Admiral Radley, The Happy Hollows @ Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 7/8/10

Admiral Radley kicked off their tour with a free show at L.A.’s Hammer Museum. It’s appropriate: the Hammer Museum is where the band decided on their name, via Admiral Radley himself. According to Admiral Radley (the band), they visited the Hammer Museum after a long and frustrating day of trying to make music together. They were eating fries at the museum cafe when Admiral Radley approached them:

He looked as if he had come from another time or from a grainy black and white documentary about some early Norwegian polar expedition. His outfit, which appeared to be once stiff and slightly royal, was now faded and well worn. He appeared to be between 50 and 60 years of age with a firm build and a confident but relaxed expression. But above all, it was this antique haze he had about him that made him so noticeable especially in contrast to all of the glossy surfaces, modern furniture, and fussy patrons in the café. So of course you can imagine how thrilled we were when he singled out our group, and after pardoning his intrusion, introduced himself as one Admiral Radley.

There’s a lot more to the story on their website. No idea if Admiral Radley attended this show, but according to photographer Andrew Youssef, the band were excellent, even without their good luck charm in the audience. As a bonus, Lytle sang “Everytime I’m With You,” his contribution to Dark Night Of The Soul. “I Heart California” was on the setlist too, and the band played in front of images reminiscent of their new video for the track. Youssef says the band joked about the crowd being the biggest they’d play for. Local openers the Happy Hallows are partially responsible for that. Check the gallery to see front woman Sarah Negahdari rocking out in front of a screen that says, fittingly, “ALSO I LIKE TO ROCK.”

The rest of Admiral Radley’s tour dates:

07/09 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
07/10 – Fresno, CA @ Frank’s Place
07/11 – Merced, CA @ The Partisan
07/15 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
07/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
07/19 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
07/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
07/21 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
07/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
07/24 – Modesto, CA @ Barn Show (Special Event)
08/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
08/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
08/15 – Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern
08/16 – Montreal, Québec @ TBA
08/17 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bear’s Places
08/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/21 – Washington DC @ DC9
08/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live