Friday, February 27, 2009

The Raveonettes 6/10/07 - Little Radio Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo by porcupiny)

Another one from the archives, and a companion to the previously posted show from The Fonda in January. However, this particular Raveonettes show is a little different - it was part of their mini "electric duo" west coast tour in the summer of 2007. This tour had a bit of a quasi-acoustic bent to it, as it mostly Sune and Sharon only playing. (except for a few songs that had Midnight Movie's Sandra Vu on drums - well, for the L.A. shows at least if I remember correctly)

Since this was also a club tour of sorts, it afforded an opportunity to see The Raveonettes in more intimate venues than they usually played (at this time, they did shows at Spaceland and The Echo as well, which I unfortunately missed) and the Little Radio Warehouse was no exception. Every year during the summer months, this venue does every Sunday something called "Summercamp," which is late morning to early evening party that has (indoors) live music and (outdoors) a pool, waterside, DJ's, canopys, lawn chairs, food, and free-flowing alchohol.

This show features a couple of interesting covers - "Everyday" (Buddy Holly) and "100%" (Sonic Youth) The former was the perfect fit with The Raveonettes signature, fuzzed out sound. Also showcased was a preview of several tunes from their last album "Lust Lust Lust," which had yet to be released at the time.

Recording came out well, even though I was worried that the venue was on the boomy side. Their was some more background chatter than I like, but that's the way these things go.

1.) Everyday FLAC MP3
2.) Chain Gang Of Love FLAC MP3
3.) Love In A Trashcan FLAC MP3
4.) 100% FLAC MP3
5.) You Want The Candy FLAC MP3
6.) Attack Of The Ghost Riders FLAC MP3
7.) My Tornado FLAC MP3
8.) Lust FLAC MP3
9.) Black Satin FLAC MP3
10.) Dead Sound FLAC MP3
11.) Hallucinations FLAC MP3
12.) Aly, Walk With Me FLAC MP3
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P.S. If anyone knows of an active Raveonettes forum/message board/community, drop me a line. Thanks.

Previously Posted: The Raveonettes 1/24/09 - The Music Box @ The Fonda, Hollywood, CA.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Marvelous Toy, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra (w/Angele Correa), Radars To The Sky, Death To Anders 2/15/09 - All-Star Lanes, Los Angeles,CA.

(apologies on the lateness of this post - it's been a busy week, and this took longer to put together than I thought it would)

This post-Valentine's Day, Radio Free Silverlake and The Eagle Rock Bowling and Drinking Club presented "Undercovered: Great L.A. Bands Celebrating Great L.A. Bands." It was a great night of 4 bands from the L.A. indie scene covering and paying homage to bands from the same area.

And what a great night it was. Marvelous Toy covered The Henry Clay People. The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra covered The Monolators. Radars To The Sky covered Rilo Kiley. Death To Anders covered The Happy Hollows. The audience wore hats on their feet and hamburgers ate people. (okay, maybe the last part didn't happen - well, that I know of anyway)

Previously, I had only seen a couple of Death To Anders songs live and Angela Correa twice. As someone who's still learning about a lot of locally-based musicians, I confess I wasn't familar with alot of what was being covered. However, what I heard was good, and look forward to seeing any of these people perform in the future.

The venue itself was interesting - this show took place in the bar of a bowling alley (a teeny one too, around 22 lanes). I was kind of afraid of the surrounding environment because, let's face it, bars are usually super-noisy. However, these came out really well considering.

Marvelous Toy

1.) Lefty's Lament (Divisadero) FLAC MP3
2.) The Uniform (The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra) FLAC MP3
3.) Cold Star (The Hectors) FLAC MP3
4.) No Wedding Cake (Fol Chen) FLAC MP3
5.) Fine Print (The Henry Clay People) FLAC MP3
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The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra (with Angela Correa)

1.) The Monumental Life (The Movies) FLAC MP3
2.) Oh No, Everything Has Changed (The Monolators) FLAC MP3
3.) Long Walk Home Again (Radars To The Sky) FLAC MP3
4.) Where's yer Dirty Mind? (Avi Buffalo) FLAC MP3
5.) Black and Blue (Divisadero) FLAC MP3
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Radars To The Sky

1.) Introduction FLAC MP3
2.) Lovers Who Uncover (The Little Ones) FLAC MP3
3.) The Chronic Sigh (Thailand) FLAC MP3
4.) It Really Shouldn't Matter (Radmacher) FLAC MP3
5.) Don't Be Fooled (The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra) FLAC MP3
6.) A Better Son/Daughter (Rilo Kiley) FLAC MP3
7.) Camera Lens (Death To Anders) FLAC MP3
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Death To Anders

1.) Victoria (Radars To The Sky) FLAC MP3
2.) Parking Lot (Manhattan Murder Mystery) FLAC MP3
3.) Loose Talk (One Trick Pony) FLAC MP3
4.) Kissing Families (The Silversun Pickups) FLAC MP3
5.) Driver (The Happy Hollows) FLAC MP3
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bedroom Walls 8/04/07 - Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA. (Part Three)

(Final post in a series of three.)

In this last post, we take a look at this Spaceland show, which coincidentally happened to be one of Bedroom Walls' last in this incarnation. (edited to add: maybe?) It was part of a good Saturday night line-up with Radars To The Sky, Rademacher, and Death To Anders (and if anyone asks, no I didn't record them that night - though, this will hopefully change in the future)

This was a nice little set that turned out pretty well. One noteable feature is a seemingly rare acoustic duet between Adam and Melissa on "In Anticipation Of Your Suicide" - definitely worth the download.

1.) Introduction MP3
2.) The Idiot MP3
3.) Winter, That's All MP3
4.) In Anticipation Of Your Suicide MP3
5.) "unknown" MP3
6.) Kathy In Her Bedroom MP3
7.) "unknown" MP3
8.) Do The Buildings And Cops Make You Smile? MP3
9.) Who's Been Driving Round For Days MP3
10.) "unknown" MP3

FLAC version available upon request (by e-mail)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bedroom Walls 11/06/06 - Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA. (Part Two)

(Part Two in a series of three)

Continuing on, this Bedroom Walls show was an opener for the first show of Let's Go Sailing's November 2006 Monday residency. As anyone who's been to Spaceland's free show nights can attest, they usually draw a big crowd, and people tend to chatter/drink more. Well, I suppose it's fair to say they do during shows with a cover charge as well, but I've seen through my own unscientific research that people tend to shut up and pay more attention to the music when they've actually had to spend money on it. But that's just me.

So, this show had some more background chatter than I would have liked, but after listening to it recently, I don't think it's that bad. One can argue that it adds to the atmosphere of the recording, really showing the perspective of the audience of the show. Still, pretty good set.

(again, if anyone can identify tracks 4 and 8, drop me a line. thanks.)

1.) Introduction MP3
2.) Kathy In Her Bedroom MP3
3.) Winter, That's All MP3
4.) ''unknown" MP3
5.) In Anticipation Of Your Suicide MP3
6.) Do The Buildings And Cops Make You Smile? MP3
7.) The Idiot MP3
8.) "unknown" MP3
9.) Who's Been Driving Around For Days MP3
10.) I've Been Thinking A Lot About Dots On The Wall MP3
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FLAC version available upon request (by e-mail)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bedroom Walls 4/26/06 - Tangier, Los Angeles, CA. (Part One)

(Part one in a series of three)

Bedroom Walls today may or may not be playing as another band, who may or may not have recently released their first record. To celebrate this, I will be taking a look back at some older shows of theirs.*

I first heard of Bedroom Walls sometime in 2005, online. My first thought was that I liked the name, which could be construed as superficial, I suppose. But I did like the music, which has been described as part of the "romanticore" genre, though "indie-shoegaze-pop" could apply as well.

I didn't get to see Bedroom Walls until this show in 2006, at the now departed Tangier Restaurant and Lounge. This was announced as a kind of a "secret, last-minute" show - the crowd was small, but the sound is good. However, I apologize for not knowing the names of tracks 2 and 7 - if anyone knows them, drop me a line, thanks.

1.) Introduction MP3
2.) "unknown" MP3
3.) Winter, That's All MP3
4.) The Dog's Life MP3
5.) Do The Buildings and Cops Make You Smile? MP3
6.) Kathy In Her Bedroom MP3
7.) "unknown" MP3
8.) In Anticipation Of Your Suicide MP3
9.) The Idiot MP3
10.) I've Been Thinking A Lot About Dots On The Wall MP3
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FLAC files available upon request (by e-mail)

(Note: When "The Idiot" song was played live, it was called "Everybody Here Thinks It's Ridiculous"; later it was posted on myspace as "The Idiot." Unless notified otherwise, I'm going with the latter title at the present time.)

*Edited 2/15/09 at request of band.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Asking me questions.

Due to a weird glitch (?) I can't seem to respond in the comments section - so, if you have any questions, please e-mail me, or post under a registered handle. Thank you.

Concrete Frequency: Songs Of The City (Various Artists) 1/08/08 - Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA.

(Van Dyke Parks, Inara George, and Sondre Lerche backstage)

Another from the archives...I went mainly because I'm a big fan of Belle and Sebastian and Sondre Lerche. (I've also seen Annie Stela and Inara George [solo and with "The Bird and the Bee] previously)

"Songs Of The City" took place early last year as one half of a two part series of shows (that were outside of the concert hall's usual fare) put on by "Concrete Frequency." 14 artists of the mostly indie variety each performed two songs accousticly that were supposed to represent what "city life" meant to them, on a stage that was decorated with furniture and other funishings to represent a large living room (all the night's performers sat on the chairs and couches while whichever artist was up at that time played) The Los Angeles Times writes:

Urban music is, stereotypically, beat-driven and heavy, pushing people’s buttons as it pours out of somebody else’s car radio. But twist the phrase – into “Songs of the City,” for example – and suddenly, “urban” loses it funk. “Songs of the City” sounds like a folk-life anthology, not a radio format. It’s genteel and almost pastoral.

That mood filled the air Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as a long and stellar list of indie-pop songwriters reflected on their lives within and between cities. Probably the quietest evening of the L.A. Phil’s “Concrete Frequency” series about music and the metropolis, “Songs of the City” offered nothing as boisterously evocative as the Zappa or Boulez pieces featured on other nights. Most participants waxed gently about cramped apartment life, touring or traffic, though a few let in some street noise.

Some of the artists really took care to drive the point of the show home, especially Biirdie with "LA Is Mars" and John Doe with "Los Angeles," or with other places such as "Zach Rogue's "Chicago x 12" and "Lake Michigan," Sondre Lerche's "Wet Ground," Inara George and Van Dyke Park's "Vine Street" and Franklin Bruno's "Up With Upland."

Others choices were a little more perpexing - other reviewers thought Zooey Deschanel (with M. Ward, later known as "She & Him") was "shoehorned" into the show because they didn't really sing about the theme of the program. A cynical part of me wondered if some of the performers were there, or performed only newer material were using the show as a promotional tool.

Regardless, it was an night of unique performances from a wide variety of musicians. A long night tough - total running time was a little over two and a half hours (admittedly, it did drag a bit in the last half hour) On a technical note, this recording is a bit on the quiet side because I was fairly conservative setting my levels, which was probably a good thing because the performance volume varied throughout the night.

1.) Introduction by Mark Mothersbaugh FLAC MP3


2.) LA Is Mars FLAC MP3
3.) Life In A Box FLAC MP3

Franklin Bruno

4.) Tired Of The West FLAC MP3
5.) Up With Upland ->Love's Got A Ghetto FLAC MP3

Annie Stela

6.) Fool FLAC MP3
7.) Heart

Zach Rogue (Rouge Wave)

8.) Chicago x 12 FLAC MP3
9.) Lake Michigan FLAC MP3

John Doe (X)

10.) Los Angeles FLAC MP3
11.) She's Not FLAC MP3 (FLAC link fixed)

Money Mark (Beastie Boys)

12.) Black Butterfly FLAC MP3
13.) Color Of Your Blues FLAC MP3

Mark Bianchi (Her Space Holiday)

14.) The Boys And Girls FLAC MP3
15.) The Truth Hurts So This Should Be Painless FLAC MP3

Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian)

16.) Bird's Eye View FLAC MP3
17.) The Electric Box (with Biirdie) FLAC MP3

Zooey Deschanel (with M. Ward) (a.k.a. She & Him)

18.) Lonesome Town (Ricky Nelson cover) FLAC MP3
19.) I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover) FLAC MP3

Sondre Lerche

20.) Wet Ground FLAC MP3
21.) Minor Detail FLAC MP3

Inara George (with Van Dyke Parks)

22.) Right As Wrong FLAC MP3
23.) Vine Street (Randy Newman cover) FLAC MP3

Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear, Department Of Eagles)

24.) Balmy Night FLAC MP3
25.) Phantom Other FLAC MP3

Bob Mould

26.) Thumbtack FLAC MP3
27.) Surveyors and Cranes FLAC MP3

Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio)

28.) Today I Was A Desperate Bitch FLAC MP3
29.) Winter Song FLAC MP3

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Note: the right channel got disconnected from the 48:00 to 61:12, so I had to do a copy/paste from the other one.