Post-election DEVOtions

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Post-election DEVOtions: super-mega bonus size

Congratulations to [new President’s name] on your victory. Please be kind to us [adjective] Americans and don’t [action] us in the [body orifice] every time a giant sack of money is dropped on your doorstep. Also, take a moment to appreciate the [expletive] radness of Chico’s arts and music scene:

• Rad band alert: Before he died last February, local musician Paul Harper had recorded a handful of songs with a new band, Christian Lady Killer, featuring Harper on bass and friends Rick Barnett (vocals, guitars) and Kevin Berg (drums). Berg has been busy mixing the recordings (and adding more sounds from a bunch hip locals and friends of Harper’s—including Kelly Brown, Elliot Maldonado, Zach Zeller and Nathan Waletzko), and the final amazing album has just been released for free. Go to and download the big, dark and wonderfully noisy You Were Born From a Hole in the Floor—right now!

• More local-CD releases: Chico State music major Hugh Hammond‘s The Way Home drops Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the DownLo, and jazz dude Carey Robinson and his trio celebrate their new release Monday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at Caf” Flo.

• Harvest Ball, for real this time: Not to worry. You did not miss the 2012 Harvest Ball. The info we printed last week was incorrect (beware of Lost on Main‘s Facebook calendar—their old booker is apparently out the door, but his out-of-date dates remain). The show is actually happening this week, Friday, Nov. 9, at Lost, and the correct bands are: Dylan’s Dharma, Waltzsaulsnakenstein, Wolf Thump, John Paul Gutierrez and The Dynamics.

• Library turns 100: The Butte County Library first opened its doors in November of 1912, and the Oroville branch will kick off the centennial celebration with a performance by the Oroville Community Band tonight (Nov. 8), 7 p.m.

• Book release: Speaking of libraries. Arts DEVO‘s old boss from his days re-shelving bound periodicals at Chico State‘s Meriam Library, F. Jay Fuller, is having a release party for his new book, Shadows in Winter, this Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at the Empirical Magazine office. The book is published by Empirical’s Cool Waters Press.

• Experiments in electronic arts: Kate Adams and Terrence Scoville‘s electronic-art collaboration, Here Nor There, opened yesterday (Nov. 7) at Chico State’s B-So Space (reception, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m.), and it’s … I’ll just let them describe it: “Explorations include new technologies such as Augmented Reality, QR Codes, and live projections which expand the possibilities of where and how art exists.”

• Ol’ dirty rapper: It’s been a long, strange life for 73-year-old x-rated rapper Blowfly. Born Clarence Reid, he started his musical life as soul/R&B singer and songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Sam and Dave and KC & the Sunshine Band. Since the early ‘70s, though, he has also been singing songs about butt pirates, porno freaks, and his lady farting in his face. These days, Blowfly is Reid’s bread-and-butter, and you have a chance to get nasty with the man, this Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Towne Lounge.