Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Music Festival Showcase Application Final Deadline
Austin, Texas - October 31, 2006 - For over 20 years, South by Southwest(SXSW) Music Conference and Festival has been bringing musicians, record company executives, club owners, radio programmers, journalists, publicistsand countless other people working in the music industry together. Over one thousand showcasing artists and solo acts from around the globe perform on60 stages over the course of five nights, March 14 - 18, 2007 in Austin,Texas. Online applications to perform at this extraordinary event are being accepted until Friday, November 10, 2006.
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2007 will be the 21st Anniversary of SXSW Music taking place March 14 - 18 at the Austin Convention Center and on stages throughout downtown Austin. Inaddition to the music festival, the conference will gather music business professionals to participate in panel discussions, workshops, one-on-one interviews and the Trade Show and Exhibition.
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If I was going out tonight I'd hit the Echo for Dios or the Mountain in Chinatown for the Sword. Those are my kinda parties, but other places will probably be a lot more festive. Hello WeHo.
Dios Malos / Airborne Toxic Event @ the Echo - Dios is one of my favorite LA bands that isn't going to CMJ. Airborne Toxic Event is a new band that's just starting to play out a lot. I plan on seeing them soon.
The Sword / Year Long Disaster @ Mountain Bar in Chinatown – One of my favorite new heavy bands. If you missed them at the Avalon last weekend. They go on at 12:15. Year Long Disaster is Dave Davies’ son’s band.
Devo / Missing Persons / Bow Wow Wow @ Greek Theatre – I’ve seen Devo once and while a bit heavier around the midsection, they were still a lot of fun.
Ladytron / Midnight Movies @ El Rey ($25.50) – I’ve heard they’re not the most exciting live band on the planet, but they look good.
MSTRKRFT / Justice / Totally Radd @ Safari Sam’s ($25 dos) – Not my kinda party, but it will be a danceable party.
The Roots @ Avalon ($40) – Backpack rap.
Brazilian Girls @ Wiltern ($25) – For the downtempo/KCRW set.
The Deadly Syndrome @ Silverlake Lounge (Free w/costume, $8 w/o)
Honky / HDR @ the Scene
Monday, October 30, 2006
The Western States Motel @ Rockwood Music Hall 7:00PM
Listing Ship @ Midway 8:00PM
Run Run Run @ Piano’s 8:00PM
Monsters are Waiting @ Piano’s 9:00PM
Irving @ Piano’s 11:00PM - KCRW Showcase
Mickey Avalon @ Sin-E 1:00 AM
Darker My Love @ Sound Fix Records 2:00PM
The Little Ones @ Piano’s 2:00PM – Brooklyn Vegan Party
Division Day @ The Fader Sideshow 4
The Bird and the Bee @ Bowery Ballroom 7:45PM
Ferraby Lionheart @ Sin-E 8:30PM
Gray Kid @ Canal Room 8:50PM
Tom Brosseau @ Rockwood Music Hall 9:00PM
The Spores @ Arlene’s Grocery 11:15PM
Cold War Kids @ Bowery Ballroom 11:25PM
Gliss @ Pianos 1:00AM
Juryrig Party @ The Cake Shop 1-6PM – Hosted by Kennedy with Irving doing a live set
The Spores [noon] / Tom Brosseau [1:00PM] @ Day Stage
Silversun Pickups @ the Puma Store Union Square 4:00PM
Madlib / Peanut Butter Wolf @ BB King’s 8:00PM
The Elected @ Bowery Ballroom 9:00PM
Mellowdrone @ R&R 9:00PM
Peter Walker @ Piano’s 9:10PM - Dangerbird Showcase
Lavender Diamond @ Northsix 9:30PM
Darker My Love @ Piano’s 10:00PM - Dangerbird Showcase
Kennedy @ Crash Mansion 10:45PM
Earlimart @ Northsix 11:30 PM
Silversun Pickups @ Piano’s 11:45PM - Dangerbird Showcase
Division Day @ Union Hall (time TBD)
The Little Ones @ Canal Room 8:30PM
The Broken West @ Knitting Factory Main Space 7:30PM - Merge Showcase
The Airborne Toxic Event @ R&R 11:00PM
Eleni Mandell @ Rebel 8:00PM
Division Day @ Union Hall 10:30PM
Division Day @ Sin-E 12:30PM
The Broken West @ the Living Room - TBD BMI Daytime Party
Silversun Pickups @ Piano’s 4:30PM – Brooklyn Vegan party
The Watson Twins @ Irving Plaza 11:00PM
The Tyde @ Mercury Lounge 11:00PM
OK Go @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Very few cared about them before that dancing video.
Rocket @ Spaceland (Free) - The last night of their residency.
Meeting Places / Mezzanine Owls @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) - The last night of The Meeting Places' residency.
Winter Flowers / Van She / The Softlightes @ the Echo (Free) - The last night of the Winter Flowers' residency. With a couple of Modular bands headed to CMJ.
Friday, October 27, 2006
OK Go @ Troubadour (Sold Out) - Internet videoes can really help.
Pere Ubu @ Royce Hall ($28-38)
Banyan @ the Mint ($15) – Nels Cline, Mike Watt and Stephen Perkins
ESG /Mika Miko @ the Echo ($25) – This show’s been moved about 37 times so make sure you go to the right place. Old school punk/rap/disco group.
Forward Russia / Scanners @ Spaceland ($12) – I got both of these discs and never made it all the way through either one. If you like the post-punk dance bands, there might be something there that I missed.
Airborne Toxic Event @ the Cocaine (366 E. 2nd Street) – New local band that’s heading out to CMJ next week. Check out Radio Free Silver Lake for a band interview.
Heavens / Darker My Love @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – The dude from the Alkaline Trio making music influenced by Depeche Mode. Surprisingly the one track I’ve heard is better than most bands that try to sound like Depeche Mode. Darker My Love are a local psych-rock band that puts on a powerful live show.
