Ivan & Alyosha

The Echo & 89.9 KCRW Present

Ivan & Alyosha

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Daniel Ahearn & The Jones, Lemolo

Tue, March 19, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

Ivan & Alyosha
Ivan & Alyosha
There's a scene in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool.

Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today. Enter Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha. Throughout their second release, the five song Fathers Be Kind EP, the band chart their own course between divinity and disbelief.


"I left my family and my home/to fight the battle on my own

I stole a car and drove away/but in my hate St. Paul did say

'Glorify the Lord above/with your drink and making love

Glorify the Lord my son, with your whisky and your gun."

Ivan & Alyosha began as the solo outlet for Tim Wilson but in spring 2007 the band formed after Tim met Ryan Carbary through a former band mate and mutual friend. Ryan and Tim began playing and recording together and a trip to Los Angeles to work with Eli Thompson (Richard Swift, Delta Spirit) spawned the name Ivan & Alyosha. According to Tim, Thompson is a huge Dostoevsky fan and the name stuck. With that, Wilson and Carbary released The Verse, The Chorus, their debut EP on Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, The Silver Seas, Teitur). The stand out track "Easy To Love" earned NPR Song of the Day honors as "a propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance."

The name Ivan & Alyosha is apt for a band cutting its teeth. As Ivan in Brothers Karamazov moves through the novel with doubts, Ivan & Alyosha navigate the indie rock world contemplating their path as a band. Tim says he writes songs about what's current in his life. He recently married and had a son. Songs like "Living for Someone" and "Fathers Be Kind," reflect Ivan & Alyosha grappling with the idea of being in a band and trying to fashion a career. Not only to follow their dreams but to earn a livelihood and support their families; a feeling he expresses in the former song, "Expecting our first child / Amid the great recession". Despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful and longing; a band unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts.

Plus, things are different this time around. Tim and Ryan are joined by two others – Tim Kim and Pete Wilson, Tim's brother. The band built a studio in a barn at Ryan's parent's house in Snohomish, 45 minutes outside of Seattle. Snohomish provides an idyllic setting with a charming main street lined by bars and little distraction. Self-recording their upcoming EP allows the guys more time together to create and perfect the new songs. Recently the band spent a week in New York playing gigs at 92Y Tribeca, Maxwell's in Hoboken and Brooklyn's Littlefield. They also took a trip to NPR Headquarters in Washington DC to record an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and opened a run of shows for the Jayhawks' Mark Olson.

In the Brothers Karamazov, when Ivan asks Alyosha to renounce his beliefs, Alyosha refuses. Rather, he kisses Ivan on the lips. Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers but a new brand of tender dreamers. And non-believers be damned! God, or no God - these guys are no holy fools. They have their music to prove it.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining
After the release of their 2011 album, Nice to Meet You Again, Southern California’s, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining decided to try a different approach to producing/distributing their songs for the follow-up project. Front man/songwriter, Trevor Beld-Jimenez, thought it would be an interesting notion to record sets of tracks throughout the year and release one single per season, beginning with summer. Each session was recorded at a different studio, in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and various artists were brought on to do the design for each cover, including Kyle Field, Jason Bays, and Seth Pettersen. The Seasonal Singles were initially released online as they were individually completed. The vinyl pressing of Tall Tales and the Silver Lining marks the birth of these twelve songs in a physical media format, and is the band’s first release with Rocketship Records.
While performing extensively throughout California, the band has played shows with a myriad of notable acts, such as: Dawes, Kurt Vile, Deer Tick, Little Wings, Kimya Dawson, Blitzen Trapper, Neal Casal, Beachwood Sparks, Langhorne Slim, Mother Hips, Tom Brosseau, and many more. The group is influenced and motivated by a wide array of artists ranging from the likes of The Rolling Stones to Burt Bacharach, Neil Young and Crazy Horse to David Gates, and Minor Threat to Tom Petty. Beld-Jimenez states that the songs on this album find their messages stemming from “friendships, longing, love, an arch-nemesis, partying, depression, joy, babies, and family.” Tall Tales and the Silver Lining recently celebrated their fifth anniversary as a band, in one form or another, and this compilation is their sixth release.
Daniel Ahearn & The Jones
Daniel Ahearn & The Jones
DA+J bring love songs to life. Daniel Ahearn and Mindy Jones recently finished recording their debut record with the enigmatic producer Mocky (Feist/Jamie Lidell) and have started to resurface from their year underground writing and recording: the result is music ranging from swooning heart break to anthemic outbursts of electro infused folk rock. Clearly on their own channel DA+J, the debut record 'Sirens' will be released in spring of 2013.
Lemolo
Lemolo
Named one of the "Best New Seattle Bands" by Seattle Magazine, Lemolo is a dream-pop duo comprised of Poulsbo natives Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox. The girls became instant friends as kayaking instructors on the waters off of Lemolo Shore Drive, where they learned of their shared love for music and adventure. It didn't take long for them to begin performing together and making their mark in the Seattle music community, creating what Seattle Weekly calls the "most promising expansions on the pretty sounds that have dominated the local zeitgeist." The energy these two produce live is a "force to be reckoned with," according to Three Imaginary Girls, and Sound on the Sound adds that Lemolo leaves the listener "aching for more." Along with receiving generous reviews for their lives shows, the duo has toured with The Head and the Heart, performed at Bumbershoot and the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festivals, performed on KEXP 90.3 FM and sold out their upcoming album release show in only eleven hours. Lemolo will be releasing their anticipated debut album, The Kaleidoscope, on July third, and they look forward to what lies ahead.
Venue Information:
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Los Angeles, California, 90026
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