Sweet Zola Jesus

We ran into Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus) and found her to be as sweet as she is talented. She’ll be performing in LA for the first time in quite a spell at the downtown Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on August 17 (with Active Child and a DJ set by Ariel Pink) as part of the ‘Play MOCA’ free music and art series.

The string of Friday shows in August kicked off this past week with another of my favorite LA chanteuses Io Echo, and label-mates Salem. The series (curated by Iamsound and Io Echo) will conclude with Cults and Lord Huron August 24th. The events are free, but you need to get a ticket here.


City of Night Podcast & Playlist – July 28, 2012 – KCSN

On this City of Night show we feature new music from Bat For Lashes, Girls Names, Two Gallants, Tame Impala, Cookbook, Brim Liski and many others. We also give a nod to some of the surprisingly cool music selections from the Olympic opening ceremony.

The playlist includes embedded audio of the broadcast. You can listen at your desk or on your mobile device directly from this page.

Have a happy week!

Playlist for Saturday July 28, 2012    KCSN.org
Artist Title
Crystal Fighters I Love London
Zulu Winter We Should be Swimming
A Place To Bury Strangers Slide
Kitten Panic
The Kinks Mr. Churchill Says
Sleepmakeswaves To You They Were Birds…
Black Sabbath Planet Caravan
Bat For Lashes Laura
Princeton Grand Rapids (RAC Remix)
Girls Names A Troubled See
Io Echo When The Lilies Die
Leadbelly Grasshoppers In My Pillow
Two Gallants My Love Won’t Wait
O.M.D. Enola Gay
Helio Sequence October
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX Running
Crypts Territories
Deleted Scenes English as a Second Language
Growlers Badlands
Buddy Holly Blue Days Black Nights
Wild Flag Electric Band
The Jam Going Underground
Brim Liski Supermassive
Brim Liski Things Were Different
Howlin’ Wolf Moanin’ At Midnight
Sarah Jaffe Mannequin Woman
Tame Impala Elephant
The Neighbourhood Sweater Weather
Cookbook Strange Brew
Maria Del Pilar High Heels
Purity Ring Lofticries
David Bowie Starman
Soso My Women, My Guitars
NO Big Waves
Gold Motel Your own Ghost
Dandy Warhols Alternative Power to the People
Beach House Other People
Pomegranates Sisters
Antony Landslide
Gardens & Villa Gypsie
MGMT Future Games
The Kinks Have a Cuppa Tea



Sex Pistols make it to the Olympics!

NBC, for goodness sakes…first you wouldn’t show the Stanley Cup finals in Los Angeles when the Kings were playing….now you CUT AWAY FOR COMMERCIALS during the Sex Pistols portion of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Couldn’t you have cut away during the portion where the kids run around texting each other!!!!????

Luckily there is video of it. Notice the characters in leather jackets doing the pogo. Call me a wimp, but I get goosebumps seeing The Sex Pistols (and The Jam) getting a nod on the world stage as major cultural icons after having been banned from the airwaves and stages of England. To drive it home further, this was all on display for the Queen and all of the Royal recipients of the nation’s biggest dole cheques.

Proud of you Jonesy.

Bring on the Dancing Lobsters

By Mark Sovel

It has been my honor the past four years to be asked to bring together the music lineup for the Port of LA Lobsterfest in San Pedro and each time it is a thrill to see the event taking shape. Though there are still finishing touches to be put on the schedule, promoter Jim Hall and I want to let the proverbial crab out of the bag on some of the artists we have on the bill this year.

Friday September 14

Saint Motel onstage with fans during their triumphant sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by ellenwood)

Saint Motel It’s a return engagement for Saint Motel, hot on the heels of their sold-out show at the El Rey and the release of their full-length album “Voyeur.” I recall the first time Saint Motel played my Check One Two night at the Viper Room back in the Summer of ’07. When I saw them loading in potted plants, lamps and living room furniture I knew we were dealing with something out of the ordinary and their hard work with creative videos and crafty songwriting over the years has earned them a place of prominence in the LA music scene. 2012 is the year Saint Motel will win over the States.

Races – Having just put on a smoldering performance at the legendary Troubadour, Races launched out on a cross-country tour (with buddies Saint Motel) in support of their album “Year of the Witch,” which was landed by the respectable indie label French Kiss after their “Big Broom” EP release by Jaxart. It’s rare and compelling to see a group hit the scene so fully formed and stage savvy after a relatively short incubation.

