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FEATURES 28 | FOOL’S GOLD LOCAL AFRO-POP TEN-PIECE FOOL’S GOLD FUSES INFUENCES AS DIVERSE AS LOS ANGELES ITSELF. 34 | ARTISTS OF THE DECADE FROM THE WHITE STRIPES TO LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, THESE TEN ARTISTS REPRESENT THE BEST TO EMERGE OUT OF THE ‘00s IN BOTH SOUND AND INFLUENCE. 44 | RECORD REVIEWS 48 | WE ARE HERE 50 | CLUB PICKS 52 | SHOW LISTINGS

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WISH YOU WHERE HERE DECEMBER

TOM WAITS LOS ANGELES, CA 1980 “I went along with my friend Stephen Peeples to interview Tom Waits. He was in a little office at Zoetrope studios working on the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s, ‘One from the Heart.’ The piano took up most of the room and there were papers strewn all over the floor. As Tom & Stephen talked, I walked around quietly snapping photos.” - HENRY DILTZ


HYPE MACHINE DECEMBER

THINGS WE LIKE RIGHT NOW GIFT EDITION IT MIGHT GET LOUD Rarely does a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends as well as “It Might Get Loud.” In the Davis Guggenheim-directed documentary, three generations of electric guitar virtuosos -the Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (the White Stripes) -- reveal in their own words how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, including guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artist’s musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and the Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play. DVD ON SALE 12/22 CANYON OF DREAMS THE MAGIC AND MUSIC OF LAUREL CANYON (HARD COVER) A lavishly illustrated insider’s look at 80 years of music and culture in Laurel Canyon. Laurel Canyon’s zip code reads like its own playlist, where influential musicians/residents like Sonny & Cher, the Doors, the Turtles, Canned Heat, Monkees, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Eagles, and Carole King cultivated their immortal sounds as part of this L.A.-based musical fraternity. Written by a long-time Canyon resident who knows them all, “Canyon of Dreams” traces the history of the community and its enduring legacy. SKYLIGHT BOOKS $29.95 12 | POPTIMIST 13


BEST STOCKING STUFFER EVER The Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection features the original, bestselling Jackson 5 Christmas Album from 1970, plus 10 bonus tracks. The added material includes a cappella and “stripped” mixes of songs from the original LP and spoken-word “Season’s Greetings” from the King of Pop and his brothers.

WHERE THE ACTION IS LOS ANGELES NUGGETS This impeccably packaged 4 CD set features 101 tracks that mix the city’s best including the Byrds, Love, the Doors, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Captain Beefheart, the Mamas & the Papas, Lowell George and Iron Butterfly, among many others. Freakbeat Records (Sherman Oaks) 13616 Ventura Blvd, Amoeba (Hollywood) 6400 W. Sunset Blvd, Rhino Records www.rhino.com.

FOR THE HOMIES... BE COOL AND GIFT VINYL Because it’s a rad gift, extremely economical and easy to wrap! Get bang for your buck and support your friendly local music retailer: Amoeba (Hollywood) 6400 W. Sunset Blvd., Vacation Records (Los Feliz) 4679 Hollywood Blvd., Rockaway Records (Silverlake) 2395 Glendale Blvd., Freakbeat Records (Sherman Oaks) 13616 Ventura Blvd., CD Trader (Tarzana) 18926 Ventura Blvd., Record Surplus 11609 W. Pico Blvd (310) 478-4217. No record, no problem! Crosley Record Player www.target.com

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16 EDAN DEFINITELY OPPOSED TO THE RAP WORLD’S FAST FOOD PACE. 18 YACHT MUSIC THAT SOUNDS AS CAREFULLY ORCHESTRATED AS A MOZART SYMPHONY. 20 SOULS OF MISCHIEF THIS ISN’T A COMEBACK, THEY’VE BEEN HERE FOR YEARS. 22 SEAWOLF A SINGER-SONGWRITER WITH A KNACK FOR STORYTELLING. 24 AA BONDY NOT SOME “TWILIGHT” TIE-IN B.S., IT’S THE REAL DEAL. 26 TAPE DECK MOUNTAIN IT TOOK MORE THAN A TANK OF GAS TO GET FROM SAN DIEGO TO HOLLYWOOD’S THREE CLUBS. 28 FOOL’S GOLD CARRYING ON THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN AFRICAN AND AMERICAN INFLUENCES. 34 ARTISTS OF THE DECADE FROM THE WHITE STRIPES TO LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, THESE TEN ARTISTS REPRESENT THE BEST TO EMERGE OUT OF THE ‘00s IN BOTH SOUND AND INFLUENCE. WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 15


EDAN BY: JEFF WEISS

With quality control a vestige of a bygone era and Internet buzz often a treadmill to nowhere, Edan stands defiantly opposed to the rap world’s fast food pace. It’s neither a contrarian pose nor creative block, but rather his role as an artisan in an assembly line age. “The beauty of making records is that they allow us to capture moments in time. It’s like putting a message in a bottle and 30 years later someone can find it,” Edan says, reached via phone at a Brooklyn flea market where he was eyeing a gold label first pressing of Love’s seminal “Forever Changes” and a mirror with an image of the “Let It Be” era Beatles. “The goal is ultimately to affirm someone’s belief in humanity by threading the past with the future.” The idea of bridging eras has been a recurrent theme in the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston rapper, with his new Stones Throw-released mixtape, “Echo Party,” a love letter to oldschool hip-hop. In the vein of earlier efforts “The Funky Drummer” and “Fast Rap” mixtapes, Edan expands beyond strictly curatorial work to create something entirely new, stitching snippets of Traffic Records’ classic vault of ‘80s material to fuzzy kazoos, nylon string guitars, Moogs, funkafied synths and even a ring modulator. Four years after releasing the underground psych-rap classic, “Beauty and the Beat,” Edan’s follow-up isn’t quite a proper follow-up. However, it is a lapidary gem contrasted with its mostly Styrofoam surroundings. Or as Edan declares: “I’d rather throw one dart and connect, than make a bunch of wasted attempts.” n