John Prine / Jim James @ Wilshire Ebell (Sold Out) – John Prine’s a legendary folk singer-songwriter. I’ve only got his first record. “Hello In There” is a touching song about aging and loneliness. Jim James is the lead singer of My Morning Jacket. I’ve seen him do the acoustic solo thing before and it’s powerful. That big voice works well even without the electric guitar jams, head banging and heavy reverb. Hopefully the My Morning Jacket fans give Prine the respect he’s earned.
Mike Stinson @ Cinema Bar (Donations) – Cinema Bar is my favorite little dive bar on the West Side (on Sepulveda in Culver City). Elliott Smith was known to hop on stage from time to time. Stinson’s my favorite local country rocker. Gram Parsons and Merle Haggard inspired songwriting with the great Tony Gilkyson on guitar.
KMFDM @ the Fonda – Kill Mother F’ing Depeche Mode.
Jon Brion @ Largo – Get there way early if you don’t have reservations.
The Stiches / Thee L.A. Gentleman Callers @ the Scene ($5) – For the heavy rock fans.
The Bird & the Bee / Pity Party @ Silverlake Lounge ($10) – KCRW crowd
Benji Hughes @ El Cid ($10) – Benji Hughes is one of the Fold’s favorite artists right now. He packs ‘em in.
I Can Lick Any Son of A Bitch in the House @ the Mint ($10) – I’ve never heard these guys, but I’ve always loved the name. It sounds like something my Grandpa would have told me when I was six.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Ferraby Lionheart @ Knitting Factory 6:00PM – Folk-pop. Lately a lot of people are talking about him lately.
CSS @ the Echo ($15 – adv tix sold out so get there early) – Brazilian sex disco for hipsters. I’m not gonna fault you if you like a dance party. Not everybody wants to be rocked to sleep every night. I do think it’s pretty terrible though.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Cursive / The Thermals / Eastern Youth @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – I walked out on the Thermals at the F-Yeah Fest but other people seemed to love them. Also at the Avalon tomorrow night.
Nomeansno / Anavan @ Knitting Factory ($12)
Snoop Dogg @ Greek Theatre ($35-80) – I’ve recently come to the realization that Snoop’s not that good. About three or four songs is all you need.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Skygreen Leopards: Disciples of California (Jagjaguwar) – These hippies don’t sound too bad. You don’t see too many bands that list Brewer & Shipley first in a list of influences. Download “Disciples of California”
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Broom (Polyvinyl) – This record was previously self-released but now Polyvinyl’s releasing it with three additional tracks. Not that many bands from Springfield, MO. Chris Walla seems to like them and Spin threw out the Shins reference. These songs are both pleasant indie rock. Download “Oregon Girl” and “House Fire”
Various Artists: The Harry Smith Project – Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited (Shout Factory) – Culled from the series of concerts from 1999-2001 that paid tribute to Smith. A two CD live collection of artists like Beck, Wilco, Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed doing classic folk, along with a live DVD and a DVD documentary.
The Walkmen: Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen (Record Collection) – The Walkmen recreate the Harry Nilsson album that John Lennon recorded during his lost weekend. I’ve been listening to my share of Nilsson lately, and it seems like he’s definitely having resurgence in attention. Pitchfork seemed perplexed that they would release this, and it is a bit odd.
+ / - : Let’s Build a Fire (Absolutely Kosher) – Brooklyn indie rockers are going on tour with Irving. Live at Spaceland on 11/16. Download “Steal the Blueprints”
Jello Biafra: In the Grip of Official Treason (Alternative Tentacles) – A 3-CD release. Jello’s eighth spoken word record. From the AT site: “With Iraq gone to hell in a handbasket, Rome falling at home, and the so-called opposition Democrats "searching for a message" as they throw another election, it's high time for Jello Biafra and his merry mouth to tip the cow and set the barn on fire.” Live at El Rey on 11/20.
Bright Eyes: Noise Floor (Saddle Creek) – Oh Conor. Compilation of hard to find stuff.
The Curtains: Calamity (Asthmatic Kitty) – This guy used to be in Deerhoof. Pitchfork gave it a pretty good review yesterday. Download “Go Lucky”
De La Soul: Impossible Mission (Red Lion Entertainment) – I go back and listen to 3 Feet High and Rising every once in a while.
Miho Hatori: Ecdysis (Rykodisc) – Do you remember Cibo Matto?
Aimee Mann: One More Drifter in the Snow (Superego Records) – Do you remember ‘Til Tuesday? At the Avalon on 12/9.
Moby: go – the very best of moby (V2) – Do you remember Moby?
Willie Nelson: Hill Country Christmas (Finer Arts)
Scott Walker: In Five Easy Pieces (Fontana) – A five disc box set of 93 remastered songs.
Sparta: Threes (Hollywood) – Live at the Avalon on 11/13.
Various: The World Is Gone (XL Recordings) – Electro-pop.
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury) – She’s very talented and this is one of her two essential records. A two-disc remastered version. The second disc is a live disc from 1998. Appearing at Royce Hall on 11/30.
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.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Secret Machines @ Avalon ($25) – They are an outstanding live band. Even though I bought tickets for Yo La Tengo, I’m going to Secret Machines instead. Their in-the-round show at El Rey earlier this year, is one of my concert highlights of the year. Even if you weren’t crazy about their most recent record, you’ll have a great time. If you’re unfamiliar with their music it’s trippy along the lines of Pink Floyd and Spiritualized with krautrock elements and bombastic drums.
Yo La Tengo / Why? @ the Fonda ($20) – For the indie rockers. Their latest album is a return to form. Ideally they would have edited 15-20 minutes out of it, but it’s still better than the last two records. They were a great live band in the mid 90’s, but I’ve been pretty bored the last couple of times I’ve seen them. Download “Beanbag Chair”
Meeting Places / Aaron Espinoza / The Parson Red Heads @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Three good bands for free. The Meeting Places play dreamy guitar rock. Aaron Espinoza is the lead singer of Earlimart and the Parson Red Heads play 1960s (Byrds, Zombies, CSN&Y) inspired rock. If I wasn’t going to Secret Machines I’d check it out. Download Meeting Places “Hall of Fame” Download (from Pitchfork) Earlimart’s “Everybody Knows Everybody”
Rocket / The Capitol Years / Something For Rockets @ Spaceland (Free) – Rocket continues their residency.
