Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Tuesday Night Music Picks 10/24/06
Another one of those crazy LA nights where I'd go to about seven of these shows if I lived in a normal city (presumably they'd all be on different nights).
Division Day / The Happy Hollows / Thailand @ Boardner’s [1652 N. Cherokee] ($7) – If you’re in the mood to support the local scene and see some good indie music. This show’s sponsored by the all around nice folks at Radio Free Silver Lake and KXLU (sorry I forgot to promote the Fundrazor – I suck but you can still pledge online). It’s the second installment of a new monthly night called Let’s Independent. I went to the first installment and had a ton of fun and saw some great bands. Division Day just got back from a wild tour where they endured car troubles, amp troubles and redneck cop troubles (a couple of them got thrown in the slammer and had to endure Brokeback Mountain jokes). But they’re home safe now (until they head to CMJ in a week). Their shows are always energetic and fun. You should definitely check them out (somebody please tell Ryan that if he knows what’s good for him, he’ll stop calling me duke-meister). I’m hearing a lot of great stuff from the cool kids about The Happy Hollows too. Download Division Day’s “Tigers”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ the Smell ($10) – If you’re in the mood for some mellow country/folk singer-songwriter stuff. His albums are always really good, his live performances usually are ok. This is definitely easier than driving out to Malibu to see him tomorrow. You can’t drink at the Smell.
Secret Machines @ Union Station (Free) 8:30PM – If you’re in the mood for some high quality free music. Somebody gave me a full glass of Jack Daniels at the show last night and interfered with my intention of getting home at a decent hour. Then I went backstage and kept on drinking, further worsening the effect. The show was good with several great moments. Nice light show, not quite up to the El Rey show earlier this year, but still not much to complain about. For this show you have to ride public transportation into Union Station and then you’ll get in for free. Don’t drive down, because you’ll have to present your incoming ticket to get into the show. You can probably catch something else after this show.
Kennedy @ Key Club – If you’re in the mood for some humorous indie rock. Did you know Kennedy has 22,751 friends on Myspace and one of his tracks has been played 92,356 times.
Adem / Juana Molina @ the Echo ($15) – If you’re in the mood for some mellow electronic music. Adem makes electro-acoustic music (one of the only kinds of electronic music I like). His new record reminds me of the last record - about three or four songs I really like and the rest get deleted from my MP3 player. Definitely talented, but I just get a tad bored. I got sent the new Juana Molina record and it’s just not my thing. She’s talented though.
The Kooks / Chin Up Chin Up @ Safari Sam’s ($5) – If you’re in the mood for a crazy night of elbowing hipsters and record execs out of your way. If you read the British press, the Kooks are the next big thing. The Kooks are playing Spaceland tomorrow night too. Chin Up Chin Up has a pretty big blog following. It’s upbeat indie music. Download Chin Up Chin Up’s “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything”
Say Hi to Your Mom / Metal Hearts @ Spaceland ($8) – If you’re in the mood for some indie pop in Silver Lake. I think Pitchfork has been a little harsh with this guy. They gave his new record a 5.3 and said: “Basically, imagine if Ben Gibbard fancied himself Bob Pollard.” I like it. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times, which for me is pretty good. Download “Snowcones and Puppies”
The Deadly Syndrome @ Cinespace ($5) – They’re also playing on Halloween at the Silverlake Lounge.
Pop Levi / Earl Greyhound / Capitol Years / National Eye @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Beastie Boys @ the Fonda (Sold Out) - Totally forgot about this show. I'd go if somebody gave me free tickets. I've seen 'em years ago at Coachella and the Forum.