20 Years Of Pining After Fresno’s “Sparkle Jet”

I go back and forth when it comes to my favorite all-time Fresno band. Some days it’s the Light Thieves. Other days it’s Strange Vine. On days I’m feeling hardass metal it’s Farooq. Punk days it’s It’ll Grow Back. If you’d have asked me 20 [something] years ago, I would have said Neanderthals.

But the band I consistently go back to? Sparklejet.

The 20th Anniversary of Sparklejet has arrived and to celebrate, the band went back to the studio to record a new song. It’s called “UR A Dope” and they are letting you download it for free here. Check it:

If you’re like me, this may send you down the Sparklejet rabbit hole. To help guide you, here are nine Sparkle Jet songs that totally still stand out:

I love that the guys are still around and care enough to take the time to make new stuff. They always sound warm and familiar when I listen to them. Important sounding. Very Fresno, but somehow more sophisticated.

If you’re a fellow Sparklejet fan, I’d love to see your favorite songs and/or memories in the comments.

Listen To This: Remotely Drunk – Dorktown Podcast #119

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We just had a lot of fun with this one. Too much? Yes. Annoying sometimes? Yes. But good times. Dorktown's first ever guest, Aaron "The La Selva Beach Connection" comes back and gets rude with the gang. As usual we talk (over each other) about: Fresno, Clovis, craft beer, beer beer, Gold Lays, sexy Armenians, extra holes, other podcasts and so on. We also play a mega Or Game/Forit Or Againit/Is It Metal.

Make sure to listen for the remotes with Dead In 60 Years!! Plus some live Light Thieves and we play the new Fierce Creatures. BONUS remote with the mom older sister of Whitney Freeman from Achievement House. There may even be a "Bert" Easter Egg in a remote or two.

It gets real "drunk-y" so be warned. Have a listen:

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BANDGEEK!: Peter Case, Mercury Bullet, Gaza, Galye and her Bowties, Prince Parties and Red Airplanes

You just really have to love Friday night for the good mix of stuff. Saturday you may need to just dance it out with Prince.

How bout we BANDGEEEEEK!?:

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AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: Tonight's big act, Peter Case, is one of those dudes you kinda know, should know, but maybe don't. He's been around a ton of people, influenced a ton. Singer of the LA based The Plimsouls whose song "A Million Miles Away" was a big 80's hit featured in the movie Valley Girl. But he never quite got over the "big-time" hump. Seriously, check out his resume, it's quite extensive. Point is the guy is talented and shouldn't be missed. Peter will go on first at 9:30 followed by Fresno's own The Backstabbers and Third Rail Power Trip. Good stuff, Fresno. [$8, 21+]:

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FULTON 55: Stacked up with hard rock from Mercury Bullet, Beta State, Relax Reload:

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C.A.F.E. INFOSHOP: Heads up for experiemental grindcore type stuff with Gaza (Salt Lake City, Utah), Cabin Fire (Fresnans), Tide Mouth (Santa Clarita), Grow (Fresno) and Gorrilla Stomp (Fresno):

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STARLINE: Breakout hit from Rogue Festival, Gayle And The Bowties, playing with Fresno alt-country band, Back In The Valley:

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KUPPAJOE'S: Time to check out Valkyrie Missile, The Current, The Red Airplanes and Mercy Fists:

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