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Video Of The Day: I’m On A Motherf—king Bike!

March 8, 2012 in Entertainment, Music

This foul-mouthed NSFW-ALNWH* video by Sons of Science was brought to my attention by SFist via the fine folks at LAist. The clip may be situated in San Francisco, but its message is universally hilarious — at least to those of us on bikes who can laugh at such all-too-recognizable stereotypes:

Check out this spot-on verse:

Sharing my aggression is what that I do
Every day I’m riding the ‘Tour de Fuck You’
Banging on hoods and kicking in fenders
a right-of-way-aholic on a permanent bender

*At Least Not Without Headphones

Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to Trifle with. Win Tix!

January 19, 2012 in Contests, Downtown, Entertainment, LA, Music

Do you remember the movie Airplane?

Remember the two gentlemen who spoke “Jive?” Remember the subtitles at the bottom that translated what they were saying? Remember whenever one of them would say a certain word, the subtitle always translated it as “Golly?”

Such fun.

It’s in this spirit I would like to remind you, one and all, that The Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to Trifle With!

(And if you haven’t seen Airplane, get your golly together and watch the trifling thing.)

In Any Case, I’m giving away Tickets to see The Wu on Saturday, Jan 21st! Wanna Go?

Email your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal Driver’s Licence or State ID card to [email protected]

Winners will be notified and will show said ID at the Will Call booth the night of the show to claim tickets. Protect your neck.

Wu-Tang Featuring All Original Members: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa
Saturday January 21, 2012
Club Nokia
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+

Step to the Wu.

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And Now A Metaltastic Review Of Our Regional Mass Transportation System Shredfully Brought To You By It’s Casual

January 12, 2012 in Mass Transit, Music, Transportation

“The Red Line (The Freeways Are Not So Nice),” by It’s Casual. Found at LA Taco

Does this Clash Clash with my Bridge?

November 27, 2011 in Art, ICME, Music, West Side

StrummerIn the area of Marina del Rey known as Grand Canal Lagoon stands a foot bridge that locals use to get from this sleepy part of the neighborhood to the relatively empty beach south of the Venice Pier. However, observant strollers will notice that, on the south wall of the bridge, a pensive Joe Strummer stares off into the distance, towards the beach.
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Rockaway Beach to Venice Beach: Marky Ramone Hawks his Sauce at Whole Foods

November 9, 2011 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Music, West Side

Marky

East Coast vs. West Coast rivals laid down their Glocks and picked up spoons last Saturday, as Marky Ramone, former drummer of the Ramones, flew in from Brooklyn to the Venice Whole Foods to promote his new pasta sauce. The sauce is called Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce, a fittingly complicated name from someone whose job it was to keep time for the rapid Ramones.

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Win Tix to The Lemonheads Thursday Night!

October 26, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

The Lemonheads will be performing the album “It’s a Shame About Ray” in its entirety,

And I’m Giving Away Tickets!

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

The Lemonheads
performing It’s A Shame About Ray
With The Shining Twins and Street Chant
Thursday October 27, 2011
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

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Win Tix to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4 Club Nokia performance.

October 21, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

Its “Showvember” over at Golden Voice and they have really hooked us up this time.

I have 4 pairs, yes FOUR PAIRS of tickets to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4, 2011 show at Club Nokia.  What to do to win a pair so you can see her in the Memphis Blues Tour?  Simple, tell me why you want to go and the best 4 answers that I pick at random will each win a pair of tickets.  Please be sure to enter a legit email addy so I can contact you for your tickets.  I’ll announce winners Monday afternoon (10/24).

What to do if you aren’t a lucky winner or want to have prestige seats up in the balcony level?  Simple visit Golden Voice and purchase your own set.

Tip o the hat to our own Queequeg for finding this video for me.

Last Minute Opportunity: Grammy in the Schools Programs

October 19, 2011 in Education, LA, Music

GRAMMY in the Schools websiteWho doesn’t love music? And who doesn’t love stories about band camp? Well, the fine folks over at the GRAMMY Foundation are offering a couple band camp options right here in Los Angeles in the coming year for high school students interested in learning more about having a career in the music industry. (You know, for students who aren’t able to find drugs in their own high schools.) Read the rest of this entry →

Win Last Minute Tix! See Morris Day with The Original 7ven!! (The Band Formerly known as “The Time.”) TOMORROW!

October 18, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music


Yes!!
This is the Real Deal!

Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir.
That’s right, the Original Seven Members of The Time. (Hence the name.)

But I need names, NOW!! Show is tomorrow, Wed. Oct 19th. Wanna go?

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

The Original 7ven:
The Band Formerly Known as The Time
Wed October 19th
Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Doors at 7:30

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Foo Fighters – YES! – October 14th – If you compel me….

October 4, 2011 in Entertainment, LA, Music

Just to give you a little peek behind the b.la curtain, the nice people at Goldenvoice often grace us with delicious bundles of free tickets to their events, in hopes that we will write about them and increase attendance.

We love this – and I have to say that I love it in particular because

a. I’m too cheap to buy tickets to things, and
b. I like to feel like a bigshot.

Most of the time there are tickets a-plenty, which means the person who blogs the story gets two, and everyone who wins the contests we run gets the rest. Nice deal.

Except now. When we only get ONE PAIR of Foo Fighters tickets!

That means I have to be generous and groovy and give YOU these tickets, without even getting to go myself! Think of it! The horror!

