Skip to content

Motel California

Lemme tell you everything that’s better on the West Coast than it is on the east coast: Warren Zevon.

And he’s dead.

Anything else? Nope… well, i really like Saint Motel’s music video for “Dear Dictator” BUT THAT IS ABSOLUTELY IT. In Woody Allen’s memorable words “I don’t wanna live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light”.

But after a year and half of rain that medical sun might sure feel sweet about now and the guys  of Saint Motel are such California mainstays not only did they play the the legendary Viper Club last March but they did so at the behest of the great filmaker David Lynch who, in a movie like “Mulholand Drive” got as close as anyone this side of Polanski ever has in defining the otherness that is LA. It’s all that light hiding all those shadows, “somedays I feel as though my shadows casting me” claimed Zevon.

So from the shadowy LA to the New York City winter… “Is it cold in March?” asks Saint Motels guitarist Aaron Sharp. It’s cold all the time, it’s fucking grounds hog day. “Well, maybe we’ll… no, we’ll be back in March.” Aaron and lead singer A/J Jackson are phoning me from the wilds of Minnesota where I am sure Aaron is enjoying the weather a lot less than Minnesota native A/J Jackson. The twenty-five year old band mates met in College. NYU failing to note that Jackson was a smart cookie and leaving him to study Film in LAwhere he met the classically guitar trained Aaron.

They  formed the nucleus of Saint Hotel -a multi media excursion into what they call “garage glam. But really good garage” .  I mention Roxy Music, “We haven’t heard that one before. Somebody said Television, someone else said Tony Iommi and I was surprised because I’m a really big Sabbath fan  and I didn’t think you could hear it.” The friends reel off some more names: “Bowie, T-Rex, Supertramp”. I think you could claim they sound like Supertramp produced by Eno circa Roxy’s For Your Pleasure.

ForePlay, their six song EP/Music Video, is for sure all good and healthy for you. “Pity Party ” is the keeper, a pop break up song with a video about a guy getting beat up which doesn’t seem to make sense. “They are both about someone making the same mistakes over and again again until in the video the band changes it”. Better still is “Dear Dictator”, an rock song with operatic leanings that goes ight over the age with a very, very good bio video taking the Dictator (aka A/J) from birth to death. Saint Motel are currently working on new songs and when they have enough together will record and release an album.”We won’t fall into the trap of making a video for every song we record”.

I haven’t seen the band live though they were in New York for the CMJ learning all about the pleasures of parking a van in downtown Manhattan. I think this is where this post is really going to fail you because from the youtube I’ve seen and from eerything I’ve read it is in person where the band thrives. I am sure the denizens of the LA music scene where the indie rock  lives will tell you just . “LA is completely thriving ” A/J claims. “But it’s lots of little scenes based around Sunset, the East Side. We  support each other, we go to each others shows.

“On stage Saint Motel  want to give people an experience, something unique. Not just the same club they’ve been to a hundred times, we want to change their enviroment, their scenery. Like a really good party, we want them to remember it as something wonderful.

“Our music has energy, frustration, naivete, joy…”

With those kinda ambitions we will all be staying at Saint Motel for a long time to come.

Leave a Comment


Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top