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Band We Like
September 29, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

My favorite scene in “Rushmore” - quite possibly my favorite movie - comes near the end when our young anti hero Max Fischer decides to pick up the broken pieces and start gluing himself back together again. Margaret Wang’s remote control airplane has just flown off and Max and Dirk are in a cold and empty parking lot flying a kite. Max considers the kite in the clouds. And as he says the words, “take dictation, please” the first gently plucked notes of “The Wind” by Cat Stevens begins. Max then lists the names of possible candidates for Kite Flying Society as we hear, “I listen to the wind. To the wind of my soul.” Right here. Right now. Max knows he is going to be OK. It’s a magical movie moment. It still gives me chills. It's the reason I'm a successful local music blobber today. And it wouldn’t have been possible with Cat Stevens….

…..who is set to undertake his first North American tour in 35 years. (I was getting to it.) You, of course, know about Cat Stevens (who now goes by Yusuf - but since Cat Stevens is all over his official promo stuff I think he’s cool with whatever). This English man had the solid gold 100% pure pop hits littered throughout the ‘70s. “The Wind” + “Where Do The Children Play?” + “Moonshadow” + “Wild World” + “Morning Is Broken” (could do without that one maybe) + “Father and Son” (which also happens to be one of the greatest songs of all time). All the hits were there. But in 1977 he converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and by 1979 he was done. Poof. Gone.

Again. You know about Cat Stevens. However, you may very well be thinking to yourself right this very minute, "I like Cat Stevens. Sure. Who doesn't. But is it really worth the time, money, and trouble to go to see him play his old songs in 2014?" Well, I can’t really answer that for you, dear Rockness Reader. However, what I will say is this. “Yes. Yes it is.”

Go. Just do it. You'll miss him when he's gone.

(*Cat Stevens is also a main reason why the movie “Harold & Maude” holds up so well but that’s a discussion for another dynamic day.)

(**”The Wind” was also the official Oh My Rockness wedding song and that’s something we DEFINITELY don’t have time to get into today because true love takes time to tell, man.)

(*** Damn, that "Rushmore" scene got taken off YouTube - oh well - you'll just have to play this and imagine that.)

Band We Like
September 29, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

On this week’s episode of Behind The Blob we discuss my thought process behind the following Only Real profile.

I was listing this really good CMJ show. And I noticed a bunch of good faces playing. Frankie Cosmos + Beverly + September Girls and, well, I could go on. But I won’t. Because I was stopped by the name Only Real. Wait a minute, I thought. I don’t know of any band named Only Real. So I did a little digging and was delighted with the results. Here’s what I found.

Only Real is one guy - a chill hip-popster (50% rapping + 50% singing = 100% good time) from London named Niall Galvin. His smooth flow over charming surf skater slacker songs in the key of breezy had the leading British music blobs really blobbing…. in 2012. But I guess that chatter didn’t make its way over here... until now. And everybody knows once you get a profile on Whoa My Blobness the door to opportunity falls completely off its hinges and you can just walk right in. You don't need to knock or anything.

Galvin started Only Real by making shit up in his bedroom. It was easy, really. Using real honest-to-god live instruments, Galvin played them with his hands and spit the sounds they emitted back into his codified Compra-Pad. He then released the new de-codified results to the world via his Intra Saucer. And amazingly the songs smelled liked roses

But now I’d imagine Only Real is a full band, considering he’s coming over to the States for that CMJ show as mentioned two paragraphs previously.* However, I don’t know the names of the other members of Only Real since I try to do as little research as possible around here. I’m too busy spinning the hits.

Below is Only Real’s “Days in the City” EP which you may stream if you’re the type that likes to spend their procrastination time listening to good music. It came out last summer. But I sure never heard about it, man…. until today. Get ready to be famous, Only Real. Get. Ready.

(( *I would link to the specific show I keep referencing but that will make this profile massively outdated in a month and nobody makes Whoa My Blobness out to be the fool. ))

Just Announced
September 26, 2014


10/10 Fartbarf, The Fuxedos, Pu$$y Cow @ El Cid
10/11 Only Crime @ Alex's Bar
10/12 TacocaT @ Alex's Bar
10/13 Lucinda Williams @ The Grammy Museum
10/14 The Drums @ Amoeba Music- Hollywood
10/17 Lana Del Rey @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10/18 Lana Del Rey @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10/19 Chastity Belt, LA Witch, TULIPS @ Acerogami
10/20 Spoon @ The Grammy Museum
10/23 Daniel Lanois @ The Grammy Museum
10/23 Movement @ The Satellite
10/30 Demetri Martin @ Largo
11/03 Amason @ The Echo
11/05 Gazelle Twin @ Bootleg
11/05 Jake Bugg @ Troubadour
11/06 Weezer (performing "Everything Will Be Alight In The End") @ The Glass House
11/09 La Hell Gang, Wild Pack of Canaries, Feral Kizzy, Washing Machines, Danger Junkies, Mechachief, ModPods, The Lost Years, Flames of Durga, Stars at Night @ Los Globos
11/13 RAC, The Knocks @ The Fonda Theatre
11/13 Field Report @ The Satellite
11/14 Lo-Fang @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/14 Crushed Out (formerly Boom Chick) @ The Satellite
11/14 The Oh Hellos @ Troubadour
11/15 Single Mothers @ Origami Vinyl
11/18 Tegan & Sara, WATERS, The Courtneys @ Hollywood Palladium
11/18 Kitty @ The Roxy
11/18 X Ambassadors, Busy Living @ Troubadour
11/20 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mac Lethal @ House of Blues Los Angeles
11/20 Cold War Kids, Avid Dancer @ The Regent Theater
11/21 Bella Novella, Fartbarf, Rats Louvre @ Alex's Bar
11/21 Yumi Zouma @ Bootleg
11/21 The Blood Brothers, Dunes @ The Observatory
11/22 The BOTS @ Bootleg
11/28 Ariel Pink @ The Regent Theater
12/03 Caught a Ghost @ Troubadour
12/05 Moving Units, All Leather, Qui, Secret Fun Club @ El Rey Theatre
12/05 Avi Buffalo @ The Echo
12/05 Horse Feathers, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside @ The Satellite
12/13 Yung Lean, Sad Boys, Gravity Boys @ The Regent Theater
12/26 Blind Melon @ El Rey Theatre
1/17 Geographer @ El Rey Theatre
2/06 Hozier @ The Fonda Theatre
2/08 Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga @ The Wiltern
3/05 Galactic @ El Rey Theatre


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Contests & Giveaways
September 22, 2014

We have a pair of tickets to give away to see ALICE RUSSELL with LOST MIDAS and THE SESHEN at Skirball Cultural Center on Friday, October 24th!

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Recommended Show
September 22, 2014

Written by Patrick McNamara

Thanks again for choosing to spend your procrastinating time with this music blob. If you forget everything else we tell you this week please don't forget these two things. #1 We lUv U. #2 Won't let U down.

Let’s get into the goodness.

Forever and Ever.

#1. King Tuff - Amoeba - Tuesday - September 23 - 2014 A.D.

Scuzzy post-garage* punkster popster masters King Tuff play a free show at some little known underground record store or something at 6 PM. And free oftentimes means you don’t have to pay, man. This one will probably get wild. But then again, wild is how the post-garage* punkster popster masters do.

*no idea

#2. Simian Mobile Disco - El Rey - Thursday - September 25 - 2014 A.D.

This duo has been slinging nothing but the hits since I was just a little hustler with a local music blob and a big data entry dream. See them perform songs from their new album “Whorl” which does not include the following song. (I can't believe "Hustler" is 7 years old. Hey, Time. Stop tripping.)

#3. JEFF The Brotherhood - The Echo - Friday - September 26 - 2014 A.D.

This duo has been around the block too. They have been shredding the guitar/drum psych-post-something-fuzz-pop since 2001, son (but it took 8 years for anyone to notice - always remember to wait out your dreams - just keep doing what you want to do until the dream has no choice but to give in and let you have it - if for nothing more than just to shut you up). Anyway. Yeah. JEFF the Brotherhood. Good band.

(psst - they're also playing the Observatory on Sunday but you didn't hear it from me, man - trust no one)

#4. Trust - The Fonda - Saturday - September 27 - 2014 A.D.

Toronto’s Trust = easy big time beats + sexy synths + smooth vocals = a good goddamn pop time. Please now enjoy the best Trust song. Warning. It is extremely old. (“whoa, what was two years ago even LIKE, man????”)

(*every mathematical band equation must have two sets of answers as a direct result of the Dynamic Digital Blob Uprising of 2019 - yeah, I've got a time machine - get used to it)

#5. Bob Mould and Cymbals Eat Guitars - The Roxy - Sat/Sun - September 27/28 - 2014 A.D.

Great pairing here. You have got your Husker Du and Sugar man keeping his solo train chugging. And then you’ve got a super solid band straight outta Staten Island that pumps out underrated hit after hit.

Please now enjoy one of the finest songs of the modern post-alt-popster era.




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