A while back, I mentioned Revolver, the hip three piece from France. In my praise for them, I must have sounded like an overjoyed groupie. But for those lucky of us to be in Los Angeles, Revolver will have their debut performance in the US in support of the album, "Music for a While." They will be performing at the OohLaLA Festival Friday, October 1st, 2010 along with The Bewitched Hands on The Top of Our Heads at Club Spaceland for a night of incredible, inspired French Music. This is one show that is not to be missed!Revolver - Get Around Town (official video) from Karakoid on Vimeo.
Indie rockers The War on Drugs have an official release date for their new album, "Future Weather" which drops on October 26th via Secretly Canadian.Enjoy the download to wet your appetite for the full album!
Tour Dates:08/30/10 Brooklyn, NY- The Knitting Factory with Black Mountain 08/31/10 Brooklyn, NY- The Rock Shop with Light Pollution and Xylos 09/07/10 Charlottesville, VA- Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar 09/08/10 Charlotte, VA- The Milestone 09/09/10 Raleigh, NC- Hopscotch Festival with Public Enemy, Panda Bear, Bowerbirds 09/14/10 Asheville, NC- Grey Eagle
The Vaccines. Remember this name. With some good old fashion hustle and good music, these guys are starting to create quite a buzz. While unsigned, they gave away their demo to the UK’s BBC Radio 6 and slowly the music has been trickling out. Instantly addictive, destined to become another in the line of great UK imports. Cannot wait to hear more from these guys!Play [audio:http://loudvine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/The-Vaccines-If-You-Wanna-DEMO.mp3|titles=The Vaccines - If You Wanna (DEMO)] MP3 : > Download Purchase It
What else can be said about a dude that has been true and bad ever since 1976 when he first opened up for The Clash? You can splash fancy adjectives, gush all over him or simply exhale and say well done Vic Godard, you have done it again! Vic Godard's next album, "We Come as Aliens" will be released on Overground Records in October 2010. The download is ‘Blackpool’, The Musical, with words and music by Vic Godard and Irvine Welsh. Again, Vic Godard does the impossible by reinventing himself and always finding a way to make it spectacular so we all talk about it!Play [audio:http://loudvine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Vic-Godard-Blackpool.mp3|titles=Vic Godard - Blackpool] MP3 : > Download
What would you have done to be present at this very moment to hear the one and only Olof Arnalds serenade you with a guitar and her presence? Luckily for us Time Out New York shared this wonderful acoustic performance. We have been big fans of this stunning Icelandic talent for a while so we are so dam fired up she has an upcoming album on One Little Indian, "Innundir skinni" and she also announced tour dates. This is one performer that is not to be missed!Tour Dates: Oct 8 - First Unitarian Chapel - Philadelphia, PA Oct 9 - Joe's Pub - NY, NY Oct 11 - IOTA - Washington, DC Oct 15 - Wexner Center - Columbus, OH Oct 18 - Schubas - Chicago, IL Nov 14 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA Nov 15 - Glass House - Pamona, CA Nov 16 - The Music Box @ Fonda - LA, CA Nov 19 - Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA Nov 20 - Roseland - Portland, OR Nov 21 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC Nov 24 - The Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA Nov 26 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT Nov 27 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO Nov 29 - Warehouse Live Studio - Houston, TX Nov 30 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX Dec 1 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
Yes. I have taken a sonic bath in the soothing, energetic, crispy, guitar driven alternative pop sounds of Quinn Marston. Quinn is the girl whose sound everyone will be talking about shortly. I can feel it. This girl has just got it! The New York singer/songwriter has her debut EP coming out on October 26th on Ernest Jenning Record Co. I personally cannot wait to hear other people get on this bandwagon. The twenty year old will dazzle you with a playful, raw, angst driven, deeply lyrical, riffy music capable of bringing a smile to the faces of the listless masses in need of some inspiration and fun. Wickedly catchy, enjoy it and pass it along.Play [audio:http://loudvine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/canyouhearmeseemenow.mp3|titles=canyouhearmeseemenow] MP3 : > Download
By Billy Bennight
Bonnie and I headed down to Sunset Junction after an hour or so of Kibitzing where we had a short pow wow with Karen and I was very much surprised to see the Rev, Chili Ciltch and her sister Lauren. It's a rarity to see them being they're from San Diego. I was so delighted to see them and the promise of seeing them later was going to make the day more special. Once on our way Bonnie and I grabbed a couple of Cuban Pork Sandwiches while soaking up the vibe, enjoying ourselves while slowly roasting under the still very intense sun and pavement radiating heat. As time went by Bonnie wilted under the burning bright sun and sought refuge in her casa. I returned later with guns blazing for Mayer Hawthorne and the Country, Soul Motown inspired style music. It was tough getting back stage and Karen joined in soon with a rescue beer, Old 'E as she likes to call it, the quart size, OG style. While I was waiting for that blessed event Mayer stepped out of his tent and