Beat Recommends: Xylouris White at Jewel’s Catch One October 29

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Tonight at Jewel’s Catch One, don’t miss the only LA show by Xylouris White, a collaboration between iconic Cretan folk musician George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, who has played for the Dirty Three, Cat Power and PJ Harvey (I witnessed his LA debut with the obscure but sorely missed Oz punk band Venom P. Stinger.)

Their debut album Goats, recently issued on Other Music Recording Co., is a hypnotic and beautiful thing, a series of instrumentals in which Xylouris plays simultaneous, overlapping lines which wrap around White’s effortlessly natural percussion. White is particularly skilled at making complex rhythms flow like water, and proves a perfect foil for Xylouris’ stringed virtuosity. It feels like a conversation between two master players, and I’d expect their live show will steer into entirely new topics of discussion.

Xylouris White at Jewel’s Catch One, 4067 W. Pico. Wednesday October 29, 9pm. Advance tickets $13 at venue website.

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Upcoming: Le Reverie Opens Hellion’s Halloween Show with 5 Great Bands this Friday

Allie JorgenLe Reverie, coming off of a smash performance at the 3rd Annual Rockers Against Cancer Benefit Show held last weekend with ’70s Glam-rockers the Sweet, again lights up the stage with their unique blend of Gothic, heavy metal, progressive and symphonic rock at Paladino’s.

This Friday, October 31st, Paladino’s will be the place for a “Hellion Halloween”. Le Reverie has been chosen to open the show at 8pm sharp. Singer/songwriter Allie Jorgen of Le Reverie has just the right touch of sweet and wicked for this special Halloween event. New songs from Le Reverie that will be featured include the theme song “The Dream” from the upcoming Gothic Horror movie “Lake Eerie” and their latest release, just in time for Halloween, “Hounds From Hell”.

Along with Le Reverie, Ann Boleyn and Hellion will, make this the Halloween show you won’t want to miss. Slick ‘n’ Wicked and 5 Kill Ace will also fill out the bill for this special “Hellion Halloween.” With everyone’s frighteningly favorite holiday coming on Friday night this year, this show will be a frightfully awesome way to spend Halloween.

Paladino’s is located at 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91335. for phone info call (818) 342-1563.

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Charlie Overbey And The Broken Arrows To Make Their Debut At The Viper Room On November 6

Charlie Overbey  Photo by: (Cowboy Kampfer)

Charlie Overbey
Photo by: (Cowboy Kampfer)

Having risen from the ashes of some of L.A.’s coolest bands, Charlie Overbey and The Broken Arrows make their live performance debut at the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip on Thursday, November 6.

Charlie – who hails from ’90s Sunset Strip band Big Bang Babies, cowpunk band Custom Made Scare, Deadbolt and Charlie And The Valentine Killers – has evolved into a pretty serious songwriter. He recruited veteran rockers Jimmy James (The Hangmen, The Masons), Dave James (The Superbees), Jordan Shapiro (The Supersuckers), Joe Ginsberg (Chuck Ragan), and new kid Charlie Nice to round out his stellar new band, The Broken Arrows.

COBA take their musical cues from legends such as Tom Petty, Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Jackson Browne, Thin Lizzy, Creedence and The Replacements. The show is in support of their debut record, The California Kid, which is set to be released soon. The band is gearing up for some heavy road work, which will include dates in the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia.

Of working with The Broken Arrows, Charlie says, “We’ve all lived a lot, we’ve all toured a lot, and we’ve all loved and lost a lot. I believe this is the key to a group of dudes that can relate to one another, and hang with mutual respect. We’re a cohesive traveling unit and a Band Of Brothers – only with this kind of bond can the magic translate on stage.” Continue reading

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Family Friendly Halloween Events

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RISE OF THE JACK O’ LANTERNS

October 29 - November 2 Hours vary Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011 $18-28

See the beautiful spectacle of 5,000 Halloween jack o’ lanterns glowing in the darkness. The hand-carved jack o’ lanterns are arranged along a 1/4 mile trail. Themes include TV and sports stars, the Wizard of Oz, a reproduction of the New York skyline a pre-historic arrangement of life-sized dinosaurs made entirely out of lit jack o’ lanterns. Parking is free and refreshments are available for purchase. Trail is wheelchair accessible. Buy your tickets now as they are selling out fast.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN 4D

October 29, 30, 31 Times vary El Capitan Theater 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 $14 – $23

This showing of Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D including smog, sprinklers, and a ripoff of the tingler has become an annual tradition at El Capitan. Park across Hollywood Blvd. at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Prepare to sing along.

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Sweet Talk—Trick or Treat! Give Me Something Good to Eat!

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Gather round, boys and ghouls, while I share a scary story. There was a dark time in days of yore when nobody gave out Halloween candy. Shocking, but true. Before the 1950s, Americans typically celebrated Halloween by hosting parties with homemade treats. People munched on doughnuts and cider, popcorn balls and sugar cookies. Now I’ll admit that doesn’t sound half-bad… that is, until you stop and think about how those poor souls never enjoyed the pleasures of Zotz, Sugar Daddys, SweeTarts, Smarties, Red Hots, Milk Duds, Kit Kats, Jawbreakers, Chiclets, B-B-Bats, Dubble Bubble, and all those Fun Size chocolate bars. Continue reading

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What to Do Halloween Weekend 2014 in LA

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WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN COSTUME CARNIVAL

October 31 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Santa Monica Boulevard Between La Cienega and Doheny  FREE (323) 848-6503

This is the biggie. If you have never done West Hollywood for Halloween you owe it to yourself to go. The costumes are always original and hilarious. There will be food and entertainment, and the action is in the street just like Mardi Gras. In recent years some people have complained that there are too many looky-loos who don’t wear costumes. It is specifically an “adult” event, so children and pets are not recommended.

MUSE COSTUME BALL AT LACMA

October 31 $80 LACMA members | $100 general admission

The MUSE party is an amazing spectacle with creative costumes hand made by talented artists. It is truly stunning. And yes, it is truly pricy. This year the theme is “The Living Museum.” They recommend that you dress as a work of art if you want to compete in the costume contest. I will warn you, there are so many amazing costumes, you probably don’t stand a chance. But that won’t stop you from enjoying the night, wandering the galleries after-hours, and dancing the night away. Entertainment includes Thug Entrancer and Oneohtrix Point Never’s.. Still not had enough? Join local producers SFV Acid and Napolian for an after-party in the galleries. “Take an eerie late-night tour and learn some of the dark secrets behind objects in LACMA’s collection or guide yourself through the twisted halls of Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s and Art of the Samurai (not yet open to the public)!”

Cash bar and food for sale. 21+

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CD Review: My Brother The Wind – Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One

My Brother The WindWhen a band’s influences include Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Sun Ra, Ashra Tempel, Gong and Pink Floyd then they are pretty much guaranteed my attention. When I hear that their latest album was totally improvised, played live and recorded during a one day session then that is something that I definitely want to hear.

My Brother The Wind is a Swedish four piece band who describe themselves as a fully improvisational cosmic rock collective. The four members: Nicklas Barber, Mathias Danielsson, Ronny Eriksson and latest recruit Daniel Fridlund Brandt are also all members of other widely known bands (well, widely known in Sweden at least) Makajodama, Magnolia, Animal Daydream and Anekdoten.

Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, the group’s third album, was recorded to 2″ tape on a 16 track Ampex recorder dating from 1968. This is highly appropriate as the album has echoes of Pink Floyd’s Saucerful Of Secrets album from that year in several of its tracks.

Entirely instrumental, the album -there’s no way I’m typing Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One or even OTWATWTASWO over and over again so let’s just refer to it as “the album”, okay? – opens with “Prologue.” If history has taught us anything, it is that prologues come at the beginning so if you are going to call a track “Prologue” then it is certainly a good idea to open with it. And open with it they do, warming us up for the two part “Song Of Innocence” that follows.

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Southland Tales: Father Tim

Photo by Michael Essington

Photo by Michael Essington

Sometimes in life you meet someone that has an incredible impact on you without them even knowing it.

Midway through my stay at Camp Wayside a busload of new campers came in. One of these people was a short fifty something year old man with a receding hairline. He looked like an accountant or a teacher. He walked into the barrack and looked incredibly lost and scared. I walked up to him and introduced myself and told him some of the rules of survival. He told me his name was Tim and he did some teaching and counseling in the Bay Area. At the time it seemed vague, but I didn’t pursue it.

A couple of days later we were walking to lunch and Tim confesses to me that he is a Priest from San Francisco. I asked him why he didn’t tell me when he came in. He said he felt he would be ridiculed or targeted and the biggest reason was that he was here. He felt that a man of God isn’t a man of God if he is in jail.

I ask why he is here. He explains that prior to becoming a Priest he had a drinking problem, but he was able to extinguish it. And go on to become a man of God. Great, I say. But a month before he landed in Wayside he received a phone call at his church that his parents had been in a car accident and they both died in a collision with a truck. Father Tim immediately drives down to identify the bodies and make funeral arrangements, and to settle the estate. Turns out his sister was a district attorney, and couldn’t get away to help.

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Home Haunt Fever Hits the Valley

boneyHalloween is big business. You’re never gonna see a theme park charging less than forty dollars ever again for their witches brew of rides and mazes and overpriced edibles. It’s the largest retail season next to Christmas and its gaining on St. Nicks corporate ass pretty fast. The home haunt is a different animal, which is done purely for the love of the holiday, donations for a charity,bragging rights and sometimes all of the above. Over the last few years, the L.A. Valley has become notorious for its hundreds of porn productions shot there each week. But during October, the Valley does a 180 degree turn and dares the whole family to test their mettle through gobs of gore and very snarky humor.

Returning after a couple of years absence, due to complaints from grouchy neighbors, is Boney Island. Started by one of the producers of the Simpson’s about ten years ago, this open air front yard haunt features high tech illusions and a ten minute glow in the dark dancing waters show. Everywhere you go you are assaulted by friendly animated skeletons telling jokes and performing lame magic tricks that would make Nelson from the Simpsons go “Ha Ha”. Donations are accepted and they do have cool merch to take home.

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Knott’s Scary Farm: Hanging with Kenzel

Voodoo Maze Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Voodoo Maze Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Out again hanging with my 13-year-old cousin, Kenzel. This time we hit Knott’s Scary Farm. Although I’ve been to the regular Farm, I had never been to Scary Farm. We started out with the “Boo Fest” buffet. We weren’t aware that it closed at 7 p.m., and we got there just in a nick of time. It was a big buffet: fried chicken (of course), roast beef, turkey, pasta, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, various salads and other goodies. Did I say there was dessert: carrot cake, apple pie, and cookies. They also gave you a sport type cup for soda, etc. which was refillable for free – that night only – at various food stands around the park.

We got spooked just as we were leaving the buffet. A ghoul carrying a head roared up behind us causing screams galore. One of my work friends had actually warned me about that, but I forgot. As he also told me that if you react the creatures will just follow-up and try to up the scare level. That was true.

We started out with the Halloween mazes. You walk through a maze with various thing hanging down, slapping your face, right before a ghoul jumps out with you with a growl or scream. Kenzel rubbed the heads of various spooky diners at a dinner table, when the last one suddenly jumped up with a roar. Scared the $#!+ out of us. The absolutely best maze was the “Tooth Fairy” – I know people who are freaked out about teeth, and let’s just say they would have died in there.

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