Monday, December 03, 2007

The Monday Show Low Down (Or “This Song Has Been Deleted By The Artist”)

Last Friday, my buddy Paul in San Francisco IMed me that he was heading to see Voxtrot with my best friend Jason at Bimbo’s -- an old burleseque that's one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve ever been in.

I told him he HAD to head early to see Division Day open, because they’ve been one of my favorite LA bands since I first heard their Mean Way In EP. And to make sure to coral the perpetually tardy Jason, too. Doors were at 9:00 and Division Day were on at 9:30. He said he’d try.

At nine, I was on my way to dinner with the lady friend and called Jason to berate him. He said he had to go out for a drink with some couple what just got engaged and was just getting into the shower. That pretty much meant there was no way he was catching any of Division Day… Maybe not even Voxtrot.

But later that night, I got an IM from Paul that read: “Division Day just rocked my face off. I <3 them.”

Got one out, at least...

Here’s a look at what shows are going on in LA this week.

Monday, December 3
- Vampire Weekend w/Grand Ole Party & Princeton @ The Echo
- B.R.A.M. & Learning Music @ The Silver Lake Lounge (FREE)
- The Ignorant, Vagrant Vinny and the Instigators, & The 13th Victim @ The Scene (FREE)
- Crystal Antlers, Tweak Bird, Guest, & Letrons @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Wadsworth & St Choir @ Bordello
- Indie 103.1’s Check One.. Two w/ In Waves, Eulogies, Forcefield On, & A Place To Bury Strangers @ The Viper Room
- Sean Carnage Presents Tusco Terror, Mat Brinkman, Human Hands, DJ Dog Dick, Sisprum Vish, Little Teeth, & Right Hand Band @ Pehrspace
- The Binges, Get Up Get Down, & Biblical Proof of UFOs @ Spaceland
- Carbon/Silicon @ The Troubadour
- Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings @ Amoeba Music (7PM)
- Brightmillion @ Genghis Cohen

DECISION:
Tonight’s show with the amazing line-up of Vampire Weekend, Princeton, and Grand Ole Party at The Echo is sold-out (there might be some tickets at the door -- call to check), but the quite good and loud In Waves are at The Viper Room, if you don’t mind a drive. (There’s cheap parking directly across the street.)

Tuesday, December 4
- Xu Xu Fang, A Place To Bury Strangers, & Mere Mortals @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Port O’Brien & The Cave Singers @ The Echo
- Karin Tatoyan @ The Airliner
- The Janitor @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Oliver Future @ Viper Room
- The Answer @ Spaceland
- Brooke Fraser @ The Troubadour
- Chupacobra, The So So Glos (New York), The Lieutenants, & The Mama Suki @ The Scene
- John Gold, Nick Jaina, Rose Rossi, & Colorforms @ Bordello
- Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings @ The El Rey

DECISION:
You couldn’t really find two more disparate choices than psych rock act Xu Xu Fang (w/ the Scott MacDonald-dubbed “Xu Xu Fog”) and the 60s soul stylings of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, but that’s Tuesday night for you.

Wednesday, December 5
- Indie 103.1's Bands In Toyland w/ Datarock, Spoon, Pinback, & Sea Wolf @ Avalon
- Michael Davis, Taylor Goldsmith, Robert Francis, Emily Jane White, & Big Search @ Tangier
- Indie 103.1 presents CLUB NME with Bloodcat Love, The Lieutenants, & Hollerado @ Spaceland
- The Cult @ The Wiltern
- Kind Hearts and Coronets, Seasons, & Little Kindness @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Enter Shikari @ The Troubadour
- Nels Cline Singers, Eugene Chadbourne, The Mentones, & Ninja Academy @ Safari Sam’s
- Skywreck, Albatross, PKG, & A.L.O.C. @ The Scene (FREE)
- Kiss Or Kill w/ The Letter Openers, The Automatic Music Explosion, The Dollyrots, & The New Fidelity @ El Cid
- Immigrants & Navigators w/ The Preacher’s Son @ Bordello
- The Dillettantes, Electromagnetic, Idyllists, & Tom McShane @ The Silver Lake Lounge

DECISION:
Anyone have anything they really feel strongly about for Wednesday night? Big Search (the other band from Foreign Born’s lead, Matt) and Kind Hearts and Coronets are the most interesting acts to me.

Oh, geesh. Did you hear about this show with Sea Wolf, Spoon, and Pinback over at Avalon?!

Thursday, December 6
- Spaceland On Ice w/ Castledoor & You Me at Iowa @ Pershing Square
- Mattress, Winners, I.E., Riddlin, & No Restraint @ The Smell
- Owl Owl & Io Perry @ Bordello
- Fair To Midland @ The Troubadour
- Artichoke, Big Grain On Brad, The Sleepover DJs, The Kris Special, & Telephone and Telegraph @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Grand Ol Echo and Echo Present: Country Christmas - Hee Haw styled country variety show @ The Echo
- Midnight Movies, Heloise and the Savoir Faire, Voxhaul Broadcast, & Tim Myers @ Spaceland
- Lux & Ruby’s Burlesque-A-Go-Go w/Sasquatch, Jessie Deluxe, & HDR @ The Scene
- Mattress, Winners, Ricclin, Experiment, & No Restraint @ The Smell
- Dirty Kings, Roses On Her Grave, & The Royal Heist @ The Silver Lake Lounge

DECISION:
We’re giving away a few pairs of tickets to the Midnight Movies show at Spaceland on Thursday night. Just email us here with “Midnight Movies” in the title and your full name to be entered in the drawing.

The Grand Ole Echo w/ its faux Hee Haw show also sounds pretty great. (Side-note: I have a pet theory that Hee Haw is the best stoner TV show ever, much the same way I contend that Babe The Pig is the best stoner film…)

And did you see Spaceland On Ice is starting back up?

Friday, December 7
- Radars To The Sky, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, The Henry Clay People, & The Hectors @ Spaceland
- Naked Raygun @ The Knitting Factory
- From First To Last @ The Troubadour
- Meredith Meyer, Lissie, Todd McLaughlin, Malcolm Sosa, & Wheels of Fortune @ Pehrspace
- The Natural Disasters, National Treasure, Joshua Lanes, & The Monolators @ Mr T's Bowl
- Andrew Bird @ The Orpheum
- Jon Brion & Nels Cline @ Largo
- Idyllists, The Great Gleaming Sea, Black Sugar, & Rocking Horse People @ The Scene
- The Thermals, The Big Sleep, & The Scandells @ The Echo
- Club Underground pres The Bloody Hollies @ The Echo
- Jeremy Jay, Maria, The Chapin Sisters, & Black Umbrella @ The Smell
- Everybody & Nino Astronauta @ El Cid
- Deborah Harry @ The Henry Fonda
- Dengue Fever @ The Getty

DECISION:
We’re also giving away a few pairs of tickets to the great line-up of Radars To The Sky, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, The Henry Clay People, and The Hectors at Spaceland on Friday night. Just email us here with “Radars To The Sky” in the title and your full name to be entered in the drawing.

Also interesting on Friday night are old Chicago power pop punk act Naked Raygun at The Knitting Factory, Rademacher’s Malcolm Sosa at Pehrspace, and The Monolators and more at Mr T’s Bowl. (And I know the KXLU kids heart Jeremy Jay.)

Saturday, December 8
- Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Lovelikefire, Alex And Sam, & Lola Gayle-Sandgren @ Bordello
- Not In The House, Scrappers, Half Assteroids, & Fasto Jetson @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Tea Leaf Green @ The Troubadour
- Dirt Dress, Black Shirts & Combat! @ Pehrspace
- Jon Brion & Nels Cline @ Largo
- Stay Fucked, Good For Cows, Grandpire @ The Smell
- The Moving Picture Show @ The Crash Mansion
- Balkan Beat Box & Dengue Fever @ The Echoplex
- This Moment in Black History, Haunted George, & The Slighted @ The Scene
- Juliette & The Licks, Scissors For Lefty, & Suffrajett @ The Roxy
- The Coral Sea, The Playing Favorites (feat. members of Sugarcult and Lagwagon), Light FM, & Exitmusic @ Spaceland

DECISICON:
The mix of local pop adventurers The Coral Sea, Light FM, and Exitmusic is pretty solid. We have some tickets for that show, too. Just email us here with “The Coral Sea” in the title and your full name to be entered in the drawing.

Sunday, December 9
- Ragsy @ The Hotel Cafe
- Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Tara Busch, & Lil’ JJ Fats From The Valley Of The Ashes @ Tangier
- This Moment In Black History, Jail Weddings, The Babes, & Sex Eyes @ The Scene
- Tommy Peacock and the Gas, The Weazels, & Moan Red @ The Scene
- Punk Rock Karaoke @ Spaceland
- Part Time Punks @ The Echo
- Demoted & Sirvenamar @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Shonen Knife @ The Knitting Factory
- Prefuse 73 @ The Troubadour

DECISION:
I don’t have anything for Sunday night. Got any recommendations? Please post them as comments below.

That’s it for the week. Did I miss anything? Please lemme know.

And don’t forget the Rock Against HD benefit show on Monday, December 10th. Go here for all the details and to hear some of those new/unreleased tracks from the bands playing the night.

2 Comments:

Blogger Malcolm Sosa said...

That Henry Clay / Radars bill at Spaceland may be the coolest line-up I have ever seen. EVER. Those bitches rule.

2:38 PM  
Blogger L. Hunter said...

That Friday night in general is just a musical explosion. You could spread the shows going on that night across a week without missing a trick.

7:46 PM  

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