We are very grateful that Saint Motel and Races wind up their road-trip with a spin on the Lobsterfest stage Friday Sept 15, with more bands to be announced.

As has been the recent tradition, Friday night it is named the KROQ “Locals Only” stage, and we thank them for their support.


Saturday September 15

 Dum Dum Girls – What else do we need to say? It’s Dum Dum Girls topping off a Saturday that will be a full-fledged rock festival event, even if the lobsters miss the plane from Maine. We could not be happier to be welcoming the Girls as they are ratcheting up for the launch of a new EP titled “End of Daze” (Sept. 25).


 JJAMZ – Are you uncrumpling a tenner as we speak? (Yes, that’s the price) Dum Dum Girls will be preceded by all-star pop rocksters JJAMZ. That’s Z (The Like), Alex (Phantom Planet), Jason (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes) Ok, we’ll quit name dropping and save you a spot on the large green Lobsterfest lawn.

Having just melted the blue and silver backdrop during their Satellite residency and with release this month of the album “Suicide Pact” on Dangerbird Records, JJAMZ are primed for what we humbly like to call “the Lobsterfest Bump”


  NO – I know, “Shut Up!” right?

They are on fire and we feel fortunate to have NO playing on Saturday.

Sunday Sept. 16

 The Blasters– It’ll be a homecoming of sorts in more ways than one for Downey’s Phil Alvin. Late June brought news from Valencia, Spain that Blasters front man Phil Alvin had been rushed to the hospital for unknown reasons, forcing the sudden cancellation of their entire European Summer tour. Not that a hole in the throat is GOOD news, but rumors of a heart attack or stroke were shortly brought under control when the news was released that Phil had suffered a severe allergic reaction and became unable to breathe due to swelling of the throat. Doctors saved him from a flatline situation by performing a tracheotomy in his throat to allow him to breathe. We are all thankful for his recovery and look forward to welcoming the Blasters back home to San Pedro.


  Jail Weddings Perhaps their Twitter profile says it best. “A contemporary yet timeless 10-member-deep rock ‘n’ roll group well-versed in the sentimental sick joke.” Jail Weddings’ recent “Four Future Standards” EP is quite aptly named as the song “There’s Nothing Worse in the World (Than a Crying Girl)” has already become a current standard on my City of Night radio show. The songs are timeless and epic in a way that is far more sophisticated than the band’s self description. They will be dressed to impress, and I believe they will.



This is merely a taste of what is in store for the music portion of the 2012 Port of LA Lobsterfest and Music Weekend Sept 14-16 on the waterfront in San Pedro. I’ll be completing the lineup soon, and it will be released in the coming days. I always do my best to add surprises and construct a flow of music that will be as memorable as the atmosphere. What is most important, combining the musical performances with the surroundings I try to create an intangible life-affirming pleasance that is unique to this occasion. (Unless, of course, you are a lobster.)

If you’ve never been to this event, it may be difficult to understand, but there is a very unusual and special atmosphere at the Port under the sun and stars, in the open air amidst the mega-cargo ships and cruise-liners. Who could imagine an expansive green lawn to luxuriate upon while sharing music and food with friends? The USS Iowa is now berthed at the Port, which adds a new element of wonder for returning attendees.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



City of Night playlist – July 21, 2012 – KCSN


Playlist for Saturday July 21, 2012    KCSN.org

Hour 1
Artist Title  
Icky Blossoms Heat Lightning
Presets Youth in Trouble Club Nokia 9/13
So Many Wizards Los your Mind The Smell 8/18
My Morning Jacket Outta My System Wiltern 9/11-13
The XX Angels Fonda 7/23
Young Moon Emma Jane
Battleme Touch
Divine Fits Would That Not Be Nice
Eleni Mandell Desert Song
Shadowbox Loveless Child
The Drowning Men Lost In A Lulabye
King Tuff Swamp of Love The Echo 7/27
Twin Shadow Be Mine Tonight Glasshouse 8/25
Garu Numan Down In The Park (Live)  
Hour 2
Deep Purple Burn
Depeche Mode Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix)
Jesse Harris I Won’t Wait
Foxygen Teenage Alien Blues
Barry White Standing In The Shadows of Love
Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive
New Order Temptation Greek 10/7
Los Fulanos Blue Monday
Hour 3
Ponderosa Never Come Back
Cabaret Voltaire The Arm of the Lord
Xtc Melt The Guns
Xtc No Thugs In our House
Aimee Mann Charmer Wishire Ebell 10/13
Delta Spirit Tear it Up
Chelsea Light Moving Burroughs
Dinosaur Jr. Watch the Corners FYF 9/1
Bipolar Bear The Great Dispora
Haim Forever Fonda 7/23
Everest Give a Little Troub 7/24
JEFF The Brotherhood Sixpack
Hot Panda See You All Around
Micachu and the Shapes Never
Thelonious Monk/Coltrane Epistrophy
The Doors The Crystal Ship



