Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hotel Cafe

Finally made it to the Hotel Cafe on Cahuenga this past Monday. Much Aussie-ness to be had being Australia Day. KCRW presented Gabrielle Cilmi, Asa, Amy Correia and Hopkinson. Great stuff. Love the venue, intimate and plush but with that edgy vibe we expect from the Cahuenga corridor. Was definitely excited to see Hopkinson, and as always they delivered the goods. Only complaint: wish the set could have been longer since it was the albeit unofficial real ease of their award winning Debut album "Strangers to Ourselves". Perhaps next time!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Strangers to Ourselves...or are we, ourselves, just strange?

So here's something I'm pretty excited for! In scrounging around the smaller yet full of character venues of L.A., I came across the Australian band Hopkinson, and it seems that they are going to be releasing their album Strangers to Ourselves within the next few months. I've seen them live a couple times playing at The Mint and The Derby and these Aussies put on an awesome live show, I'm sure the album won't disappoint. Definitely looking forward to this one!


Friday, January 16, 2009

A little heart and soul...

Love it, hate it, but you have to admit, there's a ton of way cool and even bizarre stuff to do here in Los Angeles. As an L.A. native (and yes I was actually born and raised here), I know it's easy to get a bit jaded; ya we have our stereotypes and no we are not all waiters/actors/models/singers trying to get our big break, although, let's face it, we are a decent sized chunk of the population. But the fact that so many people travel here, to my hometown, with the hopes of changing their lives for the better and following their dreams, makes me proud to be an Angelino. I know this sounds a bit starry-eyed and for lack of a better word, cheesy, but Los Angeles really is a city of unique diversity, fabulous artists, incredible live music/theater and endless opportunity, all within an hour drive (or two if you are on the 405), you just have take advantage of it. So I've made it my mission (yes mission) to experience all this city has to offer, and not just the high-profile events L.A. is so famous for, but the small, less-publicized, unheard of venues, restaurants, art shows and live music that gives this city its soul.