Friday, November 30, 2007

End o' week musings

TGIF! And I mean it! Tomorrow I intend to take a nice, long afternoon nap. But then, that's getting ahead of myself.
Last Friday Linda and I went to the Dockside Grill in West Covina to see The Subs. We both enjoyed a bowl of soup- hers clam chowder, mine lobster bisque. Things were going well until Linda asked the band to play "Sweet Caroline," she didn't know that she might come to regret her request. I knew how it would go and it did- they launched into the song straightforward and it went downhill from there with word substitutions, audience participation and even the bartender ringing a big brass bell. After that Linda would meekly offer a song suggestion with a plea for it to be played "right." But she said she would definitely return to see The Subs again, so that's says it all.

Saturday my friend Byron (the creator of the Naughty Mickie comic strip you see here) came over for lunch and lots of talk and laughter. After he left, I gussied up and hit the road out to Universal Bar and Grill in Universal City to catch singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Joe Walla perform an acoustic set. He hasn't done that in ages and was delightfully on top of his game. The crowd didn't want him to stop and this included a lot of people there who hadn't heard him before. I hope he does some more of these unplugged shows because they're different and good!
Tuesday I had dance practice and Wednesday I went to the James Gurney lecture at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Gurney is the author and illustrator of the Dinotopia series, a collection of books which relate tales from an island where man and dinosaur live together in harmony. Gurney's work is wonderful and he also does landscapes and other painting. He explained his work process from beginning to completion and shared other humorous stories. It was definitely worth attending, plus he signed my book.
Last night... oh my! It was the night of nights- the Doo Dah Queen Party and Pre-Doo Dah Soiree at Hyperion Tavern hosted by one of my favorite celebs Tequila Mockingbird. The crowd filtered in, slowly filling the venue to catch Ukelar Winter, Count Smokula, Tequilabilly and several other acts, including Almase Arabesque.
"It's my night, I can dance if I want to," I teased, walking in with my crown and scepter. Then I saw the stage- it was long enough, but it wasn't even sidewalk-wide deep. This would be a challenge. Valerie and I inspected the stage and decided what the heck, we'd give it a go. And the audience cheered us on as we danced through four numbers- two rocking sword choreographies, a sultry, sexy pop number and a semi-traditional drum solo. We managed to not fall off the stage or bang into each other and were as graceful as possible in the limited room. We must have done well because we received nice compliments the remaider of the evening.
Tequilabilly was really good too. Tequila has a warm and wonderful voice and her guitarist, Billy, is very talented- they make a good pair. Count Smokula offers accordion spiced songs that you would least expect, including "Paint It Black" and my favorite, "Oops I Did It Again."
I'm late with my blog, not to mention everything else, today because I was a guest on Horror Kung Fu Theater, a cable show on Time Warner which is shown throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. I showed up in proper Queen attire and was briefly interviewed about the Doo Dah Parade and then I danced with my swords and veil. It was fun! I hope it spreads some joy on this rainy day.
I will be appearing at the Fret House in Covina 7:30 p.m. Saturday for open mic night and next Friday from around 8 p.m. on I will be dancing at McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World for 1st Friday Art Club. There, we will have live drummers and a extra dancer, my very beautiful friend Tamara.

Photos to share this week are my friend Erik Stein's motorcycle and me with Queen Erika at the Doo Dah coronation.

In rotation this week: Orange Sky, 69 Eyes, Offspring, Brides of Destruction, Tribe of Gypsies, Aerosmith, Racoon, Monster in the Machine and Tha Riks.

My thought is important this week- take time to recharge. I have been burning the candle at both ends. Working, holiday shopping, dancing, singing, making appearances, etc. And everyone at my job has been coming down with colds. I have been taking my vitamins as always, but have started bolstering myself with some extra zinc. I have received a ton of invitations for this weekend and over next week, but I'm going to be very picky-choosy because I know I need to keep up on my zzzzs so I don't get sick. Saturday after yoga, it's fuzzy socks, soft blanket and a nap. Maybe you should do the same...

Keep on rockin'
Queen Mickie

Otep to offer live video chats and more

Frontwoman for successful hard rock outfit utilizes live video chat to connect with fans

KOCH Records recording artist OTEP has set up a new website in addition to its official site. will enable fans to enjoy live web video chats with vocalist Otep Shamaya as well as a chat room for fans to directly communicate with the band. Additionally, the YouTube video for the band’s new video for “Breed,” (their excellent cover of the Nirvana track) will be embedded in the site.
The first live chat is scheduled for Monday, December 3 at 8:00PM EST at
Otep will ask fans trivia questions about the “Breed” video. Every question is going to require users to watch the video numerous times to find the answer which is hidden within the video. Fans will be rewarded with prizes such as copies of the band’s new album The Ascension, stickers, posters, and other merchandise.
Otep will regularly visit this site to conduct impromptu video chats after the “Breed” promotion on Monday. Fans will learn of Otep’s visits to the Otep TV site via MySpace bulletins and email alerts.
The direct link to the official Breed video is
OTEP are currently touring the U.S. in support of their recently released third album The Ascension. The band enlisted producer Dave Fortman (Mudvayne, Evanescence) for the record and also called on Grammy nominated guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne, Hellyeah) to co-write three songs. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart and remains on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.
The Los Angeles Times noted that “The Ascension finds the metal throatwoman fully fired for the beatific vision…Shamaya and bassist eVil J. have shaped the most professional of Otep’s three full-lengths without sacrificing the passion or the poetry.”
while Metal Edge calls the record "...their most inspired effort to date...The Ascension finds the band in top form and showing levels of musical growth..."

Bucky Covington to host recap of "Music City Madness"

American Idol finalist and Lyric Street Records recording artist Bucky Covington hosts a madcap re-cap of CMT’s online search for the best unsigned country act in America when MUSIC CITY MADNESS: THE ROAD TO CMT premieres Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00-10:30 a.m., ET/PT on CMT. The half-hour show takes a look at the top 64 contenders and those that didn’t make the cut, and reveals the final two contestants as chosen by the fans. The top two contenders will then battle it out in a head-to-head battle at, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, December 11.
More than two million votes have already been cast at to determine the winner of season 2 of MUSIC CITY MADNESS. Chevrolet is the official online and on-air sponsor of CMT’s user-generated talent search, while Sony BMG Nashville is the official record label partner. The nationwide search offers unsigned artists a chance to reveal original, undiscovered music to fans across the country. The winning entrant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to CMT’s Nashville studio to record their own episode of UNPLUGGED AT STUDIO 330,’s original online performance series. In addition, the winner will receive a private audition with Sony BMG Nashville’s A&R department.
For complete rules and information on the MUSIC CITY MADNESS Video Contest, visit
Martin Clayton, vice president of digital media for CMT and Lewis Bogach, vice president, programming for CMT, oversee the development of original music and entertainment programming for CMT LOADED. Mark Hall serves as executive producer for CMT LOADED

Cali Christmas adds another performer

Another Performer Announced!
Also—Tickets Available at a Great Price for a Limited Time!

Power 106’s Cali Christmas
LUPE FIASCO— Just Added!
Gibson Amphitheatre
December 6

Plus—Power 106 FM Presents “24 In 24”
- Tickets just $24 for 24 hrs
- From 10 AM Sat, Dec 1 until 10 AM Sun, Dec 2
- While supplies last

Venue change for New Astroturf show on Sunday

due to a private function at Cafe 322 this Sunday, 12/2, NEW ASTROTURF's lunchtime gig has been moved to THE BUCCANEER! this means you can have Nikki the bartender make you one (or three) of her fabulous Bloody Marys and not have to leave the premises for several hours! It also means no one under 21, and they don't serve food (other than chips and pork rinds), but you can bring in food and enjoy it there. The new UGO's deli is open next door and I told them I'd be sending people in there on Sunday - how convenient! Just please clean up after yourselves so I don't get in trouble with Tony, and maybe he'll let us do this again!

VENUE CHANGE!! SUN. 12/2 - Have lunch with NEW ASTROTURF & FRIENDS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. Full bar, no cover. Bring your pizza, Thai food or get a sandwich from the new deli next door. Acoustic folk/rock, classic country. Steve Vargas, Deanna Cogan, Paul Dorn, Peter Burke and special guests.

Jesse Malin at Hotel Cafe Dec. 5

JESSE MALIN PERFORMS @ Hotel Cafe in LA Weds, December 5th.

Jesse Malin has been a busy man since releasing the critically acclaimed Glitter in the Gutter in March. With a full UK and European tour under his belt in early May which included a BBC 2 Radio Sessions performance, Jesse returned home and boarded the Death & Taxes Magazine Bus for a two month US headlining tour. Somewhere in between he found time to record two videos, first for the VH1 hit "Don't Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day!) followed by the Bruce Springsteen duet "Broken Radio" which also saw The Boss guest in the video. Jesse performed Late Night w/Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson plus performed on various morning shows across the country from Minneapolis to San Diego to Boston. Jesse leaves it all on the stage night in and night out, lying down with the crowd for a "Solitaire" sing along, signing autographs at the merchandise booth after the shows and enjoyed the traditional hang with fans in respective cities where he shared stories while dj'ing on the local jukebox bar until the wee hours. During the tour, Jesse got a new electric Les Paul guitar and painted it with the letters PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and wrote a blog about the meaning of the PMA approach to life on his MySpace page weekly.

The U.S. portion of the tour was scheduled through to early August, followed by a lengthy itinerary heading back to the U.K. for V-Fest appearances. He collapsed in Minneapolis, diagnosed with a staff infection in his thorasic spinal chord, and hospitalized for several weeks back in New York City. Jesse had caught a very rare, life threatening bacteria that someohow got transmitted through a bug bite that appeared on his spine. Forced onto intravenous anti-biotic for 8 weeks and into a body brace, he retreated indoors for the summer and completed the writing of a new record. He completed preparation for musical arrangements for a cover record he's been wanting to record that ranges from Johnny Thunders to Elton John and The Hold Steady to the Ramones, and held bedside meetings in with video directors for the making of the U.K. video single "Tomorrow Tonight" and for the U.S. single and video release of "In the Modern World", both from his current album. He hooked up with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls, who joined on for fall touring, on drums. He brought on a new keyboard player, Allan Fox. He shot for a Hartke advertising campaign and had dinner with Alice Cooper. He wrote a heartwrenching eulogy for CBGB's owner Hilly Crystal, published in the Village Voice.

Upon getting a "pass go and get out of jail free card" from the Doctors, Jesse flew to Austin on September 14th to perform at the yearly Austin City Limits Music Festival, to play alongside a massive array of great bands and artists (Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Joseph Arthur, Pete Yorn, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and many many more). Songs from Jesse's performance can be viewed on Blue Room website. The punk folk NY Troubadour is resuming worldwide touring beginning Oct. 3. Dates include make-up shows in cities cancelled over the summer, support with Ian Hunter, headlining dates in the U.K. and a 5 city tour of Spain, support with Blues Traveler back in the States in late November/early December, and culminates with a New Year's Eve Bash show in Detroit at the Institute of Art.

Jesse's critically acclaimed new album Glitter In The Gutter is out now Adeline Records. Dan Aquilante of the New York Post gives Jesse his due in a recent live review of a sold out Bowery Ballroom show, remarking that "Malin is the successor to Lou Reed's crown as the lord of The City's underground." Rob Harvilla of the Village Voice calls Malin's Glitter In The Gutter "Album Of The Year" material raving that the album is "Truly excellent...A Replacements replacement to savor while you're obliteratingly drunk and gaping vacantly at the giant spinning cube in Astor Place."

"{On Glitter In The Gutter} There are memorable, megatuneful adrenaline shots like 'Prisoners Of Paradise,' and two slow ones - the Springsteen-assisted 'Broken Radio' and the rather gorgeous 'Aftermath' - stand tall. Tracks like that are what iPod playlists are made for." Rolling Stone

“How this guy stays so under the radar baffles me. One of the best rock-oriented singer/songwriters out there.” USA TODAY

Jesse is well now and armed with new songs, random covers, a great new band, and more of that PMA for the upcoming tour dates scheduled. Go to or for more detailed information on the tour.

From First to Last in Pomona

From First To Last at The Glasshouse in Pomona on 12/5.

From First to Last
From First to Last recently gave fans an exclusive preview of the their revamped line-up and new album with the November 14th world premiere of “Two As One” on MySpace. The new song racked up more than 100,000 plays in just its first 24 hours of being posted. “Two As One” offers a taste of the band’s third full-length album, From First to Last, which is set for release in early spring of 2008. The hard-rocking new single is still available for a limited time as a stream on the band’s profile page:

The group is currently in the midst of a tour with Envy on the Coast, Pierce the Veil and Four Year Strong through December 9 in San Francisco, CA. Earlier this year, the band co-headlined a US tour with Hawthorne Heights and provided main support for Deftones in Canada, in addition to playing a headlining slot on NJ’s Saints & Sinners festival.

Signed to Suretone Records in early ’07, From First to Last recently completed their first release for the label with veteran producer Josh Abraham, who has logged time behind the boards with Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars and many more. With mixing duties handled by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Velvet Revolver), the album is set for release early next spring. The band recently returned to the core line-up of their early days, with co-founding guitarist Matt Good stepping up to handle lead vocals and co-founder/guitarist Travis Richter and new permanent member/bassist Matt Manning handling additional vocals. Drummer Derek Bloom remains behind the skins.

Upcoming concerts around California

NEW YEAR's EVE Show with DUBLIN DEATH PATROL @ Time Out Bar & Patio - 1822 Grant Street - Doors at 8pm / Show at 9:00pm! - 21 and over -Tickets : $25 Purchase Tickets: Buy DDP NYE Show Tix

Long Beach
Grammy Nominated Lamb of God and DevilDriver @ Long Beach Arena- 300 Ocean Ave - 562.436.3636 - Doors: 5:30pm - Tickets: $35/$38

December 1
CHIMAIRA HEADLINES @ GLASSHOUSE - 200 WEST 2ND ST -909-865-3389 - DOORS @ 6PM - $15/$18 w/ Kataklysm, Terror and Divine Heresy

San Diego
December 2
CHIMAIRA HEADLINES @ HOUSE OF BLUES - 1055 5TH AVE -619-525-1925 - DOORS @ 6:30PM - $15/$17 w/ Kataklysm, Terror and Divine Heresy

San Francisco
December 10
BLACK TIDE @ The Warfield / 982 Market Ave / 415.567.2060 /Doors 6:30pm / Black Tide on at 7:15pm / Tickets: $28.50
w/Avenged Sevenfold

West Hollywood
November 30
CHIMAIRA HEADLINES @ Key Club -9039 Sunset Blvd -310-275-5800 - DOORS @ 7PM - $16/$18 w/ Kataklysm, Terror and Divine Heresy

My American Heart to play L.A.

MY AMERICAN HEART will play the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm.

After spending the summer on the Vans Warped Tour, San Diego, California’s MY AMERICAN HEART is again touring the U.S., this time on their “California Love Tour” headlining trek. These December dates in support of their second album HIDING INSIDE THE HORRIBLE WEATHER (Warcon Entertainment) wrap with a San Diego hometown show on December 15.

Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather was produced by James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Underoath, The Academy Is…) and features the lead single “The Shake (Awful Feeling).” The metaphorically titled disc--implying that beauty inherently lies in all things--is a striking mix of hooky, driving rock, engaging pop sensibilities and introspective acoustic ballads. Kerrang! called the music: “gleaming Californian pop-rock with a sharp tongue” (November 24, 2007).

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" opens Saturday

Crown City Theatre Company is producing a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with book and lyrics by Gary Lamb, music by William A. Reilly, and directed by Thomas W. Ashworth at St. Matthews Lutheran GLBT Church in NOHO from December 1st through December 15th.
Several Actor’s Equity Performers will adorn the stage from Melissa Bailey (Madame de Gondelaurier) who has appeared on Broadway to local favorites Bill Mendieta (as Quasimodo) and Chris M. Allport (as the Prosecutor). Others involved include: Amy Bloom (Esmeralda), Harris Matthews (Claude Frollo), Johnny Ferreti (Clopin), Rachel Howe (Fleur de Lys), Derek Knight (Phoebus), Alissa-Nicole Koblentz (The Recluse) and Chris Kolb (Pierre).
One of the unique aspects of this production is that it is being performed in the sanctuary of St. Matthews Lutheran Church complete with vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and choir loft – all imagined to be the soaring arcs, parapets and bells of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Another unique aspect is that Crown City has implemented a “PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN” policy for all performances, so there is no excuse not attend.

WHERE: St. Matthew’s Lutheran LGBT Church 11031 Camarillo Street in NOHO.
WHEN: Gala opening: Sat. December 1st @ 8p.m.Continuing Fri. and Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 7p.m.Open ended with no performances Dec. 16th thru New Year’s Day.
ADMISSION: All performances PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN with suggested donations of $15 for adults and $8 for Children.
Email: to make reservations. Seating will be first come first served, but patrons can secure seats by making a reservation. We are unable to take credit cards at the performance, so those wanting to pay by credit card should make a donation online at our website through Paypal.
PHONE: (818) 942-6684

Learn about Harmonic Alignment

For years people who listened to Mark Romero's music acknowledged how great his music makes them feel. But he didn't fully understand the significance and the science behind this statement until a former consultant from NASA explained to him that his music has frequencies in it that actually harmonize the flow of energy in the body and brain resulting in a state of peak mental and physical performance.

Now he better understands the science behind his theory of harmonic alignment and how and why it produces beneficial changes that occur as people listen to music.

Harmonic Alignment is a state where the body, mind and spirit are in an optimized energetic state. When we are in this harmonized state there is an instant increase in strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and balance. There is also a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved learning, focus, intuition, creativity and concentration.

In essence, he helps people tune up their lives using music. The process is extremely powerful, effective, long-lasting and quick acting.

He will be speaking and demonstrating the practical applications of his theories of Harmonic Alignment in two Los Angeles area events. He will be demonstrating the instant physical effects of the music at these programs.

Harmonic Alignment -- Event Information

Irvine, CA
Monday December 10, 2007, 7:00pm

The Law of Attraction Center of Orange County
1691 Kettering, Irvine, CA 92614
Contact: Brad Axelrad Telephone: 714 330 4031
Cost: $10

Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday December 12, 2007 - 6:00-8:00 pm

International Coach Federation Los Angeles Chapter
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd., West LA (NW Corner of Olympic & Sawtelle)

Contact: Petra Den Dulk Telephone: 310-242-6432
Cost: $40 for Guests.

Early registration until midnight on Mon., December 10th. Late registration is $45 for Guests. Online registrations available through Tues., December 11th. Day of event registrations will be taken at the door. Dinner is included.

For more information visit

EastonAshe wins best album at Hollywood Fame Awards

—*EastonAshe* (, has won the “Independent National Rock Album of the Year” for their “Can I Drive It?” album at the world famous Hollywood Fame Awards (formerly known as the Los Angeles Music Awards). At the ceremony, held at Los Angeles’ legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go on November 28th, EastonAshe accepted the award and performed three songs.
The Hollywood Fame Awards is one of America’s most prominent independent music awards ceremonies. Past award winners include Dream Theatre, Korn, The Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, 311, Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm, EverClear and Sugar Ray among others.
“EastonAshe’s stardom is just beginning to shine,” said Los Angeles Music Awards and Hollywood Fame Awards founder Al Bowman. “Everyone that I’ve talked to is totally blown away with this band, and they are a testament to the quality of independent music and to the Hollywood Fame Awards.”
EastonAshe, who will play close to 250 shows during the 2007 calendar year, has opened for acts such as Daniel Powter, John Waite and Collective Soul and have shared the stage with a number of other artists like The Doobie Brothers, The Black Crowes, The Gin Blossoms, Derek Trucks and many others.
“This is a great honor for EastonAshe and we are completely ecstatic to receive the award,” says EastonAshe frontman Ryan Sims. “We live to play music and it’s our passion, and to win this award, especially looking at past winners, makes us proud.”
*E*astonAshe is based in Cave Creek, Arizona, and has toured throughout the United States. EastonAshe is managed and produced by EastonAshe Productions, LLC. For more information on EastonAshe visit or

Dillinger Escape Plan hits the road Saturday

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will kick-off their first North American tour in support of their brand new album, Ire Works, this Saturday, December 1st, in London, Ontario. This three-week tour will include label-mates GENGHIS TRON as well as A LIFE ONCE LOST. A listing of these and sponsored tour dates can be found below

Additionally, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has just announced U.S. tour dates with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and A LIFE ONCE LOST for early next year. This tour will begin on January 10th and run through February. Immediately following, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will embark on their first U.K. tour in over two years and will include support from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME with more acts TBA. A complete listing of confirmed DEP tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Ire Works saw its international release earlier this month via Relapse. An exclusive podcast interview with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Benjamin Weinman discussing Ire Works can be heard now at

elapse Records website:
and MySpace:


***All Dates from December 1 thru 22 w/ A LIFE ONCE LOST, GENGHIS TRON***

December 1 London, ON Call The Office
December 2 Toronto, ON The Opera House
December 3 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
December 4 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
December 5 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
December 6 Louisville, KY Headliners
December 7 Bloomington, IN Rhino’s All Ages Club
December 8 Columbia, MO Blue Note
December 9 Madison, WI The Loft
December 11 St. Paul, MN Station 4
December 12 Chicago, IL Subterranean
December 13 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
December 14 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
December 15 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
December 16 New York, NY Blender Theater
December 18 Cambridge, MA Middle East
December 19 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
December 20 Portland, ME The Station
December 21 Montreal, QC Le National
December 22 Williamsville, NY Club Infinity

***All Date from January 10 thru February 4 w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, EVERY TIME I DIE***

January 10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 11 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
January 12 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
January 14 Miami, FL The Fillmore
January 15 Orlando, FL House of Blues
January 16 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
January 17 Raleigh, NC Disco Rodeo
January 21 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
January 22 Nashville, TN City Hall
January 23 Little Rock, AR The Village
January 25 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
January 26 St. Louis, MO Pageant
January 28 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
January 29 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
January 30 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
January 31 Rochester, NY Harro East Ballroom
February 1 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
February 2 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place
February 4 Johnson City, NY Magic City Music Hall

***All Dates from February 12 thru 24 w/ BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME***

February 12 Sheffield, U.K. Corporation
February 13 Newcastle, U.K. Academy 2
February 14 Manchester, U.K. Academy 3
February 15 Glasgow, Scotland Cathouse
February 16 Dublin, Ireland Whelans
February 17 Belfast, N. Ireland Spring & Airbrake
February 19 Leeds, U.K Cockpit
February 20 Birmingham, U.K Academy 2
February 21 Yeovil, U.K Orange Box
February 22 Bristol, U.K Academy
February 23 London, U.K Astoria 2
February 24 Brighton, U.K Concorde 2

“The Dillinger Escape Plan are far from dead, and the sound they pioneered is only getting stronger.” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“perfect” – DECIBEL

“thrillingly hostile…DEP deliver a technically dazzling display” – MOJO

“Ire Works is a masterpiece” – METAL EDGE

“Ire Works completely dispenses with any notion that this band’s music could ever be categorized by a specific sound or style…anything seems possible from this crew. Including greatness.” - REVOLVER

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Don't miss Doo Dah Soiree tonight!

Come one, come all to

The Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Party

& Pre- Doo Dah Soiree

8 tonight

Club FFFluffer @ Hyperion Tavern

1941 Hyperion



Performances by Almase Arabesque, Count Smokula, Mick Farren of the Pink Ladies, Madame Pamita, Nukular Winter, Alvin Pleasant and more. Hollywood superstar Tequila Mockingbird is the evening's hostess with the mostest. Queen Naughty Mickie will be in attendance. Don't miss the pre-party of the year!!

Tour the historic Castle Green Sunday

Holiday Tour at the Castle Green: From Parlor toPenthouse!

Join us on Sunday, December 2nd for a special Holiday Tour at the Castle Green. One of Pasadena’s last historic hotels is now the private residence of designers, musicians, collectors, artists, and others. Those interested in history, creative interior design and cultural heritage will see the original old world charm of this city treasure.
Built in 1898, the Castle Green is normally closed to the public. While trained docents will be available, you may also walk at your own pace, through the corridors and visit 15 individual apartments, all differently interpreted, and many decorated for the holidays.
On the ground floor, you’ll see the Grand Salon, Palm Ballroom, Moorish and Turkish Rooms. Farther along, you’ll visit the Bridge, 7th floor Penthouse, and various painters’ studios. A 12’ Christmas tree in the Main Salon, decorated with thousands of lights and topped with peacock feathers,will provide entree for visitors entering the old hotel lobby. Enjoy seasonal music, holiday tastings, sweets, tea and coffee, which will be served throughout the day.
Some of the famous individuals associated with the Castle are Charles White, noted African-American artist who had his studio in the Bridge, and Marcel Duchamp, French artist closely associated with the Dada and Surrealism movements.
Among the many films shot here are The Sting, The Last Samurai, The Little Rascals, Wild At Heart, We Were Soldiers, and television shows including CSI Miami, Cold Case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, the X-Files and a recent episode from Brothers and Sisters.
The Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Castle Green, a nonprofit support group committed to the preservation of this landmark building. An exhibit of the recently completed roof re-tiling project funded by the Friends, and other projects, will be on display. All of the Tour proceeds go to the Friends of the Castle Green for the ongoing restoration of the building. All contributions are tax deductible.

What: Castle Green - Holiday Tour
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 1:00pm to 5:00pm (rain orshine). No reservations needed.
Where: 99 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105
Cost: $20 per person.

Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl

Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 N. Figueroa St at Ave 57 in Highland Park
bar / 323-256-7561
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thur Dec 6th
9:00 - Artichoke
9:45 - Big Brain on Brad
10:30 - the Sleepover Disaster
11:15 - The Kris Special
12:00 - Telephone and Telegraph
No cover...
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fr Dec 7th
9:30pm: National Treasure
10:15pm: Joshua Lanes
11pm:The Natural Disasters
11:45pm: The Flying Tourbilion Orchestra
12:30AM: The Monolators
No cover
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sat Dec 8th
Not in the House 9pm
Scrappers 10pm
Half Assteroids 11pm
Fasto Jetson 12
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sun Bec 9th
Green Goddess show 3:30pm - 9pm
call for info after 9pm
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon Dec 10th
Cooked Christmas Mondays in December
Various surprises...
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tue Dec 11th
T-Bowl Tuesdays
with The Janitor
Various Artists...-
Wed Dec 12
the eternal triangle
Leopold & Loeb
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thur Dec 13th
The Young Sixties
Victim Vision
Million kids
No cover....

Upcoming Live Nation concerts

On Sale Thursday, November 29th at 12 Noon:
A Very Special Event

December 9th
Another Performer Just Announced!

On Sale Now!
Power 106’s Cali Christmas
PITBULL— Just Added!
Gibson Amphitheatre
December 6

On Sale Saturday December 1 at 9 am HST (11 am PST)
With: Fiction Plane
Neal S Blaisdell Center Arena
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
Saturday February 16
On Sale Saturday December 1 at 10 AM:
With: Sean Kingston
Plus: Soulja Boy – Shop Boyz – Lil Mama
The Theatre at the Honda Center
Saturday January 5
On Sale Saturday, December 1 at 10 AM:
The Wiltern
Friday February 15
On Sale Thursday, November 29 at 12 Noon:
Sunday December 9


-- Another Performer Just Announced!
On Sale Now!
Power 106’s Cali Christmas
PITBULL— Just Added!
Gibson Amphitheatre
December 6

Van Halen
Save Mart Center
Thurs, Nov. 29

Brian Regan
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Thou. Oaks
Fri, Nov. 30

Slightly Stoopid
The Wiltern
Sat, Dec. 1

Motion City Soundtrack
Sat, Dec. 1

Motion City Soundtrack
The Wiltern
Tues, Dec. 4

Music Tour
The Cult
The Wiltern
Wed, Dec. 5

Power 106’s
Cali Christmas
Baby Bash Cassidy
Gibson Amphitheatre
Thurs, Dec. 6

David Gray
The Wiltern
Sun, Dec 9

The Sounds
The Bravery
Sun, Dec 9

David Gray
The Wiltern
Mon, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 10

Rock To Roll Benefit--
Flogging Molly
Punk Rock Karaoke
The Bouncing Sounds
Dead To Me
Tues, Dec. 11

Velvet Revolver
With: Alice In Chains
- Rescheduled Show
Gibson Amphitheatre
Wed, Dec. 12

Thurs, Dec. 13

Van Halen
Staples Center
Fri, Dec. 14

Lamb Of God /
Long Beach Arena
Sat, Dec. 15

Etta James
The Wiltern
Sat, Dec. 15

Van Halen
Honda Center
Tues, Dec. 18

Amon Amarth
Wed, Dec. 19

Van Halen
Honda Center
Thurs, Dec. 20

Shiny Toy Guns
The Wiltern
Sat, Dec. 22

Reverend Horton Heat
The Wiltern
Thurs, Dec. 27

Chris Brown / Bow Wow
with: Sean Kingston
& more!
Gibson Amphitheatre
Sun, Dec. 30

Chris Brown / Bow Wow
with: Sean Kingston
& more!
Gibson Amphitheatre
Mon, Dec. 31

B.B. King
The Wiltern
Fri, Jan. 4

Chris Brown / Bow Wow
with: Sean Kingston
& more!
Theatre at the Honda Center
Sat, Jan 5

Kathy Griffin
Kodak Theatre
Thurs, Jan 10

Kathy Griffin
Kodak Theatre
Fri, Jan 11

James Blunt
The Wiltern
Thurs, Feb 7

Barry Manilow
Staples Center
Thurs, Feb. 14

DJ Shadow
Cut Chemist
The Wiltern
Fri, Feb 15

The Police
Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena
Sat, Feb 16

Iron Maiden
The Forum
Tues, Feb. 19

Matchbox Twenty
w/ Alanis Morissette
Mute Math
Staples Center
Sun, March 16

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Honda Center
Mon, Apr 7

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Honda Center
Tues, Apr 8

Avril Lavigne
The Theatre at the Honda Center
Sat, May 3

Avril Lavigne
Gibson Amphitheatre
Sun, May 4

Pink Martini
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Thou Oak
Mon, May 5

The Cure
Cox Arena
Tues, June 3

Jan Kubiac releases debut effort

Jan Kubiac is a Maine-based singer/songwriter, whose musical interests began at a young age with her exposure to the quiet singing and playing of vocalists and musicians like Stan Getz, and Joao Gilberto. Now, whether she's playing folk guitar ballads, lullabyes, or uptempo songs with a full band, you can hear their influences in her rhythms and melodies. Kubiac's songs evoke lyrical images as she shares her intimate memories and visions with the listener.
Kubiac's debut album on the smasheasy® label offers up two sides of her talents: her smoky vocals and bossa nova-influenced folk sounds that her friends and fans love, along with a collection of songs written with children in mind which includes a suite of lullabyes. Two years in production, with songs from her debut album now available on all major European and US dowload sites and airplay reaching from the US to Germany, Jan's music is finally gaining a worldwide audience. Songs like "Todavia," take you on a musical journey to the Gulf of Mexico, while "Big Chunk," with its full band Instrumentation surprises you with a pop-edged beat.
The album features Aly McKnight, who was involved in the project from its inception, and whose flute melodies draw emotion out of every song she plays. Trumpet player Mark Tipton's highly skilled and light-hearted harmonies blend wondrously with Aly's flute, or stand alone complementing Jan's acoustic guitar.
Several of the songs were recorded live in the studio by this trio of accomplished musicians, and the resulting recording reflects their musical synchronicity. Lead guitar and drums by studio musician Pat Malia, bass by renowned producer/engineer Ted St.Pierre, and backing vocals, Celtic harp, keyboard and chimes by internationally acclaimed New Age recording artist Conni St.Pierre round out the ensemble.
For more information:

Songalive! workshop Sunday


With Song critique session first half, followed by Guest Speaker, Luis Oliart.
Topic: Advanced Chord Voicings and Right Hand Technique for guitar.Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live - followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network. Moderated by Paul Lawrence Moyer.
Details: For more info:

4822 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Directions: Just north of the Vineland/Lankershim/Camarillo intersection, on East side of Vineland.
From West, take 101 to 134, exit Vineland. Go north.
From Hollywood, take 101 to exit 12C, Vineland. Go north.
Ample parking in front on street or in back of building (accessed by side street off Camarillo)
See map:
TIME: Starts 12:00pm SHARP. Ends at 3pm. Please be on time.
COST: $5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at go Join.
REGISTER: Pre-registrations helpful but not necessary. Call: 818-506-3850 or email . You will be automatically registered by contacting us. Or just turn up, but get there early to be considered for song critique.
BONUS: We are drawing the winners of our holiday RAFFLE at this workshop, so come with an extra $2 or more, to buy your raffle ticket and be in the winning for major prizes worth over $200, including a Songsalive! Elite Membership, various music industry books and resources.
FIRST HALF SONG CRITIQUE - RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed. Read the RULES at
Southern California native Luis Oliart's talent as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter has been described as "simply magical totally captivating compelling." His sound blends the influences of funk, rock, blues, reggae and Latin, producing music that is fresh and full of energy. Luis Oliart expresses his love and belief in the healing power of music by performing for chronic and terminally ill children through Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. Oliart also runs a thriving private teaching practice for students ranging from three to sixty years old and works with the LA Unified School District to teach schoolteachers music theory skills to use in their classrooms. For more info, check out Luis' official website at
TOPIC: Advanced Chord Voicings and Right Hand Technique for guitar. We will start by working general to specific with chords and right hand technique. The major scale and chord triads built from each degree of the scale will start. I will go over major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords and coloring common chords with blue tones from the scale. We will go over voicings that utilize all six strings with little left hand fretting. The right hand technique section will cover flat picking, finger picking, strumming, percussive strumming, and the flamenco style. Note: This workshop is great for ALL songwriters whether you play guitar or not, as it offers insight into the importance and variations of guitar in songwriting.
All speakers biographies can be read at


For Songsalive! information, media and membership inquiries (not Workshop inquiries, use contact above)  call head office at 801-838-5411 or Email Join our email list and discussion groups at . Be reminded of this event by joining eNotes discussion group on that link.
Songsalive!Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.

Noise Pop Festival set for February

The Noise Pop Festival returns in 2008 from February 26 to March 2. Over six nights, Noise Pop 16 will take over the best-loved venues in San Francisco, to host unforgettable performances by Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins and dozens of other important indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists, transforming the city into an almost week-long celebration of the finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer, nationally and locally.
2007 marked Noise Pop’s 15th year as San Francisco’s premier celebration of independent music, art, film and culture and 2008 is the festival’s sweet 16 party. Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop started as a one-night event featuring the best underground rock bands that the Bay Area could dish up. Flash forward to 2007 and the Noise Pop Festival is another beast entirely. With live music as it’s focal point, Noise Pop has developed into full-scale cultural happening, adding gallery art shows, a music-themed film festival, educational panel discussions with musicians and music industry professions, an indie designer trunk sale and a number of planned as well as spontaneous shin-digs.
Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields will headline two shows at the beautiful Herbst Theatre as part of Noise Pop in support of their long-awaited new album, “Distortions.” Lo-fi legends The Mountain Goats will also perform three shows at three different venues during Noise Pop.
Another exciting addition to Noise Pop 2008 is The Gutter Twins, the anticipated collaboration between Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan. Dulli and Lanegan have been working together periodically since 2000. In July 2007, announced that "two of the alt-rock era's greatest frontmen," had signed to Seattle label Sub Pop. The Gutter Twins will perform for Noise Pop in support of their debut album “Saturnalia,” currently set for an early 2008 release.
Omaha NE's Cursive will also play Noise Pop 2008. The band is currently readying the release of "Bad Sects" the second single from the band's acclaimed 2006 album, "Happy Hollow" which includes a user-submitted remix of the song and a string arrangement by Olafur Arnolds.Other artists confirmed for Noise Pop include Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall, Capgun Coup, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu and Saviours with more being added to a festival roster that will include over 100 bands. More Noise Pop performers will be announced in the weeks to come. As usual for the festival, nationally-known artists will share the stage with the best new bay area talent from opening night on February 26 through March 2 at legendary San Francisco venues such as Great American Music Hall, Bimbo's, Café Du Nord and The Bottom Of The Hill, The Independent, Mezzanine, Rickshaw Stop, 12 Galaxies and others.Events such as South by Southwest and CMJ cater to bands shopping themselves to the music industry. Noise Pop differentiates itself by maintaining a commitment to fans, while remaining industry-friendly is different. The idea is to bridge the gap between fan and artist by producing shows featuring the best of what’s out there in an intimate setting with affordable ticket prices. Noise Pop is the space where tomorrow’s favorite new music mingles with today’s tried and true greats. It’s a true indie music-lover’s celebration.
Some of the finest bands in America – and now some of the biggest - have played Noise Pop including Modest Mouse, the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, The Shins, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, The Faint, Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Hot Hot Heat, Devendra Banhart, Frank Black (The Pixies), Grandaddy, Neko Case, Cibo Matto, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), The New Pornographers, Polyphonic Spree, Rilo Kiley, Feist, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and Spoon..


36 Crazyfists in studio now

Alaska based rockers 36 Crazyfists are currently in the studio working on their Ferret Music debut, which they have titled The Tide And It’s Takers. The band is pleased about the partnership with Ferret who are responsible for launching the careers of 36 Crazyfists’ contemporaries including; Funeral For A Friend, From Autumn To Ashes, and Killswitch Engage.

36 Crazyfists have just completed writing and begin the recording process after Thanksgiving. The band will be having guitarist and backing vocalist, Steve Holt, sitting in the producer’s chair. They have decided to work with Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, As I Lay Dying) again on the mixing.

Lead singer Brock Lindow had this to say, “We could not be happier to be on Ferret Music, We are all big fans of the bands on the roster as well as the people who run the label. Our new record is now finished being written and we will start recording right after Thanksgiving. We will be out on tour in January starting with the UK and Europe first, looking forward to hitting the road and seeing all of our friends again.”

The UK tour will be with Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine. Keep an eye out for more info on that tour as well as later US dates. Don’t forget to prepare yourself for the release of The Tide And It’s Takers which is slated for a March release.

Prog indie rockers 3 to release special edition effort

Woodstock, New York based progressive indie rockers 3 are eagerly awaiting the release of the special edition of The End Is Begun. The special edition is going to feature a cover of the Pink Floyd classic “See Emily Play” as well as a bonus DVD. The DVD will give those who are yet to see 3’s mind blowing live show a sneak peak. The live tracks include; “Monster”, “Bramfatura”, and “Amaze Disgrace”. It will also include music videos for the tracks “All That Remains” and “Alien Angel”.

The praise for 3 continues to pour in from all over the place including from their musical contemporaries. See what Travis Stever, guitarist for Coheed and Cambria has to say about 3, “It is hard to come by a band that combines numerous musical elements into an appealing combination. 3 is one of those bands. For their newest album The End is Begun they have created an album that shows they are truly like no other. Each member of the band is an amazing talent on their own. Together they create a sound that will blow your balls off. Enjoy!”

“Listening to a 3 album or watching them recreate their music live is truly mind-blowing. Be one of the lucky ones to say "I remember them before they were huge", they are that good.” Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage

“3 have it all! Great musicianship, funky grooves, catchy melodies....and their latest CD is my favorite yet! I dig this band so much; they were at the top of my list for the upcoming Progressive Nation tour.” Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater

“One of the great things about having 3 open for Porcupine Tree is how much they made us raise our own game - every night their incendiary 45minute set gave us an almost impossible act to follow. Simply one of the best new live acts around.” Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree

"3 is so talented and different from everything else out there, plus they are awesome live. Great record, definitely in my top 5 of the year!" - Jenn Rivera Programming Coordinator Music Choice Metal

“3 - The End Is Begun... Challenging, Melodic, Engaging! This is the band (and album) that can change your perceptions of what an intelligent rock band could, or should, sound like. Building on their previous releases and moving in new directions, this is the most exciting album of the year! And there is nothing else like them out there! The time is now for 3!” -Scott Hamilton / Programming and Operations Manager / Clear Channel Radio, Florida Keys

3 will be hitting the road next year with the “Progressive Nation” tour which features fellow prog masters Dream Theatre and Opeth.

Be sure not to miss the boat on this amazing band and this incredible release. Be first in line to pick up 3’s The End Is Begun: Special Edition when it hits stores on February 19th, 2008.

Cafe Tacuba in concert tonight in L.A.

“one of the greatest shows I’ve ever-seen, by anybody, in any language… Café Tacuba is the shit. Hands down, they’re the greatest band in Mexican alternative music. Café Tacuba have already delivered eight masterly albums, including their most recent effort, Sino. Live, they kill”

With Their Epic Single "Volver a Comenzar" Claiming a SIXTH Straight Week At #1 on Radio & Records’ “Rock Alternativo” Chart And New Album SINO Hailed As: “the best rock record of 2007, period”…

CAFÉ TACVBA Perform November 29th At The Gibson Amphitheatre

“The group remains the marquee name in Spanish-language rock… Nobody has come along to seriously challenge the stature and influence of Café Tacuba” – Los Angeles Times

“Café Tacuba, has been Mexico's pre-eminent rock band for [over a] decade, and it keeps getting better and more ambitious… better than almost all other rock these days… one of the most important bands in the hemisphere… a smart, cosmopolitan band with a broad streak of lighthearted surrealism” The New York Times

WHO: GRAMMY Winning Latin Rock Icons CAFÉ TACVBA
WHAT: Perform In Los Angeles In Support Of Highly Praised New Album SINO
WHEN: November 29, 8:15 PM

“This isn't just the best Café Tacuba album or the best Rock Latino disc of the year;
it may be the best rock record of 2007, period”- Washington Post

“References Sex Pistols…Who’s Next...& Pet Sounds… freewheeling eclecticism… pure Tacuba”- Rolling Stone

“extraordinary… stunning…rank[s] with the best of rock in any language” – Newsday

“hands-down Mexico's most important rock band… the sheer musicianship of "Sino" makes it one of those rare efforts where it is experimental & artful while being enjoyably listenable all at the same time” – Associated Press

“FOUR STARS - A new millennium Latin rock classic” – New York Post

“FOUR STARS-splendidly intelligent, adventurous, original & whimsical… Sino is just gorgeous”-Miami Herald

“FOUR STARS - Café Tacuba remain on top of their game…a genre-transcending force”-Philadelphia Inquirer

“FOUR STARS… Café Tacvba is seductive… it is in Sino were the creative and musical maturity [of the band] achieves perfect balance.”-Rolling Stone (Mexico-translated)

“Sino is Café Tacuba outdoing itself… an epic album that not only dwarfs the competition, but annihilates it…strictly [on] music, no one can touch Tacuba” – San Antonio Current

“The most exciting album of the year” – La Onda Tropical or

Melissa Etheridge, Faith Hill and Alicia Keys to host Grammy special

Two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Melissa Etheridge, five-time GRAMMY Award winner Faith Hill and nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys will host "My Night At The GRAMMYs," a new entertainment special celebrating the upcoming 50th GRAMMY Awards with the Top 25 favorite GRAMMY moments, as voted on by viewers. The two-hour special also will feature the stories behind the moments as told by the artists themselves, and will be broadcast Friday, Nov. 30, 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network.
Christina Aguilera, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elvis Costello, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Ricky Martin and Usher will join hosts Etheridge, Hill and Keys in remembering their own remarkable moments as performers and winners on past GRAMMY telecasts.
The special will feature some of the unique pairings the GRAMMYs have come to be renowned for, including performances by the Gorillaz and Madonna, Eminem and Elton John, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and Jay-Z, Linkin Park and Paul McCartney among others. The telecast also will include a montage of acceptance speeches over the years, a special review of outstanding Lifetime Achievement Awards presentations and a view of 50 years of the GRAMMY Awards as seen through the career of Tony Bennett — beginning with his appearance on the 1963 "The Best on Record" show through the 49th GRAMMY Awards telecast, where he shared the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals GRAMMY with Stevie Wonder for their duet "For Once In My Life."
Viewers were invited to vote online for their favorite GRAMMY moments from a collection of 50 performances from past shows, including appearances by Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, and U2. The Top 25 were determined from that voting period, and the countdown to the most popular GRAMMY moment begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nov. 30.
"My Night At The GRAMMYs" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC and John Cossette Productions. John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich are the executive producers. Ron Basile is the producer.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit file://

