May 21, 2013

The Rolling Stones live at Staples 5.20.13

I almost don't know where to start.

I got a text: Hey are you free tonight?

I mean, it's all relative right?   I could theoretically be free, even if in fact I actually have prior plans-depending on the situation and my priorities I guess.   Turns out, I was MOST DEFINITELY free.   I had just been invited to see the Rolling Stones perform their last California show on the 50 and Counting Tour, at the Staples Center.   And the show was scheduled to start in three hours.   Happy pre birthday surprise spontaneous celebration to me indeed.


I have this mental bucket list of bands and musicians I need to see perform live before they croak.   Maybe that's a morbid way of looking at it, but seriously, I do.   I keep screwing up too--- I missed Whitney, MJ, Gene Kelly, Elvis, Jeff Buckley.   I can mark Jeff Beck, Lou Reed, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Snoop Dog and Aretha Franklin off that list though.   I am sure there are others, but those are the big ones that come to mind.   So yes, I was absolutely available to run downtown and catch the show.   Let's face it, the Stones have been around a long time- we take it for granted.   As I write this, I am reading that Ray Manzarek, one of the co-founders of The Doors, passed away today- so yes, it is something to jump on.

I am utterly, completely and totally happy that I
did.   I had an absolute blast- and have compiled a bunch of short clips of all the songs I remembered to video into one giant "I LOVE THE STONES AND SAW EM LIVE" video for you.   You're welcome.

By the way- they are on FIRE with their social media management for this tour--- here is the link to their set list from tonight, complete with details and who played what... all that good stuff!
LA 2 Set List
I don't even really care if you like the Stones or not- the fact remains that they have literally been around forever- is there any other group that has as many hits that still tours so many years later?   I can't think of one.   Mick Jagger jumped around on that stage with more energy than some of the young artists do.   I danced for the entire duration of the show- and I was exhausted.   So kudos to him and the rest of the guys for kicking it like they did.   Also, by fan request and online magic, Mick Taylor joined the band for Sway...and a few other songs.   It was kinda awesomesauce.   Not only did I absolutely get what I wanted tonight, it was complete Satisfaction.   xoxo.

The Rolling Stones played their second night at the Los Angeles STAPLES Center tonight, and the final Californian show of the 50 & Counting tour.
For the first time this tour the band played ‘Faraway Eyes’, in honour of being close to Bakersfield, they also played ‘Sway’, voted for by fans at, ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ and ‘Midnight Rambler’, where they were joined by Mick Taylor. The University of  Southern California Thornton Chamber Singers accompanied the band for their encore performance of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.
Here are a few pictures...and the two links are pictures a friend sent me after the show...apparently I thought I got hooked up but had no idea what hooked up actually means.... it's ok- I know I danced better even if his photographic vantage point kicked my behind

May 20, 2013

Jay Gore - Identity

Continuing on in my musical adventure this year, I have discovered that I am literally surrounded by talented musicians.   Almost every night this week I have been to a show or venue where someone I know played something or was involved in the musical entertainment.   It's been very cool to be a part of this and at this point in time I literally have seven different blog posts to write after this one- which is problematic because I try to leave each one up for about a week.

On my trip down to San Diego last week I listened to this next album I am about to discuss.   On repeat.
Jay Gore is a superb guitar player.   Like- from a technical point of view as well as from my own rock junkie one.   His album is called Identity, and it is a bit of a departure from what I tend to review here on my blog- but definitely worth a listen!

Three of the tracks have vocals (Losing Ground, Anchor Me and Summer Girl).   The others are gorgeous blends of guitar (naturally) and other instruments, mixed with perfection and played with skill and precision.
By far, my two favorites are Noodles and Punjabi... I found videos of them on youtube (link to Jay's youtube below) but instead I wanted to link the Itunes page so you can hear the actual sample- it is so clean and crisp on the album, it's fantastic.

So who is this guy who makes guitars speak?   Well, to me he was just a cool member of a group of musicians who jammed out every Tuesday.   Then as I started to get to know everyone better, I discovered he had his own album out, in addition to being part of another band (All Day Sucker, whom I have written about previously and intend to do so again).   He is also, fun fact, the first person who ever took me to Disneyland.   Still one of the best days ever AND we know the secret to the Bengal Hut's hot sauce.   Because we are cool like that.

I am including a video he sent me- I mentioned seeing Jeff Beck performing at the MSG Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert and having an almost religious experience when he played...and totally relating to that, Jay said I had to watch this one.   He was right- so I am sharing it can also see him perform Noodles and Punjabi on this same youtube channel by the way.

Back to music- and yes, I am totally copying his bio from his facebook page...he is just so accomplished and so normal and to start listing everything he has done would take eons, plus he sort of has it ready to go here for me- check it out:
Jay Gore first picked up the guitar at the age of 8. Today he is a leading guitarist and in-demand session player in Los Angeles. 

For over seven years you've seen, Jay, performing next to saxophone great, Mindi Abair. Jay has toured the world, sharing the stage, with artists as diverse as Hilary Duff, Lauryn Hill, The Pointer Sisters, David Pack (Ambrosia), Keb’ Mo, Marcus Miller, Christopher Cross, Debby Ryan (Disney), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Paul Taylor, Eric Darius, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill, Sheila E, Jeffrey Osborne, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Eddie Money, Seal, Rick James, Tia Carrere, Ray Gillen, Scott Grimes, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.

You can also hear some of the songs Jay has written and produced, for hit TV shows, such as 90210, Miami Ink, American Dad, E.R., Party of Five and others.

Jay has recorded with the likes of Sly Stone, Anna Vissi (Greek Superstar), Kimberly Caldwell, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Stephen Bishop, The Veronicas, Jordis Unga (Rock Star INXS), Siedah Garrett, Tyler Hilton, Scott Grimes, Evan Frankfort, Mark Needham, Tom Fletcher, Greg Ladanyi, Ross Hogarth, Noah Shain, The Matrix, Edgar Winter, Byron Gallimore, Kristine W, Jamie Green, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Robin DiMaggio.

So, in summary, if you are into actual talent, appreciate good music and want to hear something cool, check out his album, follow him on facebook and keep checking back because he will be involved in future posts...besos dolls.

May 13, 2013

Brave Native - My Dear Friend, Molly

Do you know what can absolutely make my day?   Watching talented people grow and change and become better version of themselves...which is sort of what happened for me with the boys from Brave Native.

I met the members of Brave Native a while back, when they performed at a friends birthday party and I really enjoyed the music.   The band is comprised of Guitar/Vocal - Dante Brunetto, Keys/Vocal - Chris Sung, Bass/Vocal - Max Waller, Drums - John Doherty.   They have a super fun sound, self described as Indie Pop but I detect a hint of rock in there as well, and their songs are varied- some are uptempo and get your heart racing while others are soothing and soulful.   

They just had a release party to celebrate their music video for the song My Dear Friend, Molly this past week and I had the opportunity to see them perform a few of their other songs again.   What an amazing improvement from a year ago!   They are so comfortable on stage, everything sounds very cohesive and fun and the new song is very catchy...(the video for the song is directed by Oliver Schimmel, who is super fun to talk to, rocks epic hair, and is obviously talented)

I also want to share their song "Running Wild" because I love it

Special thanks to Tony for introducing me to this one- definitely a good call and I know we will see a lot from all of you!

May 9, 2013

Blog updates--- PLEASE READ

My darlings... every once in a while I conform to society and actually update my website properly.   I am switching from my current system to a new subscriber service thingy that will help me reach you all in a more timely fashion (as long as you want to be reached, although I promise I am fantastic- it is literally your loss to not stay subscribed).   The point is...
Please subscribe again if you already have, or do it now if you for some reason did not feel the need prior.  
When I reach 1000 subscribers I will post a suggestive picture or something (dunno what yet, but I will figure it out).   Until then I will motivate you with a random picture of me that always makes me laugh.   Go ahead, you want to laugh too, it's ok.

Also- I am on twitter if you hadn't noticed, and I talk a lot.  
Join in the conversation.   Tweet me.  
I don't usually bite and I love meeting my readers...
I have a twitter account for the blog (@chanisays) that auto tweets when I post a new video on youtube or when a new blog post goes up, but you should also follow my personal twitter (@chanirubin) where I actually talk.

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May 8, 2013

Musical Racism vs. Overblown Hype

Before I step in this giant maelstrom of disagreement that is sure to ensue, let me preface this entire thing by stating two things very clearly.   In my opinion: I do not believe it is fair to use the race card to argue a point.  However, if you are going to throw down racism as your battle cry, you probably don't have much else to stand on.   I dislike when your argument for anything is race.   Just like it shouldn't be used as a slur or put down, it should also be seen as wrong to use it as a platform.   Hi I'm Jewish and my grandparents were orphans because of the Germans so I want this condo for free in perpetuity and a manservant to feed me grapes...see how it could get out of hand very quickly?
Here goes....

The story, as it appears, is that a venue in LA cancelled a show the night before stating they do not allow rap at their venue.   One of the artists that was scheduled to perform was upset by this, and wrote a letter.   LA Weekly also published an article explaining the whole story- and it appears to be written by the event planner  (Jeff Weiss) who coordinated the entire thing.   Which seems a bit incestuous and 'bitter ex-employee biting the hand that fed it' but I don't know the details so maybe that part is incorrect..
Instead of referring to it constantly I am just going to insert the article here, with a direct link, and go through it point by point, highlighting the stuff I comment on below the article:

Racism Charged Against Hollywood Bar That Forbids Hip-Hop

By Jeff Weiss
Published Wed., May 8 2013 at 9:14 AM
Credit: Andy J Scott
Rapper Open Mike Eagle was barred from playing Harvard & Stone
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
One man's purity is another man's segregation. You don't expect to encounter those ideas in Hollywood in 2013, but they creep in through coding and innuendo.  Public racial slurs are rare, but people casually mention frequenting a club until it became overtaken by "the...well, you know." The doorman in Knocked Up was only half joking when he expressed his hopes for a black midget in the crowd, because the club promoters only permitted one and a quarter blacks for every 25 whites.  Music should be the exception. The best '60s L.A. band (Love) was a rainbow coalition. "To Live & Die in L.A." is a municipal anthem. Kendrick Lamar, the new rap regent, chants "fuck your ethnicity."

But there's a thin line between what's prejudiced and what's precious. Take a show that I co-curated at Harvard & Stone, a steam punk bunker in east Hollywood, where Jack Daniels is barred for being too plebe, and "mixologists" reproach you for incorrectly recounting the Moscow Mule's origins. Sometimes, they book good bands.

So when psychedelic fusionists Chicano Batman asked to partner for the first night of their May residency, I agreed. No money was involved. The event was free. Neither of the acts that I booked, art-rapper Open Mike Eagle and Ariel Pink (for a DJ set), stood to make more than a nominal fee -- a "for the love" gesture in an industry whose tab is often footed via sneaker or soda company.   But on the eve of the show, Chicano Batman's manager texted word from Harvard & Stone that they forbid hip-hop.   A follow-up text from the venue's General Manager, Steven Sue read: "Open Mike Eagle can't perform [because] we only do analog rock'n'roll, rhythm & blues-based stuff. I've never wavered from this policy and I never make exceptions."
So I bowed out. The next morning, Eagle wrote a poignant letter that you should read in full. It expresses anger and disappointment with the eloquence you'd expect from an artist who claims to be haunted by the "gay ghost of James Baldwin."

That's partially why his exclusion felt so unsettling. Eagle is more DIY and punk than 95 percent of the "rock and roll" bands out. He boasts about rolling down Slauson bumping '97 Weezer. He sings as much as he raps, and samples Pavement and They Might Be Giants. He's been embraced by the stand-up comedy world too -- with humorist Paul F. Tompkins reblogging Eagle's Tumblr article and adding, "I look forward to having the great Mike Eagle on one of my shows again."   When I called Leon Jenkins, the president of the L.A. NAACP, he said that the rule felt "discriminatory and racist. It attempts to exclude a certain crowd from the venue by coding it in language about a ban of rap."
If you combine the no-rap rule with Harvard & Stone's door policy banning "sports gear, logos, flip flops, most hats and loud colors," it reads like a sixth grade anti-gang manual passed out to petrified suburban moms.

When I spoke to Sue last night, he attributed the last minute cancellation to a miscommunication. He seemed sincere when he said there was no "sinister" or racist plot to ban rap from the venue, but added the "venue stands by its decision to not proceed with the show as previously scheduled...We believe in doing one thing's like booking a heavy metal act in a jazz club."
Of course, Harvard & Stone has every right to book whomever they want. But one "rock and roll"-influenced rapper won't stop people from ordering $10 "Baby's First Bourbons." Insisting on such rigid ideas about music seems ignorant at best -- separatist at worst. It's always been about cross-genre exchanges of ideas. It always will be.
Boundaries between rock, electronic and hip-hop have never been blurrier than right now. Obsolete stereotypes and totalitarian bans deserve no quarter in modern life. How many times can you hear the same old song?
Let's begin: My first highlight "Jack Daniels is barred for being to plebe" YES! seems VERY racist to fact, IMO Jack Daniels should sue.   That's discriminat...oh, oh yes, you are correct, it is your right to sell whatever you want in your venue.   That is why I am stuck drinking knockoff energy drinks in clubs that sign with knockoff energy drink companies instead of RedBull.   Ok, carry on.

