Archive for June, 2007

Yipee-ki-Yay… It’s the “Hard Sell”

June 28, 2007

Well, O-dub and Jeff Weiss have already written reviews much more poignant and comprehensive than any write-up you should ever expect to get from me, but I still have a few things to say about Sunday night’s “Hard Sell” set from DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at The Hollywood Bowl. On the way to the show I was lucky enough to meet two lovely ladies who invited me to join them for their pre-show picnic with plenty of snacks and wine. Turns out that Kellianne has a blog of her own that’s pretty awesome as well. You can check out her critique of the show here.

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

 

First of all as Mr. Weiss already pointed out it is extremely validating for anyone to obtain a headlining spot at a venue as prestigious as the Hollywood Bowl. I remember when I first came to LA how awe inspiring the premise of such a historic venue was to me before I had even been there for a show personally. The fact that Shadow and Chemist were not only performing there, but during the opening weekend nonetheless says a lot about the respect that is finally coming to the world of turntablism. I can’t help but be reminded of the scene in Scratch where they interviewed many of the NAMM attendees about their opinions of the artform.

The first time I went to the Bowl I sat in the bench seats and found the crowd to be a little too rowdy for my tastes (at least during that particular show). The next time I went I intended to surprise my date with box seats for one of her favorite acts but she called me a week before the show and said she had run off to Atlanta and gotten engaged (That’s a whole other story). But the point is I found that section to be a little to prim and proper for me that time around. So I went ahead and sprung for Superseats this time around to test out the vibe in that section.

It was this way that I ended up surrounded by several season ticket holders who are known to frequent the venue regardless of who is billed for any particular night. Being the outgoing fella that I am, I soon found myself explaining exactly just who Shadow and Chemist were and what my neighbors should expect from the show. (I should also note that neither DJ ever spoke into any microphones so I also had to point out who was who.) I told them about Cut Chemist’s background with Ozomatli and Jurassic 5 as well as the amazing solo album he released which was our top album of 2006 here at The Alternakids. I explained how DJ Shadow had helped pioneer the “trip-hop” movement during the mid 90’s along with bands such as Portishead and Massive Attack (who actually played the Bowl last year) and I gave a brief synopsis of the concept of the previous two collaborative sets they have done together. I guess I’ll give a few more details here for the benefit of those who wanted more history.

Dance The Slurp

 

Both avid vinyl collectors, Shadow and Chemist built their first all 45 set Brainfreeze around an rare odd little promo 7-inch put out by the 7-Eleven convenience stores.

7-Eleven – Dance the Slurp

The set not only showcased their mutually vast collections of rarities, but also proved to be a stunning display of their craft being completely mixed live and all on the 7-inch format. As explained in the introduction to Sundays performance this provides challenges in the sense that the records not only spin faster on the turntable than the typical 12-inch records usually used, but the DJ has less “real estate” with which to manipulate the record.

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist – Thunder Kick (Turntable King Edit)

The two then followed this act a few years later with Product Placement a set based around similar concepts, this time incorporating several more promotional records from several commercial corporations into the mix.

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist – Product Placement Part G

I remember picking up a copy of the tour DVD for Product Placement and playing it in the storefront at the pro audio company I was working for at the time. Having haphazardly dismissed the concept of “DJ as composer” as a gimmick, it was revealing to watch the reactions of seasoned musicians who could finally respect watching the turntable really being utilized as an instrument on it’s own. It was equally interesting to listen to the collectors and audiophiles lament about the fact that they wished they knew how to find many of the records being used in the mix.

So naturally I was very excited to finally have the opportunity to see the next stage in the saga take place in person. As far as my personal opinion of the show, I was definitely glad to be there, and while it was a good performance, great even… I have to say it wasn’t quite as good as the previous two efforts, but there are several factors that contribute to me saying that. First of all the concept this time around was a little different, and the aim seemed to be more about creating a sound collage rather than focusing on the funk breaks of the previous two efforts. In that regard I think the choices in selection and assembly were rather well done, but it really just comes down to a matter of overall personal preference. In any regard it’s always nice to see these guys show off their versatility. I mean Shadow himself has been heard to say that he doesn’t consider himself a “scratch DJ”, but the set he did for XFM recently posted up over at Solesides (not to be confused with Soul Sides) seems to say otherwise.

