August 31, 2014

DRIVE LIKE JEHU - LUAU

Just started listening to DLJ earlier this week and fuck…I’ve been missing out. This is some seriously great stuff.

August 30, 2014
Gig #51 of 2014: The Last and Drag The River

Chad of Drag The River, Joe & Mike Nolte of The Last.Photo by Lisa Torres

After hustling over from my first show of the night on Friday, August 29th, I made it to Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. There was quite the crowd there by the time The Last went onstage. They were celebrating the 35th anniversary of their landmark album “L.A. Explosion!” Naturally, their set was exclusively material from that record. They sounded in fine form, especially because the trio of Nolte Brothers, Joe, Mike, David, were all present. I just can’t help but feel excited any time the three of them and any of the old school members of the group play. It’s hard to believe they didn’t become as famous as some of their peers of people who they influenced, but they are beginning to get more recognition nowadays.

Drag The River went up to close the night, though, I was only able to stay for a portion of their set due to needing to be up early the following day. The place was jam packed for their set as they started to rip through their modern country classics. I wish I could have stayed for the whole thing but I’m sure there’ll be another chance.

August 30, 2014
Gig #50 of 2014: Venom Jackets

Last night, Friday, August 29th 2014, I decided to catch two shows in Long Beach. My first stop of the night was to see the brutalizing trio of VENOM JACKETS at 4th Stree Vine. It was a free show by the fine folks at Ghoulhouse Records. I arrived just to see the guys kickoff their set. You can hear the influence of early Rock & Roll as well as punk like The Cramps in their music, though there is a very heavy intensity to the performance that outstrips both. Their set was brief, it was just under twenty minutes. Not a second was wasted as they demolished the room. Highly recommend group to see. I unfortunately couldn’t stay to see the awesome Feral Kizzy, which I would see on a normal night. I had to make way to my second gig of the evening, THE LAST and DRAG THE RIVER at Alex’s Bar. 

August 29, 2014

Sleater-Kinney - “Jumpers” (live on The Late Show with David Letterman)

Just came across this exceptional live performance that SK did of “Jumpers” from their last album “The Woods” back in 2006 on Letterman. This performance doesn’t come across in the same cold and calculated manner that so many performances seem to have on late night tv. There is an intensity that oozes through every moment of the song. A must watch video if you’re a fan of Sleater-Kinney, or just excellently done music.

August 28, 2014

Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/Trent Reznor - “Mantra”

Hadn’t heard this jammy sounding tune by the above trio of dudes, though, it was part of the original music in Dave Grohl’s documentary “Sound City”. It’s nothing revelatory but it’s a pleasant enough groove and atmosphere.

August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Alice Coltrane!

In celebration of Alice’s birthday today, please enjoy my favorite piece of her music “Journey Into Satchindananda”. It’s mesmerizing and makes you feel as though you are floating downstream on your back watching the world pass by.

August 26, 2014
Gig #49 of 2014: The Dark Matters

This past Sunday, August 24th I went to see the folks of the newish band The Dark Matters play at Satellite in Silverlake. They have a handful of shows under their belt but are veterans of the LA music scene from having played in various bands of some renown. It was my first time seeing them and I was impressed. They blended a classic psychedelic sound with a stoner rock groove that made for excellent listening. I didn’t catch the names of any of the songs but I do know they will be heading out to Chicago this week to record with Steve Albini. Keep an ear out for them.

August 25, 2014
Gig #48 of 2014: Brendon Small

imagephoto from the twitter page of Steve Agee

Last Tuesday, August 19th, I caught a performance by Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small at the Baked Potato in Studio City. The format of the show was music heavy with Brendon’s band opening the show with a nearly 45 minute set, followed by some comedy. The band was incredibly tight as they moved through some intricately grooving tunes that bore the hallmarks of his playing but without the restrictions of his fictional band. Also present in the group is touring Dethklok guitarist Mike Keneally. When they came out to close the night with another set of music they even played “Thunderhorse”. I was most pleased. It was well worth being there. It also happened to be their drummers birthday, hence the picture above.

August 24, 2014

Black Sabbath - Lonely Is The Word

There some particularly beautiful moments in DIO-Era Black Sabbath that couldn’t have been reached with Ozzy. This is one of them.

August 23, 2014
"…the only killers on the street are the police."

— The Last, from the song “Difference” (1980)

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