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Win Tickets to Juno Reactor at the El Rey, Sept. 25!

If you don’t know Juno Reactor you probably know their big hit, Mona Lisa Overdrive (named after the William Gibson novel), off the original The Matrix soundtrack. It really set the tone for the film and IMHO influenced gobs of electronic musicians that followed. This should be a fantastic show.

Want to win a pair of tickets? Fabricate your own futuristic name for a song–but you have to use the title of a classical painting in the name. Ha! Getting my Art History rocks off at your expense. You know–“Girl With a Singularity Pearl Earring.” Please–you can do better than I.

Thanks to Goldenvoice we also have three CDs to give away! So remember to leave your email in the comment form so I can contact you if you win, as I’ll need your name (for the will acll list) and your mailing addy (so they can send you your CD). woop woop!

Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat

Ray Rays Eat to the Beat
Ray Ray's Eat to the Beat

Looking for a DJ gig?  Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat needs an in-house DJ to spin while patrons sup.  We stumbled upon Ray Ray’s a Japanese restaurant in Alhambra and quickly fell in love.  Affordable prices and good food are always appreciated, but the music was key.

The walls are adornd with record sleeves in frames and tucked into a corner is a DJ set up, including records.  There’s no chance that of not finding something everyone can groove to.  When we walked in, Sergio Mendez was spinning.  I played a Bossa Nova record and my husband followed me with The Clash.  Funk, punk, pop, disco, hip-hop, and country were available in the bins next to the table.

I spoke with Ray Ray briefly and learned the restaurant has been opened for about 9 months now and they are looking for an in-house DJ.  Didn’t get the details, but I’m sure if you call and ask you’ll learn more.  Other patrons I spoke to that day, all said the same thing, “Ray Ray’s is the best Japanese fast food in Alhambra.”  We’re definitely going back.  Hey we may even put our DJ skills to use and spin a few.

Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat
1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA

Win Tix to Delerium at the El Rey on the 17th

Hey there goth and shoegaze/ethereal/dreampop kids, or anyone who liked that Sarah McLachlan song “Silence”–Delerium, originally a side project of Front Line Assembly, is coming to LA on the 17th. We’ve got tickets and cds to give away, so to win all you have to do is enter the name of your fave “goth dance” into the comments. Leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

OMG Win Tix to Tokyo Police Club


Oh jeez. I almost dread posting this because of the deluge of entries I’m pretty sure I’ll get for this fffffffsssshhhhhttttttttt! [the sound you make when you lick your finger & touch something burning) show; seems everyone’s been mobbing their shows at local museums recently (Natural History Museum, the Hammer & Indie’s “Also I Like to Rock” series). So I’m cowering and covering my eyes as I hesitantly poke “send” on this post…

To win tickets, pore through some of TPC’s lyrics with their dystopic themes and imagery of natural decay, visceral change and social criticism (plus some love-gone-wrong songs thrown in for good measure). Tell me which you like the best and why.

Their show is on Thursday the 18th at the Fonda; the Whigs open for them.

Win tix to the Detour Fest!

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Get this: Full sets from the Mars Volta and Gogol Bordello, plus festival sets from Shiny Toy Guns, Datarock, The Submarines, The Mae Shi, Japanese Motors, We Are Wolves, Guns ‘n’ Bombs, Matt Costa, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Hercules & Love Affair, Grand Ole Party, Bitter:Sweet, Adam Freeland, Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nico Vega, Afternoons, Noah and the Whale, Mugison, donMoy, DJ Kid Lightning, Paparazzi and AC Means. All downtown, at 1st St. & Main, in the shadow of City Hall, on October 4. We’ve got some free tix & grand prizes to give away. Grand prize winner gets a 3-d poster (above left) and a Gogol CD.

How to win?

Post a link to your favorite image of Los Angeles in the comments below, or if you can manage it post the image itself (with a hat tip to whoever took or made the photo or image, of course). Explain a little about it if you want. We’ll randomly select a few winners in a day or two. Thanks!

NIke Presents 88BoaDrum with The Boredoms

photo_1.jpgCan’t find much in the way of an official site for this, but Nike’s sponsoring an event at the La Brea Tar Pits next week that sounds freakolicious:

Nike Sportswear presents 88BoaDrum featuring Boredoms at the La Brea Tar Pits- an unprecedented aural and visual experience.

Beginning precisely at 8:08 PM PST, the 88-minute experience at the historic La Brea Tar Pits will feature 88 drummers selected by Boredoms and 88BoaDrum artistic director, Hisham Bharoocha.

The experience will be commemorated with a very special complimentary Nike Sportswear 88BoaDrum NSW Tee collection. The NSW Tees will be hand-screened at each location with an original graphic of your choice, including designs created by Eye from Boredoms. This collection will be available exclusively on 8.8.08 and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tickets are available at Amoeba, the LACMA box office or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Knitting Factory Facing Possible Closure by City

UPDATE: via LAist, here’s a link to the Notice of Hearing, which notes that there’s also petition “stating the non compliance with the conditions of the Zoning Administrators’ grant approvals” with a whopping 31 signatures and “photographs of illegal activity within the establishment use.”

The Knitting Factory, which opened its doors in a beleaguered, beat down section of Hollywood eight years ago and helped spearhead the neighborhood’s dramatic improvements since, is apparently facing the possibility of revocation of their Conditional Use Permit by LADBS. This would effectively put them out of business:

Dear Friends of The Knitting Factory,

I’m writing this letter to garner support for an upcoming public hearing by the LADBS (Los Angeles Bldg. and Safety) against our venue on Thursday July 17th 2008.

The Los Angeles Building Department is aggressively trying to revoke our CUP (Conditional Use Permit). For those of you who don’t know, a CUP is the conditions that all restaurants, bars, clubs etc must run under in order to keep their doors open. If you lose your CUP, you are essentially closed for business. After eight years in a crime riddled Hollywood corridor, the LADBS and vice state that our venue is a “nuisance” and we do not comply under “upscale restaurant guidelines” (nonsense, food is always served and continues service and will someone please define “upscale” for me). They are also trying to say we do a steady stream of Erotica here, which is absurd, as we’ve only had 3 Adult Entertainment parties over 8 years and 10,000 shows.

Bar owners beware; the city is on a major crack down for what they deem CUP violations.

More info about how you can speak out on behalf of one of Hollywood’s most creative and energetic venues after the jump.
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Go See Rilo Kiley at the Greek Tonight–for Free!


We haz winners! Sorry, no tickets left. Try the Warped Tour instead.

Last-minute ticket alert!!! We don’t even have time to make up a clever contest for this one. We’ll be choosing randomly from the first commenters to tell me their fave thing about tonight’s lineup at the Greek: Rilo Kiley, Lavender Diamond and Benji Hughes!

Leave an email I can reach you at asap.

Win Tix to Islands at the El Rey, June 17!

islands.jpgEDIT: The venue for this show has been changed to the El Rey from the Fonda, in case any of you bought tix to the original Fonda show. Also the openers have changed: Mr. Grainger couldn’t make it, but AWOL will be in his place.)

It’s impossible to not dig the hummable tunes from Islands, tweaked with poppy melodies and calypso tones, country twangs and hip-hop grooves (prolly drawn on from their time working with Busdriver). The former Unicorns dudes have decamped their late band (can unicorns ever last? we didn’t think so) but formed something fabulous in its stead.

We’ve got tic-tic-tickets to give away! Just answer below, in the comments, this question (be sure to put your contact email in there!!!):

If you could go to any island on the planet, which would it be and why?

Winners get a pair of tix courtesy of Goldenvoice, whom we clearly & obviously are gay for.

Islands on youtube

And their openers Sebastien Grainger AWOL
…and Crayonsmith

22nd Annual UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival This Weekend

The 22nd Annual UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival has gotten pretty big. What was once a free event until about 9 or 10 years ago, now costs $25 per day ($35 day of event). But this is probably the best lineup in years, no in forever and I’ve only missed the last 4 years since this event began. This festival is always fun and such a beautiful rainbow of Southern California, with the Belizeans and Dominicans representin’ hard.

Sunday, May 25th is Jazz Day or now Jam Day…LAs favorite DJ, Garth Trinidad, MCs the event and the line up includes Immortal Technique, The Roots, Goapele and many others.

Monday, May 26th is Contact High Day, otherwise known as Reggae Day and features big dogs of dancehall, Capelton and Mr. Vegas. Stephen Marley is also performing, though I’d prefer the Hot Marley Brother aka Damian Marley.

Beenie Man performs at the 18th Annual Reggae Day

A bonus is that the Jazz Festival Committee is trying to reduce impact, so in addition to the recycling bins we’ve seen before, they have a bio-diesel and solar powered stage and are using electric and bio-diesel fueled transportation. Speaking of transportation, the buses run right up to UCLA surround the campus. Ideal way to get there if you don’t want to pay for parking or deal with the hassle of sitting in line for 20 minutes trying to get into a parking structure. Or you can use the trip planner on the UCLA Jazz Fest site. Be sure to check the rules, the days of freewheeling days in the park are over; no chairs, umbrellas, coolers, tents, etc are allowed. That’s right, you get to bake your ass in the sun so make sure you bring lots of sunscreen and a big hat.

Win Tickets to the Eels!

e eelsreel eelI don’t know about you, but I happen to think Mark Oliver Everett (aka “E” of the Eels) is the sexiest mofo to ever rock a beard. In fact, he was rocking said beard LONG before every Silverlake male started growing one. Few people have borne life’s cruelest slings & arrows (check that life story, yo) with such creative grace. I love his sneer. I love his dirty sullen blues. I love how his writing is so raw and real and broken and bitter and hopeful. Gutter, meet stars. And I love that fucking beard, man.

If you do too, and you want tickets to the sold-out show on the 16th at the El Rey, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Eels song is, and why you love it. We’ll pick the best replies.

“Laying in bed tonight i was thinking
And listening to all the dogs
And the sirens and the shots
And how a careful man tries
To dodge the bullets
While a happy man takes a walk
And maybe it is time to live “

4’33 at REDCAT

When I first heard the story of 4’33 in a college electronic composition class, I loved it. There was something about the concept of a musical piece being made out of the sounds present in the absence of an instrument that fascinated me. Also, John Cage used to put together compositions out of pieces of audiotape based on the I, Ching.

4’33, and its subsequent lineage, is being honored at REDCAT this week. The “unique concert from CalArts Experimental Music Workshop” (link goes to lengthy, educational description page) is happening on Friday, 3/21.  This is the auditory equivalent of MOCA, and I think it will be fascinating just to see how an unorthodox concept in an art evokes reaction and interpretation.  It is even more interesting in that experimental music must be interpreted differently by each person who reproduces it, and is impossible to perform without reflecting the artist playing it.

Anyways.  4’33 is being honored on Friday,  downtown.  There you go.