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Thursday, July 10, 2014

COURTESY OF CAPITOL RECORDS
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After generating all kinds of buzz with their debut EP Simple, L.A.-based rockers Nightmare and the Cat are gearing up for the release of their debut album of the same name. Due out July 22 on Capitol Records, the Simple album further establishes brothers Django (vocals) and Samuel Stewart (guitars) as two of the most exciting new talents in modern rock.

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Courtesy of Fort King
  • Courtesy of Fort King
For the video to his band Fort King's haunting "Everything Falls Apart," singer-songwriter Ryan Fuller wanted to pay tribute to two of his favorite symbols of a bygone Los Angeles: the late poet/boozehound Charles Bukowski and Hollywood Park Racetrack, which hosted its last race back in December and is being demolished to make way for condos.

With the help of director Mike James and fellow singer-songwriter Matthew Teardrop, who perfectly embodies a modern-day Bukowski in scruffy New Balance sneaks, he succeeded. See the video below for a final glimpse of the Hollywood Racetrack before it gets shipped off to the proverbial glue factory.

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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.]

A few days ago I was at the Jersey Shore. It was evening, and I had a few hours for sleep before my 0430 wake-up call, for a dive class that would allow me to go deeper than I was certified for.

I had just finished a long day of location shooting out in the sun and was wondering how I was going to hold up for three deep dives with people I had never met.

We pulled into the parking lot of my hotel and witnessed a fascinating scene. If you have ever watched an episode of Jersey Shore, you are acquainted with the cast. The males: Very strong, capably violent, dull-faced and empty-eyed. The females: Scantily clad, loud, dangerous. They don’t speak so much as yell, threaten and laugh. They seem to be having a great time.

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See Saturday: Matthewdavid - PHOTO BY LOGAN WHITE
  • Photo by Logan White
  • See Saturday: Matthewdavid
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Friday, July 11

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
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Nick Cave has numerous ways of delivering his fire-and-brimstone sermons from atop various pulpits and stages. He’s written novels and appeared in films, and these days Cave has at least two ways of propelling his music forward — he splits his time between Grinderman, whose angular aggression evokes the junkyard clamor of his first band, The Birthday Party, and the venerable Bad Seeds, who back him tonight. On Thursday, July 10, he performs a (sold-out) solo set at the Egyptian Theatre for the local premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, a pseudo-documentary focusing on a fictional day in his life. If Cave’s creaky murder ballads and eternal lyrical obsession with God and the Devil occasionally become repetitive, pianist Conway Savage and the rest of The Bad Seeds pick him up with a compulsively moody, late-night allure. Also Saturday, July 12, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. —Falling James

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hip-Hop That's Nice

Jurassic 5 Is Somehow More Popular Than Ever

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Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 4:50 AM
Jurassic 5 - DANIEL KOHN
  • Daniel Kohn
  • Jurassic 5
In 2013, seminal L.A. hip-hop group Jurassic 5 united at Coachella. Founder Zaakir Muhammad had been working at Nordstrom.

In the year since, they've toured the world, playing headlining shows and festivals, and when we spoke to them not long ago at member Cut Chemist’s house in Glendale, their collective mood was bright.

They released their first song in seven years, "The Way We Do It" (below), to good reviews, and say they’re getting along fabulously.  

Ahead of their show at the Greek on Saturday — and following a nearly five hour rehearsal — we spoke to the group members about their current state of affairs, old beef, and potential for more new material.

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Terrorizer - 1989 line-up - COURTESY OF EMMA PINTADO
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  • Terrorizer - 1989 line-up
Terrorizer’s 1989 debut album World Downfall showcased what would become trademarks of the grindcore genre. That is, extremely short bursts of aggression similar to punk, but amped up by distorted death metal riffs and the fastest blastbeat drumming imaginable, with all of it a backdrop for politically-conscious lyrics.

The album is now considered one of the cornerstones of the grindcore movement. But the L.A. group disbanded shortly after World Downfall was recorded, leaving a massive hole in the grindcore movement. 

On Saturday, however, vocalist Oscar Garcia will revisit many songs from World Downfall for the first time in 25 years. It will go down at Grindcore 2014, an all-day extreme metal fest held at  at 333 Live. The event will celebrate the life of Terrorizer (and Napalm Death) guitarist Jesse Pintado, who passed away in 2006 from liver failure.

In addition to a set with his main band Nausea, Garcia will perform for a one-night only set called “Terrorizer L.A.” featuring greats from today’s L.A. extreme metal scene.

Garcia admits that he was hesitant to revisit the seminal album at first, but having Nausea guitarist Leon del Muerte sign on helped him along. 

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DJ Dodger Stadium - PHOTO BY MAX MARTIN
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  • DJ Dodger Stadium
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Follow him on twitter and also check out his archives.]

To feel the maximum emotional indent of DJ Dodger Stadium’s Friend of Mine, seek similar circumstances to those that inspired its creation. Stream the album in your ear buds, and then abandon your car for several hours and stumble at twilight up Alvarado, Bonnie Brae or another artery of the Westlake neighborhood radiating from MacArthur Park.

If you’re unable to do that, the video for lead single “Love Songs” sketches the trail for you. Cameras on a levitating drone float over the commotion of the park and persistent industry of the streets. The hook — a looped soul-disco sample — moans the isolated lament: “Lately, I’ve been singing love songs by myself.”

“Once we made ‘Love Songs,’ it set the tone for the rest of the album,” says Jerome Potter (alias: Jerome LOL), one half of DJ Dodger Stadium. He wears a week’s stubble and a mildly committed mustache, a Hundreds T-shirt and athletic sweats befitting the former Peninsula High basketball player. “We found the vibe and worked around it.”

“It had the raw soulful sound, which is what we’ve always been interested in,” adds his battery mate, Samo Sound Boy, whose birth name is Sam Griesemer. The New Hampshire-raised DJ/producer sports a shaved head and funereal color scheme.

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Miles Tackett - DURAN CASTRO
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  • Miles Tackett
Miles Tackett has been a professional musician for over 20 years. The 45-year-old Highland Park resident plays guitar, bass, cello and more. He’s played around the globe founded several influential, long-running weekly parties in L.A. and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s musical history.

Tackett’s solo debut, the independently released The Fool Who Wonders, is out this week. The guitar-centric record marks a return to his roots, after decades of playing other instruments.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Music Bidness

Why Doesn't UCLA Book Better Concerts?

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Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:21 AM
Tyga performing at UCLA last year - PHOTO CREDIT: ANDY TRAN
  • Photo credit: Andy Tran
  • Tyga performing at UCLA last year
For years now, UCLA students have been complaining about their on-campus concerts.

After all, tuition is an arm and a leg, and a portion of student fees — totaling about $150,000 each year — go toward speaking events, film screenings, and shows. 

So you'd think they'd be able to get some big names. And they have, from time to time, including MacklemoreLMFAO, and Kendrick Lamar. And they also get big names for concerts that are open to the public.

But, generally, the shows for students, which are put on by the student-run Campus Events Commission, tend to be underwhelming.

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Zorthian Ranch - PHOTO BY DANNY LIAO
  • Photo by Danny Liao
  • Zorthian Ranch
The parties Jirayr Zorthian threw at his ranch in the foothills of Altadena were invitation-only events, yet everybody in Los Angeles seemed to rub elbows there: Caltech physicists, modern artists, Pasadena bluebloods, jazz musicians, the famous and infamous, hipsters, hippies and hedonists of every stripe came to dance, drink and seek the divine under the moon. The parties featured bonfires, naked dancing nymphs, spontaneous art happenings, drumming that went all night and, of course, a roast pig borne by barechested men and blessed by a virgin. At the center of it all was Zorthian himself, a short, bearded Dionysus, who would take center stage clad in a red union suit and a bedsheet toga, and let the naked nymphs feed him grapes. The parties at the ranch raged for more than 60 years, until the old man died in 2004.

See also: Everybody Got Naked with Charlie Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History

A Turkish Armenian who’d emigrated to New Haven, Connecticut, as a youth, Zorthian came out West in the 1930s with his wealthy first wife, Betty, and bought 27 acres of scruffy land in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. They had three children and divorced — Jirayr was awarded the land in a settlement that is said to have made him the first man ever to receive alimony. He remarried and, with second wife Dabney, engaged in what Burners now call “radical self-reliance.” They grew their own food, including meat, slept under the stars, rode horses, raised five children and practiced sustainable living long before there was a term for it.

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