By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
L.A. being a town full of water-weary wussies, the streets were as silent as they were slick for much of last week. January is already a notoriously slow month for nightlife even without the torrential downpour, and while a lot of you are shivering at home in your Snuggies, some promoters are sweatin' it in less-than-crowded nightclubs. Still, lightning did strike in a good way the night of January 20. La Boum at Bardot joined forces with Artists for Peace & Justice to raise funds for Haiti, while across town at The Good Hurt in Venice, Stones Throw Records hosted the release party for Madlib Medicine Show, Vol. 1: Before the Verdict, the first in a once-a-month, 12-CD series from rapper Madlib, complete with on-the-spot album-cover screen-printing. We hear both events were packed. The party stream that evening led us to a rockin' "Sequins and Sideburns"–themed birthday bash at Bar Lubitsch for our friend Dave Dickerson (co-owner of Cinespace and Kitchen 24) we just didn't want to leave. A new Elvis Presley cover band, The Kings, had us all shook up with their surprisingly reverent interpretations of Presley's hits. Anyone can do Vegas-y, bloated Elvis in tacky white suit and big hair, but it's more challenging to channel the star's early guise both musically and stylistically, especially while keeping the audacious hip thrusts and leg twirls to a minimum. These guys — three brothers who initially learned the King's music to play at their mother's 50th-birthday party — took care of business. Wouldn't be surprised if Lubitsch asked 'em to "enter the building" on a regular basis. Check 'em out at Myspace.com/thekingselvis.
BLANK GENERATION CANVAS
L.A. sure is purdy after a nice long shower, ain't she? Good thing, too. Our pals from Paper magazine made their annual trek here last weekend and we wouldn't have wanted anything to rain on David Hershkovits and the inimitable Mr. Mickey's parade (Paper grande dame Kim Hastreiter stayed in New York this year). If you've ever been to one of the NYC-based mag's annual "We Love L.A." events here, you know it's always paradelike, and its two-day shindig sponsored by Converse at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre this year was no exception. Well, it was more like a one-day thing, since Friday was geared toward the not-yet-legal crowd (upward of 300 local high school and college students had begun work on several of the ongoing art installations, completed by us grown-ups on Saturday). Friday's daytime music lineup offered a performance for the youngsters by Samuel Stewart (son of the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey), which we actually would have liked to see. Still, Saturday's sounds were good, too — DJs Anna Calderon (from aforementioned La Boum), Skeet-Skeet (who's not dating "Tik-Tok" tart Ke$ha, despite what the gossip blogs might be saying) and The Dum Dum Girls, a cute chickee duo who fancy textured black tights, minidresses and sweet yet sludgy lo-fi rock ruminations. Look for the first single off their soon-to-be-released Sub Pop debut in March (we will, if only for the B-side, a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire").
Paper's party may have been scaled down compared with previous ones (they rented storefronts on Melrose and the Sunset Strip for multiday spectacles in the past), but it was obviously meant to be more intimate and art-driven this time out, with exhibits by Cannibal Flower and workshops that included Karen Kimmel's DIY canvas-goodie-bag stencil project and screenings of short films by Converse. The condensed offerings made Saturday night an even hotter ticket, and when we left around midnight there was a line of frustrated fashionistas chomping at their knit caps to romp inside. Paper's bagging its full "L.A. issue" this year, but look for a major spread about the event and pics of many Angelenos shot here to grace its popular "Beautiful People" issue in the spring.HOUSE PARTY, TOO
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