Saturday December 28 in Cypress Park, the giant rumble of OMB engines will converge upon the finest punk rock club in Los Angeles! The KWE opens for the out of town cruisers at 9 pm sharp, and blows the doors wide open! Who do you think will win? $9 cover charge.
Hot August Night 2013
August 10, 2013: The KWE performed during several art openings at Chung King Road in Chinatown Los Angeles, followed by TwoVersusOne and Cat Museum. 18 votive candles graced the kit for the 18th year anniversary of the KWE. The guitar sound bounced off the buildings via the Fender Princeton and Ampeg bass amps. Three deep tone salsa cowbells now join of the upper architecture of the riser and are played with mallets, as are the bongos to the right side. They were featured on the abstract prelude to Outer Space and the new song Stratosphere.
Set: Outer Space- Mystery Spot- What Makes Your Spaceship Fly?-
Optimist's Parking Lot- Future Makes- Stratosphere- Zero On the Mountain- Space Road- Weak Signals from the Void- Summer.
Pilates & Arts, Echo Park
Sunday January 27, 2013: The KWE got things rolling at tea-time for the word-power of Rita Williams and the avant music-word power of duo Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky (of Putanesca and Universal Congress Of renown). The venerable Takamine acoustic-electric guitars made their grand return, as did the chimes and the cosmic desk bell. This comparatively chill gig featured Motorik songs and a few old gems such as Tracing Sunshine from KWE's halcyon outsider-folk days.
Set: Wider Than The Horizon- Supersonic- Just Because It's There- Future Makes- Tracing Sunshine- Outer Space- Gift Of The Sun- Summer- My Alien.
The Crest Bar
Friday January 11, 2013: Billy Idol rears his ugly head singing "dancing with myself." Well, any way, that's the ecstatic world of the one man band. The KWE headlines the post-apocalypse one man band project night at the idyllic The Crest Bar in the frosty mountains of upper Glendale with Jeff Price and Slick Moranis. Why the Crest you ask? The answer is that in these climes we are one with the stars!
Set= Space Road- What Makes Your Spaceship Fly- Optimistís Parking Lot (Spacejammer)- Life Is A Mountain- The Transits of a Partial Timer- Saturn Doo Wop- Future Makes- UFOs- Gift of the Sun- Tomorrow Morning (Spacejammer II)- My Alien.
Saturday July 21, 2012--The KWE performs a galactic outdoor set 4-6 p.m. as part of the 'Perform Chinatown' art-performance events on Chung King Road in Los Angeles, courtesy of Charlie James Gallery and Coagula Curatorial. Artist Alex Schaefer dashed out a superb canvas of the KWE in situation! Lots of songs performed from the Back To The Pyramids and Motorik albums, plus a few golden oldies such as the blissful dervish of La La La from KWE III.
SET 1: Mystery Spot- Outer Space- Optimistís Parking Lot-
I Wanna Be Your Dog- Hate The Sun- Summer- Here She Comes-
Life Is A Mountain- Supersonic.
SET 2: Future Makes- Space Road- That Wicked Sublime-
Back To The Pyramids- Oh, Me- Just Because Itís There-
Tomorrow Morning- Gift of the Sun- La La La.
2nd Street Bar & Grill V
JULY 12, 2012, KWE @ 9 p.m.. 2nd Street Bar & Grill, Little Tokyo. A motorik blowout jam commencing with a garage drone version of Supersonic on the Parkman hybrid, and crash landing with My Alien's interpolation of the Doors' Light My Fire.
Set: Supersonic- Mystery Spot- Future Makes- I Wanna Be Your Dog- Optimist's Parking Lot- Pyramids Waiting- My Alien.
Eagle Rock Shop
Sunday, June 3, 2012: The KWE rock landed at the moonlight Eagle Rock Rock and Eagle Shop in Eagle Rock! This was the closing celebration for Bettina Hubby's magnificient manifestation of Mason Williams' idea from 1964. Also performing was Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, and Sea Leg (Eagles).
Set: Campfire Girl - I Wanna Be Your Dog - Mystery Spot - Outer Space - Optimist's Parking Lot - Future Makes - Supersonic - On My Merry Way - Bon Aire.
