Friday night, everybody who is in a band in Los Angeles headed over to Safari Sams. I saw members of Silversun Pickups, Earlimart, The Broken West, Airborne Toxic Event, Radars to the Sky, and Lets Go Sailing. I am sure there are many people that I didn't see/recognize/meet. It was my first time at Safari Sam's and I was very impressed. It has everything I like in a good music venue. It's incredibly well lit (for photos), the stage is very high (so you can be in the back and still see the show), tons of free parking, and lots of great vantage points (upstairs, side areas, etc). I hope to get back there again soon.
Where the hell did the Switch come from? They were incredible! I love any band that has a woman that plays trumpet AND violin AND sings back up. From the moment they started playing, I knew I was going to love these guys. They do the country roots rock thing brilliantly. I picked up their EP and have been playing it all weekend. Lead singer Aaron Kyle's has a hoarse voice that is very remiscent of Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade. Expect some great things from these guys.
I hadn't seen Division Day in so long, it was just great to see those guys. They are so nice and I am so happy that they have found a wonderful home at Eenie Meenie Records. Their good stuff still sounds good and their great stuff sounded wonderful. I kind of wish they could play Tigers and Tap Tap Click Click over and over again.