Thursday, July 28, 2011


Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark performs a brand new song/lullaby/mantra, accompanied by mystery pianist.

Lavender Diamond plays tomorrow (Friday, July 29) at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica (info here). I'll be there. Don't be late.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Photo by Lance Bangs

Last night, following No Age's set at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, infamous site of LAPD hooliganism (start here to learn more: LA Times), this happened: an unannounced bonus set (6 songs, 10 minutes), NO AGE plus original BLACK FLAG members bassist Chuck Dukowski and vocalist Keith Morris, playing classic BLACK FLAG songs... NO FLAG!

NO FLAG setlist: "Wasted," "Revenge," "Fix Me," "I've Had It," "No Values," "Nervous Breakdown"

"You security people, could you just please stand where you're at and not move?" - Keith Morris turns the tables on the LAPD. Unbelievable, intense, historic.

Major kudos to FYF Fest promoter Sean Carlson (and the City of LA) for making this righteous & beautiful event possible.

(above image via J. Wyatt!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Four hours of unfenced cosmic/local radio the way it oughta be. If you missed it, some folks at Cope's Head Heritage site are passing it around. Look here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

PREPARE FOR BEAUTY: Lavender Diamond returns

It's been a while. Lavender Diamond's original lineup (Becky Stark, Steve Gregoropoulos, Jeff Rosenberg and Ron Reje Jr) have been working together again recently, and the new songs, debuted live in recent months, are catchy and astonishing — Becky is now using her opera register in truly goosebump-granting/breathtaking ways, and the band's arrangements are thoughtful, their playing sympathetic. At the last show I saw, people began applauding midway through a particularly stunning new song (see video extract here, on Facebook). When was the last time you saw that happen?

Lavender Diamond are playing an all-ages show in one of L.A.'s finest music venues, McCabe's Guitar Shop, in two weeks, on Friday, July 29. Prepare for beauty.

More info/tickets order: McCabe's website