"Neither stood to make more than a nominal fee..."
Uhhhh, pardon my ignorance but I believe that Mike Eagle very clearly states monetary loss as a reason in HIS letter which I will address next.   Just saying.

"On the eve of the show" 
Welp.   It says that the MANAGER for the other ACT performing texted Eagle the night before the show.   That DOES NOT mean the manager was unaware there might be an issue BEFORE the night before the show- it just means that's when he chose to discuss it with Mike.   It could very well be that this entire thing did actually go down the night before- but again, when we read the second letter, you will see, it does not actually clarify it either way.   

"they forbid Rap and Hip Hop"
I actually think that's funny, not racist.   I have seen people turned away from super successful high end venues on "Urban Night" because they did not fit the Hip Hop image.   I have seen trashy hooker lookalikes politely told they could not enter because the venue was at capacity, when in fact they just really did not fit the vibe and a group of 10+ walked right in after.   Just like with the Jack Daniels, it's a private venue, IMO they can pretty much serve whatever they want- when it comes to alcohol AND music.

"If you combine...reads like an anti-gang manual..."
WOW.   Because that sentence isn't racist.   I literally 'lol'ed reading that line.   It actually sounds like something I would write if I was being sarcastic and petty...

"How many times can you hear the same old song"
I dunno, "New York, New York" is still pretty well known and I bet it's been played a lot more than "Bugatti" or whatever other song is currently on the popular set list these days. 
So that was my own little take on the article.   Honestly it read like something crafted to get a rise out of the venue while standing with hands raised in mock surrender, knowing it would incite a lot more.   Case in point- I had a phenomenal twitter brawl regarding this very article already today.   I bowed out and decided to write this instead mostly because the idea of saying all of this and addressing all of the points I needed to across multiple tweets just made my teeth itch.   

To quickly cover a few of those points- somehow it turned from being about racism to being about bad business decisions.   It is entirely possible it was a bad business decision by the venue, but Eagle is naive if he thinks crying about one cancelled low paying gig will get him any footing in this town.   And why did Jeff feel the need to write about it altogether if Open Mike had posted his letter?   Seems like there is more to this than one artist not being allowed to rap on a stage.   And no, Matt- that doesn't mean he should lie down and take it like a bitch- it means Mike Eagle should have called the venue directly and explained his music ISN'T just rap and hip/hop.   That's the claim the article makes anyway right?  That he is a broader artist who was discriminated against.  Communication here would have gotten everyone a lot further and avoided a slightly nasty article that really just drags down everyone involved.

And to address my own anti litigious tweets- I CANNOT STAND THAT WHEN PEOPLE DISAGREE IN AMERICA, THEY AUTOMATICALLY JUST SUE THE HELL OUT OF THE OTHER PERSON.   To me, that is the DEFINITION of being a bitch.   Boo hoo, poor entity, can't take a little rejection or negativity or whatever so you turn to a crummy legal system and abuse it to cause pain and make some money.   Congratulations, join the rest of the rotten humans led by their decaying attorney leaders.   SMH.   I still cannot stand lawyers- apologies to those of you I know personally who are in fact attorneys.   Some of you are decent but blech, your industry blows as a whole.

Now- on to the letter written by the aggrieved artist himself...before I post his letter, I want to explain that not being familiar with him and his work, I went through his website before I started writing this part of my post. I figure if I am going to address this issue, I need to be informed.   
This is the first video I saw:

Oddly enough- if I had seen it without this article I would have immediately been interested in him as an artist (Bruh he's repping a RUSHMORE shirt, what's not to love?)   Now, because of the sour after taste so obvious in his own published note, I wonder why he took it so extremely personally. He has talent, he should have let that shine...I explain later but moving on...  
I like this video a lot actually:

Now here is the letter he wrote:

