MY SOUNDTRACK - WHAT I LISTENED TO...:
Note from Editor: Intraffik.com apologizes for not posting Notes from Vivace’s playlist at the end of October when he initially submitted it. Is it 2011 yet?
Growlers – “Someone Junior”
Cults - “Go Outside”
Best Coast - “When I’m With You” (more…)
NOTES FROM VIVACE:
Cold Cave/Abe Vigoda
I checked my Twitter account that Friday evening and noticed that FYFFest had a tweet: Tonight Cold Cave is playing a secret show with Abe Vigoda at 6th St. warehouse. 1269 E. 6th St, LA, CA. $8. 10:00pm RT.
Oh wow, I was excited. I saw Cold Cave at the FYF Fest and just loved them. I was heading off to this 6th St. Warehouse.
I sent a text to a friend saying that there was this awesome band playing a secret show. I was told that bedtime had arrived. Oh well . . . I headed off anyways determined to see this band even if it meant seeing them on by myself.
I got to the 6th St. Warehouse and was met at the entrance by the door guy who asked, “May I help you?”
“I’m here to see Cold Cave.”
He pointed to a parking lot that was hidden from the street via a gate. “Please stand in line over there. You’ll get in eventually.” A hideaway from any police vehicles that might drive on by and wonder what was happening. It did start to feel secret.
Within a few minutes, a small group of us were allowed inside where I was once again asked why I was there. “Cold Cave.” I started to wonder if the question was being asked because I was obviously the oldest person in this crowd of teenagers and twenty-somethings. (After checking out Yelp, I guess this is a standard question here.)
This was my first time at 6th Street Warehouse – though apparently it is a well known underground music venue; yes, I should be embarrassed by this lack of previous knowledge. The big take away from this venue is the skating half pipe that is used as the stage. The important fact to know is that apparently – via Yelp again – one should use the bathroom before heading out to 6th Street Warehouse.
Anyways, we all waited about an hour before Abe Vigoda (pictured left) came on stage. During this time, I sent out a handful of other texts to other friends telling them about this secret show, but they all had other things going on for the night.
Comment from an individual who had been milling around like me for an hour: “We’re in for a long night, right?”
For some reason, I believe I’ve heard of Abe Vigoda, but just never caught one of their sets. They had the audience primed.
And then the main act, Cold Cave (pictured below) began to set up their synthesizers – actually, I noticed that the three synths were set up by just one of the band members. Maybe he’s the tech wiz? By this point, the crowd was about 15 rows deep. I personally was up along a stairwell that overlooked the stage/half pipe. Then they started their set and any fears that might have developed between FYF Fest and this point regarding the fact that I might have over-praised their set at FYF Fest disappeared. They were wonderful.
A slam. I figure I should slam one individual who decided to mosh pit his way to the front. He got close to the front, but blocking his way were three young women who refused to give way to his constant pushing and shoving. Stop being a jerk, I couldn’t help but think, they don’t want to give up the front row to you.
Look for Part II on Thursday
GIMME GIMME SCHLOCK TREATMENT:
Last labor day weekend I ran my bike into a parking meter (and then because of that into a Stop sign, whose instruction I was clearly unable to adhere to) after far too many cocktails which led to a brutal toe injury and a need for new lens in my glasses…so I’m looking forward to a more music and less booze filled weekend this year, highlighted by the FYF Fest
. FYF is less than a week away and it is time to start mapping out a game plan. The set times were recently announced and it’s looking like it will be an amazing day. Planning these things out ahead of time is always a mistake because your friends will torpedo your well thought out logistics by, depending on who you bring: blacking out during the second set, potentially crying, getting lost, threatening to fight hipsters who they know will back down because they are more or less defense-less in their skinny jeans, hanging at the food court and insisting it has been their life long dream to eat 20 hot dogs in one day. Your best bet is to decide on a place to reconvene at the end of the night and just hope for the best. Even still I can’t help myself so I’ve been mapping out the day in my head.
1:00 The Oak Stage: Magic Kids
Del says: Assuming I will be in Downtown LA @ 1pm after whatever occurs on a Friday night is giving my friends and I far too much credit. That said if we get there that early this would be my selection.
1:40 The Sequoia Stage: Cults
It’ll be 83 and sunny D-Town on Saturday. A perfect day for an end of summer music festival. I can’t think of a better track to start the day with then Cults’ “Go Outside
“. That extra 40 minutes will make all the difference for the rest of the day too. I’m excited to see this band as I only really know three of their songs. Normally I hate seeing artists whose music I’m unfamiliar with…but I have a feeling that won’t be the case with the Cults.
