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Coachella 2014 line-up is here!

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Coachella 2014 line-up is here!

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.

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Every band we ever loved…

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Every band we ever loved…

I spent the past two Monday nights at The Satellite for The Henry Clay People residency. They have one more free show this Monday, December 17th and the New Years Eve show, and then… well, this email was sent from the band to their list last month:

“This residency marks the end of an era for the HCP. We will be taking some time off after these shows to regroup, reevaluate, and catch up on some much needed sleep. We want to thank everyone who has helped us out over the past ten years: all the bands, all the folks at the shows, all the people who have shared their floor space. You are all Henry Clay People. We feel extremely lucky that we got to turn our little rock and roll hobby into a full-time thing. It was a complete accident but a very happy accident and we remain eternally grateful for the adventure.”

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Collected Thoughts 03-01-12

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Collected Thoughts 03-01-12

Kickin’ it CGT Old School with a collected thoughts post! There were numerous items this week that deserve their own posts. Alas, I cannot give it them. This will have to suffice. The spice must flow.



Feb. 6th 2012 @ Pehr

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Feb. 6th 2012 @ Pehr

Longtime readers of Classical Geek Theatre know what’s up. I haven’t been this excited for a show, since, well, I don’t know when. We do this all the time… we do this all the time… we do this all the time… we do this…



Matthew Teardrop EP

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Matthew Teardrop EP

Matthew Teardrop (the frontman for Manhattan Murder Mystery) has a lo-fi EP out now for Pay What You Want. (I suggest $6.66.) It’s not produced by Steve Albini.



Manhattan Murder Mystery snag December residency at The Satellite, preview music video for “Owen Hart”

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Manhattan Murder Mystery snag December residency at The Satellite, preview music video for “Owen Hart”

It makes me happy that The Satellite has booked Manhattan Murder Mystery for their December residency. I always thought my favorite post-punk in the garage rock band would forever be relegated to art galleries, house parties, and midnight sets for headliners in the know. Their following is strong. The Movies had a December residency once.

In case you’ve forgotten: Mondays, at the Satellite, are free. I recommend Manhattan Murder Mystery because their music makes me feel more alive, and their fans are wonderful and devoted. Always a fun live show.

My friends at Thrillhouse Productions have been working on a video for the MMM track “Owen Hart”. I love the guitar hook in that song. Preview clip for the video after the jump.

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Music Clubs are the new Music Blogs?

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Music Clubs are the new Music Blogs?

In the past three years, my interest in “discovering new music” has taken a dramatic plunge. Once a local music cheerleader obsessive and self-proclaimed “music geek,” I’ve become very content to reconsider proven artists I’d previously dismissed with youthful brashness (The Cure, Tom Waits), wallow in a cesspool of easy favorites (Superchunk, Pavement), and rediscover uncool bands that I’ve been attached to since I was eleven years old. (R.E.M. and, yes, Counting Crows. Back off, man!)

But this week two Los Angeles-based tastemakers with stronger faith than I have launched very different music clubs.

Zach and Hank at We Listen For You have launched the WLFY Vinyl Club. I have absolutely no use for vinyl records whatsoever. If it can’t go on a pocket drive, it’s useless material stuff, to me. But Zach and Hank are deeply passionate, lovable luddites and their response to the shuttering of brick-and-mortar record stores is to create a “purchasing block” of buyers that can immediately impact the sales of records. That’s a wicked concept.

Rawkblog Dave’s Mercury Music Digital Record Club is more my speed. For $2.99 a month, every week he’ll select a new record and an old record for you to check out on Spotify. He’s basically running a consulting service for people who don’t have time to check out new music. I love innovative, forward-thinking ways of monetizing digital services for content, and I strongly commend this effort. I’m not gonna sign-up because I don’t share Rawkbro’s taste. (And no Dave, it’s not because I’m sexist. I just like my music to have a little teeth. Embracing one’s inner-masculinity is not rejecting one’s inner-femininity!) But I invite you to check it out. He’s doing A Good Thing.



Le Switch takes a bow tomorrow night

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Le Switch takes a bow tomorrow night

Tomorrow (Friday, August 19th) will be the last Le Switch show. The jig is up at The Satellite, $8 at the door. (Missed opportunity: Should have been billed as The Switch @ Spaceland!)

I always liked Le Switch. I didn’t blog about them often because the rootsier, bluesier rock music they’re derived from is something I just don’t know a whole lot about. Not that lack of expertise has ever stopped me before, but I always felt insecure trying to quantify Le Switch in my own words. I suppose that speaks to the quality of their music, or it’s effect on me, at least.

The bill also features the always fantastic World Record, The Mallard (SF band fronted by Rademacher’s former virtuoso bassist Greer McGettrick), and The Mid Cities, a new band with old faces. My buddy Travis will be spinning between sets. I’m sure he’ll play some goddamned Lou Reed.

Aaron Kyle, the frontman for Le Switch, is a thoughtful guy. I love his sense of humor. A couple times I’ve seen him give a complete emotional performance, really riveting stuff. This show will be worth your time, I think. DETAILS HERE.



The Californian @ The Satellite, Mondays in June

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The Californian @ The Satellite, Mondays in June

I give this residency a full-throated endorsement. The Californian released one of my favorite recordings last year.



Regarding the big Coachella announcement

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Regarding the big Coachella announcement

So, Coachella decided to facsimile its fest, promising identical lineups for two consecutive weeks in April 2012. As a seven year vet, I have some thoughts about that. Projectile brain-vomit after the jump.

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