[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
We usually imagine scientists as mad or mild-mannered. But the North Hollywood-raised, synthesizer freak named Computer Jay splits the difference. He has ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.]
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Hang the DJ. Or don't. When Morrissey wrote the hook to "Panic," the definition of a DJ w ... More >>
Better than...studying on a school night.
Over two years have passed since Victoria Hesketh, AKA Little Boots, released her debut album Hands. The electro pop work was popular in England, earning her a top 5 position in the UK album charts and winning the BBC's Best S ... More >>
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Better than...Organizing my vinyl collection.
In the break between Roy Ayers' two sets at Exchange LA last night, KCRW DJ Garth Trinida ... More >>
The Place: El Prado, 1805 W. Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park; 213-483-8609.
The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Digs: Classy yet understated, the interior of El Prado, at least what you can see of it through the shadows, is dominated by the lo ... More >>
Lea LionBMX guru Bob Haro's customized CD player
Thanks to the rise of hip hop, the turntable transcended its status as an electronic device, emerged as the instrument of our time -- and gained a whole lotta respect in the process. Recently an exhibit titled "Art Mix" paid homage to the turnt ... More >>
Timothy Norris[The one and only Henry Rollins contributes a weekly column and far-reaching reportage to the music section of the LA Weekly. Look for your weekly Henry Rollins fix right here on West Coast Sound every Wednesday and make sure to tune in to Henry's KCRW radio show every Saturday ... More >>
There's always that someone in your family or group of friends or entourage (this is LA we're talking about after all) who is a little intimidating come Holidays gift season. They're way into music, but they're into music in an obsessive way that seems to say "you'll never be able to find a m ... More >>
Lina Lecaro At Redbury, turntables come with directions, iPod docks don't. Chocolates on the bed, fruit baskets, iPod docks, free porn... yada, yada. Special little touches like these are nice when staying in a hotel, but after our tour of grand new Redbury in Hollywood last week, we think it ... More >>
Vancouver can have the Winter Games. Here in sunny Southern California, land of the endless summer, our Olympic feats our perennial, and so much cooler than ice dancing. Take DJing for instance -- turntablism, or the art of scratch. Influential as New York was in getting the wheels (of steel) ... More >>
What do worms sound like? Zimoun knows. He is a 32-year-old sound installation artist from Switzerland. He makes things that make noise. These tend to be mechanical things that make sounds that are strangely organic, like rain or waterfalls. (Go here for examples.) You get the feeling that Z ... More >>
Thursday, October 15, 6:50 p.m. Landed in Vegas, am on way to Palms Hotel from airport. In a half hour, the DJ Hero battle will begin: West Coast Sound vs. Z-Trip. Focus. I've had ten years to learn Technics technique. Countless hours in front of the decks, matching beats, absorbing breaks, tweakin ... More >>
Monday Social is Los Angeles' longest-running, electronic dance music night. It started in 1996 as an off-night ode to a cast-off scene, a place where true fans of digitally flavored "progressive" house music could get their fix away from the celebrity crowds. It turned into an affair of its own, ho ... More >>
Photo credit: WinkChris Ramos at the turntableWith its own wine shop and an eighteen-dollar corkage fee, Glendale's Palate Food Wine provides little incentive to BYOB, but has still found a way to create a house party atmosphere. The Sunday afternoon event BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) invite ... More >>
By Randall Roberts
The Burning Man, which was prematurely torched by burner-assassin Paul Addis
on Tuesday morning, has returned. This morning at about 11:30, a crane
lifted what is now known as the Spawn of Burning Man into its rightful place
at the center of Black Rock City. The soundtrack to ... More >>
Here's a link to an extended version of Falling James' interview with Manu Chao appears on L.A. Weekly's website this week. They cover his first L.A. show playing with No Doubt in 1989, to his love of punk rock bands like the Ramones and MC5to the worries of turning into a rock star asshole.
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