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10:30 AM

Music: Silversun Pickups

Another night at the largo........Listening to Dylan's "it's all over now baby blue" while eating honey baked chicken and to top off an otherwise great night, Jon Brion heed my request of yelling out "THE STONES" in my loud voice which is really not loud at all. What a wonderful night it was!
I didn't write anything down but I can tell ya that as soon as i heard him start out with "let's spend the night together" I was very pleased and then just plan excited when he belted out "beast of burden". Then at the end of the night he asked the audience for a short song to end the night with..... I yelled out "Napalm Death" but I guess he didn't hear me this time. I could have listened to him do stones songs all night long. Besides loving the Stones so much, I have been reading a book by Stephen Davis (author of hammer of the gods and walk this way...... it says it right there on the cover of the book) It's called OLD GODS ALMOST DEAD and it's a 40-year odyssey of the Rolling Stones. I'm up to the point where they are finishing up "Let it Bleed" and Brian Jones just died. So far I can tell you that Keith Richards is my favorite stone. I can't believe how many illegitimate children of the Stones are out there..... by Brian alone!

well, I just wanted to do a quick post today.

I've added some photos to my photo blog over there, if you want to check 'em out.

Have a wonderful weekend.
tonight there is this really cool band playing at Spaceland called The
Heartless Bastards, I've heard good things about them. also Unsane is at Alex's Bar in Long Beach or Grant Lee is at Largo.

11:56 AM

hello.... happy first day of summer.

I'm very happy today for some reason. I can't sleep and I can't eat. I'm in love!
don't get your panties in a bunch just yet. just wait.
I'm in love with music but you already knew that. I just found out that Reigning Sound are going to be playing at the Troubadour in a few months. Another show that has put a smile on my face from ear to ear is the very fact that 2 of my favorite bands are going to be playing together at the Troubadour on July 11th and It's FREE and only $3 to those younger then 21. oh... the bands you say? The Vacation, only the most rockin' best band - this side of the Mississippi and my new favorite band the Sons and Lovers, I'm sure they are all fine sons and very good lovers but I wouldn't know, what I do know is that when you see these guys live, it's like you're back in the 60's when music was cool. They have that "shake your ass", bluesy rawk 'n roll 'get down' music going on! Together they are going to Rip this joint. Seriously, if you live near LA or pretty damn close then you need to come to this show.
and no! i'm not sleeping with anyone or gettting paid to say anything about any of the bands that I talk about all the time, it's all for the love of music.

What have I been up to? well, last night I gathered up some photos and they are ready for me to scan them into my computer. I've been procrastinating a lot but I have a feeling no more. I hope by the end of this year that I will have at least an outline of my book on all the rock shows i've seen over the last 20 years. ya, I know ... i've been saying this for over 5 years. It will happen someday before I die.

Saturday I went to Spaceland to see the Sons and Lovers with The Makers. I know I use this word a lot but It's true, It was an amazing show by both bands. I'm not going to mention the band inbetween because as soon as they started putting up the white Christmas lights on the mic stand I knew I wasn't going to like them. It really sucks that S&L had to play first because there wasn't that many people to see them.... all the "hollywood hipsters" like to be fashionably late, too busy shooting up before they can step foot in a club or something, I don't know. The only way you are going to get turned on to a new band before they make it big is to actually show up early. I know that sometimes you have to sit through someone who sucks but it's all worth it to get that feeling of being blown away by seeing something fresh, new and exciting. That something that just moves you.
The Sons and Lovers played a great set. They have this one song called "dirty rock n' roll" which I absolutely love. All of their songs rock. They do have a four song EP out but you have to get it at the show. So come!
The Makers
were awesome. The singer had Prince-like moves. It was jaw droping the way these guys played. I haven't danced like that in ....... well, since the last time I saw them and was hanging out with my old friend Sarah. It was just soo much fun. Just seeing sarah having a good time, dancing next to me brought back so many memories of when we used to go to all these fun shows where we would dance and get completely smashed...... man, I miss those days! I'm not saying that you should get smashed, because you really can have a wonderful time at a show without drugs or alcohol. (payed for by my conscious).

Tonight the band Spoon is playing at the Avalon. They have a really good sound system there now, unlike the Palace days. I knew of a band called Spoon that were from Seattle but that was over 10 years ago. It's definitely not the same one.
Unsane are back also.... these guys rock so hard! I may just have to go see them at Alexs bar on Saturday night instead of going to see Grant Lee at the Largo. Plus it's closer to home. oh the Backyard Babies are back at the Troubadour as well as Alexs soon, I may have to catch them this time. Fountains of Wayne are doing an acoustic show at the largo two nights in a row at the end of June and Helio Sequence is at the Knitting Factory on the 30th which I can't miss either!

I knew I couldn't stay away....... how long was that? a week? less? I'll just stop kidding myself. I'm sorry to lead you on as if i were really going to stop going to shows.

1:33 PM

Music: Sabrosa Purr - the demos / Peter Walker - landed / Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street / Silversun Pickups - the demos / Joy Zipper - American Whip / White Stripes - get behind me Satan / Pernice Brothers - discover a lovelier you / Bona Roba - Reach in and get her


I ended up seeing The Raveonettes last night at Spaceland. I arrived just before 9pm and they already let people in. It didn't get really crowded until about 10pm. I met my friend inside and he bought me a beer and I told him about the jerk-off that was in line behind me. This old man was talking to his lady friend, not paying attention to anyone around him and he inched his way up to the side of me and was running into the guy in front of me. This girl that was in line with me noticed as well, so she told the guy in front of us and finally he said something to him like " hey, are you aware that there is a line! are you even in line?! and his only response was "yeah, whatever" and kept talking to his lady friend... talking her ear off, I might add. The guy never moved directly behind me where he belonged and kept elbowing me in the side and turning to me and saying "oh sorry" like ....... 3 times!
I made some friends in line as we all talked about this jack-ass.
Inside I find my friend upstairs. We got a drink and headed down stairs due to the yucky smoke filled room. The first band was "Be your own pet". I really liked them. It was 3 guys and a girl singing/yelling/screaming. She had something about her ...... she was having so much fun dancing and making faces as she screamed into the mic. ... More punk rock then just rock. Keith Morris was right up front watching with a smile on his face so that MUST mean something. I took a few photos of them that I will eventually put up when I get around to updating my photo blog (suzephoto) over there on the side. Next up was "she wants revenge". My first thought was "hurry the fuck up and start, the lights aren't what you should be worried about, it's those pants you guys are all wearing (or not wearing)" The singer had these old looking levis that hung halfway down his ass with PINK underwear showing, they weren't even cool warn out looking ones, they looked like they never ever fit him and they were bought for the sole purpose of that "hanging down your ass" look. I was annoyed before they even started. After the first few seconds of the first song, I turned to my friend and before I could say a word he said "Joy Division" I laughed and said either that or a second rate Interpol. The guy had the whole "i want to be gay-but i'm really not, i don't think" attitude down.... lighting cigs, smoking them half way down only for the "cool looking" effect it had with the lights behind him. He also kept lifting up his shirt to show off his stomach. soooo tired! c'mon. They did sound alright for what they were doing. If there wasn't already an Interpol, it would be them.

Right before The Raveonettes where to start I looked back and there was little Jason Schwartzman with is little 60's Beatles style short bob haircut. I have to say that Sharin is amazingly beautiful, singer of The Raveonettes. She has that whole classic beauty 60's britpop look down, and what a voice. I was Impressed. My first time seeing them. The songs are catchy and fun and they just rock. I also have to mention.... I don't know what is up the the little "ampy guitar player dude" maybe he is from France or something but again with the" soap and water" problem.

This Saturday (18th) is The Sons and Lovers and The Makers at Spaceland.

I also found out that The Sons and Lovers got on the bill with The Vacation at the Troubadour on July 11th. It's a FREE show.

2:47 PM

Forgive me as it's been 9 whole days without a post.
It's not that I'm super busy, it's just I've had a lot on my mind. Don't worry, it's all good stuff.

Random thoughts:
I saw John Doe at Fingerprints, I think I forgot to mention that. It was super hot and crowded in this small record store in Long Beach. John did some X songs and stuff off of his new solo CD. I don't have any of his solo cd's actually. I love X though! He surprised me and did a big star song, well part of it because it sounded so much like one of his solo songs.... he didn't finish it but it was cool. It was an accoustic show, of course.

I saw The Dirty Little Secrets with Sons and Lovers at the Anarchy club in beautiful downtown Downey. You know i'm kidding if you've ever been there. This club is in an old strip mall in the worst part of town. We walk into the bar and it was about 1/3 of the size of Spaceland. It had some pool tables situated really close to the bar, so if you are sitting at the bar ... you actually have to move out of the way if someone wants to make a shot. This place was filled with the kind of folks that you would find at a moose lodge. I say this because my step mom and dad were members and i've seen this type of low-life, beer drinking, missing teeth, tube top/tight, ripped levi shorts wearing, white trash looking people before. The stage was all to small in the far back corner with just enough room for the guys to stand there.
The Dirty Little Secrets went on first and showed everyone that they mean business. This, in my opinion was one of their best shows ever! even though they were getting shocked by the mic stands due to faulty electricity in the place..... Jonny took off his sock and put it over his mic and kept playing as if nothing was wrong. Skky looked amazing with his tight levis and boots on and both Skky and Jonny's long black hair was all over the place. it was pure rock 'n roll heaven!

next up was Sons and Lovers, as I said before, it's my "new" favorite band to see live. This was heading into be what I thought, one of there best shows up until something went wrong with one of the guitars (amps, i guess) I don't really know. They tried to go on without him for awhile but really couldn't . Needless to say the guitar player was pretty pissed, I also think they were all drunk. The singer jumped in the audience and sang in the crowd, Jordan followed. It was fun, like I said. I still think it was an excellent show. Very 60's, high energy rock 'n roll. I'm soo looking forward to seeing them with The Makers this Saturday at Spaceland. A show not to miss.

Speaking of which...... I've been going out much less lately. actually I only started this last Monday. I've noticed I've been spending way too much on gas, going up to LA all the time... I'm talking about $160 bucks a month. yeah, bite on that for awhile and you will understand.

I'm still going to write the shows down but i'm going to be very choosey in the coming months.
'ya ... sure, we'll see!!

I've heard a lot of good things about The Raveonettes show at Spaceland last night. I may have to go either tonight or tomorrow. I wasn't going to but......... urgh!!

1:26 PM

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what do you know, I went to see Jon Brion this past Friday. and believe me, you would to if you have heard of him and live in or near LA. The man is multi-talented. I can't wait to hear his second album with the songs he has been singing at the largo for over a year now. His show this past Friday is what I like to call "the history of music". yep, for all you regulars who missed it... YOU MISSED IT! He started out in the 20's style then 30's and so on all the way to the present. I wrote everything down but don't have it with me so i'll spare you.... this time. But one song that stood out for me was "Waterloo Sunset", which he did in a Nirvana fashion (words of waterloo sunset but played like a Nirvana song) It was simply fantastic!

This past weekend I went to the movies twice and saw 1) Cinderella Man, which I enjoyed and thought the acting was wonderful and of course I cried. 2) Lords of Dogtown, which I also enjoyed. Although I really dug the documentary (Lords of dogtown and Z boys) a lot more. It had a better soundtrack also. It was basically the same movie. I'm just glad to hear that Jay Adams is out on parole. He, in my opinion is the best skater out of the whole bunch! The movie portrayed Stacy Peralta as the "nice" guy and Jay Adams as the "troubled kid" and Tony Alva as the "dick" - but i respect him anyway, I didn't even know about the kid who had terminal cancer, so that was a shock to me.
these guys are all sk8rs 4 life!!
I've got the Gator movie next up on my netflix list, yay!

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