2:45 The Oak Stage: Best Coast
: Best Coast’s “Crazy For You” is slowly becoming one of my more favorite albums of 2010. I’m surprised this band is playing so early in the day. I have no grasp on the popularity of bands I guess. To me this is like doing a fantasy draft and watching a stud player continue to go undrafted. “Why isn’t he getting picked? What don’t I know?” are the thoughts that run through my mind as I’m paralyzed with fear. Note: Warpaint will be playing over at the Redwood Stage at 3pm. I’ve seen them twice already so I’ll be passing, but I recommend checking them out if you like all girl bands that thrash..and you might be able to see Shannyn Sossaman watching her sister Jenny Lee rock out. Rounding out the female driven trifecta for this time block are the Screaming Females. I love their track “I Don’t Mind It”
..but I refuse to miss Best Coast.
4:25 The Oak Stage: Wavves
After Best Coast there will be a nice window of opportunity for people to grab beers, hit the food trucks God how I hope The Grill Em All Truck
will be there. If not I’ll just save my rocking for Wavves. ”King of the Beach” has been a favorite of mine and the rest of Intraffik since it came out. I’m imaging Wavves will attract a real mookish following full of bros with neon plastic shades and Hayden
-esque haircuts but you gotta do what you gotta do. Fuck I just referenced a Big Brother cast member while also sounding like one. Please kill me now.
5:45 The Redwood Stage: Local Natives
Del says: I missed them when they toured Spaceland and the Bootleg so I’ll be rectifying those errors on Saturday. I really wish I saw them at those tiny venues because I’m going to guess that this band is going to have the biggest daytime gathering of all the bands in the lineup. They’re the local darlings out of all of these local darlings, David Byrne has given them his seal of approval, and they’re only going to get bigger.
6:15 The Oak Stage: Titus Andronicus
Del says: They rock. Hard. Their show at the Bootleg was the only “indie” show I’ve been to in LA where I witnessed actual moshing. They should not be skipped!
7:35 The Sequoia Stage: Washed Out
Del says: You couldn’t ask for a more polar opposite band from the previous act. Washed Out will be a great sonic pallet cleanser and their sound will be the perfect soundtrack to watching the sun set over downtown LA.
8:10 The Sequoia Stage: Cold Cave
Del says: Get your inner Joy Division on with this Ian Curtis and Co sounding band.
9:10 The Sequoia Stage: School of Seven Bells
9:20 The Redwood Stage: !!!
Del says: This is the only conflict I have for the FYF Fest. This is the driving force for today’s piece. A few months ago this would have been a no brainer for me. I’ve always been quite fond of !!!. I loved their album “Myth Takes”…but then the School of Seven Bells went and threw a monkey wrench into my plans by releasing “Disconnect from Desire” This week is the deciding period. I’ve put SOSBs and !!! in a play list and I’ll see who I gravitate towards by the end of the week…but !!! are already behind the 8 ball because they’ll require a stage change where as School of Seven Bells will offer me the opportunity to stay put. I’m opposed to walking. Truth be told I think my mind is already made up. I got hooked on ”Disconnect from Desire” right from the get go in a way that never happened with !!!’s newest release “Strange Weather, Isn’t It”. It’s not to say that !!!’s album is bad, because it isn’t, but it didn’t replicate the “Myth Takes” love I once had. I know they’re going to get their dance funk on so hard on Saturday so that’s the only thing keeping me from inking in the School of the Seven Bells. Who would you choose?
!!! – Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
Highlights: “Jamie”, “My Intentions Are Bass”, “AM/FM”, “The Most Certain Sure”
School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire
Highlights: “Windstorm,” “Heart is Strange,” “Bye Bye Bye,” “ILU”
10:10 The Sequoia Stage: Delorean
Del says: Delorean at the Echo was a great show. I love The Echo and I love Delorean. Subiza is a fantastic album. Please go revisit it if you haven’t yet downloaded it. I have a feeling some babies will be made during their set!
11:10 The Sequoia Stage: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Del says: Not only do I love their most recent album “Before Today” but I need to see Ariel Pink as part of a redemption project for them. You see I saw them earlier this year at Echoplex and of course it was a sucktacular time because…well…no shows are ever good at Echoplex. It’s a fact. I’ve yet to have a pleasant experience there. Echoplex, why can’t you be more like the Echo? Ariel Pink can erase that bad memory with a good set at FYF.
GIMME GIMME SCHLOCK TREATMENT:
Question: How do you know when someone who recently moved to Silverlake has finally been accepted into their smug ranks?
Answer: When you ask them to comment on the Cold Cave CD that you’re thoroughly enjoying they answer you with a hipster snobbish reply of “Pssh, i feel like anyone could sing like Ian Curtis”
They say it like that is a bad thing! In defense of Cold Cave I hardly think they’re intentionally trying to be Joy Division copycats here. Having said that, I get where this person was coming from. If you start a band with deep low vocals mixed with ominous synths it’s just natural for people to make those comparisons. I guess if we have to throw labels on people consider Cold Cave the New New Order. My personal opinion is that if more bands sounded like Joy Division and less like Lil Wayne’s Rebirth the world would be a better place.
Highlights: “Love Comes Close,” “Life Magazine,” “Youth and Lust”