mule train, the trainwreck riders and everybody who kept their shirts on this time.

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• friday, 12/16/05 - the lava lounge, monterey, calif. with the trainwreck riders, mule train.

the first of a two-night stand with the trainwreck riders ... our friends mule train came down and started things off right. paul dedicated simple life to george and they played a couple great new songs that we can't wait to hear again. trainwreck riders: a handfull of young men from san francisco's richmond district and certainly the mellowest people we've ever played with -- then followed. after bearing the bad news that san francisco's full moon partisans were no more, they played pretty, intricate, shimmery alt.country that you don't come across often. when we took the stage around midnight, grounding issues turned george's lips into a burnt quesadilla and he felt inclined to make up for it by jumping around. then the real suprise came. some young lady calling herself cherry gave us a one woman show and turned the stage into her own personal dancing pole. if you saw george laughing during the first couple of songs, it's 'cause ms. cherry was flashing him and rubbing her nipples something fierce. it didn't stop. seriously. by the end of the night, george told her rum & rebellion aren't a bunch of rock stars. no sir. we're for the people, he said. if she wanted to share her god given gifts with us, she'd have to share with everyone at the lava lounge. all of a sudden she was standing between george and joe, facing the crowd. all we could see were a bunch of sailors raising their drinks in what seemed like a toast to our half dressed friend. i guess cherry's breasts are the people's breasts.

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• saturday, 12/3/05 - the penny farthing tavern, e. san luis street, salinas, calif. 9 p.m., 21+. with the darktown rounders.

feliz cumpleanos a senor tom waite!!! goddamn, we can only hope we make it to 40. surrounded by many friends -- yeah, melissa rocks!! -- and some great local musicians, the whole bar toasted tom and we tore into a sloppy cover of "mommy's little monster" for the birthday boy. as ever, the darktown rounders delivered two tight sets of jump blues. if you were paying attention, you probably caught george and scott jump up and join the band on guitar and various percussion, but don't ask them 'cause they barely remember. oh yeah, we debuted a new one -- about autonomy -- that george wrote about the revolution in bolivia. it's sort of cumbias, just like whores blues is a country song. yeah right, asshole.

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• friday, 11/25/05 - the blue lagoon, 923 pacific avenue, santa cruz, calif., with the chop tops, horrible humans, six steps to hell. 9 p.m., 21+

mil gracias a kenny for driving up from salinas the day after thanksgiving to spend his friday night with us. we drove all the way up in a two seater pickup for $40 and free hams beer. get used to it, kids. look for a show in the future with the chop tops again.

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• saturday, 11/19/05 - soledad ymca, soledad, calif., 2-10 p.m., all ages. we play at 4 p.m. with houston we have a problem, the achievement, the arcade, kickstart devils, after night falls, lucky losers, the pissants

next time we play in south county, we'll wear all black to fit in. seriously though, we can't wait to return. roman and x from houston we have a problem set this show up. eight bands in about eight hours. the achievement started things off right around 2 p.m. we took the massive stage around 4. the jza tore up his finger tips but we debuted "no folk song (new d.a. blues)" as a full band. kids were dancing and the sound was big. somebody said we sucked and the world was right. roman said he's setting up shows at the skateparks down there, so we'll be back as soon as we can.

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• saturday, 11/12/05 - at the gallery of urban art, emeryville, calif., with swift, others. closing party for chad johnson's art show, 'counterintuitive.'

it was a quiet night for the rebellion, but an honor nonetheless. Scott's cousin chad, who was instrumental in taking manny's amazing artwork and getting it onto the record cover, had an exhibit of his art at this joint in oakland. we were invited to play with his band, swift, on the exhibit's closing night. fatty, senora gordita and sarn richy rolled up from george's past. cfan action man woulda' made it but the cabs don't go to oakland. the jza was mia across the bay. scott played his brand new 70-year-old marching snare and george plucked his nylon string guitar and slurred the words to a handful of songs, including the brand new "no folk song (new d.a. blues)." congratulations chad. look for his violin man on a r&R recording sometime down the line.

