Friday, September 26, 2008
- Kevin Shields watching Thurston Moore with a guy who looked suspiciously like The Mystery Man in Lost Highway.
- T and I asking Kevin Shields after cornering him coming out of the secure area if he planned to bring MBV to Australia and New Zealand. He said no, and seemed a little uncomfortable talking - "I'm meant to be following these guys, I'd better go." Ah well, you don't ask, you don't get!
- Kim Gordon hanging with Debbie Googe, Colm O'Ciosoig and Kevin Shields in the secure area at the end of Thurston Moore's set.
- Talking to Stuart from Mogwai in the queue to see Low and discussing veganism and vegetarianism. He told us that he became a vegetarian after his Mother told him pigs cry when they sense they are going to die, and he "quite likes pigs" and lives in the countryside.
- Steve Albini dealing cards in the Executive Card Room.
- Bob Weston cuddling his wife after their set.
- Todd Trainer absolutely everywhere.
- T had a nice conversation with Efrim and Jessica from Thee Silver Mount Zion Orchestra. Efrim remembered meeting T on some train tracks in Montreal years ago, having a long chat and Efrim depositing T into a taxi at the end.
- Benjamin John Power from Fuck Buttons cradling a beer and being very nice when I told him they played a great set the day before.
- Both members of Fuck Buttons manning their merchandise stand at various points.
- Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom manning the MBV merchandise stand and trying to convince a guy to buy a shirt by telling him that purple was definitely his colour.
- Barry from Mogwai walking back to his room after their set.
- Alan Sparhawk from Low buying some peanut M&M's late at night.
- Members of Brian Jonestown Massacre trying to decide whether to see MBV after their own set.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
- Agathe Max (Lyon) - Layers of noise generated by her violin looped over each other, very sad.
- Colourmusic (Oklahoma) - Happy noise pop with some screaming thrown in.
- Carla Bozulich (Los Angeles) - I can't even begin to describe this performance. It was like watching someone cut themselves in front of you. Completely and utterly compelling, plus T cried.
- Black Moth Super Rainbow (Pennsylvania) - Keyboard based psychedelia, although they became a bit of a one-trick pony.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
- The Jewels by Einsturzende Neubauten, which was a member-only release (although now it appears to be on sale to the general public, including ex-members like us!)
- A music loving cat who enjoys sleeping on the counter (or in boxes of CDs)
Friday, September 12, 2008
A leisurely drive around Silver Lake (we were told by lots of people to go out there as there are lots of vegan places there) followed. Silver Lake is also the home of Beck, Lou Barlow from Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion, Brett McKenzie from Flight of the Concords - Brettie! and previously Elliot Smith. It was a nice area, and definitely felt more relaxed than the more central parts of LA.
It was then time to visit Downtown, starting with the Walt Disney Concert Hall:
Next up, the Bradbury Building (used as Deckard’s apartment in Bladerunner) and Union Station. We then took the metro back to the Concert Hall and headed for Santa Barbara. Dinner was at Sojourners, which we had both been told by a couple of vegans in LA was a vegan place, but unfortunately it turned out to be an organic place that had just a couple of vegan options. For some reason, the majority of these options finished at 10 pm (we arrived just after 10 pm), but we were still able to have the stuffed pasta shells and nutmeat burger. No photos I’m afraid, as I was so hungry I completely forgot to even take my camera to the restaurant.
The next day was time to head up to Sacramento. It was a little frustrating at first, as we had gone to Santa Barbara the night before to get a head start on the long drive north. It turned out we had to drive almost all the way back to LA before heading north to Sacramento. We arrived at our hotel, the Delta King, in the early evening. The Delta King is a retired paddle steamer that has been converted into a hotel. Here is the entrance:
After an enormous dinner at the Amarin Thai Restaurant (Thai tofu salad, satay tofu skewers, garlic tofu and a very tasty yellow veg curry), it was time to see Lucinda Williams who was playing at the Crest Theatre, the reason for our trip to Sacramento. The ushers were very excited to see us – “so you’re the ones from Australia, you sure did come a long way for this!!” She had already started playing, but we saw the majority of the show. It was amazing to be so close to her. I think she got a bit of a fright when she was talking about how John Macain might have some ideas on housing, and the crowd cheered, clearly in his favour. She then had to say “y’all know I was being sarcastic right?” Well, T and I did.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
- Experiencing the best vegan chicken burger and vegan cheesecake in the entire universe at Native Foods in Westwood
- Driving around Beverly Hills looking all at the amazing houses
- Watching the sun set over LA from a lookout on Mulholland Drive
- A return dinner at Real Food Daily in Santa Monica
Monday, September 1, 2008
- Ate soylati in Santa Monica
- Driven to Malibu and through lots of canyons
- Taken a spooky drive (and got lost) on Mulholland Drive - no success in finding David Lynch's house (yet!)
- Driven around Hollywood and West Hollywood (a return trip is on the cards)
- Eaten peanut butter filled oreos (wow!!)
- Had a long fantastic sleep at our hotel
- Taken a huge walk around Venice Beach
- Eaten great vegan mexican food and drank pomegranate daquiris and strawberry coladas in Santa Monica
- Eaten fantastic organic vegan food and drank vegan beer in Santa Monica