Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday April 13 at the Larimer Lounge with Deap Vally, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, L.A. Witch, and The Velveteers. I was happy to learn that L.A. Witch, an all-girl band from Los Angeles, would be playing with Deap Vally, a fave of mine, especially after first having seen them perform with Warpaint a month and a half earlier, another fave of mine.
Their music is described as:
Dirty distorted country” - Dark Party “Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around)” - Los Angeles Magazine
“[L.A. Witch] stir up images of Gun Club ‘Fire Of Love’ era and early X… yet at the same time are something entirely their own.” - Buddyhead
” dark amalgam of psych-rock, garage and Americana… L.A. Witch recalls the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels” - Buzzbands LA
“They remind me of a darker version of Warpaint. Warpaint make you feel as if you are drifting in and out of sleep. L.A. Witch are that feeling right before you fall asleep. A few times you feel your head drop as you nod off, then you just go. You go so far down; nothing and no one can disturb you.”
On this night I had not yet “fallen asleep” and I liked them better than when I saw them back in February. Good music, a new band I intend to follow as they introduce the world to their new sound. As the band set up for their upcoming performance , I spoke briefly to band leader Sade Sanchez and told her how much I enjoyed their sound and the fact I was looking forward to seeing them yet again at Desert Daze. During the Julie of Deap Vally came out and watch the band perform, apparently liking what she saw.
Later that evening L.A. Witch left the club, loaded up the van and began their 8 hour journey to do a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sade behind the wheel. You could tell she was not too thrilled to be driving all night and into the morning.
Download the full show here:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I was picked up by my daughter at LAX at 7:30 PM and in less than an hour we were standing in line at The Fold west of downtown LA. We had phoned the hotel to tell them we'd be coming in around midnight. Once inside I made for the bar and the shots of sake began to flow! We had enough time to watch a snippet of a Pee Wee Herman full length movie projected big onto the wall of the lounge area. The only improvement they could make to this place is another bathroom or two!
La Luz was a fun band to listen to, especially in my state of mind during this exciting weekend. The Shivas warmed up the audience, and La Luz took it to the next level with their SoCal surf sound. I'd love to see them again!
The sound of La Luz merges psychedelic rock with 60’s Motown doo-wop, sprinkled with surf and garage rock influences. The melodic vocal harmonies of the group combined with reverb guitar effects and keyboard jingles makes La Luz an awesome soundtrack choice for a psychedelic road trip.
Read it all here: http://karmajello.com/entertainment/music/la-luz-psychedelic-rock-band.html
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Besides Warpaint, we had the treat of also hearing LA Witch and The Guardian this same night. Excellent performances by all three bands. At the first sound of Warpaint, I put the camera away and pretty much just grooved to the music. I met Emily and Jenny in the room at the theater where they were having a silent auction for art work produced by the bands this evening. I did not win the painting by their drummer, Stella, even though my high bid by the time I left was $400. I hope to see them perform again in about a month and a half. After the show back at the hotel, I climbed the fire escape and continued the party with more concerts through my headphones, enjoying the lit up city around me as a light drizzle came down.
Saturday night Warpaint hosted a benefit show for John Marshall High in hopes of raising funds to save music in public education. The event was held at Fais DO DO near Culver City, Los Angeles. The venue resembled a warehouse but with a cool club edge that would attract LA’s finest hipsters. Members of Warpaint were struttin’ around and were very much approachable although we were slightly apprehensible and for lack of a better word, nervous.
The show itself was interesting, we arrived just as the second opener had finished their set so we roamed around the venue a bit. All proceeds from the show and hand painted tote bags (by Warpaint) went to YAAAASS, the charity in which it was held for. Of course we snagged us some tote bags because …Hello!? Warpaint..literally.
