Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sinking Radio - The Millennium's "It's You"

Here's my weekly reminder to tune in to Sinking with Sylvia and Todd (and Matt Dwyer) Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM on Little Radio (click on tune in on the upper left side). Tomorrow their guest will be comedian Matt Braunger. You can catch Braunger's comedy show around town, including an appearance at the Upright Citizens Brigade with Janeane Garofalo (and Tim and Eric) on August 9th. That's show's only $8.

Each week on the show, they feature an official You Set the Scene pick. My pick for tomorrow's show is the Millennium's "It's You" which comes from the band's only official release, Begin. The Millennium was a late 1960s psychedelic pop band formed by Curt Boettcher. Boettcher was previously in another band called, the GoldeBriars, but was better known for producing hits by Tommy Roe as well as the Association's first album. With the help of his friend, producer Gary Usher, Boettcher was signed to Columbia Records, and gathered friends and session musicians to form the Millennium.

Begin is a critically revered album; if you do a little investigating, you'll read some incredibly hyperbolic stuff. I picked up the vinyl reissue a few years back after reading one of those glowing reviews (I was also intrigued by the Gary Usher connection - Usher produced a couple of my favorite Byrds' records as well as co-writing the Beach Boys' "In My Room").

After reading all that stuff, my expectation were sky high. I'm not a huge fan of really light 60's pop and when I first put it on, some of the production and arrangements sounded dated. But then I put it away for a while, put it back on with fresh ears, and realized that all the songs have their charm and a handful (including "It's You") are pretty fantastic. Begin was never a commercial success, but "It's You" was the album's closest thing to a hit. Written by Michael Fennelly and Joey Stec (the duo wrote a couple of the other great tracks too), the song features some great guitar work and psychedelic production. Fennelly went on to form Crabby Appleton (who I need to check out) and Joey Stec released a critically acclaimed solo record in 1976 (which is also on my list).

If you're into late 60's pop, Begin is essential listening.

Recently Announced LA Area Shows

Polvo Appear at the Echoplex on 8/31/08
David Byrne doing the songs of David Byrne & Brian Eno @ Greek Theatre on 10/3/08 (Greek presale now, regular sale Sunday at 10:00 AM)

LA Weekly Detour Festival: The Mars Volta / Gogol Boredello / Shiny Toy Guns / The Presets / Cut Copy / Matt Costa / Black Lips / Hercules & Love Affair / Grande Ole Party / Datarock / Bitter: Sweet / Peanut Butter Wolf / Buraka Som Sistema / Nico Vega / Japanese Motors / The Mae Shi / We Are Wolves / Afternoons in Downtown LA on 10/4/08 (presale happening now, regular onsale date is Friday at Noon)

Neil Diamond @ Staples Center on 10/4/08 (on sale Monday 8/11 at 10:00 AM)

DeVotchka @ El Rey on 9/16/08 on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM

Tricky @ the Fonda on 9/12/08 (tix on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

The Sword / Year Long Disaster @ the Fonda on 10/11/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

Michael Einziger @ Royce Hall on 8/23/08 (on sale Friday at 10:00 AM)

Polvo / Trans Am / The Drones @ Echoplex on 8/31/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Mission of Burma performing Vs. @ Echoplex on 9/25/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Wire @ Echoplex on 10/14/08 (on sale now at Echoplex)

Alice Cooper @ Wiltern on 9/4/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

The Fratellis / Airborne Toxic Event @ Wiltern on 9/16/08 (on sale Friday at 10:00 AM)

Deerhoof / The Happy Hollows @ Avalon on 10/3/08 (on sale now)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ticket Giveaway - Boris / Torche / Lair of the Minotaur

I’m giving away two pairs of tickets for the Boris show this Sunday night at the Echoplex. Opening the show is Torche and Lair of the Minotaur. It promises to be a night of seriously heavy riffs. Torche’s new record is called Meanderthal (which is pretty great) and Lair of the Minotaur has a great band name and (just to pick one) a song on their new album called, “Black Viper Barbarian Clan.” Boris is from Japan and has been around since the early 1990s. Their new record has a song called “My Neighbor Satan.” Here’s a pretty good quote from the All Music Guide: “They are still heavier than God fronting Blue Cheer, but they don't forget that songs usually contain recognizable melodies.”

To win these tickets send me an email [dukeufo at hotmail] with your favorite metal band name of all time (doesn’t have to be your favorite band, just your favorite name). Please put Boris in the subject line. The contest closes Friday at Noon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Music Releases 7/29/08

Not a great week in new music, but I do want to pick up the Neil Halstead...

Records Released on 7/29/08

Records I’ve Heard:

James Jackson Toth: Waiting in Vain (Rykodisc) – He was the leader of Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice. His first solo record features Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich as well as members of Vetiver and Deerhoof. It’s less freak folk and more straight ahead singer-songwriter, but there are some interesting songs on here.
Download “Doreen” and “Look In On Me” and “Beulah the Good

Wild Sweet Orange: We Have Cause to Be Uneasy (Canvasback) – They’re playing Lollapalooza this weekend and getting ready to tour with What Made Milwaukee Famous.

On My Shopping List:

Neil Halstead: Oh! Mighty Engine (Brushfire) – I’ve been a fan all the way back to Slowdive and including Mojave 3. What I’ve heard of this one sounds similar to his last solo record. They’re just good, acoustic songs with occasional pedal steel thrown in. Very pleasant, unassuming stuff. At the Hotel Café on 8/28/08.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:

George Carlin – his final comedy album, the HBO special was good
Alice Cooper – At the Wiltern on 9/4/08
Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere
Matt Pryor – the frontman for the Get-Up Kids and New Amsterdams. At the Troubadour on 8/16/08.
Scars on Broadway
Sonic Youth live EP – structured improve piece with Mats Gustaffson and a member of Merzbow
Takka Takka – (mp3)
U2 box set – each of the band’s first three albums is expanded to two discs
The Walkmen – digitally through Amie Street for $5, CD to follow; At the Troubadour on 8/21/08 & 8/22/08
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot vinyl reissue (and I own two copies of the old edition, d’oh)
Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds (mp3 and mp3)

Ticket Giveaway: Jay Reatard / Cheap Time @ the Echo

I've got two pairs of tickets to give away for the Jay Reatard show this Wednesday night at the Echo. Opening the show is Cheap Time, who I'm very curious to check out. Matador Records is about to release the fifth (in a series of six) of Jay's limited edition 7" singles. Number five has Jay covering Deerhunter, with Deerhunter returning the favor on the backside. Both bands play hook-filled rock 'n' roll along the lines of the Dickies, the Queers or maybe Redd Kross. And both released records on the local label, In the Red.
To win these tickets email me [dukeufo at hotmail] with the name of your favorite punk band. Please put Reatard in the subject line. The contest closes Wednesday at Noon.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Live Music Options 7/28/08 - 8/3/08

Dengue Fever Headline El Rey This Saturday
Tons of great stuff this week, made the update a real pain. Check back in later this week, I've got some tickets to give away.

Monday 7/28/08
[Recommended] Jail Weddings / Devon Williams / The Starlite Desparation @ the Echo (Free) – The last night of the July residencies. I missed Devon Williams last time, so I’m going to try to catch him tonight.
[Recommended] Princeton / ((Sounder)) / Golden Animals / His Orchestra @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – I saw the first Princeton residency show. Fun band. Sounder’s going on late.
[Recommended] IPO Festival: Frankel / The Voyeurs @ Bordello – Frankel’s good.
HEALTH / Midwife / Foot Village / Kyle H. Mabson @ the Smell ($5)
The Sweet Hurt / The Danbury Shakes / Plasticsoul / Brandon Schott / Hello from Reno @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Under the Influence of Giants / Sabrosa Purr / Beardo / Audra Mae @ Spaceland (Free) – From their Myspace page: “Under the Influence of Giants are a group of hot guys that will force you to masturbate with blueberry jam.”
Scars on Broadway @ Union Station (Free with purchase of new album)
Voodoo Organist / Everybody / Killsonic / Skyline Electric @ Pehrspace
Spacehog @ Viper Room
The Duke Spirit @ Amoeba (Free) – 7:00 PM

