If you’re a fan of spastic, glitzy, glitchy psychedelic indie pop music, Mountain Dew, and taxidermic animals on display in museums (and who isn’t into all three??), then your one-stop shop for good times is the latest installment of the First Fridays concert series at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. The museum has been hosting multimedia events that consist of concerts, lectures, and drinks on the first Friday of every month all year. Some of the past performers include Atlas Sound, tUnE-yArDs, and The Tallest Man on Earth.
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HEALTH spent the better part of the past year or two opening for Nine Inch Nails, collaborating with Crystal Castles, and touring with Dan Deacon, among many other things. Their second album of remixes, DISCO2, hits stores June 22. If Best Coast captures the sound of fun Los Angeles days, then HEALTH definitely is the soundtrack of the dark alleyways you don’t want to get stuck in if you’ve wandered too far from Echo Park.
Check out their NSFW video for one of their more melodic and seemingly hip hop backing track-inspired song “USA Boys”:
Best Coast, lead by frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, has their debut full length album, Crazy For You, dropping on July 27. Best Coast is today’s premiere lo-fi indie band, highlighted by Cosentino’s majestically fuzzed-out vocals and 60’s girl group throwback melodies, all sounding like Phil Spector managed to secretly record her from jail. The songs perfectly capture the mood of hot and lazy Los Angeles weekend afternoon trips from downtown to the beach.
Here’s the video of Best Coast’s “When I’m With You”, which is also a loving tribute to not only Los Angeles, but also one of Los Angeles’ finest eating institutions:
The amazing cover art for Crazy For You:
Indian Jewelry and Gold Panda round out the solid lineup.
Tickets are $14.
FYM hopes everyone has a great 4th of July and that you manage to make it home with all your fingers intact. Kelis was clever enough to name a song on her most recent album “4th of July” and of course we have to post it. She’ll be doing a tour with Robyn and Dan Black named the ALL HEARTS tour. They’ll be hitting up the west coast in Los Angeles at The Music Box and the Mezzanine in San Francisco.
Once upon a time there were two great California bands, one from the north (Modesto) called Grandaddy, and one from the south (Los Angeles) called Earlimart. Earlimart has released a slew of solid albums, a personal favorite being Everyone Down Here, which includes the excellent track “Dreaming Of” (click HERE for a video on a crazy Chinese website). Grandaddy was one of the absolute best (and criminally overlooked) indie rock bands of the past two decades. It has been said before, but it’s still very true: their 2000 album The Sophtware Slump was essentially a West Coast USA Kid A (check at the bottom for the video for “The Crystal Lake”).
Eventually, Grandaddy went the way of the buffalo (almost quite literally, as singer Jayson Lytle relocated to Montana and released a hidden gem of a solo album last year called Yours Truly, the Commuter). Earlimart is still active, though they’ve been relatively silent for about two years. Now, a few members of each band have united to form Admiral Radley, a band which expertly captures the musical essence of both Grandaddy and Earlimart. Their debut album I Heart California is now available on iTunes for $7.99, unless you have some spare change and want to get the limited edition $100 deluxe package. The album is released everywhere else on July 13.
Continuing the increasing (and very welcome) trend of bands playing museums, Admiral Radley (and opener The Happy Hollows) plays The Hammer Museum on the west side of Los Angeles tonight. The show is FREE and the museum itself is nothing short of cutting-edge. Admiral Radley has two free Los Angeles-area shows over the next week. Tonight at The Hammer Museum, and Tuesday at 7:00pm at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
The band continues its “I Heart California… and the West Coast” Tour with stops in cities like: Visalia, Merced, San Louis Obispo, Seattle, San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill on 7/23), and tiny little Escalon, California (playing a barn show there on 7/24).
Click right HERE for more details on tonight’s show.