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• monday, 10/31/05 - halloween misfits tribute night, the cherry bean cafe, salinas, calif., with proton cannon, wasted and accused, darling darling and the attitudes, others.

at the end of the night, after a solid hour of cleaning the cherry bean, we looked up and saw fake blood dripping from the ceiling. a fitting end to a night of misfits tributes. from king city to watsonville, kids and bands came through and damn it if we didn't have a good time. some dude offered to show george how to play "bullet." he politlely declined and moments later we tore into 12 minutes of misfits. big ups once again to lazaro and josh for helping this one come together. they'll be taking their misfits cover band -- darling, darling, and the attitudes -- to the alvarez high school talent show next month. show some love.

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• saturday, 10/29/05 - at the lifesize mousetrap, 1667 jerrold street, san francisco, calif., with esmerelda strange, others.

going into this show, we had to ask ourselves what kind of place would have esmerelda strange as the house band and what the hell would a life sized mousetrap do? we found out (apparently, so have burning man attendees and segments of sf society) and had one of the best shows ever. you know things are going to be fun when the doggie diner heads were the landmark to signify you found the place and the bar was serving bloody harrys (a bloody mary with sausage!). we opened the show and played loud enough to piss off warehouse residents in sf's bayview district. velvet fury, tres chicas mas fina originalmente de salas, weren't able to rock out with their dope outfits but then our new homie toshio hirano showed up with an acoustic guitar and a set list of jimmie rodgers, hank williams, johnny cash, and folk covers. george backed him up on "your cheatin' heart" and "i walk the line." then the mouse trap debuted. esmerleda played her accordion while the three blind micettes did a burlesque show. and it was cold. we followed the bowling balls as they traversed bathtubs, baskets, and catapults before causing one big safe to drop on a massive pumpkin! i can't even say i was drunk and made all this up. such is the rum & rebellion way...

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• saturday, 10/8/05 - trackstock music festival, salinas, calif. with the arcade, la muneca y las muertas, farrell dillon, josh armstrong, the cornells and others.

last year we opened for the arcade. this year they opened for us. wow. as usual with trackstock,the kids are the main attraction and we're just filler, but damn if we're not spicy filler. we debuted a new one -- kick rocks -- written by our carnal lost boy. lil' richard sanchez was in the house and videotaped the whole show, so expect some sort of r&r video montage in the not so distant future.

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• saturday, 10/1/05 - the cherry bean cafe, salinas, calif. with esmerelda strange, toxic us, la plebe.

this show had the making to be rowdy from the beginning. it was esmerelda's last night of tour and toxic u.s. convinced la plebe to come down and play for free. by 6:45 there was a crowd of kids up and down main street. we only put up three fliers and those were in the window of the cherry bean and they were taken down three days before the show. numb minded from king city opened and closed their set with a killer 7 seconds cover. by the time we played, at least 100 people had showed up for the show, unfortunatly at least half of 'em were outside. new cherry beaner sarah got a taste of real punk rock when toxic u.s. got tossed from the cherry bean, or at least until their next show. yeah, the cops showed up. some kids got tossed from the cherry bean and there was that rumor of someone getting attacked outside ... but esmerelda calmed everyone down and gave us a good outsiders perspective about how ridiculous it is to shit on the only free, all-ages joint in town. we looked at each other and laughed. when la plebe started everything was cool and bodies were literally flying through the air. when it was all over it was all smiles. and then lazaro leaned over and said, "we did a good thing." damn right.

