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Locals Only: Favorite Releases of 2012

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope this post finds you doing well!  We're doing good over here at Spanspek Headquarters, thankful for a year of many blessings, including the return of Comrade in Exile and festival co-organizer Israel Flores!

And as 2012 comes to an end, we thought it'd be nice to share with you, our lovely reader, some of our favorite local releases of the year.  I'm sure it's no surprise that we love homegrown music and are always looking for ways to share that love with you.  So without further ado, here's our Favorite Local EP/LP's List of 2012!


Achievement House (Fresno, CA) Heart Archers

Fervent singing and a fondness for elaborate surf rock mark a solid release from the Fresno four piece. Achievement House succeeds in creating self-assured songs brimming with inventiveness. Aided by the robust drumming of new addition Anthony Barba, singer Whitney Freeman is free to showcase her towering vocal abilities.
Joel Robert Melton (Fresno, CA) Wou…

Thank You To Everyone In the Universe

Good morning people of Middle Earth!  We've made it through the Desolation of Smaug intact, ready to take the journey home to await our next adventure!  Seriously yo, I don't know if it shows, but I can't wait for The Hobbit to come out. 

So yes, we've made it through another year of Spanspek!  And a great time was had by all!  Everything went off without a hitch.  Sure, there was a giant golden "50" hanging from the ceiling, but that just added to the atmosphere.  It was one of the most positive events I'd ever been too, and I hope all of you in attendance felt the same way. 

Ofcourse, we couldn't have done any of this without the help of many people.  The bands and robots provided great music for all the audiophiles in attendance.  The artists wowed with their artwork.  And all the volunteers ensured that everything went smoothly.  You dedicated group of folks gave your time and energy to this festival and we are forever greatful.  Spanspek wouldn…

Spanspek Scholarship Raffle

Good afternoon folks!  I hope you're doing well!  Currently I find myself hungry for lunch and listening to some new fangled electronic music.  It's making for a trippy combination.  You know what else makes for a trippy combination?  Seguing from that to our Spanspek Scholarship Raffle!

Alright, so here's the deal.  We want to be able to provide the biggest scholarship we can to the students of Orosi High School.  With that in mind, we'll be holding a raffle during this Friday's festival to raise additional scrilla.  All proceeds from the raffle will go specifically to fund the scholarship. 

Pretty awesome right?  BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!  For each dollar donated to the Scholarship fund, you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack that includes the following:
Stickers, buttons, and a $10 gift card from Visalia's Velouria Records;Merch from Sloppy Stitches by Tron;Albums and merch from Spanspek bands, including Werebear, Basura, Sci-Fi Caper, and Sa…

Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Spanspek But Were Afraid To Ask

Alright folks, Spanspek is right around the corner.  And as you read this you may be asking yourself, "I don't know anything about this festival who's blog I just happen to be reading".  To that I say keep reading lost internet user!  The answers you seek are right before you!
So yes, this post is meant to answer any questions you may have about Spanspek!  If somethings been left out, no worries!  Just send us an e-mail at or comment over at our Facebook page.  Thanks and have a good day and we'll see you on the 28th!

Spanspek Music and Arts Festival Friday, September 28th, 2012 Orosi Memorial Hall, 41645 Road 128, Orosi CA 93618 $5 / 5:30pm to 10:30pm / All ages Facebook Event Page


6:00 – 6:35pm – Pro Wings (Main Stage)
6:35 – 7:10pm – Werebear (Floor Stage)
7:10 – 7:45pm – Sci-Fi Caper (Main Stage)
7:45 – 8:20pm – Basura (Floor Stage)
8:20 – 8:55pm – Collecto (Main Stage)

8:55 – 9:35pm – Achievement House (Floor Stage)

Sloppy Stitches by Tron

Good morning everyone!  I hope this day finds you doing great things! 

