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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 11/17-11/23

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This weekend I’m in the middle of an intense conference in Washington DC. I love conferences! I love the energy, the scheduling, the free food, exploring other cities, and seeing old friends. Plus, the exhaustion that comes with being around people for 12-15 hrs/day is so extreme is nearly erases all of life’s other problems.

Friday night, I was able to take some time to explore a part of the city that seems to have quite a few notable music venues. I found Black Cat and the 9:30 Club before settling in at U Street Music Hall where Lewis Watson was playing. I could write an essay comparing the vibe of the DC vs LA music scene, but I suppose I need more than a single data point on the DC end before I draw any real conclusions. Let’s just say, I quite miss LA.

I’ll be back next week just in time for a very crowded Thursday evening of musical options, but if I were in town all week, I wouldn’t miss Parade of Lights Tuesday night opening for X-Ambassadors at The Troubadour.

Here are the rest of my selections:

 

Monday: Zane Carney at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Forebear FREE at The Echoplex (9pm)
ALSO: The Diamond Light FREE at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Dorothy w/ Rainbow Jackson and Wake Up Lucid FREE at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Brooke Fraser (8:30)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)
Tuesday: X-Ambassadors w/ Parade of Lights at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Grace and Tony at Bootleg HiFi (8:15)
ALSO: Paris Carney, Zella Day at No Vacancy (8pm)
ALSO: Nightmare Boy at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Tegan and Sara at Hollywood Palladium (6:30)
ALSO: George Stanford at The Piano Bar (10pm)

 

Weds: Mark Salling, Kevin Earnest at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9)
ALSO: Badass Bands Blog Presents at The Silverlake Lounge f. Town in the City, LA River Bend, Wake Up Lucid (8:30)
ALSO: We Are Twin at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The 1975 at Hollywood Palladium (7pm)

 

Thursday: Patrick Droney, Jared & The Mill, Alexz Johnson at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Clockwise at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Rhett Miller, The Cordovas at The Hotel Cafe (8:30, 10)
ALSO: Katy Rose at Los Globos (9pm)
ALSO: The Alarm Science at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Terra Naomi, Chris Ayer at Room 5 (9, 10)
ALSO: James Vincent McMorrow at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8pm)
ALSO: Colin Hay at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: The 1975 at Hollywood Palladium (7pm)
ALSO: Cold War Kids at The Regent Theater (8pm)
ALSO: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall (7:30)

 

Friday: The Matches at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: FKA Twigs at The Regent Theater (8pm)
ALSO: Gun Hill Royals at American Legion Post 43 (8pm)

 

Saturday: Will Daily at El Cid (10pm)
ALSO: Oak & Gorski, Charles McDonald at The Hotel Cafe (11, 12)
ALSO: The Matches at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: FKA Twigs at The Regent Theater (8pm)
ALSO: The Head and The Heart at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (8pm)

 

Sunday:

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre
December 3rd: Caught a Ghost at The Troubadour
December 5th: Tyler Hilton at Bootleg HiFi
December 8th: Mosco Rosco at The Troubadour
December 9th: Dear Boy at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Augustana at The Fonda Theatre
December 10th: High Voltage Holiday Party
December 10th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 11th: Saints of Valory and Phillip Phillips at Club Nokia
December 13th: Howie Day at The Hotel Café
January 29th: Brooke Fraser at The Fonda
January 31st: Jukebox The Ghost at The Roxy
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
March 13th: Sir Sly at The Wiltern
March 27th: Echosmith at The Fonda Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 11/10-11/16

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This past week was just a blur. This could have something to do with the 16 bands I ended up seeing (most of which were new to me). Or perhaps I’ll attribute it to my intense week at work preparing for a big conference I’m going to next week. The mental fog that I’m currently sitting in, however, is most likely due to lack of sleep and the sheer exhaustion brought about by the previous two activities in combination.

As for next week, I’ll largely be out of town, but there are plenty of great shows for you! My show pick is Neulore at The Hotel Cafe on Tuesday. I met this Nashville-based band at SXSW, and have wanted to see them play ever since. Listen to their song, “Shadow of a Man” and you’ll hear why.

Here are the rest of my picks:

 

Monday: David Ryan Harris, Zane Carney, Cast Iron Stake at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10:15)
ALSO: The Diamond Light and The Black and The White FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Dorothy  and Vanaprasta FREE at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Jamie Scott at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Shakey Graves w/ Rayland Baxter & Esme Patterson at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 f. Patrick Joseph, Casey Abrams, Clare Means, Michael Doman, etc. (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Neulore at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Irontom (8:30)
ALSO: George Stanford FREE at The Piano Bar (10pm)
ALSO: Jamie Scott at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Shakey Graves w/ Rayland Baxter & Esme Patterson at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Lights w/ Wild Party at Fonda Theatre (8pm)

 

Weds: Reignwolf at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: The All-American Rejects, The Gallery (acoustic) at The Hotel Cafe (9:30, 11)
ALSO: The New Electric Sound at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Clockwise at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Relient K at The House of Blues (6:30)
ALSO: First Aid Kit at The Wiltern (7pm)

 

Thursday: The Stone Foxes w/ The Janks at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Old Man Canyon and The Peach Kings at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Watkins Family Hour at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: Decoded, Dekades at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Tom Brousseau and Field Report at The Satellite (9pm)

 

Friday: The Contenders f. Jay Nash and Josh Day, Mia Dyson at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: The Oh Hellos at The Troubadour (9:45)

 

Saturday: The Shakers at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Taylor Locke Band at El Cid (11pm)
ALSO: Chris Pierce at Genghis Cohen (9:30)
ALSO: TR3 f. Tim Reynolds at The Mint (8:15)
ALSO: Yellowcard at Club Nokia (8pm)
ALSO: Hot Water Music at The Troubadour (9:45)
ALSO: Boyce Avenue w/ Kris Allen and Curtis Peoples at The Wiltern (6:30)
ALSO: Bob Schneider w/ The Wind + The Wave at The Roxy (8pm)

 

Sunday: The Oh Hellos at The Troubadour (9:45)
ALSO: Daniel Lanois at The El Rey (8pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre
December 3rd: Caught a Ghost at The Troubadour
December 5th: Tyler Hilton at Bootleg HiFi
December 8th: Mosco Rosco at The Troubadour
December 9th: Dear Boy at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Augustana at The Fonda Theatre
December 10th: High Voltage Holiday Party
December 10th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 11th: Saints of Valory and Phillip Phillips at Club Nokia
December 13th: Howie Day at The Hotel Café
January 29th: Brooke Fraser at The Fonda
January 31st: Jukebox The Ghost at The Roxy
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey
March 13th: Sir Sly at The Wiltern
March 27th: Echosmith at The Fonda Theatre

 

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 11/3-11/9

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I am particularly grateful for Daylight Savings this year. Last night’s epic Dead Sara show at The Viper room left me completely spent, emotionally and physically. It took me a bit this morning to even begin to emerge from the post show haze. That extra hour of sleep was necessary!

Next week holds a treasure trove of musical talent. Fantastic residencies, 2014 discovers Penny & Sparrow, and The Lewis Watson rescheduled show to name a few. Show pick of the week, however, goes to The Kin who are coming to The Bootleg Friday night. This is a can’t miss!

Here’s what else I’d recommend:

 

Monday: Zane Carney and David Ryan Harris at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10:15)
ALSO: The Diamond Light w/ Great White Buffalo, Down And Outlaws FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Dorothy w/ Wove and LA Font FREE at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Timmy Sean & The Celebrities FREE at Harvelle’s (9:30)
ALSO: The Echo and The Sound FREE at The Silverlake Lounge (11:15)
ALSO: Hunnypot Radio Live FREE at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: The Trews and Fictionist at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)

 

Tuesday: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors w/ Penny & Sparrow at The Troubadour (7pm)
ALSO: Courtney Barnett & San Femin at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Mikhael Paskatev w/ Honeymoons at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: Flyleaf at The House of Blues Sunset (6:30)

 

Weds: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Clockwise w/ SWIMM and more at The Satellite (9pm)…video premiere party
ALSO: Jake Bugg at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Bleachers w/ Wild Cub at The Wiltern (7pm)
ALSO: Hunnypot Party at The Avalon/Bardot f. Wild Party (8pm)

 

Thursday: Fever Fever at The Silverlake Lounge (6:30)
ALSO: The Stone Foxes at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Ana Gasteyer at Largo (8:30)
ALSO: The Features w/ Chappo at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: Bushwalla at The Satellite (9pm)

 

Friday: The Kin at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Mosco Rosco at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: The Rebel Light at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Chris Stills at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Shovels & Rope at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: We Were Promised Jetpacks w/ The Twilight Sad at Fonda Theatre (9pm)
ALSO: Manchester Orchestra at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (9pm)

 

Saturday: Bear’s Den at Bootleg HiFi (9pm)
ALSO: Mirah at The Echo (6pm)
ALSO: Warner Drive at The Viper Room (8pm)…CD release!
ALSO: Manchester Orchestra w/ Chris Staples at The Troubadour (8pm)

 

Sunday: Lewis Watson w/ Patrick Park and Romeo Testa at The Troubadour (7pm)

 

 

To Keep in Mind:
November 10th/11th: Jamie Scott at The Troubadour
November 11th: Lights at Fonda Theatre
November 11th: Neulore at The Hotel Cafe
November 12th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Café
November 18th: Parade of Lights at The Troubadour
November 18th: Tegan and Sara at Hollywood Palladium
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 22nd: Will Dailey at El Cid
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre
December 3rd: Caught a Ghost at The Troubadour
December 5th: Tyler Hilton at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Dear Boy at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Augustana at The Fonda Theatre
December 10th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 11th: Saints of Valory at Club Nokia
December 13th: Howie Day at The Hotel Café
January 31st: Jukebox The Ghost at The Roxy
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey

 

~ Kristen

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10 Fun Facts about We Met Tomorrow

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During the Culture Collide Festival, I was able to sit down with one of my favorite bands from Sweden, We Met Tomorrow. This trio makes an instant impression with their unique stage set-up, dynamic songs, and signature blend of blues, rock, and country genres. Rickard (vocals, guitar, percussion), Carl (guitar), and Emil (bass, percussion) have only been creating music with each other for about 4 years, but they have built an impressive collection of songs, suggesting an innovative spirit and undeniable talent. They may be soft spoken, but I was able to glean some interesting tidbits from this promising up and coming band. Here are 10 Fun Facts about We Met Tomorrow:

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  1. The band met at a school for music in South East Sweden, an area of the country they describe as “cold”, “bland”, and “calm”. They were inspired by a need for something different.

“In our hometown there was a lot of the same music. On the radio as well. We got bored of it and wanted to play something else, wanted to hear something else.”  

 

  1. The trio breaks down elements of a drum kit so they can all be played using foot pedals while the guys are using their hands to play guitars. The reason for the band’s unique percussion set-up is simpler than you might imagine. They just couldn’t find a drummer!

“We didn’t know any good drummers that wanted to play with us so we had to sort it out ourselves”

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We Met Tomorrow at Culture Collide

 

  1. The band is greatly influenced by the blues, but Emil also mentions contemporary rockers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as one of his favorites.

 

  1. The mulit-instrumentalist, Rickard, is currently working on another instrument to add to his repertoire, the clarinet!

 

  1. The band’s songs are built around what they can do with their instruments in a live setting.

Rickard says, “[having to play percussion, guitar, and sing] limits what I can do, but I have to write songs that I can play. Sometimes I write half a song and realize that I can’t play this and I have to stop and write something else”

 


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For example, “Strong Enough” came about once they added a snare drum to their setup.

“That’s basically one of the first songs we did when we got a snare. It was just easier to do the ‘du du cah, du du cah’ and I wrote around that and it became a rock, gospel feel.”

 

  1. Rickard has spent 15 years playing soccer but briefly went through a weird phase where he lost his ability to run.

 

  1. The guys have a talent for videos games, mentioning FIFA Soccer and the role playing, dragon-centric, Skyrim series as particular favorites

 

  1. We Met Tomorrow songs are influenced by band jam sessions, but many come from Rickard spending time in his basement with his music. The band’s newest song, “Down Down Down”, came from “a poppy part” of Rickard’s brain
  1. While the band was in Los Angeles, they particularly enjoyed a trip to the Observatory in Griffith Park

 

  1. The band doesn’t have a twitter account (gasp!).

“We started one but realized that we’re not fun enough. We don’t have anything to say. We’re not the kind of people who just talk. We’ll have to work on that. I guess someday we’ll have it, but not quite yet.

Sidenote: The band does keep up with a facebook account and have a pretty impressive website where you can listen to all of their songs

 

Bonus Fact: The guys listen to a lot of older music. Rickard mentioned Willie Johnson as a current favorite.

 

 

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 10/27-11/2

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Friday night I went to a friend’s place to watch the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. What a nostalgia trip! Julia Stiles’ love of “angry chick rock”, Heath Ledger singing, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s perfect wounded puppy face…I’m still humming along to those Letters to Cleo songs…

It’s our last week of Rocktober so I hope you make the most of it! There are certainly some great options. Zane Carney’s Monday night Hotel Cafe residency has an extra draw in the form of a bonus set from his sister Paris. We also have The Stone Foxes Thursday residency at The Bootleg getting head start.

