Caught A Ghost, In The Valley Below

Caught A Ghost (10:30 PM)

In The Valley Below (9:30 PM)

Paper Pilots (8:45 PM)

DECORATOR (8:00 PM)

Wed, December 3, 2014

7:30 pm

Adv Tix $12.00 / Day of Show Tix $15.00

Tickets available @ doors (7:30pm)---CASH ONLY

This event is all ages

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Caught A Ghost - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Caught A Ghost
As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. But he eagerly expounds upon his affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike. As Nolan explains, “It’s definitely like being possessed. It’s an obsession. What’s not to be obsessed about? I don’t think it makes me unique, it makes me human.”

What does make Nolan unique is his musical dexterity (he plays all of the instruments on his recordings except horns and some of the drums) combined with the effortlessness with which he seems to pull from many different genres. His music recalls influences from the soul and rock n’ roll traditions (Stax, Motown, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones) yet still feel distinctly modern with references to hip-hop and electronic recordings from the 90s to contemporary tracks. The diversity of influences in Caught a Ghost that spawned from Jesse Nolan’s mad scientist approach to composition has sparked several comparisons to another Los Angeles native, Beck.

“I had a very rich musical upbringing.” Nolan says. “My dad, who is a musician himself, exposed me to a lot of great music. He’s a stax/Motown fanatic, and obsessed with seeing live concerts. I also grew up in the 90’s watching MTV and listening to rap, so I’m into tracks that hit hard.”

The result: Caught a Ghost produces a sound and aesthetic that separates them from the rest of their neo-soul contemporaries. Of course there are threads of classic influence that are apparent, but, for example, the hypnotic synth line on “Time Go” as well as the use of dubstep wobble bass with a full Motown horn section on “Sleeping at Night,” quickly sets the band apart from others that have tried to directly revive the Motown sound.

Every song feels on some level like a great remix. “I love the aesthetic of taking something old and repurposing it.” Nolan says. “But another difference with my music is that I don’t tend to use samples- I’m just sampling my musical memory. It’s a very imprecise process really, like a Jackson Pollock painting. I’m just splashing sounds around. I’m an imperfectionist.”

“Caught a Ghost is ultimately about a collective experience.” Nolan says. “It may have genesis in my weird brain, but it’s ultimately about creating community.” That spirit is reflected in the makeup of the band, which includes Stephen Edelstein on drums, who was Jesse’s kindergarten classmate.

Anyone who has seen Caught a Ghost play live can also testify to that notion. In addition to playing high energy shows with as many as nine musicians and various dancers onstage, the group often makes use of projections and performance art as a means of shaking people out of their comfort zones.

Part of that approach comes from Nolan’s desire to stay active. He describes his last label experience as a disaster. Early on in his career, Nolan found himself in another band that was signed to a relatively big record contract that ultimately fell apart just before the release of the first record, ending in the dissolution of that band. The experience left him with the desire to completely re-imagine his approach to music. “I was crushed,” He says. “But like anything else, often the best work comes from the darkest turmoil. For me, Caught a Ghost was truly a self-reinvention, on a musical, personal and spiritual level.

Caught a Ghost has signed to +1 Records (The Heavy, The Morning Benders, The Postelles), and their debut EP “Nightworks” will be released on February 12th, 2013. When asked about the title, Nolan says wryly, “I stay up late. It’s what Franz Kafka said about writing- that it was nightwork. The night offers peacefulness and the opportunity to go deep into your own head.”

With their debut EP forthcoming, and their full-length album to follow soon thereafter, try and catch this ghost while you can.
In The Valley Below - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
In The Valley Below
For In the Valley Below’s Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail, their Elephant EP represents the latest chapter in an ongoing relationship that is rooted in both the music they create and the family which has followed. Relocated from their tiny, one-bedroom Echo Park apartment in Los Angeles, the now-married pair have moved to a 93-year-old house they bought in Grand Rapids, MI. There, they installed a basement studio that served as the birthplace for their next collection of songs to be released on acclaimed Bay Area, ADA-distributed indie Bright Antenna, three years after The Belt and its worldwide alternative hit, “Peaches,” was released.
“After spending three years on the road, we wanted a place to come home to that was quiet, and not so claustrophobic,” says Angela about the decision to flee L.A. “We found Grand Rapids to be a city full of creative energy, fresh air, and rough edges. It’s been inspiring. A lot of people we’ve met here migrated at the same time we did from the West Coast. Maybe it’s some kind of human instinct.”
Solid touring in Europe and the US included festivals like Reading and Leeds, Austin City Limits, Rock En Seine and more. Appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and other international appearances all seemed to happen at once “like a dream”. However, this sudden success wasn’t sudden at all. They spent years in LA playing in bands looking for a break. They self released a 5-song EP and shortly after signed to several record labels across the globe. “Peaches” first found the airwaves in Europe, debuting on BBC Radio One and climbing the charts in France and Germany, becoming #1 on French Alternative radio. Over a year later, it became a staple on US alternative radio.
The Elephant EP continues the pair’s thematic concerns – sex, relationships, power, temptation, paranoia, existential angst and mortality. The hybrid, atmospheric dance-rock synthesis they introduced on The Belt – which incorporated Memphis native Jeffrey’s primal rock influences with Angela’s Stevie Nicks folk vibe – has now been seamlessly interwoven, the thick, drone-like buzz enlivened by surprisingly catchy melodies, sort of Jesus & the Mary Chain meets Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.
Listen close enough, and you can hear Jeffrey and Angela’s story on these tracks, from the sparking synth squiggles in “Hold on Tight,” their own meditation on the miracle of the birth of their son – which coincided with their debut album starting to take off – to “Break Even”, written in their touring van, a droning reflection of their gratitude for success and the inevitable highs and lows of following your passions.
The pair took advantage of the freedom of having their own studio to expand their songwriting and production capabilities.


“Elephant” is an ominous dirge about the push-and-pull of being together and the difficulty of communication that started as a lullabye, one of many they’ve penned for their own child. They traveled to Mexico City with inflatable elephants to film the accompanying music video. With picturesque land and cityscapes, they wanted to highlight the beauty of our neighbor country and its people. A timely statement during the current right wing border tensions.
“The Pink Chateau” with its intriguing Memphis soul undercurrent is a metaphor for either erotic desire or the lure of hearth and home itself.
“Bloodhands (Oh My Fever)” was inspired by the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO. A story they hoped would fade but continues to haunt with documented police violence and racial tensions that beg “tell me why we do it”. The song ends with the benediction of a soaring gospel choir, which was recorded in Grand Rapids and led by local music phenom Debra L. Perry. The music video is a surrealist cinematic endeavor touching on race and sexuality and how we will all end up in the hands of our children.
The story of this couple is rooted in their music – the thrill of finding one another, the pitfalls and setbacks along the way – are all exposed in the midst of seductive, slabs of buzzworthy pop that is at once a dream come true, and a glimpse at the reality within.
Paper Pilots - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Paper Pilots
Los Angeles-based Paper Pilots released two new singles August 12th combining elements of Britpop aesthetic and melody with the vibrant characteristics of current alt-rock and pop production. "Arrow" begins with a riff that hints at The Zombies before steadily driving into a wall of guitars and flaunting explosive drums of the early-90's UK dubstep, later honed by Tame Impala. The second single "Free Ride" offers contemporary indie pop with reference to The Jam, Julian Casablancas' solo work, and the tight electronic dance rhythms of Ratatat.

"Free Ride" just spent 6 weeks in the top 5 of KROQ Locals Only! As well, both “Arrow” and “Free Ride” are in rotation on KCRW and KCSN, showcasing production work from Sean Walsh (Neon Trees, Chromeo), Ülysses Nöriega (The Wedding Present, The Mars Volta), Angelo Caputo (Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons), and John Girgus (Aberdeen, C.A.G.E.) They recently made an appearance in the Season 6 finale of HBO's True Blood, performing three songs from their self-titled debut EP. Their cover of The Zombies' "She's Not There" was included on the Grammy nominated True Blood Soundtrack Volume 3. They’ve had their single "Lacksadaisical" and B-side "Catch the Lamplight Low" recently used in Roxy and Quiksilver campaigns respectively.

‘…their first single “Lacksadaiscal” (that’s on purpose, that title) and the B-side “Catch the Lamplight Low” give you an idea of where they are headed. It’s someplace good.’ -Buzzbands.la

"Free Ride" is the perfect song to brighten even the darkest of the these upcoming Autumn evenings' -lifeofarockstar.com

'I’m not sure if there’s a secret to writing catchy melodies. But if there is, L.A.-basedPaper Pilots definitely know it.' -ViolentSuccess
DECORATOR - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
DECORATOR
Los Angeles spawned, Decorator, is a four piece soul & alternative band made up of three literal and figurative brotha's (Alix, Miles, and Reece), and one Matt.

Born out of nights rummaging through their parents CD collection, Alix, Miles, Reece & Matt picked up instruments and started learning how to play covers of the Isley Brothers, The Doors, Hendrix, Toots & the Maytals--whatever they could get their hands on as young teens.

In high school they started writing their own music. Mom and pops would drive them to gigs on school nights playing in bars they weren't even allowed to be in without guitars and mics plugged in.

Now, influenced by music spanning from 1960 to present day, Decorator has created their own blend of high octane alternative rock and neo r&b. Decorator can give it to you however you want. Sweet and soft, or hard and heavy. Though young, they've crafted their live set and songwriting for quite some years and are truly a music lover's band.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change