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Buddyhead Christmas Party @ Hotel Cafe, 12/21/08

Nick Jago
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Earlier this month, Buddyhead held its Christmas Party at the Hotel Cafe (MySpace) in Hollywood, with a lineup that included poet Ryan Ritchie, Brandon Intelligator and The Sheriffs (MySpace), Tsk Tsk (MySpace), Sid Brown (MySpace), Todd Congelliere ("MySpace), Dios Malos (MySpace), Claire Cronin (MySpace), Zander Schloss (MySpace), Nick Jago, Alain Johannes, Jason Simon, Sweethead (MySpace), and Aaron North.

Two of the biggest names scheduled for the celebration, Josh Homme and The Duke Spirit (MySpace), cancelled and several artists did not perform as advertised, including The Entrance Band (MySpace), Jeordie "Twiggy" White, Dean Fertita, Alessandro Cortini, Xu Xu Fang (MySpace), Wires On Fire (MySpace), HT Heartache (MySpace), and Birthday Twin (MySpace).

Adding insult to injury was the rampant disorganization on the part of the organizers -- on par with the chaos associated with first day of this year's Sunset Junction Street Festival -- exemplified by the extremely late start time for doors (which are usually 6:30 PM but in this case was about 8:00 PM) and opening act, as well as the time in-between sets (sometimes as long as 30 minutes).

Kevin "Skwerl" Cogill at Antiquiet critiqued that the evening "...came off like a vanity show -- where most of the acts cared more about being onstage than the masses would care to hear them. Buddyhead seems to be known for not pulling punches, so I’m let down by the sore lack of discrimination. But in the end, I suppose it wasn’t any better or worse than the usual family or office holiday gathering..." Meanwhile, other reviewers were about as blunt, summarizing that "The bands ranged from awful to awesome," and that the night "...pretty much sucked since it had so much potential. Thank god for Alain and Sweethead otherwise it was a total waste."