DJ Shadow – XFM Live Set (6/16/07)

Other than that there were a few noticeable hiccups throughout the night, but ultimately they were forgivable, especially in light of the fact that the whole performance was put together in only something like 7 days. The highlights for me personally were when they recreated several classic hip-hop breaks from scratch (obviously), as well as when they ended the set scratching along to epic Metallica guitar solos with portable turntables and mixers hanging at their waists a-la Cut Chemist’s previous highlight on the Coachella DVD. I also thought that the cool “up-the-sleeve” cameras were a nice touch allowing those of us in the audience to watch as the music was being manipulated close-up.

All in all another great show that I’m glad to say I witnessed. From here the show goes to Europe where hopefully the kinks will be smoothed out and maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a recap back in the states sometime this fall. I’m also crossing my fingers for another DVD release. Here are the European dates scheduled so far:

Thu. July 5, 2007
Milkveg
Amsterdam, Holland

Fri. July 6, 2007
GMEX
Manchester, UK

Sat. July 7, 2007
T in the Park
Scotland

Sun. July 8, 2007
Oxegen 2007
Ireland

Sat. Aug 11, 2007 (Osaka, Japan) and
Sun. Aug 12, 2007 (Tokyo, Japan)
Summer Sonic

Before they get into all that though, those of you in LA should stop by Funky Sole this Saturday for the very last time. I just found out that Star Shoes will be closing their doors and this is the final night they have the gig there. I’m pretty confident Cut Chemist will be in the house as he regularly spins along with Egon and Music Man Miles. I’m also told there will be several special guests making appearances throughout the night. Could Shadow show up as well for an encore of Sunday night? I guess you’ll just have to show up and see. I mean it’s free, so what do you have to lose?

*****

Today for your bonus you’ll have to excuse me for going off on a tangent… but GO SEE THE NEW DIE HARD MOVIE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!! For a guy who works in the entertainment industry I don’t get out to the theaters nearly as often as one might think, but this is easily the best movie Ive seen so far this year. And this is coming from someone who’s pretty much written off “summer blockbusters” and most of the “action” genre as a whole. I haven’t been this pumped while in the theater in a very, very long time.

Live Free or Die Hard

Without giving too much away here’s my 21 point synopsis of the plot to this… and now that I think about it all of the other movies in the series.

  1. It’s a holiday weekend
  2. Something sinister is going down
  3. John McClane’s home life sucks
  4. Hey McClane can you do us this favor?
  5. ACTION!!!!!!!!!
  6. A bunch of bad guys and one hot chick start wreaking havoc
  7. McClane tries to find out just what he’s gotten himself into
  8. ACTION!!!!!!!
  9. ACTION!!!!!!!
  10. The bad guys go after McClane
  11. ACTION!!!!!!!
  12. McClane starts to put together the pieces
  13. ACTION!!!!!!!
  14. The we find out the hot chick is more than just good looks
  15. ACTION!!!!!!
  16. McClane kills a bunch of the bad guys and then they go after someone he loves
  17. ACTION!!!!!!
  18. ACTION!!!!!!
  19. ACTION!!!!!!
  20. ACTION!!!!!!
  21. Yipee-ki-yay motha….

 

Oh, and somewhere in there they play “Rock n’ Roll Queen” by The Subways which is a pretty kick-ass song.

The Subways – Rock n’ Roll Queen

Do yourself a favor and get to the theater A.S.A.P.

P.S. – Who do you think is more bad ass, John McClane or Jack Bauer?

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The Police with Foo Fighters @ Dodger Stadium

June 26, 2007

I happen to live right around the corner from Dodger Stadium, so Saturday night I was able to luck out avoiding traffic and walk up the hill to catch The Police on their reunion tour stop at the ballpark. ni9n was able to come along for the gig and here is our report:

The Police in Concert 2007

 

We got to the ballpark a little early and found our seats. We ended up being next to a couple from Santa Barbara who had been sitting there since about 4pm that afternoon having taken precaution for the worst possible traffic scenario. I’ve actually never been to Dodger Stadium before since my work schedule keeps me from making it to most Dodger games. I’ve been planning to remedy that anomaly for a while, and I guess it’s fitting for me that a concert would be what finally got me inside.

