Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Golden Animals, The Starlite Desperation at Redwood Bar aka "The Pirate Bar"
Mp3 - Golden Animals - Try On Me
Mp3 - The Starlite Desperation - Born To Be Dizzy
Japanther, All Leather, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Killer Dreamer, The Amazements
Mp3 - Japanther - Cable Babies
Mp3 - Japanther - Seventy Nine
Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd, LA, CA 90028
7-10pm/rsvp @ samanthapleet.com
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I hope you caught el Guincho on KXLU just now on Part Time Punks with Michael Stock. I tried to record it and was planning on uploading it here but it recorded everything... so it's me talking to my friend with the interview turned down too low to really hear. I'm bummed I missed it so I hope you didn't. This dashing, young talent from Barcelona is performing tonight at The Echo. I love his light-hearted, Spanish melodies and instrumental dancey beats. He is a one-man-band but always sounds like he's having a party. If I wasn't sick, I would be there tonight.
at The Echo tonight - 8:30pm
Here are a couple of songs off of his new album, Alegranza.
And the video for Palmitos Park is cute:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Poladroid: "Now that Polaroid is no longer, instant photography shutterbugs are hoarding what little of the expensive Polaroid film they have left, only to use it for "special" occasions. Lucky for Mac owners who prefer the camera's retro look to the slick boldness of modern digital photography, this free application can makeover any photo with the vintage color saturation of a Polaroid picture, complete with the traditional white frame."
-from Trendcentral IG Picks
I love that this application even gives you random thumbprints and dirt marks on the photos. I wish it allowed you to scale your pictures to the polaroid frame, but it doesn't so sometimes you get cut off (sorry eric!) and have to resize yourself and guess.
MAC users click on the link above to download. Then start dragging your pictures into the camera. Once the photos develop you can "save-as" a jpg and wah-la! Shaking is not really necessary. Here are some of my pictures of my friends, family, kittens and me that were very difficult to layout the way I wanted. Click on then to enlarge.
This song reminds me of a commercial for this app...
MP3 - Kraak & Smaak - Squeeze Me
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
With our suffering economy and the dramatic rise in gold's price, people today are actually panning for gold as a source of income. Harrigan McGregor, owner of Gold Fever Prospecting, a mining equipment retailer in northern California, claims that California is experiencing it's second big gold rush nearly 160 years later. McGregor's business has significantly boosted by the number of people quitting their jobs to take on gold panning full-time. Risky...!
If I don't get this job I've been interviewing my ass of for and Plan B falls through then I'm a get my pan out and head for them hills. Plan D, rob a bank. (shhhhhhh...)
Here are some songs about GOLD. Some of the titles are a stretch but I don't wannna hear no crit-tism or complainin' or I'll hit chu upside yer stupid little head with dis here Groundhog Pick I bought off of ol' McGregor.
MP3 - Brian Eno - Velvet Goldmine
MP3 - Prince - Gold
MP3 - High Places - Golden
MP3 - Stranglers - Golden Brown
MP3 - Micachu - Golden Phone
MP3 - Boney M - Heart of Gold (Neil Young Cover)
MP3 - The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
MP3 - Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
MP3 - Au Revoir Simone - Stay Golden
MP3 - Put Down That Science Pole - Where's The Gold?!?!
MP3 - Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger
MP3 - White Rainbow - Guilded Golden Ladies
MP3 - Felt - Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow
Monday, November 17, 2008
I should have blogged about this festival before it happened... but I ran out of time. I missed the guest list and wasn't sure I wanted to shell out $20, (although you can't beat that price for all these bands), times are a bit tight right now... so we had to get a little creative... So glad I went! Part Time Punks every Sunday night at The Echo in Echo Park and every Thursday 2-6pm on KXLU, 88.9FM Los Angeles and streaming world wide.
Bands I saw in order I saw them:
Vivian Girls - Hot girls from Brooklyn that rock the house. I would love to see them at a crazy house party or small dumpy venue with a lot of drunk teenagers. The crowd just stood there and nodded their heads to their punky, surf synths and melodic singing. Vivian Girls are cute but every song sounded the same to me. I wanted someone to wail. I got bored, but their CD is good.
