When I heard the news last night that "Silverlake Walker," Mark Abrams passed away at age 58, I was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. He was a constant in an ever changing neighborhood and for me, somehow, seeing him walking everyday, shirtless and tanned in his green shorts helped me and made me feel a sense of comfort. I remember seeing him for the first time in the summer of 1998 when the band I was in at the time came out to L.A. from Louisville, KY. We rented a recording studio in Silverlake and spent a couple of months in the neighborhood. I saw Mark walking everyday and like everyone else in the neighborhood, I became slightly obsessed with him and wanted to know his story. It wasn't until 2002 that information about bits and pieces of his strange yet ordered life became public. He gave an interview to a neighborhood paper and I remember reading that the reporter had to join him on his 15 mile daily route in order to get the interview. The man was dedicated. I found out that he was a Doctor who spoke several languages, read 5 or more papers a day, always ate dinner at midnight and logged some 200 miles per week at an average of 5 mph on foot.
Here's a link to some great shots taken by photographer Matt Eisman in NY. This was the 2nd or 3rd show of the tour. The crowd was so warm and inviting. Thanks folks. Can't wait to come back in October.
Here are a few shots from that night.
Here's a link to the Day Trotter site. They just posted the live performance we did for them during SXSW. Check it out. Thanks to everyone there for all the help and hospitality.
On our way to the great state of New Jersey to start our second leg of our Summer tour with Minus the Bear. We're also finding strange things in the vast open nothingness that compel us to capture it and show it to you. This is what we think is a bar. There was an out of place "Bud Light" vinyl sign hanging from the fence. This was the impetus to us turning around. We thought "We've got to have a drink inside that 2001 Space Odyssey lookin' space ship bar". After we turned off the road and journeyed down our 1 mile long back track mission to the "bar", we found some great old real bars that have since past away. Great pic opportunities. When we got to the space ship that resembled Hal's own Discovery One, we were saddened to find it closed. We were pissed.
I Just got turned on to this band (thanks Kevin). They're called Tame Impala. Youngin's from Australia that remind me of the Swedish band Dungen crossed bred with MGMT. Stoners meet the dancers.
check em' out. http://www.tameimpala.com/
Thanks to Brad and Radio Free Silver Lake for this great review!!!!
by Brad Roberts
Everest-4 Wow, that was an amazing show that caught me by surprise. And it shouldn't have. I've been loving Everest's new album, On Approach, for a while now, but just didn't expect such a powerful and moving set from a band I've seen about ten times already. At Amoeba Music on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, I literally had to choke back tears, I became so emotionally involved. This will be a review that can, literally, write itself and I'll just hold the pencil.
Not having seen the band since last September at The Troubadour, I hadn't heard many of the new songs live. Unlike their first album, Ghost Notes, which was recorded quickly and featured songs they had worked on for over a year at numerous live shows, On Approach, was a more difficult, but more rewarding, birth.
Well, it's been a little while since the last post. Time for a little catch up...We just got home from our second year at Bonnaroo. 110 degree temperatures with the heat index which pretty much felt like we were slow roasting in an oven stage. Heat and all, it was a really great show! While there, we also played in the middle of a camp site under the Tennessee sky, rocked a few songs on Warner Brothers' tour bus, performed in a hay shack radio station, took a break to enjoy my birthday cake, washed cake down with a bloody mary, and swam in a Holiday Inn Express pool, fully clothed to cap it all off. As if things weren't going well enough(seriously)...we ALSO had the pleasure of playing at Amoeba Music Hollywood last night. Great turn out, fantastic vibes, AMAZING store. Thanks to all who showed their support and to Amoeba for hosting us and getting behind the new record, Amoeba...you are family!
Tonight, we join The whigs for a few shows, San Diego, L.A. and Santa Barbara. Hope to see you out there........Keep going!
How fortunate we are to see our new record out in the world today.
We've spent the last 3 1/2 weeks already building memories off of this release, playing to packed crowds throughout the country while on tour with our friends, Minus The Bear an Young The Giant. I cannot express how excited we are about what we've been able to accomplish and what we have ahead of us. How fortunate we are, to have fans, friends and family to experience the journey with us. Thank you to all who've helped make this day possible.
Please support your local record stores and purchase a copy of "On Approach" on Vinyl or Cd.
You can go here for example;
Check out this fantastic review from popdose;
This is an Epic day for Everest
Hello from the oldest rock venue in the US, in Columbus, OH.
AOL/Spinner have an exclusive premiere of "Let Go" directed by General Assembly on their website today.
Let us know what you think.
Hi. We have some news this week and lot of tour dates being added. We're going to be putting at least 15,000 miles on the van in the next two months ... maybe we'll kick up some dust and open a tab in your local haunt soon.
On Approach is going to be available everywhere music is sold on May 11th, released by Warner Brothers Records in conjunction with "The Wolf" - Vapor Records.
some other stuff:
-7" single of "Let Go" backed by unreleased song "By The Morning" will be out for Independent Record Store Day on April 17th on WBR/Vapor
-We're playing Boise's kick ass store Record Exchange on Independent Record Store Day
-US Tour with Minus the Bear starts on April 19th and goes through May 28th
-We're returning to Bonnaroo on Sunday June 13th
-We'll be home in LA to play a live on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on 89.9FM KCRW on June 16th (webcast live video too)
Hope to see you out there. We'll have more tour dates sooner than naught. Maybe we'll try to experiment with doing some live streams of entire shows from the soundboard while we're on tour using Ustream. After all, it is the '90s.
Feel free to drop us a note here and we'll write you back.