I had a lot of fun at the Scene last night (and paying for it today) for the second installment of the blogger-curated Now Blog This. I missed the first band, but got there in time for Le Switch. Unfortunately their key/piano player was stranded in Chicago, but they still sounded really good. Their set was cut a little short which threw them off momentarily. You can see them on Monday at the Bordello. The Deadly Syndrome played the headlining slot. Their live show is super tight and energetic after their huge Monday night residency at Spaceland. You can see them at the Roxy on August 30th and pick up their new album on Sept. 11th. The late slot belonged to Aushua. They're a young band from the OC with a lot of potential. The lead singer's got a big voice and the word anthemic comes to mind. They're doing the Monday night residency at the Silverlake Lounge in October.
Tivo Alert: Ferraby Lionheart on Craig Ferguson
Friday Night's Pick:
Daniel Johnston @ The Fonda ($18) – There’s so much humanity in Johnston’s music. I think the Fonda's a bit too big of a room to fully appreciate him, but that's the only place he's playing....
F*** Yeah Fest Pre-Party: Dios Malos @ 1269 E. 6th Street ($5)
Bert Jansch / Meg Baird @ Troubadour ($20) – You can’t deny Jansch’s amazing talent and influence on the acoustic guitar. But like Fahey, I find listening to him a little bit too much like school. Blasphemous, I know.
The Gears @ the Scene – LA punk from way back when.
Marc Ford @ Viper Room ($15) – Formerly of the Black Crowes….
The Spires @ El Cid ($8)
Castaneda @ Spaceland