12/29/2007

Lilys @ Spaceland


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12/22/2007

Lilys @ Spaceland

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12/20/2007

Quentin Crisp



I used to hang out with Quentin Crisp in NYC. He used to live on Second Avenue, and used to dine at a diner around 4th street. You could call him up and schedule a date to meet. I did this around ten years ago. He died soon after.
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12/14/2007

Music is My Boyfriend #12 playlist

MIMB #12 Playlist
December 13th, 2007


It was like a christmas party. People were there all night. I was hanging out with Chris. It was fun. Got to play alot of new records and didn't have to hang out really late. There was a new crowd from the artwalk and probably as many people as there have ever been. Here's what I played:

Albert Hammond "It Never Rains In Southern California"
The Hives "Tick Tick Boom"
Led Zeppelin "Good Times, Bad Times"
The Wolfmen "Needle In The Camel's Eye"
Jean Knight "Mr Big Stuff"
Gnarls Barkley "Gone Daddy Gone"
Junior Boys "In The Morning"
Joy Division "Tranmission"
Lords Of The New Church "Russian Roulette"
The Normal "Warm Leatherette"

Blur "Music Is My Radar"
Roxy Music "Out Of The Blue"
Primal Scream "Gimme Some Truth"
LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum"
CSS "Let's Pretend That We're Dead"
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You"
Sweet "Fox On The Run"
Klaxons "It's Not Over Yet"
Bowie "Fashion"
Teddybears "Punkrocker"

Black Sabbath "Sweet Leaf"
Stereo Total "Wir Tanzen Im 4-Eck"
Bat For Lashes "What's A Girl To Do?"
Clinic "If You Could Read Your Mind"
Wolmother "Woman"
Maximo Park "Girls Who Play Guitars"
New Young Pony Club "The Bomb"
Blondie "Atomic"
Gary Numan "Airlane"
John Foxx "He's A Liquid"

The Knife "Marble House"
Hot Chip "Over and Over"
Ladytron "Softpower"
The Strokes "Last Nite"
The White Stripes "Icky Thunp"
Sonny and Cher "I Got You Babe"
Blonde Redhead "Spring and By Summer Fall"
The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"
The Coral "Who's Gonna Find Me?"
Wire "Outdoor Miner"

The Horrors "Count In Fives"
Queens of The Stone Age "3s and 7s"
The Kills "The Good Ones"
Pulp "Do You Remeber The First Time?"
Interpol "The Heinrich Maneuver"
Kasabian "Empire"
Arctic Monkeys "Brainstorm"
Babyshambles "Delivery"
BRMC "Berlin"
Bloc Party "The Prayer"

The Stooges "1970"
TV on The Radio "Wolf Like Me"
Jarvis "Fat Children"
My Bloody Valentine "Only Shallow"
Mannfred Mann "Blinded By The Light"
Burial "Ghost Hardware"
Renegade Soundwave "Transworld Siren"
Massive Attack "Inertia Creeps"
Lene Lovich "New Toy"
The Auteurs "Show Girl"

The Go! Team "Grip Like A Vice"
The Teardrop Explodes "Read It In Books"
Broadcast "American Boy"
The Raveonettes "Love In A Trashcan"
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12/08/2007

Best albums of 2007



Here is another BEST of 2007 list. Really any of these top ten records could have been number one. Many of these bands have been my top pick in the past. I just felt Blonde Redhead had done something very artistic, and it was the best album they have done. Bat For Lashes was the best debut album. A Place To Bury Strangers and Klaxons were close too. LCD Soundsystem and Burial and UNKLE made great records too. And all down the line. Many records I haven't heard yet, so I hesitate to include them here.

