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I’m generally really happy to be living in L.A., and then Les Savy Fav plays an amazing show in New York and I kick myself for not being there. It worked out well for the first couple years; my move pretty much coincided with their hiatus, but seeing their upcoming schedule (2 shows in NYC, zero in L.A.) is painful. I’ll spare trying to rehash the scene secondhand when there are better sources, but it sounds like Tim was at his best, working through at least 3 costume changes (Bohemian Art Rocker, Flower Power Safari, Tim Gone Wild: Oaxaca, and whatever this is) and the band introduced it’s newest member; which is either a second guitarist or Lyla Butler – strapped on to what must be the coolest dad/bassist (rather than bassist/dad) around.
I liked Dan Boeckner’s Wolf Parade side project, Handsome Furs, immediately. In press and in attention, he seems to play Phife Dawg to Spencer Krug’s Q-Tip: appreciated, but never escaping other’s shadow. But not unlike the way that Phife’s underrated Fu Schnickens colab stacks up against Tip’s, Dan’s Wolf Parade songs were often my favorites.
A whole month without a single post. Well at least there’s a new mix up. I think I need to post about this band, Monster, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Have you heard the new Ola Podrida? Well now you have. Does the New Fast Automatic Daffodils song sound familiar? Oh, and Rademacher is playing a free show tomorrow at the Silverlake Lounge. Enjoy.