Around 7:30 Sting’s son took the stage with his band FictionPlane. They actually weren’t horrible. I’d say they’re at least as good as The Wallflowers… but honestly I wouldn’t be able to recognize one of the songs they performed if you played it again for me now. I guess a certain amount of privileged exposure is expected when you’re the son of a guy from one of the biggest acts of the late 70’s early 80’s.

I guess I should also note the demographic of the crowd. As I was standing in the line to get to the bathroom the guy next to me asked if I’d ever seen The Police live before. Apparently he did as a teenager, but was amazed at the number of people in attendance who couldn’t have possibly been old enough to have caught them while they were still active. I mean the girl from Santa Barbara sitting next to us was only 20. I’m not sure how old I look to people sometimes, but I was only like 5 or so myself when they split.

After hitting the merch booth and grabbing a key-chain and official program, we got back to our seats just in time to catch the Foo Fighters coming out on stage. For a second there I was about to lose it because from a distance, with blonde hair Chris Shiflett could easily be mistaken for a thin version of Pat Smear. Here’s what ni9n has to say about their high energy performance:

hafta start off with a rather large Thank You to doctashock for getting me into this gig… one of the biggest shows of the year, and I was there for free. Thanks man, I could definitely get used to this.

Dave Grohl in Tenacious D & The Pick of Destiny

Dave Grohl is a fucking madman. He’s also a musical genius and the devil, but in my opinion, first and foremost, he’s a god damned madman. He proved this point to us all at the Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. Smack dab in the middle of their set, in the midst of rocking Stacked Actors, he got the wild hair to leave the stage, (and by leave the stage, I mean fly from the stage, guitar in hand, and haul ass through the hordes of savage fans and bumrush the baseball diamond).

Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors

Dodger Stadium Concert Set-up

Unfortunately, the security at the show wouldn’t let anyone, not even Dave Grohl mid-song, breach the barricade and touch the luscious green grass of Dodger field. But security can’t foil Dave. Dave is like the river which flows around the rock and in this case, the river flowed downstream to the large tower of speakers that were constructed to bring the sound of the Foo Fighters to the fine folks that were a wee less light in their wallets than those sitting down in the field. Dave climbed the mighty stack and performed a heroic solo before high-tailing it back to the stage to finish out the song.

After all that running around, the rest of the band needed a rest. Dave took us into an amazing acoustic-solo rendition of Everlong*. The band, having caught their second wind, rejoined at the tail-end of the classic and brought it home proper.

Foo Fighters – Everlong (acoustic version, live from The Howard Stern show)

All in all, the Foo came with the serious energy and really put on a great show. I overheard a guy in the beer line, (by the way, fucking $12 a beer), talk about how hard of an act that would be to follow. Somehow, I doubt that The Police were all too worried about that.

Setlist:

  • All My Life
  • My Hero
  • Times Like These
  • Generator
  • Learn To Fly
  • Breakout
  • Stacked Actors
  • Everlong
  • Monkeywrench
  • Best Of You

* denotes one of the Top 5 songs of the 90’s, as selected by doctashock

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Towards the later half of the Foo Fighter set, Dave acknowledged tht Stewart Copeland was watching from the side of the stage. Accordingly during the next song Taylor Hawkins took the opportunity to show off his chops on the drum kit. Quite an awesome drum solo if I may say so myself. By now the crowd was pretty worked up and anxious for the stage to be reset quickly.

Coming out and jumping right into “Message in a Bottle” Sting and company started out the set carrying on the great bit of momentum provided by the Foo Fighters. As they carried on into Synchronicity II, album cover themed splashes of color ripped across the monitors on each side and above the stage. Sting repeatedly prompted the crowd to sing along with several songs, often opting to step completely away from the microphone during a few of the choruses. From there things settled into a nice little groove for the next few numbers. Andy Summers showed off why he deserves just as much critical acclaim as his bandmates during “When The World Is Running Down” and then Stewart got his chance to respond to Taylor Hawkins during “Driven To Tears”. I know David Schatanoff wishes he was there for sure.

The Police – Driven to Tears (live)

The Police

Now… this is probably the biggest tour of the summer by one of the biggest bands of all time. The show is going to be good, no questions asked, but as an honest and unbiased music journalist (or fanboy with a soapbox, whichever you prefer), I have to provide some criticism.

After gaining a new appreciation for “Truth Hits Everybody” from Merry Swanksters‘ recent post about “The Ultimate Underated Song by an Overated Band“… I was really anxious to hear them rock it out live in person. Having seen the setlist prior to attending the show via the ever-reliable (wink, wink, tongue in cheek) wikipedia I was aching for that chuggy punk riff to come blazing from the stage. On the other live versions I’ve heard the song had been sped up from the album quite a bit and I just knew this was going to be my chance to REALLY rock out during their set. Unfortunately that did not happen.. oh they played a song, and technically, TECHNICALLY the setlist posted on wikipedia is accurate… but what I heard Saturday night was NOT “Truth Hits Everybody”. They actually slowed it down from the original version to 1/2 maybe even 1/4 tempo, turning it into this strange easy listening saunter. I mean a good song is a good song, so it was still nice… but let’s just say I was disappointed quite a bit.

Another point of contention for me is the lack of a heavy bass-line during “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”. The original version of this track could easily be thrown into the mix at a hardcore Dancehall event without anyone blinking an eye. Again, Saturday night the song they played was a far cry from “da groovin riddum”, I was expecting to hear.

The Police – The Bed’s Too Big Without You

I did read about how the band wanted to rework their own material and have the songs evolve… and I’m all for that, but those two numbers in particular should have stuck with the original formula in my opinion. It can be pretty cool seeing a song live and watching the band jam out and extend the track while showing off their musicianship. This works best however when the jam stays somewhere in the context of the song it gravitated from. After a certain point, if it gets too far removed it becomes masturbation and can quickly lose your audience. While a lot of these moments worked quite nicely on Saturday, I have to say there was a time or two when I wished they would “just play the damn song”.

The Police in Studio

The main set ended with a crowd-raising sing-along rendition of Roxanne before the band exited the stage to let the crowd cheer and ask for more. They didn’t leave us waiting long and came right back out for the first encore. After a nicely extended version of “King of Pain” The ladies sitting directly behind us convinced me to climb back and join them dancing along to “So Lonely” and “Every Breath you Take”. The aforementioned ladies were convinced they would end on that note and started asking about “the afterparty”, but I knew we would get one more. After making us wait a little while longer this time the band came back out and ended the night with “Next To You”.

The whole show was all said and done by 11:00 and ni9n and I walked back to my place fully appreciating avoiding the traffic fiasco that was the stadium parking lot and adjoining freeway ramps. All in all a very good night topped off by the fact that I still had enough time to link up with some other friends for late night festivities at a house party walking distance from my neighborhood. I returned home in the wee hours to try and get some sleep, but I didn’t end up getting much. I think I was way too excited about Sundays show at the Hollywood Bowl with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. I’ll have that review up shortly.

 

Today’s bonus has somewhat of a double meaning… although you may not realize it until sometime in the future. I recently submitted a little write-up to Music is Art for their “song/context/result” series. First off I think it’s actually one of the better “essays” I’ve written as of late and I’m actually quite proud of the piece, but I can’t post it here for several reasons. There’s also another reason this particular track is appropriate but maybe you’ll understand what I’m talking about once it goes up. So for now, here is “Best Of You” as covered by Prince during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLI.

Prince – All Along the Watchtower/The Best of You (live from Super Bowl XLI)

 

Message in a BoxThere Is Nothing Left To Lose

Talkland @ Land of Space

June 22, 2007

Buckle your seatbelts as this looks to be the first of a barrage of show reviews I’ll be writing over the next week or so. This weekend I’ll be seeing both The Police @ Dodger Stadium w/The Foo Fighters as well as Dj Shadow and Cut Chemist @ The Hollywood Bowl. Next Thursday will be The Deftones @ Gibson Ampitheater and then there will be a gap until I go on a similar marathon towards the end of July/begininng of August. Also being considered are trips up north to catch the Smashing Pumpkins residency in San Fran and Bumbershoot in Seattle. Stay tuned.

Last Saturday I put on my hipster repellent and ventured over to Spaceland in Silverlake. The Rosebuds were headlining that night, but I came specifically to see Land of Talk. Already praised by blogging heavyweights Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Brooklyn Vegan (who voted their debut EP Applause, Cheer, Boo, Hiss one of the top 10 albums of 2006), the band has been steadily gaining steam over the past year as well as a growing fan base.