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• saturday, 9/3/05 - the penny farthing tavern, e. san Luis street, salinas, calif. free, 21+.

a very strange show to walk into. if we did well, we do well for everyone. but if we fucked up, we fucked it up for everyone. well, mandy loved us. and it looks like live music will be making its way back to the penny. george broke four strings (a new record) and pissed off joe (what else is new?). debuted "no folk song" and "kicking rocks," which lost boy wrote the lyrics for. not to diminish salinas, but for a minute, the show felt like a bar in s.f.: tattooed punks all over the place, shooting pool, playing darts, enjoying themselves with a pint in hand, everyone just hanging, chilling with each other. it was wonderful seeing the 21+ salinas punk crowd sticking around in one place all night. here's to the next round. and yes, we've got a monopoly on the main street between west alisal and west san luis. next up: la parilla!

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• saturday, 8/20/05 - cd release show, the cherry bean cafe, main street, salinas, calif. 8 p.m. with mule train, the achievement, darktown rounders, para la gente, lost boy. free, all ages.

george lost his voice before the show and totally blew it by the nights end, but what a wonderful night. as ol' bukowski would say, 'to all my frieeends!" all our friends were in the house! people were piled out the door but a little thin inside. it was nice to introduce mc change, darktown rounders and mule train to the cherry bean. that place is our home. it's good to have a home.

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• thursday, 8/4/05 - ocean thunder, 214 lighthouse ave., pacific grove, calif. with darktown rounders. 9 p.m., free, 21+.

monte - fucking - rey! monte-fucking-rey! only at a fucking biker bar in monterey would the owner approach us two songs into the set and tell us to turn it down lest we get the cops banging on his door. that would never happen at the cherry bean. so at 1/4 the volume george played real nervous,the set got cut short, scott played with his brushes and joe wondered aloud why it took him longer to drive to the show than we played. but the darktown rounders were amazing as ever and we're totally stoked they're playing the record release.

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• saturday, 7/9/05 - housewarming party, gina's house, salinas, calif.

at the invitation of gina cherrybean, rum & rebellion is the official house band for her home and we broke that shit in this weekend. it was a chicana/redneck house warming that could only happen in salinas (or prunetucky). out front there was a souped up vw bug, out back there were burning slabs of meat cooking, inside there was a vintage b.c. rich warlock and at the bar there were mixed drinks with names like "papa smurph's nuts." scott brought the boom-bap but broke his boom with the first beat of his bass drum pedal at the beginning of "all the pretty songs." so we took a twenty minute break to drink more while he found a new bass drum. the lessons from this show: 1) no matter how hard you try, you can't sing with a straight face when you're staring down at a half eaten plate of macaroni. 2) it's good to have the brothers chasco present, especially when thuggie starts pouring the shots. 3) when the jza says it's time to stop, we should've stopped playing twenty minutes earlier. 4) we love house parties! if you have a party, we'll play. simple as that. email us, just give us directions and tell us when to be there. see ya next time.

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• friday, 7/1/05 - 7 p.m., the cherry bean coffee house, salinas, calif. with the achievement, the arcade, the grey champion. free, all ages.

another great show with friends. the arcade thanked everyone before every song and hoped they all liked it ... and we did. the grey champion bounced and rocked through all five of their great melodic hardcore tunes. the night closed with the achievement. contrary to the weekly, john did not cry nor is the achievment emo. when we played, george was all ornary about the news of the day and "went off," according to a bunch of folk later. one kid told scott what we said was pretty cool and it helped him make sense of "that girl that retired" friday morning. that girl? ... oh, sandra day o'connor. she calls herself a cowgirl. funny, so does joe...

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• saturday, 5/28/05 - 7 p.m., the cherry bean coffee house, salinas, calif. with the achievement, para la gente, paige, lost boy, lance weisser and see seven. free, all ages.

what an amazing show! all the bands, all the poets, all the kids and all the coffee. just a wonderful, inspiring night that was proof that something brewing in salas under everyone's radar. we even pulled off the waltz and sold about eight t-shirts. unfortunately, about an hour after the show, the cherry bean got robbed. somebody broke through the back, smashed the cash register, and made off with the weekend's profits. so we're asking ya'll to make a concerted effort to drop by the cherry bean this week and give 'em what you can afford. treat yourself to a good chai or buy your buddy a cup of coffee before work. every little bit helps. as saturday night showed, the cherry bean is one of the best spots we've got going right now. it's small, central, the owners are down, and the shows are free. so let's help them out.

