Sunday, July 31, 2011

I finally went to see the Tim Burton exhibit with my lovely friends. We went after work on a weekday hoping it would be less busy. Sadly, no photos allowed. I will definitely go back again several more times. It's definitely inspiring and wonderful. Afterwards, we went to eat dinner at Bloom Cafe on Pico Blvd, and their menu is fantastic! I highly recommend this place. Their grilled salmon with brown rice was delicious, and they also have a fresh juice menu. Last night, driving through Hollywood, I drove by Amoeba and was happy to see who was up on their main display. The new Horrors album is out in the UK since July but it will be released in the US on August 9. Can't wait to get my actual physical copy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Take this time

Finally got to see Myles' new band Viva Modula. I have a major style crush on him. Having been a longtime fan of Bloodcat Love, I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was an intimate awesome show, surrounded by their fans and friends. Now, I find myself listening to their songs on repeat. You can download their EP online for free so go check it out now! My current favorite song is "Paper Tiger". They are planning to hit the studio to record their album and I'm excited for it.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trying to see the bright side

It's become a summer tradition of ours to go to the Hammer Museum free concert series that happens every Thursday in July. The first one I ever went to was back in 2006 when Run Run Run and Silversun Pickups played. It's an awesome place and I absolutely love enjoying a summer night with good music in a nice UCLA museum in Westwood. Other bands I've seen here are Shiny Toy Guns, People in Planes, Deadly Syndrome, Band of Skulls, Amazing Baby, Miss Derringer, and more. As you can see, the lineup does not disappoint. This year, I was excited to see that The Soft Pack were playing. I hadn't seen them in such a long time it was kind of ridiculous. Hanni El Khatib went on first. It's just him with his guitar and a drummer. It was nice and loud and had a modernized soulful rock sound. Very nice indeed. Then, The Soft Pack played starting with "The Bright Side". It just made me dance. There were stanchions and velvet ropes that kind of stood in front of the stage. By the middle of the set, we were all pushed forward to the edge of the stage. Some people almost fell onto the stage. This guy in the crowd adjusted the moved monitor. But it was all good fun. The fans were happy and dancing. It's been a while since I've had this much fun. And I got the set list, it had some interesting stick figure drawings.

The Soft Pack

Hanni El Khatib

Past post about The Soft Pack

Saturday, July 09, 2011

To make my life harder, or more enjoyable, I tend to like things that are harder to find. Not intentionally, but it ends up being that way. Such as magazines. I really like foreign magazines such as i-D, NME, Lula, Jalouse, etc. I used to be able to find these magazines at Borders. Well, now that Borders went bankrupt and closed all their stores here, I wasn't sure where to go. For hard to find magazines, I'd suggest the newsstand at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, or the one on Hollywood and Cahuenga. Last weekend, I went to the one in Hollywood. Go during the day, and you'll find plenty of street meter parking close by. But meter parking is still expensive, so I'd recommend you go with a bag of coins, or know what your are looking for. The lady that works there is super cool, too! Then, for music, you can always buy stuff online, but it's fun to go out for some human interaction, right? Then, go hang out at Amoeba and try not to spend too much money because it's very tempting to buy everything you see there. Such as those Beatles lamps. Anyways, here's what I bought recently.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Summer sun says get out more I need you I want you

Happy Summer! I love spring and summer. I don't do well in cold weather. I get cold very easily. I blame Global Warming for last year's not so hot summer. It was really weird. It felt like we didn't have a summer. I didn't know what season it was. Then, it was fall. This year has been warmer overall. On the first day of summer, we all went to a local place to have some burgers. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. I love it that it's light outside til past 8pm. I love it that you can leave the house in the morning without a sweater or a jacket on. I love the smell of summer nights' air. Sigh... I always try to make the most out of it. So far, so good.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I've been looking in a new direction

If you've been to the Glasshouse in Pomona, you know that it's basically like a warehouse with a stage. Not very glamorous, but nevertheless, it's an awesome venue because it's small and intimate. That being said, please excuse these blurry pictures due to lack of lighting, and lots of dancing and madness. Black Lips are back with their much talked-about new album "Arabia Mountain" with tracks produced by Mark Ronson. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it to their show this time. Also, after previous experiences, I wasn't sure if I could handle the crowd, now that I'm older. I figure I could just stand at the side, or the back, and dance by myself, but is that even possible? When they go on, I just say forget it and go for it, then get totally beat up and end up passing out or something. But does it make any sense if I don't go to their show? So, I went to their show. It was lots of fun. By the end, Jared was crowd surfing, kids were on stage, Ian and Cole kissed, and we looked like a hot mess, drenched in sweat, and water courtesy of Cerebral Ballzy's super soaker that they kept shooting at the crowd. Besides, it was cool to hear their new songs live. So, go out and get it. Oh and you can read my older posts about them (see links at bottom of the post), I re-read them the other day, and I'm totally like gushing. Yeah, I'm definitely a huge fan. Black Lips!!

Cerebral Ballzy

Previous Black Lips posts here, here, and here.