By Alfred Montez
Tonight, Thursday June 16, is going to be a busy one for Eastside music fans, with two great shows to pick from. Meat Puppets, the legendary and highly influential band, will be taking over The Echo for a rare SoCal appearance. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain paid tribute to the band, one of his favorites, by covering three of their tunes and made sure people knew about their “Unplugged, live in New York” album. Nirvana also featured “On A Plain” on their seminal Nevermind album. These covers thrust the small, experimental rock group into the national spotlight. The fame from that era combined with their crafty songs have carried them through ever since.
Their latest effort, “Lollipop“, released earlier this year, was a bit of an experiment. The band went into the studio with a clean palette, no music was written for the sessions, and it was all done by the seat of their pants. Lollipop stands strong with the other Meat Puppets releases, perhaps only a bit more polished and developed as a band. The Echo Park show kicks off at 8 p.m. Cost is $15, and it’s an 18 and over event.
Booker T. @ The Satellite
The other big show tonight night is Booker T. at The Satellite in Silver Lake For those of us who have heard his most recent album, “The Road From Memphis,” the expectations are set extremely high for this show. The album has won over new fans, convinced old fans of his integrity and re-established Booker T. Jones as a musical force, with a past and future that will shape bands and songwriting for a long time to come. Anti- Records’ signing and promotion of Booker T. has set a new standard and direction for the well-known Silver Lake indie label, and the response has been tremendous.
Known for such acts as Tom Waits, Sean Rowe, and Mavis Staples, Anti-Records has defied pop trends, and gone in a direction stressing substance over marketability, with beautiful results. Questlove produced most of the beats on this latest record with his foot at a drum kit rather than on a beat machine. The analog feel mixed with the soulful grooves and retro organ make for an awesome album and show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the 21-and-over show at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.