Friday, March 30, 2007
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
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…..
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.
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.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Noxagt / David Scott Stone @ the Scene
West Indian Girl / Slow Signal Fade @ Spaceland ($10)
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)
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.
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
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
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.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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.
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
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
06/08/07: 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
10/05/07: Twelve Girls Band
10/06/07: Steve Miller Band
Friday, March 16, 2007
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.
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.
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”
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.
The Youngs @ Abbot’s Habit in Venice (Free) – Recent transplants to LA.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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”
Friday, March 09, 2007
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
EPMD / People Under the Stairs @ House of Blues ($29) - Hippity Hop
Australian Music Night: Beasts of Bourbon / Panda Band @ Troubadour ($10)
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.
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
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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)