Before I even dive into this, I want to tell you a story.
Remember when I first moved here and I attended my first concert here in LA? I have been following the Hotel Cafe for a while in hopes of returning and seeing another show there. So one day in November, the venue talked about an upcoming show that night about this duo called The Sweeplings. I had never heard of them before but out of curiosity, I looked them up. I never really listened much to a guy/girl duo in many of my music tastes, but something about Cami (she’s really pretty and has a super sweet voice — plus she’s from America’s Got Talent) and Whitney (who looks like the coolest guy in the room always) that caught my attention. I jammed their music on Spotify all day while at work giving myself a chance to check out their sound. I liked it. I wanted to go see them that night. But I was stuck at work all night.
Riothorse Royale sounds even better live.
Some of you know that Madi Diaz is an artist I’ve followed for a few years since I saw her perform live in my first concert when I moved to LA. Since then I’ve seen her a couple times but not as a member of her band. The band is Riothorse Royale and she teams up with bassist Emily Greene. Their sound is very unique in a way that I like it. It’s not poppy or upbeat, but rather very somber and very heart-wrenching. I kinda like that. I had been listening to their music since they made it available on SoundCloud so I was getting myself super ready for the show.
I knew about this show for a while but I initially didn’t think that I would be able to make it. My old work schedule had me working up until 10pm. There was no way I could make it to see this show if that was still the case. But last week, they changed up my schedule and I get off work at 5pm. That’s great! But I was so exhausted (and wanted to avoid traffic) that I actually slept in my car in the garage before I left work at around 7pm. Smart move on my end as the drive was a little easier and I made it to Echo Park with plenty of time to spare.
Brandy tries to get some people’s attention while singing on the subway in New York. But of course, being that she is living in NYC for the first time, she doesn’t know how things work in the city.
Even though I only lived in NYC for two months, I think I have an idea of how the people of the city operate.
- There are numerous people performing on subways and that doesn’t limit to singing. Most of the time, it’s not that great. So because of that, passengers ignore performers. Passengers want to mind their own business and don’t want people performing and bothering them. It’s not becasue Brandy isn’t talented. It’s because her performance was unwanted.
- Secondly, she wasn’t singing to anyone. Much like the man said, she was performing for the camera, not audience. And subways are loud. The performance suffered because of these two.
- Third, she dressed kind of oddly. Her presence along with her attitude was not endearing. It made her look kind of foolish trying to do something that produced such a disappointing result.
- Don’t be naive. When you truly learn about New York, you’ll know that subway performances usually produce such low reactions.
Welcome to New York!
Remember when I told you about the music video I am going to be in? Well, the video is out!
What’s cool is that they incorporated all their fans’ singing and there are images of all fans throughout the video. I am so excited about this and really wish that my brief cameo would have been longer but still, this is awesome. But hey, I sing in the video and I make a cameo. I can dig it!
I don’t know how many appearances I make in the video but I know at the tail end of the 3:16 mark I see myself. You can slow the video down on YouTube to see if there are any more of me.
Yesterday me and my cousin went down to San Diego. To be more specific, Chula Vista to see Lana Del Rey. We are both fans and yet when we lined up, we realized we did not match the people in line. We had no flower crown, we didn’t look like we belonged. But who cares, it was great.
Courtney Love was the opening act and she did cover “Gold Dust Woman” from the Mac, so that was cool. But that’s now who I came to see.
Lana wore a red dress that looked really nice. But the problem with her show, which was something that I expected, was that since her songs are so slow and somber, she did not do much during the show in terms of moving around. Her diva persona was on point during the show. At one time, while she was singing “West Coast,” she stopped the song because her microphone was giving her issues. She kinda chewed out the techies, did a conceited sound check and resumed.
The entire show featured some grainy black and white, and sometimes multicolored video screen with just her face singing the entire time. It was such a not so exciting show because of the songs she performed, but she sounded wonderful.
Let me tell you a story.
Last year I saw that somebody followed me on Twitter. It was a singer/songwriter/music artist by the name of Tess Henley. I had never heard of her before at the time but I was curious as to why she would follow me. Maybe it was because I tweet about music a lot. Out of curiosity, I decided to go to Spotify to listen to some her stuff, see what she was about. I dug her sound. It was refreshing and fun. I followed back.
As I continued to listen to her music more, I became a fan. I would every now and then just put on her music during my writing sessions. I even picked up her latest EP, which is very good.
In fact, my last story was partially inspired by her. I detailed it here.
I had always wanted to see her perform live since I started listening her music. I think it was because she was an artist I liked and she seemed to be just real down to earth. Plus I like going to concerts, so there’s that too. But unfortunately with my busyness of schedule with my job, I rarely ever can make it out to any concerts at night anymore. But then I found out that she’s performing for Revolt at noon and I knew that I could pull that one off.
Mew is one of my favorite bands of all time. In fact, they could be my favorite live act ever I’ve seen right behind Prince and Fleetwood Mac. They are a band from Denmark I discovered back then when I was in college. With their new album that was just released a few weeks ago, they proposed this project for an upcoming music video. Fans can submit photos and audio of them singing to the song and they will be mixed into the music video. That’s all I know but the process for it was pretty intense. I had to sign up, follow all the instructions and submit my work.
The first part of the process was to read all the instructions and submit a photo from my laptop’s camera to imitate that of lead singer Jonas.
This is the original picture.