Check out the Karaoke-style music video for the excellent single “I Heart California”:
The video for Grandaddy’s “The Crystal Lake” off of their classic, The Sophtware Slump:
Today we found out some pretty awesome news, one of FYM faves is back and they’re playing shows again! Spacehog has a show coming up July 20th in Los Angeles at the Key Club. Enjoy this piece of nostalgia and we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that a major tour comes along soon. To keep up with what’s happening with Spacehog, check their twitter and myspace.
The lineup for the 2010 FYF Fest has been unveiled/leaked:
This festival takes place at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park near downtown, which was going to be the site of the recently canceled HARD Festival (headlined by M.I.A. and N*E*R*D). Los Angeles authorities nixed that particular event supposedly due to the one death and 100+ injuries sustained during last month’s Electric Daisy Carnival.
Cancelations or not, FYF 2010 boasts the best lineup for any Californian music festival this summer. Just going through the lineup: The Rapture, Panda Bear, !!!, Delorean, Best Coast, Wavves, Dead Man’s Bones, Ted Leo, The Blow, Cults, Man Man, Abe Vigoda, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Washed Out, and Warpaint are absolute can’t-miss bands. You won’t spend a better $25 this summer.
Nice to see FYF book some artists that have seemed to be absent for a while, including The Rapture, Sleep, Man Man, and The Blow.
Keep your eyes peeled on For Young Moderns for some posts dedicated to several of these FYF artists. For starters, here’s a video (recorded by For Young Moderns) of energetic Spaniards Delorean performing “Seasun” (from the excellent Subiza) at the Echoplex in Los Angeles back in April:
More info on the festival HERE at FYF’s official site.
The Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock, lovingly nestled between Silverlake and Pasadena, is quickly becoming a cultural hotspot due to rising rent costs in the Silverlake/Echo Park/Los Feliz areas forcing people further east and also because of intriguing local establishments such as the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, the annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, and dining establishments such as The Oinkster.
Located at 2005 Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, The Oinkster boasts the best pastrami sandwiches anywhere. And we do mean anywhere. The House Cured Pastrami sandwich is the go-to item of the restaurant, as it’s absolutely packed with pastrami and the glorious garlic aioli sauce it comes with is a perfect compliment for the sandwich and/or the fries, but the other offerings (including a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Veggie Burger, and a Reuben) are all phenomenally high quality meals.
The House Cured Pastrami Sandwich combo:
Another excellent item that might have you desiring multiple Oinkster trips in the same day is their Horchata Shake, which, if you love Horchata, is as amazing as it sounds.It’s all the appeal of your favorite taqueria’s best Horchata drink, but in delicious shake form:
It doesn’t even stop at the food, because The Oinkster also has a surprisingly strong selection of beers and wines, with Stone Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard, and local Eagle Rock Brewery on tap, and bottles of Stone IPA and Levitation, Pinkus Pilsner, and Boddingtons among others. And the kitchen entrance will also let you know that The Oinkster is Guy Fieri-approved, with his tramp stamp right on that door:
The second-to-last time this FYM blogger ate here, Rage Against the Machine singer Zack De La Rocha (seated not far from about a dozen LAPD officers) was also enjoying a sandwich:
The boys in The Walkmen have a new album ‘LISBON’ coming out September 14th and they’ll be hitting the road to support. They’ll be in Seattle September 8th at the Showbox with Seattle’s own Helio Sequence, then The Fillmore in SF with Japandroids(9/14) and they’ll be in the City of Angels with Japandroids as well at The Music Box (9/15). Head on over HERE to get a treat of a new song from ‘LISBON’ in exchange for an email address. If you need some visuals to hold you over until September, here’s a performance that they did on the 4th of July in Maquoketa, Iowa.
Spacehog continued to fuel their resurgence with a show at Sunset Strip locale The Key Club on Tuesday night. The band looked and sounded refreshed and energetic (with confidence firmly captured behind the rock star sunglasses that seemed permanently attached to singer Royston Langdon’s face) as they tore through a set that included songs new and old, hard-rocking and spaced-out.
