Monday, December 08, 2008

The Tuesday Show Low Down (Or "Voight-Kampf Tests Should Be Standard Practice In Both Politics And Hollywood...")

For some reason, the scene in the parking lot at Pehrspace the other night made me remember the time when a drunken brujo taught me how to cast a love spell a few years ago in Barcelona.

There were people mulling about outside Pehrspace, some sitting and talking, and the lead from Ventura's Franklin In Short -- a rambunctious Matthew McConaughey-type who seems like he might walk around parties in his underwear and bed a lot of yoga instructors -- was skateboarding around.

It made me flash to being in Spain late drinking with some Argentinian girls in a small square when a crazy old man, dressed all in white, wandered up and tried to convince us to give him beer for a spell. We didn't have much but gave him some and he proceeded to tell us that to make someone fall in love with you, all you needed to do was to write their name on a piece of paper in red ("rojo!") ink until it filled it. Then you rolled it up into a cigarette and smoked it, all the while thinking of the person.

The spell is yours now, but you kinda owe me a beer for it. I haven't ever tried it out because, well, I guess I've never wanted someone to fall in love with me if they didn't already.

Tuesday, December 9
- Obi Best & El Ten Eleven @ The Hotel Café
- Mike Stinson & Dave Gleason @ Redwood Bar
- kd lang & Mandy Moore @ The Troubadour
- Never at Night, Morning Glory, Whispering Pines, & AH Kraken @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Wilderness, San Serac, & Moonrats @ The Echo
- Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman with Boots Riley @ The El Rey
- Lemonwilde, Dynamite Walls, Deccatree, & Boo Yeah Club @ The Silver Lake Lounge

Wednesday, December 10
- Obi Best & El Ten Eleven @ Hotel Cafe
- Divisible @ Bordello
- Dub Club @ Echoplex
- Longwave, War Tapes, & Eulogies @ The Troubadour
- Miranda Lee Richards @ The Hotel Café
- Moment Trigger, Aymeric Hainaux, Realicide, Obstacle Corpse, & Human Hands @ The Smell
- Indie 103.1 Wreck the Halls w/ The Pretenders, Bloc Party, CSS, & Black Kids @ Club Nokia
- Electric Russia, Sleep Tight Suckers!, The Double Dates, Young/Lost Ones @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Cartographers, Franklin for Short, Satellite Crush, & Young Hunting @ The Silver Lake Lounge
- Horse The Band @ House of Blues
- An Evening with Ledisi @ The El Rey
- Weird Dreams + Jimmy Sweet + Golden Years + Dissolver @ 3 of Clubs
- Par Avion with Fashion Show w/ Saint Motel, Par Avion Band, Mossy Stone @ The Regent (new Safari Sam's)

Jon Hershfield from ISGOODMUSIC was djing the electricky El Ten Eleven the other night at Mr T's Bowl and I had to stop and ask who it was because it was pretty good. And the singer from pop act Obi Best has an amazing voice that's even better live than on their album.

Also, Nintendo-core act HORSE The Band's video for their song Lord Gold is really kind of amazing... (Read their About Us on their myspace page and you will not regret it.)

Thursday, December 11
- Automatic Drawing & Collisions @ Spaceland
- Respect with Total Science, Atlantic Connection with MC Kay, Machete, Sense, MC Zezo one @ The Echo
- CSS, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, We Are The World @ Echoplex
- Murs @ The El Rey
- Exhausted Prayer, Knelt Rote, &a Wire Werewolves @ The Smell
- Spaceland On Ice w/ The Holloys & Rumspringa @ Pershing Square (FREE)
- Low vs Diamond, Barcelona, & IO Echo @ The Troubadour
- Mike Stinson, Dan Janisch, Greg DaPonte, Dave Gleason @ The Hyperion Tavern
- Northstar Session, Montro Flora, Intricate Machines, & Hotel St George @ The Silver Lake Lounge

If you missed your chance to see new local indie pop act Automatic Drawing at our last Let's Independent!, you've gained another this Thursday night at Spaceland.

