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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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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III: LOUDON’S HEAD REVISITED

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


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Stream: Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues”

(from Recovery on Yep Roc)

Stream: Big Star “Motel Blues”

(from The Ardent Sessions)

My first talk with Loudon Wainwright over at O.C. WEEKLY. I did this originally for the S.F. WEEKLY Hardly Strictly Bluegrass piece but didn’t end up using it. But I’d never leave Loudon out in the cold. I just interviewed him again yesterday and he was in fine form, talking about caves and hobos and putting razorblades in Halloween apples. I always feel pretty happy with an interview when the subject asks, “Wait—is my wife going to read this?” Loudon one here and excerpted below and Loudon two coming soon. Also as a nice little ego bump, the OCW contents page actually quoted me and Loudon joking around as a teaser. What can I say? There’s a certain type I can really work with.

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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


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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


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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.

COLD WAR KIDS AT THE FONDA TONIGHT

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

Download: Cold War Kids “Something Is Not Right With Me”

Download: Cold War Kids “Every Man I Fall For”

(both from Loyalty to Loyalty out now on Downtown)

L.A. RECORD did Cold War Kids‘ very first interview, unfortunately not online and actually in a pretty rare issue. (Vol. 1 No. 13, just after the Grabs, who I believe did the rarest issue of all.) In fact, I think I was the first person to ever write about them in print at O.C. WEEKLY—and even then (as they ate breakfast burritos at 7 at night at Brite Spot) you could tell they would get up to something. They showed up to their photo shoot in full perfect costume—the barometer of competence—and they were all obviously dedicated serious hard-working guys. Four of that type in one band is pretty rare. I’ve written about them quite a bit since. (Bassist and designer Matt Maust was the first artist ever profiled in L.A. RECORD.) I haven’t heard the new album yet but I’m sure they’ll give it a good shake at the Fonda tonight. With them on the sophomore push and Jessica Dobson playing the Hollywood bowl, it’s a nice time for folks from the neighborhood. The condensed Ziegler Coldwarography below, including a review of their secret Prospector show this summer—the first or second time the new Loyalty to Loyalty tracks ever got loose.

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SONADORA + DIOS + PEACHFUZZ AT SPACELAND TONIGHT

Posted in events, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: Sonadora ‘Birds And Bees’

Download: dios malos ‘Dumb After All’

Download: Peach Fuzz ‘Fille Des Mers Du Sud’

(from Catch Your Snap on Teenacide)

Another unimpeachable line-up at the dios residency. They’ve been pulling in the best of the South Bay and the best of the South Bay sympathetics. Peachfuzz remind me of the Scruffs, though they don’t have that same manic slobber in the vocals, and dios has a big batch of new songs that are going to be a third album. You can read my tearjerker dios piece here. And then we have Sonadora, who I mentioned before:

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