Frontwoman Elizabeth Powell has been a staple of the Montreal music scene for quite a while at this point and I believe I heard somewhere that she used to be roomates with one of the guys from Arcade Fire. I can’t remember where I got that from though so don’t quote me. Quite a few comparisons have been drawn to PJ Harvey, which I can definitely hear at the end of songs such as “Speak to Me Bones”, but personally I think this band is more reminiscent of a Gran Turismo era Cardigans. Powell’s voice also contains several Beth Gibbons/Edith Piaf type qualities that are always gonna make my ears perk up.

As I listen to the EP I can just see some ardent producer sweeping them off to some lush studio in order to polish and gloss them up for mass consumption. I ‘m not knocking that notion, but I have to say that the album has somewhat of a lo-fi charm that I think helps give Land of Talk their own identity. I guess that’s to be expected considering the whole thing was recorded in just 3 days. From what I witnessed Saturday night though I have no worries about these guys staying true to themselves and the music regardless of how they evolve over time.

Land of Talk – Street Wheels

The night started out with openers Secretary Bird, who I was totally unfamiliar with previously. They started up with a light tempo opener that while “not bad” didn’t really impress me too much. After that they went into a few numbers with a little more energy that were pretty cool. If they were opening for another band I wanted to see again I’d definitely try to check them out.

I’ve actually only been inside Spaceland one other time previously to see Edan last year. It ended up being pretty packed that night so I can’t really say how Saturday’s crowd was in comparison to a standard evening at the venue. When Land of Talk started though I had plenty of elbow room down towards the front of the stage. During the first number “Breakbaxx” it became apparent that it was indeed the front of house engineer and not the opening band who was obsessed reverb. At one point in the middle of a song Liz had to ask him to cut it off from her vocals. Despite this setback and a persistent low frequency hum that the band did everything they could to isolate for the novice running the board, the performance as a whole was quite well done.

It’s great to see a young band with good chemistry working together and having fun on stage. It should be noted that the current drummer has only been playing with them for a few weeks, but you got the vibe that the three of these musicians were really gelling right before your eyes. In terms of how natural and relaxed the whole performance felt it was almost as if the audience was just sitting in on one of their practice sessions with both Liz and bass player Chris engaging in short exchanges with individual audience members in between songs. This vibe was only punctuated by the fact that Liz was also barefoot the whole time and kept breaking into what I can only describe best as a “Dave Matthews shuffle” while playing. Gliding through a set that consisted of most of the EP and 3 or 4 new songs including one that debuted for the first time that night, it was quite touching watching the way Powell earnestly clutched her Gibson SG. While not seeming to be uncomfortable in the least it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to estimate that her eyes remained closed for a good 2/3rds of her time on stage.

Land of Talk

 

After confessing that I discovered the band through blog downloads before I payed for the album Liz urged the rest of the crowd saying. “Our fans are really honest and for some reason they always come clean at the shows, so please buy our album even though you could totally just download it.” If anybody deserves the support of your hard earned dollars in exchange for their art it’s these guys so I encourage you to do the same. I had a chance to talk to Chris after the set and he says that they were able to record about 12 new songs back in February, but due to label bureaucracy they probably won’t be released officially until early next year sometime. I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for sure, I hope more of you will be doing the same.

Land of Talk – Death By Fire (WOXY Lounge Act)

The crowd filled out a bit for the Rosebuds set and they were having quite a nice set themselves. Unfortunately I only stayed about halfway through it being as how the girl I was with had to get up early the next morning and drive down to Diamond Bar. (As a side note, said female companion informed me that the keyboard player is fairly knowledgeable about how to stop a toilet from malfunctioning and is apparently eager to help another girl in need.) I have to say, while performing they almost succeeded in the damn near impossible task of getting an LA crowd to actually dance… almost. I really wish I had video of the guy who realized what he was doing halfway through busting a serious move. That’s Los Angeles hipsters for you I guess. God forbid you lose your senses and actually get into the groove of the music.

The Rosebuds – Get Up Get Out

 

Today for your bonus I’m going to try and back up my unique comparison of Land Of Talk with the Cardigans. Seriously, am I the only one?

The Cardigans – Erase/Rewind

Applause, Cheer, Boo, HissNight of the FuriesGran Turismo

bumpin’ icky thump

June 16, 2007

Editor’s note: It’s about time we added a fresh voice around these parts, so it’s my pleasure to introduce to you this next Alternakid. I actually met ni9n when he won our contest to the LA Weekly Detour Festival last year. Being new in town at the time we ended up hanging out quite a bit since then. He’s been at several of the festivals I’ve attended since then, and it turns out his day job actually hooks him up with a lot of tickets to shows as part of his “research”. They also allowed him to be one of the first people to hear the new White Stripes album a while back… but I’ll let him tell you all about that.

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greetings, my fellow Alternakids. let me tell you all about this great album that comes out next week called ‘icky thump’. it’s by this band that you may of heard of called ‘The White Stripes’. They’re this two-piece from Detroit who like to pretend they’re brother and sister, but that’s besides the point. all that you really need to know is that they rock.

well, let me add on to that a bit. you need to know that they rock, but you need to know that their latest album rocks the most. it’s true. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a protected advance copy about a month ago and I listened to nothing else for two-weeks straight, at which time I had to relinquish my copy back to its rightful owner. it was ok, though, because the album has been playing over and over in my head ever since.

The White Stripes – Icky Thump

by now, you’ve probably heard the rumblings of the title track playing on your local radio station, or perhaps, even set your eyes on the video taking its turn on Fuse. what you may have noticed is a bit of a political overtone, maybe some funky keyboard action, and quite possibly Meg’s new hair. but this is just the tip of the iceburg… a hint of what’s in store.

Marry me, Meg.

I will refrain from going through a track-by-track explanation and comparison to their prior works… I will refrain from trying to convince you that this album rocks harder than any of their other albums, and I will refrain from letting the cat-out-of-the-bag when it comes to the wide variety of musical instruments that make a first time appearance on this record.

The White Stripes – Rag and Bone

I will simply say this: Icky Thump is, in my opinion, the best offering as of yet from The White Stripes.

now, this is not said lightly. they have won Grammies for their last two albums. it is hard for me to imagine anything being better than Elephant, but answer me this:

What kind of White Stripes fan are you?

answer the man!

To me, there are only 3 kinds.

The White Stripes – We’re Going To Be Friends

1) Your favorite song is ‘We’re Going to be Friends’ because you heard it on the Napolean Dynamite soundtrack, or

2) Your favorite song is “Ball and Buscuit” because you love the way Jack goes off on his guitar, or

3) You can’t pick your favorite song BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL SO FUCKING GOOD.

I think if you’re a 2 or a 3, you’ll agree with my aforementioned opinion. If you’re a 1, forget your walking blues, and learn to embrace your 300 MPH torrential outpour blues.

-9

P.S. the album’s out on Tuesday, pre-order on iTunes now and getta couple of free tracks. or better yet, if you live in LA, head down to Icky Thump Records, (formerly Tower Records on Sunset), and get a ticket to the free show for this Wednesday. don’t sweat it if you don’t make this show, they’ll be back in September.

It’s Been a Long Time… I shouldn’t have left you

June 8, 2007

 We’ll Be Back Soon

Things have been… interesting as of late.  While a good portion of my unplanned hiatus can be blamed on a hectic schedule and just being busy in general, if you want full disclosure I could have put up something by now if I really tried.  To be completely honest I lost my muse for a little bit, but it’ll be back soon.  I can feel it.  Since my last update I came extremely close to quitting my job, had a few indie bands out on tour crashing at my place (including Cheveau all the way from France), met Rakim randomly at my friend Casey’s office, and bought a Percee P bootleg… from Percee P.  I’m hoping to get him to hook us up with an interview at some point.  Of course that means I should probably call him before Perseverance officially drops since he’ll be doing mad publicity after that point.

Not that anyone really notices when we’re gone anyway apparently… but I won’t get into that story.  So now I guess the question is does anyone still want to hear the rest of the Coachella reports or should we keep it moving on to the next.  I still have that interview with Cornelius to throw up one way or another.  Of course I’m sure you’ve read all about the festival elsewhere at this point, but as far as I know I’m one of maybe 50 people who got to see members of The Smiths, The Ramones, and Dee-lite perform that weekend… sort of.  I have a few halfway decent pictures I could still post as well.

Otherwise there are quite a few other posts I’ve been pondering, and as stated here, I’ll have quite a few more show reviews to post in the very near future.  (I should note that added to that list are shows by Land of Talk w/The Rosebuds as well as the DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist show at The Hollywood Bowl).

At any rate, I sincerely will be bogged down this weekend, but I am still alive and well, so I’ll return to regular updates momentarily.  In the meantime give me some feedback and let me know what you want to see from The Alternakids next.