Entrance, Itasca, Paz Lenchantin, DJ Derek James

Entrance, Itasca, Paz Lenchantin, DJ Derek James

Wed · September 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

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This event is 21 and over

Entrance
Entrance
Book of Changes, the 2017 album by Guy Blakeslee as ENTRANCE, is a poetic song cycle about the seasons of the heart, tracing an emotional journey through longing and emptiness to peace and redemption. The record achieves a seamless melding of the personal, political and philosophical, a vibrant document of an artist hitting a creative stride and discovering an expansive new sound. The adventurously produced collection of songs is reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt’s ruminative lyricism and the gypsy flavored orchestral explorations of Arthur Lee and Love, uniquely channeled through Blakeslee’s 21st Century approach to the spiritual dimensions of American songwriting in a way that gives an old form new power.

Book of Changes was written over the course of a restless year of travel, touring and transformation and recorded in 11 different studios in Los Angeles and London, produced by Blakeslee and mixed by David Vandervelde at Elliott Smith’s New Monkey Studios in Van Nuys, California. Blakeslee is joined by several very talented friends including long time collaborator Paz Lenchantin (Pixies, Silver Jews) and percussionist Frank Lenz (Pedro the Lion, The Weepies) as well as vocalists Jessica Tonder, Hale May and Lael Neale and the drummers Derek James and Will Scott.

Strings, pianos, xylophones, bells and dreamy female voices swirl around fluid bass-lines and fingerpicked acoustic guitars. At the heart of these songs is a commanding voice which holds an intensity of emotion that can only come from the depths of the soul. From the devotional pop of “Always the Right Time” and the western bolero of “I’d Be A Fool” through the stark blues of “The Avenue” and the dark romantic flamenco of “Molly,” Blakeslee’s singing carries the narrative with heart-stopping force. Each unfolding chapter touches a new emotional nerve, from the Lee and Nancy style sway of “Winter Lady” and the apocalyptic film noir piano dirge “Leaving California” to the anthemic album closer “Revolution Eyes,” which dissolves in a stormy melt of piano and bells swept away on an ecstatic wave of liberation and joy. While at moments the ghost of rock n’ roll is invoked, for the most part this is something more fragile and ethereal; music from a half-remembered dream, strange and familiar at the same time.

When asked about the impetus for the new sound and style, Blakeslee replied:
“I desperately wanted to get back to the essential nature of ‘SONG’ – as opposed to a ‘track’… Most music that is released nowadays is really a track, not a song – it would be impossible for one person with an instrument to sit down in a room and perform it… So it was important that this album begin from actual songs that I could sing with a guitar or a piano… all of the textures and sounds I added along the way are the icing on the cake to expand the experience for the listener, but at the heart is a real song, a basic text of words and a melody. I want to do my part to see that tradition isn’t lost. I believe there’s still a lot of power in a song.”

It's in this same spirit that ENTRANCE appears live these days, playing lonesome guitar and singing with naked vulnerability the raw essence of the blues.
Itasca
Itasca
Itasca is the musical identity of Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen. Just as the name itself is ambiguous—a 19th-century pseudo-Ojibwe place name and portmanteau of the Latin words for “truth” (veritas) and “head” (caput)—so too is Cohen’s musical project mutable and multivalent: fundamentally unconcerned with genre, but richly allusive of the hermetic worlds of private-press canyon-cult mystics and non-traditional folk music.
Cohen, who grew up in New York state near the Hudson River, moved from Brooklyn to L.A. in 2011. Though she began playing guitar at age thirteen, her songwriting idiom emerged gradually from her longstanding noise and drone practice. Her out-of-time recordings as Itasca—refined over the course of several releases, including the acclaimed 2014 LP Unmoored by the Wind (New Images)—reflects both this dislocated geography and her Janus-faced gaze towards both baroque, acid folk-inflected songcraft and deconstructive, textural sonics.

Though deeply informed by the mythology and iconography of the modern American desert West, Cohen likewise finds kinship with a lineage of English iconoclasts such as Michael Chapman and Bridget St John. Her adept fingerstyle guitar work—nimble but unshowy, always at the service of framing her plaintively unspooling modal progressions and gorgeous, moonlit voice—centers Itasca’s melancholy pastorales in a hazy, heat-mirage space equally suggestive of familiarity and distance, community and anomie. Open to Chance is the name of Itasca’s 2016 LP, out on Paradise of Bachelors.
Paz Lenchantin
Paz Lenchantin
When performing solo, Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band / the Pixies) weaves a deep and textured sonic web using hypnotic layers and loops of electric bass, violin and theremin. After voyaging through her expansive and mind-altering re-interpretation of the VU classic “Venus in furs” she’ll be joined by a very special guest, the treasured esoteric folk artist Josephine Foster.
Derek W. James
Derek W. James
Multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and record collector from Los Angeles, CA by way of Chicago, IL and Holland, MI. Best known for drumming with The Entrance Band, though also as a session player and touring performer; Derek has worked with artists and groups such as GIRLS, David Vandervelde, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Alasdair Roberts, and Matt Baldwin.
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/