Last week as we were sorting through our piles of CDs and accumulated MP3 files, we started to notice how big the stack of recent excellent LA music was. It became apparent that we're in the middle of a pretty great year for Los Angeles releases, and decided to give mid-year props to our fave ... More >>
East Hollywood-based metal imprint Southern Lord is one of the most respected independent record labels of the '00s, a solid, consistently-surprising label started by two men in the drone metal band Sunn 0))) -- Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley.
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"Big Church" begins with a female chorus. Then a low-tuned distorted guitar powers up like a muscle car, and the juxtaposition between the chorale passage -- all altos and sopranos -- and the creeping guitar pattern -- baritone and bass -- is immense. Both move slowly and with great intent, beauty ... More >>