Check out your neighborhood gallery/venue this month for lots of shows. Echo Curio is located on the corner of Sunset and Laveta.
The following was posted by the Echo Curio myspace.
ARE YOU CURIOUS AUGUST 2009
Tuesday, August 4th – ART DROP for IMAGINARYLAND : RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS exhibition
Friday, August 7th – IMAGINARYLAND : RAINBOWS and UNICORNS opens
Saturday, August 8th – RAVEN AMERICA + MOTH EATEN + MERMAID + BASTIDAS + ANUS KINGS + LAS SANGRONAS Y EL CABRON
Read more for the whole month’s events and summaries!
Our buddies in the art-goth-damaged RAVEN AMERICA are curating the night tonight, and they are going all out, from the rock-n-psych of the always rewarding BASTIDAS to the visiting punk fun of MERMAIDS. The remaining acts speak for themselves, but it would much better to hear it from their screaming lips.
Sunday, August 9th – STATIC AKTION presents PULSE EMITTER + GRASSLUNG + EARN + MONSTURO + DAMION ROMERO
Heavy doses of drone from a synth heavy, PULSE EMITTER is set to blast your mind with a slow motion wash of waves and forms. Touring with him is GRASSLUNG, another big deal in pure-synth waves. Spreading the local welcome mat are the inimitable DAMION ROMERO, the monstrous MONSTURO and the blissfully serene EARN.
Tuesday, August 11th – THE LITTLEST VIKING + SIGNAL HILL + BEWARE OF SAFETY
THE LITTLEST VIKING rules, like in that special way headbanging and playing air guitar to Judas Priest songs rules. But their music is actually a lot more technical, so imagine headbanging to Don Caballero or Orthrelm, while trying to play that super intricate shit. BEWARE OF SAFETY is gonna bring you to tears with their multi-pedal chorus of sprawling guitars and post-rock sensibilities. And SIGNAL HILL collects together those smooth Mogwai meets Tristeza kind of vibes, but with a better pop sensibility to it. Ah, we have the whole range of the 90’s here.
Friday, August 14th – DEF SOUND + DAVID LIEBE HART and ADAM PAPPAGAN + BIG WHUP
Big night of weird fun that is gonna rule. DEF SOUND is (please forgive the hyperbole) a dope new indie rapper, complete with a five piece band. Add to that the magical troubdours DAVID and ADAM, complete with their puppet background singers, and that is only two thirds of the evening. We also got the outrageously awesome BIG WHUP, official party band of 2012.
Saturday, August 15th – DUNG MUMMY featuring HOP FROG KOLLECTIV + AIN SOPH AUR + BLIPVERT + MOTHER OF FIRE
Get ready for another wondrous evening of eclectic electronica and avant acoustics. DUNG MUMMY is a semi-monthly event put on by the fine folks of the HOP FROG KOLLECTIV and URCK RECORDS. After witnessing their monumental musical dust storm down by the lake, we’re excited beyond words for the HOP FROG’s multi-guitar/synth return to our little gallery. They have been kind enough to open their show to a visiting east coast roots rock outfit MOTHER OF FIRE.
Sunday, August 16th – CHICKSTER TAKES VAUDEVILLE SHOW featuring VERONIQUE CHEVALIER and much more
Comedy runs in the family. We’ve been happy to host amazingly uproarious shows with April and Adam Shenkman, and now we’re happy to welcome to host their father, in his CHICKSTER persona. He has prepared a complete evening of vaudevillian grandeur. Stay tuned for more details.
Monday, August 17th – LOVERS + THE BLACK KITES + THE CARTOGRAPHERS
We got an amazing line-up of bands tonight, all sharing in deep beats, shimmering synths, soaring guitars, and these ladies (and occasional dude) can really sing too. LOVERS from up north came by last year and floored us with their new three piece line-up. We can only say that if you miss this show, you will be doing your music loving soul a disservice. THE BLACK KITES are back with us all again, after a short break, and I am betting you that it was a break for the better and that when their fuzzy fog of distortion and bass hits you, a smile will wash over your slowly dancing form. THE CARTOGRAPHERS need no introduction because they have been here a couple of times, and everytime they run in at the last minute and set their gear up, they instantly command the room and hit us with some of the best “angular electro-guitar” songwriting today (think TV ON THE RADIO with a little more shoegaze in there).
