Fu Manchu founder Scott Hill just likes big, loud, heavy stuff

By Steve Newton When you check out the song titles on its latest CD, Gigantoid, it’s clear that Fu Manchu still has a hankering for sci-fi–oriented tuneage. The band that once proudly named a song after the flaky Farrah Fawcett flick Saturn 3—which Roger Ebert dubbed “awesomely stupid and totally implausible”—still churns out rockin’ ditties like “Dimension … Continue reading Fu Manchu founder Scott Hill just likes big, loud, heavy stuff

That time the Screaming Trees played Vancouver with Josh Homme on rhythm guitar

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 20, 1997 Last Sunday night (March 16) I had three pretty good reasons for not wanting to drag my butt off a comfy couch and head downtown in the rain to review a rock show at the Rage. First off, I was tuckered out after the previous night’s … Continue reading That time the Screaming Trees played Vancouver with Josh Homme on rhythm guitar

Vista Chino’s Brant Bjork still likes rock ‘n’ reef, says “it’s always cool to smoke pot.”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 4, 2013 By Steve Newton When stoner-rock legend Brant Bjork picks up the phone at his desert home in Joshua Tree, California, it’s just like old times. Eight years ago—when he was recording and touring with his band Brant Bjork and the Bros—Bjork called the Straight from the same location and expounded … Continue reading Vista Chino’s Brant Bjork still likes rock ‘n’ reef, says “it’s always cool to smoke pot.”

Brant Bjork gets his music to the people

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 10, 2005 By Steve Newton When Brant Bjork calls the Straight from a Southern California town named Joshua Tree, the first thing that comes to mind is U2: The Joshua Tree was the '87 album that made the Irish quartet tops in pop music. But apart from acknowledging that "the … Continue reading Brant Bjork gets his music to the people

Danko Jones is happily uncool

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 19, 2006 By Steve Newton Danko Jones has no time to snooze. In fact, his current bio claims that he hasn't had a nap since kindergarten. Any time spent in dreamland would just cut into his opportunities to rock your fucking ass off! "I'm firin' on speed right now," claims … Continue reading Danko Jones is happily uncool