started doing scales, warming up his voice, as I looked on, I was rather surprised to seeing someone do that, while wearing a tight sixties inspired suit with lapel and cuff’s but it made him stand out from the crowd. Soon the jams started rolling out right after the sound check. There was a good size crowd tightly packed of eager listeners of this version of revamped Soul and R&B. Mayer didn't spare a moment getting his fans involved and getting their groove on! Mayer being inspired by the music of his youth and in Ann Arbor near Detroit has captured the spirit and the purity of the genre making great catchy and melodic tunes. Poise and talent oozed from him from the moment he hit the stage. I wanted to go to a GoGo, what? I was at a GoGo! You can feel the Marvin Gay, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations rattling around in his head coming out in his voice and into his music. He had great presence and at one point his very own GoGo dancers pranced around on the stage, giving the crowd what they paid for! Karen and I stepped out after my photo opt had passed to get a better look at Mayer's show and surprisingly enough ran into Chili and Lauren again. It was truly great to have a little fun with some of the funnier sisters on the planet enjoying a great band.
After Mayer's close and after the tedium of "handling", we were off to tonight highly anticipated show by Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. Edward Sharpe was just coming home after a 2 1/2 month’s touring and the anticipation at the Junction was running feverishly high for a local favorite and for a band that has been receiving increasing attention as a rising star in the music industry. Edward Sharpe's show was so anticipated and with people so eager to see them, we nearly didn't get in for photos. We had all the power bracelets and one of Sunset Junction honchos in attendance pressing for security to let us pass. For the next 10 minutes it got really crazy with security back stage. But good triumphed over evil and we scattered to the front and witnessed the amazing show that proceeded. Once getting to the front we could see the crowd was nearly unmanageable, people as far back as the eye could see. People were sandwiched, pressed against the fence. The security had to brace their bodies forcefully against the front fence to keep it from collapsing from underneath the people's weight as the show got started. Photographers were dry humping each other to get in close for the money shot. The energy was electric all around us and as the band went into their set a roar from the crowd set in.
Bang, Alex was everywhere like a manic street preacher or a Hari Krishna on speed or being tassered: him all jangly, bouncing from the stage to deep into the audience in an instance. He played jubilant, moody and thoughtful: working the audience to a frenzy as the show progressed, as music and stage show combined. While being just as manic in their popish Freak Folk ways, styled to the teeth, but in a casual folksy way, Alex and associates deliver a compelling, delirious, delicious show that makes you want to sing along while being seduced by Alex's shenanigans on stage. This groups savvy presentation feels like a psychedelic Johnny Cash and June Carter show, a crazy hoedown, a Hipster Hee Haw, that's both sophisticated and home spun at the same time. The musicianship was keenly there, hitting all the marks, as all in the audience waited for every move with baited breath. Alex killed song after song but was generous enough to share the stage with others and Jade his female counterpart. Jade's “River Wont Flow” had a nice down home quality to it, showcasing her singing while giving Alex enough time to rest so he could deliver the second half of the show. Later Alex nailed “Home,” as everyone joined in to sing the course, as if their lives depended on it for as far as the ear could hear. You could laterally feel the song's impact on everyone in attendance. It was that palpable! It was stunning and vital like your first love or the unbridled passion of youthful infatuation: all was given and all was returned as the show blazed into Sunday night. It was a remarkable way to end Sunset Junction and it was something completely appropriate and sufficiently inspiring to do justice to Sunset Junction's 30th Anniversary. It was amazing, it completed the weekend and bid a proper adieu to this year's summer.
By Billy Bennight
Saturday at Sunset Junction seemed to move in slowly with the escalating summer heat. Meeting up with Karen, who was deluged in getting the party started with the heavily sought after wrist bands for access to this year's 30th anniversary of Sunset Junction. We had a brief visit, catching up, gossiping a bit and with the valuable wrist bands for access, I was off to the honey pot of music and activities. Once inside the Junction I spent some time listening to the melodic alternative sound of Saint Hotel, a favorite among local Hipsters. Saint Motel, closed their set as I chowed down to tacos and sipping my margarita in the Junction's very first VIP area. Soon I headed out to cruise the blvd. bathed in white hot sun past El Cid and the ever thickening crowd as I moved to the historic center of Junction activity near Good. I found myself still drawn by the slightest bit of peckishness, despite my 2 gratis tacos and cocktails, to a historic Junction fav of El Conquistadors. There I dined on a taco, enchilada and a chili relano combination plate to gut busting effect.
At this point I sauntered out of the fine establishment to encounter the ever growing crowds moving over to the Sanborn Stage near Jiffy Lube to discover a long time favorite, The B Side Players. A favorite party band from San Diego they have many a holiday party thrown by Kirk Edwards I often attended over the years. They always deliver a tasty combination of R&B and Reggae. Karlos lit the stage chill delivery and tasty vocalise. They preformed a solid rumbling and throbbing reggae dominated set that pleased a dedicated and enthusiastic crowd. I made a special point to go back stage to say Hi to Karlos and do a little chit chat of our mutual interest, being we are all of the San Diego scene, we have friend in common. It was time well spent as we reminisced about our friend Luis Güereña Tijuana No! of whom we both miss a great deal.
One of the nicer aspects of Sunset Junction is it's fluidity and diversity, which means you can go anywhere and find entertainment.I soon found myself at the Bates stage where Dam Funk, was tuned up and turned to see a good size crowd ready to sway and shake it to what was going down with there electro-funky cool vibe. Wait a minute I did I just taste a little bit of savory Rick James in his vocal delivery? Hum, that was good! Soon I got the SOS from Dita who was hanging over at El Cid with her posse where cocktails and shenanigans were being delivered on a regular basis. We laughed and played for about an hour when it was time to run back to catch Miles Davis' Bitches Brew 40th anniversary Remix. These cats were heavy and they were on it as they roared through the set, working Miles' Bitches Brew to the point of tasty perfection with remix master DJ J Rocc, manning the wheels of steel. The crowd was transfixed as the band was focused on laying down those famous fat tracks form this Jazz genius. The only thing that was missing was a smokey club and Miles' himself.
It was hard to break away, but the Bad Brains were calling and after 28 years we were going to have our reunion. I first caught Bad Brains, at the International Blend in San Diego, so many years ago and to re-connect after their heyday to catch them now in their legendary status as one of the most innovative bands of the time by crossing Punk and Reggae is going to be a real treat. So I could feel the heat form street for the Rock Steady Beat! There was delight written all over HR's face as he entered the stage. From the first moment HR was in control and the fans were ready for frenzy and ecstasy slamming around at the center of the legendary Junction. They eased into their set with a couple reggae numbers imbuing us all with the Love Jah as the sweet raga dropped. But the band turned up the energy with whip snap rioting speed with Sail On and Regulator. The crowd got unhinged and went insane with a slam pit some 25 feet in proportion, with arms, elbows, folks floating above the fray of the pit and stage dives and jumping from a sign on the side of this manic crowd: a tornado of flesh and spit. After about 10 minutes of this HR wound it down just a bit with Jah Love and I and I Survive with the sweetest Dub mixing as the songs lingered, only to crank it up tighter near the end with Re-ignite and Pay to Cum. The night was spent but the crowd and the band were hoping for an encore when the Fire Chief shut it down to everyone’s disappointment. It was such a great ride as Bad Brains delivered and delivered only to be put down by the man. HR was generous and sent all off with his blessings. What a great day of revelry the first Day of Sunset Junction and so much to look forward to Sunday's line up.
Brooklyn's immensely talented Small Black have a new album, "New Chain" due out Oct. 26 in the U.S courtesy of Jagjaguwar. They recently put this amazing download up for everyone to grab, to play and share since it is music that will let you bask in its stunning, beautifully inspired lo-fi ambiant sounds. Small Black is Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner and they have a September 17 show at the Monster Island Basement in Brooklyn.Play [audio:http://loudvine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/photojournalist.mp3|titles=photojournalist] MP3 : > Download
Truman's Water has a rare three shows coming up. After a seven year absence, Portland's kings of noise have a new album, "O Zeta Zunis" on Asthmatic Kitty out this week.Double your pleasure, grab the download and watch them live this week!Play [audio:http://loudvine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/trumans_water_-_o_zeta_zunis_-_-5-7-10_split.mp3|titles=trumans_water_-_o_zeta_zunis_-_ 5-7-10_split] MP3 : > Download Shows: Aug 24 - Portland, OR - East End Aug 25 - Bellingham, WA - Cabin Tavern Aug 26 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse