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Local Band Spotlight: Filibuster

Filibuster was founded in Sacramento, California in the early 1990s. Playing a unique blend of ska, rocksteady and Northern Soul, mixed with turntables and hip-hop influences. Though the line up was at times a revolving door of players, the band stayed true to their street music roots throughout their existence, earning them a loyal following.

They started touring the West Coast in their beloved school bus, “Belle”, back in 1995 and didn’t stop through eight national and two European tours, the latter with the venerable band, The Skatalites.

The band’s signature “Streetsteady” sound became an influence for many other bands and musicians but there were several casualties along the way. Guitarist Curt Cottrell quit the band after battling alcohol abuse for many years, with his departure prompted by a disastrous appearance on Italian television.

Despite all the touring Filibuster found time to record three albums:

Their self-released debut, “New Ruler and the King”, was recorded in Sacramento and released in 1995.

Filibuster's, "new ruler & the king"

The band signed with Long Beach, California label Skunk Records (home of Sublime) and released their second album, “The Means…” in 1997 via it’s subsidiary label, Cornerstone R.A.S. (and had Belle on the cover).

Filibuster's album, "The Means..."

Filibuster hit “the big time” when Skunk Records sent the band to Electrical Audio studios in Chicago to record with legendary producer/engineer, Steve Albini. The resulting album, “Deadly Hi-fi”, was released in 1999.

Filibuster's, "Deadly Hi-fi"

No other studio recordings were made but the constant touring continued and it finally wore the members down, with the group finally disbanding in 2003.

Where Are They Now?

A couple of the members went into the culinary arts with Jason “Chinbone” Boggs, vocalist and saxophonist, now co-owning several Sacramento area restaurants and bars, including The Shady Lady Saloon, while DJ Rob Venditti, AKA Rob Rossi, became executive chef at Pangaea Bier Cafe, also in Sacramento.

Trumpeter/vocalist Kenny “Papa Scully” Beasly is still playing locally, leading the Sacto Storytellers reggae/dub band, while bassist Ben McClara is President, Artistic Director & Founder of Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy.

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MCZ Earworm: Tim Tucker “Waterfall”

Six Nine Records, based in Newcastle, England are a small company specializing in funk and soul, releasing limited edition 7-inch vinyl 45s of independent artists from around the world.  Their latest release is from the vastly experienced California singer, Tim Tucker.

"Waterfall" Limited Edition 45rpm vinyl
“Waterfall” Limited Edition 45rpm vinyl

Tucker delivers silky, smooth vocals over a super tight backing track that’s bound to get late night motors running. Written and produced by the American, this is his second release on Six Nine following, “Ain’t That a Groove Thang U&I”, earlier in 2018. That track also featured vocalist, Daniel Wiley, who has collaborated on many of Tim Tucker’s projects.

Here’s an excerpt from the new track, “Waterfall”.

You can get a digital download or one of the limited edition 45s (while they last) direct from Six Nine Records website.

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Queen Alphabet for Bohemian Rhapsody Opening

The much anticipated new Queen movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury opens November 2nd. The trailers have been great, here’s hoping the whole movie is as good.

To get in the mood I’m posting a Queen Alphabet – 26 songs in an A to Z format.
There are no Queen songs beginning with Q, X or Z so I took a little liberty, but enjoy the playlist!

A = “Another One Bites The Dust”
B = “Bicycle Race”
C = “Calling All Girls”
D = “Death On Two Legs”
E = “Escape from the Swamp” (Flash Gordon OST)
F = “Fat Bottomed Girls”
G = “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”
H = “Hammer To Fall”
I = “I’m Going Slightly Mad”
J = “Jealousy”
K = “Keep Yourself Alive” (The first Queen single released in 1973)
L = “Liar”
M = “My Fairy King”
N = “Now I’m Here”
O = “One Vision”
P = “Princes of the Universe”
Q = “QUEEN” Free Play! “I Want to Break Free”
R = “Radio Ga Ga”
S = Somebody to Love
T = “Tie Your Mother Down”
U = “Under Pressure”
V = “Vultan’s Theme (Attack Of The Hawk Men)”
W = “We Are The Champions”
X = “(e)Xecution of Flash”
Y = “You’re My Best Friend”
Z = “(cra)Zy Little Thing Called Love”

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