Posted October 3, 2007 in

Band geeks, you’ve found your messiah. The Album Leaf’s James LaValle, multi-instrumentalist and tone poem bard, brings his San Diego folktronica to the small stage after a few years touring with Sigur Ros. Now he’s bringing his droney paeans straight to the people again, live and up close.

His new Sub Pop album Into the Blue Again sees LaValle returning to his overachiever duties, playing nearly everything himself save for a few guest performers and Drew Andrews on guitar (not the male porn star—thanks, Wikipedia!). And if you’re wondering how it all translates on stage—is it just some awkward guy standing there with a computer?—relax. Andrews joins LaValle for the live stuff, along with some other chums.

Close your eyes, picture your safe spot and dream melodic. LaValle’s no shtump. He’s done time with post-rockers Tristeza, the Locust and the Black Heart Procession, drummed in GoGoGo Airheart and joined in with Sigur Ros. He knows how to put on a show. He’s never had a real job outside of the music biz, unless you count an unfulfilling stab at writing TV ad jingles.

While he wasn’t wild for selling breakfast cereal or cars, he isn’t adverse to rounding out a lovelorn scene or two: he scored six episodes of prime prime-time, including The OC, CSI Miami and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as a less-sexy documentary about Robert Moog, the guy who invented the Moog synthesizer. We’re guessing LaValle gets much more riled up about the latter. (Shawn Smith)


The Album Leaf performs with Under Byen and Arthur & Yu at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; Fri., 7 p.m. $12-$14. All ages.






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