The Mother Hips

Going back to Back to the Grotto

Friday, June 1st, 2012 | musiX | 1 Comment

San Francisco by way of Chico, Californ-I-A four-piece the Mother Hips have gone through loads of changes over the past two decades. The band is currently in the studio working on a new record—their eighth long player—but we’re here to talk about what went down back in 1992 … you know, the year Nirvana’s Nevermind hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, Quentin Tarantino made his directorial debut with Reservoir Dogs, a tribute to Freddie Mercury was held at Wembley Stadium …

… it was a long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away. I was just out of high school, not yet living in Chico. The Mother Hips released their debut Back to the Grotto in February of 1992, and eventually put out on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. It was largely overlooked at the time (you’d be hard-pressed to find any ink on the record), but it’s a seminal release for the band. Intertwining guitars and vocals support Tim Bluhm’s playful, confessional lyrics. The album seamlessly brings together British Invasion melodies, Dead-like extended passages, California pop harmonies. Listening to it again, it’s hard to believe this is a debut album. The Hips simplified their sound over the following years, but have since embraced the elements that make Grotto great.

In true 2012 fashion, the Mother Hips are planning to play the album in its entirety on June 15 at San Francisco’s Independent. What’s more, the band is offering the record for free download through June 2. It’s your chance to discover a lost gem. It’s the hippiest, unhip thing you’ll do all day … or the hippest, unhippie thing. Either way, you’ll be glad you did.

“Precious Opal”The Mother Hips

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TDoL Presents: Rock and Roll at the Doug Fir

Monday, April 12th, 2010 | musiX, pdX | No Comments

This Friday, April 16 The Days of Lore Presents The Mother Hips, Jared Mees & the Grown Children and The Hugs at the Doug Fir.

TDoL is giving away two pairs of tickets as well as two vinyl platters of The Mother Hips’ latest LP Pacific Dust. Just become a Facebook fan of The Days of Lore and list songs you’d like to hear live, or why you want to check out the show in the comments. It’s that easy!

Winners will be notified Thursday, April 15. There will be more goodies divvied up at the show. Come say hi, give a high-five, get yourself a drink, and enjoy the rock. In that order.

“Pet Foot”The Mother Hips

“Shake”Jared Mees & the Grown Children

“She Was High”The Hugs

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Mother Hips tickets/vinyl giveaway

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | musiX, pdX | No Comments

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was giving away some Mother Hips loot to coincide with the first The Days of Lore Presents event. TDoL is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show, which goes down Friday, April 16 at the Doug Fir, and will also feature Monarques The Hugs [Monarques are off to New Jersey to perform live on A Prairie Home Companion 4/17--Ed.] and Jared Mees & the Grown Children. TDoL is also giving away two vinyl copies of The Mother Hips’ excellent new LP Pacific Dust.

To enter, just become a fan of The Days of Lore on Facebook (go here, log in, and you will be directed to it); once there and newly befanned, simply list five songs (or more) you’d like to see The Mother Hips perform live. If you’re new to the band, tell me why you’d like to check them out—could be a sentence or a rambling essay. Also, specify where you’re from (if you’re from far, far away—say, Portland, Maine, or the Martian moon of Phobos—we’ll put you in the drawing for the records instead of the tix). Winners will be chosen at random, and will be announced/notified/high-fived Thursday, April 15.

“White Falcon Fuzz”The Mother Hips

The Mother Hips performing “Pacific Dust” for Hear Ya session in Chicago

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TDoL Presents: Rock and roll at the Doug Fir

Monday, March 29th, 2010 | musiX, pdX | No Comments

Like rock ‘n’ roll? Debauchery? Rock ‘n’ roll and debauchery skipping hand in hand in a golden field of wheat? Uh … me, too.

The first The Days of Lore Presents show featuring San Francisco’s The Mother Hips is coming to the Doug Fir Friday, April 16 (the key word here being “the”). Joining them are a couple of great Portland bands in Jared Mees & the Grown Children and Monarques The Hugs [Monarques are headed to New Jersey to perform on A Prairie Home Companion 4/17--Ed.] All three make sweet, sweet rock ‘n’ roll … you and I will take care of the debauchery.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased here. TDoL will be giving away two pairs of tickets as well as a couple of vinyl platters from The Mother Hips in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“TGIM”The Mother Hips

“The Tallest Building in Hell”Jared Mees & the Grown Children

“Cold Cold Heart”Monarques

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Aqui. Ahora. En el futuro.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 | musiX | 1 Comment

I come to you from the past. I wrote this almost a week ago so that it would reach you in the future … as we meet here at this very moment in the present. ¿Confundido?

As you read these words I am in Guanajuato, Mexico—the birthplace of Diego Rivera—perhaps inside the very house he lived in … that or I’m looking at dead people at the Museo de las Momias. And there’s a very good chance I have a cold Negra Modelo in one hand and a fish taco in the other (TDoL likes to multi-task). Or there’s a chance my tender, white flesh is cooking on a beach in Melaque (with a cold Negra Modelo in one hand and a fish taco in the other). I can’t really tell you because … well, I’m not even here yet. Or am I. Am I not?

That said—this is all you’re going to get from The Days of Lore until el 15 de marzo. So I’m taking this time to tell you what’s on the horizon. First off, I’ve been listening to Soft Crash, the new LP from Orland, Calif. trio Nothing People (whom I’m convinced are actually from a distant planet), and it is creeping me out … in a good way. And Titus Andronicus‘ new album The Monitor is teaching me what really happened during the Civil War—it rocked! Look for more thorough reports on these and much more upon my return. If I return.

But the big news here at TDoL HQ is that I’m gearing up for the first-ever The Days of Lore Presents show on April 16 at the Doug Fir that will include The Mother Hips along with a couple of great Portland bands in Jared Mees & the Grown Children and Monarques. It’ll be an unforgettable night of rock … and with any suerte I will have a Negra Modelo in one hand and a fish taco in the other. Look for giveaways of some Mother Hips goodies in the coming weeks.

I leave you now with a little slice of Mexico with Los Dug Dug’s, a band out of Durango that created their psychedelic sounds after hearing the Beatles in the late-’60s. The band’s self-titled debut is still one of my favorites … probably the best 127 pesos I’ve ever spent.

“Let’s Make It Now”Los Dug Dug’s

“Eclipse”Los Dug Dug’s

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