Winter Flowers / Entrance @ the Echo (Free)
Friday, October 20, 2006
Lou Barlow / You Am I @ Spaceland ($12) – I always enjoy seeing Lou Barlow. People in LA don’t seem to appreciate him as much as they should. He’ll play some of your favorites. Check out these old flyers he found while recording the new Dinosaur Jr. album. Slightly J obsessed. He’s also got a cool photo of Elliott Smith with Jeff Buckley on his site.
Comets on Fire / Kyp Malone solo (of TV on the Radio) / Fiery Furnaces and tons of others @ Downtown Palace Theatre ($24) – This is the last night of the Arthur Nights fest. People like Jeff Weiss swear by Comets on Fire’s explosive psychedelic rock. I like that new TV on the Radio record. Fiery Furnaces pretty much annoy the hell out of me.
Oxford Collapse / The Joggers / Capitol Years @ Knitting Factory ($10 adv / $12 dos) – Oxford Collapse got my attention because they’re the first band I’ve ever seen that listed the Embarrassment as one of their major influences. The Embarrassment was an early 80’s post-punk band from Wichita, KS. The Feelies and Mission of Burma also get thrown around when describing them. I picked up the record and it’s decent. I’ll give it a letter grade of B-. You can download my favorite song (“Please Visit Your National Parks”) from the record from Sub Pop.
UK Subs @ Key Club
Beirut @ the Troubadour (Sold Out) – You sophisticated blog readers probably already know all about this 19-year old from Albuquerque. His bio says it accurately: “…it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches” I kinda wish I had tickets for this one. Download “From Italy”
Sun Ra Arkestra / Money Mark / Michael Hurley / Six Organs of Admittance / Future Pigeon / Living Sisters (with Van Dyke Parks ) @ Downtown Palace Theatre ($24) – Once again, this is like school for aspiring music snobs. Becky Stark is going to have a busy night.
Mew @ El Rey ($15) – The new album is interesting. Not sure if I love it, but worth giving it a listen. From the All Music Guide: “Fans of OK Computer-era Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, and Disintegration-era Cure will find And the Glass Handed Kites one of the most breathtaking things to come along since the dawn of the dream pop/post-punk genres themselves.”
Detroit Cobras @ Key Club ($15) – Basically a really good soul cover band that plays songs you’ve never heard of. I’ve seen ‘em. Very energetic live performance.
The Starlite Desperation @ Spaceland ($8) – KXLU is presenting this show, which reminds me that I totally forgot to mention the KXLU Fundrazor. You should support them. I know if you live on the eastside, it’s difficult to get rececption, but so many of your favorite local musicians put in time at KXLU. And wearing a KXLU t-shirt is always cool.
Now It’s Overhead @ Sea Level 4:00PM (Free) – If you’re into that Saddle Creek scne. Also playing later that night at the Knitting Factory for $12.
Boris / Be Your Own Pet / Awesome Color and tons of others @ Downtown Palace Theatre ($24) – For the adventurous. I heard last night’s Arhtur Nights show was pretty good. Devendra’s adoring fans loved him. Jansch was good, but the venue not as intimate as prior trips to LA. See tonight’s set times HERE. People rave about Boris’ Japanese drone rock. Be Your Own Pet are the Nashville “action punk” teens that Thurston Moore signed. A good friend recently turned me on to Awesome Color and I’m really digging them. They kinda mix Sabbath with the Stooges with ZZ Top. Unfortunately they’re playing at 7:20 and there’s no way in hell I can get there in time on a Friday night.
Innaway / In Waves / Polus @ the Scene ($5) – For the psych rockers. My friend Allen’s booking the Scene now, so I’ll probably make it over there more often. He knows music and sees everybody, so keep your eye on their calendar. I’ve heard great things about psychedelic rockers, Innaway. They’ve even toured with Echo & the Bunnymen.
Bob Dylan @ the Forum ($55) – Just searched and tickets are still available.
Mike Stinson @ Vine Street Lounge – For the country-rock/honky tonk fans. I’m a big Stinson fan.
The Parson Red Heads @ Lava Lounge ($5) – I’m a big fan of these guys too. Nice sixties inspired sound.
Two Gallants / Langhorne Slim @ Troubadour ($14) – If you read other blogs, look at Pitchfork or Youtube then you’ve probably heard about the Two Gallants police incident in Houston.
Year Long Disaster /Lions @ Spaceland – Dave Davies’ son
Swollen Members @ El Rey ($15) – For the backpack rappers.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Badly Drawn Boy @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – For the British singer-songwriter fans. See Wednesday’s picks
Qui with David Yow @ the Scene ($5) – For the abrasive rock fans. Qui love the Jesus Lizard. Playing with David Yow must be a dream.
The Ettes / The Village Green / The Purrs @ Spaceland – For the garage rock/60’s girl group fans. The Ettes are a local female led band on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. This show is an LA Weekly pick. I saw the Village Green once and they did not remind me of the Kinks. The Purrs have a very active publicist.
Lyrics Born / Cut Chemist @ El Rey ($19) – For the backpack rappers.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Badly Drawn Boy @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – For the singer-songwriter fans. Damon Gough has been on the Springsteen bandwagon for awhile (his new record’s called Born in the U.K.). The Killers recently expressed their love and The Hold Steady sound a helluva lot more like Sprinsteen than Gough ever will. While his new album’s getting panned by the critics (61 on Metacritic) and a 2.8 on Pitchfork, I have a hard time believing it’s really that bad. Ever since Gough won the Mercury prize for his debut album in 2000, critics have grown increasingly harsh (elevated expectations I suppose). I’ve got the new one at home, but haven’t listened to it yet. I’m sure it’s full of sad ballads and love songs.
