Arriving at San Diego’s Balboa Park a couple of hours early, my wife and I thought we’d take our our six-year-old daughter and her two cousins to a few museums before the Drive Like Jehu reunion show started. No such luck because they were all closed. It worked out, though, because we heard the sound check begin and booked over to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion to catch it. There were perhaps two or three dozen friends, fans, and nerds present and I was stoked to be one of them.
I mentioned that last week’s Dum Dum Girls gigs in L.A. were record release shows, right? And that I purchased the EP after their in-store at Origami, listened to it repeatedly, and then saw them again at Los Globos two nights later? I’ve often debated whether it’s better to hear new songs live or on your record player and now I know. The correct answer is BOTH.
Here’s a rundown on some new and upcoming releases that I’ve been digging. Click the links if you have time and, better yet, see the bands if you can.
My wife and I had tickets to Touch-and-Go Records’ 25th anniversary celebration in 2006, and I was really amped about seeing the back-in-action Three Mile Pilot–not to mention the reunited Negative Approach and Big Black, the always amazing Shellac, our friends in Seam, the folks from Enon… And then the magazine schedule ran late and we decided to cancel our trip to Chicago. Man. I still get bummed when I think about it. So when last Friday’s show at The Echo was announced, I was super amped to get to see the progenitor of Black Heart Procession and Pinback once more in a small club.