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• saturday, 4/9/05 - 8 p.m., santa cruz, calif., at 214 plymouth st., with the gales and capital.

after waking off our hangovers and playing an acoustic set downtown, we made our way to the plymouth house off the highway. an out of place victorian perched above the street and accessible only by two small dirt trails, george said it reminded him of old east l.a. with senor philipe and jaime from sf in attendance and a special guest who followed us off the streets, the show was intimate and searing, like an unforgetable night spent in the gaze and grasp of star crossed new lover. trapped in a crowded sweaty room, san francisco's capital tore the place up with a good 'ol rock n' roll freak out. hard to follow up a band that licks their drum set. but we did and joe and mary made up/made out by the end. the gales unleashed their solid, politically conscious alt.rock. somehow everyone (except for scott) ended up at the denny's across the street not long after. can't wait to come back santa cruz.

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• friday, 4/8/05 - 8 p.m., santa cruz, calif., at the barn, 1463 high street, with trainwreck riders and mule train.

it looked bad when we pulled in just before the show was scheduled to start and the bands hadn't all arrived and the crowd was this one guy. but we got some beer and snacks, sat on the couch with the mule train boys and relaxed. people trickled in and draggonsteed wove an amazing acoustic country tale of a valiant knight's struggle against an evil creature. more people came and pussygut played a stylish all-rythm set. more people came and we played fast and furious to an appreciative crowd who couldn't hear any vocals because of a blown p.a. even more people came and trainwreck riders played to a heaving melee of half-drunk rabble rousers, people dancing and hanging from the rafters and spilling beer on each other. and then the cops came and it was all over before mule train struck a single chord. we loaded up in the rain and headed to julie's, where a hungry george looked in the fridge, spotted some oysters and greedily sucked down five of them before thinking to ask how old they were. they were more than a week old. so as george stuck his finger down his throat to reverse his oyster-eating decision, scott stuck his camera in his face to capture the action. because true friendship is all about blasting your buddy with a flash when he's ralfing. all in all, an amazing night.

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• friday, 3/11/05 - 8 p.m., san francisco, calif., at the balazo mission badlands gallery, with love songs, abi yo yos and sunward strike. a benefit for the family of gary webb.

we raised more than $200 for the family of gary webb. it'll help his wife, sue bell, get down to mexico for a may day memorial planned for gary. thanks for all the bands that played and passed on all the funds to the family and thanks to everyone who came out to support the music and remember gary. it means a lot.

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• saturday, 2/26/05 - 7 p.m., salinas, calif., an acoustic show at the cherry bean coffee house on main street in oldtown. with lance weisser, john brandow, lost boy, others. free.

people actually waited around for us this time and I'm not talking about mary, amber, and the usual suspects. no--i'm talking about strangers. we can't wait to play salinas again. thanks so much to everyone who came out and stuck around, especially the new folks. lance is possibly the rockinest christian we've ever met. keep an ear out for his seven sins cd. lost boy came out and brought the house down and john's "this guitar screams" is the best song billy bragg never wrote. george backed out of playing the brand new one, "the san luis waltz," but it's really pretty and we hope ya'll get to hear it next time.

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• saturday, 2/19/05 - 10 p.m., monterey, calif., at the lava lounge, with negative head and u.s. of shit. free.

we didn't go on until about midnight, but goddamn, it was pinche familia night, with cousin ramone and aunt maria from michigan, uncle johnny from new mexico, george's folks from la and el hermano de jza from philly. a good crowd of friends and party people, us of shit and negative head put on their best as well. thanks boys. anybody know if that girl who passed out in the alley is alright?

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• friday, 2/18/05 - 8 p.m., salinas, calif., an acoustic show at rollick's internet cafe on main street in oldtown. free.

dan hooked this one up even though he doesn't like the demo. well we proved him wrong and won us some new fans as well. can't wait to get back and play rollicks though. the sound is great and as lost boy noted, it's good to do poems about salinas in salinas. john came through as well, straight from the christian rock show, and did his own special version of "knowledge." check out stuart thorton's review of the show at the weekly's website.

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• saturday, 2/13/05 - 9 p.m., oakland, calif., at the stork club with joshua james and the runaway trains.

tonight we learned the meaning of jawbreaker's "tour song," but it was pleasure nonetheless to see ms. myra, her lovely guests and all our friends who showed up. joe and george gotta' settle their beef, man. i swear, george almost got knocked on his ass at the stork club. after the show, we got an offer to play up north with joshua james. someday, verdad.

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• thursday, 1/27/05 - 8 p.m., aptos, calif., at the aptos club, 7941 soquel dr., with the achivement of flight and the gales.

great show at a great dive along the great highway in the santa cruz mountains. the crowd -- men and women -- was a very pretty group of folks dressed up like the people george used to run around with in la, sf, and the o.c. rumor has it that most of 'em were there to see their hairstylist perform. the achievment of flight rocked it, even kicking out a brand new one with the dub beat (did ya know they have a record coming out?) the gales invited us back.

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• friday, 1/7/05 - 8 p.m., san francisco, calif., at the balazo mission badlands gallery, a benefit for indymedia. with slam poetry crew hedrush and the achievement of flight.

before the show we played the 16th street bart station and were given money by old ladies and little kids.

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• wednesday, 1/5/05 - 9 p.m., oakland, calif., at the stork club with mule train and joshua james and the runaway trains.

george got hoarse so mary saved the day by taking vocal duties for the end of our last song. joshua james played a solo while standing on top of the bar.

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• friday, 12/17/04 - 7 p.m., acoustic show at the cherry bean coffee house in salinas with the arcade, john brandow and paige.

the crowd was cool and the bands sounded great on this night of low-volume local rock, but john showed everybody up with his cover of 'plastic jesus.'

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• thursday, 12/16/04 - 8 p.m., santa cruz, calif., at caffe pergolesi with the juanita family and friends.

we blocked coffee drinkers from using the restroom while we rocked in a room with two church pews, a purple couch and oil paintings of flowers on the walls.

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• wednesday, 12/1/04 - 9 p.m., radio appearance on kzsu 90.1 fm of stanford university.

we rocked it live in the studio for all the smart people.

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• thursday, 11/18/04 - 10 p.m., monterey, calif. at the lava lounge with wop norp neep norp and para la gente.

joe's bass became overrun by gremlins, he promised to kick himself out of the band if such a thing happens again.

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• thursday, 11/11/04 - 10 p.m., monterey, calif., the lava lounge with nancy boys and clockwork.

george charged joe like a bull and joe ran away.

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• saturday, 10/30/04 - an acoustic halloween tribute to the misfits during a party at joe's house, salinas, calif.

we played hits like 'braineaters' in full costume to a room full of people who have never heard the misfits.

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• saturday, 10/30/04 - salinas, calif. an anti-violence rally at the hebbron heights recreation center.

organized by barrios unidos. we played with an amazing native american drumming group and a rapper.

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• saturday, 10/9/04 - 8 p.m., balazo mission badlands gallery, san francisco, calif. with full moon partisans, esmerelda strange, monster trucks.

perhaps the best show in the history of music.

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• saturday, 10/9/04 - 11:30 a.m., trackstock music festival, salinas, calif. at the train station on market street. with the arcade, jeremy swan, the cornells, others.

scott played on top of a van and got a sunburn.

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• saturday, 10/2/04 - house party @ dania's, carmel, calif.

it was cold and foggy but people were warm and appreciative, even though the cops came.

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• saturday, 9/25/04 - house party @ julie's, santa cruz, calif.

for our first show, we entertained friends and annoyed neighbors at a wonderful, boozy gathering.