Monday, November 17, 2008

I felt like it was all decided.

They're back! About time, and so happy about it. Wednesday night, they played El Cid. It was an absolutely amazing show! As you know, I haven't been well. Even at the show, I started feeling sick again and thought I wouldn't make it. But, once (I)NC hit the stage, it all seemed to go away. They sang a lot of their new songs like "Assassination of Myself", "Hiroshima Mon Amour", "Washington Bullets", etc and old favorites like "Smash It Up" and "Black Mask". The venue was super packed and the crowd was great. I will probably remember this show forever. Loved it. I am really glad they are back because lately I've been feeling very "punk" and started saying punk really is dead. And I'm really tired of dealing with all the crap that goes on in this industry and life in general, I guess. Anyways, thank you for the awesome show! You guys are amazing! xoxo

El Cid - Los Angeles 11/12/08
Opening band Night Horse.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy

Sunday, November 16, 2008

How do you deal and stay sane with these expectations

The (International) Noise Conspiracy played Club Nokia supporting Taking Back Sunday on Thursday. I did not go to this show because I was pissed off that (I)NC were not headlining. Not even going to get into that. See my previous KOL post. On Friday, they played an all ages show at the Eagle Rock Arts Center! All ages shows make me nervous. I am getting so effin old. However, this was so awesome you would not believe how great it was. Well, you know, I started out front. But even before they hit the stage I was really nervous. This was because the stage was super low. Like one step up from the ground. I consider myself a rock show veteran, and I've survived really insane floor sections. Actually, I love it when it's crazy. The energy is awesome. But low stage means, no support, nothing to hold, nothing to grab. By the second song, everyone was like falling over the stage. Then I lost my spot, then I ended up in the middle of the middle. All the guys who are in love with INC kept pushing. Anyone who started in the front, gave up, and had to get out. It was okay, though, because Dennis crowd surfed, and came out on the floor for the last song. The new album is amazing, so you better go get it right now. Produced by Rick Rubin, yeah.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friends say it's fine. Friends say it's good.

I went to two amazing shows this week. Oh my goodness... Le sigh. They make me feel so alive. Pictures from show coming soon. Hang tight and let me recuperate.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Life's an illusion. Love is a dream.

My alter ego inspires me very much in fashion and art. I can just be in bed, listening to music, visualizing my alter ego, the one that's in a band, of course. I've loved performing and music since I was very young. The thrill of being on stage. In my teenage years, my friends and I have performed at local festivals, singing and dancing. When I was growing up, I played the guitar and flute in school orchestras. Music is definitely in my soul. I have only my parents to blame for the music obsession that I have inherited. Anyways, everything is a big equation for me. I was obsessing over an Aquascutum military style coat. Then I saw a knock off version from TopShop. Sadly, I didn't buy it. It was a bit pricey. Then I saw some gold boots at Politix. I would dream about wearing that coat, or different military-esque black and gold combination, for a show, playing with my band. I want to do more illustrations and I would if I wasn't so drained and tired from working. It's also been a long time since I've written any new songs.

I was so tired of being upset
Always wanting something I never could get

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Most! The Best! The Greatest! Forever!

Paper Project LA is back. This time, it was on the Sunset Strip. You know how much I love that place. I decided to go and check it out, and also catch blackblack's set. This year, they had 24 different bands play. When I was walking to the store after I parked, I saw Becky Stark and her band, walking in my opposite direction, with their guitars. It was a beautiful sunny day in LA. It was a perfect photo moment, but I'm too shy to be an aggressive photographer. Anyways, back to the store. I walk in, and make a quick round, and I spot Brad from the Rachel Zoe project and I freak out. I don't have cable, but I bought all the episodes on iTunes and have been watching it over and over. Project Runway bores me, but I absolutely loved this show. I loved Brad's style. I wish more people dressed up around here. So I talked to him and met his friend Drew and took a quick pic. I didn't have any business cards with me, which is ridiculous, but I've been in a serious major funk lately (that I don't want to get into here). Also, I chatted with Kime Buzzelli for a little. She is so super rad and sweet in person. I love her artwork, her style, her blog, etc. I really admire her and she inspires me. I sure have a long way to go. We watched blackblack's set (minus Lola and Alex, sadly). I scored the yellow Jeremy Scott leggings for cheap, yay! Then we went over to Carney's for late lunch.

Jeff Koons towel, anyone?

So cute & adorable: Lola Dompe (I was sad she did not play drums for blackblack this day)

The one & only fabulous Kime Buzzelli!

These two gave me a really hard time when I tried to photo them for my other style blog. Which got me thinking I don't want to be a street style photographer like ever because I am way too shy, and I am a sensitive Pisces.

blackblack performing...

...and now, we go digging back into my photo archives to show you the first time I saw "blackblack" at the Echo on a beautiful crisp February day in 2006. It was pretty empty before the bands went on, so everyone was sitting on the floor. Tennessee Thomas made us all play "don't let the balloon touch the ground". She is so cute. And Cory Kennedy was still hanging out with Mark Hunter back then. Here is a pic I took:

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

They say it's your birthday

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!
"Youngest Indie" turns 2 years old today!!
Thanks to anyone who reads this blog.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I'm sleeping in the shadows and I'm here to stay

Some of you know that I'm going through a really stressful time at work right now. It's been so crazy, that all the stress and exhaustion has caused me to get physically sick. That's when I get really mad because I come home absolutely drained, and the weekends are spent lazing around trying to recuperate for the next work week. It's depressing, really. Anyways, so I decided it would make me feel more alive if I went out to see the Morning Benders again at the Third Street Promenade. It was at night, and it started to get foggy out in Santa Monica. The acoustic performance at the Puma store was quite intimate and lovely. They were taking requests, so I requested "Damnit Anna" since this is one of my favorite songs, and they didn't sing it at Spaceland few nights before. They even sang "Lovefool". My friend was really sad he missed this. So I managed to take some videos. If you've been following my blog, you know I'm more of a "photographer" than a "videographer" because of my urge to bop my head, resulting in shaky videos. Either way, I highly recommend you go buy their CD.

"Damnit Anna"


I'm tired of living my life like nothing's happening

The first time I saw the Morning Benders was back in January 2008 when they played with the Airborne Toxic Event during their Thursday residency a Spaceland. I instantly liked their music. I especially love the live sessions they did at Little Radio. The Morning Benders are definitely on heavy rotation in my life. I told my friends all about them and even they became instant fans. This year, they released their "Talking Through Tin Cans" album and toured the world. I was happy I finally got to see them again at Spaceland last Monday. Honestly, I was sick and I was afraid I wouldn't last throughout their set, but once they hit the stage, I felt better. It was a great show, but I wished their set was longer.