Wednesday, October 21, 2009

#34 Silverlake Lounge on 10-20-09

We played with the Monthlies again (we like them) as well as Megasapien, Melee and Eugene & the 1914.

I don't recall much about this show. But what I do recall is:

1. Megasapien reminded me of Sunny Day Real Estate at times.
2. Eugene and the 1814 looked cool.

Friday, September 11, 2009

#33 Artwalk rooftop show on 9-10-09

(photo by Mariah Buian)

A nice gentleman named Louis invited us to be a part of this. The lineup changed a bit leading up to the show, but we wound up playing with rockabilly band The Rocketz.

Downtown Artwalk is exactly what it sounds like. There are galleries and venues and restaurants all opening their doors to showcase art, music and otherwise. We played on the outdoor roof of a gallery, and brought our own PA.

The show was enjoyable, and there were a lot of people there. We were joined onstage at one point by a drunk girl who was permitted to play the tambourine. Sadly, she wasn't very present mentally and missed out on the possible 'rock show with guest performer' interaction that could have taken place. We actually put a box of CDs out for free consumption, and many people took advantage of this.

A nice surprise was a visit by old school friends of mine as well as an old fan/friend from my days in The Briggs.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

#32 Mr. T's Bowl on 8-29-09

photo by Mike Smith
generic american photography

We got to play with the Monthlies again, which works great. Also playing are Lusterko, who are a piano/drums duo. There is a '60s thing, sort of, going on musically and their singer-pianist is tall and has incredible legs.

Tonight was fun, and that's all I can really remember.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

#31 Pehrspace on 8-15-09

We played at Pehrspace again, only this time we were in charge. We teamed up with some hand picked bands and put a very nice show together. It was the Monthlies, a very nice indie pop group with their shit together and the French Semester.

We also threw an elaborate BBQ before and during the show, and had people enjoy a fine parking lot party. Jana, guitarist from the Monthlies was super helpful and brought supplemental food items/drinks. People were pleased to be given free food. I also met Mister Nervous at this show, a very nice man indeed.

I also met up with Wildman, who is quite a character. He had scraggly hair and a purple beard, and he had contacted me about getting content for his new video channel that would be 'better than MTV' as it would be for 'underground music.'

This was a very productive evening.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

#30 Gallo's Pizza on 7-11-09

Happy Birthday to Francis Ramsden! The lad was going to Vegas anyway, so I said, "Why don't I book a show?"

Well, Gallo's Pizza does have a stage, and lights, and a sound system. But it is a pizza restaurant. 

It was uncomfortably warm, even at night, and the lift gate hydraulics on the van crapped out. Playing with us were Light The Black Skye, a mostly Latino 'screamo' band and Screamin' Steel, some older 80s metal guys who played covers of, yes, 80s metal bands. However, they didn't play the hits as much as other album tracks. Songs that made you think, "Wait, isn't that...?" They were a lot of fun though, and the screamo kids knelt down, bowing and saying "We're not worthy!"

The set was, um, not the tightest we'd ever played, and we had dragged everyone to a pizza restaurant instead of more exciting Vegas venues, so there was an air of comedy about the show. We were very well received by the owners and sound guy and welcomed back any time. And, to top it all off, they gave us pizzas to take with us.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

#29 California Music Fest @ San Souci on 7-3-09

We were accepted to this festival via Sonicbids, an online submission service for bands. Here is the description for the event:

California Music Fest is the celebration of the California Culture: Music, Surf, and Art. It takes place Independence weekend in the beautiful city of Ventura, CA in conjunction with the already established and very popular Ventura Street Fair. Last years street fair featured a massive turn out of over 45,000 people. This year with the City of Ventura’s inclusion of the California Music Fest, over 150 bands will be featured as well as a surf contest and visual artists from all over the country. The city is expecting an even larger attendance for 2009.

What the event was in reality was a cramming of too many bands in too many venues with the ensuing chaos. There is an outdoor stage with 'bigger bands', but the rest of it is silly. San Souci is a tiny dive bar in Ventura, and the corner we played in restricts the view of most of the crowd from seeing anyone but the person in front, namely me. We were one of 7-9 bands (!) playing, and the set was short and sweet. We played with too many bands to recall most of the names, but one was 80lb Gorilla(?). I sold an EP to a drunk couple at the bar, who insisted paying $20 for it. I was also instructed to come to San Diego.

This is yet another SonicBids disappointment, and has assured our disinterest in continuing using it. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

#28 Silverlake Lounge on 5-12-09

The press for this show read:

"Our celebration of 'Doce de Mayo,' the lesser known May holiday which is customarily celebrated by listening to bands in bars, or groups in pubs."

(psssssst. Hey guys, anyone want to chime in on what happened at this show? I know Vulgar Latin played, as well as the Eye the Ear and the Arm and Modern Time Machines, but that's about all I can remember.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

#27 Earth Day Celebration @ Toluca Lake Farmers Market on 4-19-09

This was actually a half-band acoustic set, but since it was all Active Set songs and a Radiohead cover it still counts. Wayne was incredible, I was okay. The horse nearby seemed to like it.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

#26 USC Springfest on 4-4-09

What a show! Great experience. 

This was a big 2-stage outdoor festival at USC (Francis' Alma mater), with music throughout the day. We had incredible sound and the biggest stage we've played to date. It felt good to stretch out. We even had a friend of Francis play keys on Sea Legs. We mucked around most of the day, taking advantage of the hospitality bestowed upon us, such as drinks, food and a green room. Well, it was Iglu & Hartly's green room, but we were allowed in anyway, as they remembered us from SXSW.

Sadly, we had no merchandise to sell at the row of merch tables other than the EP, so new fans were not acquired as they could have been. But we did make some good contacts with bloggers, event planners, etc. and got to watch Pinback and Brand New, as well as shoot some footage for an upcoming self-produced documentary. Or not.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

#25 Pehrspace on 4-3-09

photo by Ethan Saks
This was the EP-release show for The Hard To Get. We were happy to be invited, and Pehrspace is a small artspace (room) which is very close to other Silverlake venues. The parking lot was essentially an open bar and we also played with the Christopher Walk-ins and the Breakups. It was a nice relaxed unpretentious group of bands, and a fun evening. Our new friend Ethan Saks took some great live-action pics as well.