By Joel Robinson
Hello to you, our Radio Free Silver Lake readers! Tuesday is here but this week does not bring with it a ticket giveaway opportunity. Instead we're just gonna' take a brief second to remind all of what Tuesday Ticket Giveaway is all about.
In just the last few months RFSL has provided lucky readers who "get in the mix" free entry to many great local venues for a bunch of excellent live music experiences. Spaceland, the Echo, The Bootleg Theater, Pehrspace, the El Rey, The Smell, The Viper Room, The Troubadour, these are just a few of the venues we have featured in past giveaways. From legendary sites to terrific hole-in-the-wall rooms, they're great spots all, right here in our own neighborhoods! And the music being presented at these venues? Too many great groups to list here; take a spin through RFSL's Ticket Giveaways posts for a look at what has been on the bill...absolutely outstanding!
We hope you are all enjoying the posts at Radio Free Silver Lake throughout the week and are keeping an eye out for a chance at free entry to a show that works for you. We also hope that RFSL readers will help us make the site as good as it can be; if you have any feedback regarding Tuesday Ticket Giveaway please add a comment below or drop an e-mail to "RFSLjoel(at)gmail(dot)com" and we'll give it a look. Thanks!
Well that is what Tuesday Ticket Giveaway is about...sharing the kick-a$$ music scene all around us with all who venture through RFSL land. So come on back and check in next Tuesday as we get back in the game with a great giveaway opportunity! Until then, be better than well!!! -jdr
by Brad Roberts
Other than Herbie Hancock at Hollywood Bowl, there's a scarcity of major name shows, shining a light on the fertile local scene instead. The major music event of the week appears to be the FYF Fest downtown, but I find the line up a little lackluster, though I'm sure that there are those who will disagree. As the city slows down for Labor Day weekend, it's a welcome breather leading up to a fall season that promises to be a brutal endurance test of pleasurable experiences. Everyone from Arcade Fire to Broken Social Scene to Pavement to Eels are on my schedule, with a hundred shows in between.
Gliss are on the final Twilight Sleep residency bill at Silver Lake Lounge, and they are an amazingly talent threesome who have been favorites of mine for a few years already. The way they rotate musical instruments could easily be seen as a stunt, but when you hear how well each plays every instrument, you just say, "oh yeah, they have to". And their Los Angeles/Copenhagen home bases make their fuzzy/glam/Euro-pop/indie psychedelics make perfect sense. And speaking of Monday residencies coming to a close, Fol Chen have had, maybe, the most creative, free-form residency I''ve ever heard of. From having a metal band cover their songs...to a chance for audience members to come on stage and be recorded for the next album, no matter whether they could play or sing or not. The Echo has been the scene of chaos for the past few weeks. Madness.
You have to dig a little deep, but there are shows around town with a lot of highly recommended bands like Helen Stellar, George Glass and Death To Anders, The Submarines, The Pity Party, and more. Just check below for the details.
(Four, actually... That's the name of her upcoming album, which arrives on Sept 14th.)
We spoke with Radle -- who just announced a Saturday night residency at Casey's downtown -- about her musical career, solo and otherwise.
Congrats on the release of Four. How long has it been in the works?
Thanks! It's been in the works for about six years. I had started putting a collection of songs together for my fourth solo album in late 2004 when I was living in Dallas. I met Matt Sharp in early 2005, and he asked me to move to Los Angeles to help re-form The Rentals. At that point, The Rentals became my temporary main focus for a few years, but I continued to write songs for myself on the side, and recorded demos at home in the meantime. When I left The Rentals, I decided to finally get this thing recorded. I worked on the demos from home, re-worked some of the old songs, and decided which new ones would make the cut. I finally headed into a proper studio in early 2010 to record the album.
Lower Heaven Aim High
Tonight at the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Boulevard), Canadian psych-rock band Black Mountain will be headlining an amazing show of psychedelic wonders. However, fans of dark and brooding throwback rock will have a lot to be thankful for when the opening act for the night, Lower Heaven, take the stage for the first time in months.
I caught up with the band last week to chat with them about the upcoming EP they are working on completing, the pros and cons of playing SXSW, and opening for such great bands as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, and now Black Mountain (next logical step: a reunited Black Sabbath).
By Joel Robinson
This just in from Radars to the Sky:
Jed was last seen on a funicular en route to Lake Como, lip locked with nurse Catherine Barkley. Holding down the Video Free Silver Lake fort this week is our own stoic hero and Count Greffi figure, Eli Monolator.
By Eli Monolator
Hi everyone--this is Eli from The Monolators & Cobra Lilies & Your Mom Your Dad & Shirley Rolls. I've been trying to think of some kinda theme for my guest column here, but I've sort of drawn a blank--and I don't want to repeat stuff already posted by all of the great previous guest columnists. Geoff Geis already very ably schooled us in contemporary pop, Seasons and Matthew Teardrop have the local scene covered, and John Graney lead us by the sweaty paws into the land of surf rock, which is something very near and dear to my heart (I listened to little else when I was in high school--"Pipeline" was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play on the guitar. True fact there). So, I think I'm just gonna cop out and post some music-related things that I am mildly-to-full-blown obsessed with these days, but without much rhyme or reason. Basically, this is stuff that BLOWS MY MIND. Also--unlike Matthew I AM going to go ahead and be a jerk and post a clip of one of my own bands (there's a reason--more on that later). Also also--I had a really hard time editing this down to half-a-dozen clips, and in the end I gave up and went a little overboard. I think I'm at 9 here. Sorry.
So, to begin: anyone who knows me is aware of my fondness for ABBA. I'm not going to post anything of theirs right now, as magnificent as they are--instead I am going to post a clip by another obsession of mine, one of the coattail-riding groups that sprang up in ABBA's wake: Luv'. Luv' was kinda-sorta the Netherlands' answer to ABBA, except instead of two married couples you get three ladies singing insanely catchy disco-pop tunes in goofy outfits. Good enough for me! If you watch enough of their videos you can see that, while they sing and dance more or less as a single unit, each of the girls actually has her own persona: there's The Blonde One. There's The Exotic One. And then there's The Slightly Mousy One Who Actually Does Most of the Heavy Lifting in the Singing Department. Here's one of my favorite songs of theirs, along with a nonsensical, ultra-low-budget video that must have seemed pretty awesome when it first came out in the 1978 (my favorite part: the bubble-bath piano, with the ferns--but the whole thing is GOLD). Actually I could go on about this video all night--it might be my single most favorite thing on earth. We have talked about recreating it, shot for shot, but have yet to get around to it:
Still Tuesday here at Radio Free Silver Lake and still more great stuff a-coming our way! With this week's offerings, everybody is a winner.
This Thursday, RFSL friends Radars to the Sky will be celebrating the release of their first full length album Supra / Infra, and would love for as many RFSL readers as possible to join in on the fun. RFSL compatriot blog, Buzzbands, presents the commemorative night as dj'd by Buzzbandster Kevin Bronson. Radars to the Sky will be at Spaceland, joined on the evening by Death To Anders, Smokers In Love, and a RFSL favorite we'll call "The James K. Polk Folk" (for now).
With Supra / Infra (cover art seen at left) now available for our ears, we will be reminded of the tremendous quality of music Radars to the Sky provides; and with them on stage at Spaceland come Thursday night, we will be reminded once again of how well their stage presence delivers it.
Along with Radars to the Sky, Death To Anders returns to the stage. Smokers In Love join in on the fun as well. But wait, there's more; "The James K. Polk Folk" join the party themselves (he types as if he knows what he's talking about)...more about that later this week!
So, on to the giveaways...Thanks to Radars to the Sky, we are able to offer free entry to one lucky RFSL reader and guest along with a free copy of Supra / Infra. But again there's more! Thanks also to RttS, ALL readers who enter the contest will be able to pick up their very own free copy of Supra / Infra at the show come Thursday night!
So enter the mix by dropping an e-mail to "RFSLjoel(at)gmail(dot)com” (if you are 21 or older). Include "Radars to the Sky at Spaceland" in the subject line and your full name (and any other comments you may have) in the e-mail text. To be certain you get in the mix, we'll need that e-mail by Noon on Thursday.
Remember, no losers here: One free show + CD winner; a free CD for all who enter the contest and attend the show (where they may pick-up said CD); and a terrific show and great new album for all! Thanks, Radars to the Sky! -jdr