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The Beets: "Time Brought Age"
b/w "Pick Another Corner" [Captured Tracks, Jan. 11]
1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Silver Lake
New York garage rockers into demented comics and Velvet-y sounds release neat vinyl 7-inch along with lo-fi full-length Stay Home. The A-side is a loping and sparsely arranged tune featuring a recorder; the B-side takes it back to the garage. Pick it up!
N*E*R*D: The Best of N*E*R*D
[Virgin/EMI, Jan. 11]
This comp lands barely two months after N*E*R*D's latest Star Trak/Interscope release (Nothing), so clearly someone at their former label would prefer we remember Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley back when they were getting lap dances instead of listlessly droning about girls wanting hot-n-fun. Aiming at new club-kid fans who thrashed to cheeky cocaine ode "Everyone Nose," cuts like "Rock Star" and a Justice remix of "She Wants to Move" should help it hit its mark.
David Banner & 9th Wonder: Death of a Popstar
[Big Face Entertainment/E1 Music, available now] Mississippian David Banner and North Carolinian 9th Wonder prove that redefining soul music is a task for the South with Death of a Pop Star. Rapper/producer Banner lets 9th Wonder work his crate-diggin' magic and the result is by no means less rap than early Banner classic "Like a Pimp," but a whole lot classier.
FARTHER AFIELD: THE O.C.: IT'S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
Like most record swap meets, the Black Market Record Swap Meet is the dream of any fan or collector of punk, garage, post-punk, lo-fi, rock & roll and probably more. But it is quite possibly better than most other record swaps because it starts at noon, thus precluding the need for rising at 8 a.m. on a Sunday and toting along a miner's helmet in order to flip through all the bins at the crack of dawn before it gets picked over. Why not just drive to Amoeba, you ask? No disrespect to Amoeba (we love them!) but the record swap fulfills a primal need for the record addict, hosting curators, private collectors, vendors, indie stores and even just music fans with tables and tables of records in boxes, ripe to be picked through and priced to sell. The collectors' items don't go up on a wall and it costs only $15 to reserve a table if you want to sell a piece of your own collection. Dealers confirmed include Headline Records (post-punk, new wave and much more), Burger Records (high-quality purveyor of new and reissued lo-fi tapes and records), TKO Records (punk rock on wax), Going Underground (more punk on wax) and, of course, Radiation Records. There also will be a taco stand and DJs. Bear in mind that most vendors will be cash-only.
WHAT: A rock & roll record swap with a taco truck, DJs and vendors from all over Southern Cali!
WHEN: Jan. 9, 12-5 p.m.
WHERE: Radiation Records, 1501 N. Raymond Ave. #P, Anaheim
People into weird records used to know Jandek as an extremely reclusive Texan singer who mysteriously released a vast catalog of outsider-art folk music since 1978 through the equally cryptic "Corwood Industries" (i.e., a P.O. box in Houston). The mystery was somehow dispelled in 2004, when Jandek showed up for a gig in Scotland, and he's been performing sporadically ever since. Still, it's a magical, surreal time, made even more so by the fact that he's playing in the creepy, Stepford-like pseudocity of Irvine.
WHEN: Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Crystal Cove Auditorium, UC Irvine, Pereira Drive and West Peltason Drive, Irvine