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.
Posted in features, L.A. Times
Tagged anticon., Dangerbird, Hydra Head, IAMSOUND, In the Red, indie labels, Los Angeles, Manimal Vinyl, music business, Not Not Fun, Post Present Medium, Sargent House, Silversun Pickups, Southern Lord, Stones Throw
Fitz & the Tantrums, Pickin’ Up the Pieces (Dangerbird)
Fitz & the Tantrums are "Pickin' Up the Pieces"
“Doesn’t Fitz know that his band, as bathetic and actorly as it is on the titular track, can’t help but sound a little like Sonny And Cher?”
Read more via The A.V. Club.
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
Posted in features, L.A. Times
Tagged Alpha Pup, anticon., Dangerbird, Hydra Head, indie labels, Manimal Vinyl, music business, Not Not Fun, Post Present Medium, Sargent House, Silversun Pickups, Southern Lord, Stones Throw
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.
(both stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)
Posted in features, LA Weekly, news
Tagged anticon., Baths, Chatsworth, chillwave, Dangerbird, Geotic, L.A. beat scene, Los Feliz Ladies Choir, Low End Theory, Post-Foetus, Shlohmo, The One AM Radio, the Valley, Will Wiesenfeld
I recently had the esteemed honor of attending the homecoming show for Dangerbird co-founder Jeff Castelaz, who’d just completed his cross-country cycling expedition in the name of his charitable non-profit, The Pablove Foundation. A pretty impressive array of artists showed up to perform mini sets, which you can read about here, via Spin. Peep the flyer.
Posted in live reviews, SPIN
Tagged Against Me!, Band Of Horses, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Butch Walker, Dangerbird, Garbage, Jeff Castelaz, live music, Los Angeles, Pablove Foundation, Sea Wolf, Shirley Manson, Tom Gabel, Tom Morello
It’s true. This week’s installment of the INCHES L.A. vinyl column focuses entirely on the output of local indie , Dangerbird Records. I hand-picked a combination of the label’s best-for-listening and most innovative releases, including stuff from all of the bands mentioned above — flagship players like Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Darker My Love, and Eulogies. MP3s from all four are included, along with the requisite photos, reviews, and recommendations, plus a Top Ten chart from Origami Vinyl.
Darker My Love's 2008 7-inch series
Posted in album reviews, columns, LA Weekly, photography
Tagged Dangerbird, Darker My Love, Euologies, free music, INCHES, Los Angeles, music criticism, Sea Wolf, Silver Lake, Silversun Pickups, vinyl