Monday, September 15, 2008

Roman Alexander and The Robbery - The real "Making of the Band" band

Roman Alexander and The Robbery have had one hell of a ride. Literally.

BE ADVISED: This is one band that I would recommend seeing live before hitting up their myspace page. The tracks and recordings on the site just don't do the band's sound any justice. Read on, and then get your ass to Big's Bar in Fullerton (645 S State College Blvd Ste I, Fullerton, CA) on Wednesday night (yes, Los Angeles peeps, this means you have to travel to the other side of that orange curtain). If anything, go for the cheap drinks. But trust me, there will be more to enjoy than just cheap booze,

The story behind the making of this band of robbers is just as interesting as their sound - a menagerie riddled with reggae soul (oddly enough, half of the members don't even care for reggae), contemporary-adult guitar chords (think John Mayer and Blind Melon) and spiritual, blues-esque progressions. Transplant another member from Florida, let him learn how to play a little harmonica, add it to the mix and your got yourself Roman Alexander and The Robbery. These guys have gone through the bullshit, trials and tribulations that bands that have been together for YEARS go through in a matter of MONTHS. But, alas, the cancerous elements have since left the band and the current line up is solid and ready to jam on it!

You don't have to take my word for it; just go to Big's, have a beer and take a listen for yourself. Roman Alexander, lead vocalist and leader of the pack, will shake and soothe you within the same song with his voice while Jeff Carruth and Matt Mc David display their skills on the drums and guitar. Be sure to look out for the bass player, Ryan Reno, texting and taking breaks during intros and solos...ever the professional.

They really kill it on stage when they start to play them moody blues, though. If you dig any of the Blind Melon B-sides or rarities, shit, even if you dig any of their mainstream stuff, you will enjoy listening to these guys live. Perfect booze tunes. In fact, since I can't pin point a genre to classify these guys in, I created a new one: Booze Tunes.

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Le Castle Vania shit for your ears

Lil Miss Killer and Co. are gearing up for Nocturnal this weekend and in honor of electro hot shit, I present you with a lil treat, straight from Mister Le Castle Vania, himself.

I bring you with the Le Castle Vania + Computer Club - The Messiah:

Click it to lick it. Enjoy!

And now you know why they call it HOT-lanta!

Be sure to stop by the So Sweet Electrodome at Nocturnal to have Le Castle Vania make you sweat out on the dance floor.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Silverlake Conservatory of Music Celebrates 4th Annual “Hullabaloo” Benefit

This annual event returns on Saturday, September 27th and will be hosted at the beautiful lil city gem known as Union Station. A donation of $125 is asked of those that attend and if you are down for the cause you will be treated to hors d'oeuvres, a light buffet, and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer and champagne throughout the evening. There will also be a silent and live auction to raise funds for the school's various programs. Tickets are only available online, through the schools web site: Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

If you don't know what the Silverlake Conservatory of Music is, click on it to learn more information. It's an amazing cause and it's benefitting the kids, and who doesn't want to help the kids? Evil people, that's who! You'll be helping the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's scholarship program assist more than 150 low-income students whose families would otherwise be unable to afford instruments and/or lessons - as well as to expand the school's summer camp program and general operations. Longtime friend, magician Rob Zabrecky will join the line up again this year as the live Auctioneer. Where do you know Rob from? He MCs the Drums Inside Your Chest events every year, too.

Who's going to perform? Well, you have SCM students, Dean, co-founder Keith Barry, faculty, and of course, the school's other co-founder, Flea. Special guests include famed trumpeter Roy Hargrove, jazz singer Roberta Gambarini and members of the LA Philharmonic. All this, plus an open bar for only $125. Oh yes, and you get to brag to your friends about how you help kids out and keep the music alive in their hearts. That's a bargain if you ask me.

Silverlake Conservatory of Music Celebrates 4th Annual “Hullabaloo” Benefit
Saturday, September 27th
5:00pm – 11:00pm
Union Station
800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

$125 Donation

Kanye West loses his shit

Click here to watch the footage.