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The Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) was featured in a CNN "Showbiz News" segment today. The segment described the operation and featured interviews with Rob and Jeff (studs that they are).
Of special interest to Specula fans was the fact that "Careening Continental" was the lead-in and closing music for the piece. Hot-damn! If you look closely, you can even catch a glimpse of Malcom and Timmy's faces on a monitor as Jeff explains how the system works.
If you haven't checked out the IUMA yet, give it a shot. This is cutting edge stuff -- musical populism in the digital age. You can reach the IUMA via World-Wide Web at the following URL:
You can also e-mail them (for queries and submissions) at:
Heads-up tip: All you Santa Cruz residents be on the lookout for the Friday (3/11) edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The IUMA gets front-page coverage in that edition.
Thanks to all those who turned out at the Cactus Club. At last, a Specula gig for those on the other side of The Hill. The Cactus Club is down on First St. in San Jose, which is like the Pacific Garden Mall with porno.
It was a 4-band night with maximally heavy tunes. Specula was in the coveted (for week nights) 10:30pm slot.
Show openers "Mental Pygmies" were a real surprise: the only members were a drummer and a bassist. The bassist used a frequency divider to add a guitar sound over the bass. Since they played thrash (where the guitarist and bassist often play the same riffs simultaneously), it sounded completely natural. Although some of their songs were not ... mature ... they had a few good ones. Malcom especially liked "Gridlock."
The second band was a perfect imitation of a thrash-metal band: pointy guitars (you know the kind I mean), big hair, big drums, big singer ... literally. They were tight, but Malcom found their song writing to be a bit uninspired. But, if you like screaming and head-banging (which Malcom does), they are a good band for it. Beavis and Butthead would also approve.
Then came the highlight of the night as Deth Specula took the stage by storm and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Of course, since Specula fans outnumbered all other fan groups, the whipping part was easy.
Leading off with "Careening Continental" (off the new tape), Deth Spec followed up with "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy," then blasted into a whole bunch of songs, the order of which Malcom cannot even remember. It rocked by way too fast. I do remember a stompin' version of Kozmo's "Lili Damita," and the show-closing "Godzilla."
Many thanks to all who came to the show! We wish we could have seen even more of you all, but we understand -- Tuesday is a tough night.
But they will arrive...
The 25th is the last day of UniForum, so ... Malcom suggests making your UniForum visit on Friday. After the show, chow down on sushi and sake, then slither on over to The Rock on Broadway and check out music.
It's another 4-band set. I don't know yet about cover charge or the order of bands. (We're sharing the bill with the Psychodelic Cowboys, Amsterdam, and Eden's Burning [no, not another one of Yam's bands]).
It'll be a great show...
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