Sunday, July 13, 2008

RATATAT & E*Rock @ the EchoPlex

E*Rock + RATATAT @ EchoPlex - July 12

E*Rock is the brother Evan e*vax Mast of Ratatat. His particular brand of laptop-rock/electronica included some Wii controllers that he masterfully controls on stage like Dr. Frankenstein in a lab creating monster beats and effects. Wish I had more time to write about this, because it was mind-blowing.

Here's a video interview with e*Rock that gives a little background on his career and some samples of the music he creates (courtesy of

Ratatat took the stage and confirmed my loved for the tracks on their newest album, LP3. Anyone who thinks that the album tamer than their previous releases should see Ratatat perform the songs live and then listen to the album again.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

One Two Three Four!

One, Two, Three, Four! I heard this cadence many times last night. And this is what it represents:

One - One Great night
Two - Two Venues. Two great friends.
Three - Three delicious beverages (at each venue)
Four - Four wonderful bands!

It was my first time going to the EchoPlex (below the Echo) and its a decent size venue (similar layout to the Independent in SF, possibly a bit bigger.) If you are ever going to a show here on a Thursday night, make note of the EARLY doors @ 7:30. Show started at 8pm with Castledor:

Tilly and The Wall followed shortly thereafter. The show was as energetic as I expected, but every song was played about 15% slower than you'd be used to hearing. Still extraordinary. I think I want to make babies with the tap-dancing Tilly.

We were out of The Echoplex by 10:15pm! So, we attempted to wait for another cab. This is an exercise in futility in LA. A bus came by, and we hopped it. $2.50 bus fare, took us about half-a-mile to Silver Lake Blvd. at which point I decided it would be a good idea to jog the rest of the way to Spaceland. I made it without dying, although I was excessively sweaty. As we walked in, we were greeted by a few members of The Builders and The Butchers who remembered me from their last performance. They hadn't yet performed, so it was perfect timing!

Finally, thanks to the diligent photo-taking of yours-truly, I was able to document that I saw Port O'Brien... and I'm pretty sure it was fun, though... things were a bit hazy at this stage.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Upcoming Shows

07/10 - Tilly & The Wall (EchoPlex)
07/12 - RATATAT (EchoPlex)
07/18 - Wolf Parade (Henry Fonda)
07/19 - The Action Design (Knitting Factory)
07/20 - Download Festival - Datarock, M83, Tapes 'n Tapes, etc.
07/23 - Mickey Avalon (Grove, Anaheim)
07/24 - Foxy Shazam + Scary Kids Scaring Kids (Key Club)
07/29 - Bloc Party + Does It Offend You, Yeah? (Mayan Theatre)
07/30 - The Hold Steady (Avalon)
08/06 - The Ting Tings (El Rey)
08/07 - The Faint (Henry Fonda)
08/23, 24 - Sunset Junction Street Fair (Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Menomena, The Happy Hollows, !!!, The Black Keys)
08/27 - Portugal. The Man (Troubadour)
08/28 - Portugal. The Man (Troubadour)
09/09 - Ratatat (Henry Fonda)
09/10 - Ratatat (Henry Fonda)
09/13 - Aesop Rock (Troubadour)
09/14 - Aesop Rock (Troubadour)
09/15 - Aesop Rock (Troubadour)
09/17 - Vampire Weekend (The Wiltern) 2 nights
09/18 - Tokyo Police Club (Henry Fonda)
09/18 - Vampire Weekend (Wiltern)
09/19-20 San Diego Street Scene (Hot Chip, TV on The Radio, New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Tegan & Sara)
09/20-21 Hot Chip (Wiltern)
09/21 - My Morning Jacket (Greek Theatre)
09/25 - Tussle + Ra Ra Riot (Echo)
10/01 - Stars (The Avalon)
10/02 - Gogol Bordello (The Grove - Anaheim)
10/02 - Sigur Ros (Greek Theatre)
10/02 - Stars (HOB Anaheim)
10/16-19 - Tegan & Sara (4 nights @ Henry Fonda)
10/30 - Fujiya & Miyagi (Troubadour)

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Monday, July 7, 2008

My New Favorite Blog

It's called 'Stuff White People Like' and it is Plus, it explains why I want to make babies with Jenny Lewis.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

June Archive

06/01 - Flight of the Conchords (Orpheum)
06/04 - The Long Blondes (Troubadour)
06/07 - Los Campesinos! (Troubadour)
06/08 - Los Campesinos! (Glass House)
06/11 - The Detroit Cobras (The Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa)
06/12 - The Builders and The Butchers (Spaceland)
06/12 - The Detroit Cobras (Troubadour)
06/12 - The Helio Sequence (echo)
06/14 - The Helio Sequence (Detroit Bar)
06/18 - Rilo Kiley (Greek Theater)
06/18 - The Secret Machines (The Viper Room)

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