The Adored @ Spaceland ($8) – For the upbeat post-punk fans. I gave this one an honest listen. While it’s not my cup of tea, if you like the modern dance-y post-punk you’ll probably like it. They usually get compared to the Clash and Buzzcocks. Sign up for the GUESTLIST by sending your name and email address to email@example.com Download “TV Riot”
Priestess / Nashville Pussy @ Key Club ($12) – For the rock/metal heads. Priestess is a really tight metal band along the lines of Motorhead who are much better live than on record. Nashville Pussy has been on the scene for a really, really long time. One time at a party their lead singer picked his nose and ate it while giving me a dirty look.
The Shore @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – Here’s a pretty good description from the LA Alternative Press: “"Slow-burning rock tunes that toe the line between Buffalo Springfield-like country and contemporary Brit-pop. Strings, keyboards and harmonies weave freely throughout, sending the songs soaring with an airy weightlessness."
The Pogues / Murder By Death @ Wiltern ($50-65) – For the crazy Irishmen. Pricey. Also on Thursday and Friday.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Matmos @ Jensen Rec Center ($20) – For fans of experimental electronic music. Their latest album featured ten songs about famous gay and lesbian philosophers, writers, filmmakers and musicians. They’ve also worked with Bjork.
Bettie Serveert / The Parson Red Heads / The Minor Canon @ Spaceland ($12) – For the indie rockers. I haven’t seen Bettie Serveert in over a decade. Do you think they know they’re Japanese label mates of my friends the Foxymorons? I really like The Parson Red Heads and I’ve only seen them once. They’re doing the free Monday night residency at the Echo in December.
Head Like a Kite / Catfish Haven @ Cinespace ($5) - I wrote about both these bands earlier this week.
Ferraby Lionheart / Delta Spirit @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – This show’s being presented by the Rockinsider.com. You can email her to get in for $5. Click on her link to the right for MP3s and more information. I’m starting to see Ferraby Lionheart’s name a lot, but don’t know much about him/them?
Daedelus / DJ Nobody @ the Echo ($10) - For the underground hip hop fans.
Method Man with Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck @ House of Blues ($27.50) – For the hip hop fans.
Black Angels / The Tyde @ Troubadour ($12) – For the Brian Jonestown Massacre fans. Black Angels are from Austin and seem to really like Anton from BJM. The Tyde are an upbeat-Felt inspired local band that I enjoy and write about quite a bit. Download Black Angels’ “The First Vietnamese War”
Annuals: Be He Me (Ace Fu) – This is another band that bloggers are trying to take credit for hearing first. I’ve grown pretty skeptical of these bands, but this is an impressive debut. Their sound goes over the map a bit, but it really works for them. The first song has a little bit of Arcade Fire while other tracks have elements of the Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree and Broken Social Scene. There’s a fairly high degree of drama throughout the record which depending on your musical reference points you’ll probably interpret as either emo, Jeff Buckley, older Radiohead/Muse or maybe all three. The first half of the album has a manic energy that I can appreciate, while the second half of the album mellows out quite a bit (with only occasional outbursts). Download “Brother” (the most Arcade Fire-like song) Letter Grade: B
Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the UK (Astralwerks) – He loves the Boss, so the title’s pretty cheeky. I’m a fan of his voice and arrangements, but don’t listening to him all the time. His albums are always worth a listen. He’s playing the Troubadour on Wed 10/18 and Thur 10/19. Jon Brion usually joins him on stage for his LA performances. By the way, Jon Brion just added a Friday performance at Largo (and reservations aren’t booked up yet).
Jeremy Enigk: World Waits (Reincarnate) – Let me start by saying that with a few exceptions, I generally prefer understated music. But I did like the first two records from Enigk’s first band, Sunny Day Real Estate. I consider them the first wave of modern emo (with a lot of bands I liked in college right on their tails). The thing that really made Sunny Day Real Estate unique was Jeremy Enigk’s voice. Oddly, I’m not a huge fan of his voice. He definitely goes for maximum drama. These arrangements are vastly different than his last solo record (which I never really liked that much either). On this album he’s so over-the-top that I can’t enjoy it in any way. If you’re a fan of his other work, then listen. Everybody else should probably stay away (or track down the first SDRE album at a used store). Letter Grade: C-
Bert Jansch: The Black Swan (Drag City) – Bert Jansch is a huge figure in the British folk scene. He’s an absolutely stunning acoustic guitar player (just ask Neil Young). I’ve got several Pentangle records and one compilation of his solo material. Yo La Tengo recently recorded a cover of my favorite Jansch tune, “Needle of Death.” They did a great job with it, but you should definitely track down the original. Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart join him on this set of newly recorded material. Haven’t heard this one yet, but the British press is saying its his best album in years. Download “The Black Swan” See him Thursday 10/19 at the Arthurnights fest.
The Little Ones: Sing Song EP (Astralwerks) – I’m usually not a hype machine, but I just searched my blog and realized I’ve written about these guys 16 times since February. Their music is super-infectious indie pop. A lot of you probably already have the self-released version of this EP and won’t need to pick up this new Astralwerks version. Download “Lovers Who Uncover” See them Thursday 10/19 at Hollywood and Highland at 8:00PM Letter Grade: A
Imitation Electric Piano: Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It ‘Til It Bleeds (Drag City) – From Myspace: “was formed in 1999 by Stereolab bassist Simon Johns and Andrew Blake (Felt, Mexico 70).”
Klaxons: Xan Valleys EP (Modular) – Download “Atlantis to Interzone”
Love: Definitive Rock (Rhino) – You probably already know this blog is named after a Love song. This is a compilation presumably released to capitalize on Arthur Lee’s death. Any opportunity to expose new people to Love is alright by me. The other greatest hits package was in dire need of remastering – so this is probably worth picking up if you’re new to the band. You really should own Forever Changes in its entirety.
The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas (Disney) – I own the Muppets soundtracks on vinyl and listen to them from time to time. The first time I took my lady and I went out on a date was to see a Jim Henson cover band.
The Sadies: Tales of the Ratfink s/t (Yep Roc) – Soundtrack to the documentary about hot rod and custom car designer, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots (Universal) – Local indie/electronica band.
Ali Smith / Steve Almaas: You Showed Me (Parasol) – Download “You Showed Me”
Squarepusher: Hello Everything (Warp)
Various Artists: Weeds s/t (Lion’s Gate Records) – This one’s got local artists like the 88, Dengue Fever, Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Young Jay as well as indie faves Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal and Rogue Wave.
Monday, October 16, 2006
"Never Mind the Phonecalls"
"Don't Think About Me"
Those should whet your appetite for the new record. Aaron Espinoza will be playing a free solo show at the Silverlake Lounge on Monday 10/23. The following week the band is heading to New York for the CMJ festival.
Meeting Places / Eskimohunter @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – They were Spin.com’s band of the day last Monday. If you’re into atmospheric, shoegazey rock then check them out. They’re playing the Silverlake Lounge every Monday in October. You’ve probably seen guitarist Scott McDonald at your band’s show (I see him out almost every time I go out). Download The Meeting Places’ “Love Like the Movies”
The Hold Steady @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Indie favorites? Heavy drinking bar band? Bruce Springsteen disciples? All of the above.
Rocket / Catfish Haven / Earl Greyhound @ Spaceland (Free) – Rocket are Catfish Haven’s on Secretly Canadian records and Pitchfork gave their recently released record a 7.6/10. Download Catfish Haven’s “Crazy for Leaving” – I thought Head Like a Kite was playing this show too but apparently you’ll have to see them tomorrow at Cinespace instead.
Winter Flowers / Chapin Sisters (Free)
Friday, October 13, 2006
The Section Quartet performs Radiohead’s OK Computer @ Spaceland ($10) - Do you like Radiohead? Do you like strings?
Saturday night's like a blogger's wet dream. But where to go? I'll probably stay home and watch horror movies.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Takka Takka / Architecture in Helsinki @ the Fonda (Sold Out) – Do you like bands that are heavily influenced by the Talking Heads? Me too (some of ‘em anyway). I really like their album, but then had the misfortune of seeing them live. After looking at the lead singer’s back (and not hearing him enunciate anything) for an hour at their show at El Rey a while back, I probably won’t be seeing them again for awhile. Let me know if I should re-evaluate. Download CYHSY’s “Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Love”
Download Takka Takka’s “We Feel Safer at Night”
Thunderbirds are Now! @ Spaceland ($10) – Do you like dancey, post-punk? Then you’ll probably like these guys.
Lily Allen @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Do you like lite-reggae pop? Me neither, but most bloggers seem to. It helped me realize that a lot of bloggers are just horny dudes. That said, if I owned a record label I would immediately find an American version of this chick. You would bank some serious dough and she seems like she’s probably a really pleasant person to be around. People on Craigslist are willing to pay $150 for your ticket. I’d sell.
Ghostland Observatory / Bodies of Water / Restaurant @ the Echo ($10) – Do you like indie disco? Me neither, but many bloggers seem to.
The Clean Prophets Play Amoeba at 7:00PM Tonight
The Clean Prophets @ Amoeba (Free) – After a flurry of recent local signings and several of our bands getting national attention, hopefully the Clean Prophets are next. I’ve posted that Tesh video before, but it’s worth another look. In the past I’ve compared them to Echo & the Bunnymen and the Chameleons with some Cure in there as well. While they’ve probably listened to their share of 1980’s British music, they’re not genre copycats in any way. One look at their press clippings and you'll see bands I don't hear at all. Download “Crime”
The 88 @ the Getty (Free) – Local pop guys that are out on the road so much, you don’t get as many chances to see them.
Seneca Hawk / The Letter Openers @ Spaceland
Mika Miko @ the Smell ($5) – Local KRS girls.
Lucero / Rocky Votolato / William Elliott Whitmore @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – One of my really good friends is a big Lucero fan. If you like barroom, alt-country then you will be too. Download Votolato’s “Portland is Leaving”
Circus Minor / The Oohlas @ the Echo ($5) –
The Bird and the Bee @ Silverlake Lounge ($10) – Inara George & Greg Kurstin
Kristen Hirsh @ El Cid ($17.50)
Electric Six @ Key Club ($15)
Thursday, October 12, 2006
10/20 – Boris / Be Your Own Pet @ Downtown Palace ($24) - BUY
10/22 – Lou Barlow @ Spaceland ($12) - BUY
10/22 – Comets on Fire / Fiery Furnaces @ Downtown Palace ($24) - BUY
10/23 – Yo La Tengo @ Fonda ($20) - BUY
10/23 – Secret Machines @ Avalon ($20) - BUY
10/24 – Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ the Smell – Really? The Smell?
10/28 – The Sword @ Avalon ($15) - BUY
11/1 – Voxtrot @ Troubadour ($10) - BUY
11/6 – Modest Mouse @ Wiltern ($30) – On Sale Saturday @ 10AM
11/9 – Telescopes @ Silverlake Lounge ($12) - BUY
11/10 – The Wrens / Asobi Seksu @ Troubadour ($13) - BUY
11/17 – Frank Black @ House of Blues - BUY
11/18 - Sean Lennon @ El Rey ($25) - BUY
11/18 – Hot Chip @ the Fonda ($18) - BUY
11/22 – Pernice Brothers / Elvis Perkins @ Spaceland ($10) - BUY
11/24 – Mark Fosson @ El Cid - BUY
11/25 – Cat Power @ Orpheum ($27.50) - BUY
11/28 – Takka Takka @ Silverlake Lounge
11/30 – Joanna Newsom @ El Rey ($20) - BUY
1/13/07 – Girl Talk @ the Echo ($10) - BUY
Oakley Hall Plays Spaceland Tonight
Another one of those nights in LA where there's four or five enticing live events.
Oakley Hall / The Long Winters / What Made Milwaukee Famous @ Spaceland ($12) – Flavorpill thinks you should check this out. Oakely Hall was started by the former guitarist of Oneida. They’re from Brooklyn and get called “psych-country” and also get the occasional Fleetwood Mac comparison. They’ve got a good reputation as a strong live act. Download “Living in Sin in the USA” The Long Winters are on Barsuk and they’re from Seattle. I’ve owned two of their albums and must confess that I don’t understand their appeal. Download The Long Winters’ “Pushover” What Made Milwaukee Famous is an indie pop band from Austin, TX and they’re label mates of The Long Winters on Barsuk. They’re playing Morning Becomes Eclectic today. Download “I Decide”
The Broken West (fka the Brokedown) @ the Echo ($5) – The Brokedown had to change their name to the Broken West. Sucks for them, but at least their new album on Merge isn’t out yet (it comes out in January). Check out their Myspace page for a preview of tracks from their new album. They sound really good. They’re heading to New York early next month to play the Merge showcase at CMJ.
Subtle @ Knitting Factory ($15) – For the Anticon Records crowd. From the KFLA’s site: “Combining the robotic clunk of Jel's programming and drum-machine playing with a rich and textured instrumental bank of cellos, woodwind, live drums, synths and other anomalous tone-generators, Subtle create space-pop akin to that of Tortoise, but with a dynamic approach to song-writing that is becoming synonymous with the Anticon imprint.”
Jedi Mind Tricks @ Troubadour ($22)
Two Sheds @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – Joe at Radio Free Silver Lake loves this band and has an interview HERE. He compares them to Cat Power, Mazzy Star and PJ Harvey.
The Feeling / Rocco DeLuca @ Key Club ($14) - Craving a Kiefer Sutherland sighting?
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
There's a lot of hatred for that new Killers' record, but given the choice, wouldn't you much rather listen to that than Evanescence?
None of this stuff has me running out to the store, but I'm sure some of it is worth your hard earned cash.
Top Five New Releases:
Califone: Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey) – Pitchfork wet themselves and gave it an 8.7/10. Very mellow. Download “Spider’s House”
Cold War Kids: Robbers and Cowards (Downtown) – Local indie rockers are now signed to Downtown Recordings. At Spaceland tonight. Download “Tell Me in the Morning”
Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit (Jade Tree) – At Spaceland on 10/26. Download “Jackeyed”
Damien Jurado: And Now That I’m In Your Shadow (Secretly Canadian) – He’s really mellow too. I liked his last record. At the Hotel Café on 10/19. Download “What Were the Chances”
Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness (Merge) – I’m a little sick of this guy, but I do like some of the GBV albums quite a bit. Be sure to buy your copy at an indie record store so you’ll get the free live CD as a bonus. Download “Supernatural Car Lover”
120 Days: 120 Days (Vice) – At Spaceland on 11/13. Download “Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone”
The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love (Nettwerk) –At El Rey on 10/24.
The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes (V2) – At the Fonda on 11/30 and 12/1.
Chavez: Better Days Will Haunt You (Matador) – Remastered reissue. Download “You Faded”
Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Can’t Ride Anything (Suicide Squeeze) – They’ve gotten good reviews from Pitchfork too. At Safari Sam’s on 10/24. Download “This Harness Can’t Ride Anything”
Four Tet: Remixes (Domino) – He remixes Radiohead, Bloc Party, etc and then artists remix him.
The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events (Nonesuch) – Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields does Lemony Snicket songs.
Great Speckled Bird: Great Speckled Bird (Collector’s Choice) – Country-rock reissue from 1970. Ian and Sylvia with Todd Rundgren producing.
The New Sound of Numbers: Liberty Seeds (Cloud Recordings)
Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles Collector’s Box Set (Ape) – 9 Discs from the XTC dude
Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties (Sub Pop) – This free download sounds pretty good. Anybody heard the whole record? Indie rock. At the Knitting Factory on 10/22. Download “Please Visit Our National Parks”
Pit Er Pat: Pyramids (Thrill Jockey) – At Spaceland on 11/21. Download “Solstice”
Portastatic: Be Still Please (Merge) – Mac from Superchunk (and founder of Merge)
Nikki Sudden: The Truth Doesn’t Matter (Secretly Canadian) – From Swell Maps. His last album. Download “Seven Miles”
These Arms Are Snakes: Easter (Jade Tree) – At the Knitting Factory tonight. Download “Horse Girl”
Various Artists: Marie Antoinette soundtrack (Verve Forecast) – A period film with music from Gang of Four, the Strokes, Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, etc.
Various Artists: I Killed the Monster 21 Artists Performing the Songs of Daniel Johnston (Second Shimmy) – There’s already an excellent DJ tribute album. I’d like to hear the Sufjan Stevens’ track at some point.
Whitey: Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train (Dim Mak) – Playing a free show on 10/19 at Hollywood and Highland. Download “Walk in the Dark”
Merle Haggard @ Royce Hall ($38-65) – Merle Haggard is a legend. He competes alongside George Jones, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash for my favorite male country artist of all time. I’ve seen him perform once (at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace) and it exceeded all expectations. He didn’t resort to medleys or anything cheesy like that. He played a lot of classics and seems to know why people love him (which seems to elude a lot of older artists). I really wish he was playing somewhere other than Royce Hall because all those songs about drinking really make you wish you had a drink. Some favorite songs: “Mama Tried,” “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.” He’s also playing the San Manuel Casino tomorrow night.
