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Finally, it's that time of year again where eating chocolate for breakfast seems perfectly normal. Well at least over here at SM, Hq...
Now we'll be the first to admit, (the 1% aside) that 2011 was a rough year for most of us but courage people - it's almost OVER!
So we'd like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt, Thank You to everyone who sent some love our way this year. Whether you spun our tunes, shared the stage, or got a wet shirt in the face - Thanks for being there & making it happen!
Many Happy Returns & See you in 2012!
Now for a little holiday cheer, if only to show our Irish friends
how over the top Americans can get with holiday decorating... Enjoy!
With the current plight and resilience of The Occupy Movement stirring hope and imaginations across the land, Surgeon Marta has decided to stage a little occupation of their own. Next Wednesday, November 24th at midnight Surgeon Marta will take over the airwaves at KXLU, 88.9FM with a special 2-hour DJ set!
From uprising to decriminalizing we'll spin the sounds of rebellion until the needle wears out.
We'll be the first to admit that living in an abandoned mental hospital isn't for everybody but it's been a dream come true for us and surprisingly we even found some roommates! Although we've been busy with renovations, playing shows and working on new SM material we finally had a free moment to sit down and chat with our new roomies, a power-duo called Magnuson. So, here's the low-down and be sure to check these guys out! Rx, SM
The Magnuson Interview
Surgeon Marta: So of course the first question will always be.... Where and how did you guys meet? In Magnuson's case was music already a part of your individual lives, bands, open mics, etc…?
Greg Magnuson: We were both playing music separately and had grown up playing music. We met while playing on worship team in San Diego. I always wanted to talk to her but couldn't come up with anything to say but we ended up sharing a microphone one day. After that, she realized she was friends with my drummer and that gave us that common element to start up a conversation. We gradually got closer as she gave me a critical review of the "Last Days" album I was finishing at the time. Then she sang with us at the San Diego Fair. Then, our drummer quit and I had to move to drums so, she joined the band as rhythm guitarist and vocalist.
SM: Magnuson wasn't always a dynamic duo. a) - What led to this direction? b) - How difficult was it to make the change? c) - And in particular create the sound/s you wanted to make????
GM: Magnuson has been a "project" since 2003 and the whole time it has been challenging to keep a group of people together that had the same goals and ambition. It went from a solo acoustic act, to a duo, to 4 piece, then 5 piece, then 3 piece. There were occasionally shows where the drummer couldn't play and Kyrsten and I would just play as a 2 piece and we were surprised by the response we got. We started to make some serious progress when we released our EP "The Struggle Within" but right at the point we decided to start touring, we realized we didn't have the same vision as our drummer. So, one month before our tour started, we reworked our entire set into our official duo line up. It was challenging because we had to really step up our game and take it more seriously. We also had to revamp our guitar sound to give it more beef. Aside from that though, it was really easy. Now we can do what we want because we are on the same page.
SM: Musical influences!!! From Morrissey to Metallica to psychedelic folk it seems like you guys do it all! Was there, a) – A conscious decision to explore such a broad palette within the framework of the band or b) - simply, "Whatever we write.... It's a Magnuson song! "
GM: Well, I've always liked the vocals of Morrissey, his phrasing and lyrical content really helped me through a lot of my growing up. But I really learned to play guitar doing Metallica and Sex Pistols covers. Same with when I learned bass, Primus was my go to. As a result, I've always straddled different genres when writing songs. We like to sing as well so that sets us apart from a lot of the heavier bands we are influenced by. We're not death metal. So, our goal has always been to try to write songs that are musically interesting but have singable vocals. Wherever that leads us, we follow and then promptly label it "Magnuson".
SM: Greg you recorded/produced the new Magnuson LP "Crash of Cassini" a) - How difficult was the process + what set up did you use ? b) - Was this a budgetary or creative control issue? c) - Any advise to other bands thinking of going the DIY route?
GM: Ahh, recording. Well, I have always had ideas of what I wanted to hear in recordings. When we write songs, we both hear fairly well formed ideas. So we know what we want and sometimes, if it differs from what someone else wants, it can be difficult. In this case, we were still kind of solidifying our 2 piece sound so we thought it would be good to go at our own pace and have the ability to produce what we wanted. We ran the numbers and a Pro Tools LE rig along with a Mac Book Pro was about the same price as what we had spent recording our 4 song EP. So, we decided to make the investment in our own studio. We did all the tracking in our second bedroom and it was actually kind of challenging. When you can redo any part you want any time, it kind of consumes your life. But, we worked hard most of 2010 to get everything tracked. After I spent about 3 months mixing, I decided to have a friend to the final mix and master. But, we saved money in the long run and are very pleased with our cost vs. quality ratio.
