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Top Tens! A Look Back at 2017 in Music

The Two Tens On Repeat

Top Tens? The TWO TENS!

What a year in music 2017 was. The pundits have said this year heralds the age of hip hop. Why? This was the year that hip hop cut itself loose from its roots from bangerz “in da club” to branch out in tempo, composition, realization and instrumentation to become, more than any other musical genre, so much more than a genre. Collaborations between hip hop and indie artists led the way. Starting with this year’s Grammy nominations, hip-hop’s dominance has gained recognition with the mainstream audience (and fusty NARAS members). And hip-hop artists headlined formerly indie music festivals and held festivals of their own.

We present here some playlists from our Knitting Factory News’ staff and, while we might be late to the party, we’re definitely AT the party. A look back. Spotify playlists linked to each of our lists for your enjoyment!

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Sampha

Saeli Eshelman 

1. Washed Out: “Hard to Say Goodbye,” Mister Mellow
2. Sampha: “Plastic 100 Degrees C,” Single
3. Thundercat: “Bus in These Streets,” Bus in These Streets
4. Sza: “Doves in the Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar),” Crtl
5. LCD Soundsystem: “Other Voices,” American Dream
6. The xx: “Say Something Loving,” I See You
7. Kendrick Lamar: “YAH,” Damn
8. Drake: “Madiba Riddim,” Single
9. Father John Misty” “Total Entertainment Forever,” Pure Comedy
10. Grapetooth: “Trouble,” Single

Ariel Pink Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink–Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Victoria Miller

1. Ariel Pink, “Feels Like Heaven,” Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
2. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, “Over Everything,” Lotta Sea Lice
3. Father John Misty, “Dying Man,” Pure Comedy
4. Rostam, “Bike Dream,” Half-Light
5. Mondo Cozmo, “Automatic,” Single
6. Slowdive, “Sugar for the Pill,” Slowdive
7. Toro Y Moi, “Girl Like You,” Boo Boo
8. Chicano Batman, “Freedom is Free,” Freedom is Free
9. Real Estate, “Darling,” In Mind
10. Belle & Sebastian, “We Were Beautiful,” How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 1

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Lee Ranaldo–Electric Trim

Justin Long, Knitting Factory Entertainment (Albums, but we made him a playlist)

1. JD McPherson: Undivided Heart & Soul
2. Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim
3. Jane Weaver: Modern Kosmology
4. Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana
6. Foxygen: Hang
7. LCD Soundsystem: American Dream
8. Photay: Onism
9. Dream Syndicate: How Did I Find Myself Here
10. Peter Perrett: How the West Was Won

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Chaz Burnett Meets the Mattson 2–Star Stuff

Henry Eshelman

1. Mr. Jukes (feat. Charles Bradley): “Grant Green,” _From Gold Stars Comes Silver Dew_
2. Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean: “911/Mr. Lonely,” _Single_
3. Arcade Fire: “Creature Comfort,” _Everything Now_
4. Chas Bundick meets The Mattson 2: “JBS,” _Star Stuff_
5. Michael Kiwanuka: “Cold Little Heart,” _Cold Little Heart_
6. Elbow: “Magnificent (She Says),” _Little Fictions_
7. Chicano Batman: “Friendship (is a Small Boat in a Storm),” _Freedom is Free_
8. Grizzly Bear: “Mourning Sound,” _Painted Ruins_
9. The War on Drugs: “Holding On,” _A Deeper Understanding_
10. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80: “Black Times (feat. Carlos Santana),” _Single_

Holiday Christmas Clearance:

Even though we choked the post with holiday music last time around, we missed these two: Jeremih and Chance the Rapper’s deluxe edition of 2016’s mixtape with ten new tracks. Download it for free from Soundcloud here. Meanwhile, Amazon released twenty more songs in as a follow up to 2016’s sprawling Indie For Christmas playlist.It features exclusive tunes from everyone from the Lemon Twigs to Best Coast to Mexican Institute of Sound. It’s NOT free.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

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Hoppy Hallidays to You! Music of the Season

Well, it’s the holidays, and with it comes a deluge of music, special events and performances surrounding the celebrations. And holiday music, like golf pants, can either be colorful, kitschy fun or excruciating, pencils-in-the-ears nonsense that can drive listeners from the room. That is to say, it’s wildly subjective. So here, presented to both cheers and groans, is my, along with Snapback’s  James Katalbas’ ruminations on holiday music, starting with Mariah Carey and possibly the most successful holiday record of all time.

This month in hip hop history: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” makes the top music charts two decades after its release (the accompanying video has almost 340 million views).

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The holidays go better with bunnies!

Born March 27, 1970, Mariah Carey may be most well recognized for her beloved old school Christmas smash, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” This hit has made the charts every year since its release, and continues to do so decades later. Her song has been more successful than any other non-traditional Christmas song!

This old school piece has been so well received that admiring fans have even dubbed Mariah Carey the Queen of Christmas. Mariah Carey admits that she loves the holiday season to an abnormal extent, but humbly rejects the title of Queen of Christmas.

Although there is another, earlier song known as “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah’s version uses entirely different lyrics and music. Her producer programmed almost all of the instruments you hear in the background of the song.

Although the music video shows Mariah and her husband frolicking through a winter landscape, the song was actually produced in August. At the time, neither she nor her producer had considered that the song had even a remote chance of becoming popular, and the producer claims the day of its release made no lasting impression on him. He was wildly surprised to see how successful it has become.

It’s great to hear Mariah belt out those high notes every winter season, but we’d love it even more if she would make a comeback!

–James Katalbas

And lest anyone scoff at this, hip-hop bible Complex agrees with him.

Well, in case you think we’re just going to drop that bomb and let it sit there, here’s some other holiday records we have in a dusty corner of the hard drive or a box under the stereo that run the gamut of style and substance (leaving out perhaps everyone’s favorite, Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”)

Leon Redbone Christmas IslandIf you ever wanted to know what it sounds like when the artist doesn’t move their lips when singing, then 1988’s “Christmas Island” by jazz blues legend Leon Redbone is the holiday record for you. Amazon’s Martin Keller writes, “…Leon Redbone has kept much of America’s blues and jazz music alive with his foggy baritone voice and understated manner. And that’s what you get on Christmas Island; mostly popular standards, with the exception of “That Old Christmas Moon,” “Christmas Ball Blues,” and “Kitty Cats’ Christmas,”–a captivating calypso original penned by Leon and Blake Redbone. Dr. John joins in for a soulful and lively rendition of “Frosty The Snowman,” while Redbone dutifully covers both “White” and “Blue” Christmas, “Let It Snow,” and “Winter Wonderland.” But a highlight you won’t want to miss is his version of “Toyland,” sung with what can best be described as Redbone passion, embracing dashes of longing, nostalgia, and pleasure as deep as the voice that breathes life into a song about every kid’s Christmas fantasy.” Redbone wasn’t done with this record though; He and Zooey Deschanel also recorded the charming “Baby it’s Cold Outside” for the soundtrack of 2003’s holiday classic, ELF.
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I googled “Red Hot Chili Peppers Christmas” and surprise, surprise, there was a result: their version of “Deck the Halls” as a bonus track from 1994’s “Out in LA.” Of course, YouTube started to build a playlist, beginning with Guns n’ Roses’ “White Christmas” and moved on to Metallica’s “Carol of the Bells;” AC/DC’s “Jingle Hell’s Bells;” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Christmas Time Again;” and Kiss’ “White Christmas,” I had to quit after that. Twisted Sister and Bad Religion have whole albums. If your tastes run in this direction, skip this nonsense and just get your hands on “We Wish you a Metal Christmas (and a Headbanging New Year).”

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I’ve had a soft spot in my heart all my life for Canadian folk rock activist Bruce Cockburn. He’s the guy we wish we had at Stand up for Standing Rock. Anyway, his holiday record is unique for fresh takes on classics and both tub thumping and earnest tunes you’ve never heard of and might not recognize, in English, French and Spanish. Fun fact: do you know what a luthier is? Don’t click yet…OK. It’s someone that makes guitars. Thanks Wikipedia.

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I think the reason perhaps that contemporary artists–ranging from Arcade Fire to Frank Zappa (if you can count his “Xmas Values”)–have had such a hard time with holiday music, is that the singers of the 30’s-60’s say, from big band to Rat Pack cut such a deep furrow that those that followed simply fell in and disappeared. From the pre-war baritone growl of Louis Armstrong to the booze-soaked croon of Dean Martin, these artists bring the of irony, nostalgia and hep cat swing to the genre in a way that’s very, VERY hard to follow.

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Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails Volume 1 and 2. So, my copy of this 2-disc set, given to me by record exec Phil Sandhaus, actually has a real faux leopard-print cover and came with a matching Santa hat. It’s out of print so you’ve got to scour record shops or the internets to get this one. Vol. 2 is the best with the standout track “Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin.

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Christmas with the Rat Pack We agree with Complex on this one, too: ” Sammy Davis Jr. is the real star of this album. The one-eyed black Jew could do it all better than anybody. When he gets done tearing up “Jingle Bells” there’s really no need for anybody else to sing the song ever again.”

Croon and Swoon Vol. 2. Again, second time’s the charm for some of these discs. Standout track here is “Santa Baby” by the cat so hep she played an animated one in “Emperor’s Got a New Groove,” Eartha Kitt.

Nothing beats Satchmo for holiday tunes. There’s probably a dozen compilations featuring Louis Amrstrong, but I picked this one because our favorite, Christmas in New Orleans, is the opening track and it’s a nice remaster of an older pressing of the record.

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Finally, we all have perennial favorite holiday songs and one of mine is “The Little Drummer Boy.” It’s sappy and saccharine, but complicated musically, and here’s a very cool jazz version of it from Kenny Burrell. But it’s best known for the performance by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Recorded in 1977, it’s one of the first mashups, really, where Bowie sings one song and Bing Crosby since another. To quote John Cage, “for your convenience, we performed them together.”

–Henry Eshelman

The Federals say, “Goodbye and Good Riddance: 2017”

Fires, floods, hurricanes, politics, ugh. We don’t think we’re too far out on a limb to say most people won’t be sorry to see 2017 go. What we DO have to be thankful for is the indomitable nature of the human spirit, on display in countless acts of heroism, charity and generosity, locally and globally. As the Wizard of Oz once said, “Where I come from, they call these people….good deed doers.”

So let’s celebrate them. Get your glitter on and head to the The Federals for champagne and sweet and sour goodbyes to 2017. Straight up: our partners at Snapback, who help program both Federals and who contributed the Mariah Carey tribute above, made this sick video to promote it.

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The Federal Long Beach is offering a 3 course prix fixe dinner package for $65 that includes one select alcoholic beverage and champagne toast at midnight. Menu items include Creamy Pumpkin Spiced Soup, Pan Seared Pacific Sea Bass, Braised Short Rib Osso Buco, Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Breast of Chicken, and Warm Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake. After dinner, head underground for dancing at The Federal Underground nightclub dance party, featuring three rooms of music and the DJ’s that bring us SOLE SATURDAYS, DDouble & Jeffccee. Advance tickets $20 here

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Meanwhile at The Federal in North Hollywood, a party horse of a different color is hosting a slew of treats. Their special New Year’s Eve Menu will be featuring a Crab Hot Pot, House Smoked Pork Belly, Wild Salmon, Prime Rib, and Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding.  Then head upstairs for the our hottest dance night with Snapback DJs! Cost of entry includes entrance to our Upstairs Club plus party favors and champagne toast at midnight. There will also be a VIP Open Bar held in their exclusive speakeasy, Salon, and it includes appetizers, party favors, admission to the nightclub and champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets three ways, here.

 

 

 

 

Jesse Malin and Alejandro Escovedo at the Federal Underground, Long Beach February 22.

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The Federal Underground is one of those unique intimate venues that, when you see a show there, you feel a little a part of a secret tribe. It has an old-school underground industrial feel with Edison lamps at the end of steel girders as chandeliers, and an exposed staircase with metal grilles below the banisters. There’s a SHINING-style blood-red hallway backstage that leads to a speakeasy deep in the basement. The band green room, poorly hidden from the audience, is INSIDE a vault with a 10-foot diameter door that must weight several tons. It’s in this environment that hundred fifty or so indie fans and South Bay and OC punks gathered for Alejandro Escovedo and Jesse Malin’s Long Beach leg of their ongoing tour.

My wife always says about art and artists, “They are not ‘like’ anything; they are themselves!” I continue to disagree. Escovedo is like a Latin Nick Cave and he hates comparisons with Tom Petty. What if I like both (and I do)? His lyrics are piercing and incisive, his styles span genres from roots to country to punk to rockabilly, and like Nick Cave, he’s a tortured soul who wants to share his pain. But as far out on the edge he goes, there’s an accessibility to his performance and music that’s…well, like Tom Petty. So there.

Jesse Malin’s an iconoclastic performer who’s played solo, with punk and rock bands, and just about everybody else. He’s famous for performing tribute shows featuring Lou Reed and most recently, The Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup. Here, he stuck to his own compositions with a keyboard accompanist. Tunes included “All the Way from Moscow,” and the punky “Black Haired Girl.”

The audience is as much a part of these shows as these performers. There’s a communion between them that drives the show. Malin in particular, whose confessional patter between tunes drives the likewise confessional nature of his performance. At one point he told a long story about how his mom essentially caught him playing guitar at some VERY early age (he fronted a hardcore band at age 12 that couldn’t get one booking because he couldn’t recruit a drinking audience).

Escovedo’s set interspersed classics from his repertoire but featured numerous cuts from his first new album in four years, Burn Something Beautiful. He was joined for the set by Aaron McClendon on bass; Sean Peters Austin drums and Jason Victor on guitar.

His second tune “Horizontal” had hints of Tom Petty in it (!), singing “I wanna go where you go and that’s all right.” He went on to the urgent and energetic “Sunday Morning Feeling” then offered up two audience favorites; the first, “Castanets,” featuring a 50’s roots rock guitar and punkabilly beat with the clap/sing along refrain, “I like her better when she walks away.”

He introduced “Sally Was a Cop,” saying “This song goes out to Donald Trump.” This was a long, loping arrangement with a martial, almost Irish beat underneath the screaming guitar work. It features his favorite vocal toy, a big metal police dispatcher’s microphone. There’s a terrific audience video of the whole nine-minute song here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LVH1dYAziw. He then brought things downtempo with “Suit of Lights.

Though Escovedo has one song called “I Don’t Want to Play Guitar Anymore,” his performance certainly belied that sentiment, because his axe, emblazoned with a picture of Joe Strummer, was put through its paces on rhythm and lead, on power chords and piercing melodies. At one point in “Johnny Volume,” he leads a chugging messy psychedelic guitar program. He swished his hands across the strings and dissolved it into fuzz–a ten minute jam with numerous crescendos, even windmilling at times.

“Burnt a hole in my jeans/I want to be your man/I want to be everything I promised you.” Across his set, Escovedo’s deeply cynical but hopeful lyrics paint a picture of a self acknowledging, flawed man who yearns for acceptance and redemption. He combines David Lynch’s dark vision invoking the memory of his late brother and the hope of true believers on “Sensitive Boys.”

He performed his first encore, “Chinese Rocks,” with Jesse Malin back on stage and rather than describe it, I’ll simply point you to the second remarkable bootleg video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiFPTLOH3Hs. He wrapped up the set with Leonard Cohen cover “Boogie Street,” lending his guitar to Malin’s accompanist and brought the audience down a funky boulevard of broken dreams and a thousand kisses.

Photos by Paul Neuman here:

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–Henry Eshelman

 

Tiki No? Yes! Locals Appreciation Night December 21 with Open Bar 9-10PM!

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At the southern margins of the Arts District on a fairly nondescript block of Lankershim Bl. with a stereo shop across the road sits Tiki No, North Hollywood’s living ode to Tiki culture.

Formally launched in 2009, Tiki No’s transition from an existing dive bar called Match actually started a year earlier. The addition of the fireplace and patio was done along with extensive work by designer “Bob the Bamboo.” Hand carved totems, bamboo cabanas with thatched roofs set the scene for a Tiki oasis. Owners Jeffrey Best and Kenneth Jones painstakingly scoured for Tiki masks, statues, illuminated blowfish and travel trunks that double as shelving behind the bar. Kenneth himself torched the burnt panel walls on the patio. The bar keeps evolving: the latest additions are two giant Tiki god cutouts, castoffs left at the bar, which Jones is currently bedazzling for outdoor display.

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Tiki No balances true old-school—featuring authentically re-created cocktails from the dawn and golden age of the Tiki movement—alongside contemporary creations from the mind of proprietor Simon Jones, a blunt-talking Brit who has had a relationship with owners Best and Jones going back 20 years. Simon has built and been a part of Beauty Bar Hollywood, Star Shoes, Vineyard and Skinny’s Lounge North Hollywood. When offered a chance to be part of Tiki No, he says, “I jumped, to bring Tiki No to forefront of the culture and respecting those two fine men that bought this slice of happiness to North Hollywood.” Among his many qualifications, Jones relates, “I have an extensive Hawaiian shirt collection and antique bar equipment.”

The menu—curated by mixologists Damian Windsor and Jason Bran—is a living history of the exotic tropical drink. While it’s not surprising that legendary Trader Vic’s is responsible for two of the cocktails in Tiki No’s canon—the Mai Tai and the Eastern Sour—and that Don the Beachcomber gave them two—The Navy Grog and the Zombie—other drinks come from as far away from the South Pacific as Egypt (The Suffering Bastard), Malaysia (The Jungle Bird), and, well, Benihana New York City (The Happy Buddha). Tiki No’s modern signature cocktails include the Coconut Mojito (coconut run, coconut water, mint, and lime); the Lychee Luau (gold rum, silver rum, lychee liqueur, Pineapple, lemon and falernum); and the Toasted Marshmallow, (overproofed rum, “fluffed” vodka, Licor 43, falernum, apple, lemon and cinnamon).

“I have always been a Tiki fan,” Jones explains. “I love the kitsch, passion and attention to detail in the cocktails. I was also Lucky enough to live opposite The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach for several years– where the Chief Lapa Lapa was created.”

While Tiki itself/himself is a wellspring of Polynesian faith and culture (Tiki is the Maori’s Adam and a godlike representation in other cultures), leave it to Los Angeles to distill Tiki into the colorful, kitschy, fun and booze-soaked bar concept it is today. While tropical drinks precede it, many credit Texas transplant Donn Beach (né Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt) and his Don the Beachcomber on McCadden Place in Hollywood as the first Tiki bar in the 1930’s. WWII servicemen returning from the Pacific theatre found the South Seas theme reassuring, familiar and fun, and voila! Tiki bars caught on, and after a dip in popularity in the 70’s and 80’s, have enjoyed a resurgence in recent decades. Jimmy Buffet fans—parrotheads—have adopted tiki as their own, substituting tiki pregames for tailgating at Jimmy Buffet shows. North Hollywood claims both of the Valley’s only Tiki bars, the other of course being the Tonga Hut.

 

Tiki also loves the holidays. Musically, the swingin’ lounge musical concepts, which bring us everything from Leon Redbone’s holiday album to “Christmas Island” (recorded by everyone from Bing Crosby to the Andrews Sisters and the title of Tiki master Jimmy Buffet’s holiday album) to “Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin. There’s also a genre that’s come out of it called “trop rock,” of which Buffet must be the most visible exponent. Tiki No will celebrate with a “locals appreciation night” holiday party December 22 starting at 9PM, featuring open bar 9-10PM for Noho Arts readers (bring a copy of this story with you] and a drawing on site for a comp bar tab all night for two lucky guests. The drawing is available to anyone who likes or posts on Tiki No’s Instagram page #tikinobar between now and December 21!

Tiki No. 4657 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA 818.766.0116.

5PM-2AM daily. Tiki No offers Happy Hour seven nights a week from 5-7pm, and Karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday from 8:30pm to close.

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Mimosa Music Series—Angela McCluskey and Chris Stills at The Federal Bar North Hollywood, November 29, 2016

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As the weather turns cool there’s no cozier place for music fans than KCRW-FM’s Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series at the Federal Bar North Hollywood, CA.

Each show is crazy intimate for the caliber of artists featured, with performances taking place upstairs at The Federal over that gastropub’s signature brunch. Amazingly, admission is free with reservation. For cheapskates, there’s free bagels, cream cheese and coffee. It’s an unnecessary incentive; performers over the past months have included artists as diverse as Courtney Barnett, Jenny O. and The Bird and the Bee.

Last month’s performance by Stephen Stills’ son Chris and Scottish siren Angela McCluskey was a unique and very personal experience for me. Way back when, we worked with McCluskey when she fronted The Wild Colonials and put on some of her earliest shows: one to open the Virgin Megastore in West Hollywood and another at the old Atlas Bar & Grill by the Wiltern. McCluskey went on to a rich and varied solo career, and remixes of her “Breathe” with Telepopmusik had become oft-spun house anthems by the time I launched my DJ career in 2002. Since then, she’s collaborated with dance artists Morgan Page and recorded with Robbie Robertson and Joe Henry, among others. And heck, she’s managed by my friend Norena Barbella. Who knew?

Calamar introduced opener Chris Stills as “Chris, Stills and Nosh.” Performing acoustic guitar (a gorgeous sky-blue model Gibson hummingbird lookalike if it wasn’t the real thing) with a solid electric bass accompaniment filling in the bottom end, the duo offered gentle, nostalgic harmonies with crisp, bold, clear folk/rock tunes including “Hellfire Baby Jane;” “Criminal Mind,” –“a song about the women in my life,” Stills offered. Like his dad, Stills is an adept balladeer on both guitar and piano, with both serious and whimsical songs, including a number called “That’s Cool” and concluding with “The Weekend,” about a college student who had “too good of a time and lost their phone”—possibly the most stage time ever devoted to this very mundane yet common subject. Stills was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

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Angela started her set with “a couple really depressing songs, because we’ve just come from New York and it’s rainy and cold there.” Complementing her tortured and careworn vocals—always sounding pushed nearly to the breaking point, musician husband and frequent collaborator Paul Cantenon played piano and violin in a Utilikilt; the remarkable Lili Haydn also joined on violin. Mic stand festooned with flowers and glittering lights, Angela left that stand all alone after the two ballads, “8 Stories High” and “You and Me.” Suggesting that “I don’t think I can get you off your arses to dance, but just put on your Hollywood shades and do it” she proceeded to do both. Audience members pulled the window shades, cutting off the slanting midday winter light, and Matt the sound and light tech did his best to offer the newly darkened room that Berlin cabaret feel with Angela’s frequent instruction and encouragement.

With added drums by the laconic Davey Chegwidden, with bass and loops from Kiran Shahani (Angela’s writing and producing partner), she introduced barrelhouse anthems “Let’s Get Lost” and “Crying Anymore,” and one she played at the Atlas Bar & Grill way back when she was heralded as “Britain’s newest singing sensation,” a sobriquet that both surprised and amused her. She then moved on to some more dance numbers such as “Paris To Hollywood,” from her latest album, The Roxy Sessions—get it here: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-roxy-sessions/id1139030979). Other tunes showing the more dance and rock side of Angela included “Electric Sky;” “In the Air;” and “The Little Things.”

