L.A. Records and KXLU put on the very first annual Manimal Festival at Pappy and Harriet's in Joshua Tree this weekend. I drove out with The Dirty Mop and Team Van Breene and we had a fantastic time dancing around in the dirt with the farm animals and hipster-hippies in ol' Pioneer Town. Manimal Vinyl Records represent a number of amazing local LA bands including: Hecuba, Aquaserge, Bat For Lashes, Ariel Pink, Rio En Medio, Rainbow Arabia, Winter Flowers and The Chapin Sisters, just to name a few. Click on their link above to explore this wonderful label more.
Stand out performances from this weekend came from Rainbow Arabia and Hecuba. Rainbow Arabia sounds exactly like their name. The married duo performed after the sun set with a lit up neon stage and life size paper tiger. I became a fan of Hecuba after lurking around their myspace but now that I saw them live I love them even more. Everyone that performed at the festival were all very unique and amazing, but these two bands got everyone dancing and were my favorite.
MP3 Rainbow Arabia - Tiny Tiny Man
MP3 Rainbow Arabia - I Know I See I Love I Go
MP3 Hecuba - Sir
MP3 Hecuba - Yes
HECUBA Sir 12" EP with Free Download Coupon is available now. $11.99 plus shipping.
-Purchase through Manimal Vinyl Records
* Hecuba - June, 12 2008 at ECHO CURIO w/ David Scott Stone, Fantastic Magic & Voice On Tape
1519 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
* Rainbow Arabia - June, 20 2008 at Live on the air KXLU 88.9 Demolisten, Fridays 6-8pm
**** Check out the pictures Mapi took on the KXLU Photo Blog. Some of them are pretty embarrassing for me... but we had a blast.