Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gemma Hayes 5/22/05 - Tangier's, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo: Debra Reschoff-Ahearn via Gemma Hayes official website)

From the archives.

Several years ago, Gemma Hayes performed a solo acoustic show at the now-departed Tangier's (lounge and restaurant) in the Los Feliz (Hollywood-adjunct) area of Los Angeles. I've a been a fan of Ms. Hayes for quite some time, but this is first instance of her being featured here. This show could be considered representative of her "Los Angeles-period" when she was recording and living here. I do understand that she recently released a new album ("Let It Break") - however, I have not heard anything off it, so I can't really comment on it.

I first heard of her back in 2003, when her first full-length album "Night On My Side" was released in the United States, through either a review in Bust Magazine or on KCRW, don't exactly remember. Soon-after, I happened to catch an headlining show of her's at the Troubadour, which ended up being a almost sold-out affair. She didn't really perform much in Los Angeles after that, until 2005 when she had an (rather under-publicized, which was speculated to have been on purpose) April residency at Tangier's, followed by this show the next month. After releasing her second album "The Roads Don't Love You" later that year, she occasionally did more shows in the L.A.-area, mostly at The Hotel Cafe, testing out material that would end up on her third album "The Hollow Of Morning." She eventually left Los Angeles to move back to her native Ireland, and hasn't really performed here since.

Again, this show was pretty representative of what she was performing at the time - starting off with a couple of songs from "Night On My Side." A cover of John Martyn's "Head and Heart" was featured, and half the setlist was material that ended up on "The Roads Don't Love You." An interesting peak into the past of Gemma Haye's musical career, and fans of her's should definitely check this show out.

1.) Intro FLAC MP3
2.) Evening Sun FLAC MP3
3.) Ran For Miles FLAC MP3
4.) Nothing Can FLAC MP3
5.) Head and Heart FLAC MP3
6.) Something In My Way FLAC MP3
7.) Happy Sad FLAC MP3
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

C-horse 6/14/11 - The Redwood Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA.

Last Tuesday, with support from Ema and Her Lady Parts and The Damselles & The TC4, C-horse played the second night of their June Tuesday night residency at The Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles. The reader may recall that we posted a couple of their performances from their last residency at Casey's Irish Pub in February. We were happy to find out they were doing another residency so soon after the last one (and with such good line-ups too)

Tonight's set was a spirited and fun one, with lots of familiar songs. Definite highlights were "Know Me," and the newer (?) "2 or 3." Quite a good show, and it's highly recommended that you make it out to the two remaining performances this month if you can.

1.) What MP3
2.) Know Me MP3
3.) Stars MP3
4.) Beds MP3
5.) Tongues MP3
6.) 2 or 3 MP3
7.) Enough MP3
8.) Oh Reconcile MP3
9.) Whiskey Coke MP3
10.) Squeeze MP3
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The Damselles & The TC4 6/14/11 - The Redwood Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo: The Damselles & The TC4 facebook)

Last Tuesday, The Damselles & The TC4 (along with Ema and Her Lady Parts) opened for the second night of C-horse's Tuesday night June residency at The Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles. It has been quite awhile since we last saw the The Damselles & The TC4 (okay, over a year as a matter of fact). In the interim,they have released their first self-titled E.P./"official recording." (which can be heard and purchased here)

As evidenced by this evening's setlist, they seem to have shifted away from playing mostly covers in favor of branching out to their own original, du-wop/sixties girl-group-influenced material - a highlight was set opener "More Than Just Friends." Most of the songs on the E.P. were performed as well, but covers were not forgotten - The Crystal's controversial "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)" and The Five Du-Tone's "Shake A Tail Feather" (also notably covered by Ray Charles and Tina Turner, respectively) Very fun show (and partial dance party!) and of course well worth the download.

1.) Introduction MP3
2.) More Than Just Friends MP3
3.) The Game MP3
4.) Baby Grown-Up MP3
5.) (I'll Go) Running To You MP3
6.) He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss) (The Crystals) MP3
7.) Move On MP3
8.) I Won't Be There MP3
9.) Man Like You MP3
10.) How Deep Is The Night? MP3
11.) Shake A Tail Feather (The Five Du-Tones) MP3
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Ema and Her Lady Parts 6/14/11 - The Redwood Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo by la-underground, via Ema and Her Lady Parts Facebook)

Last Tuesday, Ema and Her Lady Parts opened for the second night of C-horse's Tuesday night June residency at the pirate-themed The Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles. Ema and Her Lady Parts is the full-band effort of Ema Tunermann, also known (when performing solo) as Ema and the Ghosts. The band itself could be called a supergroup of some of L.A.'s best on the local scene, including Mary Chartkoff (from , etc.) on drums, Lindsay Mancha (C-horse, Shirley Rolls) on bass, and Pauline Lay (of pehrspace fame) on violin.

Some of the songs may sound familiar, as they were performed by "Ema and the Ghosts." Of note is the Phil Spector-penned cover "To Know Him Is To Love Him". The band has been recording as of late with Luke Ehret of Boxviolet at the helm, so hopefully we will hear the results of that collaboration sometime in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy this show.

1.) Untitled MP3
2.) Salvation MP3
3.) Seafoam MP3
4.) Pony MP3
5.) Heavenly Bodies MP3
6.) To Know Him Is To Love Him (Phil Spector) MP3
7.) Pie MP3
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FLAC (lossless) files available by request.