Category Archives: L.A. Times

Feature: Ambient Beatsmith Matthewdavid’s ‘Outmind’ Tells the Story of his L.A. Experience

Matthewdavid at home with amidst his machines.

It was an honor to shed some light on one of the hardest working L.A. music-makers that I know, the inimitable and truly interstellar Matthewdavid.

It was a balmy spring afternoon and the day’s woozy effect seemed magnified within the cozy, white, hillside backhouse in Highland Park. Through an open window, sunlight and breeze streamed into the home recording studio of Matthew McQueen, a.k.a. Matthewdavid, who at 26 has amassed a laundry-list of extant titles: artist, engineer, label head, local promoter, radio host/DJ, digital content manager and, in his words, “interstellar cross-collaborator” …

Read the entire article, a true labor of love, over at the L.A. Times.

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Parenthetical Girls Remixed by Tearist

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

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

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Feature: Dublab and Goethe Celebrate German Music, from Krautrock to Kraftwerk and Beyond

Dublab meets ze Germans, fine tunes abound.

Though the kick-off already passed, there’s no reason not to get to know the Goethe-Institut (which has offices all over the world) via my recent article in the L.A. Times. The focus is the German cultural institute’s team-up with Dublab, a local non-profit music collective and internet radio station with a similarly international reach. The just-passed event inaugurated the launch of nearly two months of streaming Teutonic tones over at Dublab.com. Read about it here.

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Feature: Iron & Wine’s World Gets Bigger with ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ (L.A. Times)

Watch out, Sam! (Piper Ferguson)

As the acclaimed Iron & Wine tour picks up overseas tomorrow, I thought it’d be a good time to share this little nugget. Had the sincere pleasure of interviewing the estimable Mr. Sam Beam, a.k.a. Iron & Wine, on the following subjects: his excellent new album Kiss Each Other Clean, ’70s L.A. radio, his five lovely daughters, “Jamaican stuff” (not what you’re thinking) and his mind meld with producer Brian Deck.

Read the article at the L.A. Times.

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Feature: 12 L.A. Indie Labels You Should Know — from Sargent House to Anticon to Southern Lord to Dangerbird to IAMSOUND and more …

Dean Spunt on the skins, No Age drummer and PPM Records owner

It’s awesome time in L.A., people. Either get on the Good News train or get left behind. Music, frankly, is great — always has been, but when so much great music exists in one’s own backyard, when the people responsible for tending the flame all seem to gather within the same ten-mile stretch, when there’s no shortage of good ideas or good tunes, well, a person is likely to get real happy and start writing silly things like this.

Far less silly, and actually quite informative, is “Twelve Indie Labels You Should Know, a Primer” (I say “prymer,” please don’t say “primmer”) which is on the L.A. Times blog, Pop & Hiss, right now, as I type. This piece is the culmination of a three-parter. Read the Sunday print feature, “L.A.’s Indie Labels Succeed with a Jack-of-All-Trades Approach,” if you please. And find a supplemental piece (with a choice MP3) over yonder.

Feature: Los Angeles’ String of Indie Labels Thrives in the New Music Business

Amanda and Britt Brown of Eagle Rock indie label Not Not Fun pose for Los Angeles Times (photo by Jay L. Clendenin)

Well, it has been a long, long time coming, but I’m pleased to share my debut pair of links over to the Los Angeles Times. The main feature, which runs in print in Sunday’s Calendar section, profiles the ways in which independent labels in L.A. are adapting to the changing landscape of the music biz. Read about it here:

L.A.’s string of indie labels succeeds with a jack-of-all-trades approach

With noted input from the Dangerbird, Stones Throw, Alpha Pup and Not Not Fun imprints, plus tons of help from folks at Sargent House, Hydra Head, Southern Lord, Anticon, Manimal Vinyl, and Post Present Medium.

Also, there’s a supplemental blog piece to read, featuring a free download of Aloe Blacc’s stunning “I Need a Dollar” here:

Indies in L.A.: Alpha Pup and Not Not Fun talk the thriving L.A. scene