Heidi Klum vs The Monolators:
After working a 12 hour day trying to build this thing called Loudvine.com, I was on the fence about going out last night. And on top of that it was the season premier of some show with Heidi Klum. She's really hot and I can tivo her all night long in different freeze frames and its almost as if she is talking to me directly. She teases me. I almost thought about locking myself away in my suburban dwelling and ordering food in and not going out and watching TV. Then I was reminded by a text that my presence was requested on the east side of Los Angeles and I started to feel excited about going out and I left the burbs and decided to go listen to live music. As you will know lately I have been on a kick...Los Angeles bands that start with the letter M and that have female bassists. And last night was no exception (by the way you are hella cute but I could not compromise my journalistic integrity by coming up and actually talking to you, but I digress). I don't know what it is, its almost as if they go hand-in-hand, the letter M and female musicians. But its almost as if I am called by some invisible forces and I tend to end at up The Echo. And always to hear some great live music. There were four bands on the bill last night but I came specifically to listen to The Monolators. I only knew these guys through their Myspace but knew they had been doing the LA circuit for a few years. Then as I got closer to hearing The Monolators, a band that I had wanted to see for some time, I started to get even more excited. They started their set with "Strawberry Roan" and while I listened to The Monolators, I was reminded of something. Music heals and music helps you understand things about yourself and about life. As I stood there with my arm tiring up in the air getting vid's of this show, I saw in The Monolators something I see in myself and what I am trying to do with Loudvine.com--that something organic and something worth believing in takes time to build and spread...kinda of like a band like The Monolators. You put it out there and just believe. They have their own sound, identity and they bring it on stage. And its fresh. And they know who they. So often bands just lose themselves trying to be and sound like someone else, but not The Monolators. Around for a few years, they embody the indie scene in LA, and we're all better for it. Their set continued into a few new tracks from their upcoming new album(due out around October/November) including tracks "I Heard Her Calling from Another Room," and Don't Dance." As I sat and listened to their set, the band and its energetic leader Eli, there is just a positive and gracious energy, contagious you might say, about them. It makes you want to support these guys even more. So the members of Loudvine.com and beyond, please support these guys and get their tunes and pass the word. I would have bought some merch at the end of the show but I had given my last five dollars to my ghostwriter for a red stripe. The Monolators are doing it on their own (no label help, recording on their own) and always being true to their unique sound. And while a lot of people always knock the creative forces that drive us, The Monolators like Loudvine.com are fabulous and will catch on before its too late. My suggestion, download their music and play it for your friends, listen to it when you're in LA Traffic or just need a kick in the ass to get you going. Yep their that good and they do it for me. And to hear it live last night makes me want to know about their upcoming shows and go see them again.