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AFTER FIVE YEARS, DENNIS LLUY RETURNS KOO’S TO SANTA ANA

Posted in events, interviews, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by chrisziegler

Short blog item for O.C. WEEKLY‘s blog on Koo’s founder Dennis Lluy moving his all-ages venue out of Long Beach and back to Santa Ana, which sort of chased him out six years ago but which has apparently learned from past actions.

After five years in downtown Long Beach, storied all-ages venue Koo’s is officially returning to Santa Ana and a new home at the historic Yost Theater, where a no-longer non-profit Koo’s, Inc., will begin programming in January.

“We’re done in Long Beach,” says Koo’s founder Dennis Lluy today, shortly before he’ll begin hauling equipment and furniture out of the 530 E. Broadway space he’s due to vacate this weekend. “We had a five-year run and we took it as far as we felt we could take it. I feel we were unsuccessful seeking partners. But I don’t blame anyone but me—so we’re moving on.”

More at the Heard Mentality post. I’ve written about Koo’s a lot and you can follow their OC timeline in stories below.

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ROKY ERICKSON: THE FUTURE DEMONIC BLEIB

Posted in interviews, la record, mp3, other clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by chrisziegler


josh slater

Download: Roky Erickson Wish List Set List

(from Roky Erickson Wish List Set List)

My actual real-live interview with Roky Erickson up at L.A. RECORD. He sounded better on the phone and ever. (And did a pretty great show last night, even without “Starry Eyes” or “The Interpreter.”) I talked to him last year for this S.F. WEEKLY piece and although he was very enthusiastic, he was also very succinct—a lot of “I lahk it!” answers. This time he was happy and chatty—the Q&A is pretty much how it went. Nice to find out about new album, new songs and his early visits to musicals like South Pacific. All roads lead to Roky. Full interview here. Also note Roky’s democratic voting record. There is no endorsement that speaks more to me. Obama/Bleib ’08—apparently it’s alright to do it!

Do you still play piano?
I do! I played the other day over at these peoples’ house—they had me over for dinner—fish and chicken-fried steak and everything—and we sat there at the table, like the knights of the round table, and he asked me if I’d play one of those loony tunes, and I said sure. Boy, that was just a gas, you know what I mean? An after-dinner thing.
Who are you gonna vote for this time?
Well, I don’t know. I voted two times previously and both times I voted for the Democratic Party. And then people helped me do it.
What’s the nicest present one of your fans ever gave you?
They give me bats and no tellin’ what! Little tapes and things. Napkins that said ‘Suzy Creamcheese’ on it. I try to keep ‘em—we have a storage house we keep ‘em all in. I don’t know how we get ‘em in there but we do!
What’s in there?
Just all sorts of stuff, man. Cages and everything. Couches. Apparently it’s alright to do it!

Complete new L.A. RECORD Roky here. Excerpt of S.F. WEEKLY Roky below. Oh and re: the fan bats… I did get a present of a rubber snake while leaving the show yesterday. So don’t doubt.

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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.

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.

JOLIE HOLLAND: A GHOST IN YOUR HOUSE

Posted in interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by chrisziegler


alice rutherford

Download: Jolie Holland “Mexico City”

(from The Living And The Dead out now on Anti-)

Download: Jolie Holland “Old Fashioned Morphine”

(from Escondida on Anti-)

This one sneaked on to L.A. RECORD when I was looking in a different direction. Apropos to the recent financial pessimism—pay me or obey me is the rule around here—Jolie talked a bit about fringe survival techniques. Very lengthy outtakes (including discussion of stewardesses, sneering, Marvin Gaye, weddings and shit, the Anthology of American Folk Music, lack of privacy, singing songs to yourself, being the best ‘white girl’ singer in school and Jolie’s new band Dark-Eyed Junko) after jump.

You said the best music comes from the hungriest mouths—what were you thinking about?
I was just being a snob because I was dirt poor.
Do you feel different now?
No.
Are you still dirt poor?
I’m pretty dirt poor. I don’t know. I’m dirt poor but I have accountants.
That sounds like a Webb Pierce lyric.
I live on the road so I can’t pay my bills or anything.
Didn’t you once sell puppies to pay bills? What’s the best way to get by?
I don’t know. Getting a job is not that bad. I miss having a job.
What was the last one?
I was a waitress at Howard’s Diner in San Francisco. It was a real sweet family business. Pretty much all the waitresses sang there. It was really nice. The busboy—the 70-year-old busboy from China used to sing to me all the time. We both knew this one Chinese song and we’d sing it together.
Do you think he still thinks of you from time to time?
I hope so. I think about him all the time.

Published interview here on L.A. RECORD. Outtakes below.

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MAGIC LANTERN DEBUT LP OUT TOMORROW!

Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: Magic Lantern “Feasting On Energy”

(from High Beams out tomorrow on Not Not Fun)

Download: Magic Lantern “At The Mountains Of Madness”

(from the now out-of-print CD-R)

Tip for L.A. RECORD and guitarist Cameron himself, who I will surely be meeting bills-in-hand momentarily. Not Not Fun is releasing Magic Lantern‘s long-overdue first full-length and first vinyl, though they’ve got a stack of solo LPs out already, and they’re pretty much the perfect label for them. They came out of nowhere at last year’s Tee Pee fest—their prior band experience then was limited to a gig on NPR?—and not only were they viciously impressive from day one, but it turned out they all lived just down the street in Long Beach.

Their old CD-R (with the absorptive “At The Mountains Of Madness”) is also due out on vinyl and captures what they do well: wide-open visionary Spaceman/Guru Guru improvs that should be measured like movies, not songs. (The Magic Lantern guys also know more about film than anyone I’ve ever sat beside.) But their set at Bill’s RX Club at Que Sera last month found them in high-gravity mode—sounded like Hawkwind or Sabbath and probably flattened down that little stage a few inches. “That’s what happens when all you do is sit around listening to Funkadelic,” said their aux/flex/keys player Phil. Select Lanternography below.

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