Sunday, April 19, 2015

Are you living this way because you think you have to


Hey, everyone!  I haven't done a gig blog post in forever that I kind of forgot how to write one.  I don't know if I should take some time to explain why this blog has been so abandoned lately.  Or if I should talk about the 2000s and my indie days, or if I should gush about how ridiculously dreamy The Cribs are.  This post can go so many ways!  Maybe I will just focus on the gig itself and let you know about the new Cribs album.

The Cribs played Coachella this year and lucky for me (and all the crazy fans) that they booked a local-chella show at The Roxy.  This show did not disappoint.  In fact, it was so good, I kept saying "this show was so special" on my way home.  Opening the night was a band from San Diego called The Frights.  They were adorable and sounded great.  Definitely a sound I love.  If you are into the oldies, doo wop, surf, garage, cute, and loud, you should check them out.

The Cribs started the set with "Mirror Kissers".  Way back in 2006, I went to a downtown warehouse party and I got a free iheartcomix compilation CD and this track was on there.  I immediately loved them and that music video is one of my all time favorites.  This was an awesome show because they played the perfect mix of old and new and in-between.  Fans were going wild and so happy.  So much fun.  Their new album, For All My Sisters, just came out last month.  I got the CD.  Yes, a CD.  It was produced by Ric Ocasek.  I immediately loved "Burning for No One" when they released that.  Listening to the whole album, at first, I thought it sounded a little different than the sound I was more familiar with to associate The Cribs with, but the more I listened to it, it did sound like The Cribs.  It is really just an upgraded, new material, great album.  My favorite tracks from the new album is "Different Angle", "Summer of Chances", and "Diamond Girl".  Get the new album now!

The Cribs are a special band to me.  Probably because they remind me of my hey days.  Having been a concert-goer for many years now, I witnessed that period where the Sunset Strip was no longer cool, and better music venues started popping up.  Still, I have my share of great memories of the Sunset Strip.  I'm glad The Roxy are booking cool shows again.  Walking back to my car, I looked at 1 Oak and how it's turned into a club, and I missed the days of the Key Club.  Driving down Sunset, seeing so many old buildings demolished, making way for new structures, things looked familiar yet strange.  But I'm glad that I was able to see The Cribs and the fact that they are still around.  Thanks for the new album!  I had forgotten who I was, then this show helped me remember.

















P.S.  Ryan wearing a Venison Strokes tee and looking like a Ramone.  Happy.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

What makes you think you're the one

I don't do a lot of watercolor illustrations because they are time consuming but I do enjoy it.  It's already February.  I'm excited that Spring is near.



Sunday, February 01, 2015

There's no one like you under the sun



I did so much this weekend and not all of it was captured on camera, but here are some nice photos from some of the things we did on Saturday.  Spent the day with one of my best friends, started with brunch at Poppy and Rose next to the flower mart.  It's a charming place, and the food was delicious.  Later, in between other adventures, we also squeezed in checking out the L.A. Art Book Fair at the Geffen MOCA.  Such a great turnout, it was crazy trying to walk the entire show, but I was able to do it with moral support from my friend.  I was getting a little claustrophobic and getting tired.  But, phobias aside, it was an inspiring and fun experience.  There was a lot of awesome punk art books.  It was great to see so many creative spirits.  Also, it was a treat to see Thurston Moore hanging out at his table.











Friday, January 02, 2015

Do you understand


So I drew this today!  Last year was so crazy that I didn't have time or inspiration to sit down and draw.  There would be times when I really missed the feeling of blasting music in my ears while just sketching away.  I don't remember the last time I did an illustration but it must be over 7 months at least.  Well, it's been freezing cold (literally) in L.A., so I didn't go out at all today.  And I was pretty bored so I made myself sit down and do this.  Anyways, by the looks of things, this winter is going to be pretty cold.  So there's nothing wrong with staying at home, sitting around, and listening to good music.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!  Thanks for hanging out at YoungestIndie.com!  Hope you all have a fun and safe celebration!

Here are my top 5 tunes of 2014:

Irene - Twin Peaks
Millions - Gerard Way
Go Away - Weezer
Who Needs You - The Orwells
Do You - Spoon

(Totally random and in no particular order, but at work, the number one most played song in my iTunes is "Irene" by Twin Peaks.  Next will probably be "Mirror of Time".)

And the most popular post of 2014 was my coverage of Day 2 of Coachella!


And the second most popular post of 2014 was The Orwells/ Twin Peaks/ Criminal Hygiene at Troubadour.





Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas, everyone!
- from Youngest Indie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

That depends on what they're for


Who woulda thunk it?  That I'd get to see Gerard Way at the Troubadour.  One of my favorite artists, and one of my favorite venues.  To think that it's already been ten years since I fell in love with MCR.  And got through some tough times listening to their first album.  Fast forward through several amazing MCR shows and memories, and you get 2014, where MCR is no more, but Gerard Way is back with a solo album.  A solid solo album that any Gerard fan is bound to love.  I immediately loved the songs when I first heard them.  "Millions" is my favorite song right now.  "Drugstore Perfume" and "Action Cat" are also so good.  And when I saw them live, he had a great band he calls The Hormones.  And it was the best sounds to hear: Gerard's singing, and loud electric guitars, with plenty of distortion pedals, reminding me of all the things I love.








Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now we're being watched by google


Kasabian at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

October 8, 2014


I didn't get there early but I was lucky enough to barely make it to the pit at the Wiltern.  I was happy about that.  I was also very tired as these last few months have been a little more than hectic.  But it felt nice to see Kasabian again.  Bo Ningen was also perfectly super avant garde and cool.  Another level of cool.  Kasabian sounded good.  My best memory of them still is two years ago at Coachella where I magically made it to the front center without being crushed.  And their set time was in the evening so there were cool breezes to save us from the scorching heat of earlier.  Oh, and I think Serge might be my spirit animal.

Supporting band: Bo Ningen



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