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INCHES Reviews Two Slabs of Stone-Cold ’80s Funk from Tony Cook, ft. Dâm-Funk

"What's on Your Mind," ft. Dâm-Funk and "Video Rock" by Tony Cook

“The thing you need to understand about The Funk, is that once one discovers the need for it, one’s gotta have The Funk pretty much at all times and in every form possible. Roofs of houses and clubs alike have burned as a result of this phenomenon, while onlookers either idly stand by in Funk-inspired negligence or actually chant, seemingly celebrating the loss of another property at the hands of The Funk.”

Photos and Mp3s and charts, oh my! Get over to INCHES!

INCHES reviews a Hanni El Khatib 45, Think Black Keys + Shangri-Las

Hanni El Khatib = Black Keys + Shangri-Las on "Dead Wrong" (Chris Martins)

“These two songs suggest a real mastery of a long-lost craft. It stands up in the face of modern day girl-group remakes and indie blues duos alike, and hints at a highly promising full-length to come.”

A photo! Streaming tunes! A review! A chart! Get over to INCHES!


INCHES Reviews Portland’s Prids Spin on Shoegaze on ‘Chronosynciastic,’ for Velvet Blue

The Prids, 'Chronosynciastic'

“Portland’s the Prids have weathered both an in-band divorce and, in 2008, a nearly fatal touring accident, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that ‘Chronosynclastic‘ sounds like catharsis.”

A photo! A free MP3! A review! A chart! Get over to INCHES!

INCHES Reviews Sister Mantos’ Lo-Fi Mutant Disco, ‘Tough Love,’ Out on Manimal

Sister Mantos, "Tough Love or the Fands of Hate"

New tunes in the INCHES column! Fantastic fuchsia wax was photographed! A free song offered up for the jeep! Top ten vinyl sales chart shared by Vacation Vinyl! Plus, music critique-ry! Get over there already!

INCHES Reviews ‘Duh,’ Seven Inches of Pristine Garage-Punk from the Franks [MP3]

The Franks, 'Duh' EP

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INCHES reviews Dâm-Funk’s 5LP Box o’ Funk (restocked at Stones Throw online) [MP3]

Dâm-Funk, 'Toeachizown' (Stones Throw)

Stones Throw has pressed up some more copies of the incredible Dâm-Funk 5LP box set, which gives me an excuse to finally write about it. This hefty collection has been dominating my at-home rotation for some time now. I think it might have something to do with that incredible hair.

Read about it (the record), and download a track for free at INCHES.

Dâm-Funk’s 5LP Box o’ Funk

INCHES Reviews Found Sounds and Beat Music from Take and Matthewdavid [MP3]

Take and Matthewdavid's All City Records split

Hello! Come one come all. Tune in and drop out of the daily grind with the sweet, sweet sounds of L.A. residents Take and Matthewdavid. These beat scene regulars have come together to share two sides of a sorely limited 10-inch platter that’s a must own for fans of progressive electronic fare.

Dig in to the latest installment of INCHES here.

INCHES reviews Captain Ahab’s Grotesque Double-LP Opus, ‘The End of Irony’ [MP3]

Captain Ahab, 'The End of Irony'

You often can judge an album by its cover, but what does it mean when that cover depicts the musicians as A) a godlike figure with arms spread and an umbilical penis protruding from his pants, and B) the manchild of that divine figure, still attached bellybutton-wise to said life-giving dong, covered in sweat? Read the latest installment of INCHES to find out.

INCHES reviews Petrojviv Blasting Co.’ Debut LP, ‘A History of Public Relationsh Dilemmae’

Petrojvic Blasting Co., 'A History of Public Relations Dilemmae'

Friends, Balkans, Hollywood Farmers Market regulars, lend me your ears. INCHES has returned in its new, slimmed-down form. One L.A. vinyl release a week, with all the amenities you’ve come to expect: photo, MP3, reviews, purchase info, and a sales chart from a local wax merchant. This week, I’m proud to cover the full-length vinyl debut of the Petrojvic Blasting Co. I had the pleasure to interview these fellas for the Killsonic feature in LA Weekly, and for last year’s “People” issue, and they’re good men, deserving of a good record.

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INCHES reviews new vinyl from Ascend, Blank Realm, Active Child, Ernest Gonzales [MP3s]

At last! A brand new installment of INCHES, the L.A.-centric vinyl column that’s now numerous feet — no, yards — into its long-playing legacy. It’s a damn ripe time for independent music in Southern California, and this, friends, is your undeniable mainline. Inside, you’ll get your chillwave fix, your dose of droning doom, some spiraling psych and some fuzzy folktronica. Nothing to scoff at, and free MP3s from each. Plus words! And pictures!

Active Child, 'She Was A Vision'