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News: Dntel Rmx’s Baths, Dengue Fever on Jeopardy, Superhumanoids Vs. MMC, plus KCRW and Madame Wong’s

Dntel, producer for the Postal Service

Quick blog bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.

  1. FEATURED: MP3: Baths Remixed by Postal Service Producer*
  2. Dengue Fever Pick Up ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘True Blood’ Nods
  3. MP3: Superhumanoids Remix Meanest Man Contest
  4. MP3: KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole Drops Quantic Megamix
  5. Wavves Plays Madame Wong’s Before It Closes

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

* An atmospheric opening with a looming bass line eventually breaks into the kind of low-key four-on-the-floor while chopped horns, strings and vocals enhance the dueling dynamic of chill vs. hyped, in Dntel’s remix of Bath’s “Rain Smell.”

Mayer Hawthorne Hooks Up with Virginia Beat-Maker Nottz, Drops Etched 12-Inch for ‘I Need You’

Feature: Valley Boredom Inspires Baths to Great Heights on His Anticon Debut, ‘Cerulean’

Baths contemplates a cerulean sky.

So we’ve really made no attempts to hide our enthusiasm for Chatsworth producer/musician/singer Baths, a.k.a. fresh Anticon signing Will Wiesenfeld. We’ve previewed his gigs, big-upped his ambient works as Geotic, talked about the young star on the radio, and basically become dude’s personal documentarian via news updates (a couple of those below).

Finally, things may cool down a bit.

This isn’t so much because anything’s cooling down for Wiesenfeld, a rising star in indie music, but because we were able to do a lengthy feature on Baths for L.A. Weekly, dubbed, “The Great Escape.” Wiesenfeld was kind enough to donate a few hours to the cause, which meant lunch at the estimable Islands, and hang-time with him and his mom at the family home in Chatsworth.

So if you haven’t already, go to L.A. Weekly to read that.

Further listening/reading:

(both stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

News: R Kelly Meets Baths, Hawthorne Covers Johnston, VOICEsVOICEs Video, and more

Baths and R Kelly get their wrassle on.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.

  1. FEATURED: R Kelly Croons Over Baths’ ‘Maximalist’*
  2. MP3: Mayer Hawthorne Covers Daniel Johnston
  3. VOICEsVOICEs Share Creepy New Video for ‘Flulyk Visions’
  4. MP3: Beat Music Meets Chillwave on Veux’s ‘Late Key’
  5. MP3 Exclusive: Night Horse Resurrects Thin Lizzy with ‘Rollin’ On’
  6. L.A.’s Answer to Cannibal Ox? Meet K-The-I and Michael Nhat
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Hot doesn’t begin to describe what happens here.”

Q&A: Themselves’ Doseone Talks About His Bizarro YouTube Comedy Series, TVhaha

Doseone and Jel enjoy a decidedly laugh-free sunset.

Last week, West Coast Sound caught up with Anticon linchpin Doseone (Themselves, Subtle, 13 & God, Crook & Flail) to talk about one of his more unlikely side-projects, TVhaha. He and his right-hand beatsmith Jel are responsible for a hilarious and totally bizarre YouTube comedy series that involves butchering ’80s and ’90s cinematic gems (the Van Damme oeuvre, for instance), then improvising new dialogue overtop.

Check that out, along with some clips, here.

News Roundup: L.A. Declares ‘Dio Day,’ Madlib Goes Psych-Rock, plus Salem and Tobacco

Murray, pleased by the news, took the day off from slaying.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.

  1. FEATURED: City Declares May 30 ‘Ronnie James Dio Day’*
  2. Madlib Goes Psych-Rock on New ‘Brain Wreck’ LP
  3. Salem Signs to IAMSOUND, Reveals ‘King Night’ Details
  4. MP3 Exclusive: Tobacco Remixes HEALTH’s ‘Die Slow’
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Naturally, the prepared statement delivered at Dio’s memorial was greeted with rabid cheers and a strong showing of devil horns.”

All Things Considered: BATHS Rising

Baths, on grass. (Hanna Dryland Shapiro)

It’s Baths day here at Funny Ha Ha, but can you blame us? Will Wiesenfeld’s music is as fascinating as it is infectious, and like L.A.’s current favorite son, the kid hails from the Valley. Chatsworth, to be exact, just a five-minute drive from that other ‘burb creative hotbed, Winnetka. Kudos to the beat scene for giving the SFV something to be proud of. Well, other than the seedier side of the So Cal film industry. But I digress.

Earlier in the week, KPCC’s Alex Cohen called me into the studio to talk about Baths for All Things Considered. Get hip to it already.

Free Music from BATHS Side-Project ‘Geotic’

A small bear confronts the wilds. (Hanna Dryland Shapiro)

Okay, side-project may not be entirely accurate considering Will Wiesenfeld founded Baths last September, but while the fruits of that better-known project bounce around the blogosphere, it’s a good time to dig up a little more of the 21-year-old Valley-dweller’s past.

Wiesenfeld also makes music as Geotic, and it’s beautiful stuff. Far more minimal, often ambient, though decidedly not drone-y, these songs are excellent for headphones, lazy afternoons and night driving. And best of all, they’re entirely free. Download Geotic music here. We recommend you start with the Eyes LP and the “Waterway” single.

News Roundup: Flying Lotus launches app, collab’s w. Jose James, Fol Chen delivers free EP, Fitz + Tantrums + Dangerbird, Lemon Sun

Flying Lotus, 'Cosmogramma'

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.

  1. FEATURED: Augment Reality with Flying Lotus’ Astral Harp*
  2. MP3: Meet Soulster José James, Produced by Flying Lotus
  3. Fol Chen Releases Free EP, Remixes from Baths, Karin Tatoyan
  4. Fitz and the Tantrums Sign to Dangerbird, Tour with Dap-Kings
  5. Video Premiere: Lemon Sun, “Touch the Lightning”
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* The program allows webcam-enabled users enter the album art and bat around those sketchy geometric orbs, which in turn warps the lines emanating outward from the sun-like object. Recommended snack pairing: “A Fish Called Juana” crackers.

News Roundup: Beck + Tobacco, Jeans Wilder, One AM Radio, Le Switch + Les Blanks, more…

The origin of Jeans Wilder.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.

  1. FEATURED: MP3 Exclusive: “Sea You” by Jeans Wilder*
  2. MP3: Beck and Tobacco’s “Fresh Hex,” TK on Anticon
  3. The One AM Radio Releases 3-D Video, Limited 7-Inch [MP3]
  4. Download: ‘Storefront Split’ by Le Switch and Les Blanks
  5. Watch: Beat Music Brings Out the Beasts w/ Take and Glitch Mob
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “I recorded this song in my room, by myself, over the course of a two or three day cocaine and OxyContin binge at the beginning of the year.” – Jeans Wilder

Mini-Feature: Calling All Kids Calls it Quits

Hand in hand.

Hand in hand, the way it should be.

It bums me out something fierce to learn that this week’s installment of Calling All Kids will be its last. The Hyperion Tavern-hosted Friday-night hang has been a go-to for lovers of progressive music and cheap ale since it started up 15 months ago. Particularly, those who are involved with the good fight — writers, editors, publicists, artists, promoters, DJs, Dublabbers — seemed to take a shine to the place. Frankly, it felt like home.

So as I was taking a blog-powered trip down memory lane, I realized I’d never posted this little nugget on Funny Ha Ha. It’s really just a news piece about CAK’s one-year anniversary back in January, but since it includes a chat with the event’s creators Sodapop (Shaun Koplow of Anticon) and Matthewdavid (of Leaving Records), it seemed appropriate.

It also serves as a reminder that while the weekly may be called off, there’s undoubtedly more in store for the Calling All Kids name.

Read it here.