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Friday, June 13, 2014

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Our cover story this week profiles Madzilla, who is known for looking hot while smoking weed and is now Instagram famous.

The 25-year-old grew up alternately homeless and living in a trailer with a drug addict.

We spent time with her on Fairfax, and over the course of four hours, Madzilla smoked four kinds of weed. Store owners, skateboarders and aspiring cinematographers wanted her autograph, or else to take a selfie with her or give her a business card. Two old Jewish women cooed at her beauty but chastised her for piercing her dimples and tattooing her face. 

We couldn't fit every pearl of Madzilla wisdom into the story (nor into our original video), so here are a few of the other hilarious and illuminating things she said.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brian Wilson tallies receipts at his Radiant Radish vitamin store in West Hollywood, 1971 - COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. MUSIC
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  • Brian Wilson tallies receipts at his Radiant Radish vitamin store in West Hollywood, 1971
As described in our recent cover story, it turns out that Brian Wilson - leader of the Beach Boys and notorious recluse during the early 1970s - wasn't just lying around in bed letting his beard grow.

See also: Brian Wilson's Secret Bedroom Tapes

Rather, from 1968-1974 he amassed a huge quantity of songs that fed Beach Boys albums, side projects and his own solo career for many years to come.

The individual tracks comprise the "Bedroom Tapes," as I've defined them. 

I was lucky enough to hear most of these tracks, currently being held at the Beach Boys' archive in Burbank and in the hands of Wilson collaborators from the period.

Sadly, many can't be heard by the public - not yet, at least.

Still, they deserve deeper inspection, which you will find below. 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOPSHELF PREMIUM
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For this week's music feature, we spent some time with 23-year-old rapper Lil Debbie. The Oakland native got her start with the Bay Area trio White Girl Mob before being kicked out in 2011 during a span of public infighting.

See also: Our feature profile of Lil Debbie

Since then, she's had YouTube hits with fellow hip-hop personality Riff Raff, and remains a colorful character. Her debut EP, Queen D, is out next week, and below are some of her excellent quotes that didn't make the story.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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"Who Bob Dylan?" Outtakes From Our Riff Raff Cover Story

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Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

COVER IMAGE BY AMANDA LOPEZ
  • Cover image by Amanda Lopez
Our feature profile on the rapper Riff Raff, published last week, still has the internet doing a collective OMG. Tracing his story from childhood days in a tranquil Houston suburb through community college in northern Minnesota through a rapid ascent in hip-hop (with each step documented by a hastily-obtained tattoo), it's a Gatsbyian tale of a man who has been completely absorbed into his character.

Riff Raff himself didn't like the piece -- in a flurry of direct Twitter messages he called this writer a "SNAiL" and insisted "YOUR BODY & MiND COLLECT DUST" -- but it has been extremely well-read, making sense of a cultural figure who is as controversial as he is entertaining. Ahead of the print edition of L.A. Weekly, which drops today, and which features him on the cover -- yes, despite his concerns when we interviewed him, Riff Raff made the cover -- here are some of his most hilarious and oddly-poignant quotes that didn't make the story.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

From Hanni El Khatib's "Family" video (below)
  • From Hanni El Khatib's "Family" video (below)
This week for our music feature we profile local guitar hero Hanni El Khatib, whose sophomore album, Head In the Dirt, came out Tuesday on the heels of some cherry licensing placements (hello, Super Bowl commercial).

See also: Hanni El Khatib: The hard-partying singer is sexy, raw, wild and, hopefully, dangerous

El Khatib's classic Americana image has positioned him among some prominent roots-rock figures, including the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (who produced Head in the Dirt at his Nashville studio) and, um, Kid Rock. In preparation for the story, we had a long lunchtime chat and hangout at the pomade-wearing sex symbol's recent Hollywood art opening. Here are some quotes that didn't make the story, plus his new video for "Family."

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

JENNIE WARREN
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Our music feature this week breaks down the career of KCRW Music Director and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley, who has been a central figure in the L.A. electronic scene since almost before Skrillex was born. We spoke with Bentley a number of times for this story, including in the basement studio at KCRW, about the return of his electronic-focused radio show Metropolis and some new developments at this year's Coachella. Here are some outtakes from Bentley and Hard Events founder Gary Richards that didn't make the story.

See also: Jason Bentley Is the Music Director of Los Angeles

On how he spots new musical trends:

Bentley: It's kind of a magic process, and I only say that because I try and respect a bigger conversation and voice. Sometimes one single record will open the door and then everyone wants to go through that door. It's not a conspiracy, it just happens. Deadmau5's Faxing Berlin is an example; after that, everyone wanted to hear that kind of record.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

CREDIT: NIKKO LE MERE
  • Credit: Nikko Le Mere
Tokimonsta is the subject of our music feature this week; for the story, we hung out with the beat scene DJ/producer at the dinner party event celeb chef Roy Choi whipped up for her at his restaurant A-Frame. A few days later we sat down with her over green tea to talk about her recently released sophomore LP Half Shadows. A few days after that, we ran into her again on the street after a late night party at SXSW in Austin.

See also: Tokimonsta Leaves the Nest: The producer's new album is on a big-time label

She spoke about her rise through the beat scene, her creative process, releasing her new album on a major label and how rad her cat is. Here's some material that didn't make the story.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Lady Lazarus' Dream Pop World

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Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:00 AM

The album cover for All My Love in Half Light  - CREDIT: PAPA VIC PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • The album cover for All My Love in Half Light
For our latest music feature, we profile L.A.-based experimental dream pop singer/songwriter Lady Lazarus, nee Melissa Sweat. Although still relatively unknown, Sweat's recently-released sophomore LP All My Love in Half Light has received glowing reviews.

See also: Lady Lazarus Rising: Singer-songwriter Melissa Sweat released her inner artist through great trial and tribulation

We kicked it with her a few times, including last month at the HMS Bounty in Koreatown. In a back booth, over glasses of red wine, she talked art, life, romance and her creative process. Here are some outtakes that didn't make the story.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Local Natives - AARON FRANK
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  • Local Natives
For our music feature this week, we spoke with acclaimed L.A. indie rockers Local Natives about their much-anticipated new album Hummingbird, out next week. Ascending from relative obscurity in Orange County to opening for Arcade Fire on tour in 2011, Local Natives helped breathe new life into the Silver Lake music scene with their debut album Gorilla Manor.

See also: Local Natives' Big Vaulted Ceilings: On their new album, the rising indie-folk act show who they are and what they've become

We caught up with the band at Food+Lab for our initial interview in December and again in January, at lead singer Kelcey Ayer's apartment. The members gabbed openly about everything, from their roots dating back to junior high to recording their new album in Brooklyn last year with Aaron Dessner of The National. Here are some outtakes that didn't make the story.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cutting-Room Floor

Xzibit On a Shrooms Trip Gone Awry, and Other Stories

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Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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For our music feature this week, we spoke with Xzibit, the Los Angeles-via-Detroit rapper whose hard-core yet introspective albums have earned him a place in the pantheon as one of the greatest West Coast rappers. He's collaborated with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, and later served as the host of the MTV wish fulfillment program, Pimp My Ride.

See also: *Xzibit Carries the Weight: Post-Pimp My Ride, the rapper strides forward

*Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums

From his Chatsworth studio, Xzibit spoke to us about his new album, Napalm and his experiences over a decade and a half in the industry. Here are some outtakes that didn't make the story.

On his early years in the L.A. hip-hop scene:

I was running around, doing a lot of freestyle shit, a lot of Unity shows, and freestyling with the Alkaholics. I was bouncing from show to show, and just trying to get on wherever I could. But that was the live aspect. We didn't really do mixtapes and all of that shit. I think there's something to be said about being able to rip a live show, and be in a live environment. That's where my breeding ground was.

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