In case you didn't get the memo, 2010 is pretty much a goner. We quite enjoyed the first decade of this millennium but are also excited to finally bid those 00's adieu tonight at Three Clubs with Saint Sea Hat and Count Fleet. Those who didn't attend our first show with Saint Sea Hat back in November missed out on one of the best 1am on"slots" we've seen in awhile. While The Rhone Occupation have been on somewhat of a hiatus for much of 2010, Matt Salas seems to be making his once-solo project his full-time gig. SSH graciously invited along some friends Count Fleet for the show and, if history repeats itself, will likely be playing alongside them too. For the last two years or so, we've only known Elliot Glass as the man behind Little Videos, one of the finest collection of intimate live performances on the dubbleyoudubbleyoudubbleyou. Recently, however, Glass teamed up with Caitlin Dwyer to form quite the lovely folk duo in Count Fleet and something tells us shooting band videos might be taking a bit of a backseat come 2011.
Let's send off 2010 with one last hurrah, shall we? Hope to see you tonight.
Los Angeles Loves... A December to Remember
December 29, 2010
SAINT SEA HAT
TBA (BOXVIOLET no longer playing due to illness)
1123 N. Vine
Los Angeles, CA 90038
FREE / 21+ / 9pm
Saint Sea Hat - "City Mouths" (MP3)
Count Fleet - "How It Ends" (MP3)
'Tis the season for giving and we couldn't think of a better way to do so than to "present" a night of music with three of our favorite bands at one of L.A.'s most cherished venues Three Clubs on one of the most beloved weeklies Marathon Live (hosted by the amazing Brandon McCulloch). Is that enough superlatives for you? Anyway, don't worry so much about our slightly sinister theme to the evening. We just couldn't think of anything clever for a December night of music with two bands with "Black" in their names. But if it boats your float, feel free to get in whatever black pagan orale that fancies you and we'll dance and feast to the Son of Isis like days of old.
We picked our five favorite new bands of the year back in like May and that list hasn't changed. Black Flamingo and Black Jesus are two of them (incidentally, a third also has "Black" in their name). We've seen them both enough times this year to perhaps warrant much bigger accolades than just favorite new band honors, but since no one takes best-of lists seriously anymore, we'll simply just say that we absolutely love these bands. Black Flamingo's gorgeous gothereal dreampop conjures the spirits of Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, and This Mortal Coil with beautiful choral motifs and lovely glistening rhythms. Meanwhile, Black Jesus' deeply soulful often breathtakingly melancholic delivery drifts into Tom Waits/Nick Cave territory with a bit of Roy Orbison sense of finesse. Both bands are two of the best Los Angeles has to offer right now.
Surely deserving of their own paragraph, The Shivers are undoubtedly one of thee best bands in NY. Their shows are very often damn near religious experiences for their hardcore fans. And it's easy to see why with songs like the devastatingly beautiful "L.I.E." (a signature fan favorite) crushing hearts left and right. They're in town briefly finishing up their new album and we couldn't be more honored to have them for this little show. And we should repeat that The Shivers/Black Jesus show at the Hotel Cafe back in July was one of our favorite shows of the entire year. If you were there, you know why. If you weren't there you must see them together again on Wednesday (Black Jesus will be their backing band).
Happy Holidays everyone. We love you.
December 8, 2010
Los Angeles Loves... A Black Christmas
1123 N. Vine
Los Angeles, CA 90038
21+ / FREE / 9PM
Black Flamingo - "All That She Wants" (Ace of Base cover) (MP3) Limited time download
Black Jesus - "The Knife" (MP3) Limited time download
The Shivers - "L.I.E." (MP3) Limited time download
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