Foreign Born singer and Fools Gold sideman Matt Popieluch has gone solo as Big Search. He made a piece of vinyl that you should own. He also made this list for the L.A. Weekly blog, compiling his very own list of favorite solo endeavors from other dudes from other bands that you already know.
Big Search, the new project from Foreign Born singer and Fool’s Gold guitarist Matt Popieluch, performs TONIGHT at the Downtown Independent along with a screening of The Scenesters film and a set from Sweaters. Tickets are available here, and for an extra $5 at the door, you can come back to tomorrow night’s show (the Franks + Lord Huron).
In honor of that, we’ve gotten our hands on some excellent clips of Big Search playing Spaceland last month. Check out “In the Morning Room, I Saw,” below, and a handful of others after the jump.
Big Search's Matt Popieluch -- another Scenesters victim?
The Vacationeers and Funny Ha Ha are tickled totally pink to announce the second fully confirmed night in the week-long The Scenesters film + music series taking place at L.A.’s Downtown Independent theater in late August.
Yesterday, we shored up the event’s closing night — Thursday, August 26, featuring The Franks and Lord Huron — and it seems we’re working our way backward. The lineup for Wednesday, August 25, has been decided, though due to our proximity (time-wise) to Sunset Junction, not all of it can be told. You like mysteries, right?
Never fear, the headliner should be enough to wet your whistle. The estimable Big Search — a.k.a. Matt Popieluch, Foreign Born frontman and Fool’s Gold ax-slinger — will bring a wrecking crew with him to convert his hi-fi layered bedroom folk into a full-blown live affair.
Keep your eyes on this page for information on the opener, a rising local band whose involvement makes us feel inexplicably fuzzy and warm.
Two bits of exciting news from Los Angeles-area music-makers. The first pertains to Avi Buffalo, who I wrote about for the Weekly back in October (and whose first Sub Pop release made it into INCHES). The second comes from up-and-coming L.A. indie label IAMSOUND and involves a ton of great local artists including Nosaj Thing and Ryan Heffington’s We Are The World. Since I’m in a beastly mood, click the linx for the links.
Sub Pop Announces Details of Avi Buffalo LP
IAMSOUND Launches 7-inch Series Ft. Nosaj Thing, Fool's Gold, Edward Sharpe...
Everyone’s gotta have a list, right? Well, we critics for The A.V. Club were given the opportunity to write on any of our personal favorites that didn’t make the publication’s official countdown. Despite the presence of Fall Out Boy on said countdown, it was assembled democratically, with each critic having received 100 points to distribute as she/he saw fit on up to 15 records (with no more than 15 points for any single album).
The individual ballots have been published, and this link goes directly to mine, which includes writeups on game-changers like Neon Indian and Fool’s Gold, overlooked moments of greatness from DM Stith, Wallpaper, and Themselves, quieter things like Tiny Vipers, and creepy stuff like Fever Ray (plus a few others).
Friends, INCHES011 exists. Featuring fresh wax from L.A.’s favorite Eritrean-Hebrew Afrobeat outfit, Fool’s Gold, a limited 10-inch platter from beat music maker Samiyam (via Poo-Bah Records), some experimental goodness from the Not Not Fun label (SF’s Inca Ore), and an incredible international psych/funk/rock/soul comp put together by Stones Throw general manager, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. Can I get a Twit-ness?
Egon's "Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges"