Guys, it’s been grey here and I don’t much like it. Too many days of this overcast thing does a strange thing to my body and mind. It has, however, had the nip of autumn in the air and that I very much like.
With a west coast drummer on board now, we’ve been focusing on booking and revamping the live show. We’ve got ideas for the set and we’re looking to get going on the stage come November. It is a sweet relief for a tour-loving band.
Been making notes and listening to more of Guy Massey’s mixes. Loving it all so far. We think we should have the whole record mixed and maybe even mastered by end of the month. No, I don’t know when it’ll be out. I can tell you, though, that it makes me very, very proud.
This, of course, hasn’t stopped us from weekly songwriting sessions. We’ve been writing all kinds of music: Aloud songs, instrumentals, co-writes with other songwriters for various purposes where Henry and I split up and write with other people, songs Henry and I write together for other artists, and sometimes we sit around creating loops and samples for a library we’re creating for future recordings. Keep that creative brain limber!
Got up to lots of great stuff this week. Wednesday night Charles, Henry, and I went out to Culver City for Dig the Kid’s single release show. What a tight live band. All the work they put into putting on a great show. The energy, the transitions, the drama. Cannot wait to catch them in town again, and pumped to call them new friends.
If that weren’t enough, we were treated to another amazing live show on Friday at The Bootleg (we love you Bootleg… we’re there every week because you have so many shows we want to see). The Stone Foxes are easily one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. I mean, wow. I don’t much like it when bands switch up instruments. I feel it breaks the flow of the set too much, but they had it down to a science. Smooth transitions. These guys are stage veterans. All of them are such talented musicians, and so intense and uninhibited. Got a chance to talk to them after the set and they’re the sweetest guys as well.
Boston, they will be at The Middle East on October 10 and in NYC at the Mercury Lounge on October 12. Do yourself a favor and get out there.
Saturday we headed out to Nico and Bullitt in Echo Park. Very cool shop and gallery with local art, crafts, and clothes. It was opening night for local artist Denny Bales’ pieces. Really beautiful optical art that utilizes wood burning. We ogled Denny’s trippy wood burnings while sipping rose all to a soundtrack of some pretty choice sixties 45s. Everyone at the shop was kind as hell. I bought this stoneware mug that was calling my name, and Henry walked out with a tightly patterned paisley shirt.
Sunday Funday put us downtown. The Institute of Contemporary Art LA had it’s grand opening last weekend. We spent the afternoon there looking at some great textured pieces. I think I fucking love contemporary art now, guys. I’ve become less stuffy and more understanding and appreciative of how modern artists use everything around them to create. It’s more than just a canvas and some paint though I still love that too. LA, the museum is FREE! The exhibits even start before you get inside the building. Love how the used the outside space to create something specifically for the museum.
The ICA is a mile away from the Arts District, so we hoofed it over there. It was on our list of places to check out. Lots of breweries down there, so we stopped for some food and delicious microbrews at Arts District Brewing (try the Belgian style Francois). Sort of a perfect way to cap off the weekend really.
What have I been reading you ask? Alternating between The New Yorker, A Canticle For Leibowitz, and Sex and Rage. Musically, my favorite discovery this week (aside from the above mentioned Dig the Kid and Stone Foxes) was Curtis Harding. New record is out next month, but the playlist on Spotify right now is bitchin’. So up my soulful alley. Get to digging it.
Oh, I’m told we had an earthquake Monday night. I got up to get a glass of water when it happened. Didn’t notice it myself, but Henry said he did. It was over by the time I got back to bed. 3.6 with its epicenter somewhere north of Westwood I think. Nothing crazy.
I feel for Mexico City though who got a 7.1 that caused some damage. Nature is crazy. Not that human beings are much better.