Tuesday 7/29/08
[Recommended] Eef Barzelay / Yellow Red Sparks / Amateurs @ Spaceland ($10) – Sea Level Todd won’t stop telling me how great the new Eef Barzelay record is. He was the main in Clem Snide.
[Recommended] Bloc Party / Does it Offend You, Yeah? / Friendly Fires @ Mayan (Sold Out) – It’s somewhat inexplicable given my taste in music, but I’ve always liked Bloc Party.
[Recommended] The Watson Twins / Tim Fite / Robert Francis @ the Echo ($12) – The local twins with great voices.
Black Kids / Lovelikefire @ El Rey ($20)Manhattan Murder Mystery / Mon Marie / Ovideo / February Fifths @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
La Rocca / Kelly Dalton @ Hotel Café
James Taylor @ Greek Theatre ($45 - $85)
Future Islands / Ear Pwr / Hello My Name is Red / TPF! @ the Smell ($5)
Carolina Liar / The Shys / Nico Stai / Emily Wells @ Troubadour ($12)
White Arrows @ Key Club

Wednesday 7/30/08
[Recommended] Jay Reatard / Cheap Time @ the Echo ($12) – I’ve got some tix to give away for this one. I’ll post details shortly. Jay Reatard’s a Memphis based punk able to write some catchy tunes. He recently signed with Matador and is in the middle of releasing six singles (currently on number four). Cheap Time’s from Nashville and also does fast, hook-heavy garage pop.
[Recommended] Patton Oswalt @ Largo ($25) – Funny fella.
Club NME: The Virgins / Friendly Fires / Hearts of Palm UK @ Spaceland ($10) – The Virgins are a New York band with some buzz. Friendly Fires are a UK band with a new album coming out August 1st. They’re in town with Bloc Party then sticking around for two more shows.
The Hold Steady / The Loved Ones @ Avalon ($22) – Their shows are a raucous time.
Chromeo / Peanut Butter Wolf @ the Fonda (Sold Out)
White Lies @ the Echo ($12) – Early show at 7:30 PM. British band with some buzz behind them.
Afghan Raiders / Old Gold / Victim Vision / Addiquit / Letron @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Waz @ Hotel Café – EP Release show
James Taylor @ Greek Theatre ($45 - $85)
TRVSDJ-AM / The Knux @ the Roxy ($20)
Low End Theory Club @ Airliner ($10)
Jon McLaughlin / Jason Reeves @ Troubadour ($15) - Reeves has some good Myspace buzz and recently signed to Warner Bros. He's got a new album coming out digitally on August 12th and co-wrote ten of the songs on Colbie Caillat's record.
Killah Priest @ El Rey ($12) - Wu-Tang

Thursday 7/31/08
[Recommended] Imaad Wasif & the Two Part Beast / Tweak Bird / Sasqrotch @ the Smell ($5) – Heavy rock. I was quite impressed when I saw Wasif earlier this summer. Tweak Bird’s good too.
[Recommended] Sarah Silverman @ Largo ($25) – Heard her panel at the Comic-Con was way raunchy
Castledoor / Flying Tourbillon Orchestra @ the Scene
The Weather Underground / Hazelden / The Fling @ Safari Sam’s (Free) – The Weather Underground are a local band with some heat behind them right now.
Grande Ole Party / The Parson Red Heads / What’s Up @ the Echo ($10) – Fun bands.
Alejandro Escovedo / David Garza @ Troubadour ($25) – Talented guys.
Hello Dragon / The Hectors / Barrio Tiger / Costa Nova @ Spaceland ($7)
Moby @ Malibu Performing Arts Center (Sold Out) – KCRW presents.
Eddie & the Hot Rods / The Joneses / The Soda Pop Kids @ Knitting Factory ($15)
International Pop Overthrow Festival @ Knitting Factory Alterknit ($8)
Voyager One / Spires / Polar X / Lights On @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)

Friday 8/1/08
Viewing Event: Airborne Toxic Event on Conan O’Brien @ Spaceland’s upstairs bar (Free) – It’s always fun to see local bands on national TV.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($30 / $20 for 2nd set)
[Recommended] Obama Fundraiser: Z-Trip @ Echoplex ($20) – First 100 people get Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster. Fairey will be DJ’ing too. Z-Trip’s a lot of fun to see live.
Bodies of Water / White Arrows / Aushua / Love Lies Sleeping @ Spaceland ($8) - Sources have told me that Bodies of Water is the secret band on Friday night (but don't get mad if I'm wrong).
Friendly Fires / Pop Levi @ the Echo ($10)
Eric Idle @ Hollywood Bowl
The Subways / blackmarket / Spacehog @ Troubadour ($15)
Sneaker Pimps @ Crash Mansion
Seasons @ Mr. T’s Bowl
George Thorogood & the Destoyers / Buddy Guy @ Greek Theatre ($35 - $50)
Ty Segall / Regina Cherene @ the Smell ($5)
Ray Wylie Hubbard / I See Hawks in LA @ McCabe’s ($16)

Saturday 8/2/08
[Recommended] Dengue Fever / The Frequency / The Afternoons @ El Rey ($16) – Cambodian psych rockers.
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down / Horse Feathers @ Troubadour ($12) – Thao’s newest record is good.
Ringo Starr & His All Star Band @ Greek Theatre ($40 - $100) – He’s a Beatle! Featuring Colin Hay, Billy Squier, Hamish Stuart, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright
Eric Idle @ Hollywood Bowl
Chip Kinman and PCH @ La Luz de Jesus/Wacko (Free show at 6:00PM) – Punk rock for the family.
Buffalo Killers @ Safari Sam’s
I Am Ghost @ Knitting Factory Front Stage ($14)
1st National International New Zealand Day @ Largo (Sold Out)
Run Run Run / Voyager One / Bedtime for Toys / The Coral Sea @ Spaceland ($8)
Rocco Deluca @ Hotel Cafe
The French Semester @ Pehrspace
The Vacation / The Ringers / Bangkok Five / Oliver Future @ House of Blues ($10)
Serj Tankian / Bitter: Sweet @ Wiltern ($40)
Corey Feldman’s the Truth Movement / The Binges @ the Roxy ($12)

Sunday 8/3/08
[Recommended] Boris / Torche / Lair of the Minotaur @ the Echoplex ($16) – I’ve got some tickets to give away to this show too. Boris is from Japan and plays heavy, sludgy rock. It’s good stuff.
[Recommended] Dolly Parton @ Greek Theatre ($42 - $100) – Dolly’s great, but damn these tix are expensive.
[Recommended] Little Radio Summer Camp: Restaurant / Coco B's / Spider Problem @ Little Radio Warehouse [1218 Long Beach Ave] - Guess the Movies aren't playing - sorry for spreading lies.....
[Recommended] Grand Ole Echo: Mike Stinson / Dave Gleason and Old Californio @ the Echo (Free) - Early show at 5:30PM.
No Age / Mika Miko / Abe Vigoda @ 1615 N. Vine St – Good chance to see three of the best known Smell bands in one shot.
Obi Best / The Meemies / Light FM / The Sweet Hurt @ Tangier ($7) – Good local lineup.
Reggae Night: UB40 @ Hollywood Bowl
The Honorary Title / Mansions / The New Frontiers / Paper Rival @ Troubadour ($12)
Mansions @ Troubadour
Nomo / El Ten Eleven / Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound @ Spaceland ($8) – Presented by Aquarium Drunkard
[Recommended] The Tennessee Three @ Safari Sam’s ($15) – Johnny Cash’s backing band.
The Health Club @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes @ House of Blues ($14)
Lyle Lovett & his Large Band @ Orpheum ($55)
Magick Daggers / Blood Red Dancers / Vaginals / David Scott Stone @ the Smell ($5)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Long winded tirade re: Pitchfork and Jay Babcock

When you sit in front of a computer all day, there’s downtime. Blogs wouldn’t be nearly as popular if there wasn’t so much downtime. This week, friends have pointed me towards a few blogs that really pissed them off. Since they’re LA music related, I’ll weigh in.

Today one angry friend pointed me to Pitchfork’s Dr. Dog review. When I clicked over, the first thing I noticed was the 5.5 rating. No surprise there. We All Belong (one of my favorite albums last year) received an identical rating and Easy Beat got a 4.4. I normally don’t notice bylines on Pitchfork because, in the rare event that I click on a review, I usually spend about three seconds with it. But I noticed this one was written by Ian Cohen, a local writer who I’ve met a few times and who generally seems like a good guy.

Since Cohen started contributing to the LA Weekly and Pitchfork I’ve noticed patterns in his writing. Cohen is so concerned with what other critics, bloggers and Pitchfork itself are saying about the records and bands he reviews, sometimes you wonder what he thinks. To him, bloggers are not critics, and he wants the reader to know that he is a critic. He regularly uses space that could be devoted to writing about music, to critique and offer writing advice to critics. In today’s review he chastises critics for using the term “Beatles-esque”. The writing often lacks clarity, and many of his reviews are so reference packed, I can’t figure out what his point is. Not everybody spends all their free time reading blogs and music critics.

Another pattern I’ve noticed in his writing is his affinity for insulting bands in his reviews that have nothing to do with the band or record he’s reviewing. He’s got a real boner for the Cold War Kids, but I’ve also seen him casually dis Jimmy Eat World, British Sea Power, Filter, Better Than Ezra and Bush in recent reviews. Way to show those hipsters what time it is.

The most problematic sentence in today’s review was: “Besides, far shittier bands have come along since that time with a similar sound and bigger sense of entitlement (file under: Kids, Cold War).” Ah, where to begin. First of all he’s calling Dr. Dog and Cold War Kids “shitty,” which is lazy and petty. And to say that the Cold War Kids and Dr. Dog sound similar, confuses me. I sincerely doubt most people think of the Beatles, the Band or Beach Boys when they listen to Cold War Kids, yet critics universally reference those bands when writing about Dr. Dog. The biggest similarity I see is that both bands occasionally incorporate Christian motifs into their music.

But the “sense of entitlement” knock might be the biggest sucker punch? If he’s trying to say that they’re not the type of bands that pander to critics and kiss Pitchfork’s ass, then I agree. Both bands seem like artists who are passionate about writing and performing music, not getting caught up in the machinations of the industry. Every time I’ve seen the Cold War Kids around town, they’ve always struck me as humble, normal guys. And you can’t get any more regular than the Dr. Dog guys.…

Let me finish by saying that I don’t think Fate’s as good as We All Belong. However, it’s got strong songs and will probably be a stepping stone to more great music from a relatively young band that’s in it for the long haul. There’s a reason other great bands take Dr. Dog on tour with them and frequently name check them in interviews. And I’m a lot more likely to consider the opinion of a musician I respect.

Incidentally, as I was writing this, I stumbled across this line by line response to Cohen’s review. Also, I don’t think Cohen’s writing is all bad, but I just felt like pointing out my observations….

The next article that really pissed people off was Pitchfork’s review of the Black Kids. For those who are too lazy to click, it’s a picture of a white and a black Pug with “sorry” and some emoticon written over it. When I initially saw it, the review didn’t register any response from me. I’d never heard the Black Kids (finally heard them on Letterman last night) and didn’t know anything about them. I figured it was just another cutesy review designed to stir up controversy and get bloggers blogging. Two different writers at the LA Times weighed in on it. Ann Powers puts the review in perspective and makes some interesting points. It really is another smug, self-important expression (review would be too strong of a word).

And the article that really, really pissed people off was August Brown’s interview with Jay Babcock (check out the 138 comments). Babcock’s the guy who ran Arthur Magazine. Anyway, when you move away from home, the dumbest thing you can do is to tell your old hometown paper that the town you just left is a “psychic death hole.” He goes on to insult the LA Times, local radio stations and our restaurants. LA obviously has more than its share of problems (it is the second largest city in the country), but sour fucking grapes from a guy who just raised $20,000 in donations to save his so-called business. I’m sure some of it was taken out of context, but it doesn’t change the fact that he said it. He tried to backtrack by posting things he loves about LA, but I’m guessing when he decides he’s tired of Brooklyn, packs for Warsaw (or wherever disaffected, educated liberals move) and asks people for handouts, he’ll have a slightly harder time finding takers.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sinking Radio - Terry Reid's "Rich Kid Blues"

This is my weekly reminder to tune in to Sinking with Sylvia and Todd on Little Radio on Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM. Tomorrow their musical guests will be Les Blanks. Les Blanks is another one of those great local bands that we've all been ignoring for too long. Although Jax had some really positive things to say about their new album here.

Each week Sylvia and Todd feature an official You Set the Scene pick. Tomorrow my pick is Terry Reid's "Rich Kid Blues." Reid is probably best known as the guy who turned down Jimmy Page to become the new lead singer of the Yardbirds. Read a little rock 'n' roll history and you know that Reid recommended Robert Plant and this new version of the Yardbirds evolved into Led Zeppelin. And Led Zeppelin became one of the best hard rocking blues rock bands of all time.

So what's up with this Terry Reid fella? Well, he was still a teenager when he turned down Page. He had a powerful voice, played guitar, had a slot opening for the Stones and a recording deal. It doesn't sound so crazy after all. The future looked bright.

My first exposure to Reid was when I stumbled across his second record, Terry Reid, about five years ago at Freakbeat Records. I was familiar with his story, so my curiosity was peaked. I liked the record and played it for a month or so until an ill advised (I'm guessing) shopping spree relegated it to the music room. Shit gets lost there.....

Cut to 2008. I pick up the new Raconteurs' album on vinyl. I rip it to MP3 files (laborious process) and then file away the vinyl. As I'm listening to the burned disc "Rich Kid Blues" comes on. It sounds familiar and while it fits, doesn't really sound like the rest of the record (not to imply that White/Benson don't completely sell it). But I can't quite put my finger on how I know it. I finally pull out the liner notes and realize it's a Reid cover. (And thanks to the Raconteurs, was able to rediscover Reid.)

Terry Reid still tours from time to time. His voice is strong and distinct, and not too dissimilar from Plant's, and it's easy to see why the Raconteurs were attracted to this song. He's always been on the periphery of the music scene, never enjoying the success of Zeppelin. But if you see Terry Reid at the record store, it's well worth picking up. A well thought out CD compilation was also released a couple of years back. Reid also earned some decent publishing dollars off of Cheap Trick, who covered, "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" on their debut album.

Visit the Terry Reid fan created Myspace page (where you can actually listen to "Rich Kid Blues" if you can't wait for Sinking Radio).

Ticket Giveaway: Silver Jews @ Echoplex

I've got two pairs of tickets to give away for the Silver Jews show at the Echoplex on September 26th.
Formed in 1989 by University of Virginia college buddies David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, the Silver Jews have always been Berman's baby. Berman's a respected poet and his lyrics stand out amongst his indie rock peers. Far from pretentious or precious, Berman's writing conveys a wry sense of humor which is really on display on Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. There are a ton of great lyrical snippets I could quote, but a favorite line (from an earlier album) is "Everybody's going down on themselves."
Berman's battled depression and substance abuse, so it was big news when he took the Joos on the road in 2006. He seems to be a lot better these days, but a Silver Jews tour is still an event.
Email me at dukeufo at hotmail with the name of your favorite Silver Jews song. Please put Silver Jews in the subject line. The contest closes next Wednesday at 5:00 PM.
Buy tickets for the show at the Echoplex.
Watch the video for "I'm Getting Back Into You" at Youtube.
Read Randall Roberts' review of Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea at the LA Weekly.
Learn about all things Silver Jews at the Corduroy Suit.

Recently Announced LA Live Shows

David Vandervelde Will Be a Part of the F Yeah Fest Lineup This Year

Recently Announced Concerts:
F*** Yeah Fest 5 in Echo Park on 8/30/08 & 8/31/08 – David Vandervelde / No Age / Mika Miko / High Places / Matt & Kim / Negative Approach / Ladyhawk / Fucked Up / Glass Candy / Two Gallants / Monotonix / Sex Vid / Crystal Antlers / 60 Watt Kid / The Strange Boys / War Tapes and more (tix on sale this weekend somewhere)

Polvo / Trans Am / Drones in Echo Park on 8/31/08 – F Yeah Fest related show
Dan Deacon @ Secret Location TBA on 8/31/08 – F Yeah Fest related show
The Hives / Eagles of Death Metal @ Mayan Theatre on 9/24/08 & 9/25/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
M83 / School of Seven Bells @ The Fonda on 11/29/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
Aesop Rock / The Mighty Underdogs @ Troubadour from 9/13/08 – 9/15/08 (on sale now)
The Wedding Present / Earlimart @ Troubadour on 9/19/08 (on sale now)
Lindsey Buckingham @ Royce Hall on 9/14/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
Journey / Heart / Cheap Trick @ Greek Theatre on 9/30/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
Hot Water Music @ El Rey on 8/29/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
Delerium @ El Rey on 9/7/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
Ben Kweller @ Troubadour on 10/2/08 (on sale now)
Mountain Goats / Kaki King @ Troubadour on 10/25/08 & 10/26/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)
The Rumble Strips @ Spaceland on 10/15/08 (on sale @ Ticketweb Friday at Noon)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Music Releases: 7/22/08

I didn't give the Dr. Dog a glowing review, but it's still well worth picking up (especially if you're into soulful Lennon/McCartney inspired songs with nice Beach Boys-style harmonies). You might want to give local bands Bodies of Water and Low vs. Diamond a listen too.

Noteworthy Records Released on 7/22/08:

Records I’ve Heard:

Arbouretum/Pontiak: Kale (Thrill Jockey) – On this release, Arbouretum sound like a more rocking (dirty 1970’s style) version of Will Oldham on this release. Pontiak is a new Thrill Jockey signee. The title of the record is a pun referring to the three John Cale covers. It’s an enjoyable listen. This is available digitally or as a limited edition (1,000 copies) split 12”.

Dr. Dog: Fate (Park the Van) – Given that We All Belong was #6 on my favorite albums of last year, this was one was eagerly anticipated. But expectations can be a motherfucker. The first half of Fate stacks up against their best work, but by the time track eight rolls around, I completely forget what I’m listening to. The fact that they made a song called “The Old Days” and it’s similar to “My Old Ways” might be a sign that they could have spent a little longer writing. Lyrically, it’s very dark. It’s still worth picking up, but you might want to temper your expectations a little. They’re a great live band, see for yourself at El Rey on 8/8/08.
Download “The Old Days” and “The Ark

High Places: 3/07 – 9/07 (Thrill Jockey) – Brooklyn duo that gets compared to Beat Happening and fits somewhere between No Age and Abe Vigoda. This is a collection of previously released songs available on CD for the first time. See them at the F Yeah Festival on 8/30/08 or at the Smell on 10/10/08.

Benji Hughes: A Love Extreme (New West) – Benji Hughes is the kinda performer who will come out with a 25 song double disc collection as his debut album. Local concertgoers should be familiar with his name, as Scott from the Fold was an early supporter. There’s a lot of humor in the songs, so it’s no real surprise that he co-wrote “Let’s Duet” (with Charlie Wadhams) the funniest track in “Walk Hard.” At El Cid on 8/15/08 and 8/16/08. Download “You Stood Me Up” and “Why Do These Parties Always End the Same Way” and “The Mummy” and “I Went with Some Friends to See the Flaming Lips

Pacific!: Reveries (Caroline) – Swedish electro-pop band that reminds me a little of Tahiti 80. Download “Hot Lips” and “Sunset Blvd (remix)”

Sunfold: Toy Tugboats (Megaforce) – This is all the members of Annuals, but with a different frontman. I haven’t really listened to it all the way through yet.

Local Interest:

Bodies of Water: A Certain Feeling (Secretly Canadian) – Haven’t heard this one yet. See them at Sunset Junction on 8/23/08 or the Echo on 9/10/08. Download “Under the Pines

Low vs. Diamond: Low vs. Diamond (Epic) – They’re not too dissimilar to the Killers and U2. At the Troubadour on 8/13/08.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:

Avett Brothers EP
Black Kids – At El Rey on 7/29/08
David Bowie live in 1972
Brian Jonestown Massacre EP
Buffalo Killers – live at Safari Sam’s on 8/2/08
Brendan Canning – from Broken Social Scene
Captain Beefheart – lost 1967 sessions
The Clientele – not a “real” Merge release
CSN&Y live album
CSS –At the Mayan on 9/22/08 & 9/23/08 (mp3)
Miley Cyrus
Helena Espvall and Masaki Batoh
Faun Fables EP
Forward Russia
Individuals – on CD for the first time
Lackthereof – Menomena’s drummer (mp3)
One Day As a Lion EP – featuring Zach from Rage Against the Machine
Pas/Cal – (mp3 and mp3)
Paul Weller – At the Wiltern on 9/2/08 & 9/3/08

Monday, July 21, 2008

LA Live Music Options: 7/21/08 - 7/27/08

Secret Machines Play the Viper Room on Sunday

Another stellar week of live music options. There are heavily hyped new bands (Hercules and Love Affair, Sebastian Tellier), legends (Steely Dan, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks) and plenty for Americana fans (Lucero, James McMurtry and Dwight Yoakam). Not to mention Secret Machines and Darker My Love....

Monday 7/21/08
[Recommended] Jail Weddings / The Moon Upstairs / Thee Makeout Party / Weave @ the Echo (Free) – The Moon Upstairs record was in my top 10 for local releases last year.
[Recommended] Letting Up Despite Great Faults / The Rhone Occupation / Whalebone @ Echo Curio (Free) – I haven’t been to a show at Echo Curio yet, but I liked Letting Up Despite Great Faults last record.
[Recommended] Princeton / You Me and Iowa / Army Navy / Whitman @ Silverlake Lounge (Free)
Under the Influence of Giants / The Snow / Hello Vegas @ Spaceland (Free) – From their Myspace page: “Under the Influence of Giants are a group of hot guys that will force you to masturbate with blueberry jam.”
Plasticsoul / Karabal Nightlife / The Breakups @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Two Sheds / Leslie and the Badgers @ Hotel Café
The Zac Brown Band / Rescues @ Troubadour ($12)
Bad Bones @ the Scene

Tuesday 7/22/08
[Recommended] Ray Davies @ Grove of Anaheim ($35 - $55) – Really hard for me to get down to Anaheim on a weeknight, but I highly recommend it if you can….
James McMurtry / Dedringers @ Troubadour ($20) – McMurtry’s a singer-songwriter out of Austin. His new record is political and dark. Check out “Cheney’s Toy” on his Myspace page. And yes, he’s Larry’s son (ever read All of My Friends are Going to Be Strangers? It’s pretty great).
Peter Walker @ Echoplex ($12) – This is the Peter Walker known for being a highly influential raga and flamenco acoustic guitarist, not the one who started Dangerbird Records and now plays in Eulogies.
Summer Darling / Chikita Violenta / Writer / Amateurs @ the Echo – Solid local lineup, plus Chikita Violenta out of Mexico City.
Jay Brannan / Annie Stela @ El Rey ($16)
Babyland / The Prids / Shiloe @ Spaceland ($8)
Happy Stars / The Meadows @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)

Wednesday 7/23/08
[Recommended] Club NME: Lucero / Jessica Lea Mayfield / Glossary @ Spaceland ($15) – Lucero’s always been called Southern rock’s version of the Replacements. Great drinking music for their rabid fan base.
[Recommended] Steely Dan @ Nokia Theatre ($50 - $110) – A part of me wishes I was going to this. I have a new found appreciation for them after watching the Classic Albums making of Aja. They’ve got an 11-piece backing band.
[Recommended] Inara George & Van Dyke Parks @ Tangier Restaurant (Sold Out)
Randy Newman @ Largo (Sold Out) – Performing songs from his forthcoming record.
Hercules and Love Affair @ the Echo ($18 / adv tix sold out) – Disco with a lot of buzz. Being on DFA definitely helps.
Learning Music / Golden Dogs / From Leaf to Feather @ Tangier ($10)
Cute is What We Aim For @ Troubadour ($15)
Tenlons Fort / Avi Buffalo / Ema and the Ghosts @ Mr. T’s Bowl
The Old Believers / Active Set / Hard to Get / The Meemies @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)

Thursday 7/24/08
[Recommended] Lucero / Jessica Lea Mayfield / Glossary @ the Echo ($15) – If you miss them at Spaceland Wednesday (or you’re under 21).
[Recommended] The Meeting Places / Archways / Antiques / The Eye The Ear and the Arm @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – The Meeting Places is Scott McDonald’s band.
[Recommended] The Riverboat Gamblers @ Viper Room ($15) – The Riverboat Gamblers put on a high energy live show.

Anavan / Bipolar Bear / tik tik @ the Smell ($5) – Anavan’s another local band that should capitalize on all the attention on the Smell. They’re heading off on a big European tour at the end of October.
Tokyo Police Club / Afternoons @ Hammer Museum
Dizzee Rascal / Kenan Bell / Hollywood Holt / 87 Stick Up Kids @ the Echoplex ($22) – Dizzee Rascal’s got a few fun songs.
The Warlocks / The Vandelles / The Meek @ Troubadour ($14)
Middle Class Rut / Burning Brides / Nebula @ Safari Sam’s ($10)
The English Beat / The Alarm / The Fixx @ Henry Fonda ($35)
Ron Sexsmith @ Largo ($30)
The Life and Times / Nueva Volcano / Solare @ Spaceland ($8)
The Kin / The Rescues @ Hotel Café
Sleepingboy / The Health Club @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Sirhan Sirhan @ the Scene
Foxy Shazam / Scary Kids Scaring Kids @ Key Club
Benefit for Spencer Rollins: Young Animals / Cobra Lilies / Dorian Wood / Exitmusic / Avi Buffalo @ All Star Lanes ($5)

Friday 7/25/08
[Recommended] Darker My Love / Fool’s Gold @ the Echo (Free before 10:30 PM / $5 after) – I’m telling you, the new Darker My Love has total breakout potential.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($30 / $20 for 2nd set only)
Bullet for My Valentine / Cancer Bats @ Wiltern ($27.50)
Rocky Votalato / Owen / Vast Atlantic @ Troubadour ($14)
Diana Ross @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 – $114)
The Republic Tigers / Radars to the Sky @ Spaceland ($8)
John Webster Johns / Residual Echoes @ El Cid ($7)
That Noise / Ninja Academy @ Pehrspace
The Youngs / David Scott Stone @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Wyclef Jean @ House of Blues ($35)
Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos @ Greek Theatre ($35 - $55)
EPMD @ Crash Mansion ($25)
Bipolar Bear @ the Scene

Saturday 7/26/08
[Recommended] Wanda Jackson @ Knitting Factory ($23) – Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer.
[Recommended] Greg Proops Chat Show w/ Flight of the Conchords (Sold Out)
Sebastian Tellier @ Knitting Factory Front Room ($15) – Some good buzz for this Frenchman. His new record was produced by Daft Punk.
Howlin Rain @ Spaceland ($10) - Ethan Miller's (Comets on Fire) other band.
Harvey Milk @ Relax Bar – Veteran metal act that recently got a best of new music from Pitchfork.
Does it Offend You, Yeah? / The Black Ghosts @ the Echo ($18 / Advance tickets sold out) – Newish dance rock band with some pretty good buzz.

Lemon Sun / Rumspringa / Eastern Conference Champions / Gangi @ Troubadour ($10) - LA Record is presenting this show.
Tha Alkaholiks @ Fat Beats Records (Free show at 4:00 PM) – Celebrating the release of their live DVD. Fat Beats is located at 7600 Melrose.
The Human Value / Biblical Proof of UFOs / Kids of Widney High / Artichoke @ Zen Sushi
Seasons / Odd Modern / Downtown Union @ Pehrspace
Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues ($18.50)
Gary War / Summer Vacations @ the Smell ($5)
Tha Alkaholiks @ Crash Mansion ($20)
Zizek Urban Beats Club @ Getty Museum (Free) – El Guincho canceled.
Louis XIV @ Huntington Beach Pier
Dusty Rhodes & the River Band @ Key Club
Year Long Disaster @ Swing House Studios - Fresh off some arena dates with the Foo Fighters.
Diana Ross @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 – $114)

Sunday 7/27/08
[Recommended] Secret Machines @ Viper Room (Sold Out) – Secret Machines recently announced plans to self-release their new album this fall with the help of World’s Fair. If you haven’t had the chance to see them live, I highly recommend it.
[Recommended] Dwight Yoakam / Chris Cagle / Emerson Drive / Lee Brice @ The Greek ($40 - $60) – Yoakam’s a whole lotta fun to see live.
[Recommended] Gnarls Barkley / Fallou Dieng / Deerhoof @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $123) – Gnarls Barkley’s gotta be a lotta fun to see live too.
[Recommended] Little Radio Summer Camp: Castledoor / Weather Underground @ Little Radio ($10) – 1218 Long Beach Ave in Downtown LA.
Grande Ole Echo @ the Echo (Free) – Early show at 5:00 PM.
Brunch Americana @ Safari Sam’s (Free) – Early show at Noon
The Black Ghosts @ Turntable Lab
At the Gates @ the Fonda ($32)
Neil Hamburger / Abe Lincoln Story @ Spaceland ($8)
Bart Davenport / Michael Berg / Underground @ Tangier
Lemon Sun / Rumspringa / Eastern Conference Champions / Gangi @ Troubadour ($10)
Howlin’ Rain / Mark Fosson @ McCabe’s ($12)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Little Radio Summer Camp

I neglected to mention that Le Switch is playing Little Radio's Summer Camp this weekend. Joining them on the bill is Flying Tourbillon Orchestra and Bloodcat Love. Summer Camp takes place Sunday from Noon to 6:00 PM at 1218 Long Beach Avenue in Downtown LA. They're also doing an open mic. See the details here.

Friday Afternoon Video: Le Switch's "Living in Another World"

New Music Releases: 7/15/08

I've never been a Nas or a Hold Steady fan, so it's slim pickings this week....

Noteworthy Records Released on 7/15/08:

Local Interest:
Daedelus: Love to Make Music To (Ninja Tune) – “Guests include Grammy Award-winning rapper Paperboy, producer Michael Johnson (The Lilys, Holopaw), Taz Arnold and Om’mas Keith (Sa-Ra), N’fa (1200 Techniques crew), and chanteuse Erika Rose.” See him at the Airliner on 8/6/08.

Other Records:
Drakkar Suana
The Hold Steady – At the Avalon on 7/30/08.
John Mellencamp – At the Greek on 7/31/08.
Nas – Weiss reviewed this for the LA Times. At the Roxy tonight or the Glen Helen on 8/9/08.

Something I missed last week:
Billy Joel: The Stranger 30th Anniversary (Sony Legacy) – This one got played a lot in my cousins’ van when I was growing up and it remains Joel’s best selling studio album. “Just the Way You Are” (Record of the Year at the Grammys), “Only the Good Die Young” and “Always a Woman” were the big hits. According to Wikipedia, in 2003, it was ranked #67 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The two disc version of this reissued contains a live concert from 1977. The three disc version adds a DVD with a performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the album.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sinking Radio: The Kinks "Big Sky"

Here’s my weekly reminder to tune in to Sinking with Sylvia and Todd on Little Radio. The show airs Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM PST. Their guests tomorrow will be The Weather Underground. Those guys just got back from a big tour, including a set at Bonnaroo (the Village Voice labeled them “a band to watch”), so they should have some good tales to tell.

Each week on the show, there’s a featured You Set the Scene pick. Tomorrow my pick will be “Big Sky” by the Kinks. Longtime readers probably know that Ray Davies is my favorite lyricist of all time. Their albums from 1966 – 1971 rank right up there with the Beatles for me (blasphemous). There are a few candidates for my favorite song. “You Really Got Me” is still probably my favorite early rock ‘n’ roll song. “Waterloo Sunset” always makes me happy. “Shangri-La” blows me away every time I hear it.

So what makes “Big Sky” my favorite Kinks’ track? It won’t show up on any greatest hits collection by the Kinks. It’s track six on Village Green Preservation Society, which is hardly their best seller (although it is my favorite). It’s a song that works best given the context of the songs that surround it. But those lyrics. They’re simple on the surface, but go as deep as you want to take them.

Like most of the record, the song addresses frustration with modern society. It’s sung from the perspective of a stoic who gets overwhelmed. But he “think(s) of the big sky, and nothing matters much to me.” You can’t really be certain what Davies was thinking or trying to say when he wrote it. Many would say that he’s channeling Nietzsche (in his Ray way) and saying God is dead. Does he give a shit?

The guitar parts are pretty fantastic too.

Matthew Sweet and Yo La Tengo have both done pretty good covers of it too.

Tune in to Sinking Radio tomorrow to hear it.

Recently Announced Live Music Shows

The Who @ the Nokia LA on 11/8/08 & 11/9/08 (on sale Monday at 10:00 AM)

The Backyardigans @ Nokia LA on 11/1/08 & 11/2/08 (presale on now, public on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

Queens of the Stone Age with guests PJ Harvey, Tenacious D, Billy Gibbons, etc. @ The Fonda on 8/16/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

Stereophonics @ the Fonda on 9/16/08 (on sale Saturday at 10:00 AM)

The Damned @ House of Blues Sunset on 10/31/08 (on sale Saturday)

The Wombats @ Echoplex on 9/2/08 (on sale Friday at 10:00 AM on Ticketweb)

Why? @ Echoplex on 9/4/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip @ the Echo on 9/30/08 (on sale Friday at Noon on Ticketweb)

Centro-Matic @ Spaceland on 9/2/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Damien Jurado @ Spaceland on 9/9/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Foreigner @ House of Blues Sunset on 10/24/08 (on sale next Saturday)

Shearwater @ the Echo on 8/27/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Matthew Sweet @ the Echo on 8/28/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

The New Year @ the Echo on 9/24/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Bodies of Water / Throw Me the Statue @ the Echo on 9/10/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Giant Sand @ the Echo on 10/8/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Diplo @ the Echo on 11/4/08 (on sale now at Ticketweb)

Coheed and Cambria @ the Avalon from 11/5/08 – 11/8/08 (tickets on sale Friday at 10:00 AM)

Bronson Out at the LA Times

It hardly seems possible, but today's the last day you'll read one of Kevin Bronson's Buzz Bands columns in the LA Times. After almost six years at the paper, he was laid off this week as part of that massive restructuring. Bronson's a fixture on the local music scene; I probably see him 75% of the time I'm out seeing local bands. He has a vast knowledge of the scene's history and knows everybody. Not to rip on the paper, but his column was the reason I'd pick up the Times on Thursdays.
I can't wait to see what he does next.....
P.S. Buy the guy a drink the next time you see him out. It's no longer against Times policy for him to accept freebies....

Read his last column (on Kenan Bell) here (what's up with his byline missing?). I would recommend you leave a comment, but that doesn't look possible.

Listen to Bronson's show on Little Radio Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Ticket Giveaway - Devon Williams at the Echo

Meant to post this earlier...

I've still got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away for the Devon Williams show this Saturday at the Echo. Opening the show is Residual Echoes, Silver Daggers and The Mona Reels. Williams is a local pop artist who, outside of the Smell scene, doesn't really get the attention he deserves. His band recently opened the West Coast dates for Destroyer, he's played in Lavender Diamond, and his old high school band was signed to Epitaph. Randy from No Age called his 7" one of best of 2007 on Pitchfork. Go to Myspace and check him out....

To win these tickets email me [dukeufo at hotmail] and tell me you want them. The deadline for the contest is noon Friday.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Music Releases - 7/8/08

As frequently happens around here, I'm way behind. Here's what came out last Tuesday....

Released on 7/8/08

Records I’ve Heard:
Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama? (Black Seal) – The rhythm guitarist for the Strokes releases his second solo album and still no new Strokes record (although people tell me they’ve been working on it). I was a fan of Hammond’s debut, Yours to Keep, so I was excited when this showed up in the mail. The charming thing about that record was that it didn’t try to be anything but pleasant sunshine pop. This one’s got some of that, but Hammond must have been bored with the idea of making Yours to Keep 2. There are Police-lite experiments (“Borrowed Time”), painfully long instrumental tracks (“Spooky Couch”) and cheesy drum machines (“Lisa”). There’s also interesting guitar playing and some genuinely good songs (“GFC” and “Bargain of a Century”). Overall, it probably would have been a great EP, but he could have used some more time to flesh out the songs on the second half of the record.

Hamell on Trial: Rant and Roll (Righteous Babe) – This is a CD/DVD combo with Ed Hamell’s rant/songs/poetry. It’s not really my sort of thing. Download “When You Are Young

Ratatat: LP3 (XL Recordings) – I honestly don’t have much perspective to review this record. I’m a lyric guy and tend to get bored with instrumental music. It’s got a 71 on Metacritic though. At the Fonda on 9/9/08 and 9/10/08. Download “Mirando

Local Interest:
Abe Vigoda: Skeleton (PPM Records) – Abe Vigoda’s the latest Smell band to get a lot of positive national press. They’re purveyors of “tropical punk.” I haven’t heard the record yet… PPM is Dean from No Age’s label. See them at the Fonda on 8/8/08.

Beck: Modern Guilt (Interscope) – I used to really look forward to new Beck albums, but I haven’t heard this (or his last one). Danger Mouse produced it and it’s getting pretty good reviews. See him at the Hollywood Bowl on 9/20/08.

Other Noteworthy Releases:
Architecture in Helsinki EP – mp3 and mp3
Joseph Arthur: Foreign Girls (Lonely Astronaut)
The Baseball Project
The Black Ghosts – At the Echo on 7/26/08
The Capstan Shafts
Dutchess & the Duke – mp3
The Fall compilation
Feral Children
The Gits best of
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Seth Kaufman
Matt Keating – (mp3) – At the Cinema Bar on 8/12/08
Del McCoury
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – At the House of Blues on 8/3/08
Melvins – At the Glass House on 8/29/08 (mp3)
Alison Moyet
Parts & Labor EP
Patti Smith & Kevin Shields
Son Ambulance – Knitting Factory on 8/4/08 (mp3 and mp3)
Sunny Day Sets Fire
Telepathic Butterflies
Totimoshi – Viper Room on 9/10/08
Tu Fawning – mp3
Various Artists – Life Beyond Mars Bowie covers
Weeds Season 3 soundtrack
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
Yaz box set

Monday, July 14, 2008

Live Music Options 7/14/08 - 7/20/08

I was out of town Thursday through Sunday, so it's good to see an active concert calendar this week. Any week you can see Earlimart, Darker My Love, 400 Blows, The Henry Clay People, The Movies, Jason Falkner, Sharon Jones, Jesus & Mary Chain and Gang of Four in one week is a pretty good week.
Monday 7/14/08
[Recommended] Princeton / Fol Chen / I Make This Sound / Willoughby @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Solid local lineup (and it’s free!).
Under the Influence of Giants / Lukas Haas / Paul Dillon @ Spaceland (Free) – From their Myspace page: “Under the Influence of Giants are a group of hot guys that will force you to masturbate with blueberry jam.”
Jail Weddings / Moris Tepper / Some Days / Listing Ship @ the Echo (Free)
Coldplay / Shearwater @ the Forum (Sold Out)
Nick Oliveri @ Hotel Café

Tuesday 7/15/08
[Recommended] Let’s Independent: The Black Pine / Exitmusic / The Black Kites @ Boardner’s ($6) – Radio Free Silver Lake’s monthly night in Hollywood.
In-store Alert: Melvins @ Amoeba (Free) – 6:00 PM.
Joseph Arthur / Anna Ternheim @ Troubadour ($20)
The Binges @ Safari Sam’s (Free)
Mucca Pazza @ the Echo ($8)
Darth Vato @ Spaceland ($5)
Coldplay / Shearwater @ the Forum (Sold Out)
Shwayze @ the Roxy ($15) – They’re filming the season finale of Shwayze’s new reality TV show tonight. The show premieres July 23rd on MTV.

Wednesday 7/16/08
[Recommended] The Monolators / The Rolling Blackouts / Spider Problem / The Growlers @ the Echo ($5) – Hell Ya Night.
[Recommended] Inara George and Van Dyke Parks @ Tangier in the Restaurant ($15) – They recently recorded a record together.
Radio Alert: Earlimart on 89.9 FM - Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:00 AM
In-store Alert: Shearwater @ Fingerprints (Free) – 7:00 PM
Club NME: Army Navy / Alberta Cross / Revisionists @ Spaceland ($5)
Swing Night @ Hollywood Bowl ($95 – $1)
Resident Hero @ Troubadour ($5)
Ceci Bastida / Learning Music @ Tangier ($10)
The Pink Snowflakes @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Pizza! / The Tartans @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Hippiefest 2008: Eric Burdon & the Animals / Jack Bruce / The Turtles / Melanie / Badfinger featuring Joey Molland / Jonathan Edwards @ Greek Theatre ($30 – 70)
Meiko @ Hotel Café
Rocket @ Viper Room

Thursday 7/17/08
[Recommended] Jason Falkner / What Cheer? Brigade / The Breakups @ Spaceland ($10) – Falkner plays many shows these days.
[Recommended] Bodies of Water / The Henry Clay People / Seasons @ The Echo ($10) – Bodies of Water are celebrating the release of their new record. The Henry Clay People put on one of the best live shows.
Tivo Alert: Dr. Dog on Conan O’Brien
Signal Hill / Timonium @ Pehrspace
The Duke Spirit / Io Echo @ the Hammer Museum (Free)
Harry and the Potters @ Troubadour ($15)
Miss Derringer @ Safari Sam’s ($8)
The Watkins Family Hour with Fiona Apple @ Largo ($25)
The Crimea @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Camp Freddy @ Viper Room ($50)
James Hall / David Garza @ the Roxy ($15)
Upsilon Acrux @ the Smell
Lettuce / Pinot / Trombone Shorty @ Key Club ($20)

Friday 7/18/08
[Recommended] Earlimart / Hocus Pocus / The Movies @ Spaceland ($10) – A record release party for the new Earlimart record. The Movies put on a great live show too. Hocus Pocus features members of Dios. Enter my ticket giveaway. See detailed post late last week.
[Recommended] Darker My Love / Crystal Antlers @ Echo (Free) – The new Darker My Love record is strong. I predict heavy radio airplay. They’ve always been a great live band. If you can’t make it tonight, they’ll be doing the same thing next Friday. Crystal Antlers recently got best new music on Pitchfork.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($30 / $20 for 2nd set only)
Nas @ the Roxy (Free) – Myspace secret show – pick up tickets early in day.
In-store Alert: The Submarines @ Fingerprints (Free) – 7:00 PM.
Wolf Parade / Listening Party @ The Fonda ($24)
Julie Andrews @ Hollywood Bowl
Bitter: Sweet @ El Rey ($18)
Shy B @ Troubadour ($12)
Very Be Careful @ Tangier ($12)
Eric Bachmann @ Tangier ($12) – Earlier show at 8:30 PM
Paris Loves LA @ Tangier in the Restaurant ($12)
Daniel Ahearn @ Pehrspace
Quazar & the Bamboozled @ Mr. T’s Bowl
Rooney @ House of Blues ($15)
Tribute to Johnny Cash @ Crash Mansion ($10)

Saturday 7/19/08
[Recommended] Devon Williams / Residual Echoes / Silver Daggers / The Mona Reels @ the Echo ($8) – Early show at 5:00 PM. I’ve got free tickets to give away for this one. Email me with Devon Williams in the subject line and tell me that you want them.
[Recommended] 400 Blows / Black Elk / Bob Log III @ the Scene – One of the most intense live bands around.
The Long Winters / Say Hi @ Spaceland ($15)
Wolf Parade / Listening Party @ The Fonda ($24)
Julie Andrews @ Hollywood Bowl
The Action Design @ Knitting Factory
Glow @ Santa Monica Pier (Free)
Budos Band / Fool’s Gold @ The Getty (Free)
Kill Hannah @ El Rey ($17)
Yo Majesty @ Troubadour ($15)
Janeane Garofalo @ Largo ($25)
Artichoke @ Mr. T’s Bowl
70’s Soul Jam @ Greek Theatre ($25 – 75)
Emily Wells @ Hotel Café
Lily Hayden / Olin and the Moon @ the Roxy ($20)
Sissy Spacek @ the Smell
Pacifika @ Crash Mansion Lounge
Jimmy Eat World @ Avalon ($30)

Sunday 7/20/08
[Recommended] Download Festival: Jesus & Mary Chain / Gang of Four / The Duke Spirit / Yeasayer / Ghostland Observatory / M83 / Caribou / Flosstradamus / RJD2 / Mates of State / Blitzen Trapper / Tapes ‘n’ Tapes / Datarock / The Parlor Mob / De Nova Dahl / Brand New / Mute Math @ Gibson Amphitheatre ($20 - $37.50) – JaMC and Gang of Four should be worth the price alone.
[Recommended] Feist / Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings / Pacifika @ Hollywood Bowl ($21) – Most of the good seats are gone. Sharon Jones is pretty amazing.
[Recommended] Little Radio Summer Camp @ Little Radio Warehouse – Artists TBA
Jimmy Eat World @ Avalon ($30)
Grande Ole Echo @ the Echo (Free) – Early show at 5:00 PM.
Olin and the Moon / Eleni Mandell / Miniature Tigers @ Tangier ($8) – Eleni Mandell’s really good.
Pierced Arrows @ Spaceland ($8)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ the Echoplex ($14)
The Blasters @ Safari Sam’s ($10) – All day country music festival, free before 7:00 PM.
The Prostitutes / The Scarred / Dead Ringers @ Mr. T’s Bowl

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Earlimart Ticket Giveaway & Appearance on Little Radio

I don't think I'm going to have access to a computer tomorrow, so here's a reminder to tune in to Sinking with Sylvia and Todd on Little Radio this Friday. Sylvia will be absent, but Todd and Matt welcome Earlimart into the studio. The show airs Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM PST.

Speaking of Earlimart, I've got two pairs of tickets to give away for their show next Friday (July 18th) at Spaceland. Opening the show will be the Movies and Hocus Pocus (featuring members of Dios). To win these tickets, email me [dukeufo at hotmail] with the name of your favorite Earlimart track. The contest closes next Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

Download "Song For"
Buy tickets for Spaceland HERE.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Shearwater: Limited Edition Vinyl Giveaway

I'm giving away a limited edition test pressing (vinyl) copy of Shearwater's new record Rook. This is a collector's item that fans need to get their hands on. To win, just email me [dukeufo at hotmail] and name your favorite Shearwater song. Please put Shearwater in the subject line of your email. The deadline to enter is Tuesday at 5:00 PM.

Shearwater will be in town next week.
July 14th at the Forum (opening for Coldplay)
July 15th at the Forum (opening for Coldplay)
July 16 at Fingerprints record store in Long Beach @ 7:00 PM

There are rumors that they'll be back in town in August. Stay tuned for details.

Download "Rooks"

Ticket Giveaway: King Khan & the Shrines

I've got three pairs of tickets to give away for the King Khan and the Shrines show this Thursday night at the Echo. It promises to be a good time. The Jacuzzi Boys will open the show. Just send me an email [dukeufo at hotmail] with the name of your favorite garage rock band. Please put King Khan in the subject line. Scroll down to Monday's post for a free download.

The deadline for the contest is tonight at Midnight.
Buy tickets for the show HERE.

VH-1 Rock Honors the Who

Starting tomorrow, there’s a ton of events around LA to correspond with VH-1 honoring the Who. It’s hard to imagine anyone reading this that isn’t at least a little familiar with the Who, but if you’re not, pick up Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy right away. It’s a great introduction.

The premiere of VH-1 Rock Honors the Who will air on Thursday July 17th at 9:00 PM.

Here’s some of the Who specific stuff that’s going down:

All night: The Who Karaoke Night @ Blue Goose Lounge
All night: Quadrophenia Night @ Seven Grand

10am – 6pm: Shop @ Intermix and buy a limited-edition VH1 Rock Honors Torn shirt, designed by Scarlett Johansson, sold exclusively by Intermix
3pm – 7pm: The Who Are You Happy Hour @ Pink Taco. Specialty drinks inspired by The Who
All night: Screenings of The Who movies @ Ye Coach & Horses

8pm: VH1 Rock Honors: The Who Ceremony –The Who performing live with Pearl Jam, Foo Fighter, The Flaming Lips, Incubus, and more @ Pauley Pavilion Center
5pm: Rock Band competition & BBQ @ Crane's Hollywood Tavern
All night: Screenings of The Who movies @ Ye Coach & Horses

7pm – 1am: Toms Benefit show with The Who covers @ Hotel Cafe
All night: Screenings of The Who movies @ Ye Coach & Horses

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Best Album By Year Since Birth

Scott McDonald at Pressed for Sound inspired this post. A slew of bloggers posted their favorite album from each year of their life. It's a fun exercise, but even if you cheat (and use Wikipedia or the Village Voice's Critics Poll) it sucks up some serious time.
There were five or six records that could have made the list in some years, while it was tough to even come up one record in some of the years. I feel pretty happy with it today.....
1974: Big Star – Radio City
1975: Neil Young – Zuma
1976: Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
1977: Television – Marquee Moon
1978: Neil Young – Comes a Time
1979: Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
1980: Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
1981: Van Halen – Fair Warning
1982: Descendents – Milo Goes to College
1983: R.E.M. – Murmur
1984: R.E.M. – Reckoning
1985: Husker Du – New Day Rising
1986: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
1987: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands
1988: Pixies – Surfer Rosa
1989: The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
1990: Fugazi – Repeater
1991: Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind
1992: Sonic Youth - Dirty
1993: Yo La Tengo – Painful
1994: Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
1995: Radiohead – The Bends
1996: Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (bit of a cheat, not released in US until 1997)
1997: Elliott Smith – Either/Or
1998: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999: Wilco – Summerteeth
2000: Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
2001: Pernice Brothers – The World Won’t End
2002: Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
2003: The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
2004: Brian Wilson – Smile
2005: Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
2006: Kelley Stoltz – Below the Branches
2007: Okkervil River – The Stage Names
2008: Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (it’s really too early to say, but this is what it is today)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Live Music Options 7/7/08 - 7/13/08

King Khan Plays the Echo on Thursday
Monday 7/7/08
[Recommended] Stevie Wonder @ Hollywood Bowl ($55 tickets remain) – I’d love to see Stevie. This is a lease event so watch what you try to bring in.
[Recommended] Princeton / Le Switch / Young Animals / Dirty Mittens @ Silverlake Lounge (Free) – Princeton is doing the Monday night residency this month at the Silverlake Lounge. They play catchy indie pop. Le Switch goes on at 9:45.
[Recommended] Retribution Gospel Choir featuring Alan Sparkhawk / The Weather Underground @ Troubadour ($12)
Jail Weddings / Wounded Lion / Victim Vision / The Guilty Hearts @ the Echo (Free) – Jail Weddings are a 10-piece Doo-Wop inspired band. They’re doing the Monday night Echo residency this month.
Under the Influence of Giants / Nico Stai / Bridges @ Spaceland (Free) – From their Myspace page: “Under the Influence of Giants are a group of hot guys that will force you to masturbate with blueberry jam.”
Captain Ahab / Kevin Shields @ Pehrspace
Yellow Fever @ the Smell
American Idol @ Staples Center ($55)
Naim Amor @ Echo Curio (Free)
The Gits Documentary Screening @ Echoplex 7:30 PM ($10)

Tuesday 7/8/08
[Recommended] Earlimart @ Amoeba (Free) – At 7:00 PM. Celebrating the release of the new record.
[Recommended] Mikel Jollett / Andrew Spitser / Tim James / Sarah Negahdari / Evan Way @ Bordello ($5) – The lead singers of Airborne Toxic Event, Radars to the Sky, The Movies, Happy Hollows and Parson Red Heads each perform acoustic sets. Should be a fun show.
[Recommended] Bic Runga w/ Flight of the Conchords @ Largo ($30)
Yaz @ Orpheum ($75)
Von Iva / Astra Heights / Little Pieces @ Echo ($8)
J*Davey @ Echoplex (Free)
Surprise Me Mr. Davis @ Spaceland ($12) – Featuring members of the Slip
The Good Night / Ghost Town @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Mondo Generator / Year Long Disaster @ Viper Room

Wednesday 7/9/08
[Recommended] ((Sounder)) / Ivan & Alyosha / Empty Rooms / Slings @ Silverlake Lounge ($8) – Check out ((Sounder))’s Myspace page.
[Recommended] King Khan & the Shrines @ Amoeba (Free) - Starts at 7:00 PM.
Hearts of Palms UK / Broken Remotes / Happy Stars @ the Echo ($5)
Quitzow / Setting Sun @ Spaceland – Download Quitzow’s “On TV!”
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum @ Troubadour ($15)
Naim Amor / Learning Music / Novi Split @ Tangier ($10)
Thou @ the Smell
Free the Robots @ Airliner
Wynton Marsalis w/ special guest Willie Nelson @ Hollywood Bowl ($110 - $1) - Natalie Cole has been replaced by Willie Nelson.

Thursday 7/10/08
[Recommended] King Khan & the Shrines / The Jacuzzi Boys @ the Echo ($12) – The King Khan record’s a fun slice of Stax meets Nuggets jams. Download “Torture
[Recommended] The Deadly Syndrome / Miss Derringer @ Hammer Museum (Free) – Deadly Syndrome always puts on a fun show.
Tilly and the Wall / Castledoor @ the Echoplex ($18) – Early show starts at 7:30 and ends by 11:00 PM.
Port O’Brien / The Builders and the Butchers @ Spaceland ($10)
Dave Mustaine @ Guitar Center on Sunset – 6:00 PM – an evening of insight, education, etc.
Yaz @ Orpheum ($75)
The Forward @ Knitting Factory
Robert Francis @ Troubadour ($10)
Drone Hooligan / Juanita and the Rabbit / Kissing Tigers / Stab City @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Codpiece / Service Group / Downtown Union @ Mr. T’s Bowl
The Gutter Twins / Ed Harcourt @ The Roxy ($25)
Glasser @ the Smell

Friday 7/11/08
[Recommended] Albert Hammond Jr. / The Parlor Mob @ Spaceland ($20 only limited tix available at door) – Hammond’s new record comes out this week and it’s definitely got some good tracks.
[Recommended] Jon Brion @ Largo ($30 / $20 for 2nd set only)
[Recommended] Ricky Gervais @ Kodak (Sold Out) – Filming an HBO stand up special.
[Recommended] Supergrass @ Amoeba (Free) - Starts at 7:00 PM.
Dan Deacon / Brother Reade @ The Getty (Free)
The Chapin Sisters / I See Hawks in LA @ McCabe’s ($16)
Hecuba / We Are the World / Rainbow Arabia / Hazm @ Bordello ($10)
Yaz @ Orpheum (Sold Out)
Chris Isaak @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $149)
The Graduate @ Troubadour
Maria Taylor / Johnathan Rice / / Nik Freitas @ Echoplex ($13)
Secondhand Serenade @ Troubadour ($15)
Planets @ the Smell

Saturday 7/12/08
[Recommended] Supergrass / The Morning Benders @ Avalon ($29)
[Recommended] RTX / Earthless / Bad Dudes @ Spaceland ($10) – Good time rock ‘n’ roll.
Ratatat @ the Echoplex ($20) – Their new record comes out tomorrow.
[Recommended] Ricky Gervais @ Kodak - Filming an HBO stand up special.
Downtown Film Festival Street Fest: Radars to the Sky / Death to Anders @ 501 South Hewitt (Free)
Blue Scholars @ El Rey
Chris Isaak @ Hollywood Bowl ($10 - $149)
Hieroglyphics @ El Rey ($18)
Three Bad Jacks @ Troubadour ($15)
Paul F. Tompkins Show w/ Tim Meadows @ Largo ($20)
Mentiritas @ the Echo ($7)
Minnie Driver @ Hotel Café [9:00 PM]
Pedestrian @ Hotel Café [Late Show]
Filter @ the Roxy ($20)
Babyland @ the Smell

Sunday 7/13/08
[Recommended] Summer Camp @ Little Radio [1218 Long Beach Avenue] – Not sure who is playing yet.
Matmos @ the Echoplex ($17)
Grande Ole Echo @ the Echo (Free) – Starts at 5:00 PM.
Tunnelmental Experimental Society / Secret Society of the Sonic Six / Ape Has Killed Ape / The May Fire @ Spaceland (Free)
Mack Winston and the Reflections / Paul Dillon / Whispertown 2000 / Olin and the Moon / Venus Illuminato @ Tangier ($8)
Live / Collective Soul / Blues Traveler @ Greek Theatre ($30 - $65)