Saturday's Choices 9/15/07:
Mudhoney [performing Superfuzz Big Muff] / The Melvins [performing Houdini] @ The Fonda (Sold Out) – Mudhoney probably invented grunge. I hear Mark Arm still works at Sub Pop. Houdini is often considered the Melvins crowning achievement.
Lobsterfest: Great Northern / Scissors for Lefty / Eagle and Talon / The Ringers / Fandango (Tribute to ZZ Top) @ Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro ($8) – Doesn’t include the price of the lobster meal, which is $17. They fly in 13 tons of fresh Maine lobsters.
KROQ LA Invasion: Smashing Pumpkins / Foo Fighters / Velvet Revolver / Kid Rock / Chris Cornell / Cypress Hill / Satellite Party / Hot Hot Heat @ Home Depot Center ($35-85) – There’s something to say about all these 90s bands (many of them grunge and post-grunge) playing a massive arena while Mudhoney and the Melvins are playing across town, but I’m too lazy to say it. Does KROQ really play Kid Rock?
Check Yo’ Ponytail vs. Hang the DJ’s: VHS or Beta / Walter Meego / Institubes / others @ the Echo & Echoplex ($17) – For the indie dance crowd.
The Binges / Year Long Disaster @ Spaceland ($8)
Scorpions @ Gibson ($40-$70) – Their peak period creatively was the mid-70s to the early-80s. Not sure if they still subject their audience to “Wind of Change.”
Wolf Parade @ Glasshouse in Pomona ($20) – Driving out to the Glasshouse always makes me feel like I’m on vacation. I’d much rather see a band there than the Wiltern.
Sunday's Choices 9/16/07:
Letting Up Despite Great Faults / Henry Clay People @ All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock ($5 includes bowling shoe rental) – I don’t know much about them, but Letting Up’s album is a good listen. They’re doing a Sunday night residency at the All Star Lanes. It’s electro-pop – to put it very simply, along the lines of a more introspective Postal Service.
Download LUDGF’s “I Hear You Drowning But I’m Tied” and “Maybe I’ll Hide With You”
HEALTH / The Mae Shi / Clipd Beaks @ the Smell ($5) – This is the HEALTH record release show. Their new album comes out Tuesday on Lovepump United. With No Age’s recent signing to Sub Pop, HEALTH could be the next Smell band to break out nationally.
Download Health’s “Crimewave” and “Triceratops” and “Perfect Skin”
Handsome Furs / Johnny and the Moon / Nico Stai @ the Echo ($12) – The Wolf Parade dudes are wrapping up their tour in Pomona on Saturday night and taking their side projects to the Echo on Sunday. Handsome Furs is Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade’s duo with Alexei Perry. Their debut on Sub Pop came out a couple of months ago. Johnny and the Moon is fractured folk from Dante DeCaro who was the original guitarist in Hot Hot Heat before leaving for Wolf Parade. It’s actually my favorite release from any of the Wolf Parade-affiliated bands.
Download Johnny and the Moon’s “Green Rocky Road” (courtesy of Pitchfork)
Download Handsome Furs’ “What We Had” and “Cannot Get, Started”
Part Time Punks: Spectrum / Midnight Movies @ Echoplex ($13) – I’m a Spacemen 3 fan, but I’ve never gotten that into Spectrum’s solo stuff from the past decade.
Cheap Trick @ SoCal Bikefest at Bonelli Park in San Dimas ($40)
Hello Menno / Icebird / Io Perry @ Spaceland (Free)
VHS or Beta @ Glasshouse ($12)