It’s starting to feel like I only see bands at Tokyo Garden, which is fine. It’s my local, to use hipster speak (see definition 1). The place feels like home, is within walking distance and tends to have cool bands stopping through.
Inferno of Joy: This San Francisco four-piece puts on a … theatrical performance, let’s say. Lots of gyrations. Lots of sweating and jumping around. Lots of animal screams. This is rock and roll revival. Having never seen/heard the band before (other than quick clips on Youtube) I found myself making easy comparisons. This isn’t quite fair to the band, but it’s probably good reference for others.
Musically they were equal measures of The Doors, The Stooges and The Bad Seeds. At points, Sean Hesket was a pogo-dancing Iggy Pop, with a sneering inflections. Other times, it was full on Morrison wail, followed up with Cave’s cool, crisp enunciations. It was blues rock and proto-punk all done with enough fury that by the end of the set I half expected guitarist Hugh Yerburgh to put his Strat through the amp. He did not.
Blake Jones and the Trike Shop: The Trike Shop has a new EP out. It’s a collection of oddities–rare tracks, old tracks, some new and unreleased songs. The band rearranged its live set accordingly. They sort of promo-ed the disk and if you’ve seen the band more than a few time (like I have), it was a treat. Highlights: “Ross Used to Play Us His Frank Zappa Records,” a old tune (from like 1997, I think) that shows Blake has actually mellowed out and become more poppy in his years. People always think of The Trike shop as a quirky little band and songs like this are why. Particularly awesome was the Annette Funicello-”Jamaica ska” interlude that was neither Jamacian or ska, but still a fun sing-along.