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Pollo Del Mar - December 4th, 2004dotdotdotdotdot
artworkTo start with, Pollo Del Mar were utterly superb on the 4th of December when they came into the pit at KFJC. Even the soundcheck was spectacular. This is the document of that performance. many of you heard them live on-air, but if not... you'll just have to track down a copy somewhere. Superb!
Picks: Annabelle Lee / Red Asphalt, Insecticide, Cutless Supreme, Tsunami Struck, Bottom Feeder Boogie, Flash Of Green, 7 Sisters, 7 Seas / Hall Of The Mountain King, UBIK, Dark Side Of The Mushroom / As Above, So Below, Wild West Medley, Peaches en Regalia, Charlie Don't Surf, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Bottom Feeder Boogie - Green Flash (soundcheck), Tsunami Struck (soundcheck), Louie Louie Catastrophe (soundcheck)

Track by Track Review


Annabelle Lee / Red Asphalt dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Annabelle Lee" is easily my all-time favorite Pollo Del Mar song. Rhythmic, infectious, and very attractive. Swimming with rich and fluid guitar lines, grumbly bass down under, and perfect drums. Continuing the bass rumble, "Red Asphalt" powers and pummels in it's own unique way. The rhythm is pumping infectious while the melody line is almost delicate. Two faves medleyed together.

Insecticide dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another grand fave, this dedication to the Insect Surfers has been in the set for a very long time. The duel guitars and the great drums against glissando runs... amazing!

Cutless Supreme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cutless Supreme" is a splendid song with power and fluid motion. Brilliant changes are contrast to stunning drums. It's a very well crafted song, played very well!

Tsunami Struck dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This wonderful rage originally from the Surf Coasters is driven hard and all pumped up. The drums are pivotal in the working of this song, and when coupled with the bass, provide thunder and organization under intense guitars.

Bottom Feeder Boogie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums launch "Bottom Feeder Boogie" with tribal emotion and end of the night undulations. Contrasting guitar lines play off each other to create an uneasy sense of being on the run, but just about to be netted. Both unusual and wonderfully intense.

Flash Of Green dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flash Of Green" presents a circulating wah-guitar and haunting melody. Moody and mysterious, yet well within the limits of Surf City. Haunted feedback and serious psychedelica add an edge of dementia to this fine performance.

7 Sisters, 7 Seas / Hall Of The Mountain King dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This amazingly cool song floats on feedback and a tribal rhythm that moves with your soul. "7 Sisters, 7 Seas" is a simply stunning song, perfect in every way. Moody, moderately paced, and unbelievably seductive. "Hall Of The Mountain King" is arranged much in the gradually accelerating and semi orchestral way that SRC cut it back in the seventies, but with more surf and sparkle, and a lot more credibility.

UBIK dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"UBIK" is an angular song with long slowly sweeping wah-fuzz effects and a sense of urgency. Thick and powerful, open road longing, and an escape feeling. Excellent!

Dark Side Of The Mushroom / As Above, So Below dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dark Side Of The Mushroom" has again evolved into a thick and psychedelic wonder. It's a little less dark, though that sure doesn't mean it's light! The unsettling intent of the Chocolate Watchband original is retained, while an updated psych feel is added. Splendid! "As Above, So Below" flows right out of the end with a slither and a haunted depth of aqua blue. The combination is a very moving experience!

Wild West Medley dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a well-developed medley of cowboy themes. "Apache" is wonderful over a romping rolling cadence. A thoroughly original arrangement takes a mere splendid cover into much higher territory. Fantastic! A line from "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" transitions right into "The Magnificent Seven," which is always good to hear. "Hi-Yo Silver" (theme to The Lone Ranger) is quite fun, and moves into the theme from The Wild, Wild West (TV show), before giving way to a few bars of "Bonanza" on its way to a delightful cover of "The Fishing Hole" (the theme to The Andy Griffith Show a.k.a. Mayberry RFD). Next up is a slower title I don't recognize, which gives in to "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" in all its glory. Always a pleasure, "Ghostriders" rocks in a country cool way. It all comes back to "Apache" before all is said and done.

Peaches en Regalia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Possessing all of the jazzy angularity of the Frank Zappa original, but sifted through a surf sensibility, "Peaches en Regalia" remains an interesting and very unusual song. One of only a small number of Zappa works I actually like, "Peaches en Regalia" is even cooler in this aqueous edition.

Charlie Don't Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Clash's only surf epic "Charlie Don't Surf" gets an actual surf arrangement, which also retains the edge of the original. Splendid energy and playing throughout, especially the drums. It's songs like this that remind you how important bass is.

The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of Slacktone's signature songs is the raging "The Bells Of St. Kahuna." Pollo Del Mar make it over into a two guitar power rage, and it works quite well.

Bottom Feeder Boogie - Green Flash (soundcheck) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just as slithery as the performance on-air, but less psychedelic, "Bottom Feeder Boogie - Green Flash (soundcheck)" is no less attractive and groovy.

Tsunami Struck (soundcheck) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

High powered and just as rockin' raucous as the air performance, "Tsunami Struck (soundcheck)" shreds and powers! Yikes!

Louie Louie Catastrophe (soundcheck) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

For a brief moment, Pollo Del Mar messed around with "Louie Louie." It was no more than playing around, but then again, it IS "Louie Louie."