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Voodoo Glow Skulls: Nothing says ska like a lucha libre mask!
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls: Nothing says ska like a lucha libre mask!

So, I had this great little bit prepared for the inauguration about how we should all stop calling the letter "W" a "double U," and how it should be forever called a "double V." But now that "he" is gone, I don't even care. "W" is said and done, and "O" what a world it will be!

Speaking of double V's, do you remember the Wheel? No, not the apparatus used to facilitate movement by decreasing friction, but the band the Wheel? You know, the semi-psychedelic, Monument-based, power-grunge trio that moved to California to do a little "soul"-searching? Well it turns out that Colorado ain't so bad after all, and all the boys needed was a new name. And don't think, just because they're now the Orchid Riot, that they aren't still a serious apparatus for facilitating movement and decreasing friction.

You can find out for yourself when they roll into Union Station this Thursday, Jan. 22, joined by Queens Blvd. and Another Door for a CABO (Colorado Artists and Bands Organize) benefit. Or, for that matter, on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Rocket Room with Mike Stephens & the Foxhole Prayers plus a solo set from Mr. Andy Tanner. Welcome home, kids.

Also Friday, the diesel-burning Hot Finks are whipping up some of their potent and patented electric rock 'n roll at the Triple Nickel Tavern in celebration of their second self-produced CD, the inexplicably titled Hot Finks II. Heavily under the influence of the gods of the rock 'n roll glory days (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones, etc.), the Finks are true conjurers of the glorious days of yester-rock. Also gracing this free bill are local power-pop peddlers Insufficyent Funds.

And speaking of glory days, the last time I shaved my sideburns was sometime around the summer of 1996. I was 17 years old, and life was good. My hair was pointy, my suspenders were checkered, and my ride was a '76 Vespa. That was the year I saw the Voodoo Glow Skulls play in Pueblo to a crowd of about 15, bands included. I also drove to Boulder to see a reunited Toasters at the Fox Theatre, telling my Mom it would be a "once in a lifetime" opportunity. Mustard Plug was just coming into its own, with a jump from the legendary Moon Ska label to the rising Hopeless Records empire, providing me with much promo swag through my job at Toons Music & Film.

Yes, life was good, and now, thanks to a clean shave and the Ska is Dead IV tour featuring the bands aforementioned, as well as a few newbies, Deal's Gone Bad and Monkey, at the Black Sheep on Friday, Jan. 23, I can relive my so-called glory days, my "salad days" if you will. Oh, did I mention I was a vegan?

The Kaiser Cartel is making its semi-annual pilgrimage to Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave.) on Sunday, Jan. 25, as part of the venue's new fourth-Sunday "Shuga's Showcase." And to make matters that much more interesting, Vess Ruhtenberg, who happens to play bass for the Lemonheads, will open. And Edith Makes a Paperchain, too? Damn, Shuga, you go girl!

One final heads-up: Next Thursday, Jan. 29, Leftmore is throwing a tour kickoff/CD release at the Black Sheep. The Taylor Project, Andy Henningsen and Abracastabya open. Cool beans? Cool beans.

Smell you next time!

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