"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.“
Posted in LA Weekly, news
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)
Posted in album reviews, features, LA Weekly, news
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.
Posted in LA Weekly, news
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
If you live in/around the L.A. area, seriously consider attending these:
* read “Balls Deep In The R&B,” a feature about Dirty Projectors, here.
** listen to Little Wings’ “Boom!” on the Now Hear This sidebar
- Region: Silver Lake
Music: The Happy Hollows, Pepper Rabbit, and Dirt Dress
Vitals: Spaceland on Monday, November 2 (beginning of residency)
(details at LA Weekly)
- Region: Hollywood
Music: Pixies and No Age
Vitals: Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, November 5
(details at LA Weekly)
Posted in event previews, LA Weekly
Tagged Dirty Projectors, Echo Park, Hollywood Palladium, Little Wings, live music, Los Angeles, No Age, Rec Center Studio, Silver Lake, Spaceland, The Happy Hollows, The Pixies
INCHES012 is here! Find out what it’s all about for yourself. You won’t be sorry.
No Age's "Losing Feeling"
Posted in album reviews, columns, LA Weekly, photography
Tagged Alex Ebert, anticon., DJ culture, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Fake Four Inc., Ima Robot, INCHES, MP3s, No Age, Rhino Records, Skyrider, Sole, Sub Pop, Talking Heads, Tobacco, vinyl
Wow. That was intense. And incredible. Those who survived FYF Fest this weekend in L.A. should be easy enough to spot: dusty clothes, compulsive head-bobbing, bleeding ears. The LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound blog has been posting some solid roundups of what went down in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, kicked off by yours truly with this entry.
FYF through sunglasses (as most saw it)
Posted in LA Weekly, live reviews
Tagged awe, bleeding ears, festivals, FYF Fest, Japanther, live music, Los Angeles, MP3s, Ninjasonik, No Age, noise, sunglasses, Wavves, Zach Hill