Check out a video of their smash 1996 single “In the Meantime” at last night’s show, shot front-and-center by FYM:
Even though the group are natives of England and actually formed in New York City, they are no stranger to the Hollywood lifestyle, as singer and bassist Langdon is the ex-husband and father of the child of Liv Tyler. (And you’re pretty much guaranteed to become famous with a name like Royston Langdon). They paid homage to this fact by performing a song titled “Sunset Blvd” that is a shoe-in for appearing on their forthcoming fourth studio album, and first since 2001’s The Hogyssey.
Highlights of Spacehog’s set included the Langdon solo rarity “Cool Water”, with it’s rhythm perpetually building up until its refrain of “When I dream, I dream of you” offers release, and also the band’s own eponymously titled theme song, “Spacehog”, a glam punk song from their debut Resident Alien album that wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Nuggets collection.
Spacehog will continue to work on their new album, and their next scheduled live dates aren’t until September, with a show at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh on September 23 and another at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio on September 26. Be sure to follow them on Twitter HERE and at their official site HERE.
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(All photos by Will Sellers)
It has taken For Young Moderns a week to finally get around to posting a review on FYF Fest, and if it weren’t for exhaustion being brought on by a big job interview, illness, and traveling to three major metropolitan areas in the past week, I’d blame FYF Fest solely for being barely able to lift a muscle all week long.
FYF Fest was indeed that exhausting. It was set in what seemed like an area that was mere yards from the burning sun in the expansive Los Angeles Historic Park (a.k.a. big dirt field by the train tracks — the stages were named after towering trees (Sequoia, Oak, Redwood) which seemed like a cruel joke). The promoters did a fantastic job in securing a great lineup and, up until the end of the festival, also did a superb job in making sure all the bands played on time and sounded good, but unfortunately, that’s pretty much where the organizational skills ceased. Everything else about the festival seemed incredibly half-assed. A critical amount of festival time was spent standing in various lines.
We stood in the line to get in for about 90 minutes, thereby completely missing such early acts as The Growlers, Abe Vigoda, Let’s Wrestle, The Blow and most of Cults, among others. We stood in line for about 20 - 30 minutes to buy some $4 water bottles and a $7 hamburger (a few times). We had the option of standing in what looked like a 45 minute line just to get to one of the few water fountains there.
The two FYM staff members who attended FYF had won a pair of VIP tickets via a Facebook contest way back when the lineup was initially announced. After we had stood in the first line to get in for an hour and a half, we told one of the volunteers working the will call table that we had won 2 VIP tickets, and she immediately proceeded to give us two regular tickets just based on our word alone (we never stepped foot in the VIP section). No contest winners’ names were on any sort of list, no IDs were checked. Anybody could have walked up and said they were ticket winners and would be handed a free ticket, no questions asked. So of course, friends were texted and instructed to come down and do the same. The general censuses amongst the other people in all the lines was a baffling scoff in regard to how poorly organized the whole thing was.
Anyway, even though we came for the music but stayed for the lines, it was the bands that was most important.
When we finally walked in, NYC-via-San Diego indie pop darlings Cults were playing their last two songs. We were able to hear their lovely summer jam “Go Outside”, I noticed that singer Madeline Follin looks a lot like a girl I crush on, and I wondered when they were ‘finally’ going to drop a full-length LP.
After watching the final two Cults songs, we wandered over to the vast forest of the Redwood stage to catch L.A. locals Warpaint, who seem to be catapulting in popularity more and more every week.
Warpiant has yet to blow us away with anything they’ve recorded and released so far, but after being completely WOWed by their live set multiple times in 2010, their upcoming debut full-length, The Fool (out October 25 on Rough Trade), is still one of the most anticipated releases of the second half of 2010. Plus, singer/guitarist Emily Kokal is one of the most mesmerizing frontwomen in any band to come around in a long time.
