Friday, December 7, 2007

See Her Runing Around She's The Girl About Town That You (Probably Haven't) Heard Of

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.

Saturday 12/8:

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?

Sunday 12/9:

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.

Monday 12/10:

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!

Tuesday 12/11:

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.

Wednesday 12/12:

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...

Thursday 12/13:

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.

Friday 12/14:

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!

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