Friday, April 20
The Call couldn't have imagined its rousing song "Let the Day Begin" would be the rally cry for not one (Al Gore) but two (Tom Vilsack) presidential campaigns. The Northern California group, who came into their own in the 1980s, haven't had a release since 2 ... More >>
By Mike Appelstein
Being robbed sucks. Being robbed of your record collection -- especially if you are a music fan -- is worse. But how about if your collection was robbed selectively? If it wasn't merely the work of a desperate meth addict, but someone who actually had the time to methodically pic ... More >>
Zola Jesus, Dean Wareham, Resplandor, The Balconies
Culture Collide Festival
Better Than... losing the last round of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on live TV.
Friendly folks came to Echo Park this weekend from far flung places to play the Culture Collide festival. Sure, there ... More >>
Fujiya & Miyagi, Evan Voytas, TV Girls
Better than... listening to Fujiya & Miyagi through headphones.
There were moments where it felt incredibly awkward to stare at Fujiya & Miyagi, the British four-piece, as they played at The Echo last night. Frontman David Best would back awa ... More >>
Sam BlochSTORY BY SAM BLOCH
Britt and Amanda Brown (above) of Eagle Rock's psychedelic record label Not Not Fun spun Dadawah and Indeep records they bought "for fifty cents" at Poo-Bah in Pasadena. "Nothing too crazy," said Amanda of her set Saturday during Permanent Records' opening. "It's ... More >>
We received news from the Smashing Pumpkin's camp that their friend and collaborator, bassist Mark Tulin from 1960s psychedelic garage legends the Electric Prunes, passed away this weekend.
Here's a moving tribute by Billy Corgan, courtesy of StudioDog Kerry Brown:
A Few Thoughts on the Pa ... More >>
Yes, it is Valentine's Day Weekend. Couples will be canoodling in a desperate attempt to prove to themselves and everyone else that they still have it; singletons, meanwhile, will be in defensive party mode, making Marrieds jealous, or weeping themselves to sleep after engaging in a helpin ... More >>
Timothy NorrisSchool of Seven Bells"Look! The people from the Internet! They're here! They're real"
The dude saying these words at the School of Seven Bells show at the Echo on Wednesday night was being facetious, but there was a kernel of truth in there. The place was packed with a very mix ... More >>
"Yes, you ARE my monkey!": Self-confessed "dork" McKaganIn case you didn't know, former Guns n Roses' bassist Duff McKagan has a sorta regular column that runs in our sibling publication the Seattle Weekly.
Yesterday McKagan granted an interview to his editor there explaining why he had been ... More >>
Imagine that table filled with eight tired but overjoyed Coachellans
This past weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio was pretty memorable: Leonard Cohen at sunset; singer/vegan Morrissey's classic between-song nugget of food criticism directed at the BBQ shack -- "I smell burnin ... More >>
We don't know about you but we are the very definition of exhausted. Three days of music, parties and the desert heat at the 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio has left us completely wiped. But damn if we didn't get some great coverage while we were there. Randall Roberts put tog ... More >>
5. Dungen-Tio Bitar [Kemado]
Dungen did not tour this record in America. This is because the band's mastermind, Gustav Estjes was rumored to be alone in the snowy Swedish hinterlands, ingesting enough hallucinogens to give Hunter S. Thompson pause, and trying to untangle the beautiful mess of sou ... More >>