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Full Time with SPIN, Senior Writer, Los Angeles

Alright, enough with the third person. I am very proud to share that after nearly three years of freelancing for the very publication that inspired me to scribble about music in the first place, I am going full-time with SPIN starting now with the title Senior Writer. (Unofficially, you might also refer to me as West Coast Dude.) So that means fewer updates here, but it also means virtually all of my work will be appearing in one place anyway, so who needs a blog? Read SPIN. Gonna be a lot of news stories, some shared songs and videos, and a great deal of old school reportage, so keep up over there as we kick off a new chapter of web dominance. Match me, Sidney! So begins my year(s) of living dangerously.

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SPIN Premieres: HOTT MT Kidnaps Wayne Coyne, Growlers Diss Uncle Sam, Nick Waterhouse Slays

Been doing some blogging for SPIN lately, which included wrangling a trio of super sweet premieres from West Coast up-and-comers. Included: L.A. weirdos HOTT MT, who forced the lead Flaming Lip to do their bidding on camera; Costa Mesa beach bum kingpins the Growlers, who’ve dubbed America’s top-hatted human mascot a “dick”; and Nick Waterhouse, a San Francisco neo-greaser whose brand of soul revival won’t make you gag. Click below to dig in:

And some bonus Waterhouse for your troubles:

News: Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Arrested — Is This Part of the War on Raves?

Bad news (read here), but I’m hopeful for Pasquale Rotella. Seems to me he’s a good guy committed to giving EDM fans something special. This is an unrelated but tonally relevant quote from an interview I conducted with him last year:

“I’m gonna stick in there. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. The worst part about having to deal with this stuff is I just want to produce the best experience possible. I want to create something that’s really special, where people leave with something memorable. I definitely look forward to the day when there’s less politics in the way. I’ve had to put on a suit more than once this past year and be the politician. I’m not passionate about that role. When you work on an event year round, get it all set up, and the gates are about to open … that’s what I love. I want to lose the distractions.”

[photo by Caesar Sebastian]

Saw the Lights of the Goodyear Blimp and It Read, ‘Ice Cube is a Gangsta Sophisticate’

The Internet had a lot to say about Ice Cube’s recent team-up with Eames in honor of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time project here in Los Angeles. Turns out we were all just waiting for an excuse to celebrate the dude again. Wrote a little something for the LA Weekly on a whim. Check it. (Even though, with due respect, my E-40 shout-out was omitted by the editor.)

Parenthetical Girls Remixed by Tearist

Zac Pennington looks purty in pencil, on "Privilege."

Portland chamber-pop geniuses led by androgynous adonisΒ  get roughed up by chaos-loving lady-led Angeleno noiseniks. All you get is a free tune (L.A. Times).

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Music You Can Wear, with Mount Eerie

 

Playbutton presents "Wind's Poem" by Mount Eerie.

Go buy one of these things. And while you’re at it, one of everything that Phil Elverum sells. Nothing guilty about these pleasures, many of which are handmade (unlike this) and all of which are innovative (like this) although often in a homesteader kind of way (again, the handmade thing). I haven’t written much about Mount Eerie (a.k.a. Elverum, f.k.a. Microphones) over the years despite the fact that the dude’s on my all-time list of mythos-making music heroes partly because I like keeping something for myself and also because I want that mythos to remain mythic (like this show at The Smell). But that thing in the picture … it’s a self-contained, rechargeable digital music player that comes preloaded with one excellent album. There are others too.

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Eight of the Coolest, Weirdest, Rarest Pieces of Radiohead Swag (in Honor of ‘The Universal Sigh’)

Radiohead's free newspaper comes to Silver Lake.

Radiohead gives out their new free newspaper The Universal Sigh in Silver Lake today. I’ll be there with all the other unwashed, yet well-fed locals looking for a handout. You should come to. But first, bone up on the Radiohead swag of yore, from puzzles to stencils, floppy discs to Walkmen. Check it out via L.A. Weekly.

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Download Tons of Free Tunes from Bath’s Mellowed-Out Alter Ego, Geotic

Super chill cover art from "Hearth," by Geotic

Not to beat a dead horse, but Baths is playing the Troubadour on Saturday night (tomorrow!) with Braids and Gobble Gobble. His will be one of the best sets you’ll see all year, so you should probably see it. Also, I’ve posted about this before, but Will Wiesenfeld’s ambiently inclined side project Geotic has since made it onto the greater blogosphere’s radar, and it seems like a good time to remind all-a-y’all that his entire oeuvre under that name is available for free over here. <Click there. Get Hearth and Mend.

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Watch: Wallpaper Hits MTV with #STUPiDFACEDD

White boy wasted.

Due to WordPress-derived technical difficulties, I can’t actually embed the video on Aural Standards, but it’s worth a click or two to watch. Dig in!

Underground Rap Takes on Gabriel Giffords Shooting, Tea Party Hate, Antoine Dodson

Sole, a.k.a. Tim Holland, rages amidst angry tea partiers.

Is it just me or is smart rap getting pissy these days? There’s something in the water east of California, I’m convinced, because Isaiah Toothtaker and his Tuscon, AZ, cohorts are whipping up some dastardly, devilish rhymes. And Big Sole, formerly of Anticon, is out in Denver, churning out what may prove to be the most fiery, on-point agit-prop rap of the new century. I had the pleasure of debuting a couple of videos from these dudes.

First, check out “White Rage,” by Sole and featuring a glorious sermon by the one and only Evangelist J.B. Best (a.k.a. Pedestrian). Then, watch the menacing clip from the Toothtaker, co-directed by Walter Gross.

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