1. Last week there was a Quincy Jones interview making the rounds on social media.
If you don’t know who he is – look it up. He’s a highly regarded, respected pop culture influencer. Take heed on the quote below, herein lies the truth:
Question: Is there innovation happening in modern pop music?
Quincy Jones: “Hell no. It’s just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no fucking songs. The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. The greatest singer in the world cannot save a bad song. I learned that 50 years ago, and it’s the single greatest lesson I ever learned as a producer. If you don’t have a great song, it doesn’t matter what else you put around it”
2. From a Quincy Jones quote to a birthday celebration for Dr. Dre on Saturday in the Echoplex (the key here is to see how it’s all connected -both Dre & Q tastemakers/icons/influencers/architects of the 20th & 21st Centuries!)
DJ Expo wants to show his appreciation for Dre and is throwing him a birthday party and everyone is invited as we celebrate the music, beats, grooves created by Dr. Dre.
Tickets to DRE DAY LA at Echoplex on February 17 here.
3. Switch it up on Saturday and come to Pico Union Project for Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan and special guests Amigo the Devil and Brett Newski. We’ve been doing shows for the past year at this original synagogue built in the 1900’s. The ornate wood carvings, vintage tile, stained glass windows, and a very warm and intimate vibe is well worth the ticket.
Tickets to Chuck Ragan with Amigo The Devil + Brett Newski at Pico Union Project on Feb 17here.
4. Next Tuesday we just have good music in the Echoplex our long time faves Girlpool with special guests The Hotelier … come to the show ! (you can watch the new episode of Baskets when you get home…)
Tickets to Girlpool with The Hotelier + Special Explosion at Echoplex on Feb 20 here.
5. You know how you get a show at the Echo? Have strong visuals and smart ass commentary in your emails / on our website. Sound easy? It’s not, but Melted Bodies nailed it when they wrote to us a few years ago. Now, we’re always happy to book these noise making thought provoking characters. With special guests frantic surf guitar band from Huntsville, Alabama, Daikajiu – this is what being surrounded by kudzu sounds like instead of Huntington Beach waves. Plus The Manx and Slut Island.
Tickets to Daikaiju + The Manx + Melted Bodies + Slut Island at The Echo on Feb 21 here.
6. Jessica Moss is best known for playing violin and singing backing vocals in the Canadian post-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band since 2001, and is a founding member of Black Ox Orkestar. Plus Sarah Davachi & Crook. It’s gonna be a good one.
Tickets to Jessica Moss (Silver Mt Zion) at The Echo on Feb 25 here.