• Alexi Murdoch's "Secret Final LA Show" at Hotel Cafe

    6 Abr 2007, 22:59 de cherbonsy

    (Photo (cc) pinkfish)

    Alexi Murdoch - 2007 March 26
    Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA

    01 - Someday Soon
    02 - Dream About Flying
    03 - (banter - tuning)
    04 - At Your Door
    05 - (Duncan Sheik intro - banter)
    06 - Duncan Sheik - Touch Me *
    07 - Duncan Sheik - Memento
    08 - (banter - tuning)
    09 - All My Days **
    10 - Breathe **
    11 - Song for You **
    12 - (banter - tuning)
    13 - Improvisation 1 ***
    14 - Improvisation 2 ***
    15 - Wait ***
    16 - Shine
    17 - Orange Sky
    18 - (banter)
    19 - Love You More ***
    20 - (banter)
    21 - (Unknown new song) ****

    * w/ Samantha Rex
    ** w/ Duncan Sheik and Zac Rae (guitar)
    *** w/ Blair Scinta (organ)
    **** w/ Stewart Cole (trumpet)

    Gig rating: 7.9/10
    Recording quality: B+
    Source: Digital (audience recording)

    Alternate download options:

    Alexi Murdoch's popularity has been growing exponentially as of late, with his music being featured in The OC, House, Prison Break, "Ugly Betty", Ladder 49, as well as in Garden State and a trailer for the film Paradise Now. It would seem natural, then, that Murdoch - whose easy voice and lithe guitar-work that reminds many other signer-songwriters rocketed into the limelight by "the machine" - would relish the triumvirate acclaim of fans, critics and the industry alike. But Murdoch is not like many other rising stars. From his auspicious beginnings as a darling of KCRW to a recent US tour that sold out more than half its gigs, Murdoch brought his five year reign as local hero to a close where it all began, at Hotel Cafe.

    Murdoch pulled out all the stops for this his last LA performance prior to returning to his adopted hometown of Glasgow. The gig was billed as a "secret show" initially only announced via his mailing list, though publicized the day-of-show by way of a MySpace bulletin. The secret was apparently kept about as well as Banky's Barely Legal exhibition from last year, as the venue was jam-packed with fans - most all of Amazonian descent, much to my Lilliputian chagrin. Fortunately, by the time Murdoch actually took the stage, the club had cleared out a bit, allowing the vertically challenged in the audience to have a better view of Murdoch's Aloha 'Oe.

    There's little from Murdoch's repertoire that didn't get played that night, from the hits to a new song which, to my knowledge, had hitherto only been recorded as an outro to a Morning Becomes Eclectic in-studio. Joining Murdoch for this bittersweet swan song were a cast of musicians, including Pedestrian members Zac Rae, Blair Scinta and Stewart Cole, as well as surprise guests Duncan Sheik and Samantha Rex (who performed two originals while Murdoch "took a powder"). All this pleased the audience to no end, especially the stark-raving glad girl whom listeners will notice, er, vocalizing inbetween songs. (If there was ever anyone I more hoped would find a recording of mine, it's her.)

    Maybe it was the booze, maybe it was the stark-raver and maybe it was (gasp) the music, but this was a show that just kept getting better and better. While the first set was certainly performed competently, Murdoch really hit his stride following Sheik's interlude. All eight of those songs are outstanding, but the real stand-outs are a heart wrenching rendition of "Wait" and "Love You More" which has been elaborated on since the spartan original was recorded.

