The ever-sharp Nitsuh Abebe recently made the argument in his Why We Fight column that beauty in music, often maligned as the hallmark of generic appeal, needn’t be linked to dullness every time. In a world where Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs exist, it’s a point that’s hard to deny. Not that I’d want to. I’ll happily chase your No Ages, Wavvess and Fidlars through the garages, basements and vegan outposts of Los Angeles till the day I die, but I’ll never stop swooning to the pretty stuff, and there’s a lot of it going around locally these days.
Expect future posts on folks like Luke Rathborne and House of Wolves, over whom Jeff Buckley’s ghost looms large and glorious, but for now, I just wanna give love to Superhumanoids, who are currently recording their LP debut to be released next year. That’s their recent EP, Parasite Paradise (Hit City U.S.A.), streaming below, but do yrself a favor and hit the jump to watch their videos, which are also rare and pretty and sometimes a little strange. Toothy beauty.
TAKE on the titular mount?
Today, Alpha Pup Records — the Downtown L.A. label behind the Low End Theory club and numerous worthwhile beat scene releases — announced the long-awaited next full-length record from TAKE. Only Mountain will be released on April 20, and judging from the free MP3 the label’s sharing, it’ll be a roiling pot of old school IDM, ’90s R&B percussive elements, Dubstep bass-derived doom, and ethereal melodies. Download “Incredibright” below.
Free music: TAKE – “Incredibright” [MP3]
And then there was this. On Thursday, the news traveled like wildfire across the dry digi-field that is the interwebs: greatest band in the world (why not?) Radiohead was to throw an impromptu Oxfam benefit raising money for Haiti’s recovery at a 1300-person theater in L.A. As one reporter pointed out, the band typically sells out multiple nights at the Hollywood Bowl, capacity 18,000. Covering for Spin, I bumped into Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric) in line outside of the Fonda, but neither that nor a face-to-face with J. Timberlake (also in attendance) could have been more thrilling than hearing nearly half of OK Computer performed live. Read about it.
Thommy and Jonny, shot by Tim Norris
*The photo comes courtesy of LA Weekly shutterbug Timothy Norris. Music editor Randall Roberts wrote a great review of the show as well, which you should read, here.
Posted in live reviews, SPIN
Tagged awe, Aziz Ansari, Britt Daniel, Eric Wareheim, Haiti, In Rainbows, Jonny Greenwood, Justin Timberlake, Kid A, live music, Los Angeles, OK Computer, Radiohead, Randall Roberts, Spoon, Thom Yorke, Timothy Norris
No words for this.
I had no words for this, but a second video tip-off from the Pedestrian, a.k.a. the good evangelist J.B. Best (check out the first two tracks on the Lala player, screen right), revealed a second gem in addition to the incredible new E-40 video. Eerily similar in its visual theme is the just-released clip from spoken word heavyweight Gil-Scott Heron. Two of the hip-hop’s biggest DNA-providers crossing paths in the night.
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Tagged anticon., awe, Bay Area, E-40, Gil-Scott Heron, holy shit, hyphy, music videos, Pedestrian, spoken word, The Server, underground rap
Turning in a review of this record, to be published next week, but this one is so good, I don’t see why ya’ll don’t just cut to the chase. Click below to stream the entirety of There Is Love In You, by Four Tet.
A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.
- Region: Downtown
Music: Airborne Toxic Event w/ Calder Quartet (plus surprises)
Vitals: Disney Hall on Friday, December 4
(details at LA Weekly)
- Region: Echo Park
Music: Cold Cave, Nite Jewel
Vitals: The Echo on Sunday, December 6
(details at LA Weekly)
The legendary Pixies began the U.S. wing of their Doolittle tour last night in Los Angeles, kicking off back-to-back nights at the Hollywood Palladium. No Age opened, and all told, it was a pretty magical night. Read about it here (via LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound).
Posted in LA Weekly, live reviews
Tagged awe, Black Francis, David Lovering, Doolittle, Frank Black, Hollywood Palladium, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, live music, Los Angeles, music criticism, Pixies, reunion tour