The place was packed but not overwhelmingly so, the band started off with their self titled track “Warpaint” which I had yet to hear live. Everyone pretty much went nuts and the ladies followed with a great variety songs fromExquisite Corpse to Warpaint’s self titled album. Theresa Wayman (guitarist) performed exceptionally passionate on this night, I believe they said that it was her idea to put the show together. Once they played “Undertow” the dance floor started thumping and grooving and it didn’t stop after that, I myself was one of those groovers.
This was my 4th time seeing Warpaint live; there is something so majestic and honest about the way they perform. I couldn’t help but get a bit emotional once I heard the chords for “Burgundy” start to play. If you haven’t already, go check out a Warpaint show because you will instantly be reminded of why you love music in the first place. -Kim
Thursday, March 12, 2015
When I originally checked, the poster above simply listed “Special Guest” performing with Warpaint. While looking for a show to attend the night before going to see Warpaint, I looked at 100+ bands playing in LA Friday night and The Garden stood out above the rest, but they were playing in Santa Barbara, too far for us to drive considering when my flight arrived at LAX and when I assumed they would take the stage that evening. I therefore settled on seeing La Luz. So you can understand my surprise when I later learned that The Garden had been chosen to open up for Warpaint Saturday night!
Twins on bass guitar and drums, no one else. Loved the stripped down, high energy sound and the two guys goofing around on stage. I hope to see more of them!
The video below is not that good considering the lighting and the low stage they were on. At that point in the evening I was just wanting to listen to and enjoy the music, preferring not to be a tripod with the purpose of capturing video, watching the show on the camera and missing the live performance in the process. The soundtrack to the video provides you with a sense of the quality of the audio recording of the whole show available below. Enjoy!
It is written:
The Garden is a constantly evolving, conceptual punk band based in Orange County, California. Established in in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the band consistently defies categorization and continues to break ground in their self inflicted ‘Vada Vada’ genre. They are the auditory invaders of the new world; borderless, informed and decentralized, slick sound released from constraint and old ideologies.
Their two-piece bass and drums essence is dirty, raw and very immediate but equally nuanced with echoes of the hive mind of the Vadaverse, the ephemeral architecture that exists both inside and outside of the duo that the listener enters and never quite escapes. Together the twins are an acidic concoction; unstable, sexy and probably toxic.
The Garden’s shows are experiential, as powerful and philosophically confounding as they are glib and tricksy. There never is any time for explanations, only a sense of urgency and a rapid spiral into their parallel world. To be seduced and ensnared by mirror-image raconteurs, operating an addictive carnival ride of sound and movement that stops as abruptly as it starts, is a close approximation of The Garden experience.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Plans had been made a long while back and now the time had arrived for a trip thousands of miles across the globe for several evenings of musical enjoyment. The last night in the UK was spent with Uncle Johnny at the Indigo in the O2 on the south bank of the Thames River.
On December 13th I returned the rental vehicle, checked in at the hotel, washed up, had dinner and was off to the O2 to get in line at the door with many others hoping for a good place to stand in front of the stage. I found a spot on the barricade on the left side of the stage in front of Lu Edmonds. The crowds pressed in from behind during this sold out show, the only one they performed in 2014.
The experience from beginning to end was a blast! I only wished that there was enough room around me to dance to their hypnotic beat. John was as playful as ever, both scolding the audience as well as praising them for attending this evenings show. Yes, he is a legend.
And before I knew it, the show was over, leaving me emotionally deflated, especially considering it marked the end of my 10 days in the UK. Time to turn around and return home and the reality that awaited me there. What I found interesting was how after the show the theater turned up the music and the pit area in front of the stage became a dance floor on which the remaining audience could continue enjoying their time at the Indigo. A lot of 80's post punk sound, including one by the Bunnymen.
I intentionally imbibed less than usual so that I could easily find my way back to the hotel near Paddington Station. Made it back fine and was in bed sometime after 1AM. I made a point of first pulling the bed away from the wall which appeared to be spattered with something I'd rather not think about. But it was a cheap bed, which was all I needed for my last few hours in London.
The video clip has the same quality audio found in the link below. Enjoy.