Propaganda's Oil.Spill.Benefit and Surfer Blood's "You Know You've Made It When" Story

New Times Broward-Palm Beach Calendar Editor Mickie Centrone attends and details some of the finest -- and occasionally subpar -- events from a given week. On Wednesday, she donated 10 buckaroos to a good cause when she went to the Oil.Spill.Benefit at Propaganda in Lake Worth.

Just as the music world has spent their time feeding West Palm Beach-based band Surfer Blood's ego, the high school contingent in West Palm Beach (represented by two male groupies) planned their own more obsessive approach to show devotion. The date was set for  last week's 18-and-up Oil.Benefit.Show at Propaganda. Did the groupies have goals? Yes. Did they meet them? Hell yeah, they did. (1) They rubbed shoulders with Surfer Blood, a band that with one song ("Swim") changed the entire direction, shook the entire core of their high school band, the Stereotypical Jews. Before Surfer Blood they told me they were a jam band. And now? They are a Surfer Blood-influenced jam band. (2) Jared, the high schooler in khaki shorts, got the back of his white iPod, which is kept in casing for protection, signed by each member of the quartet. There's a fake iPod with U2's signatures on it out there, at least this is a real one, he told me. And (3) they saw Surfer Blood perform for the first time.

Look to the guy behind the camara and you'll find the frontman of the Stereotypical Jews.
Look to the guy behind the camara and you'll find the frontman of the Stereotypical Jews.
Photo by Ian Witlen

This is not a reenactment of how horribly Surfer Blood treated those kids. Actually, the frontman in pinky plaid said, "I'm into it," when asked about his fans.
This is not a reenactment of how horribly Surfer Blood treated those kids. Actually, the frontman in pinky plaid said, "I'm into it," when asked about his fans.
Photo by Ian Witlen
The night was about the love. Oh, yeah, and the show raked in $3,000 for the Florida Wildlife Federation.
The night was about the love. Oh, yeah, and the show raked in $3,000 for the Florida Wildlife Federation.
Photo by Ian Witlen
Can I have my iPod signed? OK... I'll wait a few minutes.
Can I have my iPod signed? OK... I'll wait a few minutes.
Photo by Ian Witlen
This is Jesse, just a bad-ass dude from the Jameses, a band that's all about the synth-rock .
This is Jesse, just a bad-ass dude from the Jameses, a band that's all about the synth-rock .
Photo by Ian Witlen
One Dewar twin said, "I fought in World War II," and the other one put on a yellow construction hat. These are the psychedelic Dewars.
One Dewar twin said, "I fought in World War II," and the other one put on a yellow construction hat. These are the psychedelic Dewars.
Photo by Ian Witlen
The man behind the HoneyComb, the red-bearded, red-long-haired Steev Rullman, the lover of music, was on stage with the Dewars. He played the xylophone and drums. He back-up sang and shook a tambourine.
The man behind the HoneyComb, the red-bearded, red-long-haired Steev Rullman, the lover of music, was on stage with the Dewars. He played the xylophone and drums. He back-up sang and shook a tambourine.
Photo by Ian Witlen

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