"Put your face right here."
Zach Hill destroys lives with his drumming. He’ll forever alter you with his stickwork. Might even rearrange your face, carve something into it. Maybe that’s why the Hella mastermind he called his new album Face Tat.
“In 1969, James Brown coined the phrase ‘give the drummer some,’ forever providing skinsmen a handy shorthand and safeguard against singers who don’t like to share. But Zach Hill has always gone out and gotten it himself. The self-taught kit-pummeler …”
Finish that sentence and read a few more over at The A.V. Club.
No Age sport the noise-pop crown (it's invisible). Photo by Todd Cole.
I likes the No Age lots. I’m a sucker for that old time noise-pop, and apparently you are too. Last week the Hollywood Bowl was stuffed by go-time, when hometown heroes Dean Spunt (he of the Fred Perry stare) and Randy Randall (Mr. Pec Pockets up there) opened for none other than Sonic Youth and Pavement. Trashcan royalty, united. Anyhow, I used that madeup phrase (“trashcan royalty”) in a (p)review of the new No Age record, Everything in Between, a little while back. Pretentious of me, right? But there’s new stuff to read (also L.A. Weekly), and it’s not so fancy.
1) Randall and I went on a little mission into the Valley. He needed an amp (which he scouted out on Craigslist) and I needed a story. Call it a barter. Unfortunately, you can’t play with the amp, but you can read the story.
2) Like to listen while you work? Stream the entire new No Age album.
Machina Muerte founder Mestizo name-checks Elliott Smith
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: L.A. Rapper Mestizo Name-Checks Elliott Smith*
- Heart Music’s Free EP w. Baths, Teen Daze, Light Pollution, more
- Vice Cooler’s Rwanda Benefit LP, ft. No Age, Dan Deacon, Gossip
- Finally! Listen to Synth-Punks Tearist’s Brand New Track “Headless”
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)
* “Elliott Smith’s death gets a mention — a display of Mestizo’s ability to intertwine classic rap braggadocio with harrowing reality and emotive introspection.”
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Tagged Alpha Pup, Baths, Dan Deacon, Deerhoof, Elliott Smith, Fol Chen, Hawnay Troof, Heart Music Group, Human Suit, Light Pollution, Low End Theory, Machina Muerte, Mestizo, Mt. Eerie, No Age, Rwanda, Teen Daze, The Gossip, Vice Cooler, Xiu Xiu
No Age, Everything In Between (Sub Pop)
No Age, trash can royalty
No Age returns, king of the L.A. noise scene, with a new album powered by an unshakable pulse. We got an early shot to divine meaning from the 13-song platter — and what we discovered didn’t disappoint.
(via L.A. Weekly)
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Tagged Dean Spunt, Downtown, Everything In Between, Los Angeles, No Age, noise-pop, Randy Randall, Sub Pop, The Smell
Two more hits from the blog — a good news/bad news yin and yang. West Coast Sound nabbed the exclusive on the shuttering of Silver Lake’s once awesome hybrid record shop and barbecue joint, Territory. We also brought folks up to date on the latest from L.A.’s favorite noisemakers, No Age.
In honor of Territory, how about some vintage psych? Well, he music, at least.
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Tagged art-punk, Backstreet Boys, barbecue, beef, Daytrotter, Dean Spunt, Los Angeles, music news, No Age, Pitchfork, PPM, Silver Lake, Sub Pop, Tee Pee Records, Territory BBQ + Records, Tony Presedo, used records, vinyl