Charlie Wadhams – In A Goldmine EP

Charlie Wadhams (Los Angeles, CA)

Charlie Wadhams new EP In A Goldmine could be the perfect album for the month of November. His smooth voice resembles the bliss and charisma of falling leaves. It’s no wonder heavyweights like Inara George, Mike Andrews, and Eleni Mandell are listed among fans.

Somber yet hope-filled in tone on Goldmine Wadhams oozes so much class there is not one doubt in my mind you’ll want to listen to it again and again.

The first track on the EP “Someone To Kiss” is one of the most achingly beautiful tracks I’ve heard in the longest time. Download it below.

[MP3] Charlie Wadhams – Someone To Kiss

Be sure to catch Charlie Wadhams at his residency at Tangier every Sunday during the month of November.

TANGIER is located at 2138 Hillhurst Ave
(just south of Los Feliz Blvd) in Los Feliz 90027
tickets available at the door $7
Charlie Wadhams plays around 11pm each night

Charlie Wadhams
Every Sunday In November
at Tangier
2138 Hillhurst Ave
$7 | 21 Yrs +

Nov. 2nd
w/ Patrick Park, The Shivers (NYC)

Nov. 9th

Nov. 16th
w/Marvin Etzioni, Michael Mangia

Nov. 23rd
w/the Happy Stars, Anglos


O’Death – Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin

O’ Death (New York, NY)

There is a long list of band’s I’ve featured on Rock Insider that I fell out of touch with until recently. New York based country punk project known as O’Death is definitely one of them. The band have been making a lot more noise lately in the blogosphere becoming the joy of music writers and musicians alike. Meric Long of The Dodos is an avid fan.
The band released their 3rd full length LP Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin this week on Kemado. They also unveiled their new video for “Lowtide” on Pitchfork TV.

O’Death will be heading out on tour this fall. Dates are below. Be sure to catch the band Nov. 22nd at Spaceland!

Watch the new video right here. Pick up the album on EMusic.

[MP3] O’Death – Lowtide

October 30 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Hoots and Hellmouth, La Strada)
October 31 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 1 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 2 – T.T. The Bears – Cambridge, MA
November 3 – II Motore – Montreal, QUE Canada
November 4 – El Mocambo – Toronto, ONT Canada
November 5 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
November 6 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
November 7 – Space 101 – Bloomington, IN
November 8 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
November 9 – Hideout – Chicago, IL
November 10 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
November 11 – The Picador – Iowa City, IA
November 12 – The Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
November 13 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
November 14 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
November 15 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
November 17 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC Canada
November 18 – High Dive – Seattle, WA
November 19 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
November 20 – Jambalaya – Arcata, CA
November 21 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
November 22 – Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
November 23 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
November 24 – Modified Arts – Phoenix, AZ
November 26 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX
November 28 – Marquee – Tulsa, OK
November 29 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
November 30 – Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
December 2 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
December 3 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
December 4 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC


What Are Your Halloween Plans?

The Ronald Regan People (Los Angeles, CA) Photo by la-underground
Well now that the Little Radio Creep Show is no longer it looks like my Halloween plans are a bit up in the air. The Ronald Regan People aka The Henry Clay People have decided to move the show to the Cat and Fiddle in Hollywood Tonight. This is more than likely where I will wind up because I’m going to see a screening of the new Justice “A Cross The Universe” DVD at 7pm TONIGHT at the Montalban Theater up the street and I can take the metro there. Party is on tonight!

VIDEO: Justice-Across the Universe

Classical Geek Theater has all the details of The Ronald Regan People show [READ POST]

LA-Underground has a list of all the awesome Halloween events you should haunt tonight. Check it out here.

LA Record will be presenting Roky Erickson and The Black Angels at The El Rey tonight. I think I’ve mentioned this about 4 times this week. Should be a super stellar show! [READ INTERVIEW]


Preview: The Parson Red Heads @ Spaceland This Saturday

A lot of times I promise to feature shows on this site and I always manage to forget to post. I severely apologize!!!

That’s why I made a concerted effort to mention tomorrow night’s lineup at Spaceland with The Parson Red Heads, The Sweet Hurt, Willoughby and The Spires all performing. I actually typed up this preview on Monday afternoon (Yes, in bloggerland we can defy space and time).

This is an immensely strong lineup worthy of your dollars. Further adding to the fabulousness of the night – our dear friend Justin from Aquarium Drunkard will be presenting the bill.

9pm – The Sweet Hurt
10pm – Willoughby
11pm – The Parson Red Heads
12am – The Spires
Saturday, Nov 1st @ Spaceland
$8 @ Door / contact to the bands to be on a $6 discount list

[MP3] The Parson Red Heads – Crowds
[MP3] The Sweet Hurt –
Bright Ideas
[MP3] Willoughby – Frankenstein

Read more about the night and download additional MP3s over at Aquarium Drunkard.

Bright Ideas Music Video – The Sweet Hurt


Best of CMJ 2008 – Passion Pit

Passion Pit (Cambridge, MA)

Yesterday I posted about Ponytail being one of my two mind blowing acts fully realized at CMJ this year (read post). Today we unveil the second and final contender – the Boston based beat masters known as Passion Pit.

[MP3] Passion Pit – I’ve Got Your Number

This band played pretty much every major day party and major showcase – including the hot as hell, can barely move let alone breathe NME Showcase at The Annex. The majority of the crowd was there to see them. I got so overheated and claustrophobic that I had to leave after only 2 songs. I caught them later at the Planetary Skewer Party at Piano’s. One word – FAB.

Passion Pit‘s new EP Chunk Of Change – out now on French Kiss Records has been in regular rotation in my IPOD for several months now. I have featured their tracks in mix tapes and have alluded to greatness but was waiting for the perfect moment to pop their “Rock Insider Full Blown Post” cherry.

Ladies and germs – Passion Pit have finally made their way to Los Angeles and will be playing TOMORROW night at The Henry Fonda Theater with Yelle. The band goes on at ten on the dot.

Passion Pit music has delicious swells and fantastic melodies. This is achieved by no less than 10 synthesizers, bass, and drums. They sound exactly like their record live. It’s kind of remarkable.

Pick up Chunk of Change on ITUNES now.

VIDEO: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Via Pitchfork TV)

VIDEO: MTV NEWS – Passion Pit at CMJ


Seriously Apple Why Do You Keep Doing This To Me?!?!?

Apple just unveiled the new 13″ and 15″ Mackbooks today. They’re 5x faster with a sleeker design and more graphics power than ever before. It basically makes my 2 year old apple obsolete and also makes it impossible to get repairs made.

Honestly Steve Jobs….I hate you sometimes. Please, still send me that free IPOD.

[MP3] Soulwax – Compute

FOLKS AT APPLE – I have a brilliant Idea. How bout you start leasing out Macbooks so when you come out with new and improved technology every 6 months those with a leasing plans get an automatic upgrade – just like car companies do.

Just an idea….


Read mixed reviews of the new product right here.


Around The Blogs – Thursday Edition

In these tough economic times you cherish every precious second making for less blog readin’ time. Need someone to give you the cliffs notes version of what’s hot online? Well friends – look no further than your local Rock Insider…. We remain committed to reading the blogs so you don’t have to.

Hipster Runoff continues his quest to find the best alt Halloween Costume. Will he choose the “Nip Slip M.I.A” ensemble or the “oops I crapped my pants” Justice look? [READ MORE]

Elaine and Mouse have both joined me on Twitter. Sign up for their feeds! PS. Sign up for the Rock Insider feed!

My Old KY Blog recently launched LaundroMatinee.com a site devoted to unique video performances from your favorite indie acts. I definately like the format and the clever title with indie sensible graphics. It reaks of being a huge success. Head over there and check out perfornaces from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Dr. Dog.

Ps. Dodge also finally managed to catch on to the fact that The Henry Clays fucking rule (Read Post).

Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington AKA the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE just launched his own TV Show called “Beardo” on Pitchfork TV today. You got to give him mad props. Women want him and men want to be him. [WATCH NOW]

Just in time for Halloween Abe Vigoda unveil their new video for “Skeleton.” head over to LA Record to watch. The band are currently out on tour with Diplo and Telepathe and will be playing the Echoplex on Nov 4th. [WATCH NOW]

I Guess I’m Floating Posted Beirut‘s New Single “A Prostitute From Marseille” looks like the little troubadour is all grown up! [DOWNLOAD NOW]


Best Of CMJ 2008 – Ponytail

Ponytail (Baltimore, MD)

So many people have asked me this week what bands I thought were the best at CMJ. In all honesty there were only two bands I’d never seen before that positively blew me away. The first of which I will reveal today…Baltimore, MD based noise outfit Ponytail.

I thought I would show you rather than tell. Check out video of Ponytail performing live at The Fader Fort during the CMJ.

Their debut album Ice Cream Spiritual is filled with youthful hope, spastic guitars, and some of most intriguing vocals I’ve ever heard. They ooze high spirited energy and joy. This band is more than just enjoyable to watch. You feel like you’re witnessing something special.

Download “G Shock” from Ice Cream Spiritual below!

[MP3] Ponytail – G Shock

Ponytail will be playing in New York City on Halloween at Topp P and Panache’s HUGE HALLOWEEN SHINDIG at Danbro Studios Warehouse. Matt and Kim, DMQB, Aids Wolf, the Homosexuals and Child Abuse will also perform! (268 Meserole St @ Bushwick Pl | East Williamsburg Industrial Park, Brooklyn)

BONUS: Also check out this video of Chairlift performing at The Fader Fort during CMJ.


Local Music News: Little Radio Creep Show Cancelled, Pehrspace Craft It Up

Little Radio had to cancel their Halloween Creep Show scheduled for Friday. Tickets are being refunded as we speak. Read all about it on the Little Radio’s website.

On the upside The Secret Machines will be playing a not so secret show on Halloween at Spaceland. If youre still looking for something to do on All Hallow’s Eve LA Record are presenting Roky Erickson with The Black Angels at the El Rey (WIN TICKETS HERE).

Pehrspace will be hosting their first ever craft fair on Dec. 13th called Pehr Space(craft). There will be musical performances from The Tartans, Sea Lions, Catwalk, Oki Dogs, and Watercolor Paintings. It should be a night of delicious pop and fun crafts! They are currently taking vendor applications which you can find right here.

Pizza! are now offering up their latest EP “What is Love? …I Just Drifted Away” FOR FREE on their website. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet head over and download it now. Catch Pizza! live at pehrspace with The Monolators on Monday during night one of their residency!


Around The Blogs…

I’m officially sick. Yeah yeah yeah I know I over did it. I know I’m always sick. Cold season sucks and I’m trying to go about my daily life right now – including getting parking tickets I can’t afford.

Wish I could say that I have a full post prepared but unfortunately I have another loaded day running around Los Angeles. Follow my twitter feed to see what I’m up to!

In the meantime let’s see whats going on around the blogs:

LA Record posted a podcast of rare Roky Erickson Tracks [VIEW POST]

Kevin Bronson’s Buzz Bands
has an exclusive download of “Three Wheels” a new track from The Lassie Foundation – whose current formation features founders Eric Campuzzano and Jeff Schroeder (Now of The Smashing Pumpkins), Jason71 (Eskimohunter), and Joel Patterson (Sky Parade) [DOWNLOAD NOW]

Web In Front has a new road diary in from The Pity Party at CMJ. [VIEW POST]

Help Hipster Runoff decide what he wants to be for Halloween. I’m leaning towards the Alt Boyscout w/ the body language of a “snarky blogger.” [VIEW POST]

Videothing has two new videos from CMJ featuring The Pity Party, Crystal Antlers, Sebastian Grainger, Ponytail, Blonde Acid Cult ad more. [VIEW VIDEOS]

GorillavsBear has Friendly Fires covering Lykke Li – who will be playing at the El Rey with The Mae Shi on November 3rd. [DOWNLOAD NOW]


How Well Do You Know Rocky?

Roky Erickson (Austin, TX)

LA Record just posted a fabulous interview with Roky Erickson and are giving away tickets to see the legendary performer with new backing band The Black Angels on Halloweeen Night at The El Rey.

Head over to  LA Record and take your stab at some Roky trivia to enter. Note you could probably google most answers. It’s cheating but hey! GET ‘DEM TICKETS SON!!


First prizes are a PAIR OF TICKETS to see Roky live at the El Rey with the Black Angels on Halloween! (Est. retail value incalculable by human measurements.)

For second, third and honorary mention we have mind-melting Roky paraphernalia from the righteous people at Process Media, Norton Records and Roky’s management itself, for which we are cheerful, bashful and grateful! These prizes include…


VIDEO: The Monolators – We Fell Dead with 9 BASSISTS and Gong

the monolators – “we fell dead” (w/ 9 basses & gong) @ spaceland 10.25.08

Thank you so much for the video Elaine!!!!!


Monolators Announce November Residency At Pehrspace

The Monolators @ Spaceland. Photo By Ben Hoste

The only word I can use to describe Saturday’s album release show for The Monolators – UMMWHAAAAAAAA?!?!?!?

Not 2 but NINE bass players playing “We Fell Dead” and Mary brought in a gong for “Don’t Dance.” The night was nothing short of incredible.

See photos of the show at the links below.
LA Underground’s Photos – View Here
Benjamin Hoste’s Photos –
View Here

Saturday’s show was just a tasting of what’s to come. The Monolators will be doing a residency every Monday night at pehrspace presented by the one and only Mr. Sean Carnage.

Eli has all the details in his latest blog which you can read right here. Be sure to bookmark it for further updates from the Monolators.

Every Monday In November At Pehrspace
Presented By Sean Carnage
$5 Donation | All Ages

Nov 3rd 2008
w/ Pizza! Zombelle, Kyle H. Mabson

Nov 10th 2008
w/ 60wattkid, Health Club, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Billygoat

Nov 17th 2008
w/ Shirley Rolls, The Voyeurs, Fertile Crescent

Nov. 24th, 2008
w/ Kevin Shields, Icy Demons (feat members of Man Man), Milton Melvin Croissant, Ema & The Ghosts


Tonight’s The Night! Monolators CD Release Show

I took a red eye from New York City last night to get back to LA. Went straight from Webster Hall to th airport and after 5 hours of turbulence I’m ready to rock!!

TONIGHT is the long long long LONG long LOOOOOOONG awaited CD Release Show for The Monolator‘s new full length album – Don’t Dance!!!! You have no idea how excited I am for people to finally hear it!

The album features yours truly on bass as welll as some tasty tidbits here and there throughout the 10 tracks.  Miss Wendy Wang of The Sweet Hurt and I even dabbled in  the production of the last song the “Don’t Dance (Reprise)” which is a nod to classic 70s Disco and Funk. We used everything from handclaps, to wind chimes to bongos and a helluva lotta GONG.

Don’t Dance is now available on iTUNES . You can purchase 12″ vinyl of the release at tonight’s show!


Read Eli’s interview with Radio Free Silverlake right here.


The Monolators “Don’t Dance” record release
with You Me & Iowa
Summer Darling

1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
21+ / $8 ($6 discount list available) / 9pm


VIDEO: The Monolators – Dont Dance Live At Detour Festival


Sorry Its Been So Long…

Hey Kids,

I’m sorry it’s been so long. Job hunt has proven to take up a lot of my time and I must admit I’ve been going through some duldrums lately. I’m feeling much better to be out and active again.I’m in New York City at the CMJ Music Marathon seeing a lot of bands, running around with a runny nose, and running into people I haven’t seen in years. It has been so much fun but at the same time so very hectic.

Excuses aside the blog must go on. Here’s my top 10 from moments from CMJ thus far…

1. Walking Across the Williamsburg Bridge with my friend Dave. It’s become a ritual every time we’re in New York at the same time.
2. Watching The Coathangers and Crystal Antlers under the Williamsburg Bridge at dusk. It was only 38 degrees outside and MAN was it cold.
3. Breakfast with my friend Jed at Veselka in the East Village. They seriously have the best toast in all of NYC.
4. Suffering through hype bands that we’re severely overrated and talking smack while they play – then realizing I was talking smack to the band’s publicist. Ouch.
5. Hanging out with Paul Tao at the Fader Fort and almost knocking a 20 foot tall cardboard robot to the floor.
6. Melissa Auf Der Maur Art opening in the East Village. I worked Melissa Auf Der Maur‘s solo record forever and a day ago. It was so great to see her again.
7. Passion Pit sound like their record live. You have no idea how relieved I was. They really are THAT GOOD.
8. Establishing the definition between a L Train Hpster and a JMZ Hipster. You have to live in Brooklyn to know the definition. It’s pretty much the same as a Silverlake Hipster and an Echo Park Hipster.
9. Sleeping through bad dub and reggae ton in Jed and Lisa’s living room. It’s now so loud that it shakes objects off counter tops. I still got 6 solid hours. Wow.
10. Wearing a coat for the first time this year!!!

LA IN NYC TONIGHT: The Pity Party will play their official showcase at Piano’s at Midnight.

I have limited access to e-mail and limited access to internet connections so if you need to get a hold of me please call. Also I will be live blogging from CMJ through My Twitter feed. Follow my feed at twitter.com/rockinsider to get all the latest updates of what I’m up to in NYC!!!!

Miss you guys and be back in LA on Saturday for some really big massive party that you will be kicking yourself if you miss.


At Which Point JAX Heads Out To NYC

So it’s official. I will be heading out to the CMJ Music Marathon Next week to catch some great new music, hang out with right coast friends I haven’t seen in a while, and get a real slice of frickin’ pIzza for a change (one preferably without a whole wheat crust, tofu sausage, and organic goat cheese).

Email me if you’re going to be in NYC! Lets meet up! jax@rockinsider.com


Noah And The Whale Announce December Tour

Noah And The Whale (London, UK)

I missed Noah and The Whale‘s set at Detour Fest because they played at the same time as The Monolators. Most people know them as that one band from that one car commercial, but their happy go lucky feel good tunes really encompass more than just hocking hubcaps. Everyone I talked to at the fest who had seen them had nothing but raving words to say. I was more than a bit disappointed.

So boy was I stoked this morning when I received an e-mail this morning announcing that they will back stateside in December.

the band will be performing at The Troubadour on December 18th. Tickets are available for purchase for $15 right here. Get ‘em early though – I really have a feeling this thing is going to sell out.

5 Years Time

View the full list of dates below!


December 2- Black Cat- Washington DC
December 3- Johnny Brenda’s- Philadelphia, PA
December 4- Bowery Ballroom- New York, NY
December 6- Middle East Upstairs- Boston, MA
December 8- La Scala Rosa- Montreal, Que
December 9- El Macambo- Toronto, ONT
December 11- Magic Stick- Detroit, MI
December 12- Empty Bottle- Chicago, IL
December 13- 7th Street Entry- Minneapolis, MN
December 16- Chop Suey- Seattle, WA
December 17- Doug Fir Lounge- Portland, OR
December 18- Troubadour- Los Angeles, CA
December 19- Independent- San Francisco, CA


VIDEO The Dears – Money Babies

The Dears (Montreal, Quebec Canada)

If there is one song that could be pegged as the theme song for our current economic situation it would be “Money  Babies” by  The Dears . The fuzz laden track swells and falls like the recent dow jones and is propelled by the chorus which repeats “Our Money Is Elastic” numerous times. The band just released a video for the single which premiered yesterday on MTV2′s Subterranean Blog. Check out the video below.

The Dears will be performing two show in NYC during CMJ before hitting the road with The Secret Machines. Dates can be found below. Missiles is in stores Next Monday October 21st on Dangerbird Records.

Speaking of CMJ -  I’m seriously considering going. A little last minute but I’m suddenly inspired to see New York in the fall while I still have the free time. I even made a CMJ mixtape for Zune showcasing all the awesome bands from California going out there for this years festival. Check out my mix featuring The Mae Shi, The Happy Hollows, Little Teeth, The Delta Spirit, and more right here.

VIDEO: The Dears – Money Babies


October 16 – London, UK @ Porchester Hall
October 21 – Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott
October 22 – Hoboken, N.J. @ Maxwell’s
October 23 – New York, N.Y. @ Hiro Ballroom


October 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
October 25 – Madison, Wisc. @ The Majestic Theatre
October 27 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre
October 28 – Aspen, Colo. @ Belly Up
October 30 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Key Club
November 1 – San Diego, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern
November 3 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
November 5 – Portland, Ore. @ Berbati’s
November 6 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo’s


Birdmonster TONIGHT At Spaceland

Birdmonster will play Spaceland TONIGHT. Photo by Benjamin Hoste

So my good buddies in Birdmonster have flown south and will be playing Club NME at Spaceland TONIGHT with The Rumble Strips and Rock Insider favs The Franks. You can download “Born To Be Your Man” the latest track to be released off their new full length From The Mountain To the Sea below.

A couple of months back band performing at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Rock Insider photographer Benjamin Hoste was there camera in tow to catch all the action. Photos below! Click here to see the entire photo set.

[MP3] Birdmonster – Born To Be Your Man


Recommended Shows October 14th, 2008

Halloween is just around the corner

Well I learned two very important things last night. 1) Always be the first to break out the scarf and 2.) Aaron of Earlimart and Tim from The Movies make one hell of a dynamic duo. OK, maybe those aren’t really that important….

THE POINT is that The Echo was so much fun last night. Crowds were light – a sign of the times I think, But all 4 bands were fantastic. Eagle and Talon performed songs off their upcoming full length which after catching the live version I’m intrigued to hear what the full length has in store. The Transmissions once again played the cleanup slot at 11:45 but performed an amazing set. Wrong Way Driver featuring Brian of Earlimart also surprised me.

Tonight it’s all about reunions and big touring acts. I’m going to be spending the night in.

Recommended Shows TONIGHT:

Wire , The Muslims @ The Echo – I’d actually never heard of Wire before and when I mentioned that in front of Travis from Web In Front he almost caned me :)

Santogold , The Ting Tings, Mates of State @ The Wiltern

Antony & the Johnsons @ Walt Disney Hall

PS. Happy belated birthday Kevin Bronson!

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