La Femme and Sick of Sarah!

Hi guys! Two more of my blogs posted on LA Music Blog.

Go to this link to read my review of the La Femme Show at The Strange last Saturday night. And here are some of my favorite pictures from that night:

Also, go to this link to watch the new video for Sick of Sarah. Here is a picture of their new album:

Sick of Sarah

Good times.

mr. Gnome!

Guys my first LA Music Blog post went up!  I went to see mr. Gnome play at the Silverlake Lounge last Wednesday.  They were awesome and I highly recommend them.  Go here to read my review. I also shot the photos. Silverlake Lounge doesn’t have much in the way of lighting effects so I had to shoot these at 800 ISO. I’m proud of how (mostly) clear these pictures are because I had my aperture WAY open (sometimes to 1.8) and my shutter speed was like 6. I guess those ambles around Silver Lake working on my steady hand have been helping haha.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:

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Fringe Benefits

As I’ve mentioned, Kristyn is writing for LA Music Blog. This couldn’t have come at a better time for us for a few reasons:

A) Kristyn has always wanted to be a writer.

B) Kristyn has always wanted to work in the music industry in one way or another.

C) Because she needs to review music and shows, we have been able to get out of the house and listen to new music as a benefit of the job. All it costs us is a little gas and time to go to the shows. And Kristyn writes it up and feels a sense of accomplishment once it’s posted.

D) Since we’ve been here I’ve been following my dreams while Kristyn makes it possible by working hard at her job. It’s not the way I wanted it, just the way it worked out because I can’t find a job. She is finally getting to go after her dreams out here which makes us both happy.

E) Since Kristyn needs to take pictures of the shows, I have had to teach her how to use the DSLR which has strengthened my knowledge and hers at the same time.

F) We have things to look forward to which has resulted in us being a lot lot happier.

The other night we went to a show at The Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater. It’s the second show we’ve been to there since we came to LA, the first being The Gossip right when we got here.

The opening band was called “Telekinesis”. They are from Washington State and were SO good. It’s been a while since we’ve gone to see dude musicians so I think we were both pleasantly surprised. (We really only ever see women play just bc that’s where our musical tastes lie. Inadvertent sexism.)

Here is the curtain. I just thought it was pretty haha.

The band Kristyn actually came to review was “The Vaselines”. They actually were the inspiration for a lot of Nirvana’s music. As a formerly feverish Nirvana fan, it was awesome to see my hero’s hero live. I’d never actually heard a song by them until Kristyn brought the CD home. Turns out “Molly’s Lips” and a few other songs are covers of their songs. Did not know that.

They are from Scotland and were so adorable. They made me really homesick and desperate to finally visit Scotland myself.

And they were so goddamn cute. This band has been together since the 80s and you can tell they have an easy camaraderie by the little stories they tell on stage. I won’t say anymore about them because Kristyn hasn’t gotten a chance to review them yet.

The headliner is a band called “Superchunk”. I’ve heard of them but never actually heard their music before. I understand they have somewhat of a rabid fanbase but have never really known anyone who was a fan. Neither of us knew what to expect.

WELL. I am here to say that “Superchunk”, whether you are a fan or not, is an awesome concert to see live. They are tight and have a ton of energy. And they played for a LONG time.

I was feeling really queasy and the bass was making my stomach flip. We had been pressed up against this wall in front of the stage since before the show started. Kristyn needed to shoot the show and was able to stand in this little press area in front of the stage during the first three songs for each band. When we first got to the Music Box, there wasn’t really anyone there. We thought there had been a really poor turnout. Because we were facing forward the whole time, we had no idea how much the venue had filled up. When I decided to go find someplace to sit because I wasn’t feeling well, I was FLOORED to see how large the crowd had gotten. Here is my view from the stage when I got to ALMOST the back of the crowd.

I found a really nice antique armchair to rest my weary bones and distressed gastrointestinal system in while waiting for the show to end. Here is a picture of the lights in the lobby where I was waiting.

Next week we have another show to go to and it should be a lot of fun.

Oh also I’m really into “Little House on the Prairie” again. Cycle of life type shit.

Kristyn is writing for LA Music Blog!

Kristyn is writing for LA Music Blog! (Sorry for the weird picture of her, I have some better ones on my camera but not on my phone where I’m writing this. I like how hectic this picture is haha.)

