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The Venice Beach Sessions

by No Way Jose

Punk rock songs recorded very raw at Premium 235 in Venice, CA and captured with a little Mexican-American flavor in them.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. No Way Jose
2:43 album only
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2. Was She
1:54 album only
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3. Spoiled Brat
2:37 album only
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4. The Way It Is
2:22 album only
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5. She Drives You Crazy
3:21 album only
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6. Enough
2:00 album only
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7. Stripper
3:13 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD captured No Way Jose's early days of experimenting with different sounds and music genres. It was recorded at Venice Beach by Steve Reflin at Premium 235 raw with no distortion on guitars and captures the moment. Several CD's were burned and pass around Southern California so it is one of the rare bootlegs you'll find online.

Jose started No Way Jose around December of 2001. NWJ has played several venues in the Southern California area, have toured the UK, Wales and Scotland in 2004. They've also participated at the Warped Tour 2006 Kevin Says Stage (Hot Topic Stage) They have shared the stage with such great acts as Go Betty Go, Los Abandoned, Atreyu, The Dollyrots, Rock Kills Kid just to name a few. More info can be found at http://www.myspace.com/nowayjosemusic

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DIY-Music

This EP made me fall in love with Punk again...
A few years ago, when I first stumbled upon a description of No Way Jose's EP, The Venice Beach Sessions, I remember feeling a bit underwhelmed. I hated the terms "power pop" used to describe a punk band. I kept thinking about the so-called punk bands from the 90s who rose to fame on the pop charts. Some of them were good, but most of them annoyed me. I wasn't a big OffSpring fan back then either, but more into classic Punk, mostly from the East Coast and the U.K. So of course I had a few doubts about a punk band from L.A.? X and The Avengers are cool classics, but I kept thinking: Will this CD be about choice waves and bikini clad babes? Stereotyping aside, L.A. Punk was no longer underground cool or hip, unless you were into A.F.I. So my expectations were lowered but I liked the eye-catching, d-i-y stop sign. Superficial, I know, but interesting art work, like a good book cover, is what helps sell an album.
Although I wasn't impressed with the overall sound quality when I first listened to the CD online a few years ago (Slow dial-up maybe?), I bought it because I loved the do-it-yourself/indie core/esthetic of No Way Jose's Venice Beach Sessions. This is what makes an excellent d-i-y punk EP. To hell with technical prowress, it's about having fun with the music and making a good record of it. No Way Jose has done this. To risk triteness - this CD had me hooked at the namesake track. A few diehard Punk fans may dismiss the Sessions EP as just another forgettable pop/punk CD, but even The Clash's London Calling has its naysayers and it's still considered one of the quintessential punk albums. I'm not comparing the two artists or albums, but this EP has the heart of major label produced LP. It is the quirky mix of danceable latin, rock and ska that will have even a hardcore fanatic bob his (or her) head with approval. My personal favorite tracks are Was She, She Drives You Crazy, and Enough. (Which I listen to on repeat often.) Venice Beach Sessions does make reference to scantily clad women (See Stripper), but no surfing references (Whew!). It was the best $10 I ever spent, and I think it's a steal now at $6.(:0) This "heavy power pop punk" EP made me fall in love with Punk Rock all over again. ~ DIY-Danna
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DIY-Music/Glorious Revolution

Fall In Love With Punk Again! (Revised May 2005)
A few years ago, when I first stumbled upon a description of No Way Jose's EP, The Venice Beach Sessions, I was a bit underwhelmed. I hated the terms "power pop" used to describe a punk band. So of course I had a few doubts about a punk band from L.A.
X and The Avengers are cool classic bands from the L.A., but I kept thinking: Will this CD be about choice waves and bikini clad babes? Stereotypying aside, I liked the eye-catching, d-i-y stop sign. Superficial, I know, but interesting art work, like a good book cover, is what helps sell an album.
Although I wasn't impressed with the overall sound quality when I first listened to the CD online a few years ago (Slow dial-up maybe?), I bought it because I loved No Way Jose's do-it-yourself/indie core esthetic in Venice Beach Sessions. This is what makes an excellent d-i-y punk EP. To hell with technical prowress - it's about having fun with the music and making a good record of it. No Way Jose has done it. The quirky mix of danceable latin, rock and ska that will have even a hardcore Punk fanatic bob his (or her) head with approval. My personal favorite tracks are Was She, She Drives You Crazy, and Enough. (Which I listen to on repeat often.) Venice Beach Sessions does make reference to scantily clad women (See Stripper), but no surfing references (Whew!). It was the best $10 I ever spent, and I think it's a steal now at $6.(:0) This "heavy power pop punk" EP will make you fall in love with Punk again! ~ DIY-Danna
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