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YACHT BY: AMY LYONS

If the electropop genre has a soul, it’s located in the depths of YACHT, a boy-girl duo who produce blips, beats, and lyrical compositions that favor feeling over thinking. Founded in 2002 by Jona Bechtolt and bolstered by Claire L. Evans in 2008, YACHT cranks out computer-generated music that sounds as carefully orchestrated as a Mozart symphony. Maybe that’s because Bechtolt played guitar and drums while growing up in Astoria, Oregon and builds his music like a craftsman who’s dirtied his hands with the rudimentary tools of the trade. A deep belief in human connection and free speech sits at the core of YACHT, hence their insistence that the band be inextricably linked with a philosophy. Their trademark triangle touts light, darkness and duration. Evans, a U.K-born, cum laude graduate of L.A.’s Occidental College, symbolizes darkness, as evidenced by her stage garb of black robes, while Bechtolt’s standard white suit signals light. It’s a bit suspicious that one of their tenets is light cancelling out darkness, making one wonder if Bechtolt intends to devour Evans one of these days. The music is entirely engrossing, roaming the halls of playful pop (“Psychic City [Voodoo City]”) and suddenly veering into more serious terrain, such as the dubious existence of heaven and hell. Their latest album, DFA’s “See Mystery Lights,” led to opening gigs for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and playing sold out shows in Korea last month before hitting Australia for much of December. Watching them perform is akin to viewing an art installation, one that gyrates, shares direct contact with the audience and pushes the boundaries of light and projected imagery. n 18 | POPTIMIST 19


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SOULS OF MISCHIEF BY: JEFF WEISS

Named after the rustic street in Marin County where Souls of Mischief recorded their first group effort in nearly a decade, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that the title “Montezuma’s Revenge” is the Bay Area underground rap legends’ way of announcing that they’ve returned to bring the pain. Of course, were you to ask the group members what led to such a lengthy hiatus, they’d paraphrase LL Cool J: this isn’t a comeback, they’ve been here for years. “From the outside looking in, it would appear that we took a break, but for the entirety of the decade, we’d been with each other constantly. Everyone but Phesto dropped a solo album, we made a Hieroglyphics album and we toured 150 to 200 days a year,” A-Plus, nee Adam Carter said. But it wasn’t until Prince Paul -- the eccentric genius behind De La Soul’s early work, Stetsasonic, and Gravediggaz -- expressed his desire to produce, that things started to congeal. Longtime mutual fans of one another, the crew decamped to Point Reyes to labor intensively sans a television, radio, or telephone -- a return to a methodology they hadn’t employed since 1995’s “Full Circle.” The result is a cohesive focused effort, with the group further honing their laid-back everyman personas, kicking rhymes about road life (“Tour Stories,”) stifling relationships (“Lickety Split”) and the joys of house parties (“Home Game.”) “Modern rap is heavily focused on materialism, no one wants to share the spotlight,” Tajai said. “Each of us is a dope emcee in their own right, but there’s something special when we all get together. We won’t (take) this long of a break next time.” n 20||POPTIMIST 21 POPTIMIST


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SEA WOLF BY: AMY LYONS

It’s no wonder Alex Brown Church labeled his musical persona Sea Wolf. He’s a singer-songwriter with a knack for storytelling who snagged the Sea Wolf moniker from Jack London’s novel of the same name. A native Californian, Church has tramped all over the world, rambling through Europe and the U.S., a kid road-tripping with his mother. He spent the bulk of his young life in the Bay area, near the port of departure depicted in London’s book. After a stint at NYU film school, he formed the band Irving in Los Angeles in 1998, but soon blazed a new path, recognizing his songs weren’t conforming to the band’s vibe. The experimental Sea Wolf found Church gathering various musicians for gigs in the Los Angeles area. Things popped in 2006 when he was invited to a month-long residency at Spaceland. An EP and an album followed in 2007. This year yielded Sea Wolf’s second album, “White Water, White Bloom.” The track “Wicked Blood” -- the story of a love affair between a boy and an upper crust woman outfitted in pearls, curls and fur -- showcases Church’s intense poetic sensibility, conjuring images of neon mist, silken skin and a dangerously smoldering ember in the rafters. Catch Sea Wolf at the Roxy Dec. 17. n

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A.A. BONDY BY: CRAIG ROSEN

In this world, not everyone gets a second shot. If you do, you’ve got to make it count. Just ask A.A. Bondy. His real name is actually Augeste Arthur, but Bondy once went by Scott, back when he led the Birmingham, Ala.based grunge act Verbena. The trio garnered critical praise, comparisons with Nirvana, and a major label deal with Capitol Records at the recommendation of Dave Grohl, who produced 1999’s “In the Pink,” the band’s major label debut. But after touring in support of 2003’s “La Musica Negra,” its second album, the bottom fell out and Verbena was no more. Lesser souls would have packed it in and found a desk job or gone to work in a factory, but Bondy is no such individual. He had no choice. He had to follow his muse. 24 | POPTIMIST 25

Bondy reinvented himself by revealing himself. He stripped away the rock star trappings, trendy sounds like grunge, and went solo using the initials of his given name. Bondy received some attention for his 2007 effort “American Hearts,” but it’s on 2009’s “When the Devil’s Loose” that he hits his full stride, playing the sort of honest, heartfelt indiefolk that stands head-andshoulders above most of his peers. Don’t let the title of songs like “Oh the Vampyre” fool you. This isn’t some “Twilight” tie-in B.S., it’s the real deal. Bondy’s on tour through early December: pick up “When the Devil’s Loose” and catch him while you can. n


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12/10 @ THREE CLUBS

TAPE DECK MOUNTAIN BY: SOFIA M. FERNANDEZ

It took Tape Deck Mountain’s Travis Trevisan much more than a tank of gas to get from his home base of San Diego to Hollywood’s Three Clubs, where the band plays December 10. Trevisan went through several bands, lost a job, and recorded an EP on his own before arriving here and at “Ghost,” his band’s effectsheavy debut album. Prior to “Ghost,” Escondido native Trevisan was a graphic artist for the North County Times newspaper and a guitarist in his off hours, playing in groups like First Wave Hello, Long Live Logos and Redstone Arsenal. Laid off from the paper in 2008, Trevisan was by then concentrating on his own material. He says, “I’d always just been the lead guitar player. The bands would always break up and I didn’t have any control of that because if you’re not the songwriter,

you don’t have control. I got sick of that, so for this band, I said, ‘I’ve got to write my own songs if I want to go anywhere.’ It’s just the way it had to be.” Trevisan wrote, recorded, and released the EP “Sparks,” and brought Paul Remund -- a drummer with a knack for playing his kit and keyboard simultaneously -- into the mix for “Ghost,” a Lefse Records release short on running time but long on the kind of haunting music fans of Swervedriver, Spiritualized and Dinosaur Jr. will appreciate. Tracks include “Scantrons,” the first song Trevisan ever composed solely using guitar chords, “Bat Lies,” a sarcastic take on romance, and the outstanding, sweeping “Ghost Colony.” Live shows include bassist Jordan Clark and if you’re lucky, a mean cover of Danzig’s “Mother.” n WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 27


FOOLS GOLD “Portugal. The Man Takes On the Beatles, the Stones &uuu George W. Bush”

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by: Jeff Weiss The video for the feel-good tune “Surprise Hotel” distills the essence of the Los Angeles band Fool’s Gold in four and a half minutes flat: old men in football uniforms spray soda pop on each other, people frolic in hot tubs, iguanas are slung on shoulders, saxophones and cresting Congolese guitar lines co-exist and gorgeous chants are crooned in an unidentified foreign language that turns out to be Hebrew. Nothing was staged and none of it should make sense, but it does. Everyone dances and looks chemically happy. It’s the sunniest advertisement for Southern California since “Entourage.” Like the clip, local Afro-Pop ten-piece Fool’s Gold fuses influences as diverse as Los Angeles itself, where principals Luke Top and Lewis Pescacov were raised. “We’re carrying on the conversation between African and American influences and filtering it through our own chemistry,” said frontman Top. “It has a long tradition, and our magnifying glass 28 | POPTIMIST 29


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just naturally went over certain regions of Africa.” Popular perception often paints the musical dialogue between America and Africa as a one-way street, with scarf-swaddled, Ivy League popsters Vampire Weekend recently receiving heaps of scorn for employing Soukous guitar tones. But the reality has always been more complex. After all, the late Fela Kuti, Africa’s biggest icon, drew inspiration from James Brown and the Black Panthers, while Mulatu Astatke incorporated New York City salsa and Duke Ellington into traditional Amharic folk music to construct his smoky blend of Ethiopian jazz. Most recently, Malian guitar heroes Tinariwen, lauded for their authenticity and hardscrabble Saharan roots, venerate Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix as highly as the arid Tuareg sounds they were reared on. Fool’s Gold fits squarely into that polyglot lineage, with both Top and lead guitarist Pesacov the products of ambulatory backgrounds. The former is the Israeli-born, Reseda-raised offspring of a Russian father and an Iraqi mother. The latter’s father moved from Barbados to the Los Angeles in the 1970s, with aspirations of producing reggae. Engaging Pesacov, a compositional music theory student in college, about his craft is apt to leave you with recommendations on where to find African tapes on the Internet (awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com), the best local spot to purchase Ethiopian music (Merkato in Fairfax’s Little Addis Ababa), and eloquent analyses of everyone from Jerry Garcia, to Ethiopian soul star Mahmoud Ahmed, to avant-garde classical composers Brian Ferneyhough and Chaya Czernowin. “Fela Kuti, the Grateful Dead and [Ahmed] all make music for the body as opposed to the head.” Pesacov said. “For a long time, I was bogged down in making heavy cerebral music. Fool’s Gold is about being loose and finding the groove. ” Pesacov’s early musical efforts initially fell victim to this cerebral stiffness, with the first album from his other band, Secretly WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 31


Canadian-signed Foreign Born, lacking the rubbery funk of Fool’s Gold. Top’s fledgling solo career hewed towards more straightforward influences like the Beach Boys and Big Star. But it wasn’t until the pair bonded at the 2007 wedding of mutual friend Cass McCombs that they discovered a mutual affection for upbeat African pop. “Not a lot of our friends were into world music and when [we] talked, our love for it came out,” said Top. “It began very loosely. We started putting out word that we were going to do something different. I’ve always felt a calling to this music in a very deep way. Once we started doing it, it just felt right.” The words “organic” and “natural” repeatedly surface in conversations with both Top and Pesacov, unsurprising considering the spontaneous nature of the enterprise. Though Top hadn’t spoken Hebrew outside the home since he was a toddler, he instinctively gravitated towards singing in the biblical language. Yet rather than seem gimmicky, his quaking, golden-throated wail shrouds the music with an exoticism and incense-clapped mystery. 32 | POPTIMIST 33


“I never even thought about singing in Hebrew, it just sort of happened. It’s almost therapy,” said Top. “It’s opened doors personally and totally changed who I am and how I perform.” Jamming at a wide array of gigs from house parties, to backyard BBQs, to a residency at Spaceland, Fool’s Gold rapidly became a fixture in the Silverlake and Echo Park scene. With a wideranging and ever-rotating cast of musicians including members of Foreign Born, We Are Scientists, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, few outfits could match the polyrhythmic poppiness and joie de vivre they brought on stage. The band recently inked a deal with rising local indie power IAMSOUND (Little Boots, Telepathe, Black Ghosts), and released their self-titled debut, a sprawling kinetic collection of jams that won raves from bloggers and print outlets. Not only does it mirror the exuberance of their video, but it manages to situate them among the finest contemporary practitioners of Afro-Pop. n WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 33


ARTISTS OF THE DECADE THE 00’s by Chris Martins

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n pondering this waning decade’s greatest music makers, we decided to let impact (and a modicum of taste) be our initial criterion. In some cases, an artist’s impact comes from fame; in others, it’s rooted in old-fashioned elbow grease. Others still have done so much to stoke the imaginations of listeners that we’d be remiss to exclude them. One or two of the folks on our list embody all of the above. But getting our precious roster down to a final 10 (plus one) wasn’t easy -we’re Poptimists after all. Thus, an additional standard was implemented: To be a true “Artist of the Decade,” one has to have emerged during the oughts (the ’00s, the singles, etc.), and gone on to have an exceedingly strong run-up to 2010. Naturally, a few of our favorite artists fell by the wayside. Bona fide legends like Elliott Smith, Cat Power, Radiohead and Wilco were disqualified because they initially turned our ears in the ’90s. There were records that changed the way we think about music -- by up-and-comers like Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, and No Age -- but whose impact will be better felt in the coming years. And of course, there were those who were just edged out: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lil Wayne, Interpol and the Mars Volta -- the tip of the iceberg, really. So after reviewing the numbers, we’re proud to report that it was a good decade for music. Especially considering that 1999 was hardly the party we were led to believe it would be. To wit, the final No. 1 single of the millennium was Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas’ god-awful “Smooth.” Prince had become a symbol. Pavement had disbanded. Frankly, a good decade was what we were owed.

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Indie Revivalists: The White Stripes and the Strokes The previous millennium closed on a bubble just begging to be burst. Backstreet, Britney, and the Bizkit reigned supreme, so it made perfect sense that a bunch of slack-shouldered, sweat-drenched, shaggy-haired roustabouts would show up to muddy the waters. Call it garage rock revival or the rebirth of indie, but the simultaneous arrival of the blues-bleeding White Stripes and the effortlessly cool Strokes struck a note that’s been resonating for nearly a decade (hear that, Tesla?), redefining pop in wave after gritty, emanating wave. Jack White has since turned his music, his aesthetic, and his very existence into a small empire comprising three bands, a record label/store and a high-profile duet with Alicia Keys – all while maintaining impressive poise. Meanwhile, Julian Casablancas and co. seem to be splintering into a handful of bicoastal projects that offer excitement – instead of that old N.Y.C. ennui – for the next 10. Dance Provocateurs: Gorillaz and LCD Soundsystem Hoverboards and climatized city domes may not have been invented in time to ring in the year 2000, but the unlikely union of an ex-Britpop icon and an alt-comics illustrator did its part to deliver something just as futuristic. Not only was Gorillaz the world’s first multi-platinum virtual band, it might just be the first success story in a long line of attempts to mash dub, rock, pop and dance into a palatable mix suitable for a party Judy Jetson might attend. With a background in post-punk, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy was the perfect candidate to likewise bring disco into the future (tastefully), nursing the early-’00s dance-punk WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 37


fizzle into a raging fire. He injected all that four-on-the-floor bombast with analog warmth, jittery swagger and smart artfulness, hence reinvigorating club music for the critics and masses alike. Of course only one of these two entities has gone on to direct its own opera, but the sustaining influence of Murphy’s DFA label (Hot Chip, Hercules & Love Affair, YACHT) is not to be downplayed. Autumnal Arrangers: Arcade Fire and the Shins No two bands did more to color indie rock’s current landscape with the tones of the most melancholy season. But rather than bum us out, the Shins and Arcade Fire gave us unexpected gushing beauty. The former did so by way of gorgeous harmonies, jangly guitars, well-placed spacey effects, and a poetic lyrical earnestness that redefined college rock as wispy but quite rich, ethereal but impeccably arranged. This not only spawned countless imitators (some are signed to the Shins’ former label, Sub Pop), but also helped truncate the clunky descriptive “Beach Boys-like” to a more svelte “Shinsy.” Arcade Fire did its part by bringing chamber pop and sweeping emotion back into the picture (not to mention, new fan Bruce Springsteen). Despite the group’s impressive membership, which sometimes swells to 10, and bulky constellation of instruments (they toured with a pipe organ), no one saw the band coming, and Arcade Fire slew listeners with two truly great -- and yes, impeccably arranged -- albums. Rap Reanimators: M.I.A. and Kanye West As fundamentally different as they are, it’s perfectly apt that 38 | POPTIMIST 39


M.I.A. and Kanye West jointly delivered the biggest highlight of 2009’s Grammy Awards ceremony. Perhaps even more than their onstage partner that night, Lil Wayne, this pair has permanently altered the face of rap -- redefining not only who can participate in the art, but what topics can be covered therein, which sounds will accompany those words, and what will be worn while the whole thing goes down. Chief among West’s accomplishments is that he finally qualified the suburbs in their own voice -- one free of gangsta put-on or stoney spiritualism, but well-versed in hip-hop’s rich history and possessing a po-mo appreciation of other pop-inflected genres as well. M.I.A. had a decidedly more hard-knocks upbringing, but a story which hadn’t heretofore been told by a rap (etc.) artist with her kind of exposure. As a refugee of the Sri Lankan Civil War, Maya Arulpragasam has relocated frequently throughout her lifetime, hence developing the pan-global, politically charged perspective that’s since supplied hip-hop’s veins with fresh, healthy blood. Artists Unbridled: TV on the Radio and Animal Collective Animal Collective formed at the dawn of the decade and after a steady build of increasingly great albums (eight, sans side projects), dropped the monstrous oughts-ender, “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” Seemingly by haphazard experimentation -- as is the band’s M.O. -- the freaky foursome honed its folksy psychedelic sprawl into something not just listenable, but unbelievably catchy. Alongside bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective has come to represent an astounding showing of 21st century groups who’ve been actively redefining our idea of pop. Also a practitioner of the throw-it-at-the-wall-see-whatWEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 39


sticks method -- but contrastingly claustrophobic and citysteeped -- is TV on the Radio. The group’s soulful debut EP was a personal response to the fallout malaise of 9/11 (without which the band would never have formed), and each subsequent frenetic, blues-addled album has felt like an attempt to reel in some sort of audio-translatable societal chaos. Still, and despite having just announced a hiatus, TVOTR is fearless and, more importantly, perfectly “of” this messed up, genre-defying, post-everything decade. Angeleno of the Decade: Madlib The archetypical crate digger with a voracious appetite for beat-making, underground legend Madlib has always encouraged his followers to reach deeper to find the soul of a thing. This is by example, of course, because in the man’s 10 years of handcrafting grit-bearing, thump-loving, jazzinformed soundscapes, Otis Jackson Jr. has given precious few interviews and performances. Instead, he’s kept his nose to the grindstone, making roughly 20 albums in that time, utilizing numerous pseudonyms (often within the same “band”), facing off with his helium-voiced alter-ego Quasimoto, and helming historic collaborations with both the late great Dilla and MF DOOM. While Madlib’s abstract touch is felt around the world, it’s inescapable here – evidenced by his influence on L.A.’s burgeoning “Beat Music” scene (Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, et al.), which will surely be a hallmark of the next decade. n

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OLA PODRIDA OLA PODRIDA LABEL: WESTERN VINYL RECORDED BY: DAVID WINGO