Anyway, she got the gig through an internship she’s doing and here is a link to her first album review:

The Drums

Give it a read, I’m so proud of her! This is a dream come true for her so give her some hits. In the upcoming weeks, she’s going to be reviewing more albums and going to some local shows and doing write-ups for them too. Can’t wait to see what else she writes! : D

An Amazing Talent

Kristyn posted some Sia videos last night and I feel like it’s worth reposting. In case you don’t know who Sia is, she is a singer from Australia who has released a few albums on her own, with a band, had songs on TV shows and is currently working with Christina Aguilera on her new album. Her voice is incredible and if you follow her on Twitter, you’ll find she’s really sweet to boot. Anyway, we’re fans is the bottom line. Here’s my favorite song of hers. If this kind of music isn’t your cup of tea, just keep listening through to the end anyway. Her voice is incredible and will make the hairs stand up on the back of your ears (just making sure I’ve still got your attention):

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Also, she’s dating JD Sampson. What’s not to love?!

A Tribute

Fifteen years ago, exactly half my life ago, something awesome happened to me on January 8, 1995.  I forgot about it until yesterday and I wanted to post this song as a tribute to it.  Haha, awesome:

And this is just an awesome song:

When I was a teenager, I used to drool over Robert Plant wearing wearing that women’s shirt onstage in The Song Remains the Same.  Which reminds me, I REALLY need to watch that movie again.

OG Musical Slap Fight

Long before Biggie and Tupac made an East Coast/West Coast hairpulling contest happen, Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd hit the proverbial mat with a classic North/South Yanks/Confederates titty attack . According to my favorite unreliable source, Wikipedia, Neil Young wrote Southern Man about racism in the South. He felt like the South needed to make up for their bullcocky. Also, he’d gotten his arse kicked in Alabama for having long hair and had a bone to pick.

Here’s his love letter to the South:

“Southern Man”

Southern man
better keep your head
Don’t forget
what your good book said
Southern change
gonna come at last
Now your crosses
are burning fast
Southern man

I saw cotton
and I saw black
Tall white mansions
and little shacks.
Southern man
when will you
pay them back?
I heard screamin’
and bullwhips cracking
How long? How long?

Southern man
better keep your head
Don’t forget
what your good book said
Southern change
gonna come at last
Now your crosses
are burning fast
Southern man

Lily Belle,
your hair is golden brown
I’ve seen your black man
comin’ round
Swear by God
I’m gonna cut him down!
I heard screamin’
and bullwhips cracking
How long? How long?

Here’s the song:

Lynyrd Skynyrd was all, “Oh YEAH?!” and penned their own counter-attack song, Sweet Home Alabama. It’s not the same gravity of diss that today’s geniuses pen (“I gots more cars than you bitch!”) but Neil Young definitely felt the slap AND Alabama’s tourist council now has a theme song to this DAY. (And honestly where would karaoke night be without “Sweet Home Alabama”?! Ridiculousness.)

Here’s the lyrics:

Big wheels keep on turning,
carry me home to see my kin
singing songs about the southland.
I miss ole bamy once again and I think it’s a sin.

Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her.
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down.
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.

Sweet home Alabama where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to you.

In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor.
Now we all did what we could do.
Now Watergate does not bother me.
Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth.

Sweet home Alabama where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to you.

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
and they ve been known to pick a song or two.
Lord, they get me off so much,
they pick me up when I’m feeling blue, now how about you.

Sweet home Alabama where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to you.
Sweet home Alabama where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to you.

And here’s the song:

Personally I can’t take a side. I’m a Yankee by birthright and by nature and totes I agree with Neil. The South, you done fucked up. That being said, who does not like the infection jingle of the world’s most white trashiest song?

Musically, I prefer “Southern Man”. But “Sweet Home Alabama” kinda gets points for responding with aplomb, a good sense of humor and a positive outlook.

So who’s side are you on?

* My neighbors are going to slit my throat if I listen to “Southern Man” one more time. Either that or they’ll blast me out with their Polka. Either way I betta cut the shit and fall in line.

Good song: Sleater-Kinney “Modern Girl”

This was the song that I was telling you about the other day that always reminds me of Mitten. The song ended just as we pulled up to the animal hospital to put her to sleep. It always makes me cry. *sigh* Haha.

Also here is a bonus because it came on youtube after “Modern Girl” and I’m enjoying myself.

Here’s “Get up” from “The Hot Rock”.

Sleater-Kinney is Kristyn’s favorite band and I wouldn’t like it if she hadn’t subjected me to repeated listenings. “YOU…WILL…LIKE…THIS…” Haha, good times.