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Reviews, Comments & Other Putdowns for this event (by Ray)

There were four of us driving 2 cars in the rain going to see Shiloe at The Troubadour in Hollyweird on Saturday, December 12, 2009. Stopped off at Barney’s Beanery for some pre-band food and were able to catch the first two UFC bouts of the Penn Vs. Sanchez event before we had to go. This was my first time bringing my camera into this venue so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to but it appears like they do allow cameras – nice!


  • Venue Review – The Troubadour: This is my favorite venue to catch bands in the Hollywood area. Easy parking, friendly staff, decent drink prices, kitchen, great sound and the bands are pretty much on time according to the schedule.

    www.Troubadour.com

  • Cat Party: I hadn’t heard anything about this band before tonight. I liked them a lot as they were a simple 3-piece without attitude and gimmicks. Their music is very indie driven – sorry for the label but I have no other mass way of describing them other than to post their MySpace so you can check the music yourself. If a comparison to another band is needed, they remind me of a little of The Wipers – remember them? Go see them if you want some music made by a band and not a studio producer or a marketing department. Good stuff…

    www.myspace.com/BirdsOfPreyMusic

  • Shiloe: This is the band I went to go see this evening and was surprised that there were so many other good bands playing as well – score! I was only familiar with Shiloe’s EP entitled “Please Remove Your Teeth From My Neck” and was hoping to hear more of the same this night. My first impression upon hearing their music on CD was that they would be a great support act for Sonic Youth, and their performance confirmed that impression. They definitely pulled off the sound of anything they recorded studio-wise in the live setting. I would classify them into a post-punk melody-driven trio whose sounds would lead a junkie to scrape the heroin residue from her fingernails for one last fix while their latest release, “…And Now The Screaming Starts,” is playing on the turntable. Do not file them alphabetically, rather put them in the vicinity of Slint’s “Spiderland,” Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation,” and Failure’s “Comfort.” I would like to hear Melissa take the mic a little more often as I think her voice would complement the overall sound into complete perfection. We haven’t heard it yet but I think Shiloe is climbing towards their epic and defining record, much like Mogwai’s “Come On Die Young.”

    www.Shiloe.com

  • Mellowdrone: My second time seeing this band and, I hate to say it, was a little let down. Let me back up… Last Saturday, when I was walking across Santa Monica Blvd. from the parking lot I saw the marquee above the venue and was pleasantly excited to see Mellowdrone on the bill as I didn’t know who else was playing that night so it was a complete surprise. Back up a few years… I saw them many years ago (‘02 or ‘03) when they played with Ken Andrews, also at the Troubadour, at which time I picked up their “a demonstration of intellectual property” CD. They caught me off guard that night and I immediately took to them and placed them at the top of my local band favorites list. Fast forward back to tonight… I’m not sure why but I felt like something was lacking in tonight’s performance. Maybe it was just that I had higher expectations for them to take me back to that first time and make me feel like I was seeing something new that nobody else knew about. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the band a lot and urge you to pick up their music as I feel like you are missing out if you have never heard them. In order of release, check out Box, Maquina EP, and then Angry Bear. There are also a bunch of other releases you can check out at their website but start with those three. Believe me, if I think a band simply sucks I would state it without hesitation but Mellowdrone is very much a good band that may have had an off night – or maybe I was off, who knows. Seriously, check ‘em out…

    www.Mellowdrone.com

  • The Start: As I get older I find that my musical tastes tend to drift backwards in time and don’t have the energy to seek out the new like I used to because I don’t have the patience to put up with all the crap & churned out bands that get put out there. The Start is one of those bands that has given me the energy to start seeking out other music again. I know they have been around for some 10+ years but somehow they have been flying under my radar (where the hell have I been?) and I was really glad to have been at the show this past Saturday. The show they put on was gritty, energetic and entertaining. Aimee Echo’s voice reminds me a little of Dale Bozzio but with more range and grit, which are not bad things. The music they played was what some would classify under the Dark Wave or Art Rock genres but be sure to add terms like Confident, Kick Ass, and Fun to the mix of terms. Go see them live and you will leave an instant fan! Nuff said…

    www.myspace.com/TheStart

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