Adam Ant

Glam punk's once and future king. The man, the myth, the legend: Adam Ant was the reason I got into music in the first place. You've heard that one before? Well, hear it again. His brand of inspired glam pop appealed to my youthful sensibilities from day one, and imbued as it was with an … Continue reading Adam Ant

Joyride To Algiers

I caught The Afghan Whigs live at the North Park Observatory last night with my main man Gryphon. They were opening for indie rock stalwarts Built To Spill, whose output I'd always meant to explore but hadn't yet gotten around to. Jim assured me that they were a crucial influence on countless indie bands to … Continue reading Joyride To Algiers

Haim Right Now

Haim live @ The North Park Observatory 4/19/2018 The Haim sisters rocked The North Park Observatory last night (and I do mean rocked). Their glittering sound had a harder guitar attack in the flesh, thanks largely to Danielle Haim's six-string pyrotechnics and the band's BIG beats in full effect. In fact, the ladies commenced the … Continue reading Haim Right Now

Jungle Life

Jungle live @ The North Park Observatory 4/16/2018 Monday night, Jungle performed at The North Park Observatory. Sari and I caught the show, which makes it the fourth time we've seen them perform live. Hopefully there will be many more chances to come. The group has really grown into itself over the last couple years … Continue reading Jungle Life

Hot Chip Live

Friday night I was lucky enough to catch Hot Chip live at the North Park Observatory. I'd managed to scoop up tickets a week before, and had been looking forward to finally catching this crew live. In the previous incarnation of this blog (Other99), I'd written about them a great many times, from their epochal … Continue reading Hot Chip Live

One Year In The Jungle

The Jungle record came out a year ago today. It's crept up on me in a big way over the course of that year. At first I almost heard past it — pleasant enough, I suppose — but as much as I casually dug the record, I hadn't yet totally succumbed to it's brilliance. Then Sari took me to … Continue reading One Year In The Jungle

Let Me Ride

So it looks like I've nearly let a month slip by without delivering any goodies for you, and for that I have no apologies to offer (sometimes, reality just comes creeping in). I've got one feature that I'm in the process of putting together on L.A. hip hop, which is really just a little something … Continue reading Let Me Ride

Quik Is The Name

DJ Quik live @ The North Park Observatory 3/20/2015 Just a week ago I was lucky enough to catch the Warren G and DJ Quik show at the North Park Observatory. The hook was that they were performing the Regulate... G-Funk Era and Quik Is The Name records, respectively. I meant to get to this … Continue reading Quik Is The Name

Liquid Swords Live

GZA live @ The North Park Observatory 2/26/2015 On a similar note as the Terranova, I just caught GZA performing Liquid Swords in its entirety last night at The North Park Observatory. The sound was unbelievably heavy, probably the most ear-punishing show I've been to since the Dieselboy tent at Coachella in 2001 (I need … Continue reading Liquid Swords Live