READ IT ON SPIN
Posterity Post: I wrote literally thousands of articles while on staff at SPIN and am in the process of rounding up the best for the blog. Skip or click as you wish.
Last year we went deep on 1994 (remember my interview with Coolio?), starting with the music of the time. Now, I was 12 years old that year, so you’ll have to grant me some lenience when it comes to my posts on songs by Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Actually, I’ll die before I apologize for loving August and Everything After. Adam Duritz may be a ham today, but he saw straight into my soul back then. Okay, I digress. I also wrote about Rage Against the Machine, Supergrass, Nick Cave, Portishead, Bush, Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Beck.
I dare you to hate (comments disabled):
Posted in lists, SPIN
Tagged 1994, Beastie Boys, Beck, Bush, Counting Crows, Nick Cave, Portishead, Rage Against The Machine, Supergrass, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Weezer
READ IT ON AMAZON
It’s a special year-end list that makes room for Jessie Ware (above), Linkin Park, and Eric Church, and I’m happy to say I spilled positive ink on all three for Amazon’s Best of 2014 albums and songs roundup. Also held forth on such tuneful peeps as Sylvan Esso, Sam Smith, Bleachers, Little Dragon, Chromeo, the War on Drugs, Beck, Charli XCX, Alt-J, FKA Twigs, and ScHoolboy Q, to name a few. Visit Amazon to see what you missed, and why you should care.
Best couplet: “Higher than a motherfucker / Dreaming of you as my lover.”
Posted in album reviews, Amazon, lists
Tagged Alt-J, Beck, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Chromeo, Eric Church, FKA Twigs, Jessie Ware, Linkin Park, Little Dragon, Sam Smith, ScHoolboy Q, Sylvan Esso, the War on Drugs
We’ve joined SPIN’s Twitter reviews team. Watch us completely dismiss or irresponsibly champion an album in 140 characters or less! This week:
Thurston Moore, "Demolished Thoughts"
Beck produced Thurston Moore’s latest, and it seems strange that the two mop-topped, baby-faced ambassadors of alt-rock hadn’t met on record before. But Demolished Thoughts was worth the wait. An album of deeply psychedelic unplugged love songs, it’s the Sonic Youth singer’s most surprising solo outing yet …
Surprise! You’ll have to head over to The A.V. Club to read the rest.
Mickey Petralia and crow. (Kevin Scanlon)
LA Weekly‘s annual People issue hits the stands today — snatch one up before they all disappear. I had the pleasure of speaking to Mickey Petralia, music producer/engineer extraordinaire and (more importantly to some) the founder of Griffith Park’s greatest secret, Trails Cafe. Read about it here, and check out the rest of the 2010 People stories here.
Photos by my incredibly talented next-door neighbor, Kevin Scanlon.
Posted in features, LA Weekly
Tagged Beck, California's Gold, Flight of the Conchords, good eats, Griffith Park, Huell Howser, John Cale, Los Angeles, Mickey Petralia, music, Peaches, The Runaways, Trails Cafe
The origin of Jeans Wilder.
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: MP3 Exclusive: “Sea You” by Jeans Wilder*
- MP3: Beck and Tobacco’s “Fresh Hex,” TK on Anticon
- The One AM Radio Releases 3-D Video, Limited 7-Inch [MP3]
- Download: ‘Storefront Split’ by Le Switch and Les Blanks
- Watch: Beat Music Brings Out the Beasts w/ Take and Glitch Mob
(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
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged 3-D, Alpha Pup, anticon., beat music, Beck, Best Coast, bigfoot, Black Moth Super Rainbow, chillwave, cocaine, Dangerbird Records, downloads, exclusive, forestry, free music, Jeans Wilder, Le Switch, Les Blanks, Los Angeles, MP3s, music news, OxyContin, Record Store Day, San Diego, Sasquatch, Silver Lake, Sweatson Klank, Take, The Glitch Mob, The One AM Radio, Tobacco, vinyl
Dios fans have been doggedly devoted and consistently thwarted over the years. Despite the Southern California band’s immense talent and best efforts, it always just skirts broader fame, a fleeting thing that’s pushed further and further away by confusing name changes and label swaps. But Dios’ latest, WEAREDIOS, should give the band a chance at bigness, and if last night’s performance at the Troubadour was any indication, Dios is ready for the challenge. Read more here.
Psychedelia abounds. (Timothy Norris)