check out the Rose Melberg videos from the Echo Curio!

The Rose Melberg show with The Finches, Kellarissa, and Anna Oxygen at the Echo Curio this past Tuesday was really enjoyable. The Echo Curio was full, but not uncomfortably crowded. There was a good mix in the crowd, from people who saw Rose originally in Tiger Trap, to the usual young hipsters. The last time Rose rolled through LA was NINE years ago! It was a special show.

Thanks to Pauline Lay for pointing out these videos to me, and thanks to Gerard from LA underground for recording this preciously, intimate night!

“homemade ship” featuring carolyn from the finches on backing vocals

“things that we do”

“i will never marry” (fred brooks cover)

Indie pop videos! & Rose Melberg

Just felt like sharing some fab indie pop vids!

The first one is from Oxnard’s prolific Sea Lions. Their 7″ – “Let’s Groove!” is one of my favorite releases in ’09. Joy Division-esque vocals over some twangy, jangly guitar with vintage Oxnard footage. Wonderful! Maybe these new songs will be on an upcoming release?

The second video was one that matt from skatterbrain shared awhile back from Richmond’s Apple Orchard. Love this song & and the video! (Even though it isn’t spring anymore!) This song is supposed to be on an upcoming single.

Finally, check out the lovely Rose Melberg playing a free in-store at Vacation Vinyl (6:30pm) and later at The Echo Curio with The Finches and Kellarissa tomorrow, Oct. 27! I do love her new album “Homemade Ship” out now on K records! Should be a special night of loveliness!

zine reviews!

I’ve been meaning to review the following zines for awhile and I’m glad that I had the time to do so today. It seems sort of much having a blog & a zine , but I that pictures usually show up better in blogs, although I like the tangibility of zines.

First up, I have the fabulous zine “Paper Kitty” issue 1 by Jackie Lam and her cousin, Viet, who worked on the amazing illustrations. I met Jackie last year at a holiday craft music event at pehrspace, and I had never seen a zine quite like hers. She has stories about growing up in Burbank, CA, a paper kitty doll you can cut and paste, a music interview with Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces, etc. Most of the writing is interspersed with Viet’s illustrations which looks like it should be in Giant Robot. The front cover is a one of a kind paper bag puppet. Cool! Email Jackie at paperkitty@gmail.com to see if she has any more issues left. On a similar note, she also has a website about being frugal and having fun in Los Angeles, called “Cheapsters”, and I am interviewing her for the second issue of my zine.
Paper Kitty - #1

inside Paper Kitty

Next review is “What’s the Jam?” issue 5, which is a cool local LA based zine created by Tuna. It’s one of my cool zine finds I got at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. It’s got a sweet stamped cover, is lovingly hand bound with yarn and comes with a button! It’s all neatly hand written and features record store reviews, record label reviews, zine reviews, music reviews, upcoming shows in LA, and a joke! All in great, eclectic taste – this is a fun read. The next issue should be coming out soon! Email Tuna at whatsthejam@yahoo.comWhat's the Jam? zine -issue 5

Another cool zine I found at Skylight is a comic zine called “Simple Routines” by JP Coovert, who has a comic press/music label called One Percent Press. I am not usually a fan of autobiographical comics, but this one I do like. JP writes about his life, being a cartoonist and going to school, dealing with moving, relationship issues, and growing up. It’s clean and simply hand-drawn, and within those four boxes, he’s able to beautifully capture a moment of his life that I, as a reader, feel connected to. I had been reading a lot of “Peanuts” strips lately, and I feel like “Simple Routines” has a similar unpretentiousness, profundity, and charm that is reminiscent of Schulz’s strips. Highly Recommended!Simple Routines comic zines - #7-9

Os Mutantes live @ Amoeba tomorrow, 6PM!

If you missed Os Mutantes show in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, you’re in for a special treat. The legendary Tropicalia Brazilian rock band will be performing live at Amoeba records tomorrow at 6pm, as well as signing cds! They’ve released a new album called “Haih or Amortecedor” out on ANTI-records, which is their first new release in over 30 years. The best part is you get to see them for free! I believe the line up features Arnaldo Baptista, Sergio Dias, and Bia Mendes (to step in for Rita Lee).
Current Line up

Original Roster

New Album

Check it!Amoeba Records Hollywood
6400 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hopefully they’ll dip into their back catalog and sing some of their older numbers as wel!

Sunset Junction 2009 review

For the non-LA people out there, there is a yearly street festival on my block called Sunset Junction, that’s been going on for almost 30 years. It’s supposed to help fundraise for the community, but it’s been a source of drama too – neighbors complaining about the traffic, loss of revenue for local businesses, not being free anymore, and lack of transparency on how money raised is actually spent, etc!

here’s the line up for this year:

I am not too familiar with many of the bands on the various stages for this year. I think they try to mix it up to get a wider array of attendees. I assume they try to get LA based bands to play, as well as big headliners that are usually from out of town. They’ve had bands like Sonic Youth and Blonde Redhead play in the past.

This year the group that stole the show for me was “Arrested Development”, the hip hop group from the early nineties, that headlined Sunday night. I had no idea what to expect, and went to see them as a novelty because I had already seen Built to Spill a few times. AD were soooooooo much fun! This is coming from a girl who knows pretty much nothing about hip hop. This is more a pop blog I know, but I can’t deny how entertaining they were live. One of the best shows I’ve seen, and I would easily go see them again! They had African Dancing, and Speech was sooo smooth. MMmmmm….He still looks good 10 + years later and sounds great too! They have a new album coming out and they sang their old hits like “Tennessee” and “Mr. Wendel”.

I didn’t stay all day saturday, but my roomie and I enjoyed Bugaloo Assassins who are from LA. They combine latin music with Irish punk/ska influences. They were fun. She also said Connor Oberst sounded great and Jenny Lewis was a guest performer.

I also caught Mika Miko who I had been meaning to see for awhile now. On the flier, there was a typo and it said “Mica Miko” – ha. They’re cute and fun, very reminiscent of girl punk groups of the 70s like X-ray Spex, crossed with early 90s riot grrl punk rock. I liked how one of the singers is always rocking mom jeans. It’s hard differentiating between the songs because they sound pretty similar to me, but I had a rockin’ good time. I also like how they have two singers and sound like they are trying to sing like old dudes. Fun, fun, fun!

The Sonics, a cult garage rock band from the 60s, were fabulous and sounded great! I didn’t know they had 3 singers. They looked like dads performing at a free park show, but they were excellent performers and so fun. Very rock n’ roll! Everyone was having a good time. They played their old hits like “Have Love, Will Travel”, “Psycho”, “Strychnine”, and “The Witch”. Definitely worth seeing, and I’m glad they’re still out playing and sounding excellent!

This year was definitely memorable and fun!

Double-Dutch! & Malcolm McLaren

I’ve had jumprope on the brain since I took this jumprope/ weight training class at the gym. I remember jumproping a lot as a kid and loving it. This class really made me want to learn how to double dutch because: a) it’s rad b) it’s good for you c) I like how it’s a part of early hip hop culture.

I also wanted to learn about the history, so I did a little researching online about it. Long story short, various ancient people had their own version of jump rope, and the Dutch brought it over during the 1600s to New Amsterdam (now New York) and the Brits dubbed it “double-dutch”. It became big in the inner cities, especially for young black girls. It’s now been made a varsity sport in some NYC high schools. Here’s a great NY Times article about double dutch in schools.

The NY Times video about Brooklyn’s“Jazzy Jumpers”, a kid double dutch team, is pretty heart warming and great. Check it out!

It’s also interesting how international double dutch has become. At the Double Dutch Holiday Classic competition, the Japanese team seems to win consistently, and features double dutch teams from around the world.

I was also trying to see if there were some double dutch groups in LA. The only one I found,”The Jump Squad” has been around for two years, but doesn’t seem to meet quite consistently. I plan on checking out the next meeting though. It’s in Culver City, which is on the other side of town for me. I’m perplexed as to why Silverlake/Echo Park/Downtown doesn’t have something like this going on. C’mon, hipsters in LA should be all about double dutch!

Here’s a meet up link for the Jump Squadandtheir myspace for Angelinos interested in getting their jump on.

Although double dutch isn’t big in LA, I’m glad it has a following in San Francisco. Here’s a video of an SF double dutch group.

I also found this Malcolm McLaren video when I was looking for double dutch vids. Malcolm McLaren is probably best known for managing the Sex Pistols and being part of the 70s punk scene in London. Thus, this song and video came totally as a surprise. I expected a black dude to be singing, and the white Malcolm McLaren presence in the video threw me off because I wasn’t thinking that it was the same guy. This song was a fairly big hit for him, and I had no idea he was even a solo artist. Enjoy!

August = Meteor Month

I had no idea that August was known as “the meteor month” and I am always glad to be learning new things. The Perseid Meteor Shower is going on and I guess the experts say that the best time to watch this in North America is on Wednesday between midnight and predawn hours. This is going to be my fun, free summer adventure tonight!

Here are 10 facts about the Perseid Meteors

I also love how Griffith Observatory here in LA has a weekly sky observing report. Sweet!