LAWIM seeks vendors for holiday bazaar


We have added an additional room so we have space for a few more vendors! Last year we held this event at the Bel Age Hotel, which is no longer available as they are taking a year for renovations. We found a new venue in Topanga Canyon. We have representation in the area of jewelry, skin care, art, handmade scarves and accessories, children's clothing, puppets and dolls and even some musically styled jewelry. There will also be some music biz products available for purchase. These kinds of bazaars do well in the canyon, which is known for being "artsy."
We advertise it as a chance to do your HOLIDAY SHOPPING in one place for all kinds of cool and reasonably priced gifts PLUS MUSIC PANELS (hosted by Just Plain Folks) & NETWORKING, followed by an OPEN MIC, hosted by Jimi Yamagichi (of Songnet). We have a nice list of panelists & seminar hosts for this music portion but now we have space for a few more vendors.
The proposed new venue is the new "GLOBE THEATER" and our date would be SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2007 - from 10 am to 4 pm for Booth activities & sales.
We could also use another food vendor or two.
The GLOBE in Topanga is at 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290.
They currently present Shakespeare and musical productions under the direction of Geoffrey Forward and Elisabeth Howard.
From Pacific Coast Highway, turn north on Topanga Canyon Blvd. Drive approximately 12 minutes up the canyon. Look for the address 1909, on your left.
From the Ventura Freeway (101) take Topanga Canyon Blvd., south. Drive approximately 10 minutes up into the canyon. Look for the address, 1909, on your right.
Parking available on site and lots of street parking.
We're planning raffles all day for wonderful prizes and downstairs from the theater: panels & seminars and snacks/food/drinks available for purchase.
Many prominent music industry organizations featuring Authors/Music Supervisors/Vocal Coaches & Speakers will provide presentations, seminars, information, books & products, and we'll be networking and schmoozing all day and sign-ups for our OPEN MIC which happens from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Interested parties/vendors, please contact:
Julie Brooks:, 818/635-1211 or Judy Lamppu:, 818/831-3905

Tommy Lee and DJ Aeroto perform at Crash Mansion

What causes an internationally celebrated rock-icon to sublimate his ego and surrender to the irresistible allure of synthesized beats, dirty electro basslines, and searing, loopy melodies? Rockstar and former Motley Crue drummer, TOMMY LEE, and his partner, DJ AERO, hit Downtown Los Angeles on their North American Electro Mayhem Tour on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the new Crash Mansion LA. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.00 and available by going to or calling Crash Mansion Box Office at 213-747-0999.
Having achieved the pinnacle of success as a rock ‘n roll drummer with the Crue and his other bands, Rock Star Supernova and Methods Of Mayhem, LEE decided in 2000 to team-up with fellow band-member, DJ AERO (born CHESTER DEITZ), to work towards a relentless schedule of electronic music DJ-gigs. Their debut at WMC 2004’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami took the rock and dance music worlds by storm.
It’s 2007 and the Electro Mayhem Tour has gathered full-steam, led by agent JOHNNY MARONEY of CEG Talent; LEE/AERO bring their multi-sensory, audiovisual performances to clubs across North and Central America.
Lest critics doubt LEE’s sincerity for club culture after such a high-profile career in rock, he says, “I touched turntables and that was my turning-point! MIXMASTER MIKE and Aero inspired and taught me a lot about DJing. I started DJing and realized you could do all these things, musically.”
Far from having any downtime, LEE/AERO installed a full, virtual studio on their tour bus, thus allowing them the ability to personalize each night’s show. Endless hours in the recording studio also brought fruitful production sessions, and original dance music tracks are primed for release.
When AERO isn’t touring with LEE, he is a web-designer and runs a lucrative, million-dollar online retail business. Says AERO of the life he now leads, “Whenever I get booked to travel to Dubai, Toronto or Zurich to DJ, I pinch myself. It’s a blessing, and I’m always appreciative.”

TOMMY LEE & DJ AERO are sponsored by Pioneer Pro DJ. Their live setup consists of: two Pioneer DVJ-1000 DVD-players – used with either the Pioneer SVM-1000 audio-video mixer, or an Edirol V2 video-mixer and a Pioneer DJM-800 mixer – two Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 CD-players, a Pioneer EFX-500 effects unit, two Apple Mac Book Pro laptops, an Alesis control pad, an M-Audio Oxygen O2 keyboard, and assorted live-performance software including Serato Scratch LIVE 1.7.2, Ableton Live 6.0, and Artillery 1.3. Their live shows are a frenetic whirlwind of synthesized beats and high-energy sound.

ABOUT CRASH MANSION:In a space once occupied by the historic Myron Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Restaurant group has transformed this 1940's swing club into a state-of-the-art, three-part performance haven. A 10,000 square-foot main room accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Burn Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this 1200-capacity industrial chic club caters to the rich diversity of art and music in Los Angeles. Crash Mansion is located at 1024 Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015. Phone: 213-747-0999. For more information, go to or

Tours around the nation

AZKATAKLYSM w/Chimaira, Divine Heresy & Terror
11/29 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
11/30 Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
12/01 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
12/02 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
12/04 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
12/05 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
12/07 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
12/08 Meridian - Houston, TX
12/09 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
12/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/11 State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
12/12 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12/14 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
12/15 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
12/16 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
12/18 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
12/19 Club Soda - Montreal, QC
12/20 Opera House - Toronto, ON
12/21 Mr. Small's Theatre - Millvale, PA

MALEVOLENT CREATION Death by Decibels Tour w/Vader, Cattle Decapitation, Light This City, Abigail Williams & Veil of Maya
11/30 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
12/01 Rock N Roll Pizza - Portland, OR
12/02 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
12/03 House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
12/05 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
12/06 Gator's - Farmington, NM
12/07 Chic's - El Paso, TX
12/08 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
12/09 Ridglea Theater - Dallas, TX
12/10 Java Jazz - Houston, TX
12/11 Club Metro - McAllen, TX
12/15 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
12/16 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
12/17 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
12/18 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY

SOILWORK w/Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage & Devildriver
11/29 Reading Eagle Theatre - Reading, PA
11/30 Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
12/01 The Colisee - Lewiston, ME
12/02 Washington Ave. Armory - Albany, NY
12/04 The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
12/05 Congress Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/07 Memorial Hall - Kansas City, KS
12/08 Nokia Theatre - Dallas, TX
12/09 Concrete St. Amphitheatre - Corpus Christi, TX
12/10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Houston, TX
12/12 The Fillmore - Denver, CO
12/13 The Great SaltAir - Salt Lake City, UT
12/14 Grand Sierra Theatre - Reno, NV
12/15 Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA
12/16 Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
12/17 Santa Ana Star Center - Albuquerque, NM

SONIC SYNDICATE w/Amon Amarth, Himsa & Decapitated
11/29 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
11/30 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
12/01 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
12/02 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
12/03 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
12/05 Le Medley - Montreal, QC
12/06 Opera House - Toronto, ON
12/07 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
12/08 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
12/09 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
12/11 Gothic Theater - Englewood, CO
12/12 Avalon Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
12/14 Croatian Cultural Centre - Vancouver, BC
12/15 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
12/16 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
12/18 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
12/19 The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA

17th Pygmy to hold record release party

WHAT: The 17th Pygmy Record Release Party & Holiday Spectacular with the Spirit Girls
WHERE: Dangerous Curve, 1020 E. Fourth Place, LA, CA 90013, 213-617-8483
WHEN: Saturday December 15, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
COST: $10.00 Suggested Donation

After a possibly symbolic 17 year hiatus, influential L.A. postpunk band 17 Pygmies has regrouped under the name of The 17th Pygmy. Now with "Ballade of Tristram's Last Harping" (Trakwerx) they release their second CD of 2007, a follow up to the well-reviewed "13 Blackbirds." Stillled by guitarist/provocateur Jaxon Del Rey (late of Savage Republic), the new name reflects the growing influence of late 1960s psychedelia and early1970s classic rock.
Of their live show, Lucid Culture raves "If it's possible for a sometimes quirky, often transcendentally beautiful art-rock band to slay, [the 17th Pygmy] slayed, bringing to mind other great, artsy jangle bands like the Church, the Byrds or Fairport Convention. Mixing major and minor chords,verses that built slowly to towering refrains and then subsided again, the band held the audience spellbound. If the live show is any indication, the new album must be amazing. This is a band you should get to know."
Appearing with The 17th Pygmy at their record release and holiday spectacular is The Spirit Girls, multimedia artist Marnie Weber's experimental pop combo whose Noh-style masks and ghost girl gowns lend an eerie visual impact to their avant-prog compositions. Billed as "something of a cross between Sonic Youth, King Crimson and 17th Century French Romantic paintings," the Spirit Girls present songs from their recent Trakwerx release "Forever Free."
Reviewing the album, Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover says "Not quite goth, this still conjures the post-Bowie/Eno Berlin collaboration '80s, when dark-chilly post-punk employed murky, doomy edges against textural beauty, like The Cure, Red Temple Spirits, Strange Times Chameleons, and Shiva Burlesque. This is a tribal ritual and child nightmare about scary hobo clowns, haunted horses and worried bears; music that makes you feel strange."
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Take an Esotouric literary bus tour

December 15: The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain literary bus tour

WHAT: The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare tour
WHEN: Saturday December 15, 1-5pm
COST: $55 (or get a four-tour season pass for $190)
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: 2-for-1 seats for anyone who rode with Esotouric this year
WHERE: Departs from Philippe the Original downtown, tour covers Glendale andHollywood locations

Southern California, 1931: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves and the bitter realization that you can't eat the sunshine, recent emigré James M. Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice. In December Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company that explores the secret heart of LA, features a series of dark literary tours, honoring the work of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and culminating with two sold-out, James Ellroy-hosted Christmas week tours.
"The Birth of Noir" celebrates the life, work, myths and passions of hard-boiled American novelist James M.Cain through his best known books, "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildred Pierce" and "Double Indemnity," and how their screen adaptations created a unique American genre: Film Noir.
As a holiday gift to their fans, Esotouric is offering 2-for-1 seats on the Cain bus to anyone who rode one of their tours this year.
How did East Coat sophisticate Cain go from editor of "The New Yorker" to populist novelist accused of writing dirty books? The tour explores the writer's life and work with a focus on his time in Southern California,where his observations on Malibu, Hollywood, Pasadena and the low rent 'burbs of Glendale are as provocative today as they were seventy years ago. The tour will also cover the artisans who transformed Cain's tales into movies, including Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner.
"The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare" is a complex portrait of a fascinating character who was seduced and transformed by his time in the Southland, a hard working movie industry professional who sank into drink and despair, ultimately a uniquely Californian artist.
Hosted by Esotouric's Richard Schave, the tour draws on Cain's essays, short stories, novels, films and the memories of his friends and colleagues to paint a portrait of LA in the 1930s and 1940s through the eyes of the writer. The tour spans Hollywood to Glendale and along old Route 66, and includes illuminating visits to Forest Lawn Memorial Park (site of the funeral of Mildred Pierce's "other" daughter, Ray), the Glendale Train Station where the "Double Indemnity" murder plot played out, and the punchline to a Billy Wilder joke so subtle, it's taken 63 years for anyone to get. Get on the bus to share in the laughter and the pathos of Cain's So Cal.
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Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule:
Sat Dec 8 - Raymond Chandler's LA
Sat Dec 15 - James M. Cain's So California Nightmare
Sat Dec 22 ­ James Ellroy Digs L.A. (sold out)
Sat Dec 29 ­ James Ellroy Digs L.A. (sold out)
Sun Jan 15 - Vroman's Bookstore presents The Real Black Dahlia

Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle to lead new band

Lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Billy Howerdel – founder and producer of multi-platinum group A Perfect Circle, has stepped out as lead vocalist and guitarist for new band, ASHES dIVIDE signed to Island Records. It was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
Howerdel's long-awaited first solo album, which has been the subject of countless blogs and chatter for more than a year at his website ( ), will be released March 2008. The album title will be revealed in the months ahead.
Howerdel produced and engineered the new album sessions in Los Angeles. He played all guitar, bass, and keyboard parts, and was joined by APC drummer Josh Freese. Mixing took place underway in London by innovative Brit producer Alan Moulder. Moulder is known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, as well as fellow Island band The Killers' two albums.
New Jersey-born Billy Howerdel is a self taught musician who started out doing theatrical stage lighting. Took to the road as a guitar technician for many bands, among them David Bowie, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Tool. Although Howerdel and Keenan became friends years earlier while crossing paths on tour, it was not until the recording sessions for Tools 1996 album Ænima that the two planted the seeds which would later become A Perfect Circle circa 1999.
A Perfect Circle released three groundbreaking and critically acclaimed albums: their RIAA platinum debut, Mer de Noms (May 2000) which entered at #4 Soundscan with 188,000 copies and placed three songs on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts ("3 Libras," "Judith," and "The Hollow"); the platinum Thirteenth Step (September 2003) which debuted at #2 Sound­scan on 231,000 first week sales (with the #1 Rock track and video "Weak and Powerless," followed by "The Outsider" and "Blue"); and RIAA gold eMOTIVe (November 2004), an overtly political album released on Presidential election day, primarily cover versions of political material including John Lennon's "Imagine," Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Black Flag's "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie," and more. Two weeks later, the CD + DVD package aMOTION was released, a collection of all their video clips on one disc, and nine remixes of songs on the other disc.

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The Shondes to tour in support of debut effort

“Ready for an indie break out....radical politics, inspired riffs, textured harmonies and pure sex appeal“ – Curve Magazine

“Seamlessly fusing art and politics” – Punk Planet

“Hard-driving, politically savvy rock ‘n roll” – Flavorpill

“A powerful new sound” – Heeb Magazine

The Shondes, a Brooklyn, NY quartet taking its name from the Yiddish word for “shame” or “disgrace” has launched a winter tour to preface the release of its debut album, The Red Sea produced by Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants, Book Of Knots) in early 2008. The Shondes’ dramatic rock has been compared to Sleater-Kinney, Patti Smith and Rasputina, but audiences tend to marvel at the band’s urgent, genre-breaching live sound. The Shondes -- Temim Fruchter (drums/vocals), Louisa Solomon (bass/vocals), Ian Brannigan (guitar) and Elijah Oberman (violin/vocals) -- quickly gained popularity in its native city thanks to its complex melodic song structures combined with rich, intertwined vocals.

The Shondes’ songwriting fuses the various musical traditions of feminist punk, classical, Jewish and queercore, while the band’s vocal melodies move effortlessly from anthemic to haunting -- textured by the distinct qualities of each of their voices. The result is a unique sound that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. The high energy of its live shows bring audiences along for the ride, with audience members often singing along and swaying to the punchy rhythms and soaring melodies.

From its formation, The Shondes has maintained a rigorous tour schedule including two national tours, a Midwest mini-tour, regular east coast dates, and festivals such as North by Northeast and Homo A Go Go. The group has shared the stage with indie luminaries Electrelane, Erase Errata, Amy Ray, Mecca Normal, Joe Lally of Fugazi and Lesbians On Ecstasy, among others. The band also organizes events, often in partnership with local activist organizations, such as the Jews Against The Occupation Chanukah Ball and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Valentine’s Day Party. The Shondes’ debut album, The Red Sea will be released on January 8, 2008, following its nationwide winter tour.

The Shondes Live:
11/28 Ann Arbor, MI TC’s Speakeasy
11/30 Bloomington, IN Rhino’s
12/01 Madison, WI The Annex
12/02 St. Paul, MN Big V’s
12/05 Seattle, WA The Crocodile Café
12/07 Olympia, WA Le Voyeur
12/08 Portland, OR Mississippi Pizza
12/12 San Francisco, CA Annie’s Social Club
12/14 Santa Barbara, CA TBA
12/15 San Diego, CA TBA
12/16 Los Angeles, CA Echo Curio Gallery
12/19 St. Louis, MO The Bluebird
12/22 Louisville, KY The Rudyard Kipling
12/23 Chicago, IL Schubas

The Red Sea Album Tracklisting:
Release Date: January 8th, 2008
01. Don’t Look Down
02. Your Monster
03. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
04. Winter
05. Let’s Go
06. I Watched the Temple Fall
07. At the Water
08. What Love Is
09. The Mother and the Colony
10. Don’t Whisper
11. The Start of Everything

Check out Brittney Elizabeth live

Fresh, young singer/songwriter Brittney Elizabeth has become the go-to-gal for setting the musical backdrop to some of television’s most talked about programs, with a pair of songs from her debut album, Breathe In finding their way onto nearly a dozen television series. Music Supervisors have gone positively Elizabethan, lusting over the songs, “Last Song For You” and “Los Angeles With Open Arms”, both co-written by the 20-year old singer and scheduled to lend their emotional impact to an impressive array of shows including upcoming MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood, The Paper, My Super Sweet 16, Engaged and Underage, The Diary Series, Trick It Out, Cribs, High School Stories, Newport Harbor and True Life. Other shows that will be including Brittney’s songs include Lifetime Television’s American Psychic Challenge, E! Entertainment Television’s top rated show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Oxygen Network’s Bad Girls Club.

Musical placement on TV, especially on the pop cultural institution MTV, has become the recording industry’s most sought after commodity. Television is the “new” radio, becoming THE place to be heard for any artist looking to break in the marketplace. With labels and artists vying for airtime, Elizabeth’s achievement is all the mightier having risen to the top of the stack without major label backing.

The talented young singer’s debut release, "Breathe In" is a songbook of poetry and prose revealing the wishes, dreams and heartache of a girl coming of age. Elizabeth’s voice rises over poignant confessionals that cut straight to the heart – delving directly into the core of the relationship dynamics. At once sassy and sexy, but also refined and idealistic, Brittney Elizabeth’s music captures the very essence of young womanhood. And very soon, she will be heard broadcasting from sets in homes throughout American neighborhoods. Please welcome Brittney Elizabeth into your living rooms - a breath of fresh air in music today.

Upcoming Dates:
Dec 1 2007 10:30P The Loft Tempe, Arizona
Dec 5 2007 8:00P The Knitting Factory Hollywood, California
Dec 21 2007 7:00P National Anthem/Washington Wizards WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Dec 22 2007 8:00P Grape Street Pub Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 28 2007 7:00P Iota Club & Cafe Arlington, Virginia
Jan 24 2008 8:00P TBA Lubbock, Texas
Jan 25 2008 8:00P The Door Dallas, Texas
Jan 26 2008 8:00P TBA Austin, Texas

Sonance speakers win excellence award

Sonance, the leading provider of high performance audio design solutions has recently been awarded the 2007 Audioholics Consumer Excellence Award for the Visual Performance Series in the in-ceiling speaker category.

Debuting in January 2008, the Sonance Visual Performance Series is a lineup of in-wall & in-ceiling speakers that are intended to provide a homeowner with high-quality speakers while maintaining the décor of the home. This product line is available in various sizes, shapes, and performance levels to fit the homeowner's wishes.

New micro-flange, low profile grilles with only .2 inches of trim enable the
Visual Performance Series to blend and fit with its environment without a
hitch. An added benefit ­ the grille can be painted and color-matched to
the surrounding area in one easy step.

Spreading the joy of music throughout the home with high-performance speakers without protruding from the walls is a solution that both audiophiles & interior designers will love!

This Consumer Excellence Award from Audioholics is recognized as a "benchmark award for the products which will make an impact in the coming year."

Visit - This site also features other exciting products including speaker options for condo and apartment living, home theater speakers and much more!

Afro Funke event tonight

Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco,
African Salsa, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats, Makossa,
Balkan, Funk, Blues, Highlife, Broken-Afro-Beat, Salsa,
& Other deep-rooted Soul music from around the world.
guest deejay:
$mall ¢hange (aka James Dier) will never stop. A musical addict, he's been collecting
and DJing for over 15 years, has 10s of thousands of records, in every
conceivable genre and time period. Seriously deep crates in funk, jazz, blues,
soul, latin, reggae, dancehall, hip hop, house, breaks, jungle, booty bass, classics,
rawk n' roll, punk, vintage RnB, disco, downtempo, ambient, get
the picture. Some people say they're eclectic--this homeslice lives it, with the skills
to mix it all together.

Out in clubland $mall ¢hange has played in every conceivable downtown NYC/BK
venue you can think of, swank, underground, big, small--but always funky. Places
such as APT, Nublu, Hiro, Supreme Trading, Cielo, Pianos, Centro Fly, the list goes
on and on and on. And forrays into LA, Berlin, France, Burning Man, Australia, and
your mom's basement.

$mall ¢hange also runs the 'Blackcrack List', an an information / resource / email list
about record collecting. Its been running for over four years and has over 250 DJs,
collectors and blackbelt crate diggers from around the world. Vinyl is the
blackcrack, and $¢ is addicted. How many rekkids? He's lost count. And yes, a few
are for sale/trade, so let him know what you got to deal!

9-10pm listening party & giveaways for:
“Everything I sing about is from my life,” explains 26-yr-old
acoustic soul songstress Ayo, “and I am always writing. These stories are timeless
because they are my life stories and my story continues each day-it has not stopped.”
Ayo (pronounced EYE-OH) has enchanted fans worldwide with her honest, mostly
autobiographical songs, filled with emotions and events that have shaped her life,
making her experiences both universal and personal. Her willingness to sing from the
heart has earned her many press accolades already-the London Mail on Sunday
called Ayo “a distinctive character…her candidness is an unstoppable force.” Ayo
frames these songs in soulful, reggae-flavored soul, r&b and folk rhythm. A gifted
songwriter, Ayo is also a skilled, self-taught musician who is adept at creating the
sounds that frame her words, playing guitar and piano.

resident deejay:
*J.Sole's "BRANCHES" on 89.9 KCRW (or Wednesdays 12-3am

hosted by:

afro funke’ photography & booking:
AFRO FUNKE’: Thursdays @ Zanzibar
1301 5th St. Santa Monica, CA. 90401
9pm 21+ 310.451.2221 $7

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

One more day until Doo Dah Queen Soiree

Don't miss the Pasadena Doo Dah Queen Party and Pre- Doo Dah Soiree
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29
Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion

Come celebrate my coronation, see me dance and enjoy a range of other intriguing acts, including Tequilabilly, Count Smokula, Mick Farren of the Pink Ladies, Madame Pamita, Nukular Winter, Alvin Pleasant and more. Best of all ~ it's free!

Support local music

Here's some of the best shows around compliments of my friend Sierra Madre Sue (apologies to Sue and Billy, my computer didn't like your photo, sorry):

Guitar player extraordinaire BILLY BURKE has a studio next door to where I work in Sierra Madre, where he records, rehearses and gives guitar lessons. Some afternoons I am amused by the sounds of some kid playing AC/DC or Pat Benatar licks over and over! If I stay a little later in the evening, I can tell it's an adult with more discerning taste & I get to hear some cool old blues stuff. By night, Billy trades off blazin' guitar leads with band leader Willie, in LIGHTNIN' WILLIE AND THE POOR BOYS. You can see them this Saturday, Dec. 1st at the BUCCANEER LOUNGE and on New Year's Eve at Cafe 322, but I'll remind you about that in a few weeks! If you or your kid wanna be a rock 'n' roll star, call Billy for lessons at 626-622-6123. I'll look forward to hearing you through the walls someday!

THIS JUST ADDED: THURS. 11/29 - JEAN SUDBURY & FRIENDS @ SIERRA MADRE BOOKS, 6 - 9pm. 18 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. - Downstairs. 626-836-3200. Violinist Jean hosts an acoustic evening with many of her talented friends; Pop & Jazz standards.

11/29 - Every Thursday at the Skyebox in Montrose, Better Than Blue (Danny, Felicia, Steve Hammett, etc.) continues to host a weekly Jam Night. It runs from 8:30 PM until 12. 3710 N. Verdugo Rd. 818-249-3617. Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant.

FRI. 11/30 - DAVE OSTI @ McMURPHY'S TAVERN IN PASADENA, 5pm - HAPPY HOUR! 72 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-666-1445. Full bar, drink & appetizer specials 4 - 7pm. Solo guitar & vocals, mostly originals.

FRI. 11/30 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS doing a semi-acoustic thing @ THE DOCKSIDE GRILL RESTAURANT IN WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. In the bar area, but you can order dinner there too. Full Bar. Blues.

FRI. 11/30 - "SWING DANCE PARTY" with FLAT TOP TOM @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. "Pizza, Martinis and dancing the night away to great swing and blues!!! God bless!!"

FRI. 11/30 - VELOURIA @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, cheap drinks, no cover, free parking, pool table. ROCK 'n ROLL. Richard Reese's kid's band, along with CANDYPANTS and SIGGY, 9pm.

SAT. 12/1 - ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM @ SIERRA MADRE BOOKS STORE, 7pm. FREE. 18 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. - DOWNSTAIRS. 626-836-3200. All are welcome - bring your instrument and/or voice and join in the music making!

SAT. 12/1 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show! 31st Occasional Doo Dah Parade Queen Naughty Mickie will make an appearance.

SAT. 12/1 - SIMON PURE @ BEAN TOWN IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 45 N. Baldwin Ave. 626-355-1596. Soups, sandwiches, pastries, desserts, coffee drinks, etc. Featuring Jarrett Lesko of Murphy's Flaw fame. Bluegrass.

SAT. 12/1 - JEFF STETSON and THE B.O. TRIO PLAY A "MIXED BAG AND SOME BLUES" @ ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-793-7330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, etc.

SAT. 12/1 - BETTER THAN BLUE @ CAPRI LOUNGE IN GLENDALE. Not sure of the time. 1134 N. Pacific Ave. 818-956-8738. Rock, Soul & Blues.

SAT. 12/1 - LIGHTNIN' WILLIE AND THE POORBOYS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:15pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. Lightnin' fast BLUES from Willie and Billy & company!

SUN. 12/2 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.


SUN. 12/2 - Have lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy setting. Bring the family! Acoustic folk/rock, classic country. Special guest Mark Switzer on Pedal Steel and Lap Steel guitars.

SUN. 12/2 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

12/4 - TACO TUESDAY @ MARY'S MARKET IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON, with RON CULLEN (aka Ron Ho from Hawaii) & FRIENDS, 6:30 - 9:30pm. 561 Woodland Ave. Limited parking. Acoustic Classic Rock.


FRI. 12/7 - "1st FRIDAY ART CLUB" @ McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena. 2475 N. Lake Ave. 626-794-8779. $5 - includes dinner! The belly dance duo Almase Arabesque will be joined by Tamara and Friends for a performance featuring swords, shimmies and live drums. There will be artwork by indie artists on display and available for purchase, a band, a buffet style dinner and more. Queen Naughty Mickie of the 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will also make an appearance.

FRI. 12/7 - RICK SHEA & THE LOSIN' END with TRACY HUFFMAN @ THE PRESS IN CLAREMONT, 10pm - 1am. 129 Harvard Ave. 909-625-4808. Honky Tonk Blues/Country.

FRI. 12/7 - BOBBY BRADFORD MOTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. A fixture on the local jazz scene, Bobby Bradford is best known for his early 70's work with Ornette Coleman, and was one of my brother Rick's early musical influences.

SAT. 12/8 - MURPHY'S FLAW @ BEAN TOWN IN SIERRA MADRE, with STEPHANIE BETTMAN & THE BOYS, 8 - 11pm. 45 N. Baldwin Ave. 626-836-1596. Soups, sandwiches, pastries, desserts, coffee drinks, etc. Individual and combined sets from these two Bluegrass bands.

SAT. 12/8 - SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. Garage Rock & amusing antics from Scotty & the boys - always sure to please!

SAT. 12/8 - THE MOONLIGHT WRANGLERS @ THE CONTINENTAL ROOM IN FULLERTON, 10pm. 115 Santa Fe Ave. 714-237-0077. Orange County's oldest bar, since 1925. Fiddler JANE FRIMODIG of Horses on Astroturf fame, saddling up with her old band on a few songs. My report from visiting their website: 4 guys named Mike & a guy named Carlo doin' some pretty cool countrified jazzy lounge-a-billy stuff, and one or more of them attended Monrovia High School!

SUN. 12/9 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SUN. 12/9 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin' some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure! A whole other side of Mercy - not to be missed!

SUN. 12/9 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.

Hope to see you out & about,

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