SM: Magnuson are known for multiple mid set instrument swaps and hi-decibel mayhem. How would you describe your live show to audiences that have never seen you before?
GM: I would describe our show as 5 for the price of 2. We both sing pretty much the whole time in addition to playing guitar and drums so we sound like a full band. We had so many people on tour say after the shows, "We heard you outside and it sounded like a full band!" That's a good feeling. But straight to the point, it's a rock show that proves not all prog bands are boring. You can sing along to a song and connect with it as a listener and you can also experience some powerful prog rock… or metal as some have said. Maybe you could say we're an indie band on steroids? Just come check out a show and see what you think!
SM: Magnuson just finished a tour of the Western United States and the first thing we all need to know, did you play naked in Salt Lake City? OK only half kidding but seriously what was audience reaction to your live shows? Any favorite venues or towns? Best Show of the tour? Craziest/strangest tour moment? And what's up with the crab photos / explain crabbing?
GM: Okay, we did not play naked in SLC. Actually, we almost didn't play at all! When I contacted the venue about our load in time, they said, "Oh sorry, we over booked the night... Sorry." So, I got on the phone and booked us at The Dawg Pound and we had a freaking blast! Seriously, those guys know how to party. That was one of our best shows. My favorite city was Portland. So many great people there and the food and scenery are amazing. All the audiences seemed to have a blast as did we. We can't wait to go back. As far as strange moments, we had quite a few! The after party in Seattle, watching the Dutch band Death Letters we were touring with drink Four Loko was hilarious! Crabbing came about because our first band to band bonding moment on tour was talking about the hilarity of the "crab core" genre. So we just started taking pictures of us "crabbing" on everything! When the bands parted ways in Idaho, we got the idea to challenge each other. The van crabbing pic was pretty much the highlight, but we have some Vegas shots yet to unleash. When the tour was over we found out there's a Facebook group of people that "crab" - its like, a thing! And they made us their main photo! WINNING!!!!!
SM: Finally Surgeon Marta would like to thank Greg and Kyrsten for taking us up on the offer to move into our hospital HQ. Clearly the building is haunted seven ways to Sunday and we have to ask have either of you experienced any supernatural influences creeping into your creative work since the move?
Interview Note: After we asked this question the color left Greg's face, he shuffled nervously and handed us this battered videotape which contained the following footage. The strangest thing is, almost exactly as we were done watching it, the phone rang and we heard a child's voice say "seven days..." Weird right?
Earlier this year Greg was on a Swedish reality TV show called, Allt för Sverige where Americans of Swedish descent competed with each other for a chance to meet living relatives. Below are the episodes that have already aired - stay tuned for more! Rx, SM
In general it's fairly safe to say that Surgeon Marta has a couple of usual predilections but our favorites always seem to lie in the foggy crossroads of scientific study and the esoteric unknown. That's why Day of the Dead is just our kind of holiday! Seriously, what other holiday let's you decorate with skulls and skeletons, feast with your dearly departed and falls on the day after Halloween? (WINNING!) Anyway, this year Christine's Día de Muertos make-up was featured on the Skull-a-Day blog!
Skull-a-Day is a super cool site which is in it's 5th year of featuring some kind of skull everyday.
Check 'em out!
from Surgeon Marta & friends! Rx, SM
While it's nowhere near completed, we've slowly but surely been making restorations to SM HQ. It's probably always going to be a "work-in-progress" but it has come a long way and we even got some very cool roommates in the process! (Click HERE to read more about them... ;-))
Most recently, we've been cleaning out the library and have LOTS of books looking for new homes! We're giving away everything from Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions to The Physics of Stereo/Quad Sound. Of course you could also take the lot of them an create your own Alicia Martín-esque sculpture. Makes no difference to us - Honest!
Give us a shout to take 'em away! Rx, SM
Hidden on a non-descript length of Temple St., tucked behind a little white fence and under an equally plain sign reading only, ‘M’ (in English) are the two faded mint green doors of Dinner House M
Alas, it’s seems the rumors are finally true, the legendary night spot will be closing it’s doors officially after 24 years of keeping them open well past 2AM.
You can read the Los Angeles Times article which does a fairly good job of remaining neutral and providing a bit of history on the place. However, for anyone who’s ever frequented The M (from foreplay to gunplay) they all have a cherished story to tell. (Check out Yelp for further details…)
Our first encounter with the place was for a friends James Bond-themed birthday party. The venue could not have been more perfect, complete with classy drinks, gorgeous ladies singing various Bond theme songs and several guys arriving in full scuba gear only to strip down into surprisingly unwrinkled tuxedos! All of this with the Japanese fusion Jazz Bar as backdrop.
So, it was a no brainer that when Nurse Kitty Murphy was assigned to Operation Kitty Kitty Bang Bang that Dinner House M would be the spot to hold her going away party and also mark her final performance with Surgeon Marta to date. Like the Bond party before it, the evening was a memorable success.
We’ll always love Dinner House M for providing us with a relaxed vibe and intimate surroundings, an incredibly stocked sunken bar, good food and most nights a cool jazz combo playing in the corner where if you were lucky owner Miki would occasionally sing a number or two. We’ll love it for being just off the beaten path, a modern day speak easy where absolutely no questions were asked, especially not about one’s ID. We’ll love it for all the late night thrills and early morning raids by the LAPD Vice Squad. We’ll love it for it’s brazen views on liquor licenses, smoking codes and most especially kougouheika Miki Saito. Be sure to say your good-byes on or before Wednesday June 8th.
After spending the last couple of years shouting & singing about parades Surgeon Marta has finally decided to be in one themselves. Mind you, not just any ol' parade but the world famous “Doo Dah” Parade in Pasadena!
What’s that you say? You’ve heard of the “Rose Parade” but not the Doo Dah Parade? Well, never mind those corporate show-offs cuz next Sat. we’re gonna fix this crucial gap in your education.
Now in it’s 34th year the Doo Dah Parade is a fun for all celebration of carnival mayhem and DIY absurdity. In other words you’ll love it!!!
What are the details? Simple really. The parade kicks off at 11AM and admission is FREE. (Ample free street parking included...) So bring your folding chairs, your cameras and your biggest shout outs.
Afterwards we shall retire to The Colorado Bar where the inn keeper will provide tea and cucumber sandwiches while Surgeon Marta & Drunk in the Garage serenade you with a post royal wedding tribute of Oasis musak instrumentals.
Umm, alright maybe we’re not quite telling the truth in the last paragraph but there’s only one way you’re gonna find out!
See you there!
THE OFFICIAL PASADENA DOO DAH PARADE ROUTE
The 34th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
The Colorado Bar
Parade starts @ 11:00am - Show starts @ 1:00pm - FREE!
Ask anyone who’s just turned 21 if they feel or think any differently since the day they turned 18 and chances are good that not much has changed. The legal ramifications of 18 are already enough of a burden without telling someone they can’t have a beer for another 3 years let alone see their favorite band in a bar? It’s not just wrong, it’s cruel and unusual punishment, not to mention the real gateway to alternative substance acquirement!
So you can imagine our delight when Surgeon Marta was approached to play an all ages venue in Mar Vista this Saturday “Hells Yeahs” followed by “Shit there won’t be any booze?” (Only kidding!!!)
Doors open @ 8 pm with Franchot Tone (backed up by members of Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and the Culver City Dub Collective) putting the pedal to the floor at 9 pm, Surgeon Marta @ 10pm and roots n' punk sensations The Bad Bad Things @11pm
See you there!
Saturday, April 16th
Doors - 8PM / Show - 9PM
12257 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90066 (323) 600-5050
How do you avoid a St. Paddy's Day D.U.I? That's easy - Don't go out on St. Paddy's night!
As most of you know L.A.'s St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled last year and labeled an "unseemly" expenditure. Funny thing is the city had no problem spending loads of cash on roadblocks, booze sniffing dogs and LOTS of L.A.P.D. overtime to ensure the streets of Hollywood were protected from over enthusiastic revelers.
Now it's a year later, the city is still broke, the parade is still canceled and if our recent $200 jaywalking tickets (even though the light was green) are any indicator expect even more police-state chicanery on the 17th.
As anyone who's been to the strip can testify, the Key Club is the best of the bunch. With great sound, low-key security and multiple levels to view the show from the venue is also offering a special Buy 3 Get 1 FREE ticket deal. Plus, it's an 18 & over night so don't be a green meanie, bring your underage designated driver with you!
See you there!
9039 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, 90069-1828
Friday, March 18th
Doors open @ 7:30pm / show starts @ 8:00pm - 18 & Over
We here at SM HQ love getting our geek on all most as much as getting a good chow down. Anytime we get combine both proclivities is always time satisfyingly spent. However, we know for some of you there just isn't enough time in the day to stay on top of all this. Fear not, the good folks over at That's Nerdalicious are there to welcome you back into the fold of all things geeky, yummy and bacon covered.
Lately we’ve been hearing some fantastical excuses (think Carrie Fisher w/ machine gun scene from “the Blues Brothers”) for why some of you guys can’t make it to our shows. We know you love the girls, the g’damn punk rock and our sexy new costumes but let’s face it the simple truth is………you’re BROKE!
And no wonder, the world economy is still serving lemons and the tools responsible are squeezing every single last drop outta them. Now we even have giant billboards up all over town predicting the end of the world on May 21st.
Well we say fuck these market manipulating war mongering dick holes. No matter what they do life will continue along with art, music and LOVE.
So this Sat. put your wallet back in your pocket, heat up some chocolate, kick off dem doggies and surf on over to www.ErrorFM.com @ 6pm (PST) for a medicinal shot of music, mirth and mayhem.
Streaming LIVE Around the Globe Sat. Feb. 26th - starting @ 6pm PDT on BuddhaMan's International Experience!
Hear you there!
www.ErrorFM.com 6PM - 11PM PDT
Our first show of 2011 is just around the corner!
We took time out at the end of last year for seasonal soakings, lunar realignments and the gestation of new Surgeon Marta melodies. So, while the new tunes are running around the nursery, we want you to come out and join us this Tuesday at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood.
As many of you know Surgeon Marta likes to deliver the rock n' roll with a certain theatrical flamboyance and it seems word has gotten around... This Tuesday the noise will be back in boy-town and a happy ending is guaranteed for all!
FREE Tues. - 2/22/11 - 10PM Eleven Nightclub 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
Valentine’s Day has always felt like a lame excuse to run around town wasting money on crowded restaurants, bad chocolate and tacky flowers that are potentially ruining the environment. Yet, there is something to be said about spending a bit of quality time with Someone Special, as well as receiving a thoughtful gift from them.
So how do you solve this dilemma? Easy! This year give the gift of Surgeon Marta
Best of all you can email or print this SM Valentine card to let your sweetheart know that your thoughtful gift is on the way.
How's that for a Happy Valentine’s Day?
P.S. Email us if you live in Los Angeles – we may be able to deliver your V-Day gift personally!
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Merry X-Mas from Surgeon Marta
Greetings and Salutations! It maybe safe to say more things have changed in the last 10 years than the previous 50! How would you even begin to describe the rise & fall of MySpace, 9-11, Skype, The New World Order, Tweets, Facebook, Obama, U.F.C and Two Girls & a Cup to someone who just came out of a coma?
When I look back on 2010 it’s clearly been a year of change for SM. Yes some changes needed to happen and some we never even saw coming. Is this good news? You bet!! Now stand back cuz someone just kicked over the gasoline and things are about to get a little dangerous around here!
However before we all disappear in a great ball of Hellfire I’d like to add my wish list to the Chanta pile and thank all our friends and family for making the year of the Tiger so fur-tastic.
3) A worldwide ban on all GMO’s
4) A celebrity DUI arrest driving under the influence of Waldoze coffee.
6) Scorpio Music Festival 2
7) Finally just a thought about humanity's limitless capacity to inflict murder, torment and destruction on our fellow man. Could we dial it down to say hair pulling and name calling for 2011? Seriously we’re fucking sick of corrupt government and rapist corporations fucking everything up for everybody. - Thank you
Rxo, Dr. Chane
Okay, I’ll admit it when we first moved into an abandoned mental hospital I thought it was the greatest thing ever. But when I have to go searching for my shoes every morning because some poltergeist took them for a joy ride the night before, it does get a little old. In fact over half of my shoes have gone missing!
Now don’t me wrong, being Head Nurse in Surgeon Marta is mostly a riot. However, there are times when a girl needs a little time alone.
What I want is to thank everyone who made 2010 such a wonderful year of music and mayhem!
And what I need is the following:
1) A Pirate Ship Tree House
4) Have SURGEON MARTA tour Japan so I can see crazy toilets like this
7) A custom piece by Thomas Kuntz
and yes, I’ve been pretty good this year…