This song doesn't sound much like the original Clair De Lune by Debussy that used to be 1 of the most difficult (& also 1 of my most beloved) songs to play on the piano when I was in high school (& still actually a skilled pianist :-/) but this is 1 of the best new songs I've heard all month. I'm looking forward to more from Flight Facilities...
I'll admit I'm a sucker for anything & anyone who comes from Australia but that isn't the only reason I love Tame Impala. They put on SUCH a rad, psychedelic live show. I was lucky to snag a pair of tickets to their Saturday night show at The Fonda when tix went on sale 3 MONTHS ago. The show sold out so quickly that Tame Impala was forced to add a 2nd Los Angeles gig which ended up being on Friday 11/16 at El Rey.
I would've preferred to see TI on the 1st night at El Rey since El Rey is my fave indoor venue in LA but, luckily, I've got love for The Fonda too (now that's it back open & officially referred to as The Fonda again...not the silly Musicbox :-P...lol). From what I heard, Tame Impala killed it on Friday night...as they did on Saturday night as well.
Would it be cheesy of me to say Typhoon BLEW ME AWAY at The Echo on Friday night? It would be?? Oh OK...well I don't care. I'm gonna say it anyway because THEY DID!!! :) :) :)
Typhoon managed to cram 11-12 band members playing countless instruments (including guitars, bass, keyboards, 2 sets of drums for TWO separate drummers, various horns, violins & even a plastic bag used AS an instrument at 1 point) onto The Echo's relatively small stage & absolutely floored everyone present & lucky enough to witness the performance.
Typhoon is a band everyone MUST see live in order to truly understand just how awesome & special they are. I can't thank my friend Aaron enough for insisting I check them out! Thank you, Aaron! And THANK YOU, TYPHOON! I'm already looking forward to next time. Please come back to LA soon!
I'm SO lucky to have snagged a pair of tickets to the 2nd of Gary Clark Jr.'s 3 sold out shows at The Troubadour this past week! To say Gary Clark Jr. shreds on guitar is a severe understatement. And his voice ain't too shabby either.
After having only recently released his 1st full length album Blak & Blu a few weeks ago (he also released an EP a while back), GCJ still managed to play a 1 hour & 45 minute set that captivated every person in the audience (including me) then ENTIRE time. GCJ could jam out for 10 minutes straight without singing a single word & I still never got even the slightest bit bored. The man is a wonder. You have to see/hear him (live) to believe it.
I was under the false impression ZZ Ward was opening for Gary Clark Jr. at The Troubadour tonight but it turns out she's opening for him tomorrow night so I'll be seeing Timothy Bloom open for GCJ tonight instead. Hopefully I dig Timothy as much as I'm now TOTALLY diggin' ZZ Ward! What a talented lil' sexpot!
Own2Feet's 1st live music fund/awareness-raising event was a HUGE success! I can't thank Ben Fagan & Quentin Ravenel aka Hooligan Duo for being so kind as to donate their time & their TALENT to helping make Saturday night a huge success! Ben & Quentin are truly dedicated musicians whose songs are upbeat, positive & fun. They've definitely got a new #1 fan right here. I might have to make a special trip to South Carolina just to see them (& even more of the Hooligans) doin' their thing in their hometown! http://www.benfaganmusic.com/fr_home.cfm
My 1st Divine Fits (aka Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs, Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks & Alex Fischel) show on Sunday night at The Fonda was simply...DIVINE! Cold Cave was pretty good too although something was up with their acoustics because the vocals weren't loud enough. Luckily, the issue was resolved between sets so Divine Fits sounded perfect!
I LOVE Britt Daniel & Dan Boeckner both SO much! There's a reason I've seen Spoon 4-5x, Wolf Parade 3-4x & Handsome Furs once! These men are TALENTED!
Thank god Other Lives played El Rey Theatre on Saturday night so I could end my no show streak! I was starting to go through withdrawals! And, luckily, I was able to snag 3 extra tickets (for a grand total of $17/ticket) & bring 3 friends with me who'd never even heard of Other Lives before & who all ended up falling in love with this band. I already felt that way ;)