Monday, July 31, 2006

Loving the Locals

Friday night I headed downtown to a new venue I had never heard of called Zamakibo to see Teenage Talking Cars (see previous post). I was very inticed to see them live, as their EP is 5 songs and 8 minutes long...that is sexy. The venue itself was not much of anything, it was a mix between a Studio apartment and a garage, 4 corners total with some pretty weird furniture and no bathroom, bar, or bouncer. Everyone basically waited outside in the desolate downtown area until bands went on. The second band was a no show so the third (TTC) went on at 11:30pm (with 5 bands to go)?!?! The set was 13 songs and it felt like it clocked in at 30 minutes max. Vocals were spot on and it was quite a good time. Here are 2 tracks, the band plays Part Time Punks this weekend and then notably the Fuck Yeah Fest at the end of August.

Pretty Dolls On Pills
Amnesia(not on myspace)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Chelsea Football Club

This morning I awoke early, barely being able to sleep at the chance that I could meet the Chelsea Football Club. Honestly I am not a huge fan of Chelsea (it's like rooting for the Yankees), but when you have players like Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, and John Terry (to name just a few), well it's like the All-Star team, and definitely the who's who of the World Cup. I arrived down at the 3rd St Promenade before 10:30am to find a line of already 100 people (signing started at 2pm)! Luckily, I was early and I recieved a place holder ticket. At 11am the doors opened where we were informed that we should purchase something Chelsea as that is what they would be signing, so I went for the new home kit (newly designed by Adidas). It was a stampede and it made me think of when the Stella McCartney line was introduced at H+M in New York and I saw in the Post about all these women going ape-shit. Within a minute everything was gone, but lucky me I grabbed a nice XL kit that is going to look nice on the wall in my new office.

Fast foward 3 and a half hours and I'm in line in the numerical order corresponding to my ticket and heading into the store in a small group. Upon entering, I see the squad looking good. I managed to snap a good amount of photos and shook hands with Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Andriy Shevchenko, Arjen Robben, and John Terry. It was all good fun, the guys were very nice, and I think they were quite suprised at the massive turnout. I got all that were present to sign the kit (I know off hand, no Ballack, Makalele, or Crespo) and it was good fun. I am definitely a football nerd and on Friday when I heard about this I lost my shit. The woman behind me asked me how I knew every player and all about them, it was humbling. Definitely a good day, pictures below.

Robben, Shevchenko, Cole, Terry, and Lampard

Shevchenko and Cole

Cudicini (i think), Wright-Phillips, and Drogba

Didier Drogba, the pride of the Ivory Coast, easily one of the best strikers in the world...

Next week = Barcelona Vs Chivas Guadalajara, hell yeah.

Friday, July 28, 2006

In Case You Missed It: Gene Clark

Gene Clark was a country rocker and one of the founding memebers of The Byrds. He left the band though before they reached their peak largely due to the fact that he had a manic fear of flying. He then relocated to Mendocino, CA and over the years some amazing solo albums that went effortlessly into obscurity. His first solo effort was entitled "White Light" and the eerie yet beautiful mysterious cover art art sums up his solo career. see above

Here are some select cuts from a few of his albums, I highly recommend picking up some of his work (if you can find it) for fans of Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

...from White Light (1971)
The Virgin
With Tomorrow

...from Roadmaster (1972)
One In A Hundred
Shooting Star

...from No Other (1974) *my personal favorite
Silver Raven
No Other

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In Case You Missed It: John Cale

Recently I have been listening to a lot of John Cale. He is a very under appreciated icon in the rock 'n roll world. The Velvet Undergound and Nico is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. The Stooges debut album (produced by John Cale) is another iconic album. Not to be forgotten is John's work with Terry Riley, Nick Drake, and one of my favorite people of all time, Brian Eno. Also, John's boxset "New York In The 1960's" was quite revolutionary for it's time.

Over the years John has released many solo albums, most famously "Paris 1919" in 1973. In the past 3 years he has released 2 albums that have recieved critical acclaim but have fallen on deaf ears. Here are a few cuts from those marvelous outings that I recommend picking up (I'm sure you can get them for cheap used). His solo released have always been progressive.

from 2003's Hobosapiens
Look Horizon (feat. Brian Eno's daughters)

from 2005's blackAcetate

The Velvet Underground - Run Run Run


No, not this revenge. The kind of revenge when a friend checks out something on your blog then puts it up on his without dropping the love. Well I am going to get him back...(Upsidedown Stupid Hat that is...check the sidebar).

I have been avoiding the new Ratatat like the plague, it's not that I don't like them, I was actually quite fond of their XL debut and "Seventeen Years" is a fucking great tune (it was in that hummer commercial too, and who doesn't love a hummer). I have tuned into a few of the new tracks like "Wildcat" and what not, as they are all over hypemachine. But now, what I most like is always, a remix. This time it is a Ratatat remix COURTESY OF UPSIDEDOWN STUPID HAT of The Knife's "We Share Our Mother's Health." Intersting title, especially because the Knife are a brother/sister duo.

The Knife-We Share Our Mother's Health (Ratatat Remix)

On another note I just got my CDWOW package with Razorlight (fuck you haters), the new Primal Scream (I know it sucks shit, but I love the band and it is not going to get a US release..aka no tour), and the DVD The Descent (I heard the movie is good and I rather pay $15 which includes shipping to own it, rather than paying $20 for 2 movie tickets). I'll put some of the tunes up if they deserve the praise.

What I Need: Good Head...shots

Yes, my new job requires I get a headshot for a press release...shit. I am about as photogenic as big foot. Not stoked. Although I do it once and I will then wait 15 years to get another one so I look young forever, like Drama from Entourage. Do I shave, do I get a haircut, oh the possibilities?!?!

Ok music. Two up and coming solo artists worth checking out

Jaymay is a songstress with a guitar from New York City. She idolizes Bob Dylan, is witty, and has the big bloggers amazed by her talent (check out hypemachine for proof). Expect big things from her soon as everybody and their mother have been interested in working/signing/publishing her.

Jaymay-Sea Green, See Blue

The Gray Kid is a rapper/producer/songwriter/singer from Los Angeles. He is about to start a residency at the Plush room at the Key Club and has the indie kids buzzing. His blog is funny as shit too you can check that out here.

The Gray Kid - Lonely Love

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I am talentless

When I pick up an instrument, 90% of the time it's a disaster. I played the bass (electric) for a few years and was pretty mediocre and then went to guitar and pretty much stopped once I heard Brian Eno, DJ Shadow, and John Cale make music. I always wanted to make electronic/ambient music and I still want to, but I don't have a god damn clue about how to do so, the tunes are just all locked in my head right I live vicariously through friends Shawn Jimmerson (aka Clark S. Nova) and now Zack Smith. I went to elementary school thru high school with Zack and everytime I see him he tells me to say high to my parents and I do, and they love him. We were in cubscouts together as well. Enjoy.

Intro (findyourmedium)
Lady Futura
Shona Groove

Zack also plays in a band called Pianorag.

Young Love...

Last night I braved the Cinespace crowd until 12:30AM (so late for me) to see the Los Angeles debut of Young Love. I was excited to check it out as I was a huge fan of Recover which features 2 of the key members of Young Love. The sounds are way different, but it was a good showing, a ton of people out. It was definitely weird seeing Dan without a guitar dancing around, but they pulled it off. Anyway, here is a mixtape he gave me, with most of the songs on their Island Records debut mashed-up. I guess that is what can happen when Jay-Z is the president of your company.

This Is Where It's At...Six In The Morning Mixtape

Monday, July 24, 2006

My Hero...Franck Ribery (he got the scar on his face when he was 2 years old in a car accident)
Will he leave Olympique Marseille even though he recently signed a 3 year deal and the French Football Association said at the end of last year that the league needs to hold on to it's superstars longer and specifically cited Franck? I'd love to see him at Arsenal, that team has grown on me. I am a huge fan of Tomas Rosicky who left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season (pre-world cup) and he is starting on my fantasy team, care to join the league?

Okay now music...

I have never been a huge fan of the Wainwrights and shyed away from their music for a while because of the college scene they have going. Rufus is interesting and all, but what intrigued me was reading about Martha's last EP entitled Blood Mother Fucking Asshole. It was a sleeper, but the title track is good and deserves a listen. As well, Snow Patrol released a new album a few months back on my alma mater Interscope Records and after giving it a whirl the main track that stood out featured Martha.

Martha Wainwright - Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
Snow Patrol & Martha Wanwright - Set The Fire To The Third Bar

LA indie veterans Silversun Pickups release their debut (?!?) album tomorrow even though they have been together for about 5 years and played probably 100 LA shows. It is a good effort and I think you should pick it up for your summer jam.

Silversun Pickups-Rusted Wheel is the jam!

Hailing from Michigan and featuring members of His Name Is Alive is NOMO. Their new record "Nu Tones" is available now on Ubiquity Records, and it is worth it. It is jazzy and funky and no lyrics.

Nomo-Nu Tones
Nomo-Better Than That(from their last album)

Mclusky is a band from Wales that recently broke up. The good news is that they released a 3 CD set that goes for about $16.99 that has everything you need from them. Here are 2 tracks to check out. They are a rock band with some very creative titles and lyrics.

Mclusky-She Will Only Bring You Happiness
Mclusky-Collagen Rock


You Gotta Start Somewhere...

I have fallen in love with a punky LA band called Teenage Talking Cars. Something just grabbed me. It reminds me a bit of Adolescents (especially "Pretty Dolls On Pills") with a female on vocal duties. When I lived in NYC and had lots of spare time I got my chops up on the all punk bands that I didn't know anything about (Flipper, Husker Du, and Black Flag mostly). I read that book American Hardcore (soon to be a movie) and I actually got to meet Glen E Friedman because I was wearing a sweatshirt with a FEAR patch safety-pinned to it and I got this suprised look at a show. He is amazing and I still get emails from him every now and then about something political that I need to do. Well anyway here is Teenage Talking Cars playing this Friday (July 28th) at Zamakibo downtown (some all ages BYOB venue). I'm fucking going and being old, you should come to, but nobody reads this.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Downloadable tidbits

I will admit I was not a fan of The Twilight Singers until I heard the lastest effort Powder Burns I was hooked. I still don't like the old stuff as much, but this album is definitely looking like a top 10 of the year for me. Even more so, when I saw that they covered the newest Massive Attack Single "Live With Me" for KEXP, I was elated.

The Twilight Singers (ft. Mark Lanegan) - Live With Me (Massive Attack Cover)

If it is from Manchester, England chances are I will like it. Along comes The Longcut, and yes, I like it. I also like the spaced out lesser known Working For A Nuclear Free City, and the dancy The Whip but I'm not going to share. I am hoping to see all of these acts at this years In The City Festival.

The Longcut-A Last Act Of Desperate Men

I have always had a soft spot for Razorlight even since I got their import album cheap on (before it the dollar/pound ratio got janky). Now they have a new outing and from the sound of the 2 tracks I have heard I may be going for the import again, as it does not arrive stateside until late August. I am a sucker for a song about my hometown, and they are good live.

Razorlight-Los Angeles Waltz
Razorlight-In The Morning (single)

First, just linking...

Pretty busy today, but here is a quick link to some myspace streams:

As always (Los Angeles, CA)
The Bats of Belfry (Seattle, WA)
Lily Cushman (New York, NY)
The Arm (Austin, TX)
Sebastien Tellier(Paris, FRA)

...speaking of France, I support Zidane 100%, and I am glad that he gets to keep his goldenball and there will be no
serious consequences