Thursday, February 28, 2008

Noise Pop XVI continues in San Francisco this week...

One show worth checking out if you're lucky enough to be in San Francisco this week celebrating the week of music known as Noise Pop is Pictures of Me: Rare photographs of Elliott Smith by Autumn de Wilde.

Autumn de Wilde is a photographer and was friend of the late Elliott Smith. She will be showcasing a collection of rare photos of Elliot Smith at The Queen's Nails Annex. Limited edition prints will be available for sale.

De Wilde also released the book, Elliott Smith, this past November. It's a stunning book that I received as a gift for my birthday this year (thank you, Man-eh-gah!). I highly recommend it. The book comes with an awesome little bonus in the form of a CD that features live tracks performed at Los Angeles' Largo, circa 1997.

Opening night of the photo exhibit
Thursday February 28, 7-11 PM

The gallery's hours are as follows:
Friday, Feb. 29 - Sunday, March 2 (12-6 PM)

Queen’s Nails Annex is located at:
3191 Mission Street
(415) 648-4564

Noise Pop ends on Sunday, March 2... so if you get a hair up your ass and plan on going to SF to catch a few shows here's a little information. Check the website for a full line up and additional information.

Noise Pop live shows for Thursday:

with: Grand Archives, The Morning Benders, The Weather Underground
7:30PM/ $14/ 21+

FADER presents
with: Fleet Foxes, Here, Here, Sholi
7:30PM/ $12/ ALL AGES

with: Or, the Whale, Bodies of Water, Willlow Willlow
8:00PM/ $10-$12/ 21+

with: Birdmonster, Throw Me The Statue, The Hundred Days
7:00PM/ $18/ ALL AGES

with: Interstellar Radio Company

Presented by SF Sketchfest
with: Magic Bullets (closing), Voxhaul Broadcast
8:00PM/ $20 (SEATED) - $15 (GENERAL)/ 21+

Picks for Friday, February 29:

with: A Place to Bury Strangers, White Demin, Veil Veil Vanish
8:30PM/ $10/ ALL AGES

with: Film School, The Builders And The Butchers, Built for the Sea
8:30PM/ $14/ 21+

Pick for Saturday, March 1:

Puma and Fader present Electropop with:
with: LA Riots, Lazaro Casanova, Sleazemore
9PM - AFTER HOURS/ $15-$20/ 21+

And my pick for Sunday, March 2:

with: Whispertown2000, Adam Stephens (of Two Gallants), Emily Jane White
7PM/ $18-$20/ ALL AGES

Saturday, February 23, 2008

R.I.P. Teo

Fuck, you guys. Another talented human being has left us for what I can only hope is a better place. Teo Macero died this past Tuesday. He was 82 and had been sick for some time, the New York Times reports.

While working for Columbia Records, Macero produced Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Thank you for being a part of an amazing album, Teo. Here's a little track that has always touched my heart and jump started my love for jazz: So What

May Mister Teo Macero rest in peace.

The mastered track that was released on the album:

Miles Davis and John Coletrane performing SO WHAT in 1958 (LISTEN TO THAT FUCKING BASS LINE....WAIT FOR IT, WAIT FOR IT...MMMMM):

BONUS SONIC TREATS...cuz now I'm feeling jazzy!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Oh shit ya'll....Afrika Bambaataa is going to be dropping some hot shit tonight.

Living legend, Afrika Bambaataa, will be performing at Detroit Bar tonight. Can you imagine? Detroit Bar. Afrika Bambaataa. One night. TONIGHT?! Shit ya'll, this is bound to be amazing.

For those of you too young to know who Afrika Bambaataa is, click here to find out a little more and to listen to his shit that has forever influenced that shit you crazy kids like to call rap these days.

Zulu Nation!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Paul G. Maziar & Maust - Blowing Your Mind, One City At a Time

Write Bloody, the people who brought you the works of some of the greatest contemporary poets like Derrick C. Brown, Buddy Wakefield and Amber Tamblyn, proudly released their latest book earlier this month: What It Is: What It Is, A Collaboration by Paul G. Maziar and Maust.

Some of you might know Maust as the bassist from The Cold War Kids.

After reading the first 15 pages, I realized, Paul had done what a lot of people dream of doing, or at some point, have dreamt of doing, in their life time: he traveled the world and wrote about it. He wrote from his heart. He wrote truth. He was vulnerable. He was raw. He was Paul.

Visit the Write Bloody site. Go to the store. Get this book (and anything else that they publish and release for that matter). Read it. Live vicariously through it. Inhale. Exhale. Yes. That warm feeling in your heart and in your stomach...that JUST happened.

Thursdays in January

Mr. Warren K. Berkey did a little short on our friends, The Airborne Toxic Event.

Warren says, "It was great getting to hang around with the band and hide out in the dark with my video camera."

If you got a chance to catch any of their January residency at Spaceland, this will probably bring back some memories. You might have run into Mister 24 himself, Kiefer Sutherland, too. Check it out! They have a couple of shows coming up...and heeeeere they are:

February 27th – Piano’s New York

February 28th – the Annex New York

March 1st – Mezzanine San Francisco

March 3rd - Troubadour Los Angeles

March 12th – 16th – SXSW Austin

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let's Independent hosts Everest, The Transmissions, & The Bentleys tonight!

Hey there cats and kittens...I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day and holiday (for those of you that didn't have work or classes in the states this past Friday/Monday).

Mister Joe Fielder is hosting his monthly shin-dig tonight at Boardner's in Hollywood. And his events are now FREE! Yes, you broke ass "hipsters," I said FREE.

Tonight, Radio Free Silver Lake and Let's Independent present:

Everest - the band was recently signed to Neil Young's label (Vapor Records). They are set to release an album very soon. Joe Fielder is a taste maker here in the states and if you know what's best for you, you will go to the show and see this band before they blow up. Oh, and did I mention that this is a free show? Yea? OK, just checking.

The Transmissions - they are currently working on an EP. They have treats for you. Go to the show to get them.

The Bentley's - they will bust an indie-pop-cap in yo ass! It's that type of shit that makes you wanna dance a little...or a lot.

Boardner's is located at 1652 North Cherokee Ave

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Guess who's back in the studio brewing goodies?

The label-less four plan on self releasing an album in the near future. Billboard recently interviewed the bass player, Dave Allen, and reported that they band's new material wasn't a "huge departure" from what they've done in the past. He is also excited for fans to hear them get back to their "roots".

Friday, February 8, 2008

Extra, Extra, Skeet all about it! - Playboy's 2008 Music Issue

It's officially out! Stay tuned for more info on Rock the Rabbit 2008 events, including the Late Night Party in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - hosted by some of our favorite NYC friends at + 1.

Playboy Rock the Rabbit 2008 Artists:

Iggy Pop
Duran Duran
Daft Punk
The Shins
Gogol Bordello
Hot Chip
Ghostland Observatory
Jamie T
Tokyo Police Club
The Pipettes
New Young Pony Club
Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s
Little Ones
The Oohlas
The Heavy
Working For A Nuclear Free City
The Beasts of Eden
DJ Dimitri from Paris

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Maynard's Dick is in town...

Silverlake Wine will be hosting a rare wine tasting session with an appearance by none other than Mr. Maynard "Maynard's Dick" James Keenan himself. Who is that? I ought to slap you silly. If you're in the Los Angeles area, you should go. Trust me.

Friday - February 8th
7pm - 9pm
$20 per person (you must call to RSVP, space is very limited)

Wines to taste:
2006 Merkin Vineyards "Chupacabra" California Red Wine
2005 Caduceus "Primer Paso" (Shiraz/Muscat/Chenin Blanc/Malvasia)
2005 Caduceus "Nagual de la Naga" (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese)
2005 Caduceus "Nagual del Sensei" (Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah)

Silverlake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd
LA, CA 90039

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 chicken soup for the music loving soul

Cat Power - Jukebox

Fear not, my babies. I am not neglecting you. I am in bed, sick beyond belief and I just wanted to post something to show that I have not forgotten about you. Enjoy some Cat Power and send me your good vibes. I could really use them right now!!


Thank you to Matador Records for posting this amazing shit. Muchos besos.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Oh, they're back. It's true

Below are a couple of clips from Portishead's show from last fall. Tickets for Coachella have already gone on sale. Portishead is scheduled to headline Saturday, April 26.

One comment: Why are people talking through the set? Ugh!



Being completely fucked up out of my mind and watching these videos restores my faith and passion for music. In the words of Marvin Gaye: "Ooooh... Make me wanna holla!"

Also, Portishead plans to release an album (their first in 11 years) on April 14th. Q Magazine is saying that the band is 'pushing their sound into harrowing, challenging territory.' We'll see about that...

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity

"I fail to recognize the correlation between 'losing 10K,' 'hospitalizing gorgeous' and 'a good deal.'"

Yeah, the staff from KCUF is fucked up, producing a bad ass show for all of your cats and kittens and having a ball.

"Stay tuned" for the launch date of the radio station. Enjoy this in the mean time: