Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Highlights from Wednesday's Live Music Calendar 9/19/07

The New Pornographers Play the Fonda Tonight
Another night with some intreresting prospects....
Tivo Alert: Rogue Wave on Conan; LCD Soundsystem on Leno
Wednesday's Pick:

The New Pornographers / Lavender Diamond / Fancey @ Henry Fonda ($20) – You never know who you’re going to get when the New Pornographers come to town. JoshC took some pictures at their Seattle show earlier this week, and I’m happy to report that Neko Case and Dan Bejar are touring with them this time around. Even though their new album isn’t their best, their back catalog, and the fact that the Bejar and Case are touring is enough to get me out for Thursday’s show.
Download The New Pornographers’ “My Rights, Versus Yours” and “Myriad Harbour
Also Appearing:

Club NME: Softlightes / West Indian Girl @ Spaceland ($8) – This show’s recommended by Bronson at the LA Times and Flavorpill. The Softlightes is Ron Fountenberry’s new band (formerly of Incredible Moses Leroy). Their debut came out earlier this year on Modular. It’s easy on the ears electro-pop that should appeal to Death Cab fans. I’m not too familiar with West Indian Girl but I can see that they have a very photogenic singer. If the bands aren’t enough, there’s a Dewars special on Wednesday night ($3 before midnight / $1 after midnight) to entice you. Spaceland already has the best drink prices around, but that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a $1 drink special since living in Austin.

Buddy / Ian Ball (of Gomez) @ Bordello ($8) – I made it down to the Bordello last week for the first time since it changed over from Little Pedro’s. There are still some weird homeless people trying to help you park, but if you go on that side street that looks like it’s closed off, there’s plenty of parking and it’s well-lit. The sound was good, the d├ęcor was cool and the bartenders do indeed dress like they’re working in a Bordello. I’ll give it a thumbs up. The drinks are a little on the pricey side though (I think $5 for a Shiner on tap and $8 for a call bourbon). I only managed to catch the end of Buddy’s set, but I heard my favorite song, “Westgate” (right click to download) and saw them rock out at the end. If you like “wimpycore” give him a shot. The lead singer of Gomez is also appearing, so there should be another nice crowd.

Revenge of the Sunset Strip: Peanut Butter Wolf @ the Roxy ($10) – For the hip-hop fans. This is a record release party for Stones Throw’s Baron Zen Remix album. Peanut Butter Wolf’s one of those guys you end up taking for granted when you live in LA.

The Dilettantes @ Safari Sam’s ($7) – Joel Gion was the tambourine player who used to stand front and center at the Brian Jonestown Massacre shows in the mid to late 1990s. This is his new band and they’ve finally turned his microphone on. Their new album is appropriately entitled, 101 Tambourines.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Elvis Perkins @ Troubadour (Sold Out) – Night two of three.

The Health Club @ Crash Mansion – The Crash Mansion is a new downtown venue [1024 S. Grand] that took over the Myron Ballroom Space. It has two stages, 1,400 capacity and five bars. It’s operated by the Bowery Restaurant Group and has a sister club in New York City. Dave Navarro will be appearing there tomorrow and Tommy Lee’s birthday party is there on Oct. 11th. Anybody been down there yet?

Shiloe @ the Scene ($5)

Low End Theory Club: Awol One @ Airliner ($5)

Justin Timberlake @ Staples (Sold Out) – My girlfriend and plenty of friends love JT and for the life of me I do not get it. I’d be happy to see Prince or Jacko, but you’d have to pay me to see JT.

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