Moheak Radio presents
Priscilla Ahn (Solo), The Parlour Suite
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Priscilla Ahn (Solo)
it all began in sleepy, rural, bernville, pennsylvania when i first picked up the guitar at the age of 14. i realized i needed to express my teenage anguish in something other than ice sculpting, my prior hobby and artform. i finished up high school and shocked my parents and a bunch of other people when i said i didn't want to go to college yet. so instead, i worked as a tour guide at a county park, where i served ice cream in between giving tours, and was late to work pretty much every day. my reason for being late (other than the occasional flat tire or my car not starting) was a consequence of the life i lived after work. i'd drive an hour and half to philadelphia, and an hour and half back, just to play one song at an open mic. i soon made friends with a band who invited me to open for them every sunday in a bar that sometimes played porn on their tvs. it sounds way worse than it was. in all reality, it probably was pretty bad, but i was 18 and couldn't think of anything more liberating to do, besides hardcore drugs or climbing mt. everest, neither of which i'll probably ever do.....probably. after one of these late night sunday shows, i followed my friends into a recording studio where someone was recording his first EP for Blue Note Records. Lo and behold, it was Amos Lee. Needless to say, i'd always been a fan of his. I hopped onto the project as the "intern", but basically hung around with them 'til 3 in the morning, slowly starting to feel cool for the first time in my life. In return i got free dinners and started doing a little recording of my own on the side. this all inspired me to visit los angeles. after checking it out, i knew this was where i wanted to be. my reasoning for choosing l.a. over nyc? i thought l.a. was pretty mellow, and i was pretty mellow, so it suited me. but really, i needed to escape. at 19, i yearned for something different. so one month later i was in my car with 2 guitars, clothes, and some other junk i really didn't need to bring, blasting led zeppelin's "going to california", revelling at finally being on the road.
once in los angeles, i stumbled in and out of apartments; getting kicked out of one, getting freaked out by others. all i was really focused on was finding more open mics to play. soon i had to like, get a job. i waitressed and i hated it. it was around this time (about a year into living in l.a.) i almost gave up and went back home to go to college, like everyone said i should. i started focusing on all the wrong stuff. i lost all enthusiasm for open mics. i was exhuasted and losing hope. but, with the help of friends, i persevered.
living in los angeles, you tend to always run into someone who knows someone in entertainment. in meeting a lot of these, i landed myself a show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, opening for Joshua Radin. A fan of his voice, and he a fan of mine, we started to hang out and sing together. In a short amount of time, Josh got signed to Columbia and he asked me to sing with him on tour. of course i say 'yea man'. i quit my waitressing job and went on the road with him for a while. I found 5 days in between touring with Josh to record my first EP with Joey Waronker and Gus Seyfrett. there were no stakes involved, so we just had fun with it, and to this day i'm still very proud of what we did.
eventually josh takes off for more touring, and i'm left to happily make los angeles my home again. i spend the new year of 2007 in new york city where i play a showcase for blue note records. fortunately for me and the label, we really liked each other. I signed on and am now finishing my first full-length record with them, and my good friends Joey and Gus.
About the author: Priscilla Ahn is a medically diagnosed giant. She is 48 years old, half parisian, and is now living off the coast of sardinia. she no longer indulges in ice sculpting. but as many of you know, some of this is a lie.
The Parlour Suite
The Parlour Suite is the surf-pop project, formed by Minneapolis husband and wife, Joel and Inga Roberts. Fresh from the studio, the new album "Everyone's Looking" releases in April 2012. Wielding blue-eyed soul vocals and spanky Fender surf tones, the record is reflective of cityscapes & hot summer beaches. the stories are woven with vintage-pop sensibility.
"Everyone's looking for lovers tonight." It's a scene, ripe for golden moments, for time frozen in amber, for a little wine, a little dancing and a soft kiss goodnight.(Sean Moeller - Daytrotter)
In the mid 2000's a young Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, he received critical praise from far flung sources such as Time Out New York, the College Music Journal and numerous local articles and accolades, including a City Pages cover story that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success of his band masked his rising struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail. By the end of 2007 he had retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were mostly over.
But when he moved out of the city his demons followed him. Plagued by his continuing troubles, he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his own eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances. It wasn't until he met a young singer named Molly that his collection of songs became the beginning of something new. Promising to sing with him if he got clean Johnny began the long road back to music and recovery.
Calling their new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album "Soundtrack to the End" in 2010 making a splash in the Twin Cities and nationally, premiering on Fader, with two #1 singles on Minneapolis' national taste-making station the 89.3 The Current, two songs featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and being named one of Pro Tool's top 5 emerging artists, and NPR's favorite in-studio sessions of 2010 it was a promising start. Johnny then put all of it aside and checked himself in to rehab.
Now clean and sober, engaged to that young singer Molly Moore, and supported by a group of musicians who struggled right alongside him, Adam Switlick, Al Weiers, Jonathan Blaseg, and Dan Demuth & Dillon Marchus; Communist Daughter is set to release a new EP and bring their heart-on-their-sleeve sound to a national stage.
"Lions & Lambs" is hitting stores July 10th, 2012. A collection of deeply personal songs about addiction, regret and redemption, this release hopes to introduce the world to a clear eyed Johnny Solomon. Layers of instruments swirl around layers of lyrics that go deeply personal pulling listeners to their own memories of heart ache and heart break. Reminiscent of The Shins and Wilco or the Beach Boys and Blitzen Trapper, Communist Daughter and the "Lions & Lambs" EP will put Johnny Solomon's hard charging band on the forefront of critics 2012 lists.
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