City of Night playlist and podcast – 7/14/12 – KCSN


Playlist for Saturday July 14, 2012    KCSN.org

Artist Title  
Pink Martini City of Night Greek  9/09
HAIM Forever S.M. Pier 7/19
Lull Still Got Pull
Purity Ring Grandloves FYF Festival 9/1
Tame Impala Apocalypse Dream
Stone Roses I Wanna be Adored
The Kills Dreams
Joe Jackson It’s Different For Girls Orpheum 10/6
Shadowbox Loveless Child
Edward Sharpe… Dear Believer (Timmy the Terror mix) Ojai Libbey Bowl 9/6
Twin Shadow Be Mine Tonight FYF Fest  9/01
Twin Shadow Golden Light FYF Fest  9/01
Empresarios Para Mis Amigos (f. Omegaman)
Shout Out Out Out Out Never The Same Twice
Stephen (Tin Tin) Duffy Kiss Me
PAPA I Am The Lion King Observatory 8/9
Bear in Heaven Sinful Nature Echoplex 8/9
Grimes Oblivion
Crocodiles Endless Flowers
Band of Horses Knock Knock
Milo Greene Don’t You Give Up On Me Amoeba 7/17
Japandroids The House That Heaven Built
R.E.M. Shaking Through
NO Another Life Bloomfest 7/21
Helio Sequence October
Roxy Music Both Ends Burning
Woody Guthrie Do Re Mi
Bob Dylan Song To Woody
The Band Atlantic City
Beachwood Sparks The Orange Grass Special
The Get Down Boys Catch Me From Falling Bigfoot West 7/29
Iggy Pop & Beth Cosentino Let’s Boot & Rally
Los Straightjackets Walking Down 3rd Street
Jack White Take Me With You When You Go Shrine 8/10-11
Fist City The Creeps
Ravonettes She Owns The Streets El Rey 10/8
Dum Dum Girls There is a Light that Never Goes Out
Guards Sail It Slow (f. Cults)
Sleepy Sun Martyr’s Mantra
Lost Bayou Ramblers Bastille (f. Gordon Gano)
George Harrison Let It Be Me
Iron & Wine Such Great Heights Wiltern 9/12

City of Night playlist and podcast – KCSN – July 7, 2012


                Playlist for Saturday July 07, 2012    KCSN.org
Artist Title  
The Stooges TV Eye (Takes 7&8)  
Cloud Nothings Even If It Worked Out FYF Fest  9/01
The Intelligence Reading & Writing About Partying  
Hot Panda See You All Around  
Soft Swells Put it on the Line Hotel Café  7/28
Tanlines Real Life OutsideLands 8/10
That’s No Moon Irradiate  
Gold Motel Your Own Ghost  
Races The Knife  
Crystal Fighters At Home  
Boom Bip New Order (F. Luke Steele)  
Twin Shadow When The Movie’s Over FYF Fest  9/01
Autolux Turnstyle Blues  

Abbe May Design Desire  
The Dead Weather Hustle & Cuss  
Siouxsie & The Banshees Happy House  
The Neighbourhood Baby Come Home  
Raveonettes Observations El Rey  10/9
Black Angels The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven  
Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years From Home  
The Hundred in the Hands Empty Stations  
Lykke Li Silver Springs  
Pomeganates Heaven  
Radiohead Paranoid Android  
Ryan Darton Camel’s Back Hotel Café   7/24
Jeremy Fisher Built To Last  

Flashing Red Lights Convictions II  
Muddy Waters I Just Want To Make Love  
Mornin’ Old Sport When The Bomb  
The War on Drugs Best Night  
Redd Kross Researching the Blues  
The Breakups Trust  
Presets Youth in Trouble  
Saint Motel Benny Goodman El Rey  7/14
Metric Breathing Under Water  
Giant Drag We Like The Weather  
Mowglis Time Satellite  7/16
Led Zeppelin (Live at BBC) Dazed and Confused  
Duke Ellington Rhapsody in Blue