Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The French Semester 1/25/10 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA.

( Photo: The French Semester's Myspace )

Last January, The French Semester played the final show of a month-long residency that they held at the The Echo. The French Semester are a band that creates and performs mainly in the shoegaze vein, a genre we are quite fond of. We were also fortunate to catch them a few times in the past - at last year's Eagle Rock Music Festival, and the first couple of Echo residency shows.

Setlist was a mixture of material from their last full-length album Good Friends Only I Could See and recently-released E.P. Forces Afield - with some newer songs such as "Test Pilot" and "Can A Hole Be" (tentative title) played.

Note: The title for the "new song" was taken off a picture of the setlist for the show - it sounds like it is most likely a temporary title.

Recorded by "markp."

1.) Introduction MP3
2.) Deep Tissue MP3
3.) Backwards Rolling MP3
4.) The East Man MP3
5.) Test Pilot MP3
6.) What's In The Bag MP3
7.) Fourteen MP3
8.) Can A Hole Be/"new song" MP3
9.) Remembering Right Now MP3
10.) The Greater Good MP3
11.) The Large Bouquet MP3

FLAC (lossless) files available by request.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sara Lov 3/13/10 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

( Photo: Sara Lov's website )

About a week-and-a-half ago, Sara Lov opened for Vinicio Capossela at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. We of course are no strangers to the music of Sara Lov, having previously posted an older acoustic set of hers and another full band performance from late last year at The Hotel Cafe. Tonight's show was a good introduction for those unfamiliar with the Devics frontwoman's brand of self-described "simple and sad with a shot of scotch" music.

The setlist was mainly culled from her debut LP "Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming," along with an interpretation of Arcade Fire's "My Body Is A Cage" from last year's "The Young Eyes" EP. Also of note one was the inclusion of a brand-new cover of The Smith's "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," which Ms. Lov told the audience was from her recently announced cover song LP. Some light chatter may be heard at various points, but shouldn't be too bad.

(Disclaimer: The ticket for this show was comped.)

1.) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths) FLAC MP3
2.) Just Beneath The Chords FLAC MP3
3.) A Thousand Bees FLAC MP3
4.) Tell Me How FLAC MP3
5.) "Band Jam/Intros" FLAC MP3
6.) Frankie FLAC MP3
7.) Touched FLAC MP3
8.) My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire) FLAC MP3
9.) New York FLAC MP3
10.) Fountain FLAC MP3
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Agent Ribbons 3/09/10 - Puka Bar, Long Beach, CA.

( Photo: Jesse Vasquez via Agent Ribbon's Myspace )

Last week, Agent Ribbons played at Puka Bar in Long Beach. This show was a different one for a couple of reasons: one, this was a stop on what was the final west coast tour before "singer/songwriter/guitarist Natalie Gordon is going to [start] calling Austin, Texas home." and two, the first Agent Ribbons show we've caught with semi-recent band member addition Naomi Cherie, who plays violin/tambourine (which, for this show, was replaced with maracas because the latter "was left in Austin") Of course, we are no strangers to Agent Ribbons, having previously posted shows of theirs, and even cover versions of one of their songs.

Setlist was fairly standard, with songs from their debut album On Time Travel and Romance, and songs that will presumably be on their upcoming release Chateau Crone. An added bonus was the debut of a new song, "I Was Born To Sing Sad Songs." Great show and sound all around.

1.) The World Is A Cigarette (Natalie and Lauren only) FLAC MP3
2.) Birds and Bees FLAC MP3
3.) I'm Alright FLAC MP3
4.) Grey Gardens FLAC MP3
5.) I Was Born To Sing Sad Songs FLAC MP3
6.) Don't Touch Me FLAC MP3
7.) Wallpaper Of Skin FLAC MP3
8.) Chelsea, Let's Go Join The Circus FLAC MP3
9.) Wood Lead Rubber FLAC MP3

Monday, March 8, 2010

HoneyHoney 2/26/10 - Casey's Irish Pub, Los Angeles, CA.

( Photo: Dan Martensen via HoneyHoney's Myspace )

Last month, HoneyHoney opened for The Damselles & The TC4 on the final night of the latter's month-long Friday night residency. HoneyHoney are the Los Angeles-based duo Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe, who specialize in a sort of indie-Americana-folk style of music. Tonight's show was mostly an acoustic one (usually, they seem to play with a full band)

Opening with their most well-know song "Little Toy Gun," this show's setlist was comprised of a mix of new material and old, the the former culled from their debut LP, First Rodeo. The performance was a good one, especially for those of us who had never seen them before. Some crowd chatter and house music bleed (from another part of the restaurant) might be heard on the recording.


1.) Introduction
2.) Little Toy Gun
3.) Wind Up Toy
4.) Ohio
5.) Sleeping In
6.) ???
7.) Sugarcane
8.) Bleed
9.) Not For Long
10.) Come On Home

Full show download here.

FLAC (lossless) files available by request.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Damselles & The TC4 2/26/10 - Casey's Irish Pub, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo: The Damselles & The TC4 Myspace)

Last Friday, The Damselles & The TC4 played the last show of a month-long, headlining Friday night residency at Casey's Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles. The Damselles are composed of members from local bands (including ones that have been featured on this very blog) such as The Monolators, The Voyeurs, Le Switch, and I Make This Sound. This group performs in the vein of "doo wop"/60's girl group style musicians, covering artists like The Crystals, The Shangri-Las, Martha & The Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, The Caravelles, The Bobbettes, The Cookies, The Ikettes, Darlene Love, and Doris Troy.

This being the closing night, The Damelles & The TC4 played a longer-than-usual show (sort of by their own admission) with an audience-demanded two-song encore. Some crowd chatter in the background. A must-have for those a fan of the "doo-wop"/60's girl group sound.

(Apologies if this post seems hastily-written - I'm in a hurry and really needed to get this out there, and may go back and edit later)

1.) Intro MP3
2.) You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry (The Caravelles) MP3
3.) Give Him A Great Big Kiss (The Shangri-Las) MP3
4.) Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals) MP3
5.) Mr. Lee (The Bobbettes) MP3
6.) Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby (The Cookies) MP3
7.) Jimmy Mack (Martha & The Vandellas) MP3
8.) He's A Rebel (The Crystals) MP3
9.) There's No Other Like My Baby (The Crystals) MP3
10.) Boys (The Shirelles) MP3
11.) Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals) MP3
12.) One Fine Day (The Chiffons) MP3
13.) I'm Blue (The Ikettes) MP3
14.) E: Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home (Darlene Love) MP3
15.) E: Just One Look (Doris Troy) MP3

FLAC (loseless) files available upon request.