So….

The contest is this: You tell me why YOU deserve to go more than I do, and you get a pair of tickets to FOO FIGHTERS AT THE FORUM ON THE FOURTEENTH.

Simple, right?

So get creative. Because I REALLY dig this band.

Win Tickets to see OMD at Club Nokia on 10/7!

October 2, 2011 in Announcements, Contests, Entertainment, Music

Update: Winners have been notified! Congratulations!

I’ve got a secret that I can’t explain…actually, it’s not a secret now. We’re giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to see OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) this coming Friday, October 7th at Club Nokia. I was excited when I learned earlier this year that OMD was still performing. I admittedly hadn’t thought of them in a good while, but I do have fond memories of their music I had some nice emo times listening to them and pining for a certain young man, before emo was even a thing.

If you are also nostalgic for some great 80s synth-pop and would like to see OMD live, leave a comment below (be sure to sign in with a legit email address) no later than Noon on Tuesday, 10/4.

More details on the show here.

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WIN Tickets to See Peter Bjorn & John

September 28, 2011 in Music

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We’ve been on a concert tear lately at Blogging LA with our ticket contests to see Jane Lynch, Blondie — and now Peter, Bjorn & John.  They are, of course, known for that whistling song, but they’ve done so much more that is just as great.  The band is on their “All You Can Eat” tour now, and we have tickets to give away for their October 5th show at the El Rey.  To enter, simply leave a comment with your favorite Peter Bjorn & John song other than “Young Folks and I’ll pick a winner by Friday at noon.

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Rip it to shreds, we got tix to BLONDIE at the Nokia 10/5

September 28, 2011 in Contests, Entertainment, Music

I’ll try to avoid the cliche’s any further.  I am totally amped I to give away not one, but TWO pairs of Tickets to see Blondie at the Nokia on 10/5.  Yup, that punk/new wave songstress that I have admired since college is coming to town.  Her current tour promises a great mix of the early works as well as some of the newer stuff that drifts into experimental jazz.  I think I have every album she ever made and could ramble on about her, but if you want more on her discography and bio check out her official page HERE.

What to do to win?  Sign on in the comments with a legit email addy and tell me why you want to see Blondie. I’ll pick the winners at random Friday morning and make the announcement by noon.

For those of you who don’t win you can always go to Nokia directly HERE and order your tix.

Zomg! Zounds Playing the Echo Sunday September 18

September 15, 2011 in LA, Music

One of the reasons why blogging is so great is that you find out stuff you wouldn’t have otherwise known about. (Another reason is that you can end sentences with prepositions with impunity.) So while I was grabbing the URL for No Age’s site for the post below about the Eagle Rock Music Fest, I noticed that they are DJing for a Zounds gig at the Echo this Sunday.

Let me say it again: A ZOUNDS GIG AT THE ECHO THIS SUNDAY.

I am so freaking excited. I didn’t even know Zounds was touring the US. I refer you back to my parenthetical disclaimer below that my favorite music came out between 1977 & 1983. Zounds is a sort of punk inspired anarcho-pop band. Here’s one of my favorite Zounds songs (admittedly one of their least political):

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You can give a listen to a lot more of their music here. They are one of the best relatively forgotten bands of the late-70s early 80s, and they’re playing LA in three days! If you like Wire or The Fall or Gang of Four and you don’t know Zounds give them a listen. I’ll bet you’ll love them. A big shout out to the Echo for hosting the show.

Somebody Paid their City Fees: Eagle Rock Music Fest Coming Up

September 15, 2011 in Events, Music

Many of us abandoned Sunset Junction long before they were forced to cancel this year because of a dispute over city fees. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve had a good time there in the past and they do get hella good bands to play. But there are so many freaking people there that–for me–the event is on the ever-increasing list of places I personally consider a victim of their own success. I’m just too much of a misanthrope to enjoy downtown art walk, Dia de los Muertos in Hollywood Forever, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Sunset Junction as much as I might were I not forced to share space with a teaming mass of humanity. I don’t want to have to brush up against a bunch of sweaty arms even if they are all sporting amazing sleeves. I don’t know if Sunset Junction is “the largest celebration of diversity in Los Angeles and in California” as they bill themselves on their website (in fact, I find that hard to believe), but I do know there are too many damn people there for my tastes.

Enter the Eagle Rock Music Festival. I went two years ago because I wanted to see No Age and Peanut Butter Wolf. It was free then–now they’re asking for a $5 donation–and it was just crowded enough but not too crowded. I admit I don’t know most of the bands listed this year (not that that’s any indicator–most of my favorite albums were released between 1977 and 1983), but in 2009 two of my favorites were bands I’d never heard before: Nico Stai and The Mormons. The latter cycled up, handed out pamphlets, and did a renegade performance on instruments they had ported on their bikes including a strap-on drum set and an amp with a shoulder strap–tres punk rock. Kudos, Mormons. This year, I’m sure there will be other musical surprises. It’s easy enough to stroll Colorado Boulevard from one end of the festival to the other and stop when you hear something interesting. Really, how can you go wrong in a festival where the line-up at the family stage concludes with The Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere followed by a Neil Diamond Tribute Band? Anyway, I’m super sad I’ll be out of town and will miss it this year, but you b.la readers should go and let me know how it is.

[An aside: Please someone over at the Sunset Junction website learn the difference between "it's" and "its." Thank you.]