I've got a short blog for you fine folk today.  In addition to bands and artists, Spanspek will be including the participation of a local vendor.  They are none other than the awesomely named Sloppy Stitches by Tron!  The Fresno based craft makers state that they produce "creative creations that make you smile. I'm here to make your dream come true one stitch at a time!"  I'd have to agree.  The abundance of items, including cute hats and sandwiches, do not fail to put happy thoughts in my brainholes.  For more information visit Sloppy Stitches at:

Spanspek 2012 Artist Line-up Revealed!

AAAHHHH!  That's what I feel like nowadays, with the festival looming upon the horizon.  I feel like a giant sphere is hurtling toward me as I try to escape with some rare artifact in hand, meanwhile passing the freshly made corpse of the Peruvian guide who tried to double cross me.  Don't worry though, I make it out alive, and continue to have rollicking adventures with the likes of Shia Labeouf, Sean Connery, and that kid from the Goonies. 

But where was I?  Ah yes, it's time to introduce you to the visual artists that will be exhibiting their work at this years festival! 

Pretty sweet huh?  Below you'll find links to the work of the above artists, as well as a sample.  Please take the time to peruse their sites and get to know them.  They're all super talented and excited to share their work with you!

Matthew and Amie Rangel

"Mourning" - Amie T. Rangel
"Due East over Stokes Mountain" - Matthew Rangel
Mauro Carrera



Good afternoon people of the internet!  I hope you all are doing well!  I'm currently sitting with my dog watching the U.S. Open Men's Final.  It pains me because my beloved Rafael Nadal sits recuperating in Majorca while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, these brash upstarts, these ne'er do wells, fight to achieve even a semblance of Nadal's greatness.  Ruffians!  I scoff at thee!

That said, I hope Murray wins.  I like his scruffy hair and tree trunk legs.

But enough football, lets talk about our last Spanspek performer to be profiled.  People of Earth, allow me to introduce Fresno CA beat conductor Sahab!

Here's a snippet of a profile about Sahab written by Matt Ross for none other than Rolling Stone ME Magazine!:
"Sahab is a man of con­trasts. Born to Iranian parents, he now lives in Fresno, California, where his unique brand of dreamy, sing­er-songwriter, psychedelic pop has earned him an impressive following. His childhood saw him repeatedly move from East to W…

Achievement House

Good afternoon kind folk of the Shire!  I hope this post finds you doing well!  I've just finished picking up the posters for Spanspek!  It's very exciting!  Soon enough you'll be seeing them posted all over Middle Earth!  Except in Mordor.  Those guys can suck it!   

In other news, we continue with our band profiles.  Next up is Fresno, CA favorite Achievement House!

Here's a brief bio, as provided by the band on their Kickstarter page:

"Achievement House started in Late 2009 by Daniel Schultz & Philip Freeman.  Daniel is no longer with the group but since then Philip has surrounded himself with three amazing musicians.  His sister Whitney Freeman, old friend Colby Tibbet and new addition Anthony Barba."

With the new lineup listed above, Achievement House has made quite the name for itself in the Fresno music scene.  While Indie in origin, the band's music has recently taken up a slight edge.  The elegant guitar lines and soothing vocals of the Freeman …


Hello people of the internet!  I hope this morning finds you doing well.  We're less than a month away from Spanspek and I can already feel myself getting super anxious and excited!  This year is going to be packed with awesomeness and we hear at Spanspek can't wait for all of you to experience it!

With that said, let me introduce you to a first of its kind for Spanspek.  Never in our 7 years have we ever invited a non-human entity to perform.  Call it a bias towards living and breathing beings.  However, in an effort to form better relations with our soon to be computer overlords, we've invited an actual robot to perform.  So without further adieu let me introduce you to Fresno, CA cybernetic beat machine Collecto!

Here's what Collecto's programmers have to say about their creation, as listed Facebook:

"Collecto is a Robot who has but two programs loaded into his mainframe; one is to deliver a creative and unique sound to the people of Planet Earth, the other t…


Good morning folks!  I hope this blog finds you preparing for the weekend!  It's Thursday as I write this and I got the day off tomorrow, so I'm feeling pretty fly, like a V8!  Wait no, that's the vegetable juice. 

Anywho, Spanspek is just around the corner, and these blogs ain't gonna write themselves.  Or can they?

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Hmm, that's all the Computer could come up with on its own.  It took twelve hours.  That's not fit to print Computer!  You best get to steppin'!

Uh oh, the computer screen is flashing between blood red and a picture of my face with X's over my eyes!  I better move on!  Sooooooooooo lets make a smooth transition to talk about Fresno CA ska/punk rock outfit Basura!

Just for funsies, here's another badass photo of the group I found on ye olde interwebz, courtesy of Patrick George Photo:

Basura at Audie's Olympic - Patrick George Photo

Basura recently opened for the "revolutionary rock" group Outernati…


Good afternoon everybody!  How are all of you today?  Good I hope.  I'm doing well, currently traveling the world via Google Earth.  Actually, I've been traveling the Moon, Mars and even the distance reaches of the Universe with that dang program.  Look, Spanspek isn't sponsored by Google or anything, but I've got to admit, Google Earth is pretty badass.  I mean, I was looking at that smiley face crater on the surface of Mars!?  How cool is that?! that actually a thing people consider cool?  Maybe I've misjudged how cool this kind of stuff is.  Oh God, please don't beat me up Internet Bullies!  I have glasses!

Speaking of which, someone reminded me recently of that saying, "You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you? Huh?"  Now with all that Lasik surgery stuff, no one gives a shit.  People with glasses be getting clocked left and right!

Where was I?  Ah yes, its time for another installment of this here blog.  Today we'll be t…

Pro Wings

Good evening from the past!  I hope this blog finds you much as I find myself at the moment, watching a late night episode of Friends from the comfort of home.  Oh Chandler, you crack me up!  Gellar siblings on the other hand, I still hate the lot of you.

And so begins the blog about our next Spanspek act, Hanford CA indie wunderkinds Pro Wings!
Here's a description of the band, as provided by their Bandcamp account:

"Pro Wings is an experimental indie rock band from Hanford, CA.  Zach Rodriguez plays guitar and sings.  Jay Pena plays guitar.  Zack Driver plays bass and David Sibaia plays drums."

Technically accurate, but a little on the dry side.  Here's a fuller description, as provided on their MySpace account:

"That song you hear while waking up from a good dream when you're young."

Now that's the ticket!  Pro Wings really does inspire that type of feeling you get when you're walking along at dusk and you notice that the heavens are this perfect b…

Sci-Fi Caper

Good morning everyone!  I hope this blog finds you all doing well.  At this very moment it is 4pm on a Friday and I am stuck at work, eagerly awaiting the end of the work day so I can clock out and go get some ice cream or something.  So while I wait, I says to myself, I says, "You should write one of those blog posts about the bands that are playing Spanspek."  And then I quickly minimize the screen so that my co-workers don't catch on to what I'm doing.  That ain't no TPS Report, they'd say, as they drag my soon to be tortured self to the dungeon, deep beneath the bowels of the Earth.  Did I mention that I work at Medievel Times? 

So here we are!  And here is Fresno CA Friendcore band Sci-Fi Caper!

Here's a brief but incredibly accurate description of the group, as provided by Amber Fargano (of Passion Bucket/Fatty Cakes/Strawberry Jam fame):

"An important sound in Fresno. This group is bringing to the valley exactly what it needs - California beach-…

Spanspek 2012 Poster & Line-up Revealed!

Good morning everyone!  I hope this blog post finds you all doing incredibly well!  It's been a while since we've last spoken, but we're glad to be back!

We here at Spanspek Headquarters are proud to finally present to you the lineup for the 2012 edition of the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival!  

This is by far one of the most eclectic lineups we've ever rounded up.  We've got a real live robot on the bill for goodness sakes!  Anywho, we can't wait to share this experience with y'all!  It's going to be the crazies!  

In the meantime, please feel free to fall in love with the groups that'll be performing in September.  For more information feel free to puruse our website, Facebook, or Twitter.  Thank you kindly, please spread the word, and good night!  This post took me a whole day to write!

Sahab (Fresno, CA)
Achievement House (Fresno, CA)…