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“Casual Wrecks” by Adult Books

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They’ll probably hock a salty loogie on me for saying this, but Adult Books is the poster child for SoCal garage rawk. With origins in Laguna Niguel, the trio has been shaking up Echo Park for years with their righteous blend of surfy post-punk and raw melodic pop. Their long overdue debut full-length, Running from the Blows, drops on March 4th via Lolipop/Burger Records and will soon be a touchstone for the DIY scene. Here’s its opening track “Casual Wrecks”:

“And after dark she asked me if I knew.”

Tonight (February 15th), Adult Books continues their February residency at The Echo.

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VISION booked for December residency at The Echo

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“Fast paced rock ‘n’ roll” act VISION has been booked for the December residency at The Echo.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai caught up with the band in Echo Park to shoot some 120mm pics and ask frontman Christopher Valer some questions.

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What made you decide to do a residency?

“We always wanted to do a residency ever since this band started and what better place than LA’s number one venue The Echo. Aside from always wanting to do a residency at The Echo, we are promoting our new album, Inertia, out through Burger Records who we couldn’t be more proud to rep. Shout to Sean and my baby boy Lee!”

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Why did you choose The Echo?

“We fucking love The Echo. We respect this venue that has showcased so much talent from The Horrors to The Rolling Stones. It’s an honor to play in a venue with so much history and prestige. We’re LA boys. We grew up in LA and we know how important this venue is to LA.”

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Who are your opening bands?

“Our good friend Rudy de Anda and Part Time shared the stage with us on our opening night. At first we wanted to book the most locally popular [bands] in LA but then we started thinking: ‘Fuck that!’ We just want to play with bands we love and respect because we believe their music is good. [We’re] keeping it about the music and not the hype. That’s what indie is really about.”

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What other Los Angeles-based bands do you respect?

“We really like Wild Wing and Rudy de Anda. It’s a long list but these are two that we want to show some love to. At the end of the day we’re not haters. We just love music and people that are real.”

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Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“No. We never have anything planned. We’re all about vibes and we just go with the flow.”

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What can we expect from your set?

“You could expect not to expect the same set. Every night will be different. We’re gonna play songs from our new album, Inertia, and also songs that we haven’t played before or haven’t played in a while.”

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Will you be playing any covers?

“Actually, we are considering playing a cover for one night but we’ll see how things flow. We’re thinking Christian Death‘s “Romeo’s Distress.” But who knows? We might just do Nirvana.”

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What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echo?

“First to finally cross out playing a residency at The Echo from my bucket list. We just want to establish that we can keep up with the best in LA because we feel we are one of the best. We believe this album is that good and deserves to be promoted in the best venue in LA.”

What are you looking forward to the most?

“We are looking forward to doing what we love in a place that we love and that’s playing music.”

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Summer Twins booked for November residency at The Echoplex

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Summer Twins has been booked for the November residency at The Echoplex.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai visited the Brown (not-actually-twin) sisters at their Highland Park home to shoot some 120mm pics and ask Chelsea some questions.

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What made you decide to do a residency?

“We have a new album that came out October 2nd on Burger Records called Limbo and we thought we’d do something special to celebrate. The residency is pretty much just an excuse to throw four separate parties with all our favorite bands, friends, and fans. We have lots of fun stuff planned and aim to make each night an experience beyond what you’d expect from a typical show.”

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Why did you choose The Echoplex?

“The Echo and Echoplex is an integral part of the L.A. music scene and we’ve been going to shows there for years. One of our first memories is being teenagers and our parents took us to F Yeah Fest in its early years. It was the coolest thing. We also remember seeing Shannon and the Clams play there years ago when we were first starting out and we handed Shannon a copy of our first EP. We were always handing out demos and trying to get shows. Being from Riverside we didn’t know too many people in L.A. and we spent a few years playing to empty rooms so if you would’ve told us we’d have a residency at The Echoplex back then we would’ve freaked out!”

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Who are your opening bands?

“We feel like a lot of the same bands always get booked together so we wanted to mix it up and try to get bands from different scenes to join us. We also wanted to bring attention to other talented bands we know of that work really hard to make cool stuff happen. We go way back with a few of the bands. Sweet Bump It, Francisco the Man, and others we have recently met or discovered but we’re so stoked to be playing with all of them.”

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What other Los Angeles-based bands do you admire?

“We genuinely admire all the bands that are playing our residency, but there are so many more we love too! If our residency could go on forever we would also love to invite The Blank Tapes, Kim & The Created, Winter, Gothic Tropic, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Feels, Joel Jerome, So Many Wizards, Pearl Charles… There are too many to list!”

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Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“We usually like to have one beer to relax and loosen up a little. We’ve also been trying to make time to do some vocal warm ups before we go on.”

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What can we expect from your set every week?

“We’ll be playing some new songs off the album that we’re really excited about. We’re also trying something new with Justine [Brown] switching instruments with our guitarist Andy [Moran] and joining me up at the front of the stage for a song or two.”

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Will you be playing any covers?

“For the very last night, we’ll be playing a special stripped down acoustic set after our normal set. In addition to some new material we will be playing a couple classic covers. You’ll have to come to the show to find out which ones.”

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What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echoplex?

“We hope to make a big splash and throw a good time that attendees will always remember. Hopefully we’ll gain some new fans and bring some new ears to the other bands as well.”

 

What are you looking forward to the most?

“I had a dream about the residency in which we had an entryway that read “Welcome to Limbo” so we decided to go with that theme. We’re going all out with decorations in hopes of creating a dreamy and strangely surreal atmosphere and have been prepping for that so we can’t wait to see it all come together. We’re also making zine packs for each night which will include a mini-zine with contributions from the bands, a limited edition button, and a sticker featuring our residency artwork done by Amber McCall. It’s a free show so all proceeds from those will go to support the bands and each night will have a different pack. If you collect them all you’ll get a free copy of our album on the last night. Overall we’re also really stoked to share our new songs, see all the bands play, and see all our friends and fans together in one place. It’s going to be a dream!”

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Burger A-Go-Go 2 (Show Pics)

Burger A-Go-Go recently returned to The Observatory.

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And David Evanko of MINIVAN Photography was there to shoot the show.

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“Watching The DTCVs” Music Video by DTCV (Cover)

dtcvDTCV (pronounced “detective”) is a rawk-pop trio founded by a coed duo who go by Vivarock and Fiat Lux and now reside in Joshua Tree “to live as hermits for a while.” The couple originally met years ago at a French film festival in Hollywood (Vivarock is French) and have since released an impressive discography via vinyl and cassetes on every kickass indie label in SoCal (Burger, Xemu, Mock, Unsatisfied, Lolipop). Their latest, Uptime!, superbly channels the jangle-pop accessibility of female-fronted alt-rock acts such as Belly and Throwing Muses, but perhaps with a darker edge. They’re currently recording an EP with Joel Jerome but for now here’s their bonus track cover of Elvis Costello‘s “Watching The Detectives” (irony intended?).

And here’s its psychedelic music video:

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“Oh Allen” by The Relationship

TR PROMO 1Don’t call them a supergroup, but The Relationship was founded by guitarists Brian Bell (of Weezer) and Nate Shaw (of U.S. Bombs) who recently recruited Jon LaRue and Anthony Burulcich (of The Bravery) as their new rhythm section. On April 8th, the rock vets will follow up their self-titled debut LP by releasing a 7″ via Burger Records –a consummate collaboration between a label spearheading the SoCal garage rawk revival and a band directly influenced by the original scene. Here’s the record’s A-side, “Oh Allen,” which is an unapologetic throwback to power pop rock built on solid guitar work slinging clean melodic hooks:

The Relationship will perform tonight (April 1st) and April 8th at The Viper Room.

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Burgerama Four (Show Pics: Day Two)

IMG_2958Burgerama recently returned to The Observatory.

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And MINIVAN Photography was there to shoot some bands.

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Burgerama Four (Show Pics: Day One)

IMG_0767Burgerama recently returned to The Observatory.

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And MINIVAN Photography was there to shoot some bands.

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Love at First Bite II (Show Pics)

IMG_8303Lolipop Records and Burger Records recently co-presented the showcase, “Love at First Bite II,” at Whip In during SXSW.

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And MINIVAN Photography was there to shoot the show.

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