For her last song, the house/lounge standard “Breathe,” she replaced the words with Gramma Funk’s [I See you Baby] Shakin’ that Ass” Fatboy Slim Remix as performed with Thievery Corporation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDjoouqRnhk). Dancers outnumbered sitters by far for this last number, and by the time the audience bundled up scarves, gloves and leather jackets—I swear—to ward off the unaccustomed 60-degree chill, the downtempo start to the set was long forgotten.

Next up for the Mimosa Music Series? A holiday show with Maria Taylor and Matt Costa today, December 18, 11AM-2PM. You should go over there right now.

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The Federal Bar, Lankershim Bl., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Reservations: 818.980.2555.

 

 

 

Knitting Factory News Volume Two, Issue IV: Happy New Year!

Knitting Factory News

Welcome to Knitting Factory News, our intermittent (let’s say, twice monthly or fortnightly) bulletin of highlights from inside and outside the Knitting Factory universe. It’s an opinionated guide to featured artists at our California venues, KFE-managed artists on tour, giveaways, ephemera, and…well, things we like, no matter where they came from.

Featured Artists

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Based in Los Angeles by way of Virginia Beach, Mansions On The Moon is a four-piece band that fuses diverse styles, sounds, and influences from electronic music, hip-hop, indie rock, and pop. They boast a remarkable resume, having collaborated with N*E*R*D, produced for Mac Miller and toured with Wiz Khalifa and Cherub. Last year, the band released their first full-length, self-titled album to critical acclaim. Earmilk describes the band as having “a sound of their own that pulls out the blissfulness of dream pop and leads it on a coming-of-age type adventure through a spectrum of soft rock, synths, and experimental pop, all while gifting the most lavish harmonies to your ears.” Don’t miss their performance at The Federal Underground later this month!

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SpaceCream is a 70’s-inspired glam/prog rock band with a modern twist. Hailed as “Anne Wilson starring in Bowie’s edition of Rocky Horror Picture Show,” SpaceCream won last years Battle for Vans Warped Tour at House of Blues Sunset. The group has played all over Southern California, including sold out shows at the Viper Room and Troubadour. Their music is accessible yet complex, lending a voice to anyone who feels they were born in the wrong generation – or on the wrong planet. On January 22, SpaceCream will release their debut album Pterodactyl Sky. If you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to catch the band’s release concert at The Mint!

Featured Shows

There are a number of exciting live shows happening in California over the next few weeks, including a Slow Dance night with last week’s featured artist Dent May and an album release show for this week’s featured artist SpaceCream! And be sure to catch Knitting Factory Management’s Prima Donna at The Echoplex. Their single “Deathless” was just declared the “#9 coolest song in the world in 2015” by Underground Garage.

Saturday, January 9
Moon Block Rock N Roll Circus feat. Fever the Ghost, Morgan Delt, Vinyl Williams, JJUUJJUU and Hott MT – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, January 10
Slow Dance feat. Dent May – Resident – Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, January 17
FOMO Fest feat. Bird Dog, Miya Folick, Sun Drug and more – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

Friday, January 22
The New Electric Sound – NAMM (Center Stage) – Anaheim, CA
Prima Donna – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Spacecream “Pterodactyl Sky” Album Release – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, January 23
Chairlift – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA

Monday, January 25
The New Electric Sound– The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

by Saeli Eshelman

Lineup

As I’ve mentioned previously, this year will by my seventh time attending the festival. I’ve discussed how every time I have been (regardless of how “good” the lineup was) I’ve had an amazing time because I made a point to see the shows that were important to me. And as a music lover, even if that number of bands is lower than I’d prefer at the festival, I’d rather pay once and see them all over a weekend that be constantly journeying to parts unknown just to catch a band on tour.

My mentality most likely deviates from the masses that attend Coachella: generally, when the lineup comes out, I’m stoked because there are a bunch of small acts that have been buzzed about all year. And also, generally, I know there will be indie corners of the festival where my friends and like-minded will get to savor the music that made Coachella great.

So this year, before I even saw the lineup for myself, I had heard things such as “This is the best lineup in years!” Even articles outlined rumored booked acts made such declarations before Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem had confirmed their reunions. And what do you know? While everyone else seems to be raving about this holy grail of Coachella lineups, my initial reaction was “Meh.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of LCD Soundsystem and am very happy to see them playing together again, but that doesn’t make the rest of the lineup amazing, especially since I’m hardly excited about the other two headlining acts.

The fame of the “good” acts can work against them (Axl Rose missed one of his first interviews since announcing the reunion). Usually, I prefer a lineup with some maybe not great top headliners but oodles upon oodles of time dope bands that make up the year’s best indie creds. With this sort of schedule, you will never find yourself without a band to see and greatly contributes to more people going to see the music rather than “have an experience.”

This year, though, there are some pretty impressive names across a variety of genres in the top three lines of each day: aforementioned LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, The Kills, Disclosure, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Sia, Major Lazer, Flume, Beach, Miike Snow, and Death Grips, to name more than a few. I’m more ambivalent about some of the artists I’ve seen there before: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are less relevant now than they were then–same goes for Matt & Kim and Cold War Kids. I am looking forward to them proving themselves worthy of return visits. As far as bands that really represent the cutting edge and up and coming of the year there is only Deerhunter, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Courtney Barnett, Ibeyi, Years & Years, The Front Bottoms, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kamasi Washington, De Lux, and Girlpool. I know this may look like a lot of artists, but it’s only ten–the same number of artists I selected last year as the best– of the many more I saw.

I know many people will disagree, and it’s not like the festival had any trouble selling out in an hour this week. I am hoping both to make discoveries and get reassurances from the artists I do love. At the same time, I am hoping the process of appealing to the mainstream will slow and eventually reverse, allowing the fest to remain focused on good and deserving artists.

Radio Moscow announces South American tour!

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Knitting Factory Management’s psychedelic rock band Radio Moscow is taking off to South America! They will be beginning their tour at a festival called En Orbita in Santiago, Chili, where they will play with the Sonics, Os Mutantes and the Dandy Warhols. The tour follows with Radio Moscow as the headlining act.

Federal Bars

The Knitting Factory’s two Southern California gastropubs—the Federal Bars in North Hollywood and Long Beach—feature a range of resident and one-off shows.

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On January 24th, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood will host Great States and Falling Doves. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Great States is an alternative rock band that employs modern instrumentals, beautiful vocal harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics to create a truly “one-of-a-kind” sound that mirrors the uniqueness of the Great Southwest. The opening band Falling Doves is a four-piece alternative band that plays an exhilarating brand of high octane rock and roll, topped with a pop edge that keeps the songs ringing in your ears long after the last strum has been played. Don’t miss these two talented up-and-coming artists!

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Starting January 18th, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood will present LIVE BAND KARAOKE! Every Monday night, guests will have the chance to belt out hits from rock ‘n’ roll legends including The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Aerosmith, and Guns N’ Roses. The event will be led by local rock star Paulie Z, known for leading Wednesday Jam Nights at Lucky Strike in Hollywood. The evening will also feature $5 drink specials and The Federal’s special poutine menu. Starts at 9pm with no cover!

Metalachi

Down in Long Beach, The Federal will host the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi on Thursday, January 14th. Hailing from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the band covers heavy metal songs while incorporating traditional mariachi musical instruments such as the trumpet, violin, guitarrón, vihuela, and the cowbell. They take their music and fashion cues from metal bands of the past, such as Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Kiss. Their unique performance is not one to be missed, as they are known for their exaggerated accents and Metalachi-blessed Margaritas.

Long Beach New Year’s Eve Block Party Rings in 2016 with Music You Can Dance To!

by James Fratzke, Co-Founder of F&F PRESENTS

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What did you do for New Year’s Eve this year? If your answer is not “I danced my butt off at the Long Beach NYE Block Party” you may have made a huge mistake! This block party was one to remember. If you missed the event there is good news, after all the momentum this party has picked up over the last few years, you can rest assured that next year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. So sit back and relax because you’ve got a whole year to plan for 2017 NYE Block Party! While you wait let F&F countdown our top 5 reasons for why you should make your 2016 resolution to attend next year’s celebration (If the 11,000 plus people in attendance weren’t proof enough!). Spoiler alert we’re a music blog! ​

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Light up the night with Saint Motel.

5: The music selection overall!

The booking for this event was perfect. There was literally something for everyone! Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Vintage Rock, & DJ performances littered Pine Avenue across three stages. The event was headlined by F&F favorites Saint Motel, Houndmouth, ZZ Ward, and a new favorite Vintage Trouble. Congrats to the Downtown Long Beach Associates and Knitting Factory Entertainment for putting together such a solid lineup. Topping last years headliner Fitz and the Tantrums was no easy task, but you pulled it off!

4: All that Damn Confetti!

Listen I don’t want to oversell the importance of confetti at a NYE event, but what can I say? I absolutely love confetti and the Long Beach New Year’s Eve Block Party had a ton of it. Like literally a ton. It was a nice touch! Fireworks are nice too, but nothing is quite as magical as confetti, especially when Saint Motel is doing their thing.

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Vintage Trouble being kickass!

3: Lots of Dancing Opportunities!

We’re big alternative and indie rock fans. Which was why the events lineup was so exciting to us. That being said we also like dancing, and there were plenty of opportunities to dance with DJ sets in between performances. Sets from OK Go’s Dan Konopka & Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia Technique, DJ Sovern-T, & DJ Paul V kept the crowd warm in the chilly weather.

2: Saint Motel is Freaking Awesome!

Saint Motel has been on a role. If you were alive in 2015 you heard their hits My Type & Cold Cold Man. We here at F&F think their 2016 is going to be even bigger. So it was very fitting to end our last day of 2015 jamming out to what could be one of the biggest bands of 2016. Their performance at the Long Beach NYE Block party was nothing short of epic! They brought a full horn section and about a dozen showgirl dancers to entertain the 11,000 plus partiers in attendance.

1:We Know It’s Going to Be Even More Epic for NYE 2017!

If the history of this event has taught us anything it’s that next year’s Block Party is going to be even better than the last. Each year they raise the stakes with the caliber of performers. Thousands of Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County natives have flocked to this event because the lineups have been great. We can only imagine who will be rocking out and counting ​down for NYE 2017. Could it be Walk The Moon, San Pedro natives the Cold War Kids, maybe even super star alt-folk band Mumford and Sons? Who knows!? But with the way this event grows each year we wouldn’t be surprised.

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Dead and Company at the Forum

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So every time I see one of the post Grateful Dead incarnations (The Dead, Further and this latest, Dead and Company), it seems as if it might be the last time. Do they still have “it?” Is the concert going to attract a merry roving band of pranksters, united by their love of the music and love of…fun (despite Saeli’s assertion they don’t stand for much else, and come to think of it, they don’t)? Each time I say it is…and then it isn’t.

Besotted once again after seeing the Chicago farewell show simulcast at the Regent Downtown LA (where several people went to the hospital; can you imagine having to explain you got too high…watching TV?), I ponied up once again and dragged my ever-understanding wife (who’s been going through this with me for 25 years) to the once and again fabulous Forum, gussied up considerably by new operators Madison Square Garden.

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And guess what? Even though it took ME a while to warm up to them, they were great, and fun, if not loud enough. They opened with New New Minglewood Blues, and let me tell you, Bob Weir’s voice is shot to hell and back. But even broken, he delivers with intensity and conviction. Wake of the Flood, rarely played but beloved, came next, and John Mayer DOES take some getting used to. All could think about when I looked at him was Katie Parry and Taylor Swift. What, I wonder, did they TALK about?

That turned out to be unfair. As they wound through ancient anthems like Loser and newer compositions like West LA Fade Away, Mayer clearly understood the material, had practiced improvisation (to the extent this is possible), played beautiful runs up and down the Dead’s melodic canon–whether blues, country rock and yes, even disco–and in sum, HE got it. I think what’s important here is that John Mayer is NOT Jerry Garcia. He’s almost the anti-Jerry, the Bizarro Jerry. People opine about whether post-Jerry guitarists mimic the master’s licks and I think with Mayer, this band finally breaks free of that comparison. By the time Bertha and Bird Song came along to close out the fist set (yes, Bertha IS about an electric fan), I was completely satisfied, if still a little aloof.

New member Oteil Burbridge stood stride his six-string bass like a colossus, silent but effective (I don’t even think he was mic-ed in the first set). And Jeff Chianti, who must have a very good flatiron gives the group a strong (and strongly mixed) keyboard parts I haven’t felt since Bruce Hornsby was a regular.

The second set opened with Playing in the Band, and fans used to hearing certain songs in “certain” places didn’t find them here. Kreutzmann and Hart commenced their drum duets from China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider. My wife said, then, “They brought all that kit in here only to bang on it one time?” They closed out the December 30 show with Lovelight and delighted the audience with an acoustic rendition of Friend of the Devil as an encore.

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So the 30th was a great show. Was the 31st epic? I have to rely on the hearsay. When I first heard about it -tweeted and Facebooked live from the show floor–i admit I felt a little ripped off. THREE sets? But I had a happiness and afterglow from the first night, hearing songs I’d never heard live–Lady with a Fan and Dear Prudence among them–couldn’t diminish. While, thick columns of pot smoke rose in plumes from the floor of the Forum continuously through our performance, I don’t know what could compare to Bill Walton reprising Bill Graham’s classic role as Father Time riding a 20-foot joint across the arena. Maybe next year; Dead and Company has already announced the show will go on.

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Knitting Factory News

Knitting Factory News Volume Two, Issue III “Holiday Party Guide” Edition

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Welcome to Knitting Factory News, our intermittent (let’s say, twice monthly or fortnightly) bulletin of highlights from inside and outside the Knitting Factory universe. It’s an opinionated guide to featured artists at our California venues, KFE-managed artists on tour, giveaways, ephemera, and…well, things we like, no matter where they came from. This issue is all about parties as we’re diving deep into the holiday season and embracing the New Year.

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Earlier this week, psychedelic pop artist Dent May  released a video for his catchy holiday tune, “I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas,” which that tells that all too familiar tale of going back to your hometown and being a bored misfit.

The story follows a former Hollywood It Girl named Cherry who visits her humdrum hometown during Christmas. She wanders around alone and has awkward encounters with old friends, so gets high in order to help her through the whole experience. Check it out here.

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Featured Holiday Events

If you’re in LA, there are plenty of exciting parties over the course of the next week! With singles mixers, funk music and dancing with tater tots, there’s no need to be alone and stoned for Christmas.

Thursday, December 24
MatzoBall Jewish Singles Party- The Room Hollywood
This Christmas Eve, The Room Hollywood will host MatzoBall, the nation’s leading Jewish singles event. With almost three decades of experience, MatzoBall sets the stage for the ultimate party experience. Experience what USA Today calls “The Nation’s No. 1 Holiday Party!”

Saturday, December 26
All Scene Eye presents the Post-Holiday Funk Fest – The Lost Knight
Boogie down at the Post-Holiday Funk Fest this Saturday night! Starring your favorite funky aliens the Solar Sons laying down that jazzedelic space groove. Featuring the spaced out sounds of the multi-dimensional Galactic Flo, the hip hop poetics of the infamous B-Hurd, and the groovy rock & roll vibrations of the Norman Woods Group! It’s a family affair and it’s going to be an epic night so come get spaced out and move and groove with us!

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Sunday, December 27
FEEXINS Holiday Extravaganza – Little Joy
The ever-epic holiday extravaganza complete with tots, drink specials, tons of DJs and good times! 5pm ’til blackout! Always free!

Monday, December 28
Dive In Theatre Presents 200 Cigarettes – Skybar
Every Monday, Skybar hosts their Dive In Theater at the pool. This week’s flick is the 90s ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes, which follows an array of characters in New York City on New Year’s Eve 1981. Among the numerous characters looking for love and fun are Paul Rudd, Courtney Love, Gaby Hoffmann and Christina Ricci. The film also features a pensive bartender (Ben Affleck) and a taxi driver (Dave Chappelle) who operates a disco in his cab.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide to NYE

Welcome to our Los Angeles neighborhood guide to New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year with our top picks for parties, ranging from free rock shows to extravagant masquerade balls.

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X at the Canyon Club. We know we can’t stop talking about them, but here we are. Remember, every opportunity to see X supports Billy Zoom.

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Spanish Masquerade – The Bazaar
2016 marks the 5th annual New Year’s Eve “Spanish Masquerade” at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Incognito guests will enjoy multiple dining areas and tray-passed tapas by the James Beard award-winning chef. There will be no shortage of libations. Sip on cava and wine or choose your favorite specialty drink at several cocktail stations throughout the night. VIP guests will enjoy “Bubbles the Bazaar Way” all night long. Experience superstition meets tradition with the ceremonial 12 grapes at midnight. In true Spanish fashion, guests will indulge in one grape for each lucky month ahead at the stroke of midnight. Cap the night off with desserts in the Patisserie and then dance into 2016 with live music, traditional flamenco performances, and a DJ.

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Rhondapolis with Felix Da Housecat, DJ Harvey, XXXY & more – The Standard
Rhondapolis is an immersive NYE extravaganza that transforms the Standard, Downtown LA into a building-wide celebration of the fantastic year past and the fabulous year to come. Witness this all-encompassing transformation of the entire high-rise, from the lobby to the rooftop pool. The party features four custom discotheques, each packed with world class selectors, the attendees all become a living part of the metropolis, taking over not only the communal spaces but also all of the hotel’s 207 rooms, which can only be reserved by Rhonda revelers, making the entire property the domain of the citizens of Rhondapolis.

Prohibition NYE with Le Youth – Union Station
Arguably downtown Los Angeles’ most recognizable landmark, Union Station will once again come to life with the excitement and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. After a third consecutive sell out, Prohibition NYE has expanded into the majestic Ticket Concourse at this classic venue. Be prepared for a memorable evening of DJs, live jazz music, burlesque dancers, tray passed oysters, and a premium open bar to satisfy all of the senses. Headlining act Le Youth’s tracks are guaranteed to light up the dance floor.

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New Year’s Eve Party – The Association
Experience classic elegance at The Association, featuring music by DJ Waldo. Located in the historic Bank District, The Association is a low-key, NYC-style lounge, offering classic cocktails in a warm and inviting ambiance. Shielded on the subterranean level of the Pacific Electric Lofts building, The Association’s exterior is simply represented by its unique black door with a brass lion head knocker.

NYE Ball – The Continental Club
Ring in the New Year with style at one of Downtown LA’s most iconic speakeasy venues, as The Continental Club presents their New Year’s Eve Ball. This formal affair features music by DJ Wyatt Case. Established in 2013 and open February 2014, The Continental Club is a concept by Ashley Joyce designed by herself and partner John Lasker. The concept aims to cater to the vibrant and diverse downtown LA community, while the design is based on a traditional London members’ club contrasted with modern, anti-establishment accents. The Continental Club’s attention to detail and exceptional service is reminiscent of the Las Vegas, London and Havana clubs of the 1950s and 1960s.

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All Scene Eye & Dirty Laundry TV present Festival for the Lost Year New Years Eve Blowout! – The Lost Knight
On New Years Eve you want to crawl madly forth from 2015, surrounded by some of your favorite bands in the birth canal of an east side extravaganza music show, your newly formed infantile body drenched in champagne as you squeeze through the year ending womb door with Kim and the Created and explode forcefully all over the lost room walls in an orgiastic celebration of renewal… as we do away with the old man of 2015 and beget the cherubic infant of 2016 with Crown Plaza and Avi Buffalo and every single one else in a curated ensemble of musicanship!

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NYE featuring Chris Malinchak – LA Mother
New Hollywood event space LA Mother which will be transformed into a lavish indoor and covered outdoor wonderland that will tantalize and stir the senses. This elegant occasion will be the first of its kind at LA Mother and guests will be treated to a free-flowing 5-hour premium open bar. Come witness unforgettable performances from Chris Malinchak, Bobby Nourmand, Eric Sharp, Adam Auburn and Eli Glad b2b Brain Tarney.

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Dead and Friends – The Forum
The Dead have a very long New Year’s Eve tradition, playing numerous concerts at San Francisco’s Winterland, with the help of friend and promoter Bill Graham, and many other venues in the years since. This year they are playing two dates at the Fabulous Forum, December 30th and 31st. The shows have been very well reviewedsince kicking off in Albany, NY in October, with particular praise attended to John Mayer, who joins guests Otel Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti along with original members Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir. The 31st is supposed to be their last show, but we wouldn’t bet on it, as the Dead’s long goodbye is beginning to resemble Barbra Streisand’s. It’s not like they need the money, but hey, it’s good news for their legions of forever fans; we’re Deadheads, and some of us have followed and even written about them since college.

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NYE Block Party with Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth & more – Pine Avenue
Following last year’s record-breaking New Year’s Eve celebration, when 13,500 people descended upon Downtown Long Beach to ring in the new year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates will continue to host the largest party in town as it welcomes a plethora of SoCal’s finest musicians to take part in a three-stage, three-block festival in the heart of Downtown. DLBA has again teamed with the Knitting Factory Entertainment, partner and talent booker for New Year’s Eve, to establish an exciting line-up for the night.

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Snapback NYE – The Federal Bar
Ring in the New Year with cocktails and dancing! Executive Chef Grant Wagemaker has created a special New Year’s Eve menu with items including chilled Santa Barbara spot prawns, roasted prime rib, cioppino and fava bean agnolotti. In the upstairs club, enjoy an exciting night of hip-hop and R&B via Snapback DJs Stubbs and Remark.

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New Year’s Eve Party – The Room
Ring in the New Year with fun music, cocktails and dancing at The Room Santa Monica, featuring music by DJ Jolyon. Inspired by its successful namesake in Hollywood, The Room Santa Monica is a low-key bar and lounge, featuring classic libations in a swanky setting. It offers a sophisticated yet unpretentious vibe, attracting a genuine crowd of music lovers and stylish people who enjoy stiff and equally stylish drinks.

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The Rapture – The Satellite
Rapture, a celebration of the greatest pop music of the 80s and 90s, will be taking over Silver Lake’s Satellite. From New Order to Britney Spears and Billy Idol to TLC, Rapture has got you covered. Party like 1999 never left the building!

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Giorgi’s 2nd Annual Black and White Masquerade Ball – The Standard
Producer Bryan Rabin and DJ Adam Bravin are ringing in 2016 with a special New Year’s Eve edition of Giorgio’s, a modern discotheque. Giorgio’s, named after the legendary Oscar and Grammy award winning producer Giorgio Moroder, is one of the most exclusive and sexiest nightclubs in the country and brings out the who’s who of fashion, music, lifestyle, it-girls, drag queens, celebutantes and debutantes. DJ Adam XII has created one of the most exciting dance floors in years, spinning all classic disco with a modern point of view. Giorgio’s is pleased to welcome back legendary Downtown NYC performance artist Joey Arias. Since 1979, Joey has been wowing audiences with his pitch perfect performances of classic jazz and blues as well as his surprising and genre-bending cabaret shows. Fresh off the road from a European tour, Joey enters the magical and intoxicating Giorgio’s with fresh material and a show to remember.

Best NYE Concerts in the Rest of the World

For those of you who won’t be ringing in the New Year in Los Angeles, here’s our selection of the best concerts happening in the rest of the world!

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That’s it for this week. We’re writing you because you’ve expressed interest in Knitting factory shows, artists or productions. Like us? Want us to consider covering your artists or shows? Please tell us, your humble writer/editors: Henry Eshelman heshelman@platformgrp.com, Sabrina Zeile sabrina@platformgrp.com and Saeli Eshelman saeli@platformgrp.com; we can take it from there.