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Late, From Lollapalooza 2011

You know how I said SPIN covered the shit out of Bonnaroo? Well, we completely crushed Lollapalooza. From front to back, destroyed it with epic aplomb. Really. You should check out the entire thing, but since this blog’s primary function is totally self-serving, you’ll find my cov’g indexed below:
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Spin Highlights the L.A. Beat Scene

Nosaj Thing wows the crowd at Coachella.

This is later than late, but better than never. The Spin Magazine fellers definitely know a good thing when it bludgeons them over the head with experimental beatwork, then nurses them back to health with a warm, enveloping beauty. That, combined with my incessant badgering, resulted in a gallery highlighting some of the Los Angeles electronic talent that made it out to Coachella 2011.

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Review: Ninja Tune Celebrates 20th Anniversary with, like, 20,000 Songs on ‘Beats & Pieces’

So many ninjas, so many tunes.

Holy smokes. Venerable electronic indie label Ninja Tune releases a big ole box fulla tunez, XX: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces. Featuring Coldcut, Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Kid Koala, the Bug and many more. Not for novices:

“Where oh where, for the love of Steinski, to begin?”

Find out over at The A.V. Club.

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News: DJ Kutmah Returns, Meet ASKA, a Beat Scene Megamix, ScarJo Covers Steel Train

Kutmah's much needed passport?

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

  1. FEATURED: New Kutmah Podcast Ft. Fugees, Flying Lotus*
  2. Check Out ASKA’s Stunning ‘Love Trance,’ on Manimal Vinyl
  3. Proximal Drops L.A. Megamix Ft. Dâm-Funk, Daedelus, Baths
  4. Scarlett Johansson Covers ‘Bullet’ By Folk-Rockers Steel Train

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

* After being expelled from the U.S., DJ Kutmah delivers a fifty-minute mix featuring a ton of unreleased gems — including a Flying Lotus track and a Fugees remix by Jonwayne.

LA Upcoming: Daedelus + Nosaj Thing + Jogger, Haiti Relief Done Ska Style, and Wild Beasts

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: East Side
    Music: Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Jogger, Frosty
    Vitals: Echoplex on Friday, February 5
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Mid-Wilshire
    Music: Haiti Relief with Hepcat, Dengue Fever, Joey Altruda’s Crucial Riddims, The Lions, Very Be Careful, The Tuffingtons
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Saturday, February 6
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: Wild Beasts, Still Life Still, Magic Bullets
    Vitals:
    The Troubadour on Wednesday, February 10
    (details at LA Weekly)

INCHES reviews ‘Secondhand Sureshots,’ Oxbow, Red Sparowes, Topaz Rags (MP3s)

It’s true. Four more primes slabs of virgin wax from L.A.’s extremely fertile independent music scene. Among this week’s crop are my favorite release of the year, the Dublab super-project Secondhand Sureshots, some rabid avant blues courtesy of Oxbow (Hydra Head’s return to the column!), another dreamy psych offering from the kids at Not Not Fun (Topaz Rags), and some post-rock tastiness from Red Sparowes (on Sargent House).

Oxbow, 'Songs For The French'

Stones Throw & Dublab Release Coolest Thing Ever, Pretty Much (MP3, video)

It’s hard to know where to start with this one. At the end of the day, you could be the proud owner of: a DVD of the Secondhand Sureshots documentary (to be explained); a 12-inch picture disc featuring music by Daedelus, J-Rocc, Nobody, Ras G, and Kutmah; which itself comes packaged inside of a one-of-a-kind hand-screened LP sleeve; plus two slipmats. And all of that looks like this:

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Click below for the explanation, an MP3, a video clip, and purchase info…

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Feature: A Decade Of Dublab – Celebrating L.A.’s Most Inspiring and Intuitive Music Collective

It was a true honor to collaborate with LA Weekly Music Editor Randall Roberts on a piece honoring one of this city’s most exceptional audio organizations, Dublab. What began as an Internet radio collective 10 years ago has grown into a veritable small universe of music-making, education, and events-throwing (and then some) — Dublab is a creative engine operating at full bore with no signs of slowing its roll. Read my article on how it happened, or skip straight to Roberts’ piece on the 10 days of incredible celebration Dublab’s got planned.

Watch Lucky Dragons perform at the Dublab studios.

Feauture: Bend Everything – Inside DIY Electronics With Lucky Dragons And Daedelus

Just as Los Angeles’ musical profile has been rising over the last couple of years, so has the average youthful (“young” or otherwise) citizen’s interest in getting involved. Our scuzzy experimental pop, the “beat music” movement, and the D.I.Y. spirit that envelops them both make for a certain punk accessibility that extends beyond inspiring listeners to strum a detuned guitar or screen-print their own T-shirts. As it turns out, electronics are fair game too, and there are cheap, easy classes available locally — some taught by known artists, at institutions like Machine Project and The Public School — that offer novices the ability to harness an incredible spectrum of sounds. Circuit-bending workshops teach people how to modify thrift store finds (keyboards, toy instruments, Speak & Spells), while other classes focus on a particular computer programming language (Max/MSP) which is graphical, linear, and easy to experiment with.

The LA Weekly has just published my story on the topic, “Bend Everything,” which features insight from L.A.’s own Lucky Dragons and Daedelus, among others. Check it out here, and grab a copy if you’re local.

Also, watch Lucky Dragons blow some minds at Machine Project.

L.A. Experiential: Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto; Flying Lotus, Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer and more

If you live in/around the L.A. area, seriously consider attending these:

  • Region: Griffith Park
    Music: Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto w/ the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Vitals: Hollywood Bowl on Friday, September 11
    (details at LA Weekly).
  • Region: Hollywood
    Music: Destroy L.A.: Flying Lotus, Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer, Jogger, Post-Feotus, TOKiMONSTA (beat music blowout!)
    Vitals: Henry Fonda on Saturday, September 12
    (details at LA Weekly)