By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Year-End Music Messes.Here in OC we say goodbye to the old year with a boot to its snaggly teeth. The Adolescents shove off 2005 with two nights at the Galaxy and a slew of power-punk opening bands on Dec. 29 and 30. Go twice and get one naughty night and one nice: both nights with Cadillac Tramps, and then the Crowd and Youth Brigade on Thursday and the Gears on Friday. There must be a lot of post-holiday tension to shred, because there's plenty going on that same Friday: just up the street, the Rev. Horton Heat (fresh off the sort of Christmas album traditionally used to kiss goodbye to a career) and opening pile-of-tattoos the Horrorpops will start their stand-up basses twirling at the House of Blues, part of the traditional rockabilly farewell to another year. Out with the old and in with a different kind of old! Too creaky for you? Venerable OC hardcore marauders Death By Stereo pop the rivets off Chain Reaction, a for-the-family show sort of like the relatives stopping by for the holidays, except less likely to end in a fistfight. The Adolescents and the Cadillac Tramps with Wrecking Crew, the Crowd and Youth Brigade on Dec. 29; with Firecracker 500, the Gears and Narcoleptic Youth on Dec. 30 at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor, Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600. Dec. 29-30, 8 p.m. $20;The Rev. Horton Heat and Horrorpops at the House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-BLUE. Dec. 30, 8 p.m. $30. All ages; Death By Stereo with Shotblue at Chain Reaction, 1652 W. Lincoln, Anaheim, (714) 635-6067. Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. All ages.
First Night. Oh, they're proud of their First Night in Fullerton. Sickeningly sweetly proud that this year's event, on Dec. 31, marks the Fifteenth First Night gala in the city. It's an alcohol-free New Year's Eve alternative that features live entertainment, children's activities and a midnight fireworks finale. You can't drink on the street (drag), but every bar in downtown Fullerton—and there are many—will be open, and there ain't no law saying you can't pop in for a quick snort whilst gamboling down the festive thoroughfare. One question: Why isn't it called Last Night? Downtown Fullerton, N. Pomona and E. Wilshire, Fullerton, (714) 738-6545. Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-midnighit. Free; rides and food, extra.
Dick Dale's New Year's Eve Rumble.God's chosen way to say, "Fuck ittttttttt!" and punt the past year somewhere out toward the gutter. Dale's signature guitar style (before him, surf was just another name for water hitting dirt) got wiped out by the baby boys in the Beatles, but a post-Tarantino revival warmed up his rightful place in the American pop pantheon. And now he comes out for one or two shows a year, just like a goddamn historical something-or-other should. Dick Dale with Graceland Mafia at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; www.thecoachhouse.com. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $35.
The Orange County Crazies.Santa Ana's own improv comedy troupe presents its annual "Orange Lang Syne" New Year's Eve performance at the Don Cribb Theater. Regular attendees may recognize alumni players Drake Doremus and Brian Spillane. In a time when press conferences are read off scripts, perhaps these Crazies are the few among us who are truly sane. Proceeds benefit the Crazies Kidprovisation Program for Children. DePietro Performance Center, 809 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 550-9890. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $15.
Orange County New Year's Celebration.Lit, Reel Big Fish, Joan Jett, English Beat, Psychedelic Furs and Violent Femmes at the Orange County New Year's Eve Orange Drop. Times Square has balls. We got citrus. Orange County Fair & Exhibition Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, (949) 715-9215; www.ocnye.com. Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $65-$125.
New Year's Eve on the Queen Mary.Drastic non-payment-of-rent-type things have darkened the waters around this vintage liner, which should add just the right note of real melancholy to this New Year's Eve event; who's to say what next year may bring? Like the girl says: if that's all there is, then let's keep dancing. The Queen Mary is in its own quiet golden age now—left to sit idly dockside—but under the dust is a rare kind of stately charm. Getting all dolled up and clinking martinis under a chandelier at a landlocked stucco box in Newport? Quel domage, but on the boat, it works. Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 435-3511; www.queenmary.com. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $119-$769. 21+.
New Year's Eve Over-Nighter.It's a cunning criminal enterprise. Simply invite parents to deposit their children with you for the evening, freeing the adults to carouse into the early hours and then stumble around the house swearing loudly whilst watching fetish pornography till the cock crows. In the morning, once the blinding headaches fade or the last line disappears into a tightly rolled Benjamin, someone will think, hey, didn't there used to be some kids around here? By the time they're desperately telling the police how the overnight camp was there just yesterday, you'll be in the Seychelles, burning through your takings from the sale of dozens of children and their sleeping bags to the South American slave trade. Horrified? You should be. That's why there's the Cypress Community Center. Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress, (714) 229-6780. Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-9 a.m. $40.