First of all: hello! This is my blog. It's called Pacific Standard Time. I'm attempting to cover L.A. bands -- perhaps some you have heard of, some you haven't -- with show previews, record reviews, interviews, and such. It has nothing to do with this
, although that's cool too and you should check it out. If you are in a band or promoting one, please email me at email@example.com to pitch me. YES!
Secondly, Sunset Junction
will not be happening for the first time in its 31-year existence. While it's true that the festival that started as a way to bring together Silver Lake
's Latino and gay communities had strayed pretty far from its roots, we're very sad to see this happen. For me, Sunset Junction was always something to look forward to before I lived in Silver Lake -- a reason to check out the area, a place I saw Sonic Youth
play for next to nothing, an alternative gay festival. We're all sad to see it (hopefully temporarily) halted.
But in the absense of that, something pretty cool has happened, something that makes me all the more excited to start this blog and celebrate a music community not known to the outside world for its community-ness: L.A. is picking itself up by its bootstraps and putting on a number of musical events anyway, starting with Amoeba
, who will host Long Beach's The Growlers
for an in-store performance
and signing of their Record Store Day vinyl at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25
. The Growlers play a brand of dusty lo-fi rock that sounds like it could have been recorded at any given point over the past three decades. They touch upon elements of surf rock
, Nuggets garage rock
, reverby indie rock
, and psych pop
in a way that feels seamless and inviting. I've been listening to Hot Tropics
(2010, CD) and Are You In Or Out?
(2009, LP) on loop in preparation and can't wait to see these guys live again. (See Amoeba's post
for more information).