Man alive, it’s number five! The West Coast Sound vinyl column rings in a brand new prime number with INCHES005, featuring some truly glorious wax courtesy of The Mars Volta (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions), Glasser (True Panther Sounds), Kissing Cousins (Velvet Blue Music), and Wet Hair (Not Not Fun).
Wet Hair, "Glass Fountain"
Also inside: trippy video of the Glasser 12-inch package being assembled, free music to download, and a fresh top-ten from Vacation Vinyl.
Posted in album reviews, columns, LA Weekly, photography
Tagged DJ culture, free mp3s, Glasser, INCHES, indie labels, Kissing Cousins, Lucky Dragons, Not Not Fun, prog-rock, Sargent House, Tauba Auerbach, The Mars Volta, True Panther, Vacation Vinyl, vinyl, Wet Hair
Truth be told, I’ve been a fan of Southern California’s Rx Bandits since I was a high school junior. That was when the band skewed a wee bit ska and their resonance seemed doomed to passing fad. At least, to the outsiders. Those of us really listening knew that a long and illustrious career of genre-bending and “weird music” (singer Matt Embree’s phrase) would follow. Whether you got it then or not, the band’s new record, Mandala, is strong prog-punk worthy of stronger praise. Read what Embree had to say here.
R.I.P. Deciders Los Angeles and San Fransisco.
Posted in A.V. Club, interviews
Tagged Drive Thru, Mandala, Matt Embree, Omar Roderiguez-Lopez, prog-rock, punk, Rx Bandits, Sargent House, Steve Choi, The Mars Volta