1. Blonde Redhead "23"
2. Bat For Lashes "Fur and Gold"
3. LCD Soundsystem "Sound of Silver"
4. Burial "Untrue"
5. Devendra Banhart "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon"
6. A Place To Bury Strangers "APTBS"
7. UNKLE "War Stories"
8. Klaxons "Myths of The Near Future"
9. The White Stripes "Icky Thump"
10. Liars "Liars"
11. Jose Gonzalez "In Our Nature"
12. PJ Harvey "White Chalk"
13. The Good The Bad and The Queen "The Good The Bad and The Queen"
14. Battles "Mirrored"
15. Grinderman "Grinderman"
16. BRMC "Baby 81"
17. The Fiery Furnaces "Widow City"
18. Of Montreal "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?"
19. !!! "Myth Takes"
20. The Long Blondes "Someone To Drive You Home"
22. Arcade Fire "Neon Bible"
23. Nine Inch Nails "Year Zero"
24. Mystery Jets "Zoo Time"
25. Deerhoof "Friend Opportunity"


Other picks:

West Indian Girl "4th and Main"
Charlotte Gainsbourg "5:55"
Patrick Wolf "The Magic Position"
No Age "Weirdo Rippers"
Maximo Park "Our Earthly Pleasures"
MIA "Kala"
Jarvis Cocker "Jarvis"
New Young Pony Club "Fantastic Playroom"
Elliott Smith "New Moon"
The Hives "The Black and White Album"
Kieran Hebdan "Tongues"
Art Brut "It's A Bit Complicated"
Justice "Cross"
The Cribs "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever"
Queens of The Stone Age "Era Vulgaris"
The Horrors "Strange House"
The Stooges "The Weirdness"
1990s "Cookies"
The Black Lips "Good Bad Not Evil"
Adult "Why Bother?"
Led Zeppelin "Mothership"
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12/06/2007

Music is My Boyfriend

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it is that time of the month!

Music Is My Boyfriend: the club
Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:00pm
Location: Bar 107
Street: 107 west 4th street @ main
Los Angeles, CA

music is my boyfriend 12 @ Bar 107 / December 13th

Music Is My Boyfriend is the name of our amazing night of NEW MUSIC in Downtown LA. It happens the second THURSDAY of every month. DJs Alexander Laurence and Andrea Sutterfield revisit to BAR 107....

Alexander Laurence (aka The Portable Infinite)
CELEBRATES VINYL and the end of 7

My book Five Fingers Make A Fist is available at the bar... Buy a copy at new low price and I will sign it.

New Indie Rock + New Indie Dance + Select Records from the 70s & 80s + you + me + everyone

Sexy videos + free stuff + special appearances

It is all FREE and there are no lines

It will be GREAT in '08

****

PAST Turntablists include: DJ Dick Hemlock, DJ Queen of Clubs, DJ Perfik, and The Buttons...
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11/30/2007

Shiny Toy Guns


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11/28/2007

Simple Kid

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11/18/2007

The Outsiders @ Safari Sams

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11/15/2007

Spiritualized






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11/13/2007

Spiritualized @ Vista Theater

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11/11/2007

She Wants Revenge @ Henry Fonda

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Support Band: Io Echo

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11/10/2007

Joanna Newsom @ Walt Disney

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11/09/2007

Music is My Boyfriend




Music is my Boyfriend playlist
November 8th, 2007

Junior Boys "Last Exit"
Violent Femmes "Blister In The Sun"
Black Sabbath "Sweet Leaf"
Joy Division "Transmission"
Jean Knight "Mr Big Stuff"
Roxy Music "Virginia Plain"
Liquid Liquid "Cavern"
Gary Numan "Cars"
Lords of The New Church "Russian Roulette"
Bat For Lashes "What's A Girl To Do?"

Death From Above 1979 "Romantic Rights"
Devendra Banhart "Lover"
CSS "Let's Pretend That We're Dead"
Siouxsie and The Banshees "Hong Kong Garden"
Grinderman "No Pussy Blues"
The Normal "Warm Leatherette"
Massive Attack "Special Needs"
Neil Young "Cinnamon Girl"
Bowie "Scary Monsters"
Echo and The Bunnymen "The Cutter"

Ladytron "Soft Power"
Suicide "Cheree"
The Velvet Underground "Waiting For The Man"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band "Blinded By The Light"
Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood"
Depeche Mode "Can't Get Enough"
The Rapture "Get Myself Into It"
Interpol "The Heinrich Maneuver"
Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy"
Iggy and The Stooges "Raw Power"

A Place To Bury Strangers "To Fix The Gash In Your Head"
The Black Keys "Your Touch"
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You"
The Go! Team "Grip Like A Knife"
Klaxons "It's Not Over Yet"
LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum"
T. Rex "Hot Love"
Rocky Horror OST "Science Fiction"
Suede "We Are The Pigs"
The Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK"

New Young Pony Club "The Bomb"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
Teddybears "Cobrastyle"
Arcade Fire "Rebellion Lies"
Kaiser Cheifs "I Predict A Riot"
Bloc Party "The Prayer"
The Kills "Fried My Little Brains"
Clinic "If You Could Read Your Mind"
We Are Scientists "The Great Escape"
John Foxx "He's A Liquid"

Blur "Music Is My Radar"
The Subways "Rock and Roll Queen"
The Raveonettes "Love In A Trashcan"
Broadcast "American Boy"
Adam and The Ants "Kings of The Wild Frontier"
Big Audio Dynamite "C'mon Every Beatbox"
Hot Chip "Over and Over"
The Rutles "Doubleback Alley"
TV on The Radio "Wolf Like Me"
Roxy Music "Out Of The Blue"

Jesus and Mary Chain "Just Like Honey"
Junior Boys "In The Morning" (Hot Chip remix)
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11/05/2007

... and they say that this man is insane?


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10/30/2007

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10/29/2007

Queens of The Stone Age @ Nokia

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10/28/2007

1990s @ the Troubadour

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10/27/2007

The Warlocks @ Alex's Bar / Long Beach

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10/26/2007

The Black Lips Interview



The Black Lips
By Alexander Laurence

The Black Lips are a band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are one of the hot
bands this year after causing a sensation by playing a lot of shows and having
crazy live shows. They started in 2000 as teenagers. But since then one member
has died, and they have been naked onstage, they have vomited and urinated, set
themselves on fire, and played instruments with their genitals. They have
released several singles and albums. Most recently they come out with a live
album, Los Valientos del Mundo Nuevo, and Good Bad Not Evil. The band members are
Cole Alexander (vocals, guitar), Jared Swilley (Bass guitar), Joe Bradley
(drums), and Ian Brown (guitar). I spoke to Jared recently on the phone while he
was getting a haircut, so here we go.

**

AL: Are you playing tonight?

Jared: Yeah, we are playing in Athens, Georgia tonight. We were actually
banned from the club four years ago. We had a bad reputation. They got worked up.
They had anticipated all this crazy stuff happening. It wasn’t that crazy.
They overreacted. We had brought out some lighter fluid. We were going to light
the drums on fire. They sent a stagehand onstage to take our stuff apart. Our
old guitarist got in a scuffle with him. He pushed off the stage. It became a
big debacle. They kicked us all out and called the police. They kicked out
everyone from Atlanta. Since then the owner of the club likes our band now. She
comes to see us play all the time.

AL: You can just blame it all on the guy who is not in the band anymore.

Jared: It was based on things that we have done. Back then people wouldn’t
let us use the monitors or any of their gear. They would take pictures off the
wall because they thought we would break it. They would threaten us when we got
to the place. It would start off on the bad foot.

AL: It took you a few years to figure out how to play?

Jared: We were more into destruction in the beginning. It took a while to
become technically proficient. We were really young and we would get really
drunk. That is what we liked to do.

AL: But you have played a lot of shows?

Jared: We have toured relentlessly since I was seventeen years old. We
couldn’t do the same stuff all the time. We never really thought about it. Stuff
changes. Time moves on.

AL: You played some shows in Tijuana?

