Guildie Love

Filed under: Music Scene — Queenkv November 21, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

My new guilty pleasure: watching the Guild. This webisode by Felicia Day is highly entertaining. It also has an awesome selection of music. I bought The Main Drag’s “Yours as Fast as Mine”, after listening to “Love During Wartime” at the end of a Guild episode. It’s a beautiful, glitchy pop song.

And I was tickled by the Guild’s music video.
Hot stuff!

Live Music and Cajun Food

Filed under: Music Scene — Queenkv October 8, 2008 @ 9:09 am

Last July, we saw this fab group playing outside of a Cajun restaurant in Berkeley: Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen on Shattuck. Good food and tunes.

Live Music at Angeline’s from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Alanis Crow Project

Filed under: Music Scene — Queenkv September 19, 2008 @ 8:56 am

Earlier this week, the Alanis Crow Project rocked out on our morning show. They specialize in covers of songs by Alanis Morissette & Sheryl Crow.

Alanis Crow Project, originally uploaded by queenkv.

Those Alanis songs brought me back to my Senior year in high school. I remember sitting outside of the Drama classroom for lunch. Some of my friends talked about nabbing tickets for her concert. Another friend was trying to stay in her relationship with one of the guys who had a pair of tickets. I think I signed my boyfriends yearbook with Alanis lyrics. Wow. That was a long time ago.

Concert on the Patio from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Filed under: KALX Musings,Music Scene — Queenkv June 19, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

Earlier this month, we checked out the Davis music scene with a KDVS concert. One of my favorite bands from my KALX days, Casiotone of the Painfully Alone, headlined the $5 concert at on the UC Davis campus.

Cross Posted on my Brainpickings

LA-Based Foot Foot opened up the show.

Foot Foot @ UC Davis from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.
I fell in love with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone almost 8 years ago, back when I was a KALX DJ. During my midnight DJ shifts, Owen Ashworth’s electronic landscapes helped ease me into the world of free-form, independent music.

Casiotone at UC Davis from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.
At this KDVS concert, I was amazed at the lush sound he produced all by himself. He was wizard on the mixer, keyboard, vocals and anything that could be plugged into his show. He played a couple of songs off his 2006 album, “Etiquette.”

Queenkv’s Aural Fixations – Episode 22

Filed under: Music Scene,Podcasts — Queenkv June 4, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

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It’s almost summer time in Topeka. This podcast features live versions of classic favorites from Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. This episode also features new favorites…I finally bought a Nouvelle Vauge album. They blew me away when I saw them live at the Hollywood Bowl.

And music by Imogen Heap – a musical genius. During this radio session, she redefines what it means to be a one-woman-band with this beautiful live version of “Just for Now.”

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Queenkv’s Aural Fixations – Episode 21

Filed under: Music Scene,Podcasts — Queenkv April 6, 2007 @ 11:17 am

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It doesn’t feel like Spring in Topeka…but I suppose we don’t get much of a choice in the cold temps. Today’s episode is about good memories and some rockin’ live music. My cousin saw the Black Eyed Peas in a Vegas concert.

Last weekend, I caught American Catastrophe during the Sonic Spectrum Anniversary Showcase in Kansas City. Good times.

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Playlist: Song – Artist – Album
Bobby Malone Moves Home – Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Etiquette

Wither – American Catastrophe – Excerpts From The Broken Bone Choir

Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

If You Go Away (DJ Skymoo Mix) – Shirley Bassey – The Remix Album

Bebot – Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business

Open Your Eyes – Minus Story – The Captain Is Dead; Let The Drum Corps Dance

Mic Music

Night Sight – Air – Pocket Symphony

A Rockin’ Good Time at the Jackpot Saloon

Filed under: Music Scene — Queenkv November 16, 2005 @ 2:21 pm

I posted these pix on

Superargo opened up the set at the Jackpot Saloon last Thursday night. The Skullhead lip synched and rocked out on the mic. The laptop-mixed-up music was loud, glitchy and infectious. The crowd loved the anti-corporate/patriotic slide show mixed into the set.

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Concert Round-up

Filed under: Music Scene — Queenkv October 26, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

My honey and I saw a bunch of concerts this fall and summer. Here ‘s a round-up of the shows.

I heard about this Dead Can Dance concert during KCRW’s fundraiser. Mark’s a fan of their global/electronica/heavenly music. This is the first time he saw them live in concert.

“Their first tour in nine years! Dead Can Dance is known as one of the most influential forces in modern music. Blending ethereal gothic pop with textured European folk music, vocalist Lisa Gerrard and guitarist Brendan Perry first began creating hypnotic soundscapes 25 years ago.”
[from the Hollywood Bowl website]

Dead Can Dance sounded sublime. They were backed up by the Hollywood Orchestra and the combination made the music sound enchanting and rich in harmonies.

Lisa Gerrard’s voice floated over their pounding drums – stilling the heart and opening the mind.

Dead Can Dance got people out of their seats and pulsating to the music. It was a hell of an experience.

Nouvelle Vague opened for Dead Can Dance. They’re from France. They did acousitc/lounge covers of rock and punk bands. I enjoyed their version of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and Dead Kennedy’s “Too Drunk to Fuck.” Imagine a cute and breathy female voice crooning: “You give me head
It makes it worse
Take out your fuckin’ retainer
Put it in your purse”

Really sweet stuff.

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Electronica at Koo’s in Long Beach

Filed under: Music Scene — queenkv August 1, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

Last month, I checked out a KSPC Presents concert at Koo’s in Long Beach. Kid 606 headlined the event. All the artists dished out some loud loud electronica music. It reminded my poor ears how old I am. i was impressed how all the DJ’s didn’t need to preview any of the tracks they mixed into their boards.

Electronica at Koo's in Long Beach

Eats Tapes kicked off the night with some amplifed kid’s toy. It warped into a delightful set that the teenage hipsters could bop around to. The boy-girl duo looked happy to keep their audience dancing. The crowd was different from you standard club scene – where people were more interested in flagging down a bartender or freaking the next eleventeen in a go-go booth. At Koo’s – folks were clean (no booze available) and they were interested in the music. Eat Tapes had a playful mix of ACID, jungle and hardcore. I’m reviewing their new CD, Sticky Buttons, for the station. Mark liked the CD.
Eats Tapes in Long Beach
“I didn’t recognize them because my ears weren’t bleeding,” he said, after I told him who was on the CD.

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Let me hear you say this shit is bananas…

Filed under: Music Scene — queenkv @ 2:18 pm

Yesterday, we stopped by Tower Records in Brea to return some stuff. I saw line waiting outside the ticket window. Some folks had a nice set-up of lawn seats and coolers. I asked the cashier what tickets they’re waiting for. She told me it was for Gwen Stefani.

“We have an angry mob out there,” she said. Apparently, some new employee told these fans they had to line-up 2 hours before the store opened up at 10 AM – in ordered to have a shot at these tickets. The tickets went on sale at noon.

Despite staking out their spot in line, the store issued colored wristbands. Basically, they didn’t have to be up at 8 AM on a Sunday morning to get tickets for Gwen.

No order they were pissed.