June 2, 2012 Gemini Warehouse party in Huntington Park with Dzian! and Manhattan Murder Mystery. The KWE gets the space junk ruckus rolling with Future Makes and the masking tape drone keyboard pyrotechnics of The Stoogesí I Wanna Be Your Dog! Under the pink and violet lights the rockers slow danced to Here She Comes and spun out of orbit to Get Back To The Flat. But did they notice the new KWE kit black light feature?
Set: Future Makes- I Wanna Be Your Dog- Mystery Spot- Outer Space- Optimistís Parking Lot- Life Is A Mountain- Here She Comes- Supersonic- Space Road- Get Back To The Flat.
Friday, May 18, 2012: KWE @ The Crest Bar, La Crescenta, CA. The KWE had full command of the evening at this nice little dive bar with good beers and light snow in the hills way above Los Angeles. I dusted off KWE classics such as the space thriller Get Back To The Flat, Supersonic (inspired by Warhol's Screen Tests) and the sunbeam soaked Here She Comes. Syd Barrett's Effervescing Elephant rounded out the set in a most cheerful manner.
Set One: Mystery Spot -- Outer Space -- Optimist's Parking Lot -- Future Makes -- Life Is A Mountain -- Space Road -- Wider Than the Horizon (interlude) -- Pyramids Waiting -- Supersonic
Set Two: Ya Ya -- Gift of the Sun -- Oh Silly Girl -- Here She Comes -- Summer -- Get Back To the Flat -- Weak Signals From the Void -- My Alien -- The Effervescing Elephant
Redwood Bar X Grill
April 6, 2012. Friday night bang for buccaneers at this downtown LA pirate bar with SST Records legends Trotsky Icepick, Human Hands, and Secret Alphabet! KWE performs a mountainous set with the new instrumental Mystery Spot, plenty of tunes from the Motorik album, interspersed with Johnny Thunders and Meat Puppets covers. Video of Summer, by Tom Underhill.
Set: Mystery Spot- Outer Space- Optimist's Parking Lot- Yes We Are The Futurists- Born To Lose- Summer- Oh, Me- Gift Of The Sun- Life Is A Mountain- Tomorrow Morning- Weak Signals From The Void- My Alien.
2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill IV
February 26, 2012: KWE @ The 2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, with Other Mule, Rob Tom, Real Jane. KWE headlines at about 11:45, opening up the Post-Oscar carpet burnout set with Captain Beefheart's Plastic Factory. Extended moon rock psychedelic noise jams emerged from Back To The Pyramids and Optimist's Parking Lot, brought to a technicolor crash with the Meat Puppets' Lake of Fire. Subtlety be damned.
Set: Plastic Factory- Back To The Pyramids- Planet Mystery Sound- Tomorrow Morning- Future Makes- Optimist's Parking Lot- Born to Lose- Weak Signals From The Void- Lake of Fire.
2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill III
December 18, 2011, 2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill, Los Angeles: KWE, with The Real Jane, Juke Joint Dogs, and Motion Factory.
Ya Ya, the Lee Dorsey twist dance hit, opened up this vigorous package of KWE tunes for a happy holiday bash. Gift Of The Sun burned the first layer of paper off the futurist wrappings, while Optimist's Parking Lot took us on fanciful moon rocking flights, only to return to earth with a pimped-up version of My Alien that included an interpolation of the Dream Syndicate's Sure Thing. O-Yeah!
Set: Ya Ya- Gift Of The Sun- Life Is A Mountain- Future Makes- Optimist's Parking Lot- Yes We Are The Futurists- Outer Space- My Alien.
2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill II
Sunday December 11, 2011, 9 p.m. for the KWE, Juke Joint Dogs, and Star Train @ The 2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill, 366 2nd Street Los Angeles. A great evening of punk, roots rock, and funk, with lots of love and grinding all around. Holiday lights adorned the kit. Started set with the fabulous Johnny Thunders song... finished with spaced out metal thrash/free jazz of Weak Signals...
Set: Born To Lose- Life Is a Mountain- UFOs- Optimistís Parking Lot- Back to The Pyramids- Summer- Outer Space-
Yes We Are The Futurists- Weak Signals From The Void-
2nd Street Jazz Bar + Grill
October 30, 2011: (with The Real Jane Fuller, KWE, Atom & the Electrons, Juke Joint Dogs, Mayonnaise and Jeff). The KWE rocks it hard for a swashbuckling herd of dedicated fans and new acolytes at the 2nd Street Jazz Grill, Little Tokyo, LA. Extended warp versions of Optimistís Parking Lot (with Moon Rock), Summer, and Space Road got the punks, the zombies, the pirates, and the vampire nymphs in this Halloween Eve audience dancing up a perfect, twisted storm!
