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June 29th, 2009
We are sooo fired up to work along with the cool folks at The Echo to present this wonderful show. Please come out and support us and listen to three of the best bands you will be hear anywhere! On the bill are Strange Boys, Shirley Rolls, and Growlers.
Show is Tuesday, June 30th @ The Echo. The Echo is located at 1822 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.
June 27th, 2009
Please come out and support this Benefit for Sante D’Or Pet Rescue with some of the sickest bands around including:
Gliss, Death to Anders, Rainbow Arabia, Army Navy, The Polyamorous Affair, Exitmusic, and many more.
This is for such a good cause, we wanted to share along with everyone just in case you do not not know about it.
Doors open at Sunday June 28th at 1:30 pm.
June 25th, 2009
If I were a truck driver hauling cargo through the night, I would put down the coffee or speed and just listen to Legs on Sale really really loud. Every time I listen to this band, I notice the decibels go up a little higher on my stereo. What a dynamic sound these guys are producing. Pure power rattles out of this band and they leave me with goosebumps.
Turn your volume up and blast Legs on Sale. Give yourselves a treat today and if you listen to one band, make it Legs on Sale. There is an-almost robotic and hollowed feel to their vocals that sets the tone before the actual music starts. But within seconds when the band is in full kinetic form, their power just takes a hold of you and will take you for a vivid ride.
Play Deer In The Headlights
Play Deer In The Headlights
Play Trend Petals
Play Trend Petals
Its a shot of punk infused new wave that cuts right through the BS and leaves you a bit more alert then when you first put it on. Straight, thrilling music is what Legs on Sale is all about. They have an upcoming show in Downtown LA on June 26th at the Venus Printing Lofts. Legs on Sale is one band that will set the LA Music scene ablaze for some time to come.
June 24th, 2009
Saturday night at Mr. T's in Highland Park was pretty coooool. For five bucks I got to see Blue Jungle
! I have been hearing many wonderful words about this band and I'm so glad that they lived up to the hype. Mr. T's is never very packed, but Saturday was the most packed I had seen it in quite sometime, nevertheless, it was still a very intimate show.
Taking one look at Blue Jungle
reminded me of a band that just stepped out of The Factory. This band is very stylish ( as is expected of their genre). Two girls have the mics: Lately Blu Blu and Paley King. These ladies command your attention with their sultry croons and legs like no tomorrow! Blu Blu flayed around the dancefloor during their performance getting up close and personal with the crowd. I personally back away when singers do that 'cause it makes me feel awkward and embarrasses me so much, but the rest of the crowd totally dug it and who could blame them? Blu Blu is a very engaging frontwoman and you want to be near her!
music is full on post-punk and they nail the sound perfectly. I see this label for them quite fitting since post-punk is such a broad umbrella and they have a broad spectrum that they are capable of. They opened their set with "Oh, Suicide." It's a gloomy song that opens with the ladies chiming in their own special gloomy way that grips you by your heartstrings. The boys of the band are equally cool and brooding. The set was short, but the songs were sweet. They mentioned to the audience that they have sounded better, but they sounded just fine to me, but of course I'm not a music expert or anything.
If you are interested in getting a chance to check out a pretty-close-to-authentic post-punk band right here in L.A., go check out Blue Jungle
. They will be in Echo Park at L'Keg on June 28th spreading the gloom.
June 23rd, 2009
True art wins out. It drives me crazy when people say, who "listens to jazz or funk nowadays." I reply I do! So the timing could not be better that Teddy Presberg showed up in my inbox recently. Teddy's music hit a certain tone with me, not to mention I am a huge fan of vintage sounding keys. From now when someone says, jazz and funk are dead, I will simply play for the them any of the super bad ass, hard-hitting songs off "Blueprint of Soul."
There is constant innovation all around us, sometimes just not marketing dollars behind this art form, but you cannot do any better then play "Blueprint of Soul." When you listen to Teddy you will be reminded that this album and its gimmick free, glowing sound and that all pervasive Teddy powerful funk thumping, foot tapping sound will take a hold of you. The power of this art form is alive and doing so dam well when you have musicians like Teddy that craft a solid album. Every song resonates with the beauty and power of true funky jazz but has just enough of that Teddy spin on it to make it fresh. There is power to his playing, a thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core.
Play Foster Fatty
03 Foster Fatty
Teddy Presberg is currently on a major tour across the US and definitely worth checking out.
June 19th, 2009
Any band with a tuba, trombone and washboard (among many other wonderful instruments) should definitely be listened to. The LA music landscape is so rich, so innovative, with so many bands taking so many chances to make their sounds heard. As I slid into my spot at the Silverlake Lounge the other night I was reminded of this very fact.
The band I went to listen to the other night was The Dust Bowl Revival. This crazy brass concoction, eight piece band, whose sound is way too large for that stage, brought me back to another era. Their music is a throwback to a previous sound, one that littered joyous nights from the west to the east coasts bringing into its merriment all that would be taken hold of by this music. And while I was not alive all those years ago, The Dustbowl Revival does an amazing job of channeling a creative force from the past while making it truly their own as they performed for us.
The band was not and is not trying to sell you a look, vibe or being mimickey, like so many other bands do when they tap into something antique sounding or trying to update a sound. Rather, there is a genuine and very organic approach to their sounds, allowing them to play music the only way they know how which is by having tons of fun on stage and making the sounds truly their own. The Dustbowl Revival make happy music, right to the core, leaving you with a smile on your face. They have a ton of shows between now and August up and down the west coast, so be sure to check them out!
June 18th, 2009
A warning about XOXO. This band should not be listened to unless you want to feel good or better then you were when you put them on. XOXO is infectious pop. You know that swirly combination of the guilty pleasure of bubble pop rock that is so infectious that it will have you jumping around your pad like some young school girl, just feeling happy and free. Well if you never have had that feeling, take our word for it, it is very liberating and XOXO is the perfect band for that.
XOXO currently is promoting their EP, "C'est La View," and their music will leave you feeling giddy and just wanting to play this for your friends. XOXO's music will change your mood from the first few notes of their songs and leave you looking for someone to hug, kiss, high five or simply to be silly with.
Play Merry Times
Download Merry Times
Play The Dissociative Fugue
Download The Dissociative Fugue
They played SXSW and I know we would embrace them with open arms on the west coast. Give a listen, just be warned, XOXO is contagions and so dam good.
June 17th, 2009
Michael Zapruder is more than a singer-songwriter. He is a poet with a resonating voice whose music paints a terribly active dreamlike scene with his melodies and harmonics, his music will leave you alert in a tightly woven world of dark and beautifully crafted folk music. Michael Zapruder has been creating his entire life, but his musical heritage goes back to 1999 when he wrote, recorded and posted a song online each week for a year. Wow. That must be what it is like to be part of a Pentecostal Revival, when the spirit takes over you and you just need to let it all out. Luckily for us, Zapruder has proven to be such a talented and driven musician, that whatever spells he casts out, we want to hear them. There is a creative force behind Michael Zapruder and on "Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope" it allows him to be true to himself, while exposing his music and talents in a pure level that connects you and his creative madness at the corner of inspiration and innovation, and breaths his music deep into your soul.
Play "Black Wine"
Download Black Wine
Play "Bang on Drum"
Download Bang On A Drum
Thanks to our buddies at Sidecho for sending us his album.
June 15th, 2009
Life has been more than a little nuts lately. I've been MIA at Loudvine for the last month due to an upcoming relocation to New York City. But do not worry faithful readers, while this may be my last Los Angeles post for a while, this is not the last you've heard from Rachel K. But anyway, on to the show:
Before last night, I had never been to the Greek Theatre. It's a larger venue, with larger concerts, which means a much larger bite out of my wallet. Usually when I have more cash than normal, I just put it towards more drinks at the smaller venues I frequent (I hate giving my beer money to Ticketmaster fees). But every once in a while, I cough up the money and see a big name play. Last night was all about the superb and tremendous musical stylings of the one and only Neko Case.
Neko Case is one of those genre-defying musicians that gets thrown in the Country section at Amoeba just because she prefers acoustic guitars and the occasional banjo. But listening to her music, she strikes me more as a singer of surreal-folk. Her voice is piercing, gorgeous, unmistakable, and always playing with the images dreams are made of. Even before she came on, I noticed that the stage complimented her music perfectly: a large illustration of an owl with glowing light up eyes stood behind all the players.
So, if you haven't guessed yet, I am a huge Neko Case fan. I had never seen her live before, so I was that much more giddy about the whole thing. I even got the ticket in a presale and was 5th row center. In fact, I could go through the entire set list, song by song, and gush about every single one. But I will spare you this and just focus on a few top songs/moments of the night:
Case opened with the delicate "Maybe Sparrow" while childlike animations were projected on a back-screen. There was an even mix of songs off of her new album (the best by far was the rich and haunting "Prison Girls") and older hits. Lush crimson lights bathed the stage as she played "Deep Red Bells" while "This Tornado Loves You" was a bright, musical celebration. Between her and 5 supporting musicians, I counted that 13 different guitars were used over the course of the night.
When Neko Case played "Hold On, Hold On" (which oddly enough was co-written with the rockin' group The Sadies) it was like molten plasma for your ears. Bittersweet and touching, the song has been stuck with me for a long time. Hearing it live only made it that much more powerful.
Anyway, I'll stop gushing. It was a fantastic show and lasted a good ninety minutes. The moral of this story is: If you can, go see the musicians you adore. As for those sucky ticketmaster fees? Trust me, last night's show was worth every last penny.
June 11th, 2009
Its something I cannot be without. It is exactly what I needed today. Its part 80's, part brassy, all too dam catchy, and breathing life into my ipod through a three minute and fifty nine second infusion of genius. I was sent a song by our buddies at Caroline True Records in the UK and its is such a gem, it left me wondering, why they only sent me one dam song! I mean, I really need more of this.
Story goes like this, take a song from 1980, remix it with an upcoming producer aka DJ Pocketknife, mix it all up, play around with it, and lo and behold, you have a masterpiece that will kick start your day.
Play Manicured Noise
We cannot wait for our buddies at Caroline to send us the additional tracks they are working on. It would be unfair to leave us with only one track when we know they are hard at work creating more amazing tunes that can lively up an party, from some suburban flat to a hipster hangout late night. It took a while to have this song make its way to us, but we are so glad it did!