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Saturday night I spent the evening enjoying several bands at the El Rey Theater in LA.  Never having been to the El Rey I was surprised to find out it’s a former dance hall complete with recessed dance floor complete with floor track lighting.  Awesome.  To be honest I had planned on arriving late because I had no interest in seeing the two opening bands.  Luckily fate was kind and the first band started an hour late.  Talk about good luck.

Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner  who’s joined on stage by a three person band.  But Lerner sings lead while playing the drums.  Nope, it’s true.  That takes some talent. Having never even heard of Telekinesis I was skeptical at first but soon found myself head bopping along to their songs and being highly amused by their fun, charming, funny on stage banter.  Now they are no rival to the Queens of on stage banter, Tegan and Sara but Lerner’s funny wit definitely made Telekinesis memorable.  Considering this is their first tour…that’s a really good trait for a band to command.  Lerner’s on tour now.  Find tour dates and more information here.

Second up is the New Zealand band, Cut Off Your Hands.  Overall I found them interesting but they tend to have that problem bands routinely can suffer from…every song sounds eerily the same.  But what saves this band on stage is lead singer, Nick Johnston.  I have never seen someone jump around a stage as much as Johnston nor beat the hell out of a tambourine like him.  At times he simply beat the tambourine against the mic stand.  See clip below…you cannot look away!  Alternative Press named them one of the 100 Bands to Watch in this month’s issue.  Find more band info here.

Lastly the main act, Ra Ra Riot.  Oh how I love this band!  Not only does lead singer, Wesley Miles sing but he also runs around playing keys too.  Plus they have a cellist and violinist on stage who simply rock those instruments.  Ra Ra’s album, Rhumb Line was on every major music magazine’s list of one of the albums of the year.  Each song is complex, interesting, and yet still catchy.  Pay attention to Ghost Under Rocks, Too Too Too Fast, and A Manner to Act.  Only bad note was the disappointing sound engineering.  The lead mic was too low but each time they tried to bring up the volume there was major feedback.  For a few songs the lead vocals we’re drowned out by the band.   Ra Ra Riot is on tour now so try and check them out.  Below you’ll find a new unreleased song.  Enjoy!

And just for fun…this guy was really into each band.  He’d just start jumping at each song’s start. Cracked my shit up!

-Koop

DANCE!

I am NOT endorsing McDonalds at all, but they hit a HOME RUN with this commerical. My boyfriend and I start dancing every time it comes on!

Last Night I had the opportunity to see Hesta Prynn, from Northern State, perform her new songs recorded with Civil Shepherd at Spaceland, in Silverlake, CA.  I had heard from our friends over at Earbudz that she would be performing and decided I had to check it out.  Plus the show was free!  Prynn did not disappoint.  Watching her perform is electric and you simply cannot help but look at her.  She clearly is totally into her music and loves performing.  Additionally Prynn’s new music departs from her work with Northern State but doesn’t go so much to the right that you don’t recognize it as Prynn’s work.  

For now Hesta is on a short tour and has released a 5 Song Preview CD which you can purchase via her myspace page.  Plus check out Earbuz interview.  Oh and in a fun side note…Sara Quin oversaw the album.

Sorry I cut off the beginning of the song but take a look.  I guarantee you’ll be mesmerised!

-Koop

Twitter

When Facebook was the new Myspace, I was proud to stop using my myspace page and be pretty much solely a facebook user. But that’s when I was in college and/or just out. Now, its not a young kids obsession anymore, it’s an EVERYBODY obsession. My dad is on facebook. It’s a little scary, but then again it makes me think twice about what I post. But my point is, now I don’t have to be proud that I only use one social networking site, because it’s not exclusive to immature high school/college kids anymore. Now it’s a way of life for people who are familiar with that think called the computer.

I just watched a talk at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference about Twitter. NOW, I first learned about twitter from my ex who is high up in a nerdy television network. Of course a guy high up in a nerdy television network would be obsessed with the newest technologies, right? He bought his managers Rock Band before it was released, he was THIS close to buying me an iphone just so I could text him a novel when we weren’t together, he’s a nerd and he loves it. So it was about mid summer when I noticed these strange status updates on his facebook page. Then I noticed the same kind of update on my buddy Kevin Pereira (host of Attack of the Show on G4)’s facebook status. The common thread? It said “twitter”. It has been almost a year an I didn’t succumb to Twitter. But I have to say, I have (my ex is going to love this) EPICLY FAILED.

Evan Williams, the co-founder of Blogger.com and Twitter spoke at the TED conference and I’m sold. I mean, look, I won’t “tweet” when I’m taking a shower or making dinner. But, you know, if I’m hoping on a plane and I have more than one person who I’ll be seeing once I arrive, it would be nice not to have to send 18 text messages. Even my boyfriend, who detests the idea of Facebook, watches peoples “tweets”.

Ok fine, so I’m not TOTALLY sold, as I do not have a blackberry or any other way to update remotely. But I’ll give it a shot. I’m not an old lady, yet. I have to keep up with the kids, don’t I?

-@jessiderfler

p.s. It turns out my co-blogger Koop also tweets. I just found that out. Way to go Jess…

Fellow Californians this Thursday March 5th the CA Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the validity of Prop 8.  On March 4th, the Eve of Justice, 27 cities across CA will march in support of the arguments and against Prop 8.  Please take notice, support your LGBT community and stand up for equal rights.  Find out about events in yoru city here.

In Los Angeles:

In Los Angeles, we are starting at 5:30PM at historic Olvera St. Join Co-hosts Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Lisa Powell (Courage Campaign) for an evening that includes:

– Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal who will give an update on the case before flying to San Francisco to a! rgue before the Supreme Court in the morning.
– A recommi! tment ce remony officiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. All married couples and couples wanting to get married are welcome to join in. This includes same sex and opposite sex couples.
– Musical entertainment by Tony Sweet, Nita Whittaker and Mandy Steckelberg.
– A Candlelight pledge to promote love, tolerance and equality in the future and the promise we will not stop until we our work is finished.

The event will finish with a candlelight march to the Supreme Court building. 

Already the Yes on 8 people are sending out the word to mobilize at the event. Let your voices by heard!

 

Eve of Justice: Lighting The Way For The Supreme Court
Wednesday, March 4th – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Olvera Street, Downtown LA

(South of Cesar Chavez Ave, between N. Main St and N Alameda St) map

2 blocks West of Union Station, providing easy Metro access from Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, East LA and Long Beach

To join the event go to Los Angeles Facebook Event

-Koop

l8287673966_4449Nestled  near the Columbia River in Central Washington, The Gorge Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater where the annual Sasquatch Music Festival is held every year.  Tickets are on sale now and until Sunday, March 1st you can get a 3 day pass for $154 and change.  After that  all Tickets are General Admission. The first allotment of tickets are $56.50 per day, available for the on-sale weekend only. Beginning Monday, March 2nd tickets are $66.50 per day. The week of the festival (beginning Monday, May 18th) tickets are $76.50 per day if still available.  

You can find more information here including camping info and directions.  If I had any money at all I would definitely be going.  At least for the frist day.  The line up is amazing!

Saturday, May 23th

Kings of Leon / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / The Decemberists / Animal Collective / Bon Iver / Devotchka / M. Ward / Doves / Sun Kil Moon / The Gaslight Anthem / King Khan & The Shrines / Ra Ra Riot / Shearwater / Passion Pit / Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band / Vince Mira / Blind Pilot / Owl City / Arthur & Yu / Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / Death Vessel / Hockey / James Pants / Crystal Castles / Todd Barry / Tim and Eric / People’s Republic of Komedy

Sunday, May 24th

Jane’s Addiction / Nine Inch Nails / TV On The Radio / The Murder City Devils / of Montreal / The Avett Brothers / Calexico / M83 / The Airborne Toxic Event / The Walkmen / The Wrens / St. Vincent / The Dodos / John Vanderslice / The Submarines / Viva Voce / The Builders And The Butchers / AA Bondy / Fences / Point Juncture, WA / Jon Benjamin / Zach Galifianakis / Deadmau5 / Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head / People’s Republic of Komedy

Monday, May 25th

Ben Harper and Relentless7 / Erykah Badu / Silversun Pickups / Fleet Foxes / Gogol Bordello / Santigold / Grizzly Bear / Explosions In The Sky / Girl Talk / Blitzen Trapper / The Knux / Monotonix / Bishop Allen / Black Moth Super Rainbow / Beach House / Mugison / The Dutchess And The Duke / School Of Seven Bells / Horse Feathers / The Pica Beats / Loch Lomond / BLK JKS / Demetri Martin / God’s Pottery / Chromeo / Tobacco / People’s Republic of Komedy / The Whitest Kids U’ Know

Naked Coffee…I Mean Really?

While reading cnn.com today I cam across this article.  I know the recession is silently killing all of our pocketbooks but apparently some might be taking it a bit far.  

On Monday, Donald Crabtree opened Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine, where the waiters and waitresses serve their customers topless.

In a town with fewer than 4,500 residents, the topless coffee shop is booming with business. Paul Crabtree, the owner’s brother, describes business so far as “fantastic.”

“It’s just been crowds mobbing in,” he said.

Overall Crabtree had 150 applicants for the 15 positions of people more than willing to take their top off just to make a paycheck.  I know I’m suffering here in LA but I’m no where near having to serve coffee topless.  Of course it is easier for men since being shirtless is not revealing anything outside of societal norms, but for women it’s a whole other story.  

What do you think?

-Koop