August 14th, 2012
Singer Perry Farrell was caught stealin’. Once. When he was five. Guitarist Dave Navarro shot heroin inside the Playboy Mansion. He married Carmen Electra. All of these things can rightly be considered “Things Assholes Do,” but the two records—Nothing’s Shocking, Ritual de lo Habitual—these two produced together in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s can put anyone in a forgiving mood after a few listens; such sexy, shimmering jewels of acid-soaked Los Angeles boho psyche punk they were. The rumbling opening bass line of “Mountain Song,” the now-classic acoustic chords and steel drums of “Jane Says”—this is a rare band that can both kick your ass and show its vulnerability at the same time. So you’ll also have to forgive them for reuniting. Again. Now that Farrell is closing in on 55. What was that line in “Mountain Song” again? Ah, yes: “Cash in now, honey.” The always fabulous Die Antwoord open. You want tickets to their show tomorrow night at the Mann? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “GONNA KICK TOMORROW!” in the subject head, and they’re yours. We’ll be notifying the winners tomorrow morning, and these tickets ain’t cheap. GO!