Just arrived home from seeing Wreckless Eric at Safari Sam's. He recorded songs for Stiff Records in the 70s (alongside Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe,) and released one of the most charming singles (in my humble opinion) to be associated with the punk movement, "Whole Wide World." That song sounded great tonight. He made full display of the sense of humor he is known for both in lyrics, and banter, "More acoustic guitar, more vocals, for her not me!" The her was Amy Rigby, who I'm sorry to say I didn't know of previously. She held her own when she took the lead on various songs, and had fun with her celver lyrics. All around good show, but wow am I tired.
So why post now you ask? Well, ordinarily I skip the rundown of upcoming shows/recommendations, figuring those are better left to the experts (namely Radio Free Silver Lake, and You Set The Scene.) If there is something that I feel is a must see, I'll mention it. But since there are some seriously amazing shows coming up, I thought I would list the rundown for the weekend and next week.
Friday (Tonight) 12/7:
Radars To The Sky, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, The Henry Clay People, & The Hectors at Spaceland
Naked Raygun at The Knitting Factory
From First To Last at The Troubadour
Meredith Meyer, Lissie, Todd McLaughlin, Malcolm Sosa, & Wheels of Fortune at Pehrspace
The Natural Disasters, National Treasure, Joshua Lanes, & The Monolators at Mr T's Bowl
Andrew Bird at The Orpheum
Jon Brion & Nels Cline at Largo
Idyllists, The Great Gleaming Sea, Black Sugar, & Rocking Horse People at The Scene
The Thermals, The Big Sleep, & The Scandells at The Echoplex
Club Underground pres The Bloody Hollies at The Echo
Jeremy Jay, Maria, The Chapin Sisters, & Black Umbrella at The Smell
Everybody & Nino Astronauta at El Cid
Deborah Harry at The Henry Fonda
Dengue Fever at The Getty
Your options for Friday night are essentially endless. So it really comes down to what you are most in the mood for. If you were/are into American post punk/hardcore in the mid- eighties then you likely already knew that Naked Raygun are playing at the Knitting Factory, and you likely already have a ticket. This is just a friendly reminder for you. If you prefer something a bit more local band friendly, the line-up at Spaceland promises to be good. I've not yet seen Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, but I've seen The Henry Clay People, Radars To The Sky, and The Hectors. If you are looking for a night of fun, solid, local rock bands I don't think you will be disappointed with this one. The Natural Disasters, and The Monolators at Mr. T's Bowl, and Malcolm Sosa of Rademacher at Pehrspace are other notalable options in the way of local stuff. Of course my favorite (almost) local popstars Maria are playing at the Smell along with Jeremy Jay, The Chapin Sisters, and Black Umbrella. I've seen all of these bands before, and they are all fantastic. This is certainly the show that I would attend if I weren't already planning on The Thermals at the Echoplex. The Thermals are one of those bands that I try to see every time they make it to town. I love all of their songs, and they have tons of energy on stage that always seems to carry into the audience. Plus, at the risk of sounding totally girly about it, Hutch is really nice to look at.
Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Lovelikefire, Alex And Sam, & Lola Gayle-Sandgren at Bordello
Not In The House, Scrappers, Half Assteroids, & Fasto Jetson at Mr T’s Bowl
Tea Leaf Green @ The Troubadour
Dirt Dress, Black Shirts & Combat! at Pehrspace
Jon Brion & Nels Cline at Largo
Stay Fucked, Good For Cows, Grandpire at The Smell
The Moving Picture Show at The Crash Mansion
Balkan Beat Box & Dengue Fever at The Echoplex
This Moment in Black History, Haunted George, & The Slighted at The Scene
Juliette & The Licks, Scissors For Lefty, & Suffrajett at The Roxy
The Coral Sea, The Playing Favorites (feat. members of Sugarcult and Lagwagon), Light FM, & Exitmusic at Spaceland
There are definitely some good options on Saturday. However, there is really nothing appealing enough to have me reconsidering taking a much needed break in order to decorate my Christmas tree (and likely fall asleep at 9:30...) Any one else have a suggestion or two?
Ragsy at The Hotel Cafe
Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Tara Busch, & Lil’ JJ Fats From The Valley Of The Ashes at Tangier
Tommy Peacock and the Gas, The Weazels, & Moan Red at The Scene
Punk Rock Karaoke at Spaceland
Part Time Punks w/ Medium Medium, & Abe Vigoda at The Echo
Demoted & Sirvenamar at Mr T’s Bowl
Shonen Knife at The Knitting Factory
Prefuse 73 at The Troubadour
Sunday is a tough call. Do I attend what is sure to be an endlessly fun, loud, pop night with Japanese girl group Shonen Knife , or what is sure to be an excellent, and very cool dance party from post punk heroes Medium Medium at the Echo? Perhaps I'll have compensate for my lack of show going on Saturday by making it to two on Sunday? We'll see.
Radio Free Silver Lake Presents Rock Against HD w/ The Movies, The Western States Motel, Sarah (The Happy Hollows) Negahdari, The Spires, Thailand, & James Patrick (Buffalo Roam) at Safari Sam’s
Brandon Mayer And The Hidden Powers at The Silver Lake Lounge
Deerhoof @ The Avalon
The Binges @ Spaceland
Tool at The Nokia Theatre
Goon Moon at The Troubadour
Performer Magazine presents: The Binges, The Wildbirds, Codebreaker at Spaceland
Indie 103.1’s Check One.. Two w/ Eskimohunter at The Viper Room
Radio Free Silver Lake's Rock Against HD benefit at Safari Sam's has an amazing line up. You can hear tracks from artists that are playing the night here. And it's for a good cause. Both squaregirls will be in attendance, and so should you!
Shiloe, Wait Think Fast, The New Room, & Never At Night at The Scene
John Gold, The Rosewood Thieves, & Eugene at Bordello
Icarus Line at Safari Sam’s
The Shys at The Troubadour
David Bazan (of Pedro The Lion) at Spaceland
The Mojave & Hollerado at The Silver Lake Lounge
I don't know much about most of the artists that are playing this night, except for Dave Bazan. I don't spend too much time with my Pedro The Lion records these days, but every time I see Dave Bazan live I tend to want to. He's got a really interesting way with words, and his live performance commands ones attenion in a very subtle way.
Squaregirls & Radio Free Silver Lake Present Le Switch, Princeton, & The Health Club at The Scene
AM Pacific, Gretchen Lieberum, Marina’s Daughter, & The Golden Ratio @ Bordello
Club Moscow w/ Moving Picture Show & The Squares @ Boardner’s
Last Kiss Or Kill Show w/ Bang Sugar Bang, The Randies, Midway, Silver Needle, & Underwater City People at El Cid
Indie 103 present CLUB NME w/ Office, Tiger City, Via Audio at Spaceland
Mia Doi Todd, Anders & Woods, & Sara Lov at Tangier
Jesca Hoop at The Troubadour
The Rosewood Thieves, Eugene, Eyes In Elegance, Voxhaul Broadcast, & Morning Benders at The Silver Lake Lounge
You should already know where I'll be on this night, but here is another friendly reminder. We Squaregirls are so far beyond excited to be presenting our night at the Scene Bar with Princeton, The Health Club, and our most major crush Le Switch. Yep, the squaregirls' date with Le Switch that we've been looking forward to for ages is finally here! To celebrate the occasion we are pulling out some of our favorite vinyl, and baking cookies! Surely you won't want to miss this one...
The Modlins Record Release Party w/ Eux Autres, Swim Party, & The Fresas @ The Silver Lake Lounge
Ferraby Lionheart & Richard Hawley @ The Troubadour
West Indian Girl, Sara Melson, & DJ Scott Sterling @ Bordello
If I haven't given way to a sleep deprivation coma, I'll be at the Silver Lake Lounge on this night. I love everything that I've heard from Eux Autres, and I'm trying deperately to figure out where I know about The Modlins from. What I'm listening to right now sounds pretty cute.
Christmas Sweater Party w/ The Deadly Syndrome, The Mae-Shi, The Happy Hollows, The Pity Party, & Eskimohunter @ The Crash Mansion
Imperial Teen & Midnight Movies @ The Troubadour
Jessica Fichot, Pink Mochi, Hearts Of Palm UK, & Murder On The Moon @ El Cid
The Christmas Sweater festival sounds intriguing, and Imperial Teen are always great. However, for me, Friday will be a day of rest. Anyone else know anything good coming up? Let us know, we always love to hear it!