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“Town and Country Underground”
EPISODE 3 Wednesday, January 9, 2013
ARTIST /SONG / ALBUM
1. The Bluegrass Bastards / “Muleskinner Blues” / Let the Cocaine Be
2. Chris Smither / “Hundred Dollar Valentine” / Hundred Dollar Valentine
3. Brandi Carlile / “Hard Way Home” / Bear Creek
4. Rich Mahan /“The Hills of South Dakota” / Blame Bobby Bare
5. The Grateful Dead / “Cumberland Blues” / Europe ’72 Live
6. Allen Thompson Band / “The Purple Rose & The Black Balloon” / Salvation in the Ground
7. South Austin Jug Band /“Come to Me” /Strange Invitation
8. Phoebe Bridgers /“Georgia” /DEMO
9. Kip Boardman /“All That Bad”/ The Long Weight
10. Kail Baxley /“Don’t’ Matter to Me” /Heatstroke
11. For the Kings /“Pay as you Go”/ A Collection of Songs
12. Murder by Death /“Lost River” / Bitter Moon
13. Mike & The Moonpies / “Things Can Only Get Better”/ The Hard Way
14. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs/ “Tank” / Sunday Run Me Over
15. Hello Trouble /“California Home”/Self-Titled
16. The Far West / “Bound to Lose” / The Far West
17. The Bluegrass Bastards /“Cryin’ Holy” / Let the Cocaine Be
THIS WEEK AS WE CONTINUE TO WRAP UP 2012, WE’RE POSTING SOME OF INTRAFFIK.COM’S “LOST POSTS,” THAT INCLUDE THIS SEPTEMBER PLAYLIST FROM NOTES FROM VIVACE, HIS ICELAND ADVENTURE WILL ALSO PUBLISH LATER THIS WEEK.
Location: Bootleg Bar
Spaceships: “New Wishing”
Location: Bootleg Bar
Location: Bootleg Bar
Jeff Crosby and the Refugees: “The Otherside”
Location: Silverlake Lounge
Joe Jane Band: “I’m Trying”
Location: Silverlake Lounge
For re-caps of Days 1 and 2 click here
I should mention that I was feeling a touch under the weather on Thursday and Friday. I was a little concerned that with the late nights, I’d end up getting sick sometime during the festival. Well, as I write this up, I’m still standing. In fact, as the music festival progressed, I started feeling better. Hmm.
Young Buffalo (US — Taix Front Lounge).
They’re a band from Mississippi. This was their first time in Los Angeles and they gave us a howling good time.
Ewert and the Two Dragons (Estonia – Echoplex).
This band has calm intensity.
Comment of the set: A couple years ago we didn’t even know we’d be here tonight – you probably didn’t know either – but for us we come from far away.
This band kicked off a trio of amazing bands at the Echoplex (I saw three straight bands here; others might argue they kicked off four straight amazing bands). I know that four folks that were near the front of the stage just couldn’t stop talking about the band.
Gold Fields (Australia – Echoplex).
This band is dance gold and had the crowd dancing.
Lyrics: “In the ambulance, I couldn’t feel my face. In the hospital, I couldn’t stay awake.” (more…)
Notes from Vivace’s Culture Collide continues into Day 2, Friday. For Thursday’s Re-Cap click here
The best part about Culture Collide is that many of the bands play multiple sets. The bad part about Culture Collide (not really) is that you need to be really good at scheduling yourself. My band schedule has numerous check marks (that’s how I was keeping things straight) and scratches throughout the four days. For example, Sudden Weather Change from Iceland. Do I see them Friday or do I see them Sunday? Well, Sunday had a potential conflict with The Wombats and I also suspected that by Sunday I was going to be exhausted and might just want to head on home early (which happened). So since I really wanted to see them, I needed to schedule them for Friday.
The Trouble with Templeton (Australia – The Methodist Church of Echo Park).
I think that singer-songwriters in the US generally play shows under their own name. I could be wrong here, but I think that is generally true. When I was in Iceland, I quickly learned that a lot of singer-songwriters from other parts of our planet play under a moniker. And this is true about Thomas Calder who did a set that made me think about heading over to Hotel Café again as soon as possible, because I wanted to hear more singer-songwriter magic.
Colorfeels (US – Echoplex).
Optic Yellow Felt from Brazil was supposed to play this time slot at The Echoplex. When Colorfeels started to play, I was somewhat skeptical that this was a band from Brazil. Spidey senses or just plan obvious? Early in the set, they announced that they were called Colorfeels. I felt a sense of cognizant relief. This band is calm, cool and collective and they have saxophone power!!!
Terminal (Denmark – The Echo).
This band is from Denmark, but they belong on the Sunset Strip.
Moss (The Netherlands – Echoplex).
I so love the Dutch. Take some time and listen to this band online. While watching this band, a flood of memories hit me from my three months in Rotterdam. I even had flashbacks triggered by the electrical adaptors they were using.
