Read about LAAF artistic director Sean Lennon's picks for the festival in last week's Cult Stars column.
Wednesday night, the third not-quite annual Los Angeles Animation Festival opened at the Regent Showcase. The free event was essentially a preview of what's to come over the next few days, with ... More >>
After forty-odd years of revivals and re-imaginings, garage rock isn't much of a clear-cut genre. Here in L.A., though, where garage is a persistent fixture in the venues and living rooms, you start to find a more consistent sound. It's usually something like surf rock with a rough exterior -- a raw ... 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 >>
Timothy NorrisSmashing Pumpkins at the Gibson Amphitheatre, December 2008On the surface, the songs on the first EP in the Smashing Pumpkins' ambitious 44-song Teargarden by Kaleidyscope seem to reflect the time main man Billy Corgan spent communing with Spirits in the Sky.
Spirits, the side ... More >>
You'd think Billy Corgan would be exhausted by now -- dodging paparazzi with his new girl Jessica Simpson, spending countless hours in the studio tinkering with the upcoming Pumpkins album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, oh, and let's not forget running his God blog. We get it, the man's busy. Bu ... More >>
The deep, rich, dynamic box set Where the Action Is! LA Nuggets 1965-1968, which compiles 101 urgent rock songs from Los Angeles, has been out for a little less than two months, which for most releases is the lifespan of the so-called "marketing campaign." But Action! is a little different. It's a s ... More >>
Recently we started getting Twitter direct messages from someone named @studiodog, and at first we couldn't figure out if the person was an oddball Smashing Pumpkins fan sending news updates on Billy Corgan's progress in the studio or an insider. But as we parsed them further, it started to appear t ... More >>
Times are tight, for sure. A box set is a luxury that few can afford these days. Given the choice between a 4 cd collection and paying the phone bill or buying a bottle of Scotch, well, let's just say you can't download a bottle of Scotch.
But if you're at all curious about the history of th ... More >>
Details of the memorial for LA garage rock legend and frontman of The Seeds Sky Sunlight Saxon have just been released through the artist's official MySpace blog. The event, to take place on July 24 at the Echoplex, will include performances from Spirits in the Sky, a collaboration between Billy Co ... More >>
By far, the Official Most Anticipated L.A. Reissue of the Year has officially become the just-announced Los Angeles Nuggets Box that Rhino Records has announced. It's a four CD-box of garage and weird rock classics of the 1960s, a wild ride through an LA long since vanished.
25. Prafit-"Nice Weather"
The nice weather is long gone--the ostensibly immutable Los Angeles sun blotted by kidney colored clouds and cold rain. So Prafit's ode to the sizzle of July feels like an antique postcard documenting endless light, chicken breasts smothered in BBQ sauce, and basement ... More >>