February 13, 2014
My biggest band obsession so far in 2014 has been Turbo Lightning. Their creative pedigree is strong; Dana Poblete (Batwings Catwings) sings and Jeff Byron (The Mae Shi, and also BWCW now) plays guitar. Turbo Lighting sounds like a weirdo’s anthemic rock, but under a slight dreampop influence. Poblete sings with introspection, phasing between vulnerability and empowerment. I love blasting this record driving through LA mid-day with my car windows down. It’s recorded for sunshine conditions.
But you don’t have to take my word for it.
You can try-and-buy the Faster than Light EP here. My favorite track changes every day. I think I’ve settled on “Crimson Vision”. It’s a love song. Writing a good love song that sounds fresh, sincere, and true is no small thing. I’m told a full-length is in the works.
Turbo Lightning just released a music video for the single, named same as the EP.
February 12, 2014
I was excited when I heard of Shia Labeouf’s goofy self-serving performance art amateur hour, because when news of his egregious plagiarism broke, I fantasized about sitting him down and explaining why what he’d done was so wrong. I frequently indulged this fantasy, in fact. More than I want to admit. And now I had my chance to live-out the fantasy! I already knew what I wanted to say to him.
February 11, 2014
Oops, I went out to see music again. The second time in as many weeks going out to shows. What is going on. I don’t know. I guess it’s some sort of a three-eighths life crisis. Or some such thing. If you are in a band, please don’t start reaching out to me to come to your shows because I am telling you right now I have not resumed music blogging. Not at all. That would be impossible.
Last night was a joy.
February 4, 2014
When I got out of the shower on Super Bowl Sunday, I had a missed call from my dad, because that’s what dad’s do, they call you from across the country just because it’s Super Bowl Sunday. One day my dad won’t be around anymore to call me on the Super Bowl and I thought of that. Before I called him back I checked Twitter and saw the breaking news: Phillip Seymour Hoffman died.
February 3, 2014
After two months of not working in a professional sense, I finally decided to pick up that old dirty habit and schlep down to a bar to see some indie rock music. The venue was R Bar, in Koreatown. I did two tours of K-Town residency in my past. Somehow, the additional development and gentrification has made it more cyberpunk. I barely recognized Western Boulevard south of 1st street. What a place.
January 19, 2014
Character creation is one of the most fun parts of paper-and-dice role playing games. I love it. The game never goes exactly how you want. Your character seldom lives up to your conceptual hopes and dreams. But man, that first character bio? It is perfect. They can never take it away from you.
January 17, 2014
Here’s a CGT first… I’m gonna post a Christian rock band. You heard me. Look how comfortable in my masculinity I’ve become! But you’ll have to get the backstory first.
January 17, 2014
Whilst procrastinating housework today an internet rabbit hole reminded me of Transformers: The Movie (G1 animated continuity). It’s a popular piece of pop-commercial crassness for manchildren of my ilk to cite, but one of the few worthy of the merit and nostalgia. (Well, the first third of it, anyway.) It’s my favorite kind of kids entertainment, because like Disney’s Bambi or Nickelodeon’s Ren and Stimpy, Transformers: The Movie subversively prompts kids minds toward adult ideas.
January 9, 2014
I think this is the earliest Goldenvoice has released the lineup. My first reaction was… serious disappointment. There aren’t many must-see bands for me. The headliners and sub-headliners are either out of my zone or big bands I’ve seen before, usually at, um, Coachella. Last year’s lineup was so strong, perhaps my expectations were unfair.
But after doing a deep-dig, there is plenty to like here. One of the best things about going to Coachella every year is it guides the way to learning about great artists from the past I missed out on or (more likely) foolishly overlooked and dismissed. I got my work cut out for me this year.
The best laid plans of Mouse and men are oft laid to waste by scheduling conflicts, but in the meantime, bellow are my thoughts on what catches my eye.
December 20, 2013
Strange wind blows. A cloud of dust. Unsettling mist. The stench of brimstone? A mud-caked ruin rises up from the bog, and but for a few days, there stands Classical Geek Theatre, in all her horrid glory. Doth not the sun shine?
2013 was a whirlwind for me. Not chronicled on these ancient digital parchments was the purchase of a house. I felt the weight of 30 years debt the moment my pen rose from the mortgage. It’s a strange thing. My wife and I have been living in it since October, but there is ongoing construction all the time. We’ll be done, I hope, in March. Cats are everywhere.
Last year my live music consumption took a hit, this year movies fell back. I think I’ve seen 15 all year. Just a few years ago, I probably saw close to 40. I actually listened to more new music this year than last.
Anyways, on with the list-ing