The other great indie rap LP of 2011. This highly Digable reinvention will be battling Serengeti’s new one within my top 5 for the year. A.V. Club.
Had the distinct pleasure of speaking to this electronically inclined Southern gentleman on the eve of the release of his fantastically chill and wavy Sub Pop debut, Within & Without. Didja know he was raised on a peach orchard? SPIN.
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.
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
Blitzen Trapper, Here’s To Taking It Easy (Sub Pop)
Blitzen Trapper, 'Destroyer of the Void'
It takes guts to open a record with a six-minute song that splits the difference between the soft prog of ELO and the folk pop of America…
Rating: 3.5 stars (via Spin)
Want more Blitzen? Here’s a Q&A, and a Black River Killer EP review.
Just who is this masked woman?
New feature in LA Weekly today, and I do believe it’s the longest yet on Sub Pop’s recent signing, Dum Dum Girls. Some interesting revelations in here. Though the project’s main brain Dee Dee has been previously linked to her old San Diego band, Grand Ole Party, she hasn’t spoken about it until now. Also, it seems this hot, new L.A. band on the rise isn’t from L.A. after all. Gasp!
But none of this should overshadow the fact that Dee Dee made a solid record. I talk to her and legendary Brill Building songwriter Richie Gottehrer about the process, her vision and other exciting things here.
Posted in features, LA Weekly
Tagged "I Want Candy", Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls, exposed!, girl-groups, Grand Ole Party, lo-fi, Los Angeles, Richard Gottehrer, San Diego, Sub Pop, vocal pop
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
Two bits of exciting news from Los Angeles-area music-makers. The first pertains to Avi Buffalo, who I wrote about for the Weekly back in October (and whose first Sub Pop release made it into INCHES). The second comes from up-and-coming L.A. indie label IAMSOUND and involves a ton of great local artists including Nosaj Thing and Ryan Heffington’s We Are The World. Since I’m in a beastly mood, click the linx for the links.
Sub Pop Announces Details of Avi Buffalo LP
IAMSOUND Launches 7-inch Series Ft. Nosaj Thing, Fool's Gold, Edward Sharpe...
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged Actually, Avi Buffalo, Dead Man's Bones, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fool's Gold, IAMSOUND, Imaad Wasif, IO Echo, Local Natives, Long Beach, Mae Shi, Moonrats, Nosaj Thing, Pocahaunted, psych-folk, Rainbow Arabia, Signals, Sub Pop, vinyl, We Are The World
Beach House, Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Beach House, 'Teen Dream'
In 2008, Devotion removed some of the molasses, uncovering a handful of sing-along moments and a whole lot more fans, thus paving the way for Teen Dream’s Sub Pop release. Beach House is still a duo. That duo still lilts through its haze. That haze is still gorgeous as all get-out. So what’s changed?
Grade: A- (via The A.V. Club)