I admit that I use the term ‘racist’ loosely.
In the past i’ve said that my android phone is racist against emojis and that Instagram is racist against Twitter. Aside from it simply being humorous to me, it points out the absurdity of an entity choosing not to operate alongside of another entity categorically rather than for reasons of quality.
Last night I got a phone call explaining to me that a series of messages between the manager of Harvard and Stone (the venue) and the show’s organizer resulted in my removal from the show. Apparently this series of messages began with the manager asking if there were any rap or dance acts on the show, and ends with the organizer being told explicitly that due to a policy against rap acts that ‘Open Mike Eagle would not be allowed to play the show.’
As I write this, I feel very disappointed.
Disappointed not for any lofty, humanistic, or idyllic reasons though. I tour the entire country. You hear these kinds of notions in more rural areas. I’m never any happier to hear them and every time it happens I check my cell phone clock to make sure its not 1989. But these notions still do indeed exist.
I’m disappointed as an individual. Disappointed because i was looking forward to this show, i’d been promoting it, i stood to make a little money, and i need the practice for this festival I’m playing at the end of the month.
Disappointed because this opportunity was taken away from me when i haven’t done anything wrong.
I’m not a violent person and i don’t promote any negativity in my music.
A knife fight has never broken out in the audience during my They Might Be Giants mash up.
This whole thing is very embarrassing.
Not necessarily because i thought that LA entertainment would be past this. But because i have to have this sensitive conversation with my family and fans. Embarrassing because I can’t talk about how all this went down in an honest way without saying how I really feel about it. 
Im fucking offended. Because whats basically being said to me is that the manager of this bar doesn’t care if i promoted. Doesn’t care about the little money I was supposed to make. Doesn’t care that I’ll look like a jackass to anyone who comes there to see me. 
What he’s saying to me is that since i’m a rapper, he doesn’t care about any of this. But if I was any other kind of musician then he would care.
Thats why I feel like the word ‘racist’ is appropriate. I’m being punished for being part of a category. And while I don’t want to pretend I know enough about this man I haven’t met to attribute his prejudice to racial stereotypes, I do wonder if he would have made the decision if he’d looked at my videos or whatever he ‘checked out’ and saw a white man holding a microphone.
I can’t imagine that he actually listened to anything that I said.

Ready for my response?   Here ya go:

Babes, you can't "use the term 'racist' loosely".   That's irresponsible and kind of annoying.   

"Last night I got a phone call"
See-  it appears HE was informed about the cancellation the night before, but it doesn't actually clarify that the night before is when the manager found out about it.   Just a thought.

"Series of messages between organizer..."
Oh now it comes out- the PROMOTER screwed up.   Ahahahahaha BECAUSE THAT never happens.   I firmly believe promoters tend to be the root cause of most discord between venues and artists.   So really, Open Mike should be BLASTING the promoter for not knowing or telling him earlier that his genre was not accepted at the venue.   The venue and it's manager really aren't the issue here at all, according to Mike's OWN WORDS.

"I stood to make a little money"
Yup.   That's usually about the time you start hearing claims of inequality or whatever...when people can feel it in their wallets.   I'm sorry you lost the chance to make money, but as you said in that letter- you tour the entire country... you should be ok (I actually think you are talented and now that you have been given this giant spotlight to stand in, assuming you can hide the fact that you threw down the race card and make people forget, you could actually blow up based on your talent).

"A knife fight..."
So it's not ok for the venue to decide that maybe rap or hip/hop is not the energy of the venue but you can allude that the genre automatically includes knife fights?   Come on now.   I looked online for that mashup by the way, I didn't find it yet but I am curious to hear it.

"This whole thing is very embarrassing"
Yes.   Yes it is.   For everyone involved.   Which is perhaps why maybe instead of writing it up the way you did and defacing your own flyer (see the end of his letter) a well timed phone call on the same eve of the cancelled performance to the venue owners (Who are complete sweethearts and probably just as embarrassed by the stupidity of all of this since the only person who really walks out of this somewhat unsullied is the LA Times for shining a light on this hot button issue.)   This is where I stand by my assertion that communication would have helped a lot more that what actually went down.   

"The manager of this bar doesn't care"
Well, again doll, because you didn't actually talk to the manager directly, how do you know?   I'm sorry you are embarrassed in front of your fans, but real fans would stand by you anyway and if you had somehow turned this into something positive you would have come out on top winning--- for example, done a live web cast from your home and performed the stuff you would were going to perform anyway and state clearly- due to a miscommunication between myself and the venue the location of the show has been changed to my couch, but because I love my fans- here you are anyway... See- THAT would have been classy.

Instead of highlighting the entire last paragraph I will finish with this- even though you acknowledge that you don't know him you continue to state that he probably wouldn't have cancelled if you'd been a white guy holding a mike.   Not cool bruh.   Let's say that is true...why do you get to call him a racist (because essentially that's what you are doing here) when you don't know his side of it?  

Of course- as I was writing this, twitter kept exploding and then I found another article written by Jeff Weiss on his own blog- it appears the event literally was cancelled the night before in this one, so I am including that link as well but at this point I have made some of my beliefs clear and you can feel free to disagree as you will:

Anyway, I had so much more to say but they are playing new mixes on Power 106 and I want to make sure I am up to date on my rap/hip hop before I go to the club tonight, so I can dance my white girl ass off...

...And pretend no one is staring at me wondering why the white chic who looks like she will probably be a soccer mom in the next ten years (I won't tho) knows all the lyrics to the Trinidad James songs and can dougie.   Because that would be racist...

May 6, 2013

All Day Sucker - The Big Pretend

I almost have no words- but then I realize that would make this entire post completely pointless so luckily for us all, I was able to verbalize my surprise and delight for you.   If you have been reading my blog for the last six months or so, you are aware I go to Canter's Deli - the Kibitz Room every Tuesday for a night filled with music and friends.   Some of these friends make up the band All Day Sucker.   For whatever reason, it didn't occur to me to ask to hear THEIR original music until recently- although in hindsight that seems utterly obvious.   I listened to their second album- The Big Pretend - on my drive down to San Diego last weekend, and besides being blown away I immediately had to text members of the band to tell them how delightfully awesome I found the album. Morty Coyle, Jordan Summers, Jay Gore, Dan Rothchild... I watch these guys perform every week along with other amazing and talented musicians and it is such a pleasure to be part of this dysfunctional family.

What is amazing about this album is how the songs all retain the same trademark sound but some are more rock and roll, others more disco-ey and there are even some other random genres thrown in.   Throughout the variations though, they manage to let you know that it is still the same band.   I like that a lot.   I also love that this album is an homage to Los Angeles- whether you grew up here or did not (I did not sadly).   In the last video I post Morty calls this album "a love letter to Los Angeles" and I concur.

I am not going to go through the entire album, because you should really just go listen to it yourself- but three songs in particular stood out for me and I feel the need to discuss them extensively here.

First and foremost- my favorite song on the entire album is called "Riddles and Rain".
Riddles and Rain
It is as though Morty Coyle (who wrote the lyrics to the songs and is lead vocalist) met me years ago and wrote a song about me. Since I know this did not happen, it absolutely throws me that he was able to capture something that speaks so loudly to me without having met me.   It is a slow heartfelt song about a girl who is eating breakfast while it rains in West Hollywood- and somehow he literally placed her in the exact neighborhood I live in, mentioning my own landmarks and places I go to!

My second favorite song is called "Life in the Passing Lane"
Life In the Passing Lane
It is so totally rock and roll to me.   I love the sound, the vocals, the lyrics...just everything about it screams high energy music and it defines what I love about uptempo songs that get you hyped.

And finally- "Beverly Park".   This one cracks me up- because if you know anything about the area I live in (West Hollywood) you know that where the Beverly Center now sits used to be what I imagine was the stuff childhood dreams consist of- an amusement park.   And LUCKILY I was able to find a stripped down video version of the band performing the song... LISTEN TO THE LYRICS.   It is absolutely genius and I love it.

I say these songs are my favorites but really I enjoyed the entire album- it showed me a totally different perspective of the musicians I watch every Tuesday and gave me a greater sense of appreciation for what they are capable of and what they do on the fly.  

They have a few of the songs from this album up on YouTube- although they are older videos and frankly I think if you want to get a true feeling for the songs listen to the actual album- but here you go:
Santa Ana

The Picture (That Took Me)

The Man

I found a really long video from their stripped down appearance on Stripped Down Live where they perform "Land of Canyons" among other songs from their second album and's amazing to watch the entire video (around 45 minutes in they discuss the F.O.C.K.R.S.!) and play a lot of music from their first album which I haven't listened to yet - apparently I am discovering them all out of order, but it;s fascinating so I'm staying on this ride.

Also at 5:11 - Santa Ana
at 1:14:00 - Nobody Somewhere
By the way Jordan's awesome line "You got on the plane a 10, got off a 7" is absolutely genius and so true.

Get ready to hear a lot about these guys because not only am I going to go listen to their first album, but they are getting ready to release a third album (yay!) ANDDDDDD a very cool fact about their album cover will be revealed when they do- so stick around and pay attention.   Or don't- but you may literally kick yourself later.

Now- you need links so have at it:

On iTunes: