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Severely BLOTTO – On the Road with Caribou and Exclaim!

How do you tour a broken heart? Oh, yeah, with support from Cariboo Beer and Exclaim Magazine and your best friend, Make Money Miles, and a sexy minivan, and a ton of brand new hot off the shelf merchandise, and best of all, a brand new album to share with your home and native land. Blotto, my first solo record since 2008, is the sum of my love of Experience, at all costs, especially if it rips your brain and heart and soul to shreds. Shreds i can sew back into a killer jacket, which i can then use to get laid and score drugs. And so on.

This tour life is a strange one, and i’m a decade deep into its crevices. Its a lonely, debauched, amazing gift of a life. Where people like you a lot before they even meet you. Where women, drink, clothes, opportunities, drugs and bad choices are all waiting for you. Also so is regret, guilt, poverty, emptiness and the disillusion of ideals held. Its a true example of free will. The road is not for everyone. It may not even be for me. But under the right conditions, I still fucking love it.

I’ve never had a free ride. I work my ass off to personally book, headline, finance, manage, drive, sell merch, do press, and admin all the dirty work that makes a tour possible. When we get to wherever the show is, you’ll see me there, usually early, drinking with the locals, making friends and signing ANYTHING people ask me to. And though im not rich and famous (i’m definitely neither), there is an element of awe that you can create by being both a great performer and a good person at the same time. There are perks. Im from Nova Scotia, so you can bet your ass that wherever I go, i’m getting free drinks.

First shows were in the US of Eh in the Pacific Northwest. Portland, my current home, was the jump off and the home town was all over us like a new bukkake movie. Everybody came. Right? Was super fun and good. Boise, Sun Valley, Seattle and Spokane, on consecutive nights and then wham, border time.

Crossed the border IN Metaline Falls / Nelway and had a pleasant, hour-long paperwork session with a friendly border guard, who could not believe how well prepared we were with our customs paperwork. Practice makes perfect.  I called in advance to get it all right, as crossing borders is something i have to do like a pro.

First show was in Nelson, BC, the Vietnam Draft Dodger HQ, so it is no surprise that there are hippies and there are also great vibes. My friends at the Spiritbar are always serving up a good time. Before the show, the prequel was a huge ping pong tournament that i end up missing and was pissed about for the rest of the night. The show goes down without a hitch, with the cute bartenders and their great pours, nobody is mad at anything. Crowds dance and go crazy. Show ends. I am Rap King. Lights turn on, and the Ping Pong Table comes back out, and i decimate all challengers and staff alike. I am Ping Pong King.

The next day, we wake, and after driving for 8 hours on white-knuckle roads through stormy Canadian Winter in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, we reach Kelowna, where we meet up with close friend, and fellow Camobear sexpot   Evil Ebenezer. He is with both Stuey Kubrick and   Factor Chandelier, and there is no doubt – the gods are in the building. We rip Kelowna several new ones, each of was still leaking when we left. Yuuuuuuuuck.

The Saturday show is at the Northern Bar in Fernie, and there is another full day of terrifying mountain driving ahead. Driving through the mountains on any road is dangerous, but on the backroads and mountain passes we drove, during blizzards with icy roads and blowing winds, in a rental minivan without windshield wiper fluid and on summer tires, was nothing short of life-shortening. Nauseously, we arrive in Fernie just as all the Ski Hill Staff has been hired, the tourists have yet to arrive and the spirits are all kinds of high. We get high-altitude drunk and there are definitely multiple cases of flashing, involving winter hats and stickers on nipples. I believe Fernie calls that ‘celebrating’.

Couple days off in Calgary to do laundry, recoup and play basketball in an indoor gym. Feels good to move around and be human again. Shows in Calgary and Edmonton back to back and they go off. The Wunderbar, in Edmonton, which is owned by a Nova Scotian, is slow at first then pops off like a surprise Macklemore show, as we break the crowd down, and build them back up and collectively, as one, ‘celebrate’ our shared heritage. Drink drink woop!

For the next 3 days, we are slated for daily 8 hour drives through terrible secondary mountain roads in totes shitty winter weather. I take the wheel for the first hours of Alberta foothills into BC mountains. And of course, thats when I personally plow through a full grown deer (pause…) with a vicious hip check (with the minivan), at around 30 km/h (115 mph). I did this cause the deer is stupid and he/she probably should die.  I was clearly honking at the deer in my noisy deathmobile when It/she decided to make a last minute leap into my path. He/it had the temerity to look me in my fucking face, and then just jump his stupid ass right into my driver side front bumper. I slowed down as best i could, on an icy winter road, kept the car ramrod straight, and hammered him/she square in its dirty little hips, and forced it through the other lane in a spinning mass of legs and shitty deerness. When it stopped spinning on the shoulder, it stood up, shook itself off, looked me in my fucking face, again, and in three quick bounds, leapt over the bushes, off into the wild, alive and well (ish). We checked the van and it was totally fine. No dent, No problem.

Anyone who knows geography and/or google maps, knows the drive from Edmonton to Revelstoke to Lethbridge to Saskatoon is gonna be the suck. Guess what. 100% right. Sucking was what that drive does everyday at the bustop. Just giving out free sucks. Anyways. So the best thing about these drives are that my partner in crime, Miles Rubin, Attorney in-laws and Social Worker, is back in the mix and is killing these drives. He does the day shift, usually 5-6 hours of the 8 hour drives.  I drive when the sun sets, which is early. The shows are a blur of driving, and snow falling, and sleeping in really nice hotels. For whatever reason, everywhere we stayed was a dope boutique hotel. Food everywhere is excellent. No complaints about anything. Shows are great, but then that’s never really been the problem.

Both the pants and the set are getting tighter. Very tight. Especially now that i’m eating donuts and pastries more frequently. My workout game has gone to Tim Hortons and doesn’t want to leave. The final leg of the drive is through a blizzard where literally nobody is on the road, i’m rarely sure where the road is, and for sure, things are not feeling safe. We arrive finally about an hour before we’re supposed to go on, in Saskatoon, which is probably one of my favorite places to play, on earth (Google Earth). The energy is all kinds of good now that i’m no longer in the death van. The crowd response is phenomenal, bringing back all kinds of good memories and making new ones. This is an excellent town full of funny, nice people. We do the house party scene and make friends and yell a lot. Sort of reminds me of a Prairie version of Halifax.

The next day, we watch the hometown CFL’s Roughriders take out the favored Stampeders in the semi-finals, and the locals in Saskatoon, already prone to afternoon cocktails, are going full tilt and we celebrate with our Tooners, and things escalate quickly. We head to   Saboroso’s Brazilian Steak House. Drinks are served, and some are on Fire. We are served 17 kinds of brazilian meat, that is sliced and placed on our table until we hit ‘meat coma’ status. Incredible. Best times. Time to leave before we are no longer able to.

Its the final haul. A straight drive from Saskatoon to Vancouver before the next show several days away. So lets just do it. Stop on the way in Calgary for friendship and watching the Trailblazers on my buddy’s League Pass. Gotta stay close to the shining fortune of my adopted favorite team, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, via satellite and the internet as necessary. The Blazers are killing em so far this year and it makes me very happy inside my body, in one of my organs. Its like a shiny light in a weird dark room, that some people call ‘hope’. Sports does that for me when real life doesn’t. Drama in sports seems so much realer, and more evoking than the indie foreign movies and dark documentaries that i usually prefer.

Anyhoo, the drive sucks, its many thousands of KILOmeters, there is much skidding and terrified driving as the windshield wiper fluid is full frozen in the -25C (-232F) whipping winds, and trucks are splashing salt and shitty brown snow on everything. It really sucks. It takes 3 days to get from Calgary to Vancouver, but we arrive in Vancity like conquistadors with blankets full of very small pox. People are very happy to see us, we do a ton of press, blogs and interviews over the two days before the show. Huge support from the former hometown, and the show goes off with all the usual cast of hobos and never-do-wells making an appearance, as if nothing has changed since 2003. We celebrate. After the show, I sneak out the side door and go see my bass player’s girlfriend win The Peak Performance radio contest, which gives them $102,700 in prize money. Me and my bass player both tell her how lucky it is that we are ALL rich now. We drink all her prize money and leave her destitute at the bar. But she’s wearing a very nice dress, and we both tell her that, as we exit.

Final show on this leg of the tour is in Whitehorse, Yukon, and it requires us to ditch the DeathWagon and jump in a bumpy 8-seater DeathPlane, which makes us all kinds of terrified, but then that is the state we live in these days. The show is sold out several weeks before we get there, and this will clearly be the culmination of joy and up north hospitality we have enjoyed muchly in the past. This is my 4th time in Whitehorse, and it fits with my motto of going places other artists don’t go, and making it my new hometown. The Whitehorsians know me from Buck Up Princess and Midriff Music, old albums that are considered Canadian Rap Classics, so everytime a song comes on from one of those records, the kids lose their minds. There is multiple encores, forbidden dancing to 90s R&B, and late night parties that only stop when its time to eat guilty McRibs at 5 in the morning. Apologies to my belly, but this is the best McRib i’ve ever eaten.  I love this country so much, but especially its Western half, because the Wild West is still wonderfully wild, open and full of magic. Thanks to all my sponsors (both business and drinking wise) and to all the great fans, venues and opening acts who made this Blotto tour the highlight of my last couple of years. Cheers!

Full album stream of “Blotto” at Exclaim!

Josh Martinez - 'Blotto' (album stream) • Music - Video • exclaim.ca

“Blotto continues the party-hearty hooks found on Martinez’s previous LPs while delivering the kind of radio-ready production that would make Ryan Lewis jealous.”

Exclaim! magazine is hosting “Blotto” in it’s entirety for streaming on their site today. Head over there now to check out the album in full and experience the power of the ultimate blackout.

Peep the stream at http://bit.ly/1bceQHg

Por Que? (Pork Eh?) Free Mixtape DL

The Chicharones have wrapped up recording their upcoming album “Swine Flew” and to celebrate the fruits of their labors they decided to create and release the brand new absolutely free mixtape “Por Que (Pork, Eh?)“. This time around Josh & Sleep were on tour with nothing but stolen mixtapes and work out jams to write to. A mash-up of classic and mainstream instrumentals, all re-imagined and re-written with the original Chicharones flavor.

Por Que? (Pork Eh?)

Josh Martinez Kickstarter Campaign begins Here!

http://kck.st/kEA3gN – embed this in your life.

Josh Martinez Kickstarter Campaign

It is official and its on. I will cook the food, lay this bacon down, and bring the band back with one fell swoop of your almighty support dollars. Thought id try my hand at crowdsourcing. This video is shot entirely in Mexico, during one day, a down and out reflective day of sadness, and hope. Please check it out and support Josh Martinez, who has already brought you so many fine things, and jewelry and dresses and musics, that it would be unclassy not to get behind the kid and his new project – The Pissed Off Wild.

Josh Martinez – Pissed Off Wild album OUT NOW!

You’ve heard rumors, maybe even seen the madness live, but finally, after years of perfecting the blend, Josh Martinez is ready to present THE PISSED OFF WILD. GO TO Camobear Records right now and pick it up on digital or in the physical version. We have even have signed versions…

After 5 years of uninhibited disappointment, setbacks, failure, fire, raining frogs, garbage strikes, Stephen Harper, Roofies and sexually transmitted innuendo, the PISSED OFF WILD album has made its way into the oozing viscuous puss of the modern era. Started five years ago in Vancouver, BC, when Martinez was full of chutzpah, ample virginity and the full breasted lifestyle of a young hungry dreamer, The Pissed Off Wild album is a triumph of tribulations.

The album is a testament to finishing something destined for historic revision, an incredible musical journey that five years ago was cutting edge and to this day is still ahead of the curve of 99% of the new indie rap game. The one rule was that each song could not have more than 2 verses of rap and most have significantly less. It moves from minimal punk fight songs, to drunk Irish singalongs, to gorgeous melancholy heartache that sounds like the Black Keys at their best.

Chicharones and Pigeon John hit the road together

Chicharones & Pigeon John mini tour

With one of our fantastic brethren and one of the best showmen in livemusic today, Pigeon John and the Chicharones are hitting the road together to put two of the best live shows on the bill together in the same place. PJ is a legend in out time and others, and the Chicharones, buzzing harder then a fresh corpse, are making their rise to the top of the pile, relevant and exciting for us and our long term fans.

May 5 – San Francisco, Ca – Rockit Room – 406 Clement St
May 6 – Reno, NV – The Underground – 555 East 4th Street B
May 7 – Eureka, CA – RJD2 afterparty – Red Fox Tavern – 415 Fifth Street
May 10 – Bend, OR – Domino Room – 51 NW Greenwood Ave
May 11 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey – 1325 E. Madison
May 13 – Portland, OR – Mt Tabor Theatre – 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Chicharones back on the road!

Chicharones start touring again as they finish their new masterpiece of an album. Having just finished playing the NBA Portland Trailblazers Halftime Show on March 17, The Chicharones are buzzing harder than termites in a whiskey barrel. Take a look at our lives. Are your balls anywhere near this big? Playing with FT Collins group Los Guyz, this is sure to be a great time. Ill be keeping a firm eye on my Portland Trailblazers as it is getting towards playoff time, and seeds are up for grabs. let us not end up in the hands of the Lake Show in the first round.

April 1 – Boise, ID @ The Reef
April 2 – Sun Valley, ID @ Whiskey Jacques
April 5 – Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat
April 6 – Livingston, MT @ The Z-Barn
April 7 – Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
April 9 – Whitefish, MT @ The Craggy Range

Martinez does The Chicharones!

The Spring has arrived in the Northwest USA, and so now I garden. When its music time, aka business time, i’m focusing all my time these days on theChicharones. I’ve been neglecting theJosh Martinez lifestyle, and these things happen. Rest assured i’m working on making great songs in my little cave in the cut, and there is new Josh Martinez music in the works, as long as the Canadian government crowns me again with their financial approval. With the Chicharones, Me and Sleep are now finished with Swine Flew Over the Coocoo’s Nest, the double opus opus that everyone will love and make love on. It is our best work for sure and it will come out in the Fall. We will be touring the whole west side of the USA this summer. We are the OOFFICIAL Kings of the Small Market. Tour dates will be up soon.

For Now, Go Get A Free Chicharones Album featuring 11 great songs from the Chicharones 10 year catalog, and with a brand new song called Hi Hey Hello, from the NEW ALBUM. its on some Grizzly Bear/Beach Boys sounds. Its way out there, and i think, one of the best songs we’ve ever made. Smash Hit Maybe? Please don’t forget about thejosh. I’ll make something relevant soon, whether if its a finished Pissed Off Wild album, or smashing out a 15 minute mega mix of 12 songs all set to Stuey Kubrick video movie, to be rocked in the live environment, somehow. Life is strange. People are stranger.

SXSW 2010 or Bust

SXSW OR BUST!
Howdy pardners! It’s that time again… when all the ace high folks in town put on their best bib and tucker, and gear up for a hog killin good time

That’s right. Camobear Records is heading to Austin, TX to kick some ass at the biggest music festival in North America, South By SouthWest 2010! Scheduled to attend and perform on behalf of the CamoBear family are: The Chicharones, Josh Martinez & the Pissed Off Wild, Sleep and the Lymph Notes, The Insects, Onry Ozzborn with Grayskul and Dark Time Sunshine (whose new record “Vessel” releases on Fake Four Inc. this April).
Our boys are bustin outta their boots with excitement, and gettin ready to ambush the Lone Star State with their fine as cream gravy rhymes and innovative live band lifestyles. Don’t miss it!

SXSW 2010 Schedule
Wedesday, March 17th @ 1am – The Chicharones w/ The Insects at Touche
Thursday, March 18 at 9:20 p.m – Josh Martinez at Club 115
Friday March 19th at 12am – The Chicharones at Karma Lounge,
Saturday, March 20th at 9pm Sleep at Palm Door

Boat Party
This years annual boat party is taking place at the Highland Lakes Marina, as a wrap up for SXSW, on Sunday March 21st. Get tickets at www.groovetickets.com before it’s too late!
The Chicharones will be rocking with a full live band and showcasing songs from the new record. Also on the bill are Solillaquists Of Sound, Afro Classics, Killah Priest and Notion, Blueprint and Illogic, as well as The Insects.