Sudden Weather Change (Iceland – Echo).
My first thought: I really do understand that band name and how Iceland-centric it is!!! Now I am a big believer in earplugs so sometimes I don’t hear everything someone is saying when the music is going, but I do believe they mentioned that one of their songs was about their horses. And guess what, I understood that comment, as well.
Mr. Little Jeans (Norway — Taix Champagne Room).
She’s from Norway, sounds British and lives in Los Angeles. And she looks like Felicity Jones (Like Crazy). Is that a combination that makes one amazingly alluring? You make the call. (more…)
On Saturday, I got the opportunity to go to my first ever “Lobster Festival“ in San Pedro (Port of Los Angeles). What first impressed me about the festival was how well organized it was and how friendly those working the event were.
At the free parking and shuttle (yes, all free), the staff emphasized a couple times about which parking lot we were at – though on the return trip back it seemed that some folks were unsure of their parking lot, some folks you just can’t help. The folks at the media booth were also very helpful. At the port-a-potties, they also had portable hand washing devices – take note all music festivals, because it is cool to wash your hands after taking a bathroom break. When I made my first water run, the guy at the food booth looked at my Reykjavik Iceland t-shirt, “I went to Reykjavik. Did you go to Reykjavik?” Yes, I did. And at some point in the future, my readers, you’ll get to read about my time in Iceland. Just forgive me if you end up waiting until December to read about it.
First up at the music stage was Sara Radle who has a following at Intraffik be it via Walking Sleep or her solo endeavors. I know her from Walking Sleep. This was the first time I saw her fronting her own band. It was a wonderful way to start off the day.
Comment #1 of the set: “Pirates on stilts have danced to my music.”
Comment #2 of the set (a fireboat decided to give us all a display and folks rushed towards the water to catch a glimpse): “ I got upstaged by a boat right now? I just wanted to make sure.”
I should note that she was amused, not annoyed when she made comment #2.
Take away: her drummer is one animated dude.
Davis Fetter hit the stage next. His set was highlighted by his guitar playing and easy smile.
During his set, one could see thick smoke coming from an oil facility off in the distance. It was a little concerning. I later read that it was a planned burn-off though the next band up (Damselles & the TC4) did offer to help fight the fire.
Comment of the set: “I love you all.”
Take away: If Davis Fetter and his drummer spent the whole day at the Festival, I’m rather sure they left with bad sunburns.
DAMSELLES & TC4
Damselles & the TC4 made a brief appearance as Sara Radle’s backup singers. They then hit the stage on their own at 3 p.m. All were dressed in lobster garb. All the guys (except for one) wore lobster ties and the gals and the one tie-holdout guy wore lobster hats. When they were introduced, it was mentioned that the temperature had dropped 12 degrees. (The temperature was a constant discussion point at the music stage as the high of the day hit triple digits.) I was thinking, I don’t think so. Of course, it was probably an issue of lack of shade. During the first two acts, there was shade in front of the stage, but by the time the Damselles came on the shade had disappeared. They do say shade reduces temperatures by 10 degrees, right?
Comment #1 of the set (during sound check): “I’m a lobster and I’m going to eat me today.”
Comment #2 of the set (made to the guitarist who loved to play it up for us photographers, but ran into some feedback problems because of it): “That’s what you get for being such a ham.”
Take away: I’m sure their outfits increased lobster sales by 10%.
Youngblood Hawke took the stage at 4 p.m. It was mentioned that one of their songs has blown up on KROQ. I’m happy for them. I caught a couple of their sets at The Satellite and they’re one energetic band. As they were about to start off their set, the keyboardist poured water on his head. A smart move, but I think his band mates were amused. For their last song, all of them except for the keyboardist took to the drums.
Comment of the set: “We’re usually a little more energetic on stage, but it is just so hot.”
Take away: This band is so good that they blew the sound system. They were also the only band to get a sizable crowd out of the shade and up to the stage under the blazing sun.
The TAIKOPROJECT has taken the stage with such diverse acts as Stevie Wonder and Justin Bieber. The set was fast paced and almost felt like a gymnastics meet as you watched the various musicians circling their drums.
Take away: Japanese drums blow up cultural barriers.
Lili Haydn is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.
I didn’t come up with that. George Clinton gave her that designation. The set got delayed a tad as there were a number of instruments to cue up, but once it did she didn’t disappoint. The set was a mixture of music and art. Off to the side of the stage was an artist who has also worked with Chasing Kings. One young girl in the audience appeared to be far more interested in the artwork than Lili Haydn – perhaps I stood next to a future famous painter.
Lyric of the set: “Didn’t your mamma teach you how to share?”
Comment of the set: “I want to connect with you.”
Take away: who knew a violin could be played from so many different body angles.
Catch Part II tomorrow, featuring NO, JJAMZ, and DUM DUM GIRLS.