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Digging the scene at "This Ain't a Scene" with a gangsta lean

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 14, 2012 02:08pm | Post a Comment

This past Saturday, I went to the 1650 Gallery in Echo Park to check out the opening of This Ain’t a Scene: The Vibrant Music Community of East LA which was co-presented by Radio Free Silver Lake and compiled by Jackie Lam. Radio Free Silver Lake is a website focused on Indie music in Los Angeles.
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Note: The “East LA” of the subtitle could be construed as a bit misleading.. East Los (whose vibrant music community produced performers like Black Eyed Peas, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Hope Sandoval, J-vibe, Kid Frost, Lalo Guerrero, Los Lobos, Los IllegalsLouie Perez, Luis Villegas, Quetzal, Suzanna Guzman, Taboo, The Bags, The Blazers, Thee Midniters and Tierra and  supported live venues like Club 469Eastside Nightclub, El Club BaionKennedy Hall, The Lamp Lighter, The M ClubRudy's Past House and Vex) is not represented here. The bands and venues depicted in this show are, if I’m not mistaken, all from Echo Park, P-Town and Silver Lake -- three neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Central LA that belong to a region that no one has named with a widely-accepted term.) Enough quibbling about geography and nomenclature from me… let's start the show.
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The participating photographers include Angela Holtzen, Ben Hoste, Carl Pocket, Gabriela Gonzalez, George Tapia, Jeff Koga, Laurie Scavo, Levent Buyukgural, Michael Gomez Burton, Michele Evans, Miriam Brummel, Olivia Hemaratanatorn, Rollence Patugan, Sterling Andrews, Timothy Norris, and Zoe-Ruth Erwin. Click here for mini bios on Radio Free Silver Lake.


Live acoustic music was provided by Andrew Spitser from Radars to the Sky, Kelli Noftle from Miniature Soap, Rob Danson from Death to Anders, Ryan Fuller of Fort King, and The Smugg Brothers

Of the bands depicted, I only recognized The Warlocks and Dios as acts that I can say I’ve knowingly heard before -- some of the names sounded familiar too. For someone who’s worked at and for record shops for over ten years, my ignorance of indie rock is vast... and judging by the prevalence of beards and plaid shirts in the photos, I’m guessing that’s what kind of music most of the subjects make. (Also, I recognized The Echo and Echoplex, Pehspace, Satellite, Silverlake Lounge and Spaceland).

Kelli Noftle performed Prince's "When You Were Mine"


Some would find my lack of knowledge a hindrance, I liked to think that allowed me to evaluate the photos as art and not get bogged down by the subjects. The exhibit includes band portraits as well as snapshots of rehearsals, behind-the-scenes photos, and photos of live performances. Although I didn’t recognize the subjects, I liked George Tapia’s use of color, Levent Buyukgural’s command of atmosphere and the sense of immediacy in Jeff Koga’s pictures. However, I was most taken with the photographs of Zoe-Ruth Erwin. You can see them on the galleries website here – or better yet, go to the gallery and check them out for yourself! And check out future art openings in this charming gallery space too. Next up is Wanderlust: Travels Near and Far... I'm planning on being there.


The Smugg Brothers doing their version of "Sin City"

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A very short Silver Lake Art Walk... on Malcolm X Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 8, 2012 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Pencil this in gang – this Malcolm X Day (19 May, 2012) there’s going to be a closing reception at the gentlemen’s shop, Brightwell, for artist Douglas Walker’s Aesthetic series. Douglas Walker was a member of Little Egypt’s (Southern Illinois) screamo/hardcore band, The Livingston Project, and Secretary.




Douglas’s series includes a selection of collages and sculptures which, to me, recall the assemblages of John Chamberlain, Joseph Cornell and especially Robert Rauschenberg. At least one viewer suggested David Lovejoy. I can see that. Come see for yourself between now and then and see for yourself. 
Music will be provided by Amoeba’s own DJ Modernbrit (who is also well known as a frequent traveling companion on my LA and OC neighborhood blog series) as well as Diana (from the band, Sweater Girls) and Larry – both also from Club Underground, “the premiere Britpop, Indie, Eletro Pop, Twee, Post-Punk, Soul, Sixties and New Wave party in Los Angeles.”
Meanwhile, next door at Monkeyhouse Toys, there’s an art opening – Just Desserts. (It’s a bit of a very short Silver Lake art walk -- 33 feet -- you can do it!). The theme is dessert and exhibiting artists include Ashley J. Long, Beth Sleven, Brianne Drouhard, Carlos San Diego, Cache, Cheri Ong, Claire Lenth, Crowded Teeth, Curioddities, Denise "Dee" Chavez, Douglas Alvarez, Elizabeth Ito, Erin Longstocking, Frankie Peak, Fubear, Heather Sybil Chavez, Heather Hayes, J. Fuchs, Jason Leung, Jeff Victor, Jenny Harada, Jessica Ebner, Jessica Miranda, Jonathan Keiser, Josie Trinidad, Julie B., Kevin Dalton, KitCameo, Kalypsokrystal, Lenore Smith, Lori Lane, Mari Inukai, Mary J. Hoffman, Megan Kelly, Michal Wright-Ward, Nicole Brown, Nicolette Davenport, Oscar Rosales, Paula Tade, Queenie, Ryan Hungerford, Selina Phanara, Sara Lanzillotta-Devout, Shellie K., Skull City Crafts, Stephanie Unson, Steve Guerra, Story Sabatino, suzi boneshaker, Tabitha Hayes, Tara Nicole Whitaker, Tasha Kline, Tea Thyme, Terri Berman, Thomas Perkins and Vera Para.
Pastry chef Megan Paonessa and Crème Caramel LA will be serving up sweets. Sweets, art, wine and song in Silver Lake. 


