Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Undercovered III (One Trick Pony, Rob Danson, Dawn of Sequins, College Kids, The Californian) 4/07/12 - The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA.

About a week and a half ago, not only did Radio Free Silverlake celebrated it's sixth birthday, they also held their third installment of "Undercovered" at The Satellite. We have covered this semi-annual (was not held in 2011) both times in the past, so our expectations were pretty high and luckily we were not disappointed. The theme of Undercovered is L.A.-area bands (usually ones that have been featured on Radio Free Silverlake and thereabouts) covering other L.A.-area bands - which in the past has made for some pretty unique interpretations, and tonight was no exception.

With L.A.-bands covering each others work, there was some overlap with the performers themselves - both One Trick Pony and Rob Danson ( a last-minute addition) covered Rademacher (whose frontman Malcolm Sosa is one half of College Kids, who performed later in the evening). Manhattan Murder Mystery made three appearances (one in form of a frontman Matthew Teardrop solo song) although the band themselves was performing in Portland that night. Dawn of Sequins, a side project from The Monolators (who were originally going to perform as the latter, but their guitarist was injured from a bike accident and unable to participate) performed a "power-pop" version of "Behemoth" (from the recently-retired Ema and the Ghosts) and had a rare vocal performance from Mary with Season's "Monday Night." College Kids gave a quiet and somewhat haunting set (Light FM's "Thrift Store Clothes" a nod to the Kim Haden's former band). The Californian closed out the evening with a markedly different set, representing a couple of currently-inactive bands (The Broken West and Benji Hughes) Fun evening, and we can't wait for the next one.

Download full show here. (mp3)
FLAC files available by request.


One Trick Pony

Minnesota (Rademacher)
Something Wrong With Me (Death to Anders)

Rob Danson (Death to Anders)

Need Nobody (Rademacher)

Dawn of Sequins (Mary and Eli of The Monolators)

Followed By Bad Luck (Tenlons Fort)
Monday Night (Seasons)
Ride This Wave (Summer Darling)

College Kids

Bury Me at the Salton Sea (Matthew Teardrop)
Stay With Me (NO)
Thrift Store Clothes (Light FM)
Happy In Love (Earlimart)
Sex Offenders (Auditorium)

The Californian

Return To The Sea (The Ross Sea Party)
On The Bubble (The Broken West)
The Mummy (Benji Hughes)
I Don't Want To Know (The Breakups)
Dirty Apartment (The Mid Cities)
Maybe It's The Distance (Chasing Kings)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

C-horse 3/16/12 - Casey's Irish Pub, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo: Dee Reynolds via C-horse facebook page)

Last month, C-horse held a Friday residency at Casey's Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles, and we were fortunate enough to be able to attend of couple of those nights (second post forthcoming) It has been quite awhile since we last featured C-horse (and even longer since we saw them at Casey's), so we where quite interested in seeing what they were up to in the meantime. According to their news updates, they have been working on new material, which we saw a little bit of this evening.

It was a fun and energetic show, blending material new and old. One of the recurring themes of the month was featuring a new cover each week, and tonight's selection was reknown punk band The Dickie's "Fan Mail." If you're a fan, this show is well worth the listen.


2 or 3 (not recorded due to error)
Introduction (fade-in)
Oh Reconcile
Whiskey Coke
Fan Mail (The Dickies cover)

Full show download here. (FLAC files available by request)

Lay Low 3/21/12 - Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo: Mark P)

Last month, Lay Low opened the second of two sold-out nights for fellow Icelanders Of Monsters & Men at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Lay Low is someone I've been listening to for awhile (she was on the same bill at a Jesca Hoop show I attended awhile ago, but I only saw a bit of her performance) but have not featured her until now. The on-stage moniker of Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, who, due to her Icelandic roots has been thought of as a "country/folkified Bjork," leans more towards a early Dolly Parton (she several of Ms. Parton's songs were covered by Lay Low on 2008's Ökutímar soundtrack album)

Being an opening set, it was fairly short, but comprehensive. Playing solo, there were a smattering of songs from her more popular and widely released albums Please Don't Hate Me and Farewell Good Night's Sleep. Also included were one song sung in Icelandic, and a rarer tune "The Backbone."


Mojo Love
"song sung in Icelandic"
By and By
The Backbone
Please Don't Hate Me
Little By Little

Recorded by Mark P.

Full show download here.

Update: HoneyHoney 2/26/10

Due to popular demand, the 2/26/10 HoneyHoney performance at Casey's Irish Pub has been re-uploaded, and available to download in the original post.