Cold War Kids / The Delta Spirit @ Spaceland ($10) – Should be packed. Cold War Kids are celebrating their album release (out yesterday on Downtown records – home of Gnarls Barkley and Art Brut). They’ve got great, loyal fans and they definitely deserve a wider audience. They’re in the process of going from a local band to a national band, so go see them at Spaceland while you still can. Before you dismiss them, see them live at least once. Download “Hospital Beds”
Jesse Sykes / The Shore @ Silverlake Lounge ($10)
Kasabian / Mew @ Fonda (Sold Out) – I saw part of Kasabian’s set at Coachella once. They seemed tight and more interesting than their records. Mew’s album is pretty good. Should be a decent show.
The National @ Troubadour ($14)
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Rocket @ Spaceland (Free) – Rocket are playing every Monday in October for free. As their label puts it: girls in short shorts with guitars.
The National @ Troubadour ($14) – Their most recent album was Uncut Magazine’s album of the month (five stars).
Jerry Lee Lewis @ Virgin Megastore Hollywood & Highland (Free) 7:00PM – He’s getting up there in years. I saw him on Letterman last week with Neil Young on guitar.
The Oohlas / Dirty Little Secret @ Viper Room
Friday, October 06, 2006
Califone / The Heavenly States @ Spaceland ($10)
Roger Waters performs Dark Side of the Moon @ Hollywood Bowl
The Album Leaf @ Troubadour – Jimmy LaValle from Tristeza. Download “Always for You”
Part Time Punks @ the Echo – Smiths Night ($5) The Capricorns @ Sea Level (Free) 4:00PM
Eagle Rock Music Festival (Free) – On Colorado in Eagle Rock. - The Movies (8:00PM), The Parson Red Heads (6:00PM), Future Pigeon (8:00PM), Kind Hearts & Coronets (10:00PM), Great Northern (9:30PM), Monsters Are Waiting (10:30PM) - Here’s another chance to pay a lot of money and see Beck or to go see the Movies for free. Hooray for the Movies. I really enjoyed the Parson Red Heads when I saw them too. Unfortunately Future Pigeon and the Movies are at the same time.
LA Weekly Detour Festival @ Downtown (Main St. & 1st) ($35.50) – Beck, Blonde Redhead, Oh No! Oh My!, Blackalicious, Queens of the Stone Age, Basement Jaxx, Redd Kross – I would really like to see Blonde Redhead.
James McMurtry @ Safari Sam’s ($15) – His dad has written some great stuff.
Patrick Park @ Hotel Café – Very good guitarist and songwriter.
SunnO)) / Celtic Frost @ House of Blues ($35) – For the serious metal freaks.
The Oohlas / West Indian Girl @ Molly Malone’s ($6)
The Killers @ Wiltern (Sold out) – Most of the people bashing them now were probably fans when their last album came out.
Adult @ Troubadour ($15)
Country Joe McDonald @ McCabe’s ($16) – Psychedelic folk-rock legend. He was at Woodstock and testified at the Chicago Seven trial along with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Arlo Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger.
The Bird & the Bee @ Silverlake Lounge ($10) – Greg Kurstin and Inara George
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Numerous good reasons to go out tonight. Whether you're on the east side, downtown, in Hollywood or on the Strip.
Riverboat Gamblers @ Key Club ($12) - Punk rock from Denton, TX. The lead singer of the Riverboat Gamblers is a great front man. He's all over the place and may even get in your face. I saw them a few times when I lived in Texas and they always put on a fantastic show. Spin Magazine recently named them the 15th best live band in the world ahead of two of my favorites: the Flaming Lips and My Morning Jacket. You won't ever understand the band until you see them live. They're also playing Alex's Bar in Long Beach tomorrow night. If you're like me and you haven't seen a good show in a while, this might be the remedy.
Roger Waters performs Dark Side of the Moon @ Hollywood Bowl ($36-260) - You can still get $260 tickets. It better be a pretty damn good show for $260. I mean really, really good. Like way better than any show in the world. I mean I like Pink Floyd and all, but $260 is a helluva lot of money. Also on Friday and Sunday.
Man Man / Tsk Tsk / Wires on Fire @ Spaceland ($10) - Don't know much about Man Man, but a lot of music snobs seem to dig them. They're on the experimental side of indie music.
The Minor Canon /Briertone @ Little Pedro’s ($5) – The Rock Insider blog presents this night of local favorites. Going downtown is always a nice change of pace. If you haven't been to Little Pedro's it's a cool spot to check out a show.
Tigers Can Bite You / Airborne Toxic Event / Land of Ill Earthquakes @ the Echo ($5) – Somebody’s been reading their Don Delillo. I still haven't seen Dave Woody's (Fiver) new band, Tigers Can Bite You. I'm hearing good things. This night is presented by Sea Level Records and LA Alternative.
Jet @ Henry Fonda (Sold Out) - I'm sure you guys saw the Pitchfork review this week. It almost makes me wanna like Jet. Almost. They're laughing all the way to the bank.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
1) Hank Williams “Fool About You” – My dad used to torture me in the car with Hank Williams when I was kid. Now I willingly listen to Hank and enjoy it. The Hank Williams 40 greatest hits collection is enough for most people, but there are gems not included on that collection. This is from the Original Singles Collection which has 84 songs. His Luke the Drifter persona is interesting too.
2) Muse “Endlessly” – Radiohead impersonators? A band I occasionally enjoy, but rarely defend.
3) The Flaming Lips “Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saves the World” – From Clouds Taste Metallic – a strong record. Remember when nobody in LA liked the Flaming Lips and you found these used for $4.99 or less? Now I wish they’d do more of these songs when they play live.
4) Sonic Youth – “Chapel Hill” – This takes me back to college. A song about getting Jesse Helms in the mosh pit. He’s in a convalescent home now, so he’s not much of a threat anymore.
5) Elliott Smith – “Shooting Star” – This is a nasty fuck you song to a scene whore. I wonder if he had anybody specific in mind when he wrote it.
6) Fugazi – “Glue Man” – An interesting transition. From a song by a drug casualty to an anti-drug song from a straight edge band. One of my favorite bands in college.
