waxing for a moment, #memories..
So I used to run a music and culture online “zine” back in the early to mid 2000's. We had a small team of happy writers, and I was always getting cd's of new bands sent to the apartment and would mail them out to the writers, they'd review them and email me their article, and up it went, type of thing. I handled some of the reviews, and then did the photo section myself, cuz that was really my thing.
The publication was called Modzine.com (its not in my control anymore, no idea what's there now but it's not of my doing..)
I'd been shooting bands since I was a junior in High school, so yeah lots of fun.
This memory brought to you by Koo's Cafe, formerly in a Victorian House in Downtown Santa Ana, which used to be a Chop Suey Restaurant for about 50 years, before becoming a cultural hub and venue..
So, when I went to Koo's, I saw a band called Open Hand. I'm pretty certain it was 2003. There was an audience of literally about 20, maaaaybe 30 people there. total. it was incredible.
Listen to the album here:
As for Koo's, here's an old article from the OC Weekly, describing what was special about the place.
. Remembering Koo's Cafe
More about modzine another time. It was a lot of fun, and there were definitely some fantastic memories from the time spent doing all that.