Best Coast did their usual great thing, playing a set that was dominated by songs off of Crazy For You and a couple from earlier EPs. The crowd was noticeably massive for a mid-day set. It seemed a bit criminal for Best Coast to be playing at such an early time, as they were recently named the #1 Best New Band in the world by Britain’s NME and are undeniably surging in popularity, as other bands who played later, such as Man Man, have been barely active and sputtering lately. However, Best Coast’s songs are the musical embodiment of the California sun, so it’s fitting, after all.
FYM saw Wavves frontman Nathan Williams at the end of the festival watching Panda Bear’s set, and one of us went up to him and told him Wavves was awesome earlier in the day. “…despite the bass guitar issues” could have been added to the compliment but any kind of negativity seemed unnecessary. But it was true: Wavves did battle through some bass amplifier overheating problems to deliver a strong set.
The crowd fought to stay entertained during the technical issues by bouncing around Mountain Dew-branded Wavves beach balls:
and Williams himself helped out by partially dropping his pants and underwear because “it’s like Blink 182”. But those who stayed with Wavves were rewarded with good music and lost of dust in the mouth and clothes thanks to the slam pit kids. They closed their set with “Post Acid” which Williams said was “about soda”, which was pretty hilarious.
Dead Man’s Bones
There were several miracles performed during Dead Man’s Bones’ set, including, but not limited to: Ryan Gosling fangirls keeping their high-pitched squeals under control for the most part, and the brave, talented kids on stage not freaking out at all over the massive crowd of fans in front of them. Everything seemed perfect during Dead Man’s Bones set at FYF Fest: the sun was setting right behind the band, the crowd was in a cheerful, sing-a-long mood (maybe because they were delighted to see the sun finally go away), and the ladies got to see Ryan Gosling rock his omnichord.
More miracles: Dead Man’s Bones managed to not only squeeze in festival-stealing set, but also a costume contest and a little kid/singer, barely older than a toddler, smash an acoustic guitar on stage. It was the heartwarming, feel-good performance of the night; almost good enough to make you forget about all those lines you had to stand in all day. Almost.
At FYF, you had a few options as to where you could dance your ass off, and of course your best bet is always on !!! if they’re in the lineup. At this point, !!! seem like they’ve been doing this thing forever, but they show absolutely no signs of aging and when certain people left !!!’s set early to catch Delorean, they quickly came back when the Spaniards weren’t on stage in time. The transition into “Must Be the Moon” from the previous song in the middle of !!!’s set was probably the most chills-inducing moment of the whole day.
We don’t quite know what happened here, but we left !!! a bit early to catch Delorean only to see School of Seven Bells was playing way past their scheduled end time. When SoSB finally ended, Delorean took their sweet time to get set up, and we had bail their set to catch Panda Bear. It was sad to have missed Delorean, but they DID just announce a Troubadour show in November, so hopefully we’ll see them there.
Panda Bear as a headliner is a pretty big gamble. Everyone knows his Person Pitch songs are awesome, no one’s quite sure what to think of the new Tomboy material quite yet, and no one’s also sure how one man with a guitar and a table full of effect gizmos can pull off his kaleidoscopic sound live. It turns out it’s a pretty mixed bag. Panda Bear, who barely moved on the stage the entire set, started off with Tomboy track “Drone”, which happens to be the most accurately titled song of all time. Noah Lennox’s show started off with these remarkably loud synth chords and his own choir boy vocals for what seemed like 10 - 15 minutes. Things then seemed to be going on the right track afterward as he hinted a performance of Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion track “Daily Routine”, but it remained just a hint.
A noticeable amount of fans seemed to trickle out quickly throughout the performance and, predictably, the crowd only got really moving when the euphoric hymn of Person Pitch’s “Comfy in Nautica” were heard. After he got through “Nautica”, many headed for their cars and the trains. It was a bit of an anticlimactic ending to a long, hot, and sometimes frustrating day.