Live In LA: Tom Gabel, Shirley Manson, Band Of Horses, BRMC, and More Play Cancer Benefit

I recently had the esteemed honor of attending the homecoming show for Dangerbird co-founder Jeff Castelaz, who’d just completed his cross-country cycling expedition in the name of his charitable non-profit, The Pablove Foundation. A pretty impressive array of artists showed up to perform mini sets, which you can read about here, via Spin. Peep the flyer.


Live In LA: ‘New Moon’ Stars Kick Off Mall Tour (Death Cab For Cutie, Anya Marina, Sea Wolf, Band Of Skulls + ‘Twilight’ Cast)

On Friday, I had the weird and esteemed honor of attending the kick-off event for the mall tour put together by Hot Topic and the good folks of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Of course, if all you came for was the eight-minute performance by Death Cab For Cutie, you might not have known Hot Topic was involved — all logos were hidden and banners rolled up for their micro set. Then again, considering the presence of the über-dreamy cast — not too mention longer performances by Anya Marina, Sea Wolf and Band Of Skulls — I’m sure the subtler details went to the wayside.

Read about it here (via Spin). Bad quality, but proof they actually showed:

Dangerbird Special: INCHES reviews Darker My Love, Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Eulogies

It’s true. This week’s installment of the INCHES L.A. vinyl column focuses entirely on the output of local indie , Dangerbird Records. I hand-picked a combination of the label’s best-for-listening and most innovative releases, including stuff from all of the bands mentioned above — flagship players like Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Darker My Love, and Eulogies. MP3s from all four are included,  along with the requisite photos, reviews, and recommendations, plus a Top Ten chart from Origami Vinyl.

Darker My Love's 2008 7-inch series