A Few of My Favorite Things, Silver Lake Edition

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I still don’t *really* understand what this site is or who uses it, but they gave me a (pro-bono) chance to shout out my favorite places for food, music, booze, caffeine, etc. in Los Angeles. Plus, they promised to call me an expert. To see my picks, go to Utrip, click “See Itinerary,” and then enter an arbitrary date (you’re not going to do this, I know, it’s okay). From there (ha), click on the little “Overview” tab above the map. FINALLY, you can scroll down Continue reading

Download Tons of Free Tunes from Bath’s Mellowed-Out Alter Ego, Geotic

Super chill cover art from "Hearth," by Geotic

Not to beat a dead horse, but Baths is playing the Troubadour on Saturday night (tomorrow!) with Braids and Gobble Gobble. His will be one of the best sets you’ll see all year, so you should probably see it. Also, I’ve posted about this before, but Will Wiesenfeld’s ambiently inclined side project Geotic has since made it onto the greater blogosphere’s radar, and it seems like a good time to remind all-a-y’all that his entire oeuvre under that name is available for free over here. <Click there. Get Hearth and Mend.

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Stacy’s Mom Returns: Fountains of Wayne Debut New Songs at the Troubadour

Fountains of Wayne performing at the Troubadour. With young people!

So, like, I had no idea people still cared about Fountains of Wayne but, you know, “if you build it” and suchlike. The Troubadour was packed out/in on Friday night for the dudes, who got a little help from drummer Brian Young’s son, a girl named Marilyn on her 18th b-day, and a guy who looked like a miniature take on the mustachioed fellow from Local Natives. Look! The guy is singing along! He knew all the lyrics! And he wasn’t even born when the band formed! From one-hit wonders to … stuff hip(pie) moms and their hip(ster) sons bond over?

Anyway, I reviewed the thing for Spin, and made far more sense doing so than I expected to, which is prolly why no one commented. Also, Erik Voake is dope (say it with me: “Erik Voake is dope“).

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LA Upcoming: P.O.S., Sloan, Free Energy

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: P.O.S., Grieves & Budo, Dessa
    Vitals: Troubadour on Friday, February 19
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Hollywood
    Music: Sloan, Taylor Locke & the Roughs, The World Record
    Vitals: King King on Sunday, February 21
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Silver Lake
    Music: Free Energy, Mystery Lights, The Blank Tapes, Early Dolphin
    Spaceland on Tuesday, February 23
    (details at LA Weekly)

LA Upcoming: Daedelus + Nosaj Thing + Jogger, Haiti Relief Done Ska Style, and Wild Beasts

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: East Side
    Music: Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Jogger, Frosty
    Vitals: Echoplex on Friday, February 5
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Mid-Wilshire
    Music: Haiti Relief with Hepcat, Dengue Fever, Joey Altruda’s Crucial Riddims, The Lions, Very Be Careful, The Tuffingtons
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Saturday, February 6
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: Wild Beasts, Still Life Still, Magic Bullets
    The Troubadour on Wednesday, February 10
    (details at LA Weekly)

Live In LA: Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory Launch Unplugged Tour

Last night, emo godheads Dashboard Confessional and pop-punk has-beens New Found Glory kicked of a national acoustic tour here in L.A., fittingly at this city’s most famous home of strum, the Troubadour. Read about the surprising results here (via Spin).

Balls for all my friends!

There’s also a separate photo gallery featuring Andrew Herrold’s excellent images from the night, and you can read my review of Dashboard’s Alter The Ending here (via The A.V. Club).