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Jenny & Johnny

It’s been a month since I’ve been to a show.  A month. What is wrong with me?  Thankfully, that will all change tomorrow as I head from behind the Orange Curtain and into LA to see the Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile.  That should be a great Friday night show: chill, with a few songs to get me going.  My days (and nights) have been busy to say the least lately, and it should be nice to sip a drink, sit down, and listen to Brandi and the Brothers Avett.

There are tons of other shows playing this week, and I’ve narrowed it down to about two a day for you guys.  If you have a ticket to any of them, I covet that confirmation code.

Friday, 10/1

The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile (w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) @ Nokia Theatre [of course I’m going to list the show I’m heading to.  Say hi, yo.]
Listen: The Avett Brothers – Slight Figure Of Speech

Aimee Mann @ Largo [great, intimate venue for her.]

Saturday, 10/2

Matt & Kim [left] @ Music Box, L.A.

School of Seven Bells @ Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

Sunday, 10/3

Belle & Sebastian with Jenny & Johnny @ The Palladium [anyone have a free, extra ticket?  This should be a great show. Jenny & Johnny is, of course, a duet consisting of Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and Jonathan Rice.  Their debut album is fantastic.]

Listen: Jenny & Johnny – Scissor Runner

The Soft Pack @ Detroit Bar

Monday, 10/4
Tired Pony [members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian] @ El Rey

Tuesday, 10/5

Jenny & Johnny @ the Troubadour

Wednesday 10/6

Broken Bells [left] @ The Wiltern [James Mercer of the Shins teams up with Danger Mouse for a positively unique sound.  Loving their album.]

Jay Nash @ Hotel Cafe, 9pm slot [update: he’s married]

Thursday, 10/7

Lissie @ Troubadour [Newcomer solo artist is the darling of indie radio stations.  Check her out.]

Listen: Lissie – Bully

The Like @ Detroit Bar

Going to any shows this week?  Excited for any coming up this month?  Leave a comment.

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This month’s playlist is going to veer off the path of April’s mix, and playlists to come.  The heavy concentration of upbeat, quirky, dance-worthy(or in my, white, case – head-bobbing worthy) music is perfect for a beach party, road trip, or anything else that encompasses “summer.”
Plus, June is my birthday month. So I can mix whatever I like.

Some faves on the mix include new stuff from Danger Mouse, a mix of Santigold, a few LA-based bands who are getting plenty of buzz as of late, and track from the lead singer of Fleet Foxes‘ solo project.

The good stuff: Click here to download the mp3’s of all the songs listed.  Part 2 will be up tomorrow.

School of Seven Bells – Half Asleep
Album –Alpinisms
Upcoming shows – You just missed ’em.  Oops.

Zero 7

Zero 7 – Everything Up (Zizou)
Album: Yeah Ghost (out September 8 )
Holy crap.  Zero 7.  I thought these guys were done… hadn’t heard any new stuff in a few years.  And then this song pops up, and I’m impressed.   Check out their album When It Falls to get caught up on this band before Yeah Ghost is released.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Little Girl [Feat. Julian Casablancas]
Album: Dark Night of the Soul
Danger Mouse (half of Gnarles Barkley, for those unfamiliar) teams up w/ Sparklehorse for a great soundtrack to his exhibit at Michael Kohn Gallery in LA.Why no link to the album?  Because it most likely will not be released.  The whole project is all kinds of awesome, and the album, with a little sleuthing, can be yours if you really want it.

Santigold – Unfreakable Girl [Feat. Gucci Mane]
Album – SouthernGold Mixtape
Terry Urban’s mix of southern rap with Santigold samples.  Add in some (possibly false) controversy and you got yourself an album!  Do a search online to download the rest.

Illinois – Hang On
Album: The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe
Upcoming Shows – July 17 – Spaceland (Silverlake)
Love the concept album.  It’s arranged in “chapters” which chronicle “Kid Catastrophe’s” life.  I’m very interested to see what kind of live show they put on.

Dirty Projectors + David Byrne – Knotty Pine
Album – Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation)
DWTN (a compilation benefiting AIDS research) features many great songs, but this one is a gem.  The Dirty Projectors came out with their album Bitte Orca last week.

The Mae Shi – Lamb And The Lion
Album – HLLYH

Wikipedia calls them “experimental punk” and I can’t think of a better label, besides “I’m sorry I confused them with another band for the longest time and refused to listen to them but then I realized I was wrong and now I realize I really really like them.”  The end.

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
Album – Kitsune: Something Good Can Work (single)
Ireland and Apple.  You can’t go wrong w/ a band from that country who freely counts their computer as a band member.

White Rabbits – Navy Wives
Album – Fort Nightly
Upcoming Shows – June 18 @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood)
Someone get this song out of my head.  It’s not a bad song – the album has been out since ’07 and it’s still one of my faves- but I’ve had the entire song in the cranium since April and it’s taking up precious, limited, space.  Help.

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo – What’s It InFor?
Upcoming Shows – Lots.
Listen to this song.  Then try to remember that the two band members are still in high school.  Does.Not.Compute.

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