We've got a few pairs of tickets for the show, so you can call up someone and say, "I've got two tickets to paradise. Why don't you pack your bags and we'll leave tonight?" Write us here with your full name and why you should win to be entered into the drawing.

Friday, December 12
- Radars to the Sky Album Release Event & Benefit w/ The Hectors, The Archways, & Wildbirds and Peacedrums @ Spaceland
- Performer Magazine presents New and Used Records Showcase with SHILOE + TIGERS CAN BITE YOU + KID MUD + GEOGRAPHER @ Echo Curio
- Babyland, Not The Government, Damage Effect, & The LA Front @ The Smell
- Mike Ness @ The El Rey
- Phantom Planet @ The Troubadour
- The Eternal Triangle, Artichoke, & The Sundowners @ Mr T’s Bowl
- Jon Brion @ Largo
- Francisco The Man @ Redwood Bar
- The Transmissions, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Policy, & Kill Kill Kill @ Pehrspace
- The Aquabats @ The Henry Fonda Music Box
- Club Underground presents: Run Run Run, Von Iva @ The Echo
- FLAVORS - 90’s Hip Hop & R & B dance part with DJ Spinna, J.Rocc, J-Heart @ Echoplex

One of my favorite live indie rock bands in town, Radars to the Sky are celebrating an album release and raising money for The Blue Diamond Foundation on Friday at Spaceland, with The Hectors and more to boot. (I'll be djing local music requests. Message me here what you want to hear.)

Meanwhile down the lane, Bay Area-based New & Used Records is a new label that's recently put out cds by some good LA acts. This Friday, they're hosting a night at Echo Curio with their entire current line-up: Tigers Can Bite You and Shiloe w/ SF's Geographer (who both NPR and SPIN like) and Kid Mud. Should contain fun.

Saturday, December 13
- The Sweater Benefit for Doctors w/o Borders: The Deadly Syndrome, The Happy Hollows, Castledoor, Amnion, The Pity Party & more @ Echoplex
- Pehr Spacecraft Faire (Crafts and Pop Music) w/ Sea Lions, The Tartans, Catwalk, & Watercolor Paintings @ Pehrspace (FREE – 5pm to 12am)
- Beware of Safety, Emperors of Japan, Head of Destiny, & Actuary @ The Cocaine at Live Jazz
- Red67 presents Smokin Holidaze Bash with Los Ramones, Rocky Mason, & Bazerk @ Mr T’s Bowl
- VOICEsVOICEs, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Pizza! & Voice on Tape @ The Smell
- Mike Ness w/ Mike Stinson @ The El Rey
- Eddie Palmieri @ The Hollywood Palladium
- Sarah Silverman @ Largo
- Sweet and Tender Hooligans @ House of Blues
- The Generators @ The Airliner

Saturday night's Christmas Sweater Festival is a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders and features the musical stylings of fucking fantastic local acts like The Deadly Syndrome, The Happy Hollows, Castledoor, Amnion, and more. Really you couldn't ask for a better line-up than that.

Sunday, December 14
- Eagle Rock Bowling & Drinking Club Holiday Party w/ Writer, Good Luck Bear, Wait.Think.Fast, & Random Patterns @ All Star Lanes
- Toys For Tots Benefit with Aaron Espinoza, Pierre De Reeder, Tandemoro, Damselles & more @ Echoplex
- Ty Segall, The Fresh & Onlys, Okie Dokie, & Shark Toys @ The Smell
- Part Time Punks @ The Echo
- Medic Droid @ The Troubadour
- Drunk Marine, Devin Hoff, & Solar Wimp @ The Cocaine at Live Jazz

Two holiday-themed events on Sunday worth noting: The Toys For Tots Benefit with Aaron (Earlimart) Espinoza, Tandemoro, and more at Echoplex and the Eagle Rock Bowling & Drinking Club Holiday Party w/ Wait.Think.Fast and more at All Star Lanes.

That's it. Did I miss anything? Please lemme know.


Blogger christopher said...

and don't forget, EDWARD SHARPE and the MAGNETIC ZEROS will also be at the sweater benefit show on dec 13th. YEAH!!!

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