Saturday, July 30, 2011
Bonanza & Son DJ set
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Countrier Than Thou @ The Lock Tavern
'Countrier Than Thou'… Country-Blues-Americana
@ The Lock Tavern
Thursday 28th July 2011
Bonanza's 'Countrier Than Thou' club night (last Thursday of every month) has been successfully presenting the best in Country, Blues, Americana and Roots Music for over three years at the Lock Tavern way back in the days when Country was still a dirty word round these parts and Americana was thought by some to be simply a typo error!
Bonanza has consistently sourced excellence in traditional Country as well as the most forward thinking Avant-Country, Blues, Americana and Roots music with zero irony just good old-fashioned quality music and very good times.
Bonanza also broadcasts a popular weekly radio show (relaunching in September) on Resonance 104.4FM as well as running numerous other club nights and dj sets in the capital.
The Lucky Strikes:
First time on the Bonanza stage for this bunch of twisted, Americana renegades who were featured on the cover-mounted cd of the January edition of Uncut Magazine no less. Uncut went on to describe them as 'one’s to watch in 2011’and we ain’t gonna argue with that.
The Lucky Strikes will be showcasing their brand new album, ‘Gabriel Forgive My 22 Sins’ , a concept album of epic proportions which tells the tale of boxing champ, Frankie Valentinez, who loses his mind after throwing a fight.
The Strikes' wrap this tale in a dusty, old parchement of CrazyHorse styled Avant-Country Rock. A sort of amalgam of 'Exile' era Stones with The Black Keys at their loudest’. This is raucous, Rock 'n' Roll with a thumping Blues heart beat... or should that be Heart-BEEF?.. These boys also know how to play soft and delicate in equal amounts to display bathos, pathos and melancholy as well as balls to the wall Rock 'N' Roll.
There is also more than a Spaghetti Western, camp-fire whiff of such diverse characters as Ennio Morricone, Calexico, Tom Waits, Neil Young, The Band with Bob Dylan as well as tobacco, typewriters, whiskey and fiddles all telling the tale of the sale of Robert Johnson’s soul at a Mississippi Crossroads.
+ The Marlboro County Fair:
A welcome return for Bonanza’s favourite exponents of Psych-Country-Rock and arguably the best band name this side of Texas!…
These good old Country boys from Salisbury-Country will scare and charm you in equal, three-finger, whiskey measures with their dusty road-movie tales of the darkest love/hate love stories. Equally adept at dream-like swooning Psychedelia; moody melodies sway and stagger drunkenly into shimmering, bitter-sweet harmonies that could all have jumped straight out of the guitar cases of The Byrds, Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings.
Armed with a new batch of songs and an added maturity of songwriting that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end and will send a shiver down your spine… well they did me!
+ SPECIAL GUEST ALL THE WAY FROM TENNESSEE USA
Shake It Like A Cavemen:
Could Bonanza have perhaps discovered theeeeeeee best One Man Band EVER?.. No because as Jacques Derrida explained there’s no such thing as 'best or better, simply equivalences!' But before I disappear up a 'Deconstructivist ass-hole' let me tell you about 'Shakey…’
He is a one man band with the power of an orchestra. A man by the name of Snake but looking like an octopus as he psychotically but skillfully and simultaneously plays guitar, drums, harmonica whilst also providing all the vocals. Incredible to see but even more incredible to hear as he melds all your favourite sounds of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and brings it all right up to date. Imagine MC5 jamming with Ariel Pink and calling it MC1 or Todd Rundgren on the road with early ZZ Top providing authentic, broken-down, no messing, proper-sounding old school Blues that is good for your soul… You will all love him I guarantee it!
+ Guest DJ
Rob 'Space-Hips’ Morgan (If There Is Hell Below)
We are very pleased to have Cosmic, Space-Hopping Blogger, Rob ‘SpaceHips Morgan, spinning his personal selection of Late 60’s to Mid 70’s West Coast Country-Rock sounds for your delectation, Yeah!
+ Bonanza DJ set
Martyn Bonanza spins his latest acquisitions of Country, Blues & Americana vinyl curios.
+ Bonanza will also be screening Monte Hellman’s ’The Shooting’, arguably thee first ‘Acid Western’ from 1968 and featuring Jack Nicholson & Warren Oates plus other Western & Americana cinematic curios screening all night long.
Thursday 28th July 2011
@The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
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Monday, July 04, 2011
The Cosmic Film Club @ The New Rose
'The Cosmic Film Club'
@ The New Rose
Thurs 7th July 2011
(FIRST Thursday of the month)
A truly unique experience and the only audio visual film club and pub quiz in the known Universe!
Imagine a pub quiz in outer space and you'll be somewhere close to the premise of Bonanza's 'Cosmic Film Club'.
Expect to hear film soundtracks, scores, commercials, TV themes, musicals etc whilst the strangest of psychedelectronic films are screened all night long + a FREE ENTRY film and music quiz with prizes... yes, you heard right, a recession busting FREE quiz with PRIZES!?? How is that possible?
Your hosts, DJ & Quiz Master:
(Film soundtracks, scores, TV themes, commercials, adverts, musicals, radio broadcasts & all manner of strange & Psychedelectronica sounds effects)
FILMS SCREENED ALL NIGHT
Thursday 7th July 2011
(FIRST Thursday of month)
The New Rose
84-86 Essex Road,
Bonanza @ Filthy MacNastys
Bonanza @ Filthy MacNastys Saturday 2nd July 2011
‘Live acts & good records & that’s it!’
A bi-monthly night of quality live acts and quality records, enough said!… Oh and some pretty wacked-out ’n' weird films screened as a backdrop!
Ex Atom Seed Simon James has been working as Onions for the past few years and with his now sold-out debut album, 'The Old Straight Track', under his belt he has augmented his line-up. This has allowed him to take his original one-man, guitar-maestro virtuosity way-out of the solo Blues & Folk singer-songwriter realm into a far more atmospheric and ethereal kosmos of cascading Psychedelic otherness.
This new direction is reminiscient of John Fahey if he were fronting classic era Kraftwerk or perhaps John Martyn playing lead to such Krautrock stalwarts as Can, Harmonia or even Neu.
Come along and be mesmerized and marmalized by the virtuosity of his Kosmische maelstrom... Tantalisingly teutonic ta!
+ JD Smith:
A welcome return for our favourite Rockabilly-Punk troubadour and his beguiling blend of twisted Country-Blues and Rock 'n' Roll.
This is honest to goodness stompin' and low-down rockin’ 'n' howlin’ Country-Blues from this slide guitarist.
J.D's debut album 'A Jukebox Riot', recorded by Darrel Higham was hailed by critics and fans alike as well as being picked up by Total Rock's radio show, Bizarre Magazine and also featured on a recent Andrew Weatherall podcast no less.
Tonight at Filthy MacNastys with a big idea, a guitar and a heap of Punk-Rock attitude, J.D. will show us that a solo act can mean f*ck as well as Folk and can still rock again…. and again!
+ Guest DJ
Sterling ‘Rosco' Roswell (Spacemen 3/The Darkside)
Spinning Rock ’n’ Roll, Rockabilly, Garage & Psych’
+ Bonanza DJ set
Martyn Bonanza of ResonanceFM spins his latest weekly acquisitions of varying genre vinyl curios!
+ Bonanza will be screening Luigi Bazzoni’s ’Footprints On The Moon’ (aka Le Orme) a long lost, psychological Sci-Fi classic from 1975 plus some equally bizarre, cinematic curios screening all night long.
Saturday 2nd July 2011
Bonanza @ Filthy MacNastys
68 Amwell Street, (off Pentonville Rd)