Friday, July 25, 2014

A young juggalo faces the punishment for his crimes - NATE "IGOR" SMITH
  • Nate "Igor" Smith
  • A young juggalo faces the punishment for his crimes
Those in the outside world tend to view the Gathering of the Juggalos as a lawless festival of debauchery, with apparently violent clowns — "gang members," even, if you ask the U.S. government — running rampant and chaos ruling the day.

In actuality, this notion is far from the truth. Juggalos in attendance not only consistently treat one another with respect, but even have an institutionalized arbiter of disputes for when conflict does arise.

Have an issue with a fellow juggalo? Take them to Juggalo Night Court.

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  • Groundislava
Like a lot of teenagers in 2003, Jasper Patterson was obsessed with The Matrix. Then his mother gave him a copy of William Gibson’s groundbreaking cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Neuromancer. “This is where it all started,” she told him.

Ever since, Patterson, who produces electronic music under the name Groundislava, has been a huge cyberpunk fan. And with his forthcoming third album, Frozen Throne, due out in September, he’s finally incorporating that obsession into his music.

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  • The Ooks of Hazzard
5610 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Friday, July 25, 10 p.m., $10, 21+

Hillbillies and hip kids are rocking’ the same look these days, so we fully expect to see grubby bearded boys and dirty-lookin’ chicks in cut-offs carousing together at the Dragonfly’s new country night, Hollywood Hoedown. Promoter Mr. Cleo is calling it a “redneck fabulous fiasco.”

There’ll be bikini mud wrestling going down (featuring some local yokel named Big Bubba the Hoe Crusher), plus Wild West Burlesque.

But we hear it’s the bands you’ll want to stomp your boots for: members of Calico, Merle Jagger, Ooks of Hazard, Killing Cassanova and “the world’s naughtiest house band,” Dixie Normous. DJ Trans Am will spin country — real country, y’all, not that wimpy nouveau crap. Southern BBQ will be available, too.

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Fanatics! I am happy to be able to lay this very cool and special show on you.

I was lucky enough to get a great sounding copy of Can’s amazing album Tago Mago. I was listening to it several weeks ago and it sounded so good, I thought I would make a CDR of it and see if it sounded better than the official CD release. I found my CDR to be superior and thought it would a great idea for us to listen to this homemade version all the way through. We have put together this show with Tago Mago in the second half of the first hour and the first half of the second hour. So, we will still have our all over the place mix of songs with a great double album in the middle.

We have had this show planned for a long time and are excited for it to be hitting the air. Hopefully, you can tell that we never dial these shows in. They are carefully assembled and prepared.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Nate "Igor" Smith
After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.

Will its new home prove as accommodating as its last? Or will the residents of Thornville freak the hell out — like the citizens of Kaiser, Missouri, did when they learned last year that the Gathering was flirting with a move to their town?

After Day One of the Gathering in Thornville, it's probably a bit premature to answer either of those questions. But there are plenty of differences between this year's Gathering and last year's festival. Below are ten initial observations we had as to how the move to Ohio may be better — or worse.

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Babymetal - BABYMETAL.JP
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When I first sat down to type out this post, it was with the full intention of tearing the piss out of Babymetal.

This trio of precocious teenage girls — average age is 15 — has become one of the hottest forces in metal thanks to techno-infused J-pop layered over metallic riffs and blasting drums that have more in common with extreme metal than the world of pop. Videos for tracks like “Head Bangya!” are audio/visual assaults on every sense, with imagery and production that are as if cartoon metallers Dethklok came to life and were then given a cute Japanese anime finish.

I am very accepting of the cheesier elements of metal that come from within the genre’s own conventions. But having one of the newest global phenomenons associated with metal come from the Japanese pop idol industry was a hard pill to swallow.

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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

For the last several days, I have been in and out of Philadelphia, working on the show that never ends, 10 Things You Don’t Know About. We started about 80 days ago and are over 40 shooting days in, with a  ong way to go. I get off easy compared with the people on the production end. I really don’t know how they do it.

The weather has been moving us around a bit. Suddenly, we were faced with three days off. When we got word of this massive 72 hours away from waking up at the crack of dawn — and going full-on until wrap — I think some of us just didn’t know what to do with so much time. I love having “problems” like this.

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Tim Presley and Ty Segall - PHOTO BY BRIAN PRITCHARD
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  • Tim Presley and Ty Segall
White Fence's latest album, For the Recently Found Innocent, took Tim Presley out of the isolation of his bedroom and into the studio — well, into Ty Segall's one car garage with a foot of soundproofing on each wall, a space so tight Presley says your drink would knock over if you winked.

"That garage is basically a bedroom," jokes Segall. "Nah, it was smaller," adds Presley.

For Presley, who moved to Los Angeles so he "didn't have to rely on other peoples' opinions or stigmas," recording as White Fence has always been a pretty solitary process. 

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  • Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency
  • See Saturday: La Santa Cecilia
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Friday, July 25

Dierks Bentley
For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country’s superstars. Every year since 2006, the 38-year-old has spent a good chunk of his time on the road entertaining fans with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean. In February, Bentley released Riser, his seventh studio album. The record’s second single, “I Hold On,” became his first song to climb to the top of the country airplay charts. In addition to his hits, Bentley is known for his energetic live show. But as Riser proved to even the most dismissive of critics, Bentley’s career isn’t slowing down anytime soon. —Daniel Kohn

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


International Pop Overthrow Returns to Los Angeles for 17th Straight Year

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Power-pop icon Jason Falkner (left) with IPO founder and leader David Bash (right) - COURTESY OF JEFF HARRIS
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  • Power-pop icon Jason Falkner (left) with IPO founder and leader David Bash (right)
From July 25 through August 3, the International Pop Overthrow – an annual janglefest featuring the latest in power-pop talent – returns to Los Angeles for its 17th year.

IPO, as the event is affectionately known, remains the number-one showcase for global bands in the mode of Badfinger, Big Star, the Raspberries and Cheap Trick. Credit for its continued presence on the underground scene goes mainly to David Bash, the one-man operation who conceived IPO and continues to oversee its tiniest details without a trace of corporate sponsorship.

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