Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fun! Fun!

Hello!  I'm so excited about the book I worked on, What Is Punk? by Eric Morse and Illustrations by me!  It's finally almost here!  (Some of you even have your copies already!)  Please check about above dates for storytime bookstore events with the fabulous author Eric Morse!  There will be fun activities.  All ages welcome!  Bring your kids!  For punk fans of all ages!  Times may vary, so best to check with the bookstore listed above!  Thank you everyone for the interest and support!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Some call it strange, it's just a frame of mind

I went to see Twin Peaks at one of my favorite L.A. venues, the Troubadour.  When this tour was announced, I was excited because Wavves and Swmrs were also on the bill.  The last time I saw Twin Peaks, Cadien's leg was in a cast, but he still rocked it sitting on a chair.  Among all the new and new-ish bands out there, I've been really enjoying Twin Peaks' albums.  Sunken and Wild Onion are both solid albums.  I still can't get enough of their song "Irene".  Although, they did not sing that at this show.  They didn't sing "Mind Frame" either.  That's fine, I understood their set list choices and because they really rocked their set.

SWMRS was the opening band.  Famous for making the soundtrack for the Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent runway show.  They were pretty good.  I like a good high-energy punk sounding band.  I know they hate L.A., but that's my hometown, man.

September 12, 2015 - Troubadour




Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Set Forth

Artist: Tijuana Panthers

Album: Poster

Song: Set Forth

Video: Anny Yi

Label: Innovative Leisure

Release: 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Look at you, you're so important

Tijuana Panthers played their record release show on September 4 at the Regent Theater in Downtown LA.  It was my first time at this venue after the big renovation.  I've been there before the makeover, back in 2008, so it was great to be able to see the before and after comparison.  I got to the venue just in time for The Garden.  I wasn't really familiar with their music, I just knew them for being Saint Laurent models.  So I really didn't know what to expect.  Honestly, I haven't been listening to a lot of new bands lately.  But I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by their performance.  Really enjoyed it: their energy, performance, and sound.  I know some people don't like bands who perform with tracks playing from lap tops, but I honestly don't mind it too much if you really can make it work.  The Garden made it work, I think.  Thought they were pretty refreshing.

Tijuana Panthers new album Poster just came out last week!  If you haven't heard yet, please go check it out (available on CD, vinyl, digital).  Well, Tijuana Panthers sounded great!  The crowd was crazy as usual and really loving it.  It was a great show.  The set list was a mix of old and new.  I really enjoyed the visuals in the background screen.  The footage from Pee Wee's Playhouse went so perfectly with the music of Tijuana Panthers, I really got a kick out of that.  Also, if you don't know by now, I had the honor of making the music video for the second single "Set Forth".  The video was also used as the background visual.  It was a thrill to see.

Random side note:  The Regent has small signs posted on the wall that say crowd surfing is not allowed.  There was a security dude in the front, and in my history of going to concerts, I have never seen a security guy who was such a pro at scooping out the crowd surfers.  I was really impressed by his talent.  Regardless of the sign, fans had fun crowd surfing to the tunes of their favorite band.

Poster, out on Innovative Leisure Records, is quite different from past Tijuana Panthers albums.  It still sounds like them but it's definitely a new take on their sound.  Great new album.  Go listen!

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