Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekend Update 2/27

Friday: The Special Guest at Exposure: A Photo Show is Divisadero.

Saturday: Ra Ra Riot brings along talented openers as they always do. Cut Off Your Heads (from New Zealand) and Telekinesis (recent Merge Records signees) open for them at the El Rey. I haven't listened to enough of either band, but they both sound promising.

Sunday: Don't forget about the first ever AC Indie show. From The World Record's email list:

Dear Friends,

To quiet the dimly audible complaints of those Angelenos who have, in choosing locations for themselves, found the ocean so attractive, yet who feel so keenly the lonely distance between themselves and the venues in which we normally perform, the balance of which hunker stubbornly in the cruel East, we offer the following:

AC Indie, Night 1
Sunday, March 1st at
The Air-Conditioned Supper Club
625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

830 One Trick Pony
915 The World Record
1000 The Parson Redheads
1045 Flashing Red Lights

6 bucks

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Update: Henry Clay People are "back on track"

Good to hear. has the story.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What 2 Go 2 (W2G2) March 2-6

(For W2G2 from today until March 1, scroll down two posts or click)

March 2: Nico Stai at Spaceland (March Residency).

Of the five Mondays to see Nico Stai in March (and you should go to one of them), I'd pick this one or the March 30th one (where The Movies are opening). This coming Monday, Eastern Conference Champions, Pop Noir, and Hesta Prynn open. Who's Hesta Prynn? Remember Northern State? You probably don't, but they were that all-female rap group from New York that some people were talking about back in 2003. The Beastie Boys comparisons never played out, of course. Prynn's solo material is supposedly "promising."

March 4: Princeton at Spaceland (with Special Guests TBA). Princeton is great. Kind of Belle & Sebastian-ish, and fronted by two twin brothers. I saw them at Spaceland in December; I think this is their first show since then. As mentioned in the last W2G2, they've played some shows with Ra Ra Riot. Their entire EP is up on MySpace.

March 5: Army Navy at Space 15 Twenty. Just like The Movies played there the previous week.

March 6: Exposure: A Photo Show at Where. Just like last week, but this week The Voyeurs, One Trick Pony, and The Monolators play acoustic sets.

Deep Thoughts 2/25

- If an alternative radio station plays The Killers, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Green Day (American Idiot) and Coldplay (and all within a 2 hour or so span), what does that even mean? I'm looking at you, "Alternative Nation" station on XM Radio.

- I'm no State of the Union scholar, but I don't recall any bursts of laughter like I saw/heard last night. It made it seem like an intimate speech when there were well over 500 people there. Nice that Congress still has a sense of humor.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What 2 Go 2: February 24 to March 1, 2009

February 24-25: I'm in Texas. Vigils will be held.

February 26: The Movies at Space 15 Twenty (across from Amoeba Records). Space 15 Twenty is a "new retail experiment" in Hollywood. Bands play in the early evening at their Courtyard every Thursday. They also have book signings, film screenings, etc. I've never been and I may have to miss this one too. The Movies are on at 8.

February 27: Exposure: A Photo Show at Where in Griffith Park. Photo browsing until 9 (including prints from Ben Hoste), bands from 9 to midnight. Opening night features acoustic sets from Le Switch, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and a Special Guest. Miniature version of flyer below.

February 28: Ra Ra Riot at the El Rey. I don't know what I can add to what's already been written and said about Ra Ra Riot, but perhaps no one has mentioned that they uniformly take talented bands on tour with them, like Princeton, So Many Dynamos, Tussle, and Walter Meego.

March 1: The First AC Indie night at Air Conditioned Lounge in Venice. One Trick Pony, World Record, and Parson Redheads are playing. Set times are 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30. This one's a must see.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Henry Clay People Running Into Trouble

Buzzbands reports that THCP are feeling the heat from the Airborne Toxic Event canceling a few shows. Hopefully everything turns out alright.

Oscars: Does it Offend You, Yeah?

Anyone else catch Does it Offend You, Yeah? being played at the Oscars during the entire 2008 Animation wrapup? It's an instrumental song, but the title still makes it a surprising choice: "Attack of the 60 FT Lesbian Octopus."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ludacris @ my local Ralph's

Picking up food on his way to watch the Oscar's at a friend's in Beverly Hills (I overheard his phone call, intentionally). Bodyguard on his right at the checkout line. One of the day's highlights.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

So let's destroy the credibility of this blog before it even starts

I like "No Way Out" from This Century. I only heard about them because they're playing with The Movies at Space 15 Twenty (across from Amoeba Records) on Thursday the 26th. The song is fluffy, of little substance, and clocks in at just over 2 and a half minutes. But I've just listened to it 5 times.

(The rest of their songs aren't worth your time)