(Reviews by Steve Shafer) King Kong 4 – There’s Not Much That You or I Can Do About It (Five-track digital EP, Winterbeard Records, 2017): I saw the harrowing movie version of Nevil Shute’s post-World War III/doomsday novel “On the Beach” (where the last bits of humanity in Melbourne, Australia wait for the the nuclear fallout to reach and kill them–though most of the characters opt out via suicide pills, rather than suffering an agonizing death due to radiation poisoning) while in middle school at the end of the 1970s, when nuclear armageddon was a terrifyingly real possibility (and kept me up at nights). While King Kong 4’s There’s Not Much That You or I Can Do About It EP and its song titles are all taken from Shute’s bleak novel (note the mushroom clouds in the EP cover art), all of their instrumental tracks are actually pleasantly bright and cheery.
While this is an international Bloggy, I am a Local Ska Doggie, in the very fine Skan Franskasco Bay Area, skank you very much. As such I am THRILLED beyond woofs to announce the originators of EVERYTHING THAT FUCKING EVEN MATTERS, The Skatalites, are playing in Oaksterdam, just a wag down the street here, on Friday and Saturday Apr 27 and 28. It all goes down at The Uptown Nightclub. All my Bitches will be there. Tix here.