Mark Oliver Everett of the Eels
Mark Oliver Everett of the Eels
Happy record store day. We are just at the start of the process. Not sure when it will be released, but we are currently in the studio, recording new songs and having a great time.
Happy Days! THE MURDER CITY DEVILS are recording a new album!
The Kinks - Strangers
Just cause it’s a beautiful song. Even better with love in your life.
Instrumental doom band Gonga with Beth Gibbons of Portishead covering the track Black Sabbath by BLACK SABBATH? YES. Dreams do come true.
I made it out to The Echo in LA yesterday to catch So Many Wizards and DIOS. It was a little strange to arrive there when there was still so much daylight around. Nevertheless, I arrived in time to see the formidably well honed music of So Many Wizards. SMW has been playing with more than a bit of regularity a brand of Pop/Psych/Shoegaze that is incredibly infectious. It had been some time since I had seen them live and they didn’t disappoint. Might have to go see them again soon.
DIOS was at the top of the pile of bands that came from the South Bay area of LA back in the early to mid-2000’s. Their self-titled debut record is a beautiful mixture of perfectly arranged pop and observational introspection. Based on the strength of their debut album they were also asked to play Coachella that year. The personnel of the group has shifted quite a bit in recent years and has been largely inactive. Last night saw most of the core group reconvene: singer/songwriter Joel Morales, his brother Kevin, bass player JP, and keyboard player Jimmy. A few friends in the local LA music scene helped flesh out the performance with as many as nine people onstage at any time. They celebrated the ten year anniversary of their debut album by performing it in their entirety. The set was a very faithful recreation of the record but it still felt fresh when heard live. It was a nice stroll to a decade ago when everyone was still unsure of the next few months, much less the next decade.
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”.