Barrio Tiger Ave Maria
(Ghost Highway Recordings)
Guest Post by The Heathen
It literally took the length of the Obama presidency for Los Angeles garage punk stalwarts Barrio Tiger to complete and finalize their debut album Ave Maria for all of us to hear. Some of you may think, “What are these guys? The Kinks!?” But who the hell are we to think anything of it? Sometimes a record just needs time to complete.Also, life gets in the way; it was nine years after all. No explaining it and doesn’t matter now because it’s out and it’s damn good, sonically speaking! Ghost Highway Recordings is the culprit responsible for taking a chance on these four and and it’s a good fit.
10 tracks and 21 minutes of high octane, garage punk fury, this is the type of sound that fueled labels like Estrus, SFTRI and the name of this here website you’re reading currently. These guys have been active in the Los Angeles underground rock scene for an extensive period before banning together with individual members doing time in local veteran acts such as The Hangmen, Junkyard & Wooly Bandits. Barrio Tiger’s sound is a little more full throttle than their other projects with Ave Maria’s opening gut punch statement “Pete’s Dragon” kicking the experience off until the conclusion of “Bullet.”
Their influences are pretty cut and dry in such tracks as “Let’s Play Dumb” with its derivative hooks stemming from the Ramones catalog and the come down track “Fading” which has a sound similar to the feel of Supersucker’s Must’ve Been High record. It’s rock and roll for people who dig rock and roll; something we’re not hearing too often or the media isn’t paying much attention to, but. The visual packaging coincides well with a bit of lowbrow humor via an illustration depicting Our Lady Of Guadalupe in tiger form. Ave Maria indeed!
Ghost Highway Records has the album on order right now from their shop in Spain, and here’s to hoping some mainland US shipping rates will apply in the near future. – The Heathen
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By Guest Writer Jason Mueller from A-1 Auto Transportation Service
Every year, there are hundreds, if not thousands of car shows around the nation that bring car enthusiasts and owners together along with food and beverage vendors and lots of great entertainment. One thing is certain however and that is the fact that not all car shows are going to be the same and it takes a little planning to schedule the best ones to attend. Whether you enjoy swap meets, cruises, private auto showings, parties, car hops or just the entertainment and excitement that comes along with being able to see some of the best classics, hot rods, muscle cars or other unique cars in existence, here are the top five car shows that you should make plans to attend.
Miami International Auto Show
The Miami International Auto Show has been around since 1971, the year that Plymouth introduced the Barracuda 426 Hemi and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was born. When it came to car shows, the year was perfect for Miami as the show had such a great response that it has now been in operation for nearly 45 years and is one of the biggest shows on the east coast. The show consists of many popular exhibits that include convertibles, cruise-ins, cars from the 1950’s, muscle cars and many others. With cars ranging from Chevy and Ford to Ferrari and Lamborghini, this show is unparalleled with others and has plenty of live entertainment, great food and drinks and even boats, motorcycles and other vehicles. This show, held in September, is for the best of the best and is open to all ages. Ticket information can be found here.
Memphis International Auto Show
Held in October each year, the Memphis International Auto Show has events planned for all ages including a family day that includes a fun schedule of activities for kids. This show includes some of the most amazing muscle cars, hot rods, woodies, classic and vintage cars and uniquely designed and restored cars in the nation and tickets are priced affordably for all that want to attend.
Charlotte Auto Show
The Charlotte Auto Show is held in November and car enthusiasts have the opportunity to view cars, trucks and other vehicles in an area that spans the length of over six football fields. This event includes a ride and drive, family friendly entertainment and free admission for children under the age of 12. The show is a four-day event and many local hotels offer great discounts for attendees.
Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance
Every August in Pebble Beach, spectators have the opportunity to see some of the most exquisite motor vehicles ever in existence all in one west coast location. Thousands attend to see prize winning automobiles from around world including manufacturers from the U.S. as well as Germany, Italy and many others. From Buick or BMW to Ferrari and others, this show has it all and even includes motorcycles and other specialty vehicles. Those that enjoy the finer things in life will be able to not only see some of the best automobiles ever manufactured but will also have opportunities to purchase art and attend auto auctions where they have the chance to own a great classic or luxury car of their own. Tickets can be purchased for general admission or for VIP status for the August show.
Detroit Auto Show
Not many car shows can compare to the Detroit Auto Show. This show, also known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the largest in the United States and is held in January each year. The show features the latest in the auto industry including debut cars from the leading manufacturers around the world. The event hosts a black-tie charity event with a large dinner and party as well as a concert. More than $41 million has been raised at this event since it began in 1976. More than 2000 automotive companies as well as spectators, race car drivers and nearly 1000 prestigious automobiles are showcased at this show making it one of the most well-received shows in the nation. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate the day of the show.
As one that has a deep interest in automobiles, especially classics, hot rods, muscle cars or fun cars, there are many opportunities from coast to coast to see some of the best cars in the world. Whether you want to attend as a spectator or have your own special show car shipped in, these shows are well worth checking out and trying to attend if you enjoy a good show.
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