Friday, March 30, 2007

Upcoming Concerts - On Sale This Weekend

On sales this weekend (Saturday at 10:00 AM through Ticketmaster):

Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl on 6/8

Jesus and Mary Chain at the Glasshouse on 4/26

Sonic Youth @ Greek Theatre on 7/20

The Hold Steady @ El Rey on 5/31

Lily Allen @ Wiltern on 5/15

Travis at the Fonda on 4/29

Rock the Bells (Rage, Wu-Tang, etc.) @ NOS Events Center (San Bernardino) 8/11

Other shows recently on sale:
Earlimart / Sea Wolf / Watson Twins / Parson Red Heads @ ExPlex on 4/26
Dinosaur Jr. / Awesome Color @ Troubadour 5/11-5/13
Peter Bjorn and John @ the Fonda on 5/17
The Raveonettes @ Spaceland 6/1
The Raveonettes @ the Echo 6/8
Menomena @ Troubadour 6/12
The National @ El Rey on 6/26

Weekend Music Options 3/31/07 & 4/1/07

TV on the Radio Play the Fonda
Saturday's Pick [3/31/07]:
TV on the Radio / Noisettes @ the Fonda (Sold Out) – The second of two sold out shows. If I didn’t have a wedding to attend…..
Also Appearing:
Earl Greyhound / The Starlight Desperation / Lion Fever @ Troubadour ($10) – I recommended Early Greyhound a bunch of times recently when they played the Silverlake Lounge. They played some well received shows at SXSW.
Mike Watt & the Missingmen / The Bellrays @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – This is a benefit and there are about 15 bands playing. The Bellrays are scheduled to go on at 8 and Mike Watt right after them.
Maria Taylor / Whispertown 2000 @ the Echo ($10) – Early show at 5:00PM (get there before the club night starts). Maria Taylor was the singer in Azure Ray. Conor Oberst appears on her new record.
Mitch Easter @ Silverlake Lounge ($10) – This is an early show, the Slounge turns into a Mexican gay bar on weekend nights. Easter was in Let’s Active (a perennial pop favorite for the record collector crowd) and produced my favorite R.E.M. stuff, Chronic Town and Murmur. He’s got a new solo record out.
This Song Is a Mess But So Am I @ the Smell ($5)

Sunday's Options [4/1/07]:
You Am I / Har Mar Superstar @ Spaceland ($12) – Veteran Australian rockers. Lee Ranaldo produced their early stuff.
Marc Ford @ the Echo (Free) – The Echo’s starting their Sunday afternoon country barbeques again. Marc Ford is the on again off again guitarist for the Black Crowes, who puts out his own music too.
Part Time Punks @ the Echo ($5) – The DJs celebrate April Fool’s Day by playing all covers. Or maybe not.

Friday Night Music Options 3/30/07

Adem Plays Tangier Tonight

Tonight's Pick:
Adem / Bedroom Walls @ Tangier – Adem was in Fridge. I like his albums, but with their layered electronics, they’re the product of studio mastery. Has anybody seen him live before? Tangier’s probably a good place to see him. He’s been on tour with Badly Drawn Boy, so here’s a chance to see him solo.
Also Recommended:
TV on the Radio / Noisettes @ the Fonda (Sold Out) – I finally came around to TV on the Radio. Most people say they’re amazing live, but unfortunately I haven't seen them.
Jon Brion @ Largo ($10) – Get there very, very, very early if you want to get in.
Mike Stinson / I See Hawks in LA @ the Scene ($5) – For the country rock fans.
Other Options:
RTX @ Relax Bar [5511 Hollywood Blvd] ($10) – Jennifer from Royal Trux has a new band and a new record. They may have the worst Myspace page I’ve ever seen. They’re trying to sell you so much shit it won’t even load. Good job with that.
A Farewell to Long Gone John: The Willowz / The Ettes / Candypants / Miss Derringer @ Spaceland ($10) – Sympathy for the Record Industry night.
Whitey @ the Echo ($15) – For the indie dance crowd. Dim Mak’s putting out some Whitey stuff in the US.
Sky Parade @ Safari Sam’s ($7)
Lyrics Born / Rhettmatic @ Knitting Factory ($19) – For the underground hip-hop crowd.
Antelope / Dos / Silver Daggers @ the Smell ($5) – For the all ages crowd.

Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl

Just a reminder that presale tickets for Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl have gone on sale. The show is June 8th and tickets are kind of expensive. I'm sure if you do a well worded google search the passwords will pop up. There's a KROQ presale and fanclub presale. I had better luck with the KROQ presale.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Night Music Options 3/29/07

Monsters Are Waiting Play Safari Sam's Tonight

Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson) @ Hotel Café ($12)
Vagabond Opera @ the Echo ($10) – Why did gypsy music get so popular all of a sudden?
Bobby Birdman / Messes @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Monsters are Waiting / 8MM @ Safari Sam’s ($10)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rock the Bells - KROQ Presale Tomorrow

Wednesday Night Music Options 3/28/07

The promise of seeing Paul Williams at the Roxy last night was too much. He was billed as a special guest as part of Donovan Leitch's show. The show was packed. Leitch came out in Hedwig attire and did a few songs from the show. I haven't seen the Hedwig film since it came out in the theater, but I thought he did a great job with it. Eventually they did some Phantom of the Paradise songs and Paul Williams joined them on stage for one song. He joked that he couldn't remember the lyrics to a 30 year old song, but the crowd loved him anyway. At one point a marching band invaded the crowd and went up on stage. For the grand finale, Dave Navarro appeared and played guitar on a Stooges song and a Bowie song. It was exactly the kind of bizarre entertainment you want on the Strip. Does anybody know what the cameras were doing with Paul? Is somebody filming a documentary?

Tonight's Pick:
The Moon Upstairs / High Society @ Bordello ($7) - High Society is Jason Moore’s band. He’s got a rotating cast of musicians that includes Josh Schwartz, Kip Boardman and Mike Stinson. It’s basically a bunch of talented guys playing bluesy rock and country rock songs/covers. People like to get up and have a good time at the shows. The Moon Upstairs is a local band with a serious George Harrison influence. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Also Appearing:
Hoodoo Gurus @ El Rey ($20) – I was a fan back in junior high. I haven’t heard their recent stuff.
Club NME: Datarock / Scanners / Lady Tigra @ Spaceland ($8) – This is a big show for the indie dance scene and Dim Mak. Scanners are a Dim Mak band from the UK. Their album was well received by the critics. Datarock has an electro dance album coming out in June on Nettwerk. They’re from Norway and played some well received shows at SXSW this year.
Low End Theory Club: Prince Paul / Tom Burbank @ Airliner ($8) – Prince Paul produced De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising and De La Soul is Dead. That’s serious cred. Anybody make it down to the Low End Theory Club? What’s the scene like?
The Ebbs @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Imaad Wasif / The Queens of Hearts in the Forest City (members of Hello Astronaut Goodbye Television) @ the Old Baldy Brewery (Free, All Ages) – This is about 40 miles from Silver Lake. But if you’re out in San Bernardino County and happen to read this blog….

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New Release Tuesday 3/27/07

Pretty weak release slate this week. The next big date is April 10th. If you’re going to the record store this week, and still don’t have the new Shins, Arcade Fire, Broken West, Minor Canon, Menomena, Dr. Dog, and Besnard Lakes give them a listen.

Top Five Most Interesting New Relases:

The Fall: Post-TLC Reformation (Narnack) – The British press love it and Pitchfork hates it. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Kate Havnevik: Melankton (Republic/Universal) – She’s going out on tour with Air. Download “Unlike Me
Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly Angry Mob (Universal) – If you liked the first one you might like it. I’m not feeling it. Sylus panned it, Pitchfork half panned it and Mojo, Uncut and Q like it. See them at Coachella on 4/29.
Klaxons: Myth of the Near Future (Geffen) – Hyped British dance rock band. Mojo, EW and NME recommend it and Rolling Stone does not. See them at Coachella on 4/29.
Let’s Go Sailing: Chaos in Order (GR2 Classics) – This one came out locally last year and it placed high on my top 10 list for local artists. Hot on the tail of a Morning Becomes Eclectic appearance and a couple of songs on Grey’s Anatomy, it’s been re-released with national distribution.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:
Mika: Life in Cartoon Motion (Casablanca) – This year’s Scissor Sisters? All over TV right now and they just played a bunch of SXSW shows and sold out the Troubadour. See them at Coachella on 4/29.
Mims: Music Is My Saviour (Capitol) – Mainstream hip-hop
Redman: Red Gone Wild (Def Jam)

The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Sundazed) – The classic country rock album and the only Byrds album with Gram Parsons. Reissued on vinyl.

Tuesday Night Music Options 3/27/07

Donovan Leitch / Paul Williams Perform songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Phantom of the Paradise @ the Roxy ($21) – Several of my friends are really obsessed with Paul Williams right now. He wrote all those great songs for the Muppets as well as huge hits for Three Dog Night and the Carpenters. He’ll be performing some songs from the cult film soundtrack to Phantom of the Paradise tonight. Donovan Leitch will be doing some songs from a more recent rock ‘n’ roll opera, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It promises to be an interesting night.

The Deadly Syndrome / The Happy Hollows / The Lights From Here @ Boardner’s ($8) – Radio Free Silver Lake’s one year anniversary. Joe’s a big supporter of local music at RFSL and he’s got his finger on the pulse. He does these Let’s Independent nights once a month. This time he’s got two really energetic bands (TDS and THH) and one instrumental (possibly Morricone-inspired?) band I haven’t heard yet. The Deadly Syndrome were/are one of my top local bands to watch out for in 2007. Since I put them on that list, they’ve signed with local label, Dim Mak. If you like Oh No! Oh My! and the Unicorns and stuff like that, check them out.

Other Options:
00I00 @ the Echo ($12) – With Yoshimi from the Boredeoms. Dissonant, but I’ve heard they’re great to see live.
Calla / Molecules @ Spaceland ($12) – Calla’s on the lush, dreamy end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum.
Datarock @ Safari Sam’s ($5 with RSVP) – For the indie dance scene. Also appearing tomorrow night at Spacleland with Scanners.
The Exploited @ the Knitting Factory ($19) – Punk rock.
Kate Havnevik @ Hotel Café ($10) – The Norwegian singer’s new album comes out today on Univeral. See her before she hits the road with Air. Somewhat similar to later Bjork.
Fairmona / Naptunes @ El Cid ($8) – Naptunes has some of the guys from the Switch.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sean Lennon Ticket Giveaway

I'm giving away two pairs of tickets to see Sean Lennon at the Roxy Theatre on April 24th. Sean's touring in support of his Friendly Fire album (out now on Capitol Records). The first two people to email me (dukeufo at and tell me the genesis behind the album (hint: it concerns a girl) will win a pair of tickets.
What: Ticket Giveaway
When: Tuesday April 24th, 2007
How: Email me the answer to the question

Monday Night Music Options

El-P Performs at the Troubadour Tonight

Tonight's Picks:
El-P @ Troubadour ($18) – I just picked up that new El-P record. What I like about it is that it’s literate, but still hits hard. Jeff Weiss posted a much lengthier review today.
The Airborne Toxic Event / The Movies / The Monolators / Western States Motel @ the Echo (Free) – This is a very solid lineup. The Movies are one of my favorite LA bands. They’ve got a charismatic lead singer and a great sense of humor. Download “Rock in the Slingshot” Airborne Toxic Event has blown up so fast. Unlike way too many new bands, they’re not afraid of lyrical repetition and hooks. I’ve heard people compare them to the Killers and the Smiths. Download “Does This Mean You’re Moving On” (courtesy of Spin). Western States Motel is another relatively new local indie band with a growing fanbase. I haven't seen the Monolators yet, but their stuff on Myspace sounds pretty good.
Other Free Goodness:
Buffalo Roam / Castledoor @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Other Quality Stuff:
Dustin O’Halloran @ Hotel Café ($10) – Rocking the piano.
Midnight Movies / Kind Hearts and Coronets @ Viper Room ($10) – Midnight Movies have a record coming out on New Line on April 24th. I think people are really going to like it. Download “Coral Den
IAMX @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – For the indie dance scene. Chris Corner of the Sneaker Pimps.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Weekend Music Options 3/23/07 - 3/24/07

Big Business (yes they're messing with you) Play the Troubadour Saturday
A bunch of tickets go on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM. Peter Bjorn and John / Fujiya and Miyagi at the Fonda on 5/17; Bebel Gilberto at El Rey on 5/10 and 5/11; Daft Punk @ LA Sports Arena on 7/21 goes on sale at NOON.
Saturday's Pick:
Red Sparowes / Big Business @ Troubadour ($12) – Red Sparowes play intense instrumental music. The band features the guitarist from ISIS and the visual guy behind Neurosis. Big Business is on the local label, Hydra Head and features former members of Karp. Should be a nice, heavy night at the Troubadour.
Also recommended:
Elvis Perkins / Let’s Go Sailing @ Largo – Largo’s the perfect place to see this show. See Friday’s preview for their show at the Echo.
Gilberto Gil @ Royce Hall (Sold Out) – The Brazilian legend.
Rock Paper Scissors Rumble: Cheeseburger / No Age @ ExPlx ($8 adv / $10 dos) – Cheeseburger play sort of jokey, party anthems – like a hipper version of Andrew WK.
The Sharp Ease @ the Smell ($5) – This is their last show. Their bass player is leaving and the band is splintering.
Tobias Froberg @ Room 5 [143 North La Brea]- Paul Simon-influenced Swede.
I don't know, do you know?
Mandy Moore @ Hotel Café (Sold Out)
Noxagt / David Scott Stone @ the Scene
West Indian Girl / Slow Signal Fade @ Spaceland ($10)

Sunday's Choices:
Heavens / Boom Bip @ El Rey
The Gears @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – This is an early show – 6:00PM – 9:30 PM
Tribute to Prince: Kamran’s Birthday Party @ Spaceland – Kamran works for Spaceland Recordings. It’s his birthday.
Part Time Punks @ the Echo ($5)
Mika @ Troubadour (Sold Out) - He's being hyped as the new Scissor Sisters. He's in some new commercial. He seems very silly.

Friday Night Music Options 3/23/07

Elvis Perkins Tonight at the Echo
Friday’s Pick:
Elvis Perkins / Let’s Go Sailing @ the Echo ($15) – I finally got Elvis Perkins new record. The first half is definitely intense. I’ve seen him open for the Pernice Brothers and My Morning Jacket this year, and he’s a compelling performer. As I mentioned yesterday, Let’s Go Sailing had two songs on Grey’s Anatomy last night and appeared live on Morning Becomes Eclectic yesterday. Bravo.

Also recommended:
The Parson Red Heads @ The Unknown Theatre ($5) – The Parson Red Heads are one my favorite bands to see live in LA right now. They’re a whole lotta fun. The music’s along the lines of early Byrds and Beachwood Sparks. Although white jeans do make your junk look funny.
Birds of Avalon / Crime in Choir / Metalchicks @ Spaceland ($8) – I have a feeling I’m going to make it out to this show for a while tonight. I’m curious about Metalchicks (featuring Sugar from Buffalo Daughter and Yuka who has played with OOIOO and DMBQ). Download Bird of Avalon's "Set You Free" and "Bicentennial Baby" The band features two of the guys from The Cherry Valence. Crime in Choir is an instrumental prog band featuring original members of At the Drive In and the Fucking Champs.

I don’t know enough about these:
Heavens @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Alkaline Trio offshoot. Kind of emo. Kind of Depeche Mode. Paulo Nutini @ Avalon ($18) – Very young, Scottish, blue eyed soul singer. If you like James “You’re Beautiful” Blunt you might want to check him out.
Good on Paper / Panda & Angel @ Pehr Space ($5) – Nice all ages action. Download Panda & Angel’s “Dangerous

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thursday Night Music Options 3/22/07

I hate to shit where I eat, but last night I went to check out Besnard Lakes, Dirty on Purpose and Helio Sequence at the new ExPlex (under the Echo). Besnard Lakes took the stage (maybe (9:45ish). Very powerful - high falsetto, guitar jamming. They sounded great - even better than their record. I was really getting into it. During the fourth song I see the sound guy approach the stage and hold up one finger. My friend turned to me, "One song left? how long have they been playing." As they finish this fourth song, the sound guy walks back to the soundboard and cranks up the Arcade Fire's new record. So much for that one song. Maybe a 25 minute set. Tops. As I drank my $9 Maker's Mark and Soda and thought about the $12 I'd paid to get in, I got a little annoyed. Keep in mind, Besnard is a touring band from Montreal on a big indie label, not some guys who hauled their equipment over from their practice space in Highland Park. Next up was Dirty On Purpose from Brooklyn. I wasn't that into what they were doing, but they definitely had a crowd there enjoying them. Without warning, after about their fifth song the Arcade Fire erupts through the PA again. The band was stunned "We were promised 45 minutes. How many more songs do we have?" Arcade Fire blaring. The band was like, "Sorry guys. I promise if you come see us in Costa Mesa tomorrow we'll play a full set." About 11:10 the Helio Sequence took the stage. I stuck around until about midnight and left. Not sure what was going on with the short set times (the same thing happened when I saw Kelley Stoltz upstairs), but I do know I'm about $42 poorer and only got to see the band I liked for 25 minutes. All three bands are playing the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa tonight. I highly recommend seeing the Besnard Lakes. For a similar perspective check out Little Radio's review HERE. I saw a few other blogger/writers there, including Jeff Weiss who apparently contributes to the LA Times now. Wonder what they thought of it all? Oh yeah, the ExPlex is pretty cool and it's got guys in the bathroom that watch you pee (and try to sell you gum). Hopefully the short set times was a one time situation.
Anybody else listen to Let’s Go Sailing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning? Very nice. You can watch it HERE. Also tune into Grey’s Anatomy tonight as two of their songs will be featured. Their debut album gets re-released next Tuesday.

Thursday's Pick:
Apples in Stereo / Page France / Headlights @ Spaceland ($15) – Great lineup for the indie pop fans. Apples in Stereo have their first album out in five years and I think it’s their best one yet. If you like all the new, manic indie pop bands, but aren’t familiar with Apples, do yourself a favor and see them tonight. Did you know Elijah Wood has a record label in the UK and Apples in Stereo is his first release? Me neither. Download Page France’s “Hat and Rabbit” and “Junkyard” Download Headlights’ “TV” and “Tokyo
Also intriguing:
Luke Paquin / Tobias Froberg @ Tangier ($10) – Is Tobias Froberg the next Swedish sensation? Alan McGee (Creation Records) apparently thinks so; he just signed him to his Poptones label. Go over to Froberg’s Myspace and listen to “God’s Highway” and tell me it doesn’t sound like Paul Simon. Luke Paquin is the guitarist in Hot Hot Heat. He’s doing the singer-songwriter thing around town. Anybody see him yet?
Hell Ya! Night: The Explorers Club @ the Echo (Free for 21+, $5 for the non-legals) – The Explorers Club does a ridiculously good of sounding like the Beach Boys. I’m really intrigued by them. If only I hadn’t stayed out until 1:30 last night…….
Anavan @ the Smell ($5)
Beck @ the Echo (Sold Out) - Early show at 8:00PM.
Other Stuff:
Badly Drawn Boy / Adem @ El Rey ($24) – Badly Drawn Boy’s music is in that new Hummer commercial. Adem will also be at Tangier on 3/30.
Rod Stewart @ Staples Center ($125) – I just pulled up 12th row tickets on Ticketmaster. I didn’t buy them, but I was just checking to see what was available. Yeah, Rod’s become a little bit of a joke, but he’s got a great catalog. Walk around Silver Lake for ten minutes and you’ll see how influential Faces were (especially on rock ‘n’ roll fashion). The music’s undeniable too. His first seven or so studio albums are also worth looking at too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wednesday Night Music Options 3/21/07

The Besnard Lakes Play the Echo Tonight

A plethora of options tonight.
Tonight's Pick:
The Helio Sequence / Dirty on Purpose / The Besnard Lakes @ the EXPLX ($12) – It’s been three years since the Portland dream rockers Helio Sequence put out their last record on Sub Pop. They’re only a duo, but they get a big sound, which makes them a lot of fun to watch live. Download the Helio Sequence’s “Blood Bleeds” and “Everyone Knows Everyone” Dirty on Purpose is a slightly shoegazey, more Yo La Tengo-inspired Brooklyn band who put out a good, but overlooked album last year. Download “Light Pollution” and “Mind Blindness” The Besnard Lakes is another new, very promising band from Montreal. I’m really enjoying their new Jagjaguwar-released CD. They get compared to a lot of disparate bands, but that’s mostly because unlike a lot of bands, they’re multi-dimensional. You have to spend some time with their album before you comprehend their nuances. I’ve said they’re like cross between Low and Band of Horses, but that’s probably bullshit too. I’m really enjoying them right now. Download “And You Lied To Me
Also Recommended:
Club NME: Goldrush / Electric Soft Parade / The Explorers Club @ Spaceland – Goldrush and Electric Soft Parade are two interesting British bands on an excellent local label (Better Looking Records). Goldrush gets the Wilco, Flaming Lips comparisons. I hear a little Snow Patrol too (when Snow Patrol still rocked a bit). Their record comes out on April 10th and its good. Download Goldrush’s “Heaven’s My Destination” and “Every One Of Us” Electric Soft Parade rocks a little bit harder. The All Music Guide compares them to Doves and Elbow with a hair of Ben Folds. Download Electric Soft Parade’s “If That’s the Case, Then I Don’t Know” Explorers Club are a heavily Beach Boys-inspired band from South Carolina. Like unmistakably Beach Boys inspired. Seriously. I’m not screwing with you. Download “Forever” (not a cover of the great Beach Boys track) and “I Lost My Head
Sondre Lerche @ El Rey ($24) – After that weird sidebar, Duper Sessions record, the indie pop singer from Norway returned to form with his latest. It’s a good record.
Local Picks:
400 Blows / Qui @ Knitting Factory ($12) – Local kick you in the dick rock.
Radars to the Sky @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – Promising new local indie band.
The Mae Shi / Gowns / E.S.P.S. @ Mountain Bar – Noise rock.
Charlie Wadhams / Mike Andrews / Willoughby @ Bordello – Ex-Rex Aquarium lead man celebrates the release of his new album. Recorded with Mike Andrews.
Not for me, but maybe you?
James Morrison @ the Roxy – Yeah, his name’s James Morrison. If you like James Blunt you might want to check him out. He’s a new British singer-songwriter.
The Bravery @ Trobuadour (Sold Out) – Indie dance crowd.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Release Tuesday 3/20/07

This is a huge day at the record store. A lot of this stuff is well worth picking up.

Top Five New Releases:
El-P: I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux) - Adult Swim tie-ins and Trent Reznor guest spots. The underground hip-hop record of the year? It’s getting great reviews, but I haven’t listened to it all the way through yet. Watch “Flyentology” over at Adult Swim. Appearing at the Troubadour on 3/26
LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (DFA/Capitol) - This is getting record of the year type reviews (and it's only March). Dance-punk. See them at Coachella on 4/28. Haven’t listened to it all the way through yet.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Living with the Living (Touch & Go) – They expand their sound beyond the Paul Weller/Jam, Clash, Elvis Costello influences and incorporate funk, reggae, Irish drinking songs, etc. It's all good fun. Live at El Rey on 4/12 and 4/13. Listen to “Sons of Cain” Letter Grade: B
Low: Drums and Guns (Sub Pop) – This record’s not as accessible as their last one, but it’s more accessible than their early work. Dave Fridmann produced it. Their trademark quiet/loud dynamic is back. It feels very peaceful but there’s all kinds of apocalyptic shit going on in the background. Just when you’re falling asleep it comes to the foreground and wakes your ass up. You might wanna skip past the first two tracks when you first listen to it. See them live at the Troubadour on 6/22 and 6/23. Download “Breaker” Letter Grade: B+
Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank (Sony) - Their first record with Johnny Marr of the Smiths on guitar. I honestly haven’t heard it yet, but it seems to be getting good reviews. James Mercer from the Shins sings backup on three tracks. Appearing at the Greek Theatre on 5/13.

Best of the Rest:
Adult.: Why Bother? (Thrill Jockey) - There's a nice limited edition blood red vinyl version. I recommend picking that up immediately because distributors are pretty much sold out of it. Live at Safari Sam’s on 4/24.
Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum) – Singer-songwriter adored by (most) critics. Appearing at Coachella on 4/28. I’m not that familiar with him, but this track sounds pretty good. Download “Heretics
Foreign Islands: Restart Now (Deaf, Dumb, Blind) - Brooklyn band for the indie dance scene. Appearing at Safari Sam’s 3/20.
Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid: Restart Now (Domino) - Four Tet dude and jazz drummer with their third release. A lot of people don’t seem to think Hebden is very good at improve.
I'm From Barcelona: Let Me Introduce My Friends (Mute) - 29 person pop band from Sweden. Pitchfork liked it a lot, but most people find it very forgettable. I think it’s pretty good. Letter Grade: B
J-Dilla: Ruff Draft (Stones Throw) - Posthumous release from the local hip-hop darling. This one is apparently not as “listenable” as his most popular work.
King Kong: Buncha Beans (Drag City) - I totally forgot about these guys. They’re very silly but amusing. Download “Bulldozers
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price: Last of the Breed (Lost Highway) - Understated production makes this a very appealing collection. Legends playing country the way it should be done. Letter Grade: B
Other Men: Wake Up Swimming (Robcore) - Rob Crow gets the Heavy Vegetable guys back together. This sounds like a cross between his Pinback stuff and his stuff with Zach Hill in the Ladies. Download “Other People” (courtesy of Stereogum)
Palomar: All Things, Forests (Misra) – Veteran female fronted indie rock. Download “Our Haunt
Panda Bear: Person Pitch (Paw Tracks) - The more melodic Animal Collective dude. Your man over at the Gorilla vs. Bear blog is loving this. Download “Comfy in Nautica
The Ponys: Turn the Lights Out (Matador) - Matador's new signees. They sound a little like Sonic Youth mixed with Jon Spencer to me, but I haven’t heard the whole thing yet so I’m probably doing them a disservice by saying that. Download “Poser Psychotic” and “Double Vision” See them live at the Echo on 4/14.
(((Powerhouse Sound))): Oslo/Chicago Breaks (Atavistic) – Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride, Jeff Parker and John Herndon play on this release. I was digging this on the 40 minute commute to work today. If you’re a fan of Tortoise, Isotope and the aforementioned artists, you’ll want to check this out. Download an edited down version of “Old Dictionary (for Bennie Worrell)”
The Red Crayola: Soldier Talk (Drag City) – Originally released in the UK in 1979.
RTX: Western Xterminator (Drag City) – Jennifer from Royal Trux’s new band. See them at Relax Bar (5511 Hollywood Blvd) on 3/30. Somebody said that it’s high school music for people who went to high school in the 1970s. Fair description. Download “Black Bananas
The Willowz: Chautauqua (Dim Mak) - Local band puts out an album on local label. See them on 3/20 at Cinespace and 3/30 at Spaceland. Download “Evil Son
The Zincs: Black Pompadour (Thrill Jockey) – From Thrill Jockey: “The Zincs craft loving, minimal pop tunes that hearken back to the glory days of 1980s Rough Trade classics.” Download “Head East Kaspar

Bill Callahan: Diamond Dancer (Drag City) – Bill Callahan is the lead singer of Smog. One of these songs is from his forthcoming solo record (out 4/24) on Drag City. The other one is a non-LP cut. They’re both more upbeat than most Smog songs and overall pretty dang good.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Strange Form of Life (Drag City) – One of these tracks is from The Letting Go and the other tracks are from a Daytrotter live session. They all sound pretty good.

The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook (Kill Rock Stars) - A live show (75 minutes), documentary (30 minutes) and videos from their pre-major label days. If you’re a Decemberists fan then you need to pick this up, it’s a good value. If you’re not a fan, then you obviously don’t need it. I watched it last night and it reminded me just how nerdy they are. They’re like the They Might Be Giants of today. The live show’s a homecoming, Portland show so they seem really happy to be there. There are multiple cameras and the sound quality is good.

Tuesday Night Music Options 3/20/07

Final Fantasy Plays the Wiltern Tonight
TV Alert: Lucinda Williams on Late Show with David Letterman
Tonight's Pick:
Bloc Party / Final Fantasy / The Like @ the Wiltern (Tix avail at door - $30) – Anybody see these guys last night? I had no intention of recommending these guys two nights in a row.
Also Appearing Tonight:
The Horrors / The Willowz / Wolf & Cub @ Cinespace ($5) – If you really want to see/hear a band, Cinespace is usually not the place to go. Most people are there to watch the DJs in the front room. Anybody see The Horrors at the Echo or Wolf & Cub at Spaceland last night? The Lovemakers / Fairmona @ Silverlake Lounge ($8 before 10 / $10 after 10) – Fairmona’s doing a Tuesday night residency this month at the Silverlake Lounge.
Nels Cline @ the Smell - You guys enjoying that new Wilco record? I think everybody in America already has it. Crazy file sharing.
Birds of Avalon / Nice Boys / The Time Flys @ the Scene (?) – Download Bird of Avalon's "Set You Free" and "Bicentennial Baby" The band features two of the guys from The Cherry Valence.
Boys Noize / Foreign Islands @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – For the indie dance scene.
Shows Not Happening Tonight:
SHOW MOVED TO WEDNESDAY - The Helio Sequence / Dirty on Purpose / The Besnard Lakes @ the Echo – SHOW MOVED TO WEDNESDAY
SHOW CANCELED - Amy Winehouse @ Spaceland – SHOW CANCELED – Well, once again the show must not go on for Winehouse. If you’re a club owner or booking agent you should demand a cancellation clause in her contract. She proves once again that she’s more than happy to leave her fans (and show promoters) high and dry. Completely unprofessional and very lame. Get yourself together Amy. Even Robert Downey Jr. made it to set every day during the height of his self destruction.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Greek Theatre Schedule 2007

The Greek Theatre is a fantastic outdoor LA venue. It's one of the rare venues where I seem to always have a great time. If you're on the fence about any of these bands, just buy the tickets.

Tickets are currently available through their Premier Club Membership program. You'll have to pay $12/ticket and you won't really know where the seats are going to be, but it's probably worth rolling the dice if you really want to see a show.

05/05/07: Celtic Woman
05/07/07: Keane / Rocco DeLuca
05/13/07: Modest Mouse
05/18/07: Harry Connick, Jr.
05/19/07: Stevie Nicks / Chris Isaak
05/20/07: Stevie Nicks / Chris Isaak
05/26/07: Hot 92 Jamz Hot Summer Nights w/ WAR
05/27/07: Hot 92 Jamz Hot Summer Nights w/ WAR
06/01/07: Incubus
06/02/07: Incubus
06/08/07: A Prairie Home Companion
06/09/07: The O’Jays / Johnny Gill / Keith Sweat
06/16/07: KBIG Disco Fever w/ Village People, etc.
06/17/07: The Goo Goo Dolls / Lifehouse
06/29/07: Allison Krauss and Union Station
06/30/07: Star Rocks the Greek w/ Cyndi Lauper / Erasure / Debbie Harry / Dresden Dolls
07/07/07: Chicago / America
07/18/07: The Fray / Gomez / Eisley
07/19/07: The Fray / Gomez / Eisley
07/20/07: Sonic Youth – A Special Performance of Daydream Nation
07/21/07: Hot 92 Jams Hot Summer Nights
07/22/07: Snow Patrol
07/23/07: Snow Patrol
07/26/07: Lyle Lovett / k.d. lang
07/27/07: Lynyrd Skynyrd
07/28/07: Bob Weir & Ratdog / Keller Williams
07/29/07: L.A. Jazz Festival
08/04/07: Clay Aiken
08/16/07: Tony Bennett
08/17/07: Los Lonely Boys
08/18/07: Hot 92 Jamz w/ George Clinton & P-Funk, Mary Jane Girls, etc.
08/22/07: Michael Buble
08/23/07: Michael Buble
08/24/07: Gipsy Kings
08/25/07: Gipsy Kings
08/26/07: UB40 / The English Beat
09/08/07: Vince Gill / Amy Grant
09/15/07: Rock en Espanol Festival
09/28/07: Wavefest
09/29/07: Wavefest
10/05/07: Twelve Girls Band
10/06/07: Steve Miller Band
10/21/07: Benise

Monday Night Music Options 3/19/07

Bloc Party Plays Two Sold Out Shows at the Wiltern
Tonight's Pick:
Bloc Party / Final Fantasy @ the Wiltern (Sold Out) – For the indie dance crowd. Bloc Party’s like a guilty pleasure for me. Their music’s upbeat and mostly fun with a political undercurrent. As All Music puts it, they’re “equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, the Cure and Gang of Four.” They’re fun to see live too. Final Fantasy is Owen Pallett, a Canadian violinist and member of the Arcade Fire’s extended family. He makes critically acclaimed baroque pop.
British Hype:
Amy Winehouse @ the Roxy (Sold Out) – Critically acclaimed young British sensation and soulful, Motown revivalist.
The Horrors / The Airborne Toxic Event @ the Echo ($12) – This one’s not a free show. The Horrors are a gothy, poppy-punk band that’s not too far from the Cramps. Next Monday’s show at the Echo with Airborne Toxic Event will once again be free.
The Fratellis / The Pipettes @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – The Fratellis are a new Scottish buzz band. Pete Townshend just joined them onstage at SXSW for a version of “the Seeker.” Check it out here at SPIN. I would imagine a lot of people are going to this show to check out the Pipettes. Judging by the SXSW coverage, I’d say the Pipettes were all over Austin. They photograph really well because they’re three girls in polka dot dresses. They do the Phil Spector girl group thing, but in a seemingly kitschy way. Seems like it’s all in good fun.
Australian Hype:
Berko / Airbourne / Wolf and Cub / Jamie T @ Spaceland (Free) – If you’ve been looking for an excuse to hit Spaceland all month, this is the best of the free, Monday night lineups in March. Wolf and Cub is an Australian band on 4AD. They just played a bunch of shows at SXSW.
Local bands:
Western States Motel @ Viper Room ($10) – Local indie rockers who are getting some good gigs and buzz at the moment. They’re also playing the Echo next Monday night for free, if you’re Viper Room averse.
Buffalo Roam / Castledoor @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Weekend Music Options 3/17/07-3/18/07

Au Revoir Simone Play the Knitting Factory on Sunday
Saturday's Pick (3/17/07):
The Parson Red Heads / Castaneda / Janet Klein and the Parlour Boys @ Bordello ($10) – The Bordello is the space formerly known as Little Pedro’s. The Parson Red Heads recently put out an album called King Giraffe. They’re good retro rockers along the same lines as the Beachwood Sparks.
Other Options:
The Youngs @ the Cocaine in Little Tokyo ($5) – Recent transplants to LA. Eccentric.
Dragonforce @ House of Blues (Sold Out) – Kind of like the Darkness does Metallica.
St. Patrick’s Day Party: Ollin Performing the Pogues Rum Sodomy and the Lash @ Spaceland ($10)
The Presets / Crystal Castles @ Ex_Plex ($17) – Electro-disco fun for the indie dance crowd.

Sunday 3/18/07
TV Alert: The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus on KCET 8:00PM – I just watched this for the first time last night. It’s really good. There’s live footage of Jethro Tull, Taj Majal, Marianne Faithful, John Lennon (with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards), Yoko Ono (ok, maybe this isn’t very cool, but its certainly annoying) and classic Brian Jones-era Stones performances. You even see Gram Parsons looking very wasted in the background.
Sunday's Pick:
Au Revoir Simone / Under Byen / Frida Hyvonen @ Knitting Factory ($12) – Au Revoir Simone is a Brooklyn based trio of ladies with keyboards. Apparently David Lynch is a fan. Download Au Revoir Simone’s “Through the Backyards” and Under Byen’s “Hjertebarn” watch Friday Hyvonen’s video for “I Drive My Friend”
Other Options on Sunday:
Dragonforce @ House of Blues
Via Violenta @ the Scene (Free) – This is one of the Scene’s free Sunday afternoon barbeque shows.
Part Time Punks: Tunng / DJ Alan McGee @ the Echo ($10)

Friday Night Music Options 3/16/07

That's not how you spell odyssey. No not even in England.
Friday's Pick:
The Zombies / Ian Hunter @ Henry Fonda ($45) – The last time I did a top 10 albums of all time list (on 10/31/05) the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle was #8 on the list (I could only put one album per artist on the list, otherwise it probably would have been a little lower). It always puts a smile on my face when I hear it. Of course that record came out in 1968, so is it really worth seeing them in 2007? I’ve seen them twice. The first time I was elated to hear so many of my favorite songs performed live. The second time wasn’t as good. Seeing old dudes pump their fists in the air to Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You” didn’t seem quite as cool. By all means, go see them if you haven’t caught them before and if you have, then you already know what you’re getting yourself into. Ian Hunter was the lead singer of Mott the Hoople.
Other shows:
Clipse @ El Rey ($24) – For the hip-hop fans.
The Youngs @ Abbot’s Habit in Venice (Free) – Recent transplants to LA.
Aceyalone @ House of Blues Sunset ($12) – For the underground hip-hop fans.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

SXSW Picks - Saturday 3/17/07

I'd probably start the day by hitting the Hot Freaks party at Club De-vile. Later in the night I'd probably head over to the Beauty Bar Patio.

Saturday Day Parties:
Hot Freaks Blogger Curated Festival @ Club Deville & the Mohawk with the Broken West, The Early Years, The Ponys, Asobi Seksu, Menomena, Mezzanine Owls, Rosebuds, Young Knives, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, The Polyphonic Spree
Mess with Texas @ Red Seven with Host Patton Oswalt, the Walkmen, Apples in Stereo, Sloan, the Ponys, Deerhunter, etc.
Filter Party @ Cedar Street with Fratellis, Mew, Mando Diao, Pipettes, Kate Havnevik, etc.
Scion Party @ Stubb’s with Rakim and Ghostface

Saturday LA Bands:
Dengue Fever @ Austin Convention Center 2:00 PM
Mika Miko @ Emo’s IV Lounge 8:00 PM
Watson Twins @ Cedar Creek Courtyard 8:30 PM
Health @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz 9:00 PM
Money Mark @ Eternal 9:00 PM
Tsk Tsk @ Coop Bar 12:00 PM
Marjorie Fair @ Lambert’s 1:00 AM
GSL Showcase @ Emo’s Jr. – Anavan at 9:40 PM, 400 Blows at 12:10 AM, Qui at 1:00 AM

Saturday Other Recommended Shows:
Boris @ Town Lake 4:55 PM
Lee “Scratch” Perry @ Austin Convention Center 5:00 PM
Riverboat Gamblers @ Town Lake 6:00 PM
Mastodon @ Town Lake 8:00 PM
Terry Reid @ Antone’s 7:00 PM
Pink Nasty @ Elysium 8:00 PM
Summer Hymns @ Habana Calle 6 Patio
Buzzcocks @ Emo’s 8:00 PM
Mew @ La Zona Rosa 9:00 PM
Field Music @ Beauty Bar Patio 9:00 PM
Tilly & the Wall @ Beauty Bar Patio 10:00 PM
The Pipettes @ Beauty Bar Patio 11:00 PM
Spoon @ Stubb’s
Daniel Johnston @ Blender Bar at the Ritz 11:00 PM
Au Revoir Simone @ Copa 12:00 AM
The Stooges @ Stubb’s 12:30 AM
Arbouretum @ Uncle Flirty’s Loft 12:45 AM
Lee Scratch Perry @ Flamingo Cantina 1:00 AM

SXSW - Friday Picks 3/16/07

The hottest action of the day is the Pitchfork party. You'll probably be pretty wiped out after that. There's some other big buzz shows on Friday night, but nothing that interests me too much....

Friday Day Parties:
Pitchfork Party at Emo’s with Peter Bjorn and John, Girl Talk, RJD2, Menomena, The Ponys, Pipettes, Do Make Say Think, Deerhunter, Fujiya and Miyagi, Beach House, Marnie Stern, Cyrstal Castles
Merge and Absolutely Kosher Party @ Pok-e-Jo’s with the Broken West, Oakley Hall, +/-, Rosebuds,
Vice Party @ Longbranch Inn with Deerhunter, 400 Blows, etc.
Vice Party @ Scion Stage with Qui, Big Business, boris, Turbonegro, etc.
Hot Freaks, Blogger Curated Fest @ The Mohawk & Club Deville with Shearwater, Sea Wolf, Midnight Movies, etc.
Mess with Texas @ Red Seven with Host David Cross, Les Savy Fav, Black Angels, the Gossip, Erase Errata, Matt & Kim, Spindrift
Filter Party @ Cedar Street Courtyard with The Little Ones, Dappled Cities, Money Mark, etc.
Little Radio Party @ Red Eyed Fly with El-P, Tokyo Police Club, Amy Millan, Vietnam, Yellow Fever
Terrorbird Media Party @ Lucky Lounge with Castanets, The Mae Shi, Marnie Stern, etc.
Jane Magazine Party @ 401 Guadalupe with Great Northern, Earl Greyhound, Scissors for Lefty, Oh No! Oh My!, Sloan, Foreign Islands, Midnight Movies

Friday Evening:
LA Bands:
The Watson Twins @ Austin Convention Center 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM
The Watson Twins @ Central Presbyterian Church 9:00 PM
Ozomatli @ Town Lake 6:30 PM
The Mae Shi @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz 8:00 PM
Brother Reade @ Emo’s Annex 9:15 PM
Pigeon John @ Austin Convention Center 10:00 PM
Simon Dawes @ Emo’s Annex 10:45 PM
Ferraby Lionheart @ Buffalo Billiards 11:00 PM
Los Abandoned @ the Rio 11:00 PM
The Bedroom Walls @ Club One 15 11:20 PM
Daedelus @ Zero Degrees 11:30 PM
Dios (malos) @ Red Eyed Fly 11:30 PM
No Age @ Blender Balcony at the Ritz 1:00 AM
The Blood Arm @ Club Deville 1:00 AM
Peter Walker @ Lambert’s 1:00 AM
Busdriver @ Zero Degrees 1:15 AM
Human Ear Music Showcase @ Ale House (Ariel Pink, Bubonic Plague, Super Creep) – Experimental Music

Other Recommended Shows:
Daniel Johnston @ Austin Convention Center 5:00 PM
Dirty on Purpose @ Maggie Mae’s 9:00 PM
Peter Bjorn and John @ Austin Convention Center 9:00 PM
Peter and the Wolf @ Eternal 10:00 PM
Sloan @ Dirty Dog Bar 12:00 AM
Boris @ Spiro’s Amphitheatre 12:00 AM
Polyphonic Spree @ Austin Convention Center 12:30 AM
Apples in Stereo @ Dirty Dog Bar 1:00 AM

Thursday SXSW Picks 3/15/07

It’s too late to recommend any daytime parties today. But here’s some action for tonight:

Thursday Night:
LA Bands:
The Section Quartet @ Cedar Creek Courtyard 8:00 PM - Strings
Elvis Perkins @ La Zona Rosa 9:00 PM (former LA resident) - Melancholy pop
Cold War Kids @ La Zona Rosa 10:00 PM - High Energy Indie Blues
Dengue Fever @ Emo’s 10:00 PM - Cambodian psych
Midnight Movies @ Blender Bar 10:00 PM - Dream pop
Hydrahead Showcase: Big Business @ 10:30 PM (also non-LA bands: JESU, Pelican, Oxbow) - heavy rock
Tom Brosseau @ Central Presbyterian Church 10:30 PM - Singer-songwriter
The Little Ones @ Antone’s 11:30 PM - indie pop
Hotel Café Showcase: The Nightwatchman @ The Parish 12:30 AM - Singer-songwriter
Pop Levi @ Ale House 1:00 AM - T. Rex inspire rock
The Bird and the Bee @ Opal Divine’s Freehouse 1:00 AM - KCRW rock

Recommended Non-LA Bands (I'd probably start the night at Mohawk Patio and then make my way towards Emo's if the mood struck me):
The Besnard Lakes @ Mohawk Patio 8:30 PM - Low meets Band of Horses
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness @ Mohawk Patio 9:30 PM - Instrumental head music
Micah P. Hinson @ Lambert’s 11:00PM - Rootsy singer-songwriter
Richard Swift @ Mohawk Patio 11:30 PM - Another former LA resident; fractured pop
Ghostland Observatory @ La Zona Rosa 12:00 AM - High energy Austin duo
Deerhunter @ Soho Lounge 12:00 AM - Experimental, music snob favorites
Bloc Party @ Stubb’s 12:00 AM - I still like them
Sparklehorse @ Antone’s 12:30AM - Fractured, melancholy rock 'n' roll
Okkervil River @ Mohawk Patio 12:45 AM
Albert Hammond Jr. @ Blender Bar 1:00 AM - Strokes guitarist
Menomena @ Buffalo Billiards 1:00 AM - Slightly experimental indie rock
The Ponys @ Emo’s Jr. 1:00 AM - New Matador band - Sonic Youth meets Jon Spencer?
Voxtrot @ Emo’s 1:00 AM - Great Austin indie pop
Asobi Seksu @ The Parish II 1:00 AM
Do Make Say Think @ Soho Lounge 1:00 AM

Thursday Night Music Options 3/15/07

Unfortunately, I didn't make it out Dr. Dog last night. I'd love to hear how it was. The main reason I didn't get out, can be seen in the photo above. This is what happens when some piece of shit on a suicide mission gets wasted in the middle of the afternoon and plows his car through a parked car, over a curb, over a speed limit sign and into two businesses. Absolutely bananas. Luckily some good folks came down and generously boarded up the windows to hopefully help prevent any looting.

Almost everybody's out of town at SXSW. Unfortunately I haven't had time to do my guide to SXSW. If you're there, go eat at Rudy's Barbeque and Curra's Grill. You won't regret it. Hopefully I'll have time to do a post later today...

TV Alert: Grizzly Bear on Last Call with Carson Daly
Tonight's Pick: The Shore @ Spaceland – The Shore is one of those local bands that got signed to and dropped by a major label before they ever had a chance. The lead singer’s charismatic and has a great voice. They write big, anthemic songs.

Also Appearing:

Death to Anders @ Zen Sushi
Thao Nguyen / Jeff Merchant @ Tangier – Download Thao Nguyen’s “Hills
Head Automatica @ Troubadour (Sold Out)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Recent Los Angeles Concert Announcements

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl are now on sale. You can’t buy to individual events yet, but you can make your own packages. Basically Ticketmaster will charge you a flat $20 order fee. Some of the shows you might be interested in: Jurassic 5 on 6/24; The Decemberists / Band of Horses on 7/7; 50 Years of Stax with Booker T. and Isaac Hayes on 7/18; Sgt. Pepper’s at 40 with Cheap Trick on 8/10 and 8/11; Daryl Hall and John Oates on 9/7 and 9/8; Paul Oakenfold on 9/9; Rufus Wainwright plays Judy Garland on 9/23

In addition Morrissey will be playing at the Hollywood Bowl on June 8th. He’s playing some more intimate venues in the area as well: Majestic Ventura Theatre on 6/5; Riverside Municipal Auditorium on 6/6. Something about seeing him at the Bowl would be nice though…

The Shins @ Orpheum Theatre on 4/15 – Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00AM

El Rey: Cornelius on 4/30; The National on 6/26; Os Mutantes on 7/13; Maximo Park on 7/27 (tickets on sale Saturday at 10AM)

Wiltern: Mastodon on 5/1; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on 5/8 (tickets on sale Saturday at 10AM)

Spaceland: The Broken West on 4/17; Kelley Stoltz on 4/13; Richard Swift / David Vandervelde on 4/6; Elf Power on 5/3

Safari Sam’s: Adult / Erase Errata on 4/24

Troubadour: My Brightest Diamond on 4/30; The Postmarks on 5/3; Dinosaur Jr. on 5/13; The Sea and Cake on 5/19 and 5/20; The Black Angels on 6/1; Lavender Diamond on 6/16

The Roxy: Man Man on 4/5

Knitting Factory: Cass McCombs / Arboretum on 4/8; Say Hi To Your Mom on 4/12; Smoosh on 4/21; The Clientele / Beach House on 5/24;

Walt Disney Concert Hall: Bright Eyes / Oakley Hall on 5/6/07; Devotchka / Saul Williams on 5/24

Los Angeles Sports Arena: Daft Punk on 7/21

Wednesday Night Music Options 3/14/07

Dr. Dog Plays the Troubadour Tonight

TV Alert: The Shins on Conan O’Brien; Peter, Bjorn and John on Last Call with Carson Daly
Tonight's Pick:
Dr. Dog / Bobby Bare Jr. @ Troubdour ($12) – I’ve really only gotten into Dr. Dog in the last two weeks. I’ve always heard a lot of musicians I respect praise them, but I’d never heard their stuff (admittedly, Pitchfork’s hatred for the band didn’t help). Once again, Pitchfork is way wrong. These guys are damn good. If you’re into 1970s-era McCartney and classic pop-rock songwriting, give these guys a listen. Their new album, We All Belong came out on 2/27 on Park the Van Records and there are six or seven stellar tracks on it. It reminds me a little of Kelley Stoltz, who put out one my favorite albums last year. They appeared on Conan on Monday night. They seemed a little nervous, but seem like they’d be a lot of fun to see live. Download “Ain’t It Strange” and “Worst Trip
Also Recommended:
El Perro del Mar / The One AM Radio @ Hotel Café ($15) – Stan left a comment on yesterday’s blog about El Perro del Mar’s ExPlx show last night. Apparently Assbring brought it. The One Am Radio just put out a new record on Dangerbird Records. It’s good. Way mellow.
Chief Cornfoot's Comedy Hour @ Sea Level (Free) 8:00PM - Maria Bamford and others perform comedy.
Club Nights:
Club NME: Fujiya and Miyagi @ Spaceland – British dudes who love krautrock and are beloved by Pitchfork.
Dub Club: The Abyssinians @ the Echo ($15) – For the dub/reggae fans.
Low End Theory Club: Prefuse 73 / Bunny Rabbit @ Airliner Club ($8) – For the hip-hop fans. Bunny Rabbit’s producer is Black Cracker.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Release Tuesday 3/13/07

This week's not nearly as jam packed as last week or next week, but there's still a few things to get you out to the store.....

Top Five New Releases:
The Fratellis: Costello Music (Interscope) – New band from Scotland with a lot of hype behind them right now. They just won the Brit award for Britsh Breakthrough Act. Kevin Bronson at the LA Times gives the record props today. Their show at the Troubadour on 3/19 is already sold out.
Rosie Thomas: These Friends of Mine (Nettwerk) – Folky singer, Rosie Thomas moves from Sub Pop to Nettwerk for her new album. The album features a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love” with Sufjan Stevens. She also does Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.” Catch her tonight (3/13/07) with El Perro del Mar at the ExPlx (below the Echo).
Various Artists: Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax) – This is not a skimpy, rip-off collection. The two-disc set includes 50 songs from the classic soul, blues and R&B label and all for an MSRP of $20. The usual suspects are here: Booker T, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes as well as some more obscure artists. It’s a very well done introduction to the label. Recommended.
Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Universal) – Can you say crossover? The British, tattooed soul singer is already getting major radio airplay. She’s edgy, yet sings well enough to appeal to sorority girls and hipsters. A bit of drinker, she’s all over the tabloids in England. There’s resurgence in Motown-influenced music right now. Some of it’s pretty subtle, but not with Winehouse. See her at the Roxy on 3/19 and/or Spaceland on 3/20. She just won the Brit Award for Best Female Solo Artist.
Neil Young: Live at Massey Hall (Reprise) – This looks like a much better value than the Live at the Fillmore East disc that recently came out. It’s an unreleased, pre-Harvest 1971 solo set mostly with just Neil and guitar (or piano). Two versions are available – CD only and CD/DVD combo (this time the DVD is the actual show, not just a DVD audio version of the show). I’ll definitely pick this up. See the trailer for the DVD HERE.

Other Releases:
Ken Andrews: Secrets of the Lost Satellite (Dinosaur Fight) – The former lead singer of the band Failure. See him live at the Troubadour on 4/5.
Gilberto Gil: Gil Luminoso (DRG) – Just voice and guitar. Appearing at Royce Hall on 3/24.
James Morrison: Undiscovered – He just won the Brit award for Best Male Solo Artist. Catch him at the Roxy on 3/21 “You Give Me Something” (Video Stream)

The Buckaroos: Best of the Buckaroos (Sundazed) – Buck Owens and the Buckaroos defined the Bakersfield sound. Artists like Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Mike Stinson owe a lot to these country innovators.
The Electric Prunes: Just Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll (Collectors Choice) – Not the same dudes who made the classic, “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night).” This lineup was a bit more countrified.
The Electric Prunes: Release of an Oath (Collectors Choice) – This lineup featured David Axelrod. This preceded Just Good Old Rock ’n’ Roll and is an example of early prog (but the whole album’s only 24 minutes long).
The Goldebriars: Straight Ahead (Collectors Choice) – Early folk-pop featuring Curt Boettcher (the Association and the Millennium)
The Goldebriars: S/T (Collectors Choice) - Early folk-pop featuring Curt Boettcher (the Association and the Millennium)

Tuesday Night Music Options 3/13/07

El Perro del Mar Plays Tonight at The ExPlx
TV Alert: The Good, the Bad and the Queen on Letterman
Tonight's Pick: El Perro del Mar / Rosie Thomas @ the Ex_Plx ($17) – El Perro del Mar is Swedish singer, Sarah Assbring (those Swedes with their crazy names). Critics adore her new album. Inevitably they all say she’s influenced by Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector. To me her voice sounds like a combination of Julee Cruise and Kate Bush, however the All Music Guide says it’s a combination of Jane Birkin and Neil Young. I don’t get the Neil Young? I think we can all agree that it’s pretty, melancholy music. Rosie Thomas has a new record out today. It features a duet with Sufjan Stevens on R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” There’s also a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.”
Other Options:
Diplo / Bonde do Role @ Safari Sam’s ($18) – For the indie dance party crowd. Bonde do Role are Brazilians in the same realm as CSS. Diplo produced that first M.I.A. record.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly / Hearts of Palm U.K. @ the Echo ($10) Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is a new hyped British folk-tronica band. The British press compares lead singer, Sam Duckworth to Billy Bragg and gives him a lot of credit as a punk rock guy. To me it sounds more post-emo, like Dashboard Confessional.
Youth Group / In Waves / The Submarines @ Spaceland ($10) – Youth Group is considered Australia’s answer to Death Cab for Cutie.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday Night Music Options 3/12/07

Austin's The Sword Play the Troubadour Tonight

I went out of town last weekend, so the only live music I saw was Greg Diaz in the lobby of my hotel. Anybody make it out to the Sebadoh or Menomena shows? Sorry I missed them. This is the week of SXSW, so a lot of prominent local bands have already left town, but there are plenty of buzz bands in town this week on their way to or from Austin.
TV Alert: Dr. Dog on Conan; Amy Winehouse on Letterman
Tonight's Pick:
The Sword / Priestbird / Year Long Disaster @ Troubadour ($12) – The Sword are in town to give you a little slice of Austin before you head to SXSW later this week. They put out one of my favorite heavy records last year. They play Black Sabbath-inspired heavy metal with just great riffs. It’s along the same lines as Wolfmother, but better. Priestbird used to be called Tarantula A.D. Year Long Disaster is a local band fronted by Daniel Davies (Dave Davies of the Kinks’ son).
Other Free Entertainment Worth Checking Out:
Airborne Toxic Event / Foreign Born / Mezzanine Owls / Eagle and Talon / Peter Walker @ the Echo (Free) – Airborne Toxic Event is doing the Monday night residency at Echo this Month. Here’s a bill with some top quality local bands stripping out the electricity from their songs and playing acoustic. Some of these bands are pretty atmospheric, so you can see how their songs hold up. You can also see how attentive the Monday night crowd is.
Berko / Low vs. Diamond / Fionn Regan / Children Collide @ Spaceland (Free) – Berko’s doing the Monday night residency in March. Fionn Regan is an up ‘n’ coming Irish singer-songwriter along the lines of his touring mate, Damien Rice. He’s just stopping in LA for a couple of shows after his Australian tour and before he heads to Austin for SXSW. Download “Be Good or Be Gone” Low vs. Diamond are a local band that’s getting big in the UK. Children Collide are an Australian band on Flying Nun, that’s stopping in LA before heading to Austin for SXSW. They sound pretty good – go to their Myspace and check it out. Download “We Are Amphibious
Buffalo Roam / Castledoor / The Panda Band @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Buffalo Roam and Castledoor are doing a dual residency at the Silverlake Lounge this month. The Panda Band are an Australian band that’s playing a few local shows before heading to SXSW. Download “Musical Chairs
Also appearing:
Gosling / Gliss @ Safari Sam’s ($3)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Weekend Music Options 3/10/07-3/11/07

Menomena Play the Echo on Saturday

Saturday's Pick (3/10/07):
Menomena / Bon Savants / The Parson Red Heads @ the Echo ($10) – I just got turned on to Menomena last weekend while working at Sea Level. Some of the songs remind me a little of TV on the Radio. It’s interesting and experimental but not in the way that’s going to give you a headache. I’ll shut up now and let you download “Wet and Rusting” and hear for yourself. They’ve got great artwork too. It was designed by Craig Thompson who wrote that Blankets graphic novel. Check them out. Seriously. The Parson Red Heads are one of my favorite local live bands. They play 1960s inspired music in the same way the Beachwood Sparks used to play.
Also recommended:
Sebadoh / The Bent Moustache @ Spaceland ($15) – If you live on the east side, then you’ll probably want to see them at Spaceland. This is the reunion of the Sebadoh III-era lineup (Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Eric Gaffney). Go check out Sebadoh’s website for a load of great MP3s of live shows. Yip Yip / Old Time Relijun @ the Smell ($8)

Other things I'm curious about:
Signal Hill Transmission / Simon Dawes / Luke Paquin / The Cassettes @ Hotel Café – Several bands I want to see, but haven’t gotten around to yet. Luke Paquin’s the guitarist from Hot Hot Heat.
Old Time Relijun @ the Smell ($8)
NapTunes @ Canter’s – This is Joe’s band (he plays drums in the Switch) pop band. Aaron (lead singer of the Switch) plays guitar.
Do Make Say Think / The Berg Sans Nipple @ Troubadour ($15) – All Music calls it “psychedelic-influenced instrumental improvisations
Not for me, but maybe you?
My Chemical Romance @ the Forum (Sold Out)
Sunday's Options (3/11/07):
Minutes 'Til Midnight / The Quarter After / Asteroid #4 / Bon Savants @ Spaceland (Free) - This is a really good free lineup for Sunday night.
The Mountain Goats / Pony Up @ El Rey ($16) - John Darnielle's Mountain Goats are one of those well-respected indie bands that I've just never heard. I don't know. Download "New Monster Avenue" and "Lions Teeth"
EPMD / People Under the Stairs @ House of Blues ($29) - Hippity Hop
Australian Music Night: Beasts of Bourbon / Panda Band @ Troubadour ($10)

Friday Night Music Options 3/9/07

Here’s a Friday morning time killer, explore Yacht Rock (thanks to Earlimart’s Myspace page for reminding me of this)….

Friday Night Pick:
Earlimart @ The Getty (Free) – They’ve got an album recorded that people are dying to hear. Unfortunately they’re still between record labels. Advance reservations are booked up, but the standby line starts at 6:00PM. Show at 7:30.

Sebadoh / The Bent Moustache @ the Troubadour ($15) – This is the reunion of the Sebadoh III-era lineup (Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Eric Gaffney). Go check out Sebadoh’s website for a load of great MP3s of live shows. If you're an indie rock fan who hasn't seen Sebadoh, then what kind of indie rock fan are you? I always enjoy seeing Lou.

Also Recommended:
The Deadly Syndrome / To Live and Die in LA / The Cassettes / Cavil at Rest @ El Cid ($8) – The Deadly Syndrome are an up and coming local indie rock band on the Dim Mak label who are getting bigger by the day.
Fiona Apple / Jon Brion @ Largo ($75) – Benefit for Fiona’s friend.
The Tyde / Nice Boys / Japanese Motors @ the Echo ($10)

I know less about these:
Everybody Else / Simon Dawes / Peter Walker @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – Local music.
Softlightes @ Tangier ($10)
Rodney’s Roq of Fame: The Donnas / Redd Kross / The Nymphs @ the Fonda ($10.67) – The famous KROQ DJ got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Tonight he celebrates (and it’s cheap).
31 Knots / Two Ton Boa @ the Smell ($5) – Some all ages downtown excitement.
Anavan / Clipd Beaks @ Pehr Space ($5)
Razorlight @ El Rey (Sold Out)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Night Music Options 3/8/07

Saturday Looks Good To Me Play Spaceland Tonight

I checked out Spaceland last night. Dandi Wind was on stage. Wow. That was some outfit and some performance. I'll leave it at that. The Young Knives finally resolved their visa issues and played a show. Unfortunately their energy was (understandably) a little muted. "We've been up for 24 straight hours. Sleep is for losers." They had a good sense of humor (the bass player's name is House of Lords) and were likeable guys. They've got a post-punk, Gang of Four influenced sound. They're headed to SXSW next week.
Tonight's Pick:
Saturday Looks Good To Me / Ladyhawk / Bright Light Fever @ Spaceland ($8) – Detroits’s Saturday Looks Good to Me are indie poppers who record for the Polyvinyl label. Joe over at Radio Free Silver Lake is a huge fan. Download “Meet Me By the Water” and “The Girl’s Distracted” Download Ladyhawk’s “The Dugout
Also appearing:
Spindrift / The Moon Upstairs @ the Echo ($7)
Quan and the Chinese Takeouts / The Switch @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Bright Eyes / Vetiver / Annie Stela @ El Rey (Sold Out)
Kenny Loggins @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Cut loose. Footloose.
Luke Paquin @ Tangier ($10) – Hot Hot Heat’s guitarist.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Wednesday Night Live Music Options 3/7/07

The Young Knives Play Spaceland Tonight
Happy Birthday to the late Arthur Lee of Love. He would have been 62 today. Thank you for the all the amazing music. We miss you.
Tonight's Pick:
Club NME: The Young Knives / Dandi Wind @ Spaceland ($8) – Evidently their immigration problems continued, and they didn’t play their Safari Sam’s show last night. I got an email today that assures me they’re on a plane and they’ll be in town for this show tonight. I haven’t heard their record yet, but it has already gotten four star reviews from Mojo, NME, Q and Uncut. If you’re still kicking yourself for missing the Arctic Monkeys last year, you’ll probably want to show up tonight.
Also recommended:
Qui / Big Business @ All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock ($5) – A couple of the best local noise/metal/punk rock bands. David Yow’s (Jesus Lizard) now a permanent member of Qui. Big Business is celebrating the release of their new album (out yesterday) on Hydra Head records.
Maybe you prefer:
Finnish Moosic Night: KTU / 22-Pistepirkko / Lodger / Disco Ensemble @ Knitting Factory ($15) – These four Finnish bands are doing a little mini-tour before SXSW. KTU is an accordion driven band with two guys from King Crimson. David Fricke of Rolling Stone is a fan. Disco Ensemble’s a post-hardcore band, Lodger is rock ‘n’ roll and 22-Pistepirkko more poppy.
Bright Eyes / Vetiver / Whispertown 2000 @ El Rey (Sold Out)
Danava @ the Scene