Today is Record Store Day! The release I’m looking forward to the most is the new album by THEE OH SEES, “Drop”. The music video for the title track is playfully psychedelic and will get your eyes all twisted up.
This past Tuesday I went to The Satellite in Silverlake to catch the Little Richard tribute show they had. I was mainly interested in seeing Tom Kenny (voice actor of Spongebob fame) and The Do-Its. Tom performed a mini-set that showed him with the vocal chops that have made him as good of a voice actor as he is. His stage presence was playful but commanding. Tom also has the vocal trio of The Damselles as part of his group as well. The Do-Its went on immediately afterwards and were able to match, if not exceed, the energy that Tom Kenny and his group had. The two mini-sets these two groups did was more than worth the drive out.
One year ago today the men of FLAG played their first show at the Redondo Beach Moose Lodge. Former Black Flag Members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena, are joined by Descendents/ALL guitarist Stephen Egerton in bringing this music to life.
I was invited to this show by the band and couldn’t have been happier to have been part of this gig. In my mind this is the best live performance I have seen from any band. This show oozed more intensity and passion than any of the footage I have seen of the ‘official’ Black Flag helmed by Greg Ginn.
This video is their performance of the Dukowski penned song “MY WAR”.
Note: this is also the 1,000th post here on the Endless Sound blog. Woo!
This Monday, April 14th I went to see Haunted Summer at The Bootleg Theatre in LA. They craft a sonic space that is incredibly psychedelic without resorting to the cliches of the genre. This was their first show back in LA after finishing up their first full headlining tour on the west coast. From the moment they took the stage to the moment they finished it was apparent how much they have been playing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The band is currently in the process of making their next record.
OFF! - RED WHITE AND BLACK
New video for the song “RED WHITE AND BLACK” by OFF! from their stellar new album “WASTED YEARS”.
There is something very sweet about this video that features Carlos Santana reuniting with his percussionist Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, after decades apart. Marcus was homeless at the time a news crew found him late last year. Go ahead and hit if you need a feel good moment today.
For gig #24 of this year I wound up at The Lexington in downtown LA. The venue is right along the same stretch as The Smell and 5 Star Bar are located. I went to the gig primarily for Exorcisms but wound up staying for all three bands.
Exorcisms blues/punk/rock & roll sound has the right balance of each element during a live performance. Their sets are paced very well and frontman David Alfredo Lopez’s voice commands just as well as guitar playing. Bass player Hannah and drummer Will make for an excellent rhythm section that can deftly move between the changes in the music without any sort of problem. A solid show all around from them.
A Lovely Sort of Death have a sound I can only describe as a punk influence psych band. The heaviness and aggression in the music alternates with moments that allow the music to breath. Their drummer is an absolutely animal, throwing himself into every beat and fill. There were a couple of moments where I was remind of the mighty Big Business.
I was pleasantly surprised by closing band Maniac. They played a straight forward brand of punk that was decidedly fast and melodic. In a different time they would probably be called pop-punk. I don’t mean that in the derivative form that was popular in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. They had too much aggression for that. It was hard not to like their stage presence and catchy tunes.
All in all it was another good night living in the city.
Last night JAIL WEDDINGS played their final show with co-vocalist Jada Wagensomer at The Echoplex in LA. The hour long set culled from both of their full length LPs and in particular, the spectacular record “Meltdown” from last year. It was a fiery performance that had the band firing on every drunken cylinder to give a proper send off to Jada. My only regret in seeing Jail Weddings the several times I have is that I didn’t see them more often with Jada. I look forward to seeing who may step into her role.
This is where I’ll be tonight. Jail Weddings shows push band and audience alike to places where you might begin to feel uncomfortable, perhaps, because you can hear parts of your life in the music. This is going to a very special performance due it being the final show with co-vocalist Jada Wagensomer.
I’ve always held a special place for the early work of DJ Shadow. This in-studio performance he did for KCRW in 2012 shows his live set-up while performing the song “Organ Donor”. An all-time favorite.
- “Sometimes you meet someone and even though you never liked brown eyes before, their eyes are your new favorite color.”— Anonymous (via icy-brunette)