7) Sufjan Stevens – “Adlai Stevenson” – Another song about a politician. Stevenson was an Illinois Governor who ran for President (and was called an “egghead” by Nixon). Substantially different politics than Jesse Helms…..
8) Buzzcocks – “E.S.P.” – For me you really only need Singles Going Steady. But you definitely do need Singles Going Steady. It’s hard for me to listen to the Sex Pistols or the Clash these days, but not the Buzzcocks.
9) Neutral Milk Hotel “Two-Headed Boy (live 2/4/01)” – I never saw Neutral Milk Hotel live, and these bootlegs make me regret it. I’m a big In the Aeroplane Over the Sea fan and this is one of the best songs on that album.
10) Gene Clark “The Same One” – This one’s from right after he left the Byrds. A sad song about relationship confusion. Possibly about Michelle Phillips? or so the All Music Guide says. I don't always love Gene's performances, but his songs are really interesting.
The Shore / Asteroid #4 / Boxing Lesson @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – LA's the Shore plays every Wednesday in October at the Silverlake Lounge. Tonight you can see them with the bands that headlined Spaceland and the Echo last night.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Beck: The Information (Interscope) – Yeah, I just ripped on his live show at Club Element, but I still wanna hear this (I’m listening to the stream on AOL right now). I’m sure a lot of you have already heard it. What do you think? It was produced by Nigel Godrich and they started the record before Guero (but then Godrich got busy with Paul McCartney). Catch him live at the Detour Music Fest on 10/7. This album currently has a 79 on Metacritic. Last album sold 809k. Not sure if this has a vinyl release date. Grade: ?
The Decemberists: The Crane Wife (Capitol) – I’ve always considered myself a Decemberists fan although I usually only like three or four tracks on each record. This album feels a lot more consistent. Colin Meloy still has a voice that’s going to annoy most people immediately. Apparently the lyrics are loosely based on a Japanese folk tale. Appearing at the Wiltern on 10/21. This album currently has a 92 on Metacritic. The Last album sold 121k. Looks like the vinyl doesn’t come out until 10/17. Grade: B+
The Luxury Liners: Nonetheless (self-released) – One of the guys in this Nashville-based band is a friend of mine. He hasn’t sent me a copy of this yet, so I don’t know what to tell you about it. Supposedly it’s a bit of departure from their previous power-pop albums and features more introspective songs. Download “Breaking Out” Grade: ?
Sean Lennon: Friendly Fire (Capitol) – I’m just as suspicious as you are of a guy who chooses to hang out with Vincent Gallo and the rest of the New York City social scene. Apparently this album is about his rocky relationship with Bijou Phillips (who once flashed her bare ass at me at a party). A big improvement over his last album, the record features interesting arrangements, good performances and really strong production. He’s still got the same voice (at times it’s a struggle to sing in key) which has grown on me. You might be annoyed when he sings about saving the cocaine and diamonds for a rainy day. Is it worth $22.99 (it comes with a DVD)? You’ll have to decide for yourself. His last album sold 62k. Grade: B-
The Pernice Brothers: Live a Little (Ashmont) – I really love Joe Pernice’s lyrics. Of course I’m totally wrong, because Marc Hogan at Pitchfork had this to say about the lyrics on his last album:
"When it comes to words he's typically received more praise than deserved, maybe because he's got an MFA (whoopedy-doo!). Pernice too often traffics in turgid phrases rather than complete thoughts, epitomized in the omg wtf chorus of "My So-Called Celibate Life": "It's a short slide down/ No caution navigating the faulted ground." That's not pop, dude. That's poor."
On behalf of Joe Pernice, I'd like to extend a big middle finger to Marc Hogan. In a perfect world Joe Pernice would have as much money as Sean Lennon to work with some kickass producers and musicians. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have the disposable income to spend a lot in the studio (or to go out and do coke with Bijou Phillips – a lot his money probably goes for diapers for his baby). Anyway, I’m straying really badly. Just buy the record. All the Pernice Brothers records are good. I do wish they’d do a vinyl release. See him live at Spaceland on November 22nd. Grade: B+
Cities: Variations (Yep Roc) – Reimagined by Daedelus, Ladytron, Fog
The Dears: Gang of Losers (Arts & Crafts) – Live at the Troubadour on 10/4.
The DFA Remixes: Chapter Two (Astrawerks) – Hot Chip, Nine Inch Nails, N.E.R.D., Goldfrapp, Unkle, etc.
Goldenboy: Underneath the Radar (Eenie Meenie) – Support local music.Download “Second Day of the Year”
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Ole Tarantula (Yep Roc) – At the Key Club on 10/27
The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant) - Usually I understand why bands are critical darlings even when I don't like them. These guys are the exception. No offense, but what am I missing here? At the Troubadour on 10/16.
Home Video: No Certain Night or Morning (Defend Music) – Download “Penguin” Live at the Getty on 10/20.
Jet: Shine On (Atlantic) – Last album sold 1,585k. Live at the Fonda on 10/5.
The Killers: Sam’s Town (Island) – Last album sold 2,993k. Live at the Wiltern on 10/6 and 10/7.
The Kooks: Inside In/ Inside Out (Astralwerks) – This month’s version of the Arctic Monkeys. Not that I have anything against either band. See them at Safari Sam’s on 10/24 or Spaceland on 10/25.
Nina Nastasia: On Leaving (Fat Cat)
Pere Ubu: Why I Hate Women (Smog Veil) – Live at Royce Hall on 10/29.
The Slats: Boom Patrol (Latest Flame Records)
Subtle: For hero for fool (Astralwerks) – At the Knitting Factory on 10/12.
Thunderbirds are Now: Make History (French Kiss) – At Spaceland on 10/14.
Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson In Crime (Paper Bag) – At the Echo on 11/12.
Various Artists: Air’s Late Night Tales (Thrive) – It always bugs me a little when people misspell Elliott Smith’s name (like the track listing on Amazon).
Various Artists: Adult Swim and Stones Throw Present Chrome Children (Stones Throw)