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Silver Lake Jubilee Schedule Announced

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2012 10:40pm | Post a Comment

UPDATE 5/25: Two-day passes are now $10 off at Amoeba Hollywood! Weekend passes are now $25 (plus $2 service fee).

The schedule for the 2012 Silver Lake Jubilee has been announced! The festival takes place on Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles and features two days of music, comedy, food trucks, vendors, beer gardens, and more.

You can purchase two-day passes to the Jubilee at Amoeba Hollywood for $37 (this includes a $2 facility fee). 



Saturday, May 26:
12 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27:
12 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
KINKY
Autolux
La Santa Cecilia
Las Cafeteras 
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
FIDLAR 
Matthewdavid
Allah-Las 
Virtual Boy
XBXRX 
La Vampires
Soft Metals
Moses Campbell
Catwalk
Dunes
JJAMZ 
Leech
Leslie Stevens & The Badgers
Robert DeLong
Wildcat! Wildcat!
Threeway
Black Boots
Public School Rocks
Aloe Blacc
Family of the Year 
La Sera
The Soft Pack
Abe Vigoda 
Maya Jupiter
LAKE 
Princeton 
Eastern Conference Champions 
TEARIST
Incan Abraham 
Gangi 
Chasing Kings
Summer Twins
Heatwave 
Contact Field Orchestra 
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Batwings Catwings
The Mormons
The Dharma Bums
Bright Beast
Little Guy
Silverlake Conservatory of Music



The Spooky Show & a Monster Party

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 12, 2011 05:45pm | Post a Comment
On 15 October, 2011 (this Saturday if you're reading this in a timely fashion), the very cool indie toy store & gallery, Monkeyhouse Toys and Gallery (for kids whose sensibility is more Roald Dahl/Tim Burton than Bratz/Hannah Montana) is opening an art exhibit, The Spooky Show.


Monkeyhouse Toys and Gallery The Spooky Show

It's curated by Terri "Tooter" Berman and features Halloween-appropriate works by Grace Albelda, Douglas Alvarez, Kim Bagwill, Brooke Bearup, Terri "Tooter" Berman, Airom Bleicher, Julie Bossinger, Jonathan Bueno, Michelle Caplan, Deryke Cardenaz, Marcel DeJure, J Fuchs, Cristian "Smear" Gheorghiu, John Michael Gill, Harrel Goldstein, Dan Goodsell, Kio Griffith, Patrick Haemmerlein, Walter Hall, Mary J Hoffman, Lisa Hull, Jinxed Art, Billy Kheel, Aaron Kraten, Supersmash Max, Isabella Electra McGrath, Marlon McWilliams, Jon Measures, Sal Mendez, Yuki Miyazaki, Delphia Nikolaus, Tom Oliver, Jerry Paeff, Vera Paras, Carol Powell, Sarah Ramirez, Shannon Rowland, Uddon Soup, Mike Street, Paula Tade, Mayumi Tanaka, Kelly Thompson, Paul Torres, Jessica Valencia, David VonDerLinn, Susan Catherine Weber and more...

It's scheduled to take place from 6pm to 9pm (although it might very well go a few hours later). There will be tarot card readings outside the store too~~ 

Meanwhile, next door at Brightwell (the only men's shop of it's kind in Southern California), starting at 5pm there's going to be a Halloween themed shindig... a haunted open house, if you will. Brightwell doesn't have any Halloween-themed art but will be featuring several DJs spinning music appropriate for a monster party. 



From 5:00 pm till 7:00, Gonzi Merchan will be spinning giallo scores, 80s goth, Penderecki, scary ambient and more


From 7:00 till 8:00, Matthew Matsel will play Goblin scores, Misfits, Samhain and non-Glenn Danzig related stuff like Freaks-era Pulp (if Cheryl gets her way).

From till the end, Modernbrit of Club Underground and Amoeba fame will be DJing who-knows-what!


From the History Channel -- oops, I mean Mr. Show

There's no guarantee of "bobbing for brains" or plasma pizza… but candy and wine are promised!

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Brightwell vs Club Underground vs Sunday

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 7, 2011 12:25pm | Post a Comment
SUNDAY SUNDAY



If you find yourself free this Sunday, DJs Larry G (Supercrass) and Timothy L (Modernbrit) of Club Underground (and Amoeba, in the latter's case) are going to DJ a set of post-punk, indie and more at Brightwell between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00.

CLUB UNDERGROUND


Club Underground bills itself as "LA's Premiere indie/britpop/new wave/electropop/twee/60s/soul party since 2001. It occurs most Fridays at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown.

BRIGHTWELL



Brightwell is a men's shop which bills itself as "LA's premiere men's shop specializing in luxury and craft objects for the discerning, grown-ass man since 2011." The High Street shop is the only one of its kind in Southern California and is located on the corner of West Silver Lake and Rowena in Silver Lake's fashionable Ivanhoe district.

AND YOU

So whether you're an avant-garde Dandy or a nostalgic Anglophile, you're liable to find something to your liking (even if it just turns out to be free wine, cheese and crakcers). Stop by, say "hullo" and pick up something for the men in your life.

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