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31 mar 2008, 05:34
Wed 26 Mar – Kaki King, Matt sheehy
The Kaki King show at the Roxy was pretty amazing. She's crazy amazing at what she does. Most of her songs are instrumental but even her voice isn't bad at all. I guess most people knew "Pull me Out Alive" from having seen the video. It was only the third song in her set and as the show went on, the songs were even more amazing. The An Horse cover she played during the encore was really good and I'm excited now because I get to see them in April when they open for Tegan and Sara. I started getting used to using a slide so maybe I could pick up the Lap Steel guitar. I don't know about growing my finger nails real long to pick like that though. I don't think I could do that.
After the show, I wanted to talk to the bands but I was too shy and I knew some people there from some message boards but I didn't know what they looked like so I didn't recognize anyone. Right as I got up to go talk to Kaki though, Missy Higgins walked by. I had read that she was living in LA temporarily because her US tour begins in May but I wasn't expecting to see her at all until then. I was even more shy to talk to her but I had a good time over all.
And then on the way home, I got a ticket. Minor infraction, failure to obey signs (I didn't see any signs but it was 1am and I was tired). I put it on the refrigerator underneath my sister's A and B report card.
5 feb 2008, 08:30Mon 4 Feb – Vampire Weekend
If you've been listening to Kroq, or on youtube lately, or if you watched David Letterman on Friday then you probably know or are just getting to know Vampire Weekend. They've been one of my new favorite bands since MPR put "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" up back in August '07. MPR is a really good source for the new up and coming. Annuals is another new find I love. But these guys from New York played tonight at the Amoeba music store right next to the Arclight theater where the AFI festival happens. I'm beginning to really love that part of Sunset Blvd. These guys are pretty cool though. Really nice guys, really into talking about music and their new Tour. Their in store show was also free which was cool in addition to the fact that their only other LA show is completely sold out. Both Vampire Weekend and Annuals are going to be at Coachella.
I met another dude involved with invisible children and actually lives in Spring Valley where I grew up. Small fucking world. He designs shoes, sells them and gives the money to IC. He was wearing a pair and they're pretty cool.
On the way home, I noticed a circus so I was like... wtf. So I decided, hell, I'll go visit this circus. It was a mexican circus and the cost was $20 but no one was outside or selling tickets so I just walked in and sat down while everything was going on. It was kind of weird and funny and weird.
Tomorrow Black Mountain is playing at the Troubadour. I might see familiar faces. That would be nice.
24 jan 2008, 23:21Sun 20 Jan – Mêlée
I went to see Mêlée, a band from Orange County, at the Glass House in Pomona on Sunday. I had never actually been to the Glass House before but it's actually a pretty cool little venue inside. It's mostly college students and locals. This show was the last show of their small headlining tour. Their new stuff is pretty good but their money song is still "war", which they save for the very end. Opening for them was Venus Infers, Until June, and Matt White... all really great bands. I got a t-shirt and CD signed by Mêlée... and then got a CD and poster signed by Until June.
14 jul 2007, 23:50Fri 25 Jan – Au Revoir Simone
Verses Of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation
I'm listenning to Au Revoir Simone's 2006 album "Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation". I'm really loving this band. Their sad songs feel more like a deep tissue massage than a stab in the heart like a lot of the mainstream songs I've been listening to lately. Their songs like "Stay Golden" (which I first heard in one of the Four Eyed Monsters Podcasts) and "Back in Time" leave me feeling relaxed and assured. They get poppy with songs like "Hurricanes" and then calm it down with songs like "The Winter Song". If Eisley decided to replace their musicians with synthesizers and drum machines, this is probably what they would sound like.
They're coming to California in late August. I might be able to catch them in West Hollywood, San Diego or possibly Santa Monica.... we'll see.