Archive for October, 2008

L.A. RECORD: ROKY ERICKSON TRIVIA CHALLENGE!

Posted in events, la record with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by chrisziegler

For all those who are wanna get into the show for free and have the true rok love that will make it possible—or for those who wanna get the 13th Floor Elevators book or a Roky 2XLP, both of which I have inches away from me right now (not the contest copies, don’t worry) and both of which I can assure you are deeply and righteously ripping… anyway—for those who want a chance to ace the only GRE (Glorify Roky Erickson) that matters, L.A. RECORD presents… the ROKY ERICKSON TRIVIA CHALLENGE! Direct link here and rules and questions inside.

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WARPAINT: JUST DREAMING ABOUT THE COSMOS

Posted in la record, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by chrisziegler


dan monick

Download: Warpaint “Billie Holiday”

(from the self-released Exquisite Corpse EP)

A completely different conversation with Warpaint up now at L.A. RECORD. This ran in the August print issue but we didn’t post online til we got an MP3. I think it’s worth it. As I said before, I’m really getting into this band. I think Emily and Theresa did a great job in this interview, too.

What was your longest car ride together?
EK: We went to Vancouver together to play and write and hang out. We wrote music on the mouth of a cove.
TW: There were mermaids—lots of mermaids there. It was called Deep Cove. And we learned from them how to be the hypnotic sirens we are.
Mermaids are half-naked.
EK: Maybe we’ll just play naked.
Thanks for giving our website one million hits.
TW: I’m gonna say ‘naked’ in every interview from now on.
EK: Change our name to Naked Warpaint. Naked Paint.

All the rest (including the origin of the naked-guy story from the OC WEEKLY article) over here. I hope to get them down to Long Beach in the near future so watch this site.

L.A. RECORD: ROKY ERICKSON PODCAST

Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by chrisziegler


carolyn barron

Download: Roky Erickson Wish List Set List

I think we all know the kind of place Roky occupies in my life. Since he’s doing new songs for the first time in decades at the show Friday, I made a wishlist setlist of rarely heard Roky classics for L.A. RECORD. Complete info over there.

“Mine Mine Mind” from The Evil One
“Don’t Slander Me” from Don’t Slander Me
“For You” (live) from Casting The Runes
“The Damn Thing” from Don’t Slander Me
“Sweet Honey Pie” (live) from Gremlins Have Pictures
“Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play” from Gremlins Have Pictures
“Haunt” from Don’t Slander Me
“Can’t Be Brought Down” from Don’t Slander Me
“Wake Up To Rock ‘n’ Roll” (live) from Halloween: Live ’79-’81
“Right Track Now” from Epitaph For A Legend

GREATER CALIFORNIA, DEVON WILLIAMS AND THEE MAKEOUT PARTY AT PROSPECTOR SAT. OCT. 25

Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: Greater California “It’s Great” (shea M gauer remix)

(from Trust Us on Fidotrust)

Download: Devon Williams “A Truce”

(from “Elevator” 45 on L.A. RECORD)

Download: Thee Makeout Party “Slack”

(from the Audacity split on Trabajo—one of the best 45s of the year!)

UPDATE: Topped for tonight!

L.A. RECORD, Article 1 and ZCONTROLS present the first of hopefully many shows I’ll be setting up at Prospector. This falls right after the Last Saturday event at {open} around the corner so come to that then walk on over to this! If you don’t know the bands, Greater California are Zombies/Pet Sounds pop done by quality rock scholars—actually, every band playing tonight has record collections that warrant formal acknowledgement by the Secretary of the Interior, which is why every band will get to do a DJ ste, too—and Devon is my personal pick for California’s Alex Chilton, though many others hear a lot of Go-Betweens, and thee Makeout Party is real-deal ’76 style suburban rock ‘n’ roll something between the Real Kids and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. I personally witnessed them coax an Elks Lodge full of feisty buffet-sated grandmothers up to very vigorously dance. I believe the Velvet Underground started almost the same way. 9 PM and $5 for 21+ gets you control. Tentative next event is a last-minute Monday night show with Detroit’s brain-bursting Human Eye, who are like Hawkwind closely advised by Roky, Iggy and Helios Creed. Stay tuned for confirms on that.

DEVON WILLIAMS IN DISTRICT, OC WEEKLY

Posted in events, la record, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler


emily rose

Download: Devon Williams “A Truce”

(from “A Truce” 45 on L.A. RECORD)

Great press for Devon to advance my show at the Prospector tomorrow. (THAT’S DEVON WILLIAMS AT THE PROSPECTOR IN LONG BEACH TOMORROW NIGHT!!!! CLICK HERE FOR MUSIC AND REASONS TO GO!!!!) Full fun below.

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WARPAINT: REVERB-AL SKILLS

Posted in interviews, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler



Stream: Warpaint “Billie Holliday”

Second talk with the other half of Warpaint up at OC WEEKLY. I did an interview with Emily and Theresa in L.A. RECORD but that’s not quite online yet. (But will be very soon.) I’m really starting to get into this band. Warpaint sounds kind of like Telescopes and Lush and a lot of the spacier British bands from probably ’79 to ’93? That’s kind of clinically mathematical as a description but I got numbers on my mind today.

With the long-promised debut EP Exquisite Corpse just out and a just-finished Spaceland residency that left the band tighter and closer than ever, LA’s Warpaint are primed for further exposure. In Exquisite Corpse’s five songs, they try 50 small and subtle things—shy ravels of guitar or stuttered polyrhythms by drummer Dave Orlando, tense basslines by Jen Lindberg that would win approving salute from Jah Wobble, or melodies that stall and dive like a bird interrupted in flight. They positively effervesce atmosphere, beginning songs with barely more than bass and breath, and then roaring toward orbit; they evoke as much “lush” the adjective—heat and fog and a gentle threat of sensory overload—as Lush the band, whose ghostly vocals find respectful echo in Kokal and singer/guitarist Theresa Wayman. There’s even their reverent appropriation of a verse from Mary Wells’ “My Guy,” which adds new fire to the smoky stand-out “Billie Holiday.” (Used with permission, adds Lindberg.)

More here and they play Monday down at Detroit in Costa Mesa—free and their first O.C. show. I hope to get them at Prospector soon with maybe Blank Blue. Watch the blog for confirms.

RTX: YOU STARTED THIS PARTY!

Posted in interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler


dan monick

Download: RTX “Cheap Wine Time”

(from JJ Got Live RATX on Drag City)

Tons of fun with RTX’s Jennifer and Kurt over at L.A. RECORD. I back this band hard (I even wrote their bio) and the new album is great. Hanoi Rocks plus Enigma-era Roky to me, though L.A. RECORD photographer Scott Schultz says the above is like a Stones song, and he’s not wrong there. This interview done at Prospector before—and prolonged into—our Cha Cha night. Good times:

Did you take a big hit when the stock market crashed?
J: That’s a joke in your life but motherfucker I had bank in the stock market four years ago! And I sold it all when I bought my place here. I had the Latin American Equity Fund. But I been putting my brain on hold. I will keep myself from any kind of stimulation.
Is this like how you take the snow chains off the car for the summer?
J: Yeah, but I’m going a couple seasons. I’m just eating the popcorn that didn’t pop off the floor, you know what I’m saying? I’m really in suspended animation—literally no information coming in. I’m saving it up until I can parse it and put it out on my own time.

The rest here. Album just came out. Grab it if you’ve never heard the band before—and be ready for shred—and grab it if you have heard them before, too.