Set list: Outer Space- Optimistís Parking Lot- Future Makes- Life Is a Mountain- Summer- Space road- Weak Signals From The Void.
Chain Letter Exhibition
July 23, 2011: The Keith Walsh Experience performs at Chain Letter exhibition, @ Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. KWE performs "Future Makes" from the new "Motorik" album.
Setlist: Optimist's Parking Lot - Future Makes - Life Is A Mountain - Hate The Sun - Ocean - Oh, Me - Gift Of The Sun - Yes We Are The Futurists - Tomorrow Morning - Pyramids Waiting - Weak Signals From The Void
December 18, 2010: The KWE performs two sets holiday style at S1F Gallery in Los Angeles! The holiday tunes were made brighter by the guest pyrotechnics of artist Todd Gray on the jingle stick!
Set One: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Baby Lemonade - Back to the Pyramids - Gift Of The Sun - Space Road - Future Makes - Supersonic [Tribal Version]
Set Two: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Dirty Light - Oh, Silly Girl - Jingle Bells - Tumblin' Tumbleweeds - Pyramids Waiting - La La La - Future Makes [Encore]
Vlad The Retailer
August 2, 2010: The KWE opens for San Francisco band The Blank Tapes at Vlad The Retailer in Hollywood, CA. By special request, a really fun show in a super-funky space supporting Matt Adams and his band on tour, who heard me ten years ago perform a three hour show at Raid Projects when it was in Santa Ana.
Setlist: Optimist's Parking Lot - Gift Of The Sun - Equal To Equal - Sunday Morning - Back To The Pyramids - Hate The Sun - Ocean - Pyramids Waiting - Supersonic - La La La
July 9, 2010: The Keith Walsh Experience one man band rocks out with his song "Ocean" at PōST, Los Angeles, during the Mannlicher Carcanoplex Mach 1 Performance Event. Video by Michael Gomez Burton. Set included Hendrix, Meat Puppets, and Velvet Underground covers.
Setlist: Paradox, Man - Purple Haze - Gift Of The Sun - Ocean - Oh, Me - Sunday Morning - Guess I'm Falling In Love - Hate The sun - Equal To Equal - Pyramids Waiting - Job's Tears - Just Because It's There
Old Towne Pub II
September 26, 2009: KWE@ The Old Towne Pub, Pasadena, CA. The two opening bands don't show up.Scrape truck in narrow brick alley way. The barflies don't turn around when the KWE rocks it. Beer spills on the guitar amp. But Supersonic was sublime.
Setlist: Intro/Space Road - I Can Tell - Back To The Pyramids - Supersonic - Pyramids Waiting - Hate The Sun - Outro/Space Road
Black Watch Pub
August 8, 2009: KWE @ Black Watch Pub, Upland CA, with Falcon Eddy and One F. An excellent and speeding gig in a busy bar located in a sleepy strip-mall in the Inland Empire. Upon starting I asked the crowd if they wanted me to go easy or hard... "go hard" they said. Well I cleared the tables ahead of me in a matter of minutes. Closed the raucous set with a metal powered take on Adam & the Ants' "Physical."
Set list: La La La - Back To The Pyramids - Hate The Sun - Oh, Silly Girl - Equal to Equal - Job's Tears - Dirty Light - That Wicked Sublime - Pyramids Waiting - Physical (You're So)
Old Towne Pub I
June 22, 2009 @ The Old Towne Pub, Pasadena, CA, with M31, Falcon Eddy, and Unfinished Robot. A late night gig sandwiched between two days of jury duty. A super raw performance with the red Squire Stratocaster (and party squawker for Nu Age). Lots of good banter with Falcon Eddy crowd, and Gus from Mr. T's rocked out to the KWE for a spell.
Setlist: Kwexotic - Dust Dudes - Back To The Pyramids - The Great Divide - Nu Age/ Space Road - Tape Me - UFOs - Pyramids Waiting - Hate The Sun
May 24, 2009: KWE @ King KIng, Hollywood, performing for the Mexicali Biennial art fundraiser.
This was a good spirited, super rolling, super tight performance for a super rowdy crowd. Started set with "KWExotic," a ten minute post-jazz jam.