    Buy Alexi Murdoch's music:
  • Dosh at The Echo (Los Angeles, CA)

    4 Feb 2007, 20:41 de cherbonsy

    (photo by Lowell Abellon; used with permission)

    Dosh (with Mike Lewis) – 2007 February 01
    The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

    01: (intro)
    02: One Through Seven
    03: The Lost Take
    04: Steve the Cat
    05: A Ghost’s Business
    06: I Call the Kettle Back
    07: Fireball
    08: O Mexico
    09: Um, Circles And Squares
    10: O Silent Bed (feat. Pedestrian)

    Gig rating: 7.1/10
    Recording quality: B+
    Source: Digital (audience recording)

    See below to download

    Famously “born to an ex-Catholic priest and an almost-nun mother outside of Los Angeles,” Martin (Luther King Chavez) Dosh’s provenience makes for great copy, if not an entertaining answer to be questioned on Jeopardy. Evocative of µ-Ziq, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin, Dosh is nevertheless relentlessly his own man and a talented multi-instrumentalist … the night of this show orchestrating drums, a xylophone, a Fender Rhodes and various samplers and sequencers, practically without breaking a sweat.

    Adding to this mix was the jazz stylings of the Happy Apple’s Mike Lewis. Hailing from Minneapolis, Lewis’ saxophone is prominently featured (along with “Whistling” Andrew Bird’s violin) on Dosh’s most recent full-length album, The Lost Take (which fared quite well on Pitchfork). Live, the duo vibed like peas-in-a-pod, their crowning achievement being “Um, Circles and Squares” (version from the incredible new Triple Rock EP). Featuring a plodding 4/4 beat, the tune’s marching orders are bookeneded by an infections sine-wave “blip” which makes room here and there for Dosh’s xylophone and Lewis’ sax. It’s hard to imagine how this song could have been rendered better, even if Dosh’s Rhodes hadn’t crapped out just prior to its performance.

    Neck-in-neck for top honors of the evening is “A Ghost’s Business,” which gloriously spotlights the ill-fated Rhodes. Like an all-instrumental version of Peter Gabriel’s “San Jacinto” mashed with Mamadou Diabate’s “Dagna,” it’s the kind of melody equally at home in a movie soundtrack or in a newborn’s mobile. Whereas Dosh’s ghost seem to get right down to his business in this song, other tunes, like “The Lost Take” and “O Mexico” can be a third of the way through before even finding their groove. Just the same, the joy of these songs is as much in their journey as it is their destination.

    A final note should be made of the cameo by Anticon co-founder James Brandon Best, aka Pedestrian. MCing an uber-minimalist version of his “O Silent Bed,” Best dedicated the song to recently deceased author, Molly Ivins. It’s completely unlike the track’s studio version – and perhaps fits less well into one’s ear – but it’s hard not to respect the veritable antidisestablishmentarianism of label and labelmates, both in terms of what and whom each represents.

    (Yes, it’s the longest word I know, too. And no, I didn’t use it properly.)

    Currently on tour:

    03 Feb: San Franciso, CA
    04 Feb: Eugene, OR
    05 Feb: Portland, OR
    07 Feb: Seattle, WA
    09 Feb: Denver, CO
    10 Feb: Lawrence, KS

    Download the gig:
    mp3 format at (personal listening only)
    CD-quality flac format at Dimeadozen (for trading / seeding) – tracker down until 06 Feb 2007

    Buy Dosh’s recordings: iTunes | Amazon
  • maxxfemm playing~

    24 Ene 2007, 8:03 de peymonmaskan

    Maxxfemm will be playing with Ghostland Observatory at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa March 1 2007 Here's the event page.

    They're recording their LP right now --- Paul Layton says they might play a couple new tracks.
  • Mad Dash This Week

    15 Dic 2006, 2:43 de EenieMeenie

    Here's where we'll be:

    Thurs. 12/14
    Great Northern @
    Spaceland On Ice
    Pershing Square in Downtown LA
    w/ The Submarines
    8 pm

    (and up north:
    Seiko & Salome @
    Rickshaw Stop
    San Francisco
    w/ Dressy Bessy

    Fri. 12/15
    Goldenboy @
    El Cid
    Silver Lake
    w/ Fishtank Ensemble & Dressy Bessy

    Sat. 12/16
    Blue-Eyed Son @
    Silver Lake
    w/ 88 MM, Big Sur & Dressy Bessy

    Sun. 12/17
    Irving @
    The Troubadour
    w/ Tigers Can Bite You & Silversun Pickups
  • Goldenboy @ The Hotel Cafe!

    31 Oct 2006, 2:07 de EenieMeenie

    Goldenboy is playing the Hotel Cafe and a couple in-stores next month (which starts tomorrow). Here's the info:

    Sat. Nov. 4th
    @ Hotel Cafe
    1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga
    $7, 8pm, 21+
    w/ The Throws & The Little Heroes

    Sun. Nov. 5th
    @ Sea Level Records
    1716 W. Sunset Blvd

    Sat. Nov. 11th
    @ M Theory
    915 W. Washington St.
    (San Diego)

  • Irving hits the road!

    21 Sep 2006, 19:12 de EenieMeenie

    Can we tempt you to come out?

    Sep 21 - 8:00P - Virgin Megastore "Third Thursday" - Hollywood - FREE & ALL AGES

    Oct 21 - 8:00P - Paradox - Seattle, WA - 1401 Nw Leary Way 98107

    Oct 23 - 8:00P - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT - 741 S. Kilby Court 84101

    Oct 25 - 8:00P - Hi Dive - Denver, CO - 7 S. Broadway, 80209

    Oct 28 - 10:00P - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL - 18+ - 2100 w. Belmont 60618

    Oct 30 - 8:00P - Middle East w/ The Brokedown - Cambridge, MA - 18+ - 472 Mass Ave 02139

    Oct 31 - tba - KCRW CMJ Showcase @ Pianos - New York, NY - 158 Ludlow St. 10002

    Nov 5 - 8:00P - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA - 1201 N. Frankford Ave 19125

    Nov 8 - 9:00P - Bottle Tree w/ Be Your Own Pet - Birmingham, AL - 18+ - 3719 3rd Ave S 35222

    Nov 11 - 8:00P - Austin Music Hall - Austin, TX - ALL AGES - 208 Nueces 78701

    Nov 14 - 8:00P - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ - 407 E. Roosevelt 85004

    Nov 15 - 10:30P - Plush - Tucson - 340 E. 6th St. 85705

    Nov 17 - 10:00P - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA - 1233 17th St. 94107
  • Intern needed!

    24 Ago 2006, 19:35 de EenieMeenie

    Hi there, we are looking for a part time intern to come in a couple times a week, to work specifically on chatting about bands in online forums and/or establishing and maintaining good relationships with music bloggers. Knowledge of indie pop & rock are a MUST.

    We would also need you to make some retail calls occasionally, so you should also be personable. This is an unpaid internship, I'm afraid, so you would have to be into it to gain experience! We work at a small, casual office in West Hollywood.

    Please contact Thanks!
  • four on the floor core

    29 Jun 2006, 6:09 de peymonmaskan

  • Chance - First All Ages Show!!

    12 Jun 2006, 4:40 de cognizance

    I'm going to be hitting up this event. Why? Cuz Chance is the shit!

    I discovered this independent artist last year at The Gig, and I was simply blown away! Such high energy! Such charisma! And such love for the audience!

    Check out his site for more on him and his music:
    Check out his myspace profile to preview tracks at a mouseclick:

    And then come to Whisky A Go-Go next Tuesday for a good time!!

    JUNE 13 2006 (Tuesday)
    8901 SUNSET BLVD

    Doors open 7PM and showtimes at 8:15 PM!

    $10 dollars at the door.

    Also note:

    This is a fully sanctioned "Uniform Show", so wear your choir uniform and get a free CD or 10 bucks off a shirt! (While supplies last)

    For more details, visit and click on "The Choir"
  • Maxxfemm - Weak Condition

    10 Abr 2006, 2:43 de peymonmaskan

    Layton's danced down side project. Paul Layton is writer producer, his sister Laura sings.

    These guys could be BIG - the way Phoenix retro'd you out so nicely, Maxxfemm evokes Blondie, Olivia Newton John and even The Postal Service in that it's great pop music with no pop strings attached.

    After being featured on Myspace's featured music section they scored over 110,000 listens in a week.

    They are unsigned.