Care to hear the best songs from the L.A. underground in 2009? Click on over to KPCC, where I visited last week in order to talk to All Things Considered host Alex Cohen about three of my favorites. Discussed: Foreign Born’s “Vacationing People,” Nosaj Thing’s “Coat Of Arms,” and Nite Jewel’s “Artificial Intellience,” as well as the scenes/movements each artist represents. Listen to the audio by clicking the little play button at the top of the article, and feel free to download each song via the side panel.
Foreign Born take a victory lap.
- An interview with Foreign Born’s Matt Popieluch (via The A.V. Club)
- A feature on Nosaj Thing (via LA Weekly)
- Various items about Nite Jewel (mostly via LA Weekly)
Posted in NPR, radio
Tagged Alpha Pup, best of 2009, Foreign Born, Human Ear Music, indie music, KPCC, Los Angeles, Nite Jewel, Nosaj Thing, NPR, Secretly Canadian
Molina And Johnson, Molina And Johnson (Secretly Canadian)
Grade: B (via The Onion)
Posted in A.V. Club, album reviews
Tagged Americana, Centro-Matic, Jason Molina, Magnolia Electric Co., music criticism, Secretly Canadian, Songs: Ohia, spare blues, Texas, The Onion, Will Johnson
BLK JKS – After Robots (via The A.V. Club)
Secretly Canadian has signed a new L.A.-based band whose membership has been kept, well, secret. Until, that is, West Coast Sound blew the lid off of that mason jar. With a little bit of elbow grease and lots of Googling, Music Go Music‘s makeup has been revealed in its entirety, here (via LA Weekly), where you can download the ABBA-loving outfit’s music and watch them perform in outfits that ABBA would probably love.
Music Go Music go fencing?
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged ABBA, Beachwood Sparks, Bodies Of Water, Chapin Sisters, hipster disco, Mezzanine Owls, MP3, Music Go Music, Secretly Canadian, The Lilys
Last night east side big boys Foreign Born played their record release gig at the relatively newly opened Vacation Vinyl on Hollywood near Vermont. It was a cozy, warm show and the fellas ripped it as a sax-weilding seven-piece, despite how tiny the room was. Read about it here (via LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound).