Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Little Red Lung 6/22/12 - Center For The Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA.

(Photo by Alex, via Little Red Lung's facebook)

Last Friday, Little Red Lung headlined the Center For The Arts Eagle Rock (openers Pisces previously posted about here) for a celebration of the the release of their new music video for "50 Fingers" (screened before the performance) As the reader may recall, we covered Little Red Lung back in January, which we thought was quite a good show - and tonight's was no exception, featuring an "extended" set that showcased material from their debut self-titled E.P. and newer material, along with the addition of several musicians, adding more layers to their live performance. Feed Your Head had an excellent write-up on the show as well. Setlist below:

50 Fingers                
Dead Weight              
Porcupine Sheet            
Bad Blood                  
Into a Landfill          
Get on the Boat            
Little Drop of Poison (Tom Waits cover)
Ink Blot                  
Rare Bird        

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 Little Red Lung - Get on the Boat (live, 6/22/12) by recordingla

Pisces 6/22/12 - Center For The Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA. (Happy Hollows-related)

(Photo by Zoe-Ruth Erwin, from Pisces facebook page)

Last Friday, Pisces (the side-project of The Happy Hollows  front-woman Sarah Negahdari, which includes the members of that band) opened for Little Red Lung at the Center For The Arts Eagle Rock. Both bands were celebrating releases - for Pisces, it was their debut E.P. Flower ToesAwhile back, we did a post on Sarah Negahdari and the Sad Solids, which could be seen as a previous incarnation of Pisces (some of the songs are the same) For more on the show, check out Feed Your Head's excellent review. Setlist below:

Glen Echo                  
Paint a Rocket              
Tell Me                    
Punch Love Drunk        
Being With You*        
Wicked Fin*              
Flower Toes      

*w/Little Red Lung's Zoe-Ruth Erwin on vocals)           

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 Pisces - Driver (live, 6/22/12) by recordingla 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pageants 6/16/12 - Make Music Pasadena (Old Town Pub Stage), Pasadena, CA.

Part four in a series.

(sorry, that's the best picture we could get)

In our final post (?) in our coverage of 2012 Make Music Pasadena, we present Pageants, the duo of former Avi Buffalo member Rebecca Coleman and Devin O’Brien, (though, this evening's show had an the addition of a drummer, thus making it a "trio") who describe their music as "reflect[ing] the laid-back, sun-drenched attitude of their hometown while maintaining a pathos that stems from quiet introspection" with "a sound that’s effortless and ethereal," and also earning high praise from KCRW in the form of "gorgeous soaring vocals with a familiar garage-y sound" and "layers of mellow guitars, hooky melodies and Coleman’s infectious croon." Good enough for us.

This show took place in a crowded, noisy, somewhat boomy room, and the recording may reflect that. Setlist below:

Words As Pictures                     
Deep Ring                          
Musings of the Tide                
The Doves                          
Cacti For Clothes                  
Edible Dust                        
No Wonder        

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 Pageants - Cacti for Clothes (live, 6/16/12) by recordingla

Judson 6/16/12 - Make Music Pasadena (Majestical Roof Courtyard Stage), Pasadena, CA.

Part three in a series.

Continuing on with our coverage of this year's installment of Make Music Pasadena, up now is Judson (among who's members are familiar faces John Seasons and Jillinda Palmer) Judson is the brainchild of    Judson McKinney, who has performed in Los Angeles under at least of couple of incarnations (with his wife Mary, they released In the hands of the sun as "Judson and Mary") Judson's music has been described as "folk-tinged songwriting  reflect all the restlessness and romance of driving a van cross-country" and their live shows as "back[ing] his image-heavy songs with a full band, complete with violins and alternating electric and acoustic guitar work, and the combination has made him one of the more compelling live acts around" - which was in evidence in this afternoon performance, which we considered one of the highlights of the festival overall. Most of today's set was taken from their December 2011 full-length release Drink the Wine.

For our L.A. readers, Judson is performing tonight at the Troubadour, along with Tenlons Fort and Torches.

Setlist below:

People Grow Up So Slow                
Picture of a Child at Heart          
Sweet Autumn Headlight              
Tomorrow Blues                        
Dear Marianne                        
When You Wake Up                    

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 Judson - Picture of a Child at Heart (live, 6/16/12) by recordingla   

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One Trick Pony 6/16/12 - Make Music Pasadena (Majestical Roof Courtyard Stage), Pasadena, CA.

Part two in a series.

Continuing in our coverage of last weekend's annual installment of Make Music Pasadena, we move along to One Trick Pony, who performed in the middle of the afternoon. It's been quite awhile since we've caught One Trick Pony (outside of last year's tribute to "The Movies" and Undercovered III earlier this year), but this show did not disappoint. Since the former however, the band has released their first full-length album Try Not To Worry So Much, which has been described as "deliver[ing] sharp lyrics and soft melodic vocals paired with louder instrumentation."  So, enjoy this show, which may contain references to a dead cat and forgotten merch. Sorry, no setlist.

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 One Trick Pony - Loose Talk (6/16/12) by recordingla

Correatown 6/16/12 - Make Music Pasadena (Majestical Roof Courtyard Stage), Pasadena, CA.

Part one in a series.

Last Saturday was the annual installment of Make Music Pasadena, arguably the biggest outdoor music festival in the city (and certainly the least costly - several stages of music scattered throughout town going all day for free) We kick off our coverage with Correatown, Angela Correa's band which has been a fixture in the local scene for some time, and has described itself as "reverberating layers of washy guitars, beautiful harmonies, growling fuzzed out analog synths and a melodious voice" that "has evolved into a lush and textured experience of melodic soundscapes." 

Today's performance mainly consisted of songs from her most recent release, 2011's Pleiades, with a new song "Distillery" debuted towards the end. A fun show for sure, including a "barking dog war" that popped up in between songs (which prompted some remarks from Ms. Correa herself) Setlist below:

Everything, All At Once      
The Point                  
La Serena                    

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 Correatown - Play (live, 6/16/12) by recordingla

Update - The Henry Clay People 12/31/12

Missed downloading this show the first time around? Well, you're in luck - by request, we've just re-upped The Henry Clay People's NYE Extravaganza here for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Cat Power 2/21/05 - Knitting Factory, West Hollywood, CA.

(Photo: Stefano Giovannini, via Matador Records)

(I feel like a broken record for saying this, but once again, I must apologize for the long absence - I was swallowed up by academia and work. This will more than likely happen again in the not-to-distant future, but I promise to actually make note of it before it happens)

Coming back from our unintentionally long hiatus, by request our first offering is a 2005 Cat Power performance from the now-shuttered West Hollywood outpost of The Knitting Factory. (and yes, it's pure coincidence that we are posting this just after she had announced that her new album Sun, her first album of original material in six years, would be released September 4th) It was a solo performance that was fairly typical of the the more "angsty" Chan Marshall period that ended up showcasing new material (at the time) and a few covers from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Moby, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, etc. The quality of the recording is not perfect by any means - due to the size of the sold-out crowd and the smallness of the venue there was some shuffling around, noise coming from the bar; however, it would definitely be considered a gem from the archives due to the rareness and uniqueness of the show itself. Setlist below:

Oh Time
Lived In Bars
The Greatest
I've Been Loving You Too Long >
Remember Me
Norma Jean >
Living Proof
Where Is My Love?
Could We?
The Moon
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)
I Don't Blame You
Make Me Feel So Bad
Let Sadness Not Be Attached To Your Name
Funny Things
Wolf Among Wolves > (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy)
Lord, Help The Poor And Needy
Empty Shell
The Party
Colors And The Kids
Mama Talk To Your Son
Maybe Not
? >
Remember Me (Reprise)
Naked If I Want To > (Moby)
Beautiful > (Possible Christina Aguilera tease/snippet)
Deep Inside

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