Monday: Zane Carney and Paris Carney at The Hotel Cafe (9, 10)
ALSO: Ben Howard at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Guster at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: Rachael Yamagata w/ The Dove & The Wolf and Hemming at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday at Room 5 (8pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot f. Circa Waves, Seinabo Sey, Saskwatch (8:30)

 

Tuesday: Rachael Yamagata w/ The Dove and The Wolf at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)

ALSO: Circa Waves and Wild Party at The Echo (8pm)
ALSO: Paper Route at Bootleg HiFi (10pm)
ALSO: Mark Ballas & Friends at Room 5 (8, 9, 10)
ALSO: Leighton Meester w/ Dana Williams at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: Delta Spirit at The Satellite (9:30)
ALSO: Shawn Mullins at The Mint (10pm)
ALSO: Bear Hands w/ Fences at The Roxy (8pm)

 

Weds: The Wild Feathers w/ The Apache Relay and Desert Noises at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Betty Who at The House of Blues (7pm)
ALSO: OK Go at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ July Talk at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Delta Spirit w/ Sacco at The Troubadour (8pm)
ALSO: The Soft White Sixties at Bootleg HiFi (10pm)
ALSO: Jeff Garlin in Conversation with Ryan Adams at Largo (8:30)

 

Thursday: Stone Foxes at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: Gun Hill Royals at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: Jonathan Tyler, Leslie Stevens, Roses’s Pawn Shop at El Cid (8pm)
ALSO: Delta Spirit at The El Rey (9pm)
ALSO: Citizen Cope at House of Blues (8pm)
ALSO: The Airborne Toxic Event w/ Twin Shadow at Greek Theatre (7pm)
ALSO: 30 Seconds to Mars at The Fonda (8pm)

 

 

Friday: The Eeries and Sir Sly FREE at Lucky Strike Hollywood (8pm)…need to RSVP
ALSO: Elvis H. Christ & The Suicidal Kings at TRiP (11pm)
ALSO: Fire In The Hamptons at Silverlake Lounge (8pm)

 

Saturday: Dead Sara at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: honeyhoney at Bootleg HiFi (8pm)
ALSO: New Politics at The Fonda Theatre (8pm)
ALSO: Lissie w/ George Stanford at The Paramount Ballroom
ALSO: The Bangles at The Troubadour (9pm)
Sunday: My Name is You, Jake Newton, Javier Dunn at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Jimmy Eat World at Club Nokia (8pm)

To Keep in Mind:
November 4th: Penny and Sparrow at The Troubadour
November 5th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Café
November 7th: The Kin at Bootleg HiFi
November 8th: Bear’s Den at Bootleg HiFi
November 9th: Lewis Watson and Patrick Park at The Troubadour
November 10th/11th: Jamie Scott at The Troubadour
November 11th: Lights at Fonda Theatre
November 11th: Neulore at The Hotel Cafe
November 12th: The All-American Rejects at The Hotel Cafe
November 14th: Jay Nash at The Hotel Café
November 18th: Parade of Lights at The Troubadour
November 20th: Bastille at Shrine Expo Hall
November 21st/22nd: The Matches at The Troubadour
November 22nd: Will Dailey at El Cid
November 28th: Vance Joy at The Fonda Theatre
December 3rd: Caught a Ghost at The Troubadour
December 5th: Tyler Hilton at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Dear Boy at Bootleg HiFi
December 9th: Augustana at The Fonda Theatre
December 10th: Howie Day at Saint Rocke
December 11th: Saints of Valory at Club Nokia
December 13th: Howie Day at The Hotel Café
January 31st: Jukebox The Ghost at The Roxy
Feb. 6th: Hozier at The Fonda
Feb. 19th: Milo Greene at The El Rey

 

~ Kristen

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Weekend Playlist 10/24/14 f. We Met Tomorrow, Vance Joy, Spoon

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I went through several phases of music listening this week. Last weekend, Culture Collide was all about rock bands and Swedes. For most of the week I then went into a detox listening to the amazing new albums from Ryan Adams and Vance Joy on repeat with brief asides brought to you by Dry the River and Spoon (acts I caught live). As the week draws to a close, I find myself feeling some beats by the likes of Wolf Gang, Sir Sly, and The Griswolds.

So, here’s a sample of my musical week. Enjoy!

 

LMN Interview: Barry Privett (Carbon Leaf)

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P1560245Ten years ago, I was at a music store perusing the CD shelves in the hopes of discovering something new and amazing. I settled on a fall-colored album with a big red butterfly called Indian Summer. It was by a band I hadn’t heard of that went by the name of Carbon Leaf.  I decided to take the album home without even hearing a note (something I did regularly back then), and quickly fell in love with its warm tones. Upon repeated listens, I forged a deep connection with the album’s lyrics. Songs like “Life Less Ordinary”, “What About Everything?”, and “Let Your Troubles Roll By” spoke to me at a time in my life when I was making a lot of choices about my future and who I wanted to be.  This album came to define this particular period of my life.

Ten years later, Carbon Leaf is still one of my favorite bands. What has impressed me most is their ability to persist; to forge new paths in this crazy music industry to retain and celebrate their music and their fans. In 2014, the band decided to re-record Indian Summer in order to reclaim the tracks they had originally released while on a record label. While on their recent West Coast tour, I was able to chat with Carbon Leaf singer, Barry Privett, about the somewhat unconventional re-record, what it takes to thrive as a band over the long haul, the band’s popularity on the east coast vs west coast, and what he would dress up for on Halloween. Here’s what I learned:

 

On Creating Indian Summer Revisited:

LMN: What inspired the remake of this album?

Barry: We’ve been a band for a long time, but only a few years we were actually on a record label. That [Indian Summer] was our debut. We had written the album and recorded it as an independent band and someone had forwarded it on to the label and they wanted to release it, so we licensed a deal and all and released two more subsequent albums with Vanguard Records. That relationship ran its course and we decided to leave that label in 2010. We have been independent for most of our career except for that period. We released two albums in 2013, two albums the year before that and we were like well, what do you want to do next? You know Indians Summer turns ten this September. It’d be cool to celebrate that somehow.

But the record label owned the album. We were no longer on the label so there wasn’t a whole lot we could do, but they didn’t own the actual songs themselves. We retained all the rights to the songs so it’s just the master recordings we couldn’t do anything with. So we decided to do a little research and found that we were off the term long enough that we could re-record it if we wanted to. We decided to re-record the album and put it back under our wing and have control over the songs again…or at least the new version of the songs.

LMN: Were there any particular challenges in remaking such a fan favorite?

Barry: We didn’t want to mess with it. If that was your favorite record we wanted it to still sound and feel like your favorite record. The challenge for us was to emulate the old one, but to improve up on it. Make it more organic. Update some of the things like machine drum loops that we could make live. Little subtle tweeks, but keeping the soundscape the same. We went through the original tracks and meticulously researched the sound that we had. Going back ten years is kind of tough! The gear changes, the techniques change, the room that you’re recording in changes. We got kind of good at getting there and I feel like it sounds like Indian Summer, but more organic. It’s got a better band feel I guess.

LMN: Do you have a favorite re-imagined song?

Barry: It’s funny, we don’t. We kind of anticipated some debate about that. The fact is we feel like we got it right the first time in terms of the songs and, for the most part, the production. We’ve had the benefit of having ten years behind us of playing the songs, so intuitively if you listen to “Let Your Troubles Roll By” on the first album, we were making that up as we went along, using some drum loops and patching weird sounds and having them come and go and we fashioned the song like that. Whereas now we play it live. It’s a band playing it. There are some parts that are different that we’re happier with, but I think the original stuff holds. It still stands.

LMN: Do the songs mean anything different now than they did ten years ago?

Barry: That’s an interesting question. Certainly, the immediacy of where you were then kind of rubs off and the songs take on a new life as you evolve and write new material and that becomes your new present thing. But that album still holds a place and time for me which I think is what makes it a great album. To be a fan of an album and to listen to it and for it to be a time stamp. That’s my goal, really, to make an album be a time stamp of life, where things are. And it did. It did do that. You start to remember a lot of things when you were recording about that time and relationships and it did bring that back.

 

On East Coast vs. West Coast:

LMN: I have a question from a fan who came from Virginia, but lives in Los Angeles now. She wants to know why you are more well-known on the east coast than out here on the west coast.

Barry: Well, we’ve put in a lot more time on the east coast for sure. We’ve been playing the east coast for six or seven years before we even got out west. You can play the east coast pretty easily, there’s a city every couple of hours. Out here, it’s still a pioneering effort to get from one outpost to the next. I wish we could get out here more often, but once a year is kind of where we are. It’d be nice to build more in some other cities. Some cities are bigger than others. Seattle is a big city, Portland is a bigger city. LA’s hard just because it’s saturated with so much entertainment.

LMN: Do you identify as an east coast band or with a particular scene?

Barry: It’s funny, we’ve been doing it so long we’ve seen scenes come and go and a lot of bands come and go regionally and we’ve kept at it. I can’t really say there’s a scene we’ve really been a part of. I guess when you’re young and first starting out it feels more like a scene but the reality is you start drilling down so much in what you’re doing, in writing and recording and touring, you’re not just hanging out in the scene, you’re focused on your fans and your material.

LMN: Do you identify at all as a Virginia band?

Barry: Well sure, our roots are there. I’m a Virginian. Carter’s a Virginian. Terry’s a Virginian. That’s where our families are and where we hang our hat.

LMN: And from what I’ve heard from all of my Virginia friends, you’ve done quite well, especially in the college scene out there.

Barry: We’ve been treated very well. We’re lucky.

 

On Surviving as a Band:

LMN: Is there any advice 2014 Barry would give 2004 Barry?

Barry: you mean aside from go to med school.

LMN: haha! Yeah, that’s something my 2014 self might tell my 2004 self too. But, you guys have evolved a lot and experienced different facets of the industry. What have you learned from all of that?

Barry: It’s tough. There’s so many variables to determine whether you’re going to be successful at it and being talented is not necessarily one of the major factors. Do you have a good group where there’s chemistry? Do you get along? Are you able to make your life work around the obtuse nature of being in a band and the demands of touring and being in your head a lot and writing? It’s a full time gig. It’s an overtime gig. You have to love what you’re doing and believe in what you’re doing and be able to assess where you are and ask yourself, is it working? Is there a response? Can you get out on tour and get back home? Ultimately, it’s equal parts follow your heart and be realistic, always self-assess.

LMN: Carbon Leaf seems to have been quite successful at that, at keeping it going.

Barry: it’s extremely hard. You can be kind of successful at it and have a tight little business, which we do, but it’s incredibly demanding. The reality is when you’re younger, there is more time and less responsibility. You can get by on less. As you get older, those other parts of life are going to come in and so it’s a tough gig for you to keep your eye that far down the road.

 

On What’s Next for Carbon Leaf:

LMN: So, what are you up to next, more touring?

Barry: Yeah, we’ll be touring up through the holidays. And then January/February, we’ll be doing some writing. We’re thinking about a couple of projects now for the New Year, but we haven’t made any decisions.

LMN: You always seem to find a way to change it up from album to album. Where will you be going next?

Barry: That’s what we’re thinking about and I don’t have an answer. We did the Celtic album, Ghost Dragon, a rock/folk album with Constellation Prize, then some of the Vanguard re-recordings. We might do some more with that for some other albums, but nothing’s poking out yet. There’s some song we want to get to but we’re not quite sure what’s next.

LMN: You have had quite the productivity rate in regards to releasing.

Barry: And we’ve been like that since 2010. We were like, let’s release something every 6 months, woo hoo! We did that maybe every 8 or 9 months. We’ve done five or six projects since then. And then we finished those two albums back to back six months apart. I thought, well we’ve been together for years, let’s take a look back at some stuff because I would like to go back to the old stuff. Bring it back and kind of update it with the lineup that we have. I think we’ll do some more of that and balance it with writing the new stuff.

LMN: Do you have a favorite part of being on tour?

Barry: I love seeing the country, getting out of the east coast is a nice kind of breath of fresh air.

LMN: and escaping the colder weather?

Barry: Now it’s still nice out, but that won’t last long. We’ll start making our way north and then east again. You get a project up and running then you’re ready to get out on the road and promote it and after a couple of months, you’re ready to be done with it. Kind of like anything.

On a Carbon Leaf Halloween:

LMN: So, Halloween is coming up. If you were to do a show, what would you do?

Barry: uhh, we used to do Halloween shows and they were so much work. They were messy. We would decorate and carve pumpkins and put cobwebs everywhere and dress up. It just got so hard. I grew out of it. If I did it again I would hire crew members to clean up afterwards.

LMN: What would you dress up as?

Barry: There was one time I had a shaved head so I thought I’ll be a skeleton this year. There were a couple of years that I was kind of a suave werewolf. I had a fur ascot, a smoking jacket…I looked pretty good. I’m not gonna lie. I’d probably do that again.

 

After the interview, I stuck around The Roxy to enjoy the show. Here are a few pictures:

 

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