Friday, July 29, 2011

Some Children by Holy Ghost!

I gotta admit I'm pretty bummed Holy Ghost! isn't playing the Los Angeles area leg of Identity Fest on September 4th out in San Bernardino. I'm still going of course but I really want to see them soon!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

RACES @ The Bootleg Theater - 7/25/11

Due to a couple unfortunate circumstances (a.k.a. my girlfriend running super late & us somehow managing to get ourselves lost on the way to The Bootleg Theater), I missed pretty much all of Milo Greene's set on Monday night :-( On the bright side, RACES brought their A game (AGAIN) for the last night of their July residency at The Bootleg & I got a couple sweet videos!

P.S. RACES has confirmed that they're unable to play Vibe Fest 2011 on 10/8/11 at The Vibe Hotel in Hollywood because they'll be out of town for another gig. BUT...they seemed really interested & said they'd love to participate in the next event my girls & I put together!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem - The LEGO Edition

First, the Muppets danced themselves clean &, now, a shot-for-shot remake of the 2007 music video for All My Friends. LCD will never die & that makes me really happy :-)

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (in LEGO) by be_motion

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dolly Parton @ The Hollywood Bowl - 7/22/11

My mom came to visit last weekend & I wanted to show her The Hollywood Bowl (one of my favorite places in LA) & Dolly Parton just happened to be playing on the only night we had free so...I saw Dolly Parton at The Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. After all, variety is the spice of life!

Most memorable moment? When Dolly explained that she stole her look from the town tramp.

AND...Dolly covered Zeppelin:

AND...the only boy who could ever reach her was the son of a preacher man. Dolly really is an open book: mom is hot ;-)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Milo Greene & Grouplove @ The Hammer Museum - 7/21/11

I'm SO glad I skipped the Santa Monica Pier concert on Thursday night to go to Also I Like To Rock at The Hammer Museum in Westwood instead. It was my 1st time seeing both Milo Greene & Grouplove & both bands seriously kicked ass. I'm about to go see Milo Greene again at The Bootleg Theater right now! You should come!! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Minds Awake by Rumspringa (Video Directed by Shia Labeouf)

I can't wait to see Rumspringa play with The Ross Sea Party at The Silverlake Lounge on August 22nd! This song & video are both SO rad! Mad props to Shia Labeouf for his directorial skillz. I'm seriously impressed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


So, once again, I was JUST introduced to a band that's been around as long as I've been alive. Spacemen 3 is an English psychedelic rock band that originally formed in 1982 (the year I was do the math :-P) & who many of my favorite modern-day artists have credited as an influence...including The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, Hot Chip, MGMT & Pavement. 

My friend Nico turned me onto Spacemen 3 a few days ago &, after listening to a few tracks, I was hooked. Since Nico is already such a big fan, I decided to ask him to give me 4 or 5 of the best Spacemen 3 songs to feature here & his response was simply too perfect & descriptive not to copy word for word (with respective audio) below:

So here is what I think: Only from "RECURRING" (I figured you might feature this album):

1. Just To See You Smile - This track could be an intro in to modern (albeit not-so-modern) psychedelica, hypnotic Indian rhythms and all.

2. Billy Whizz Blue 1 - Makes me think, The Cowboy Junkies and Lou Reed having a jam session in Philly in the 90's, on heroin of course....great song to turn up loud, by oneself, on a cold winters day in Southwestern Australia - after a big heavy surf of course. And obviously, cooking a a white bean and tuna casoulet...

3. Drive/Feel So Sad - Although this is not one of my favorite songs, if you listen to Billy Whizz Blue 1, you really cannot listen to this song next, a continuation of the former. I always wonder if Brightblack Morning Light was listening to this tune on the drive to Bishop to record their debut album...Love the echo/pinging guitar work.

MY ACTUAL FAVORITE CUTS:::::::these speak for themselves:

1) Walk With Jesus (Demo Version) - One of my all time favorites, across all music. Period.

2) I Believe It (Off Wooden Ships EP)

3) I Want You Right Now

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RACES @ The Bootleg Theater - 7/18/11

The next band I'm determined to get to play Vibe Fest 2011 (the mini music fest I'm throwing with 2 other music-obsessed girlfriends on Saturday 10/8/11 at The Vibe Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard -> PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!) is RACES! After being given several recommendations, I saw RACES for my 1st time last night at The Bootleg Theater & was seriously impressed.

This group of 4 guys & 3 girls have an Ed Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros kind of feel. They've got tons of energy on stage & you can tell they genuinely have fun making music together. I'll be SO stoked if I can talk them into playing Vibe Fest. And I can guarantee they'll pull a big crowd because they're gonna be blowing up real quick. Mark my words ;-)

New Beastie Boys Action Figure Music Video (Directed by Spike Jonze)

My favorite track off the new Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold) & it just got 100x cooler!

For the full-length, 11-minute, explicit short film,
go to

Monday, July 18, 2011

The White Stripes Cover Otis Redding & Love

2 previously unreleased covers by The White Stripes were just released last week &, even though The White Stripes are never coming back, at least we can indulge in a bit of nostalgia.

P.S. I will always love Jack White.

Love’s Signed D.C.

Otis Redding’s I've Been Loving You Too Long

The Bangles @ Santa Monica Pier - 7/14/11

My favorite SoCal summer event is back!!! Thursday nights at Santa Monica Pier are pretty much the best thing about living in LA in July & August. If you've never been, I must INSIST that you make a point to get your ass down to the sand on the south side of the pier on a Thursday night ASAP! You'll understand once you get there ;-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011


When I saw Portishead open for Prince at Coachella 2008 (THE best Coachella EVER), it was the 1st time they had played a show in the US in over 10 years so I also assumed it would probably be the only chance I’d ever get to see them. Thank god I was wrong!

In glorious celebration of the presale tickets I just bought this morning for Portishead’s October 18th show at The Shrine Expo in LA (after JUST finding out about the show & the presale less than 1 hour before the sale started), I thought it only appropriate for me to share a few (6) of my favorite Portishead tracks.

Only You

Wandering Star

We Carry On

Glory Box

Sour Times

The Rip

Monday, July 11, 2011


When Jim James tells me to listen to something, I do it & you should too. Thanks Jim :-)

50 Lashes

Eye of The Needle/Well Hidden

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eastern Conference Champions @ The Hammer Museum – 7/7/11

In early May, I was surfing Facebook when I saw my friend Taylor’s post about how ridiculously awesome the new ECC album was. Naturally, I had to ask who ECC was &, ever since then, I’ve been hooked on Eastern Conference Champions.

Last night was my 1st ECC show as well as my 1st time attending 1 of KCRW’s Also I Like To Rock free concerts at The Hammer Museum in Westwood. It was difficult for me to accept missing the 1st Santa Monica Pier concert of the summer in order to see Eastern Conference Champions but, boy, was it worth it! Plus, The Bangles are playing at the pier next Thursday night so I’m more than happy to have THAT show be my 1st beach concert of the summer :-)

ECC were fun, playful & super energetic on stage & they rocked the Hammer’s courtyard…HARD. Both Melissa & Josh were constantly switching up instruments which is something I always love to see/hear &, when the Los Angeles-based trio ended their set with all 3 of them simultaneously going nuts on drums, the crowd went wild. If some people in the audience didn’t know who Eastern Conference Champions were before last night, there’s no way they’ll be able to forget them now.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Morning Jacket @ The Santa Barbara Bowl - 7/2/11

Last Saturday night, I had the pleasure of seeing My Morning Jacket again at the BEAUTIFUL Santa Barbara Bowl. It was my 1st time going to the SB Bowl, my 6th time seeing MMJ & my 1st time buying a concert poster which is soon to be framed & hanging on a wall in my bedroom because it is SO sick! When I see MMJ for my 7th time in August at Lollapalooza, they will officially be tied with LCD Soundsystem for the most times I've seen any 1 artist. And, since LCD is unfortunately dunzo (although James Murphy is definitely not), MMJ is sure to eventually take the coveted #1 spot.

My Morning Jacket's live shows NEVER disappoint. The show was small & intimate & was probably the closest I've ever been to Jim James...although I plan to get even closer one of these days! They played a 14-minute rendition of Dondante which is my FAVORITE MMJ song & not one that they play every show. Randomly, at 9:01pm, in the middle of Dondante, the International Space Station flew directly over The Bowl. Everyone in the audience watched as a panning white dot soared overhead while we all lost ourselves in the music. Be sure to watch the Dondante video that I "borrowed" below so you can better understand just how fantastic it was.

Since I didn't record a single video of MMJ's Pantages show, I made a point to only record 1 song during their SB Bowl show. My Morning Jacket is SO mind-blowing live. They deserve 100% of everyone's attention. I already can't wait to see them in August (for my 3rd time this summer alone!).

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Other Lives @ The Satellite - 7/1/11

When I went to Sasquatch over Memorial Day weekend, I was told by several different people it was imperative that I catch Other Lives' Sunday afternoon set. At the time, I knew nothing about the band except that they've been around since 2004, are originally from Oklahoma & used to be called Kunek.

I'm SO happy I didn't disregard my friends' recommendations because Other Lives' set at Sasquatch as well as their show last night at The Satellite in Silverlake were both phenomenal! Every member of the band plays multiple instruments which is something I always love because it adds so much variety to a band's music. They utilize everything from guitars to strings to the piano to finger cymbals & each song is uniquely beautiful.

It may have taken many years for people to finally start realizing just how solid Other Lives but I can guarantee they're about to blow up. How do I know this? Well, I think the fact that I was standing about 10 feet behind Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips at Other Lives' Sasquatch set & then was standing about 3 people to the left of Danger Mouse last night at The Satellite pretty much proves my point! ;-)

Thanks to Other Lives, I have now gotten the closest I've ever been to 2 of my all-time favorite musicians & it's no coincidence that both Wayne & Danger were checking OL out. Mark my words...big things are about to happen for Other Lives &, if you know what's good for you, you'll go see them the next chance you get!

SF peeps - They're playing this Wednesday 7/6 at The Independent. I highly recommend you go!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Michael Feld's One Big Holiday Featuring My Morning Jacket

You could set just about anything to My Morning Jacket music & I'd automatically like whatever it was at least 10x more. Despite that fact, the MMJ soundtrack in One Big Holiday (the 30-minute documentary included in the deluxe edition box set for MMJ's 6th studio album release Circuital that I previewed here a few weeks ago) is only one of the MANY reasons I absolutely loved the film! My friend Michael Feld directed One Big Holiday &, in my opinion, he did a BAD ASS job.

A few of my favorite moments, quotes & details include (& I'm just gonna do this bullet-point style because I'm no film critic):

-The opening montage is beautifully shot & perfectly cut. It hooks you from the very start. And, once you see it, you'll know why I want a baseball bat that says, "One Big Holiday - Louisville Slugger".

-The conductor of the Louisville Youth Orchestra, Jason Seber, clearly is THE most excited person to be working with MMJ on their Louisville show at The KFC Yum! Center. His excitement is cute & contagious.

-When the crew interviews Jim James outside on a grassy hill, you can see their reflection in his mirrored sunglasses in every shot. It looks cool & definitely wasn't an oversight.

-When talking about the local Louisville record store that really helped MMJ get exposure in their hometown, Jim says, "Ear X-tacy is the heartbeat of our community. For us, it would've been impossible to get off the ground without Ear X-tacy."

-The owner of Ear X-tacy, John Timmons, says, "I really think that a band like My Morning Jacket kind of epitomizes what's great about owning a record to have a band like that start off locally & then grow nationally & now internationally."

-Wax Fang, the Louisville band that opened for MMJ at the Yum! Center, is a new fave. They're strange yet intriguing. They perform in Tron costumes & the saxophonist sports a silver jumpsuit & white motorcycle helmet WHILE playing. He kinda steals the show ;-)

-In reference to Wax Fang, Patrick Hallahan says Wax Fang "doesn't sound like 1 thing ever. They're all over the place." Speaking of Hallahan...his hair & beard ROCK.

-The live concert footage is cut seamlessly back & forth with rehearsal footage & occasional commentary & it's awesome :-)

I could go on & on but I have to get to another concert right now so just take my word for it when I say that, if you're a MMJ fan or even just a fan of good music documentaries, you need to get your hands on a copy of the Circuital deluxe edition box set so you can see this film!

P.S. If you're intrigued but can't quite swing the price of a box set, send me an Email & I can probably get permission from Michael to send you a private link. Yeah, I'm hooked up like that ;-)

Here's a taste of WAX FANG:

Plastikman @ Electric Daisy Carnival 2011

According to a very credible source, Mr. Bobby Bender, Plastikman (a.k.a. Richie Hawtin) was, by far, THE best act at Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 &, from what I can tell by the footage I've seen online, I'm pretty sure he's right.

If you aren't already going to see Sasha at The Avalon in Hollywood or My Morning Jacket at the Santa Barbara Bowl (LIKE ME!), you should definitely catch Richie Hawtin at The Music Box on Saturday night! Why, oh why can't I be in 3 places at once???