Click the photo to get acquainted with your new favorite rapper, Jonwayne. He’s an ace beatsmith too, having dropped the fantastic Bowser beat tape last year on Alpha Pup (check out the titular banger below). 2012 LP on Stones Throw.
Peanut Butter Wolf shows off his 45-degree elbow scratch.
Recently sat down (at respective keyboards) with Stones Throw honcho and revered DJ Peanut Butter Wolf to discuss the humble beginnings of his now vast vinyl collection. Check out his first ten 45s via L.A. Weekly.
Dean Spunt on the skins, No Age drummer and PPM Records owner
It’s awesome time in L.A., people. Either get on the Good News train or get left behind. Music, frankly, is great — always has been, but when so much great music exists in one’s own backyard, when the people responsible for tending the flame all seem to gather within the same ten-mile stretch, when there’s no shortage of good ideas or good tunes, well, a person is likely to get real happy and start writing silly things like this.
Far less silly, and actually quite informative, is “Twelve Indie Labels You Should Know, a Primer” (I say “prymer,” please don’t say “primmer”) which is on the L.A. Times blog, Pop & Hiss, right now, as I type. This piece is the culmination of a three-parter. Read the Sunday print feature, “L.A.’s Indie Labels Succeed with a Jack-of-All-Trades Approach,” if you please. And find a supplemental piece (with a choice MP3) over yonder.
Posted in features, L.A. Times
Tagged anticon., Dangerbird, Hydra Head, IAMSOUND, In the Red, indie labels, Los Angeles, Manimal Vinyl, music business, Not Not Fun, Post Present Medium, Sargent House, Silversun Pickups, Southern Lord, Stones Throw
Boyz Noize remixes the Chemical Brothers' "Swoon"
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ‘em.
- FEATURED: Boyz Noize Remixes Chemical Brothers on ‘Swoon’*
- Oxnard Rapper MED Celebrates His Medical Pot Card in New Video
- MP3: Snoop Dogg & Quazedelic Shout Out the Güeros in New Song
- Baths Meets Mononoke in Samurai-Feat Vid for ‘Lovely Bloodflow’
* “The Chems have gotten noisier on their new album, but one of the smoother tracks is first single “Swoon.” Apologies, but this is not an electro megamix of the 2009 album by Silversun Pickups.”
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged anticon., Baths, Boyz Noize, Chromeo, Dudley Perkins, funk, guero, Hayao Miyazaki, Hollywood Bowl, Long Beach, Los Angeles, MED, medical marijuana, music news, Oxnard, Princess Mononoke, Quazedelic, Snoop Dogg, stay high, Stones Throw, the Chemical Brothers, Will Wiesenfeld, Yacht, Young Replicant
"What's on Your Mind," ft. Dâm-Funk and "Video Rock" by Tony Cook
“The thing you need to understand about The Funk, is that once one discovers the need for it, one’s gotta have The Funk pretty much at all times and in every form possible. Roofs of houses and clubs alike have burned as a result of this phenomenon, while onlookers either idly stand by in Funk-inspired negligence or actually chant, seemingly celebrating the loss of another property at the hands of The Funk.”
Photos and Mp3s and charts, oh my! Get over to INCHES!
Posted in album reviews, columns, LA Weekly, photography
Tagged '80s, Dam-Funk, funk, INCHES, James Brown, Origami Vinyl, Stones Throw, Tony Cook, vinyl
Amanda and Britt Brown of Eagle Rock indie label Not Not Fun pose for Los Angeles Times (photo by Jay L. Clendenin)
Well, it has been a long, long time coming, but I’m pleased to share my debut pair of links over to the Los Angeles Times. The main feature, which runs in print in Sunday’s Calendar section, profiles the ways in which independent labels in L.A. are adapting to the changing landscape of the music biz. Read about it here:
L.A.’s string of indie labels succeeds with a jack-of-all-trades approach
With noted input from the Dangerbird, Stones Throw, Alpha Pup and Not Not Fun imprints, plus tons of help from folks at Sargent House, Hydra Head, Southern Lord, Anticon, Manimal Vinyl, and Post Present Medium.
Also, there’s a supplemental blog piece to read, featuring a free download of Aloe Blacc’s stunning “I Need a Dollar” here:
Indies in L.A.: Alpha Pup and Not Not Fun talk the thriving L.A. scene
Posted in features, L.A. Times
Tagged Alpha Pup, anticon., Dangerbird, Hydra Head, indie labels, Manimal Vinyl, music business, Not Not Fun, Post Present Medium, Sargent House, Silversun Pickups, Southern Lord, Stones Throw