Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Unironic Rockin

The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

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Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:15 AM
The Diamond Light: (left to right) Ian Ochs, Griffin Young, Brian Stanley - PHOTO BY DYLAN HAYES
  • Photo by Dylan Hayes
  • The Diamond Light: (left to right) Ian Ochs, Griffin Young, Brian Stanley
Dateline, L.A. 2014: Tweeness rules. Experimental indie bands are a dime a dozen.

But the Diamond Light aren't about that life. They're purveyors of good old-fashioned blues rock. And it's kind of refreshing.

They've been featured in Blind Blind Tiger's Speakeasy Sessions, in Nylon Guys playing a stripped-down version on Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance," and on the soundtrack to Game of Thrones' Jason Mamoa's road-trip thriller, Road to Paloma.

They've got deep roots together.

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We dig the yellow stripes  strypes - COURTESY OF THE LABEL
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  • We dig the yellow stripes strypes
Last night our favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper played Whisky-A-Go-Go. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades —  or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year, they show no signs of stopping their glamorous righteousness.

But despite their unique legacy, there aren’t a whole lot of Stryper tribute bands in existence. Which is why, in hopes of rectifying this error of human civilization, we're pitched a few ideas for potential Stryper tribute bands.

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Early Graves - see August 6th - JORDAN GOLDSTEIN
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  • Early Graves - see August 6th
Saturday, August 2nd
Morbid Saint
The Black Castle
Editor's Note: This show has been "indefinitely postponed."

Monday, August 4th
Night Demon
Five Star Bar
The 2012 self-titled EP from L.A. trio Night Demon is a blistering slab of classic metal that will appeal to fans of pioneering British acts like Judas Priest and Diamond Head. The group brings it in the live setting as well, and they would have fit perfectly onto the great live ‘80s metal albums recorded at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon.

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Pirates vs. Ninjas at Studio 69 - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Pirates vs. Ninjas at Studio 69
Summer fun is burning hot about now with a slew of big bashes, many of them marking the not-so-timid Leo birthday contingent. Here, the best of the batch, kicking off what is sure to be an action-packed August.

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Fanatics! Good radio is what it’s all about on this show and tonight, we again deliver the goods. You will notice the slightest of concepts here as we rock Omar Souleyman on both hours. He will be in LA on Sunday night. I will be interviewing him at the Grammy Museum that afternoon. Should be a great day and night with Omar.

I am in the middle of nowhere and the internet is lousy. I am going to post this and stop struggling trying to paste in links, etc. As always, I hope you like the show and perhaps I will see some of you on Sunday!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Cambodian Rap Is Starting to Blow Up in Long Beach

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM
In May, two Long Beach rappers released a music video for "I'm a Cambo" — an anthem to their shared Cambodian heritage, in the style of Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta” or Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”

In the video (below), the two emcees stand near a rooftop pool in downtown Long Beach wearing flat-billed hats and tank tops, rapping over a club-ready beat similar to YG’s “Who Do You Love?” as slow-motion clips from Long Beach’s Cambodian New Year parade flicker past.

As with any good summer anthem, the chorus comes hard, fast and often. It’s a little rough, but its phrasing is infectious, and its message is at once a rallying cry for those who understand what it means to be a Cambodian in Southern California and an aggressive introduction for those who don’t. I’m a motherfuckin’ Cambo/Go hard in the paint/Hennessy is all I drink/I’m a motherfuckin’ Cambo ...

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Shabazz Palaces
The Roxy
July 30, 2014

Back in 2011, long before Yeezus and Skrillex's song on the A$AP Rocky' album, Seattle-based hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces put out Black Up, a powerhouse that heralded the coming love affair between rap and EDM.

Pairing Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler's verging-on-pretentious lyrics (how many other guys could pull off the word "sepulcher"?) with gauzy loops, psychedelic crescendos and Tendai Maraire's Zimbabwe-infused percussion, the duo quickly garnered critical acclaim and artsy fans. 

Last night, two days after releasing their much-anticipated sophomore studio album, Lese Majesty, Butler and Maraire treated a multicultural crowd at the Roxy to their first L.A. concert since 2012.

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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.]

I am in the back of an SUV, the seat in front of me almost against my knees. The great wide open of southeastern Colorado rolls by the window. Except for Kerri, who’s driving, everyone has a laptop open. Phone calls are coming in, logistics are being hammered out, something about a hot air balloon. This is our rolling production office between locations.

We are in the homestretch of shooting 10 Things You Don’t Know About for H2. Only another month or so left to go. Our remaining locations will be in Colorado, Nevada and California. The next few weeks will be extremely hot.

Last night, we were in Lamar, Colorado. It was 98 degrees when we pulled in in the early evening. The multihour drive from the Denver airport was quite moving. Small towns with closed theaters, gas stations and department stores appeared out of nowhere. As quickly, they vanished.

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See Saturday: Best Coast at Burger a-Go-Go! - PHOTO COURTESY OF WICHITA RECORDINGS
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  • See Saturday: Best Coast at Burger a-Go-Go!
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Friday, August 1

Arcade Fire
These days when you think Arcade Fire, it’s all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn’t always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie music, traversing themes of organized religion, coming of age, hope, nostalgia and death. Their sound is known for being lush and dramatic, celebrating true musicianship in complex instrumentals with everything from harps to xylophones and even a hurdy-gurdy. Their enthusiastic nature, led by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, empowers their audience, both live and recorded, with an unforgettable experience. While this tour glitters with their most recent release, longtime fans will be graced with a mix of older songs, some even dating back to the band’s first EP, reworked and revitalized with dance-paced tem and pos. Also Saturday, August 2. —Britt Witt

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mr. T's Bowl Parking Lot Entrance - PHOTO BY ART TAVANA
  • Photo by Art Tavana
  • Mr. T's Bowl Parking Lot Entrance
It's official: The 1933 Group, who "design and build fancy drinkeries" in L.A., will soon be remodeling Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park into the new and more glamorous "Highland Park Bowl." 

"At Highland Park Bowl, we plan on continuing the legacy of live music when it was Mr. T's," says Dimitri Komarov, co-owner of the 1933 Group. "We'll be restoring the original eight vintage bowling lanes and will bring the space back to its original glory when it was Highland Park Bowl."

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