Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones (9:45 PM)

Los Straitjackets (8:30 PM)

Thu, August 18, 2011

8:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

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Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones
The rules Dave Alvin has followed throughout his 24 years as a solo artist
were discarded during the creation of his 11th album, Eleven Eleven.
For the first time in his career he wrote songs while touring and recorded
during breaks on his tours in 2010 with the Guilty Women. He used
musicians he had not recorded with since his days in the Blasters, and for
the first time ever, he sang on a record with his brother Phil, the lead
singer of the Blasters.
"While we were growing up there was a firm line between Phil and me,"
Dave says, referring to Blasters' division of labor: Phil sang, Dave wrote
the songs and played lead guitar. "The main reason I decided to have him
sing with me was that we¹re not going to be here forever; we might as
well have fun. Life is too short."
Eleven Eleven features three duets: Phil and Dave on the simmering blues
"What's Up With Your Brother"; Dave and Christy McWilson from the
Guilty Women on the gentle country number "Manzanita" and the
whimsical song, "Two Lucky Bums," the final recording of Dave and his
best friend, the late Chris Gaffney. The rest of the material, rich in stories
that stretch from R&B royalty to labor history to Harlan County in
Kentucky, was written over the course of seven months. As he says with
sly chuckle: "The songs are not necessarily true, but they¹re all
autobiographical."
"It is the first album in which every song was either written or conceived
on the road," Dave says. "When I go on the road, I shut off that part of
my brain. It¹s really hard for me to write while touring, but I wanted to
try something different on this album."
"Whenever we had a break and I'd return home, I'd call my revolving cast
of the regular guys, see who was available to go in and record, cut a
song, and head back on tour. With the exception of (the late legendary
R&B saxophonist) Lee Allen, I had never used anybody from the Blasters
on my solo records. Then I thought, well why not use them?"
While the backing cast varies, the constant through Eleven Eleven is
Dave's assured guitar-playing, whether it's finger-picking on an acoustic
against an accordion on "No Worries Mija" or blazing riffs on electric over
a Bo Diddley beat on "Run Conejo Run." Eleven Eleven reunites Dave with
pianist Gene Taylor, whose barrelhouse blues sound has not been heard
on an Alvin project since the final Blasters album, 1985's "Hard Line."
Taylor was one of several blues veterans who would pass through the
band Dave and Phil Alvin founded in their hometown of Downey, Calif., in
the late 1970s. Beginning in 1980 with the Blasters' debut album, Dave's
songwriting pioneered the marriage of punk attitude with blues, California
country and rockabilly. The brothers called it "American music"; it would
eventually be labeled by others as roots rock.
The Blasters released four studio albums between 1980 and 1985 and
Dave's songs "Marie, Marie," "Border Radio" and, of course, "American
Music" became staples of the burgeoning genre.
Dave's solo career began with 1987's "Romeo's Escape" and in 2000 he
won the traditional folk Grammy for his collection of songs from the early
part of the 20th century, Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land.
Soon thereafter he began recording for Yep Roc, which released his last
three albums, West of the West, Ashgrove and Dave Alvin and the Guilty
Women.
"The songs on Eleven Eleven, Dave says, "are all about life, love, death,
loss, money, justice, labor, faith, doubt, family and friendship. The usual
stuff."
"Mortality has been an issue on my mind ever since Ashgrove.. Since
finishing that album, I lost some great friends -- Gaffney, Amy Farris and
Buddy Blue of the Beat Farmers. That weighed on me."
The result is an album with songs rich in vivid stories, taking listeners on
a bounty hunt in "Murrietta's Head," a tawdry scene of seduction in "Dirty
Nightgown" and a true crime recollection in "Johnny Ace is Dead." Dave's
guitar work punctuates each tale, reinforcing moments of urgency,
remorse and reflection.
Despite making the album with different musicians at sessions separated
by weeks of time, Dave was consistent in getting a gritty, bluesy feel from
start to finish. The studio, and engineer Craig Adams, played significant
roles in getting that feel.
He recorded the album at Winslow Court Studio in Hollywood, the same
studio where West of the West and Ashgrove were recorded, both of
which Adams engineered.
"Winslow Court is an old Foley studio from the 1930s," Dave says. "It's
about the size of Sun Studios and you can have everyone in a circle so
you can make eye contact. A lot of the musical dynamics and the
arrangement on the record comes just from being able to see each other.
If everyone were in a cubicle you wouldn't get that vibe."
It's also the one studio where Dave can place his amp beside him and
turn up the volume to capture the essence of a live recording.
"All great records, up to a certain point in time, were just a bunch of guys
in a room. The Blasters tended to record the same way, but because of
concerns of engineers I wouldn't get my amp right next to me. The way
Craig won me over was during the recording of Ashgrove. I asked 'mind if
I make it louder?.' That was one of the few times an engineer has said
'turn it up.'."
Los Straitjackets - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Los Straitjackets
With a sound that combines the classic strumming of 1960s surf music---reminiscent of Dick Dale's guitar work---with the element of punk, Los Straitjackets have carved a successful niche for themselves in the world of alternative rock. Comprised of Eddie Angel and Danny Amis on guitars, Pete Curry on bass, and Jimmy Lester on drums, the instrumental band has performed original as well as classic tunes, while always focusing on pop culture and fun. Their trademark Mexican wrestling masks, matching clothes, and custom-made matching guitars have made them one of the more visually exciting bands to see in live performance.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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