Recently, Rudaroo moved to a coastal suburb of San Diego known as Ocean Beach. Affectionately referred to as OB, this neighborhood is unlike any other place on Earth. The wild parrots that make their rounds at sunrise everyday are our alarm clocks. During conversation we celebrate the OB Pause every few minutes as planes interrupt our thoughts. And don't get me started about traffic (there's none on the beach)! Atop it all, the sheer beauty of this place and the attitude of the people who live here bring a unexpected and unique, neighborly element for the Rudacrew.
The OB Pier is 1,971 feet long making it the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. Built for local fisherman it is now visited by over half a million tourists each year. There are some easy-access tide pools located under the pier where you will find a plethora of sea creatures. Check out the OB Tide Table, then take a southerly trail from the tide pools towards Sunset Cliffs: a place known as one of the best spots in California to view the suns daily departure. This trail takes credit for introducing most of the members of the Rudacrew.
The fact that it's a traffic nightmare to get out of OB every day is a blessing and a curse. It creates a sort of bubble, the makings for a small town feel in the middle of a big city. Just add beach living and you have what makes the people of OB the most genuinely friendly people you'll ever meet. Not that shallow, southern hospitality-style friendliness, but the type of kindness that comes from a genuine love and respect for all people. OBtians are the perfect example of the work-hard/play-hard lifestyle. These folks surf or do yoga to start their days before heading in to work at coffee shops and boutiques. Then, after their shift, they head to a local brewery for a couple pints before the weekly (Wednesday) OB Farmer's Market, followed by the drum circle on Abbott and Newport (also every Wednesday), and ending with new friends at a bonfire on the beach. It's the kind of day that most people expect on vacation (minus the work part), and we get to live it!
Newport Avenue and its side streets have some of the coolest shops, eateries and bars in all of San Diego, and every single one is more than affordable. There are 7 breweries in the 742 acres that make up OB (about 1 square mile), and 6 of them are located on or within one block of Newport Ave. A true staple of OB is Hodad's, known to have one of the best burgers in California. South Beach Bar and Grill is a frequent stop for the Rudacrew, especially on Taco Tuesday or Thursday where you can get two huge tacos and a beer for under 10 bucks! The best place to grab your morning cup of joe is The Coffee Method, where hand-crafted beverages meet floral arrangements for a relaxing atmosphere. Get a badass, new look for your hair over at The Electric Chair (featured in Almost Famous). Happy Hour at Sunshine Saloon is from 5-6pm everyday and offers all pitchers half-off. There's even an ice cream shop where you can get an ice cream sandwich made with blueberry waffles and bacon!
Coming to Ocean Beach has been a dream come true. We are incredibly lucky to live in a place of such humbling beauty among people who we can grow and flourish with as we navigate through this crazy world on a path to happiness and success. Hope you can come visit us here soon!
Archaic 3 - Seems Pointless EP
August 1st, 2018
A rollercoaster of tempo changes and musical styles, Archaic 3 self identifies as sludge punk. Their sound incorporates elements of ska, punk, and metal with added appearances from many genres. Originally a three piece from Houston, TX, Archaic 3 are now 4 and share their time (and residence) with Austin. Yesterday, they released an absolutely incredible EP, and we're going to play it in its entirety tomorrow, August 2nd, at 5pm PST.
Joey McLane (guitar/vox) kicks off the album with a bang in Under Control, a tune mellowed by the saxophone stylings of Mr. Michael Wingard. Gian Cosani (drums/vox) then leads us masterfully into the title track, Seems Pointless, written and sung by Ethan Scrogin (bass/vox). A brief trip-dip into Pandora's Box gives way to the driving, rhythmic track, Redemption. The final written portion of the album is How It Goes, a song as powerful as the sound that it emanates.
But that's not all folks. Michael Wingard, the sexy sax man that he is, happened to press record discreetly in the booth to capture a jam for the ages. The final track is one hundred percent improvisation, further solidifying the fact that Archaic 3 is the real deal.
Tune in at 5pm PST tomorrow, August 2nd, 2018, for an exclusive listen to Seems Pointless by Archaic 3 on Rudaroo Radio. Find out more about A3 at the links below!
Archaic III Facebook
Archaic III Bandcamp <<< You can download the album here
Team Rudaroo has decided to start a daily blog to keep everyone updated about what we are doing and to give you a more personal insight on the people who make up our ragtag bunch!
That being said, I guess we should introduce the members of what we call the Rudaroo "Rudacrew"
The logical place to start is with our founder and fearless leader, Jade Rudolph. Jade has been a musician his entire life and has a passion for creating sounds that touch the soul. He is a true idea man that knows how to follow with action. He started Rudaroo Radio with a vision to unify the underground music scenes of the world and to create a platform that was different from the monotony of traditional radio. Also, he has the best hair ever.
Next up is Levi Living. This loyal head-turner is the OG of our West Coast Division. Raised in Sedona, AZ, Levi has so much charisma he could fluster a nun. He loves travel, wine and his dog, Obi.
Taylon Breeden is our Queen of the East. She left iHeart because of their corporate BS and that's why we love her. Well that and she works passionately for what she believes in, making her a role model for women and men alike. She is willing to take on anything and even recently ran for office!
Lank Rudolph operates the Rudaroo Radio recording studio in Stephenville, TX. He is full of drive and is one of the most grounded people you'll ever meet. His musical talent and song-writing ability is matched with a knack for hard work. This guy will stay up with you all damn night to get that guitar track recorded right!
Joseph Arrington has been on Team Rudaroo from the very beginning. He is a wizard with paperwork and a wizard on the Magic table. This man could walk you through The Labyrinth without breaking sweat!
Koby McNew's sunny disposition and obviously kind nature makes him approachable by anyone. He is a genuine soul with too much love to give, making him perfect for when we need to calm down Grandma after playing the Devil's music again!
Mike Smith. Just the name you might expect for a gentle giant with a good audio ear. Mike says very little but does a lot, and that is such an amazingly rare and beautiful trait for a person to have in our generation.
Tom Reilly: Juggling Extraordinaire and our resident nomad. Tom runs around the country providing amazing content for you. If you see Tom please feed him a sandwich as he is most likely extremely stoned and hungry!