Latin Harpsichord Laser Beam Fight

I just found out Lori D's brother Nick has a website and it's really really awesome. There is a lot of good stuff to dig through (make sure to click song #20 for the title of this post).
You can see Lori's new Yo Gabba Gabba cartoon here as well.

posted by sammy at 9:45 AM

Pat deWitt at Cinefamily 3/29 @ 8pm

Patrick DeWitt presents Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

You might have heard that once a month Family curates a night at the Silent Movie Theatre where we get someone we like - artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, comedians, or generally inspiring folk - to curate and introduce a night of films. First, they show lesser-seen short films that they’ve made, or that have been made about them-or that they just like. Afterwards, they show a feature that has personally influenced them, and finally they explain it all and take your questions too.

The first one we did was with Mike Mills and this one coming up features Pat Dewitt, this Sunday 3/29 at 8pm. You may have seen his little self help book published by Teenage Teardrops, Help Yourself Help Yourself. His first novel, Ablutions, has just been released to much ecstatic fanfare: A nameless bartender ambles toward redemption, while flanked by a bleak coterie of miscreants, all miserably funny. Among Dewitt's selections for the evening are an animated trailer for Ablutions by omni-faceted animator and Wholphin/Mcsweeneys regular Carson Mell. Dewitt will be reading from Ablutions, before the screening of the 1960 feature-length drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - a gritty, incisive take on life and love in industrial Nottingham. Albert Finney stars in his first major role as surprisingly likable Arthur Seaton, a factory worker whose few hours of free time are spent drinking heavily, rebelling violently against his conceptions of authority, and connecting clumsily with equally troubled local women.

posted by kramer at 1:37 PM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

We just got the collection of all his Village Voice strips from the 50s on. I love this stuff so much.

posted by kramer at 3:59 PM

Trees at Night

This Saturday at Space 15Twenty is a performance by Susan Cianciolo. It'll also feature a perfomance by Aska and Becky's Ladies' Choir which will feature a million ladies singing classic and new compositions.

posted by kramer at 4:46 PM

Beware of Today

The new full length Bonnie 'prince' Billy album comes out today. The best of you should go the extra mile and grab the limited edition 10" vinyl version, which comes with a digital download of the album, and an exclusive 4 song ep. It's a great record, another fearless leap in style and approach (FULL DISCLOSURE: I did artwork for the album, so I may not be completely objective, but whatever, trust me).
Click here for the video "I am Goodbye".

posted by sammy at 10:21 AM

Will Sweeney's Overgrown

I've been getting a lot of emails from people who missed the Will Sweeney show at Hope, so here's a small selection from it. The current show, Hallow, by Mark McCoy is worth a gander too. We have the soundtrack to Hallow at Family too, a collab between Mark's Youth Attack and Teardrops. It's a double LP and includes a glossy catalogue of all the work in the show.

posted by kramer at 1:18 PM

New Record Store - Vacation

There is now another good record store besides Amoeba. I haven't been inside yet, but I checked out their inventory list, and it's pretty mindblowing and expanding daily. The lovely Jessica Espeleta is the manager and Dave from Secret Headquarters an owner. Look out for the opening party with No Age.

4679 Hollywood Blvd.
(Vermont Ave.)

posted by kramer at 1:36 PM

Hallow Previews

To accompany Hallow’s visuals, McCoy has composed an audio soundtrack double LP for the exhibition. Each song corresponds to a drawing featured in the show. The album is a collaboration between McCoy's Youth Attack label, and Teenage Teardrops. And the gallery will be black.

Friday, March 13th - April 11th
Opening reception March 13th, 7-10
Hope Gallery
1547 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles.

posted by kramer at 3:03 PM

Ambergris This Sunday!

Artist/musician Matthew Thurber (Soiled Mattress and The Springs, 1-800 MICE )will be performing this sunday, March 15th at 7pm. Don't miss it, He's The Best!

posted by sammy at 1:39 PM

Festivus Miracle

'Seinfeld' alums guesting on HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer set for several episodes on new season.

And here's the best of Leon:

posted by kramer at 12:47 PM


Peter Relic will be joining the bill with Sam Mcpheeters and Erika Anderson on Sunday. Here's a link to an incredible feature Peter wrote on the diminutive Bushwick Bill of Geto Boys in XXL magazine, included in the Best American Music Writing a couple of years ago.

And here's a pretty glowing review of Pat Dewitt's novel,
Ablutions in today's NY Times.

posted by kramer at 2:10 PM

Sam McPheeters and Erika Anderson Reading - Sunday

Sunday, March 8, 7:30

This Sunday pull up a stool at Family where Sam McPheeters will be reading new work along with Erika Anderson.

Sam McPheeters sang in seminal hardcore band Born Against, plus Wrangler Brutes and Men's Recovery Project. He is also the author of the zines "Error" and Dear Jesus, and editor of the literary magazine, Clog.

Erika Anderson plays in the bands Gowns, and Amps For Christ.

posted by kramer at 12:17 AM


New Other Thing is a record label with no money involved run by two very sweet people (Brendan Fowler & Luke Fischbeck) who make really rad art. check it check it check it check it please

posted by NATE at 5:52 PM

Mark McCoy - Hallow @ Hope March 13

posted by kramer at 6:37 PM

CHONTO by Carson Mell.

posted by sammy at 10:09 AM