Friday, April 5
Vum, Esben and the Witch
There's plenty of the spirit of New York synth-punk pioneers Suicide in minimal L.A. synth-wave trio Vum on their new single "I Will Return" -- and is that song title a promise or a threat? This is menacing stuff, built on bare-bones electronic b ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.]
Rap only exists in extremes. Don't let the polite reviews of Lil Wayne's Carter IV fool you, for instance. It got lots of ... More >>
Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time
Top 20 Musicians of All Time, in Any Genre
Top 20 Whitest Musicians of All Time
10. White Rabbits
Why do bands need a second drummer? In recent years everyone from Local Natives to Bon Iver to fucking Radiohead has thrown a second kit out there, or at least a floor to ... 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 >>
Shannon CottrellShibuya-kei influenced band The Aprils played Meltdown Comics in L.A.
In our recent posts on bands like Anamanaguchi, The Aprils and The Lady Spade, you might have noticed references to Shibuya-kei, the '90s-centric style of indie, almost always electronic, pop that centered ... More >>
Trish Keenan, singer for Broadcast, R.I.P.
Several news organizations are reporting that electronic UK label Warp Records has announced the death of Trish Keenan, lead singer of Broadcast.
According to Warp's announcement:
It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcas ... More >>
Our Epic Fail Band could be your life! Here's how.
We're gonna start 2011 by being servicey. We have seen too many talented bands (and the PR people they pay) squander opportunities and/or generally make our lives in the music press difficult. We thought we'd give you our (100% unsolicited) ... More >>
STEREOLAB, NOT MUSIC (DRAG CITY)
Twenty years and 12 albums in Stereolab gives us Not Music, a record derived from the same sessions that produced 2008's Chemical Chords and released during their self-imposed hiatus. This mix of "new" songs and remixes of "old" ones is fantastic, but if you ... More >>
Big in Japan: the Free DesignChris Dedrick, leader and songwriter of the cult group the Free Design, died on Friday, according to his website.
The Free Design released several soft-pop albums between 1967 and 1972, initially under the mentorship of easy-listening legend Enoch Light. The jazz ... More >>
Click here for photos from the Echoplex and of Thom Yorke at the Orpheum.
So. There was a lot of hype surrounding this show. That's inevitable when you toss Los Angeles, Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, and two percussionists into a 600-capacity club in the middle of Echo Park. The Internets get cr ... More >>
You better believe they serve Pepsi at Medieval Times.
30. Los Campesinos-Hold On Now, Youngster (Wichita/Arts and Crafts)
Gareth Campesinos and Co. clearly grew up not just liking music but being obsessed by bands, and they've done the only honourable thing you can in that position: they've ... More >>
Richard Swift. Photograph from the album Richard Swift As Onasis.
This is the extended interview from Rena Kosnett's article on prolific musician Richard Swift.
L.A. Weekly: Was there a strategic purpose, or a goal, in releasing Ground Trouble Jaw for free?
Richard Swift: I think it was void of ... More >>
Celebrate Joy Division all you want, but my money goes on Wire as the greatest of the post-punk bands (ask me on a different day and I'll tell you the Fall). The only difference is a suicide, and a bigger focus on minimalism (okay, not the only difference). Want proof as to the genius of Wire? See b ... More >>
You've heard the Motorik beat, one of the seminal rhythms of the late 20ths century. Created in the early 1970s by Dusseldorf, Germany percussionist Klaus Dinger, the Motorik beat over the past thirty years has become of the essential rhythms of our time. Dinger died last week, though his thoroughly ... More >>
45. Joe Buhdha Presents Klashnekoff: Lionheart: Tussle With the Beast [Low Life Records/Riddim Killa]
Exactly three British rappers have managed to "break" the American market in this decade, and by "break" I mean getting the American music press to hype them as the best thing since Earl Grey a ... More >>