Setlist: KWExotic - Dust Dudes - Job's Tears - Nu Age - Back To The Pyramids
Sound In Space Festival
February 20, 2009: KWE @ Sea & Space, Highland Park Los Angeles. One Man Band Night of the month long Sound In Space Festival curated by Aaron Drake and Clay Chapin. Other bands were calm, but there was nothing but hot punk-jazz headbanding from this boy (especially for Dust Dudes). Special note: first new bass drum head since 2002!
Set: Dirty Light - KWExotic - That Wicked Sublime - Back To The Pyramids - Dust Dudes - Communications
Marc Horowitz's Talk Show
February 2, 2009: KWE performs for www.talkshow247.com, a month long live stream conceptual video collage project by artist Marc Horowitz in Los Angeles. Under three professional cameras and lighting, the KWE set up in the Wedding Arbor Bedroom at Marc's apartment (he "married a styrofoam mountain" the day before). The small crowd of artists danced and drank and channel blended to the magic hour long KWE set.
Setlist: Dust Dudes - Back To The Pyramids - Dirty Light - That Wicked Sublime - UFOs - Job's Tears - Superman - Campfire Girl - Hate The Sun - Communications - Guess I'm Falling In Love - KWExotic
November 22, 2008: KWE@ L2K Gallery, Chinatown Los Angeles. Curated by Ron Faranovich. Great turnout for rabid performance for most of the three-hour opening of You See LA Cupcake exhibition. Return of the toy piano, chimes upon new shelf into the kit. Most songs from the upcoming Back To The Pyramids album (with special closing tune from KWE IV, 1996).
Set 1: KWExotic (30 minute improv) - Dust Dudes - Back To The Pyramids
Set 2: The Great Divide - Guess I'm Falling In Love - Lost Angeles - Dirty Light - That Wicked Sublime - UFOs - Pyramids Waiting - Fade to White
Set 3: Improvisation II (about 15 minutes) - Dust Dudes II - Just Because It's There
Mr. T's Bowl II
July 3, 2008: KWE @ Mr. T's Bowl, HIghland Park Los Angeles. Opening for The Kids of Widney HIgh, Bridge (Seattle), and The Hard To Get. Super tight gig with big crowd. It felt great to play only new material. Mr. T's Arlo balanced the sound quite well. John Rosewall (formerly of Trotsky Icepick) remarked that "it was my pleasure to experience the Experience. I did not know a human being could grow so many legs so quickly!"
Setlist straight from upcoming Back To The Pyramids album: Dust Dudes - Back to The Pyramids - The Great Divide - Nu Age - Supersonic - Dirty Light - That Wicked Sublime - UFOs - Pyramids Waiting
The Armory Northwest
January 12, 2008: KWE @ the Armory Northwest, Pasadena, CA. A wild card evening of video, art performances, and music performances by Anna Oxygen, Skip Arnold, Douglas Lee, Ed Gomez and others curated by Matt Wardell in this vast art space. Dust Dudes opened with "machine gun" intro (eliminated on album version). I polished up some ancient KWE tunes such as The Invisible Brigade (click link to see video) and Campfire Girl.
Setlist: Dust Dudes - The Invisible Brigade - Alarm - Tint - Stereo - Who'll Take The Coffee Into Outer Space? - Superman - That Wicked Sublime - Hate The Sun - Campfire Girl
December 14, 2007: KWE @ Suzy's Hermosa Beach, opening for Landfill, Big Mess, and Mike Watt & the Missingmen. Joe Baiza of Saccharine Trust joined me for the ride down to see the show. Strobe lights, X-mas lights, smoke machine, and a rowdy audience lent plenty of ambience to this South Bay "rock of ages" KWE show.
Set: Alarm Tint Stereo- War- Lost Angeles-Superman- That Wicked Sublime-Job's Tears- Hate The Sun-Mailbox Baseball
Mr. T's Bowl I
October 26, 2007: KWE @ Mr. T's Bowl, Highland Park, Los Angeles. Opening for The Multiple Now Syndrome, The Lofty Canaanites (with Jack Brewer & Joe Baiza of Saccharine Trust), and The Shards. A veil of dark gauze hung from the ceiling, surrounding my entire kit. Faster crash cymbals, Parkwood Hybrid guitar, harmonicas, new noisemakers, new 8" tom on drum upon a new riser graced the kit. The dense new rocker Everyone Likes The Lights tested out well that evening (though it didn't emerge on the next album Back To The Pyramids). Today Is Victory and Rainbow Highway (Boogie) were rare live performances of multi-tracked tunes from, respectively, Strictly Panasonic and the You're In My Heaven albums. Supersonic was at that time almost a Metal tune. It featured the old Takamine acoustic-electric set for sharp feedback, accompanied by a noisemaker at its chaotic, dervishing finale. This was a super fueled set complemented by a progression of broken strings that bred dissonant guitar improvisations and drum solos during moments of re-tuning. The encore was a raw Ska-like version of That Wicked Sublime.
Set: Today Is Victory- Everyone Likes The Lights- Rainbow Highway (Boogie)- Hate The Sun- Lost Angeles- Job's Tears- Supersonic- That Wicked Sublime.
A Friendly Place
March 23, 2007: KWE @ A Friendly Place (Martin Durazoís Studio), Los Angeles. Followed by Raugust (members of Indian Jewelry). The KWE returns a la carte on this cold March night bouncing a wave of distortion, Joy Division and Jesus and Mary Chain tunes, and originals off the bricks, bodies, and barbed wire of this giant downtown art party. One power cord and one light in complete darkness for a one hour electric set. This is the last KWE set where the Takamine acoustic-electric was used exclusively. Vocals were set on rockabilly reverb. A snappy 10Ē Piccolo snare on modified kit riser now replaced the last in what was a long history of steel mailboxes.
Set: Other Worlds- Oh Silly Girl- All Without- Happy Place- War- Today Is Victory- Tape Me- Hate The Sun- Dead Souls- Get Back To The Flat (Tribal version)- I Went Down With The Broken Pieces
April 4, 2003: KWE@ Woodburystock Concert, Woodbury University.
Set: Hate The Sun- Lost Angeles-Political Noise Theme- Job's Tears.
Topper's Tavern III
January 18, 2003: KWE @ Topper's Tavern, Eagle Rock, CA, with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Saticoy. A very unhinged performance. Cosmic projections by Phil Franklin. Set list: Tonight- Political Noise Theme- Lost Angeles- Hate The Sun- Superman- It's A Sign- The Evil Empire- I Went down with The Broken Pieces.
Angeles Bohemios Cafe
January 12, 2003: A rare "folk" acoustic KWE gig @ Angeles Bohemios Cafe in Silverlake, CA. A surreal cold Sunday evening along with Sexy Ukeleli, Pinky Jones, Hannah & Elana, Cecil Seaskull. One friend of the KWE remarked that "several of my limbs were catatonic!" Meanwhile, my voice had its elastic character phase shifting quality, which I felt was too powerful for the place. Several tunes from KWE II-V were performed, with a special appearance of the ancient spaghetti-lid tapper. Set: The Evil Empire- The Invisible Brigade- Here She Comes- Hate The Sun- I Went Down With The Broken Pieces.
Westwood Star Charter School
November 19, 2002: KWE @ Westwood Star Charter School, Los Angeles, a performance curated by artist-teacher Chris Cichocki. Start gig with jumping jacks while kids chant "KWE...KWE...KWE..." My words and music are bombs ready to explode in the minds of young people. Will the provocative lyrics of "War" or "Hate The Sun" breed new chaos? Will the Dionysian power of rhythm rule the day? Thirty minutes into the set I am puppeteer at the epicenter of the emerging dancing activity. The kiddies start rocking out big time... and then...!
Set: La La La- Hate The Sun- War- All Of You- Smile- Oh Silly Girl- Lost Angeles- 4 a.m. I Am. (see video in Blog Section).
Zen Sushi V
October 16, 2002: KWE @ Zen Sushi, Silverlake, CA. Record Release of the Lost Angeles album. Set: Tonight- Superman- War- Hate The Sun- Smile- Friendly Creature Eye.
Toppers Tavern II
September 20, 2002:Topper's Tavern, Eagle Rock, CA. "E.S.P. Rock in Eagle Rock" with Saticoy, KWE, and Pleasant The Meaner. Full moon madness, wild dancing, and barroom bliss: Come On- Lost Angeles- Superman- 4 a.m. I Am- Tonight- War- Hate The Sun (with free jazz blow out finale).
August 8, 2002: Anastasia's Asylum, Santa Monica, CA., with Saticoy. An experiment in fewer decibels than usual in this coffeehouse environment. Secret is to start quietly and then get louder. KWE hoisting drums over patron's heads, to perform from the cozy balcony. Set: Quiet improv morphing into 4 a.m. I Am- Three Words- All Of You- Hate The Sun- Tracing sunshine- Job's Tears- Smile With You.
Toppers Tavern I
June 21, 2002: "The Longest Day of the Year" show @ Toppers Tavern, Eagle Rock, CA, with Saticoy and Pleasant The Meaner. Pure bliss and flow for all the bands that night, and rightly so. Lots of songs from upcoming Lost Angeles album.
Set: Three Words- Come On- Tracing Sunshine- Hate The Sun- Superman- La La La- 99 Cent Culture- Smile With You.
Zen Sushi IV
June 5, 2002: KWE @ Zen Sushi, Silverlake, CA. Set: Tracing Sunshine- Hate The Sun- Job's Tears- War- Flower Bed- Smile With You.
April 16, 2002: KWE @ The Garage, Silverlake, CA. Set: Come On- Almost New Again- Hate The Sun- Oh Silly Girl- Superman- War.
Zen Sushi III
April 3, 2002: KWE @ Zen Sushi, Silverlake, CA. (Scrubber Deluxe, No Friendly Drop, KWE, Joshua & the Runaway Train) Set: Come On- 99 Cent Culture- Job's Tears- Friendly Creature Eye- Hate The Sun- Superman- Big Black Hole- All Of You.
DEMOLISTEN KXLU RADIO
March 29, 2002: KXLU Radio, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. "I am my own union--I am an anarchist." Up four flights of stairs to the radio studio. Crazy "dark" show, filling up aural space. Went into rant about an airwaves interfering Christian station. Demolisten's DJ Fred is amused. Artist Scott Davis videotapes the event. Featuring songs from Modal Universe and upcoming Lost Angeles albums.
Set: Come On- Dervish- Hate The Sun- Superman- War- Oh Silly Girl- 99 Cent Culture- I Went Down with The Broken Pieces.
March 20, 2002: KWE @ Westwood Brewery. Upstairs at this west side LA watering hole, appearing with Saticoy. A warm, psychedelic, and flowing evening testing out a couple new tunes (Superman made the final cut on the upcoming Lost Angeles album), and a dreamy, long technicolor solo to the closing motorik instrumental tune Almost New Again.
Set: Dervish- Hole- Superman- Friendly Creature Eye- Alarm Tint Stereo- Hate The Sun- Almost New Again.
March 12, 2002: KWE @ The Dragonfly, Los Angeles, appearing with Shoddy and Telegenic. The KWE kit was growing in size and complexity: chimes and a new aluminum speed-rail percussion rack. Disco ball overhead spinning 'round. The sound-guy is not sure how to mic the mailbox snare drum. Several tunes performed from upcoming Los Angeles album. LA Woman was a raw rocker.
Set: War- LA Woman- Tonight- Superman- All Of You- Hate The Sun.
February 28, 2002: KWE @ Lush, Santa Monica, CA. Completely wrong setting for the KWE. Wore power-tie for "80s Night"--the bookies got their signals crossed and I slipped into the mix. Ha! Small audience. Set cut short by confused and annoyed sound guy. Artist Chris Tallon comes with nice handmade KWE sharpie-marker T shirts.
Set: Alarm Tint Stereo- Tonight- The Brightest Night- War.
Zen Sushi II
February 13, 2002: KWE@ Zen Sushi, Silverlake. CA, with
Very Be Careful, RFA, and Delucca. Warm saki and Kirin chasers on a red stage draped with lots of fast-moving love all around. For some reason chose yellow for flyer instead. Must've been the yellowtail on little plates.
Set: Alarm Tint Stereo- Tonight- War- The Brightest Night- Hate The Sun- 99 Cent Culture.
Blue Saloon II
January 31, 2002: KWE@ The Blue Saloon, North Hollywood, CA. Most songs from the Modal Universe album. An acoustic rendition of The Doors' Indian Summer--with the ghost of Jim Morrison on hand--was the lull in the storm at this packed Valley gig. To the audience's delight I finished the set by throwing myself into the kit.
Set: War- Hate The Sun- Indian Summer- Modal Universe- 99 Cent Culture- Job's Tears- Very Vague- the Brightest Night- I Went Down With The Broken Pieces.
Echo Park Art Party
January 15, 2002: KWE@ Echo Park, CA party. A frosty but beautiful starlit evening with large art audience. Outdoor-garage performance with live video feed of drum action from behind the kit going to multiple TV monitors. Many of the songs were performed in a more ambient manner with lots of feedback and delay. Later on I improvised to the actions of the stilt-walking woman!
Set: All Of You- Personal- The Brightest Night- Hate The Sun-
I Went Down With The Broken Pieces- Mohave Window- Job's Tears- War- 99 Cent culture- Oh, Silly Girl- Almost New Again.
December 30, 2001: KWE@ Zen Sushi, Silverlake, CA. Sushi downstairs and rock 'n' roll upstairs, with Pleasant the Meaner and Black Angel. Audience sucked into trance by the acoustic guitar instrumental drones of All Of You and Almost New Again, and then catapulted with the pedal-to-the-metal of Job's Tears, et. al. A great night!
Set: All Of You- Almost New Again- Come On- Job's Tears- 99 Cent Culture- War- Hate The Sun.
The Blue Saloon
December 19, 2001: KWE@ The Blue Saloon, North Hollywood, CA. A cold scintillating night with my stuff on the curb for a while until ready to fill the stage. Christmas lights adorn the kit drums. LA friends show up; some are taken aback by the KWE hack job of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Most of the songs were from the Modal Universe album. Almost New Again was a new wistful yet motorik instrumental. Come On (..."she's the little girl with the red dress on...") was a new tune, somewhat less baroque than the eventual album version, which fed into rap about Jim Morrison in Paris. Can't recall who else was on the bill.
Set: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- War- Big Black Hole- Almost New Again- Hate The Sun- Job's Tears- A Schedule Is As Close As Some People Get To A Life- Come On- 99 Cent Culture- I Went Down with The Broken Pieces.
The CIA II
October 26, 2001: KWE @ The California Institute for Abnormal Arts, North Hollywood, CA., with Betty Dylan and Saticoy. A funny revved up show with witches hat and unusually interactive crowd. Started set gently with Campfire Girl. The Brightest Night was new chugging instrumental (that appeared on the Lost Angeles album) that was redlined with acoustic guitar feedback and metallic reverb. I felt truly transported for a few minutes.
Set: Campfire Girl- Lemon-Crusted Fathom- The Brightest Night- Job's Tears- War- One-Man-Band Rap- Hate The Sun- Eight Days A Week- Real R 'n' R Rap.
June 29, 2001: KWE @ The California Institute for Abnormal Arts, North Hollywood, CA. A very strange carnivalesque environment with carved wood figurines, elaborate stage, mirror ball, and continuous "outer limits" background soundtrack coming from another room. That performance was the testing ground for the Modal Universe album that was recorded a few days later by Dave Greenberg at Boomtown. The view at left is from the drumming and feedback conclusion of the song Modal Universe.
Set: War- Big Black Hole- Memory Takes- Enough- Hate The Sun-
A Schedule Is As Close As...- Job's Tears- 99 Cent Culture- Modal Universe- I Went Down With The Broken Pieces.
Canter's Kibitz Room II
May 14, 2001: KWE @ Canter's Kibitz Room, Los Angeles. A raucous evening performance that seemed to channel Pussy Galore, with a big set of tunes that would emerge on the Modal Universe album. I lo-fi audio taped the show; I Went Down With The Broken sounded best, most focused and manic. I threw myself forward into my kit at the end of this song, pushing the three club microphones into wild feedback. While the crowd loved it, Francine the booking lady flipped out and banned me from the club. Well, the only thing really I'll miss is the post-show pastrami sandwich.
Set: Alarm Tint Stereo- War- Big Black Hole- Oh, Silly Girl-
A Schedule Is As Close As...- Bubble Thing- Hate The Sun-
99 Cent Culture- The Brown Paper Bag- La La La-
I Went Down With The Broken Pieces.
Canter's Kibitz Room
April 30, 2001: KWE @ Canter's Kibitz Room on Fairfax, Los Angeles. A small indiscriminate crowd of serious hipsters tried to find a way to simultaneously digest the KWE and their pastrami sandwiches in this cozy venue. The Mailbox poem was extracted from the KWE kit's black mailbox snare.
Set list: War- Big Black Hole- Mailbox Poem- A Schedule Is As Close As Some People Get To A Life (The Work Song)- Hate The Sun- Oh silly Girl- The Brown Paper Bag- 99 Cent Culture- Lemon Crusted Fathom- I Went Down with The Broken Pieces.
November 21, 2000: KWE @ California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, CA. The KWE performed a fun and wild set for Ariel Pink's exhibition reception with big rowdy crowd in the live and cavernous concrete space of Cal Arts. The steel refrigerator crisper snare was on its last gloriously fractured legs. I recall Ariel's favorite tune was La La La with its jubilant Yoko Ono style falsetto. War was a new tune in the line up written just before September 11th. Most songs from the Rare Documents and Out Of Actions recordings.
Set list: War- Mailbox Baseball- Lemon Crusted Fathom- Reason and Doubt- Beautiful Mission- Alarm Tint Stereo- Bubble Thing-
Hate The Sun- Porch Life- Oh Silly Girl- Brown Paper Bag- All Without- That Friendly Feeling- Paradox, Man- La La La.
The Crooked Bar
October 25, 2000: KWE @ The Crooked Bar, West Hollywood. A raw and spirited performance with a receptive crowd in the crooked basement of this old house-like club on the Sunset Strip. It featured Tequila, a rare cover song for the era. I recorded the performance on cassette while LA artist Chris Tallon captured it on video. This image is from Tallon's footage, capturing the KWE-Dadaist gonzo a-cappella song-poem on traffic cone, Friendly Creature Eye. The happy-noir ditty La La La rounded out the set, and was stretched into an extended mix (to the chorus of Trio's Da Da Da), and overdriven into acoustic-electric frenzy. Suzanne and I ate chicken afterward to the neo-folk of Jason Akana.
Set List: K.W.E.!!!- Tequila- Lemon Crusted Fathom- Beautiful Mission- Hate The Sun- Alarm Tint Stereo- Bubble Thing- Porch Life- Friendly Creature Eye- Brown paper Bag- La La La.
September 22, 2000: performance at art exhibition on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, in a brightly lit upstairs space. Drove there twice (realized after first trip that I left crucial parts of my drum set behind). Way too pissed for my own good; that wiped out some energy for the eve, but eventually had good show. Most songs from the Out of Actions album.
Set: Intro- Hate The Sun- Lemon Crusted Fathom- Beautiful Mission- Alarm Tint Stereo- Bubble Thing- Porch Life- Friendly Creature Eye- The Brown Paper Bag- Enchanted- That Friendly Feeling- Tutti Frutti- Oh, Silly Girl- With this Bird- La La La- All Without.
May 7, 2000: Gene Genie's Gallery at The Brewery, Los Angeles. The KWE performs an hour set of tunes followed by two hours of hardhat improvisation in response to the video work-actions of LA artists Kahty Chenowitz and Lynne Berman.
Set: Lemon Crusted Fathom- Hate The Sun- Elevated Man- High Test- All Without- Tutti Frutti- Paradox, Man- Plug The Daylights In- Out The Window- Oh, Silly Girl- Keyhole Shaped Pool- I'll Wait For You- Porch Life- Campfire Girl- Improvisation...
March 4, 2000: Outdoors performance at Patricia Correa Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Set featured tunes from the early era and the upcoming Out of Actions album recorded the following July by Dave Greenberg.
Set: Kunst Aus Dem Mache/Job's Tears- People Get Ready- The Brown Paper Bag- Hate The Sun- Friendly Creature Eye- Tutti Frutti- Wake Up and Run- I'll Wait for You- Oh, Silly Girl- Plug The Daylights In- Friendly Feeling- La La La- Paradox, Man- Porch Life- Mailbox Baseball- Campfire Girl.
Pasadena Art Space
October 2, 1999: Saturday performance in One Colorado Pasadena downstairs from some schmaltzy gallery who later called the cops to shut down the show. Video by Scott Davis. The kit was in the "second" morphological phase: a primitive pipe rack attached to the tom drum's wood riser held the right side cymbals, the steel refrigerator crisper served as the snare drum, the high-hat was the remote cable-type, and leg clamshell cymbals were belted to my thighs.
Set: Paradox Man- Campfire Girl- Elevated Man- The Brown Paper Bag- Hate the Sun- Plug the Daylights In- Friendly Creature Eye- Tutti Futti- I'm In the Mood for Love-