Tim “Modern Brit” Shimbles (Amoeba employee and frequent traveling companion on California Fool’s Gold) and yours truly are going to DJ a set of “locals only” music called To Live and Deejay LA on 12 May at the Melody Lounge in Chinatown. (Click here to join the Facebook event page).
Los Angeles is a big place… bigger than the island of Jamaica in fact. It’s home to an estimated 10,116,705 people, making it by far the most populous county in the USA (and home to more people than 43 entire states). The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim census area is also the mostly densely-populated region in the country. I’ve had a long and hard think, aided by suggestions, trying to come up with a great list of Angeleno musical acts (and no, I didn’t forget Red Hot Chili Peppers). Just for the occasion* I painted a huge map of every community in the county and every neighborhood in Los Angeles which has helped stoke the memory.
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s Map of Los Angeles Communities and Neighborhoods
Attendees can expect to hear some, if not all (it’s taking place from 10pm until 1:45am) of the following Angeleno acts: Abstract Rude, Aceyalone, Allah-Las, The Amplifiers, The And Actions, The Angry Samoans, The Antarcticans, Arabian Prince, Armored Saint, Art Pepper, Ashes, The Association,Autolux, The Ballroom, The Bangles, The Beach Boys, Beachwood Sparks, The Beat, The Bees, The Belairs, Best Coast, Bill Perkins, Black Flag, The Blasters, The Blendells, Blood on the Saddle,Bloods & Crips, Bob Markley, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., The Bourbon Saints, Boyce & Hart, Bread, The Brothers Johnson,
Buddy Collette, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Cadets, Cambalache, Canned Heat, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Captain Beefheart, The Carpenters, Chico Hamilton, The Chymes, Circle Jerks, The Common Cold, Congo Norvell, Cruzados, Darlene Love, David Crosby, Dead Angle, Death Valley Girls, Deepest Blue (The Doves), Dengue Fever, Dennis Wilson, Destruct, The Devil Bats, The Dickies, The Dils, Dino, Desi & Billy, DJ Quik, Dokken, The Doors, Dramarama, The Dream Syndicate,
Dum Dum Girls, E. Coli, Eazy-E, Eddie & The Showmen, The Egyptian Lover, El Chicano, The Electric Prunes, Emily’s Sassy Lime, Emitt Rhodes, The Emperors, Eric Dolphy, The Everpresent Fullness, The Exiles, Faster Pussycat, Father Yod, Fatlip, Fear, The 5th Dimension, fIREHOSE, Fishbone, The Flesh Eaters, 45 Grave, Freestyle Fellowship, The Friends of Distinction, The Full Treatment, Funkdoobiest, Further, The Garden Club,
Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Generators, The Geraldine Fibbers, Germs, Giant Drag, The Go-Go’s,The Grass Roots, Great White, The Groop, The Grown-Ups, The Gun Club, Guns N’ Roses,Gwenmars, Hearts and Flowers, Heidecker & Wood, Herb Alpert, Hex, Hollywood Rose, The Hondells,Ice Cube, The Jaguars, Jan & Dean, Jane’s Addiction, Jay Rock, Jenni Rivera, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Joe Byrd & the Field Hippies, Johnny Horton, Joint Effort, Just Too Much, Kaleidoscope, Kendrick Lamar,
Kim Fowley, King Tee, The Knack (1960s), The Knack (1970s), The Knights of Day, L.A. Dream Team,L.A. Guns, The LA Untouchables, The Lamp of Childhood, Las Cafeteras, The Last, Lavender Diamond, The Lazy Cowgirls, The Leaves, Lee Harvey (Lee Jones), Lemona, Lena Park, Lifter, Lone Justice, The Long Ryders, Longstocking, Los Abandoned, Los Lobos, Love, Lowell George & The Factory, The Manson Family, Marvin & Johnny, Mary Jane Girls, Mary’s Danish, MellowHype,
The Merry-Go-Round, Midnight Movies, Mike G, The Millennium, Minutemen, The Mixers, The Monkees, Montell Jordan, The Moon, Mötley Crüe, The Motorcycle Abeline, Moving Units, The Music Machine, Myka 9,N.W.A., Nate Dogg, The Nerves, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, No Solution,October County, The Odyssey, Oingo Boingo, Opal, Opus 1, The Others, The Palace Guard, The Pandoras, The Partridge Family, Pasternak Progress, Patsy, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy,
The Penguins, The Penny Arkade, Penny Dreadfuls, The Pharcyde, Pidgeon, Pleasure featuring Billy Elder, The Plimsouls, Poco, Poison, Possum Dixon, The Preachers, The Premiers, Pretty Boy Floyd,Puro Instinct, The Quick, Quiet Riot, Radio Vago, Rain Parade, Randy Newman, Ratt, Redd Kross,René & Angela, Rising Sons, Ritchie Valens, Rodney-O & DJ Joe Cooley, Roger Nichols Trio, The Romancers (The Smoke Rings), The Rose Garden, Rose Royce, The Runaways, The Safaris,
Sagittarius, 2nd II None, The Seeds, Seksu Roba, Shake, The Sharp Ease, Silver Needle, SISU, Snap-Her, Snoop Dogg, Sonny & Cher, The Sounds of Sunshine, Sparks, Spirit, The Standells, The Stone Poneys,Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Sugarplastic, Suicidal Tendencies, The Sunshine Company, The Surfaris, Sweater Girls, The Sylvers, Sylvester, T.S.O.L., The Tartans, The Teddy Bears, Tex & the Horseheads, Thee Midniters, Thorinshield, The Three O’Clock, Things To Come, Tierra, Tom Russell,
Total Chaos, Troop, The Turtles, Ty Karim, The Tyde, Tyler, the Creator, Union 13, The United States of America, The UVs, Van Halen, Van Stone, Very Be Careful, W.A.S.P., The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band (aka ESB aka Fields), The Walker Brothers, Wall of Voodoo, 王力宏, War, The Warlocks, Warren G, The Watts Prophets, Wax, The Weirdos, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, The Yellow Balloon, The Yellow Payges, X, Zipcode, Zolar X, Zoot Sims
…and more if you’ve got suggestions* (Here’s a Spotify playlist to give you a taste).
**Sorry, no Eagles
Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Form Follows Function, Los Angeles County Store, Skid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, LAist, Eastsider LA, Boing Boing, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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