Tuesday, August 18th – DEPT OF REAL ESTATE + MOTOKO HONDA and JOE BERARDI + DOS (Mike Watt and Kira Roessler)
Kio Griffith and company bring their clattering, jazz-infused instrumentals to the Curio tonight, full of sprawling distorted guitars, tricked out drums and stumbling funk basslines. Joining DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE are real-deal of LA improvisation, the deceptively heavy keyboards and noise squonk of MOTOKO HONDA and the effortless drum majesty of JOE BERARDI (proverbial drummer to the alternate stars). And opening the whole night, so get your butt there early, will be DOS, the double bass majesty of Mike Watt and Kira Roessler. DANG!!!!.
Thursday, August 20th – AL QAEDA (featuring MIKE WATT) + ENDOMETRIUM CxPx + DROUGHTER + ULTRAVIOLET ASTRONAUT
We kinda don’t know what to expect with this one, but it is gonna rule. I mean we have MIKE freakin’ WATT sitting in with a most prolific new noise collective. ENDOMETRIUM CxPx is back for more deep drone and frosty waves. Joining the cast are two new faces in our space, the cryptic harsh fuzz of DROUGHTER, and the noisey beats of ULTRAVIOLET ASTRONAUT. We know sometimes experimental sound can be a little scary, but if you really want to look into the weeping eye of innovation, this is your best chance.
Friday, August 21st – SHOTGUN SHOWDOWN + THE CARTOGRAPHERS + SHATTO
Our second ladies night of the week, this one not only marks the return of the phenomenally catchy post-pop of the CARTOGRAPHERS, but the return of the ballsy rock of SHOTGUN SHOWDOWN. Last time SS played, I swear they were channeling the Jesus Lizard or Helmet through their sweating fingers, swirling distortions, and bullhorn blasting vocals. SHATTO is a blank slate, but if these ladies like ‘em, we’re in. They are have been hailed as a new, poppier CURE and we’re pretty psyched.
Sat, August 22nd – EAGLE AND TALON + VIDEO + SUPER ALL-STAR COVER SESSION of the THRACIAN album
This falls in the category of “About M’F’n time”. It is crazy that EAGLE AND TALON haven’t played here yet, if not simply for the fact that they rule the world with a gentle but stern hand. But also because they were one of the first acts I saw in LA when I moved here, and they continue to kill me to this day every time I see them perform. Mind you, it has been awhile but I have no doubt that it will be like old times, except with completely new and challenging songs. You see, this duo writes the most innovative pop songs, using the most unlikely of elements. A crazy mismatched drumline, a wildly out-there keyboard part, some insane non-repeating chorus. All of it comes together with an ominously sweet persona to create the ultimate concert experience, here for you to experience up close and personal on the rug. VIDEO keeps on rocking us too, in that strangely uncomfortable way. And the bonus of the night is a cavalcade of talented friends covering various songs off of EAT’s new record (that has been out for like eight months but this is their record release party…. go figure)
Sun, August 23rd – STATIC AKTION presents PHARMAKON + RALE + INFINITE BODY + PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT + MIRROR TO MIRROR
Mike of STATIC AKTION pretty much knows the best people, throws some of the best parties, and really runs the show like a pro, (and makes a mean veggie taco), so tonight is going to be no exception. While we never felt comfortable with the term POWER NOISE or HARSH ELECTRONICS or whatever, we’re still really excited for this collection of vibrational masters. We wept tears of joy when the cold darkness of EMACIATOR transformed into the dark-star moth wings of PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT. We shielded our eyes in holy revernence to the blinding sounds of INFINITE BODY. We stand ready and waiting to have our nervous system assaulted blissfully by NY’s PHARMAKON and our local (by way of Oaktown) sound alchemist RALE. All in all, expect some deep cellular level meditations and some chromosomal awakenings.
Monday, August 24th – MARIEE SIOUX + GRAHAM FORREST + PAIGE STARK + DEAREST
Powerful forces of magic and mystery will be moving tonight, deep elemental callings and shamanistic notes of the earth and sky. With MARIEE SIOUX acting as high priestess of the gentle, warm night, and GRAHAM FORREST summoning the dark folk like a grand hierophant, we seem to be holding the trump cards in this tarot deck this evening. Adding to the incantations are the lovely PAIGE STARK and the traveling troubadours DEAREST, spreading the psychedelia across America like mad Johnny Appleseeds.
Tuesday, August 25th – JAMES MISHKA + CHAZ PRYMEK + MUCKY THE DUCKY + NICOLE KIDMAN + THE NEXTDOOR NEIGHBORS
Ok, this one is gonna rule. We got two acoustic guitar playing bike riders from Salt Lake City (JAMES and CHAZ). Seriously, they rode all the way from SLC and are doing a west coast tour on bike. So come and hear their songs. Add to that the meditative waves of Davis’ MUCKY THE DUCKY and the plaintive electronics of NICOLE KIDMAN (straight outta Covina, beeeatches!!!!, and first time in our space) and you should be sold. But we’ll sweeten the deal with one of the most amazing electro pop groups to come out of Olympia, let alone Washington State. Think of the music unicorns would make with Casios and drum machines.
Wednesday, August 26th – SOGGY DUCHAMP OCTET + NAME OF THE MOON + MIMES OF WINE
SOGGY DUCHAMP creates jazz music for the unconscious soul, rather than the waking thinking mind. It is best to enter a trance and let the undulating rhythms and cacaphonous surprises take you. The boys throw in a fair amount of spacious ether, capricious electronics, and copious funk to their mix, so grab a seat but be ready to jump up and dance. NAME OF THE MOON has been a mystery to us for too long, and soon it will be uncovered, with its deep realms of minimalist electronics and strange soundtracks.. MIMES OF WINE returns to America from their (partial) homeland in Italy, ready to bring us down into the darkness with their piano and violin masterpieces. Who knows what this night will bring otherwise, dark magick indeed!
Thursday, August 27th – WOODS + BEST COAST + GARBAJ KAETZ + guests
Man, we are so close to finalizing this night with regards to the opening act, but trust me, it is gonna rule either way. WOODS returns to the Echo Curio for the third time and this is gonna be the charm. Their newest jams kill so squarely, i am worried for our safety. Expect to fall madly in love instantly with this cracked form of pop music, as well as the strange surf of Bethany and Bobb as BEST COAST. GARBAJ KAETZ are new to the space, but not to your brainpan and they are going to be closing down the space tonight (hopefully not literally). Their primal new wave is locked somewhere in the dinosaur part of your genes, locked deep in your basement with the old Hustler magazines and Colt 45 cans. No telling what is gonna start the night off, but you will not want to miss it
Friday, August 28th – ADAM WILLETTS + M. GEDDES GENGRAS + YEK KOO + VSLS
Saturday, August 29th – BLAINE CAMPBELL + RUTHANN FRIEDMANN + HELENE RENAULT
Sunday, August 30th – PUMICE + METAL ROUGE + ING + SLEEPWALKERS LOCAL + GREG MUON
Those rascals in METAL ROUGE do it to us everytime. Not only do they create some of the most challenging/rewarding music these days (imagine a good SONIC YOUTH that never learned pop music), but they are also the friendliest with the most out-there musicians. Well, tonight, they are presenting the second of their two curated shows for August, and this shit is off the hook (pardon my french). PUMICE has been rocking (?) the land down under for years, occasionnally coming up here for some sick tours with GHOSTING and