MP3 - Tell The World
MP3 - Where Do You Run
Nervous Gender & Medium Medium - I honestly don't know these two bands very well. Nervous Gender had much appreciated personality. The band was an eclectic mix of age and style. The singer looked like an Irish Mobster that at one point bent over and pointed his ass to the audience in a very Ace Ventura like performance. There was a cute asian girl on bass, a young, long-haired guy on guitar and another older dude on... something else. They had a prominent voice and held the crowd for a solid three of four songs.
Medium Medium played downstairs in the Echoplex and as my friend Jenny said, "Who are those old dudes downstairs with the saxophone?"
- I couldn't find any tracks for these guys... btw, a lot of saxophone last night.
Love is All - I was fading and wondering how long I would last at the festival until Love is All played. My second wind kicked in as soon as the Sweds started rocking out. The lead singer, Josephine Olausson, is amazing. She has the sweetest voice but can really wail. Busy Doing Nothing started off the dancing and screaming that later resulted in blisters and a sore throat. If you missed them go see them at The Smell this Tuesday, 11/18 with Abe Vigoda, The Vivian Girls and No Dzzz. They live in Sweden so catch them while they're here!
MP3 - Busy Doing Nothing
MP3 - Make Out Fall Out Make Up
MP3 - I Ran (Flock of Seagulls Cover)
Pylon - Oh my god oh my god oh my god. Pylon was the biggest surprise last night. Pylon is an amaaaaazing band from Athens, Georgia. They were really big between 1979-1983 and hadn't played together for an audience in ten years or so. This is a band that never lost their magic like some of the other reunion bands... I was up in front, dancing with my friends. Jumping, sweating screaming, going nuts. They were so great. I think they were wondering who all of these kids were that knew all the words to their songs and were losing their shit. They let two ecstatic fans come dance on stage and played two encores! At the end the guitarist took pictures of the audience and they all gave sincere thanks for being able to be there. Oh man... definitely the best show I've seen all year.
MP3 - Cool
MP3 - The Human Body
MP3 - Stop It
Softboiled Eggies - Yay Softboiled Eggies came on late so we got to catch them. Their soft, sweet melodies were perfect to wind down to post Pylon. The video screen above the stage was playing a video of shieks marching perfectly on beat.
MP3 - Can You Send Blame
MP3 - She Fell Through the Trees
A Certain Ratio - The headliner of the night was the most disappointing. They seemed to be playing newer songs and brought a guest female singer on stage that I wasn't into. I took a break outside and then went upstairs for Ariel Pink.
MP3 - Do The Du (John Peel Session)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - I LOVE Ariel Pink! I don't know what it is about them. They're all over the place but they definitely have their own style. They wear wigs and have fun and don't give a fuck about what anyone thinks. By the time I saw them I was so tired and sober but could not stop dancing. These guys are local. See them when you can.
MP3 - Interesting Results
MP3 - Every Night I Die At Miyagi's
MP3 - L'Estat
MP3 - Calm Me Down
Mika Miko - Six hours late and these girls finally made it on stage. The blond girl sang into a red telephone turned microphone and was the cutest thing I'd seen that night. I wish I had a camera, her colors were great. Music is so good too. I can't help but wish I was in a band like theirs. Too bad I was too tired, blistered and hungry to stay to the end. I'll have to catch them again.
The Urinals - They played so early and I missed them but I would have loved to have seen them.
MP3 - Surfin' With The Shah
MP3 - Sex
MP3 - I'm Like You
A big KXLU crew was there with the camera so pictures will be up soon. Only press was allowed in with cameras so I don't have any to post right now. There will be posted here soon along with photos from Gang Gang Dance too, so look out for them later!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Gang Gang Dance, fine purveyors of tribal electronic experimental music for people who appreciate good guitar synth. Their new album is brilliant. It's a new add on KXLU and I love it! I'm so excited to see them tonight.
GANG GANG DANCE
Los Angeles, California
Cost: $18-$19 if not sold out...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Pardon my language but that's the first thing that comes to mind this glorious evening. I will always remember this night, watching the election coverage with my favorite gays. I feel sincere joy and a sense of closeness with our community and really feel like my blog, I mean my prayers were read, I mean heard, contributed in some way... I hear people are going crazy in Echo Park, dancing and cheering; it feels like New Years. And a Happy New Year it will be. :)
* this photo was taken from my favorite gossip blogger, Michael K
Monday, November 3, 2008
Make sure you make it to the polls tomorrow! They will be packed so get there early and bring a book. If you're still unsure about the propositions here are some helpful websites that I endorse. :)
Fast Propositions Summery:
1A - YES
2 - YES
3 - YES
4 - NO
5 - YES
6 - NO
7 - NO
8 - NO
9 - NO
10 - NO
11 - NO
12 - YES
72 - STEVEN A. SIMONS
82 - THOMAS RUBINSON
84 - PAT CONNOLLY
94 - MICHAEL J. O'GARA
154 - MICHAEL V. JESIC
R - YES
J - YES
Q - YES
A - YES
B - this one I'm unsure of.
You want to revise City authority to continue to assist the development, construction or acquisition of certain categories of affordable housing and meet State requirements.
-allows these buildings to be built higher than 2 stories
You do not want to revise City authority to continue to assist the development, construction or acquisition of certain categories of affordable housing and meet State requirements.
-limit stays at 2 stories
YOUR DEMOCRATIC TEAM:
PRESIDENT/VP - OBAMA/BIDEN
U.S. CONGRESS - DIANE E. WATSON
STATE ASSEMBLY - MIKE FEUER
KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS!
VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS: You can drop off your Vote-By-Mail ballot at any polling place in your county on Election Day. If you've lose your VBM ballot, you can still vote a "provisional Ballot" atyour polling place.
VOTING AT THE POLLS: If you are in line when the polls close at 8:00pm, you still have the right to vote. If there is ANY question about your right to votte, ask for a "Provisional Ballot."
Election Day Hotline: 1-877-321-VOTE
To research more on each subject, check out BallotPedia.org, probably the greatest resource for all things voter.
President - noiseforobama.org, see also frighteningprospect.com (get to work!)
KXLU's own Dan, The International Voice of Reason posted a list that I agree with.
Ivor's Voter's Guide
MP3 - Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can Pt1
MP3 - Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can
MP3 - The Lady Tigra - First Black First Lady
Monday, November 3rd @
1822 W Sunset Blvd
LA, CA 90026
White and The Writing 9pm (myspace.com/
Light (formerly Majesty's) 10pm (myspace.com/prismaticlight)
WEAVE! - 11pm (myspace.com/weaveyohead)
Warpaint 12am (myspace.comworldwartour)
Guest DJ's :
David orlando - DUB club/Punky Reggae Party
Michael Stock - Part Time Punks/Punky Reggae Party
Installation Art By : Tall Paul
Theme for the night :
AFRICA-out with the OLD in with the NUbian
(dust off those animal prints and let your inner nubian princess out!)
MP3 - WEAVE! - Mouthpiece Hysteria
I was almost ROBO KITTY or MRS. ROBOTO for Halloween this year but those ideas didn't quite make it. These wonderful pictures came from Gemma Booth, a photographer I love. They inspired me to post some robot songs. So here you go... Happy Monday.
MP3 - Free The Robots - Diary
MP3 - Daft Punk - Robot Rock
MP3 - Ghostland Observatory - Robotique Majestique
MP3 - Flight of the Conchords - Robots
Gemma Booth Blog
Sunday, November 2, 2008
PLAY THEM AT THE SAME TIME
I played theirs off this blog on my show last week. I played the bottom clip and mixed in White Rainbow, Mystic Prism, both at half the volume. Try it if you'd like. :)
* ugh... I guess the Steve Reich video has been removed! too bad, it was soooo good. Play around with his other stuff, he's amazing.
Play around with mixing these with clips too: