Posts Tagged ‘other lives’

Thom Yorke in Town

October 2, 2009

Yes, Thom Yorke is in LA for a few shows. (Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, for those who don’t recognize the name off the top of their heads.)

I woke up Tuesday morning to a neighbor calling me on the phone and then knocking on my door to make sure I knew that tickets for Thom’s Sunday and Monday night shows at the Orpheum were going on sale that day. I thanked him, and let him know that I would not be going, due to my current financial situation. Discretionary spending is definitely as minimal as possible. Perhaps I will go and loiter outside the Orpheum instead, test if I can hear a thing, see if I can see anything before or after the show, catch a glimpse perhaps of the famous Thom. Sorry Thom, as much as I enjoy your music, and would love to see a show in the Orpheum, I can’t justify a $50 ticket. Eating is actually still in my budget. Maybe if I didn’t insist on eating? How true of a fan am I? Perhaps he will sing the below song, as tested at the Latitude Music Festival.

Today, I was glancing through emails and saw mention of the Manimal Festival out at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Manimal is a record label, and they have many local artists on their label, who get a lot of airplay and promotion on KXLU (Loyola Marymount’s radio station) and are  frequently seen at The Echo and other clubs I attend to hear music.

The Manimal Festival? Who’s playing? And out jumps one of my favorite bands, recently seen at Sasquatch, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands: Other Lives. So of course I have to go check out the rest of the Manimal Festival lineup, see when the bands are playing and whether I can make it out to Pioneertown in the desert near Joshua Tree by the time my tutoring obligations are done. Other Lives are scheduled for 8 pm on Sunday, and I should be done with tutoring by 6:30 on Sunday. Ooh, tight. They’re only playing for an hour, and there are only a few more bands playing after them. And if there are any problems with parking, I’d miss them entirely…. I don’t know. $30 ticket for the day, regardless of what part of the day I show up. I am weighing the discretionary spending budget for the month in my head….

But just in finding the links to do this posting, I see on their MySpace page that their show has been cancelled. Yikes! Why is that? Turns out the lead singer Jesse Tabish is ill, possibly strep or mono, and definitely needs to rest. So no LA or Pioneertown shows. Bummer. However, the Manimal Festival website and affiliated sites announcing the show still have Other Lives listed, so good thing I found out before actually trying to make the trip. No discretionary spending needed.

But in getting that far, looking at LA Record’s announcement of the lineup for the Manimal Festival and all, I find that Thom Yorke is doing a practice gig at the Echoplex (underneath The Echo) tonight, and they are selling tickets for that, starting today at noon. $20 to see a rehearsal with Thom Yorke and a band with as yet no name. The Echoplex is not a large space, so those tickets should sell out instantaneously. Good luck to all who try!

thom1 Obviously not my photo, because you can bet I would mention running into Thom Yorke long enough to snap a photo!

New Music

June 4, 2009

Oh, hearkening back to what I heard while at Sasquatch. Here’s Other Lives, who doesn’t have very many videos available on youtube. All I could find were slow songs, and really, they do more energetic too.

There was also BLK JKS from South Africa whom I also greatly enjoyed. Again, one song often does not show why they are great, but here goes. In performance, I loved watching the drummer’s hair do its own thing, as the fat dreads bounced and swayed like happy worms on his head, a Medusa-like effect.

And finally, Jets Overhead, who I will be seeing soon at Bonnaroo. This was the band I saw in Victoria, who is from Victoria. Oh look, the video was shot in Canada, note the Canadian railway cars.

Hope this added to your listening pleasure. Today is travel day to Bozeman, another great University town here in Montana, complete with great music venues to cater to the college crowd.

Sasquatch recap Day 3

May 31, 2009

Monday, Memorial Day (5/25/09). I woke up to the sounds of Modest Mouse playing on a nearby car stereo. Bliss.



All things considered for the previous night, I didn’t get up too late. In fact, I actually got into the festival for all the first bands playing that day. It was the day of animals: Deerhoof, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Horse Feathers, and Blitzen Trapper if you stretch it just a little. I also caught Loch Lomond (mellow violins), Pica Beats (mellow 60’s flutes and rock), Bishop Allen (peppy, preppy rock), School of 7 Bells (dance beat infused Cocteau Twins sound), Gogol Bordello, Dutchess and the Duke (folky), Monotonix (wow! for the Speedo wearing, crowd-surfing, drum moving performance piece), BLK JKS (loved the ska/speedmetal bass lines and who doesn’t love a strong South African lilting voice?),  Girl Talk, The Knux, Silversun Pickups, Beach House and Tobacco! Phew! That’s a whole lot of listening!

And I totally fell in love with Other Lives, a band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. I will be searching out their music, for sure.

Although I caught a little of Erykah Badu and Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 (relentless is an excellent word to describe the new hard driving band sound), my evening really ended with Explosions in the Sky. Ahhh. Like Radiohead and my favorite LA instrumental post-rock bands Signal Hill and Beware of Safety, time passes too quickly when listening to them. They’re done? No! Play more!

Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky

When I got back to my campsite, Ben Harper playing against Chromeo’s DJ set, the girls from Oregon were gone, but the frat boys down the way were drinking again. One came over to bum a cigarette. Their camp was high, drunk and ornery, and security came and checked on them numerous times, especially as one member kept trying to “escape” by getting in the car to drive off, and the other members would take the car keys away, as she was in no condition to drive. As the evening progressed, various people came by to mention parties taking place, and one woman ran through the campgrounds announcing it was the last night of Sasquatch, “No one would be sleeping!”

At midnight, I put earplugs in, and fell asleep. Like the night before, it sounded like a riot was taking place nearby, but I couldn’t identify where. I felt like I was in an Hieronymos Bosch depiction of hell, and kept trying to remember what movie I had seen that had a similar background of Bacchanalian noise. I woke numerous times, as people kept leaving at all hours. Finally it was time for me to leave, to make it to the ferry to Victoria. Didn’t feel very awake for the next two days, despite coffee. I was looking forward to flush toilets and showers and electricity once again….

On the Ferry from the Olympic Peninsula

On the Ferry from the Olympic Peninsula