Jared: Vice wanted us to do a live album. It was our first major label
release. You do a live album you want to make it fun. Doing it in Tijuana seemed
like a good idea. It is a crazy city. We wanted it to be a spectacle. We have a
lot of friends from Mexico. The guy who tours with us and does a lot of our
videos is from Mexico. He has friends in Tijuana.

AL: It’s odd for bands to go down there.

Jared: Yeah, we want to tour all of Mexico. There is a cool scene down there.
In Tijuana, I thought it was going to be a bunch of white kids from
California. But we ended up playing with a local band. They were cool. It was a good
vibe. People weren’t jaded.

AL: Have you played in Europe?

Jared: We have been there a lot. We are going again tomorrow. Europe is great
too. They are not jaded. Paris and London are rough crowds, but the rest, and
especially small towns are great. Italy is great.

AL: Do you like to go to new places?

Jared: I like to do that. We are going to Israel this summer. We are working
towards getting a show in Uganda. I would like to go to more crazy third world
places. We have wanted to go to Brazil for a long time.

AL: How did you decide which songs went on the live album?

Jared: It was mostly songs from our last album, Let It Bloom. Just some
random songs from the previous albums. We just play the songs we think are good and
are not tired of playing. We usually have a set and add songs all the time.
We don’t play a lot of songs on the record that have organ or piano.

AL: You just finished this studio album, right?

Jared: We just got out of the studio. We recorded twenty songs. It will
probably be twelve or thirteen songs.

AL: When you play live now, do you ever feel the need to light your pubic
hair on fire? Or do you figure that you have to do something new?

Jared: We don’t do that stuff as much as we used to. If it happens, it
happens. I don’t think about it. We want to play a good show and play our songs.
It’s more important to have a solid set. People should not expect that we are
going to pee on them.

AL: You have this song “Cocksucker.” Were you trying to be shocking with
that?

Jared: That was on the first album. That wasn’t trying to be shocking. The
song’s contents haven’t changed all that much. We still write about the same
things. There are no new references to oral sex on the new album.

AL: How do you write songs in the band?

Jared: Everyone will come up with ideas for a song. We work on songs at sound
checks and at band practice. Sometimes we have lyrics ready, and other times
we will write them right before we record.

AL: How did the tour with Be Your Own Pet go?

Jared: It was great. It was weird because it was the first time we did a tour
where we were the older guys. They are all teenagers. When we were their age
we would have shows canceled on us or we would have to wait outside the venue.
They didn’t have to do that because they are on a major label and they had a
lot of press, and people know that they are all under 21.

AL: Did anyone in the band ever get seriously injured?

Jared: At SXSW three years ago I had to get fifteen stitches on my head. I
used to have this wrestling video where they show you how to cut your forehead.
You bleed but you don’t scar. I was really drunk when I did it, and I took a
razorblade and cut my scalp. I did it towards the end of the set. I played the
last two songs. Then people told me that I had to go to the hospital. We have
never had any broken bones. We used to fight onstage a lot.

AL: You fought with the audience or the band members?

Jared: Both. We used to fight with our old guitar player. Once some people
tried to steal our guitar. We fought some rednecks at SXSW.

AL: Now do you have better gear?

Jared: It’s nicer. For a long time we didn’t have any equipment. We had to
borrow stuff every night. Now that we are on Vice, we have stuff that works. We
had the same drum set for so long, it was pathetic. That is probably why we
play better. We used to have practice amps and the drum kit was in shambles. For
a long time we couldn’t afford to buy any cymbals. That was our main problem
for a long time. Other bands wouldn’t let us use them cymbals, even when we
were totally sober. It was annoying.

AL: If it works, the songs sound better?

Jared: Yeah. We got a tuner too. We don’t know how to tune really well. That
helps a lot.

AL: Would you consider doing the Warp Tour?

Jared: No. It would have to be totally different. I don’t like festivals
because you are outside all day.
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10/25/2007

The Past few days

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