HHH Nostalgia runs thick in this sweet collection of country-tinged mellow odes to yesteryear, including the naughty romp that is “Your Father’s Basement,” wherein a gaggle of stiff-dicked adolescents furtively spy the neighbor’s backyard pool in the hopes of glimpsing girl-next-door nip. “Lakes of Wine” is a kaleidoscopic group skinny dip in vino, and “This Old World” includes tales of torn dresses and motels. The album is a soulful soporific, all smooth edges and slithery sounds from David Wingo, also the composer of the “Gentlemen Broncos” score. -- Amy Lyons

FREELAND COPE REMIXED LABEL: MARINE PARADE

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Earlier this year, breakbeat D.J./producer Adam Freeland released “Cope,” a rock album from his full band Freeland that included contributions from the Pixies’ Joey Santiago, Tommy Lee and Spinnerette’s Brody Dalle and Tony Bevilacqua. With “Cope Remixed,” acts from labels like Kompakt, Crosstown Rebels and Freeland’s own Marine Parade turn out 24 clubfriendly remixes and covers spanning numerous genres of electronica. -- Sofia M. Fernandez

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RECORD REVIEWS 50 CENT BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT LABEL: AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE PRODUCERS: DR. DRE, POLOW DA DON, ROCKWILDER

HHH An underdog prior to becoming a multi-platinum, Vitamin Water-hawking, brand behemoth, 50 Cent made his name as a mixtape messiah: fearless, unhinged, and as caustic and coldhearted as “30 Rock’s” Jack Donaghy. See “So Disrespectful,” which finds 50 mocking G-Unit underlings-turned-adversaries the Game and Young Buck on everything from their sexual proclivities to their drug habits. No longer on top, he swaps his cynical Soundscan-striving for a streetwise sneer to deliver his finest album since his debut. Call it Get Rich and Start Trying. -- Jeff Weiss

BLAKROC BLAKROC LABEL: V2 PRODUCER: DAMON DASH

HHH The brainchild of ex-Roc-A-Fella royalty Damon Dash, Blakroc pairs the Black Keys with hip-hop’s finest, including Mos Def, Q-Tip, Ludacris, and members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Novices to rap production, the Akron, Ohio blues duo sometimes struggle not to swallow the emcees voices, but more often they provide a psychedelic squall of gritty guitars and dirty drums ripe for shredding by the upscale names in Dash’s Rolodex. Loose and rollicking, this is the rare jam session worth jamming six months from now. -- Jeff Weiss WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 43


SOULSAVERS BROKEN LABEL: COLUMBIA PRODUCER: SOULSAVERS

HHHH One-time electronic duo Soulsavers broke out of the electroghetto with 2007’s “It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s How You Land,” featuring former Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan crooning such epic tracks as “Revival” and “Spiritual.” While there’s nothing quite as stunning on “Broken,” there’s still plenty to savor with Lanegan returning for psychedelic slow burners like “Unbalanced Pieces,” and Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, Will Oldham and newcomer Rosa Agostino lending their pipes to the album’s other tracks. “Broken” may not repair your fractured soul, but it will certainly soothe it. -- Craig Rosen

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE FALL BE KIND (EP) LABEL: DOMINO PRODUCER: BEN H. ALLEN

HHH One of the most accessible sets for any newcomers to the AC catalogue, “Fall Be Kind” hones in on pop sensibilities while keeping a freak-folk noise structure. All songs come from the band’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion” sessions but this is an autumnal companion piece to their previous vernal album. “What Would I Want? Sky” features the first Grateful Dead sample ever to be licensed, and as “Graze” reminds us, there are some “old ideas worth doing” but they “are taking their time.” -- Christopher Leckie 44 | POPTIMIST 45


RECORD REVIEWS ANNIE DON’T STOP LABEL: SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND PRODUCERS: TIMO KAUKOLAMPI, YNGVE SAETRE, RICHARD X, PAUL EPWORTH,

HHH Buy the largest swath of cotton candy you can find or buy Annie’s new album “Don’t Stop.” Either way, cavities and fleeting fun will follow. The second album for the Norwegian pop-synth squeaker, “Don’t Stop” is one big set of rhyming couplets with danceable, if somewhat predictable, patterns. If you’re seeking spiritual awakening, don’t pick “Don’t Stop.” Up for a sing-along? Annie’s your girl with tunes like “My Love Is Better” and “Heaven and Hell.”-- Amy Lyons

KERMIT RUFFINS HAVE A CRAZY COOL CHRISTMAS LABEL: BASIN STREET RECORDS PRODUCER: TRACEY FREEMAN

HHH On his first Christmas album, New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins breathes jazzy new life into holiday standards and offers two original songs –- “Have a Crazy Cool Christmas” and “A Saints Christmas,” an ode to his hometown NFL team. Kermit sings, “I just had a rap with Santa/and we took just a little stroll/ and all I want for Christmas/is the Saints in the Super Bowl.” Here’s to Papa Noel dropping that gift into Nola’s stocking. -Sofia M. Fernandez

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LIVE DECEMBER

WE ARE HERE FRIDAY, DEC 4, 2009 THE CRANBERRIES

The reunited Irish band breaks out the hits and songs from Dolores O’Riordan’s solo albums. No time like the present for a good “Zombie.” CLUB NOKIA: 7:30PM www.myspace.com/thecranberries

FRIDAY, DEC 4, 2009 THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT

These local heroes celebrate California’s anthemic indie rock sound at LA Phil’s West Coast, Left Coast Festival. WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL: 9:00PM www.myspace.com/theairbornetoxicevent

TUESDAY, DEC 8, 2009 WILLIE NELSON

Whether he’s singing about gay cowboys, advocating the legalization of pot or owing the IRS big bucks, Willie can do no wrong, especially on stage. CLUB NOKIA: 7:00PM www.myspace.com/willienelson

SATURDAY, DEC 12, 2009 BRETT DENNEN

Check the California singer-songwriter’s session at Daytrotter.com and see what the kid’s all about. THE WILTERN: 7:00PM www.myspace.com/brettdennen

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MONDAY, DEC 14, 2009 EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

Alex and crew are all about good vibes, positivity and great tunes. Dont miss this performance. MAYAN THEATRE: 8:00PM www.myspace.com/edwardsharpe

WEDNESDAY, DEC 16, 2009 ZERO 7

Zero 7 brings their organic electro pop to downtown’s Orpheum Theatre in support of their 2009 release “Yeah Ghost.” ORPHEUM THEATRE: 9:00PM www.myspace.com/zero7official

SATURDAY, DEC 19, 2009 KROQ PRESENTS X

X’s recent renditions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Jingle Bells” prove that even punk rockers like Christmas. WILTERN THEATRE: 7:00PM www.myspace.com/13x69

TUESDAY, DEC 22, 2009 KID CUDI

Can he live up to the hype? Find out for yourself at this late night Kid Cudi spectacular at L.A.’s newest venue, Club Nokia. CLUB NOKIA: 11:45 PM

ALSO ON OUR RADAR: Santa, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman.

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LIVE DECEMBER

CLUB PICKS THURSDAY, DEC 3, 2009 CHRIS CORNELL

Chris Cornell at the Hotel Cafe, enough said. THE HOTEL CAFE: 7:30PM www.myspace.com/chriscornell

THURSDAY, DEC 10, 2009 GREG LASWELL

We love Greg Laswell. LOVE HIM. His past two records are phenominal. Our favorite singer songwriter to come out of the Hotel Cafe scene, period. THE TROUBADOUR: 9:00PM www.myspace.com/greglaswell

FRIDAY, DEC 11, 2009 BAND OF SKULLS

KCRW darlings take the stage for an intimate set at the Troubadour. Lucky lucky if you get your hands on a set of these tickets. TROUBADOUR: 8:00PM www.myspace.com/bandofskulls

FRIDAY, DEC 11, 2009 U-N-I

U-N-I is super dope. We wrote about them in the last issue so check it out. Home grown Cali hip-hop, this will lead to a fun Friday night. VIPER ROOM: 7:00PM www.myspace.com/unimuzik

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SATURDAY, DEC 12, 2009 MELLOWDRONE

“Fashionably Univited” is a great record by a band that never gets the credit they deserve. THE TROUBADOUR: 8:00PM www.myspace.com/mellowdrone

THURSDAY, DEC 17, 2009 FOOL’S GOLD

It’s a guaranteed dance party when Fool’s Gold takes the stage in front of their Silverlake friends and neighbors. THE ECHO: 8:30 PM www.myspace.com/foolsgold

THURSDAY, DEC 17, 2009 SEA WOLF

Sea Wolf is rad just like his name. It makes us think of flannel shirts and Silverlake -- two things we are very fond of. ROXY THEATRE: 9:00PM www.myspace.com/seawolf

SUNDAY, DEC 13, 2009 THE SLITS

Punk-reggae gal Ari Up is back in action with a new album, “Trapped Animal,” new bandmates and her signature dub beats and topical lyrics. THE ECHO: 10:00 PM www.myspace.com/theslits

ALSO ON OUR RADAR: Spaceland on Ice @ downtown’s Pershing Square.

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DECEMBER TUESDAY, 12/1 ECHOPLEX FILTER PRESENTS: THE VIC CHESNUTT BAND WITH GUY PICCIOTTO (FUGAZI) AND MEMBERS OF THEE SILVER MT. ZION, GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR AND WITCHIES, WARPAINT, LIZ DURRETT HOTEL CAFE BOBBY LONG, EMMA EJWERTZ, PATRICK PARK, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV VIPER ROOM SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD, WHISKY CHIMP, THE SEQUEL ROXY ASSEMBLE, THE SKYLINE SILVERLAKE LOUNGE VISE VIRSA, LONDON TO TOKYO, AM VS FM BOOTLEG FURCAST, BEAR FACE WEDNESDAY, 12/2 PERSHING SQUARE: SPACELAND ON ICE SALT PETAL, BOLLWEEVIL THE ECHOPLEX SWORDS OF FATIMA, NEW ROME QUARTET, LIGHTNIN WOODCOCK THE ECHO BUZZBANDS PRESENTS: HELEN STELLAR, KAV, SQUARE ON SQUARE, NIGHTMARE AIR HOTEL CAFE CORINNE BAILEY RAE, KENNETH PATTENGALE, EMMA EJWERTZ SPACELAND CLUB NME WITH USELESS KEYS, SAMUEL STEWART TWIN FIGHT, RESIDENT DJS DIA, SOLID TODD SPINNING VIPER ROOM POLARIS, AT NOON,TORNADO RIDER THE TROUBADOUR J.TILLMAN, PEARLY GATES MUSIC ROXY TRAINWRECK SILVERLAKE LOUNGE GAMBLE HOUSE,THE FEBRUARY FIFTHS, THE SOUNDS OFWYOMING BORDELLO JUBILEE, SEASPIN,WOAH HUNX, LITTTLE GIRLS THE BOOTLEG THE SONUS QUARTET THURSDAY, 12/3 THE ECHO LA RECORD PRESENTS MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND, DIRT DRESS, SPIRITVINE,ALLAH LAS HOTEL CAFE CHRIS CORNELL,JIM BIANCO,AUSTIN HARTLEY LEONARD SPACELAND ANDY CLOCKWISE,TRIXIE WHITLEY VIPER ROOM THE RAMBLES, NICK RALLIS TRIRILEY BRAY, ARMEN WEITZMEN, MADAME TRASH HEAP THE TROUBADOUR BARONESS, EARTHLESS, IRON AGE THE REDWOOD ROSE’S PAWN SHOP W/ COSIO SILVERLAKE LOUNGE SEE GREEN, CUE THE MOON, BEN DE LA COUR FRIDAY, 12/4 THE ECHOPLEX DANCEISM WITH VILLIANS, ROBOT LOVE, BEN OPRSTU, SCORPION BREATH, DJDT THE ECHO CLUB UNDERGROUND AND ECHO PRESENT: THE SHYS, CASTLEDOOR, BLACK HOLLIES 50||POPTIMIST 51 POPTIMIST


SHOW LISTINGS HOTEL CAFE MARCUS FOSTER WITH BLUE ROSES, RANDY COLEMAN, SHANE ALEXANDER, BRIAN BUCKLEY BAND,JIM HANFT SPACELAND KCRW PRESENTS: FINK VIPER ROOM THE DIRTY LOUNGE PRESENTS: FIREBALL MINISTRY, YETI, HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES, HILLBILLY HERALD, ROYAL HYNESS THE TROUBADOUR CINEMATIC SUNRISE FT. CRAIG OWENS,JONNY CRAIG, MARK RO,TOMMY SIMMS, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS ROXY CAMP FREDDY SATURDAY, 12/5 THE ECHO KID ROCKERS PRESENTS: THE 88, FLYING TOUR BILLON ORCHESTRA HOTEL CAFE ROCK DRIVE SPACELAND STELLASTARR,TRANSFER VIPER ROOM SEAN HEALY PRESENTS: FRANK STALLONE, JOHN PIEPLOW, DAVID GEORGE, MIDNIGHTWOLVES, BACKDRIFTER THE TROUBADOUR GIRLS REDWOOD SPEEDBUGGY, LOS DUGGANS, LOS CREEPERS, SUNDAY, 12/6 THE ECHO PART TIME PUNKS WITH COLD CAVE, NITE JEWEL, DJ TIM BURGESS HOTEL CAFE SKYLER STONESTREET, ALASKAN SUMMER, JO KRASEVICH, LYNHURST SPACELAND A BENEFIT FOR AGAINSTTHE STREAM/DHARMA PUNX SHARON TEMPLE, SIVA NOIR,JULIE THE BAND, PUPPIES AND KITTENS VIPER ROOM HIGH VOLTAGE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: THE ARMS, PURPLE MELON, OH DARLING,THE PASSPORT, DJ HIGH VOLTAGE BOOTLEG TAMARYN, MACK WINSTON AND THE REFLECTIONS SPACELAND ANNIE AUTOMATIC, CHAPLIN,THREAD, DARIUS LUX MONDAY, 12/7 THE ECHO MANIMAL VINYL RESIDENCY, POLYAMOROUS AFFAIR, WEAVE!, ZAZA,TEARIST, LACO$TE HOTEL CAFE ONE ESKIMO,TIFFJIMBER, REBECCA LOEBE,ADAM ROTH SPACELAND MERE MORTALS VIPER ROOM KIDNEYS, MURDER FM, DONDO AND THE MOTHERSHIP, JET SET GO SILVERLAKE LOUNGE LINKS, MATA LEON, REPEATER, GIANT STATE BOOTLEG RACHAEL CANTU TUESDAY, 12/8 THE ECHOPLEX WINSTON CALLING: A ROCK & COMEDY BENEFIT FEATURING BLACK FRANCIS WITH FLEA,WEIRD ALYANKOVIC AND MORE, MICHAEL PENN, DAVID J, GRAND DUCHY, THE 88 WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 51


DECEMBER HOTEL CAFE AM AUTOMATIC LOVELETTER, SARA LOV, HANNAH GEORGAS THE ECHO ISGOODMUSIC PRESENTS THE FRENCH SEMESTER, THE SPIRES,THE MONTHLIES VIPER ROOM EIGHT O’CLOCK HOLIDAY, PETREE, THE MUDDY REDS, SNOW IN AFRICA THE TROUBADOUR I SEE STARS, WE CAME AS ROMANS, OF MICE & MEN, BROADWAY, MORE INFO SILVERLAKE LOUNGE BLACK MATH HORSEMAN, JESUS MAKES THE SHOTGUN SOUND, NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW BOOTLEG HORSE STORIES, SON OF THE VELVET RAT, THE STEELWELLS, YELLOW RED SPARKS WEDNESDAY, 12/9 PERSHING SQUARE SPACELAND ON ICE ECHOPLEX WINSTON CALLING: A ROCK & COMEDY BENEFIT FEATURING TIM AND ERIC, BOB ODENKIRK, BRIAN POSEHN, DAVE LOVERING HOTEL CAFE JR RICHARDS W/ MARIANNE KEITH, JOE FIRSTMAN & FRIENDS HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! VIPER ROOM ANDREW PAUL WOODSWORTH’S FOOT SHOOT PARTY, ER, PAPER ZOO, FRANKIE BALLARD THE TROUBADOUR VOLBEAT, DANKO JONES THE REDWOOD THE EYE PRESENTS BROWNBIRD RUDY RELIC, ALMIGHTY DO ME A FAVOR, CHANGO RAY BOOTLEG GRAND HALLWAY, CAVE COUNTRY, BUDDY,THE GOOD LISTENERS THURSDAY, 12/10 ECHO DEADBOLT, THROW RAG, MOTOCHRIST, BLAGG DAHLIA (FROM THE DWARVES – ACOUSTIC SET) HOTEL CAFE THE RESCUES W/ NINA STOREY, JIM BIANCO, KENNETH PATTENGALE SPACELAND LEMON SUN, DIRTY SWEET,THE SILENT COEDY, SPIRITVINE VIPER ROOM AMBROSE,THEFT THE TROUBADOUR LIVEARTS BENEFITALANIS MORRISSETTE,GREG LASWELL, MISS WILLIE BROWN THE REDWOOD THE EYE PRESENTS: BROWNBIRD RUDY RELIC,ALMIGHTY DO ME A FAVOR, CHANGO RAY SILVELAKE LOUNGE BRYDAN SMITH, GROOMS, THE NORTHSTAR SESSION, RADIO MOSCOW BOOTLEG SALLYJAYE SMITHWICK, DRUNK ON CRUTCHES 11:30p FRIDAY, 12/11 HOTEL CAFE THE RESCUES WITH JOEY RYAN & DAWN THOMAS, BRIAN WRIGHT & THE WACO TRAGEDIES, BROTHER SAL, RANDY COLEMAN SPACELAND TRISTEZA, LOWER HEAVEN, DREWANDREWS (OFTHE ALBUM 52 | POPTIMIST 53


SHOW LISTINGS LEAF) VIPER ROOM AIRWALK PRESENTS: U-N-I, AUDIBLE MAINFRAME, 87 STICK UP KIDS, VI TROUBADOUR BAND OF SKULLS THE REDWOOD TWO TEARS, BROWNBIRD RUDY RELIC, LAMPS, SUNDAY TIMES BOOTLEG QUEEN KWONG, DANTE VS ZOMBIES, ECHOES DE LUXE SATURDAY 12/12 ECHOPLEX HIT+RUN 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY WITH THE GASLAMP KILLER / KUTMAH, NOBODY, ABCNT, FARMER DAVE SCHER, ZACKEY FORCE FUNK, CRIME HOTEL CAFE KCRW PRESENTS: GRANT LEE PHILLIPS WITH SARA WATKINS, KATE EARL SPACELAND PRINCETON,THE PARSON RED HEADS,THE COALS THE TROUBADOUR THE START, MELLOWDRONE, SHILOE, CAT PARTY ROXY THE SCREAMING LORDS THE REDWOOD MIKE WATT & HIS MISSINGMEN, LADYHEAT SUNDAY, 12/13 ECHOPLEX EVANGELISTA,THRONES ECHO PARTTIME PUNKS WITH THE SLITS,WEAVE!, PUNK REGGAE DJS HOTEL CAFE JOE PURDY WITH MEAGHAN SMITH & LAUREN SHERA, SYDNEYWAYSER SPACELAND BUZZ BANDS LA HOLIDAYPARTY, LETTING UP DESPITE GREAT FAULTS, DEATH KIT, SPIRITANIMAL,WET & RECKLESS VIPER ROOM HIGH VOLTAGE PRESENTS: ALL WRONG & THE PLANS CHANGE,VOLAPIKE, BUDDYAKAI, SOME HEAR EXPLOSIONS CINESPACE THE FAMILIARS,THE JAKES, BLACK HEARTS, NEVER AT NIGHT MONDAY, 12/14 HOTEL CAFE JOE PURDY WITH MEAGHAN SMITH & SWEET TALK RADIO FAMILY OFTHE YEAR SPACELAND MERE MORTALS ECHOMANIMALVINYLRESIDENCY,WEARETHEWORLD,RAINBOW^ARABIA, JESSICA 6, LOVING THUNDER ROXY ALL MERICAN REJECTS SILVERLAKE LOUNGE LINKS, IMAGINE DRAGONS, EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS,VANAPRASTA TUESDAY, 12/15 ECHO A PHIL SPECTOR INSPIRED CHRISTMAS WITH THE DAMSELLES, VOYEURS, HI HOS , CANDYPANTS HOTEL CAFE JOE PURDY, ERIN MCLAUGHLIN VIPER ROOM MAYFIELD, SHAIMUS, SCOUR, PAPERBACK HERO WEAREPOPTIMIST.COM | 53


DECEMBER BOOTLEG THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE, THE SHAKY HANDS, PEPPER RABBIT SILVERLAKE LOUNGE VANTAGE, BALLERINA BLACK,ANTHEM OF SILENCE WEDNESDAY, 12/16 ECHO ORIGAMI NIGHT HOTEL CAFE BLUE MICROPHONES, SHANNON CURTIS VIPER ROOM GOLDEN STATE,THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS, MONTHLIES THE TROUBADOUR MELT BANANA,TERA MELOS BOOTLEG THE GOOD LISTENERS, THE SONUS QUARTET, HI HO SILVER OH, PENELOPE FORTIER, DEEP SLEEP OPS ,ABBOT KINNEY,TOY ROBOT NEWYORK RIFLES THURSDAY, 12/17 ECHO DOWN AND DERBY ROLLER DISCO HOTEL CAFE HO-HO-TEL 2009: THIRTY+ ARTISTS PLAYING THREE DAYS OF HOLIDAY CHEER! SPACELAND AGAINST ME!, ROLLTHE TANKS, OH! PIONEERS VIPER ROOM 8MM,YOURLIPS YOURLIPS,AUFSEESER TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT (BASSIST OFTHE EAGLES),JACK TEMPCHIN ROXY SEAWOLF THE REDWOOD ROSE’S PAWN SHOP W/ MERLE JAGGER BOOTLEG WATTS ENSEMBLE,YELLOWALEX SILVERLAKE LOUNGE MAN’S ASSASSINATION MAN, BRASS BADGER FRIDAY, 12/18 ECHO VERY BE CAREFUL HOTEL CAFE HO-HO-TEL 2009: THIRTY+ ARTISTS PLAYING THREE DAYS OF HOLIDAY CHEER! SPACELAND FOREIGN BORN, BEST COAST, EL SPORTIVO AND THE BLUES VIPER ROOM ¡VIVA CHRISTMAS!, ELVEZ, LOS STRAITJACKETS, THE LOVELY ELVETTES, LIL LUIS AND THE WILDFIRES ROXY CAMP FREDDY BOOTLEG HARPER SIMON,THE CHAPIN SISTERS SATURDAY, 12/19 HOTEL CAFE HO-HO-TEL 2009: THIRTY+ ARTISTS PLAYING THREE DAYS OF HOLIDAY CHEER! SPACELAND SPAIN 7”SINGLE RELEASE PARTY VIPER ROOM SEAN HEALY PRESENTS: EARTH AT NIGHT, LUNAR SWAY THE REDWOOD JOHNNY WITMER & HONEST JOHN PLAIN, THE SUPER BEES, BRIAN WATERS BOOTLEG ELTEN ELEVEN,TRIORGANICO SUNDAY, 12/20 54 | POPTIMIST 55


LIVE SHOW LISTINGS ECHO PARTTIME PUNKS WITH SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY,THE BEATERS SPACELAND HELLYA! NIGHT ROXY JOHN FORTE MONDAY, 12/21 THE ECHO MANIMALVINYL RESIDENCY, MOONRATS,VOICESVOICES / SISTER CRAYON, CORRIDOR SPACELAND MERE MORTALS VIPER ROOM CLUB MYWAR O PRESENTS: BLACK COBRA, IT’S CASUAL, GROAMVILLE, HARASSOR, CHINGALERA SILVERLAKE LOUNGE LINKS, CHASING KINGS, SAMUEL STEWART, RED TIDE TUESDAY 12/22 SPACELAND LEOPOLD AND HIS FICTION SILVERLAKE LOUNGE KILLBIRDS SUNDAY 12/27 THE ECHO PARTTIME PUNKS SPACELAND NEIL HAMBURGER MONDAY 12/28 SPACELAND MERE MORTAL SILVERLAKE LOUNGE SEA MONSTER WEDNESDAY 12/30 SPACELAND CLUB NME: MINIATURE TIGERS,ALLWRONG AND THE PLANS CHANGE RESIDENT DJS DIAAND SOLID TODD SPINNING ROXY UNWRITTEN LAW THURSDAY, 12/31 SPACELAND AQUARIUM DRUNKARD AND WEB IN FRONT PRESENT: THE HENRY CLAY PEOPLE, LE SWITCH,THE MONOLATORS VIPER ROOM THE HEAD CAT, RHINO BUCKET,THE BINGES ROXY MIKE POSNER THE REDWOOD THE MOTHERFUCKING ZEROS!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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