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Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Weekend

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Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 4:15 AM
Los Pinguos perform at the Mint Friday night. - PHOTO BY ENZO BUONO
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  • Los Pinguos perform at the Mint Friday night.
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Friday, December 26

“We gotta have faith. It’s one of the most powerful forces. You create your life through what you believe,” Gift of Gab declared while introducing the new song “Blacka” at a Blackalicious concert this summer in Atlanta. “Belief and faith can work for you or it can work against you. So, be positive, think positive, do positive things.” Gab and his musical partner, DJ/producer Chief Xcel, have long employed “the positive tip” in their rapid-fire tracks, instead of glorifying thuggery and materialism as do so many other rappers. But it has been difficult for longtime fans to remain positive after waiting almost a decade for the Sacramento duo to release something new since 2005’s spellbinding word-fest, The Craft. With its shout-along chorus, “Blacka” is an intriguing tease from Blackalicious’ long-awaited, upcoming album, Emoni. — Falling James

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A reveler at Shadowplay. - COURTESY OF LIZ OHANESIAN
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  • A reveler at Shadowplay.
It might be the time of year when most of us lay low before the revelry of NYE, but for those who do still wanna get out, we suggest getting your synth on with these two haps from the dark side of dance music.

On Friday, Clockwork Orange has an homage to beloved U.K. dance rockers New Order, highlighting videos and tracks from both New Order and precursor band Joy Division, plus stuff influenced by both. DJ Bruce Perdew also will spin compatible electronic, dark wave and ’80s sounds.

On Saturday, the last Shadowplay party of the year features another tribute night. The shindig, created by the Weekly’s own Liz Ohanesian and Club Underground’s Larry G., will celebrate the music of Fad Gadget, the first artist signed to Mute Records and a synth-pop innovator. Liz will be on the decks with selections running heavy on Gadget’s mastermind Frank Tovey and similar artists such as Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Love and Rockets, Soft Cell and Tones on Tail.

3040 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, Fri., Dec. 26, 10 p.m., $5-$10, 18+. More info here.

943 N. Broadway, Chinatown, Sat., Dec. 27, 10 p.m., $5-$8, 21+. More info here.

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Fanatic! I hope your holiday routine is going well. This is our last show for the year. I thought we would do a little sum up of the year, some of the records that were really good; you will notice some of them in the show.

This was a GREAT year for records! Every Fanatic has an opinion and as far as standout listens for 2014, here are some of mine in no particular order:

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Open Mike Eagle Is Indie Rap's Sharpest, Funniest Social Critic

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Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
Open Mike Eagle - PHOTO BY JO PERRI
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  • Open Mike Eagle

Only four years ago, Open Mike Eagle eulogized his music career. He was in his late 20s, the father of a year-old son, recently laid off from his job as a special education teacher in South Central. The country was mired in financial crisis and the market for subversive art rappers looked only slightly sunnier than for cartographers.

Skip to the present and little has changed. He still whimsically lampoons racists, clichéd rappers, exploitive capitalists and anyone singing "Kashmir" at karaoke. He's still haunted by the "gay ghost of James Baldwin." Financial security still eludes him.

However, he's flush with cultural capital.

In 2014, Michael Eagle II released the unanimously acclaimed Dark Comedy (ranked by L.A. Weekly writers as the year's best album), earned representation from a premier booking agency and launched a successful podcast on American Public Media. The Culver City resident has become your favorite comedian's favorite rapper — revered by Paul F. Tompkins, Marc Maron and Hannibal Buress, his college friend and collaborator.

But for every victory, in some circles, Open Mike Eagle is still fundamentally misunderstood.

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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.]

Christmas has as many meanings as people you care to ask. For some, it’s an opportunity to freak out and declare there’s a war on the holiday and therefore the American way of life. That particular howl at the moon is now almost as traditional as the day itself, and my personal favorite whine when it gets rolled out every year.

I have spent Christmas Day in many different countries over the years. No matter where I end up, there is one image I can count on seeing: the face of Santa Claus hovering over the Coca-Cola logo.

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  • Chromeo
Yet another major regional music festival is coming to the Southland: CRSSD Festival, which will arrive in San Diego March 14 and 15. Co-produced by Goldenvoice and San Diego concert promoter CRSSD FNGRS, the festival will feature an EDM-heavy lineup, including headliners Chromeo, Classixx, DJ Harvey, Flight Facilities and Empire of the Sun.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bryan Hollon, aka Boom Bip (right), seen here with Gruff Rhys in their Neon Neon project. - PHOTO BY MARK JAMES
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  • Bryan Hollon, aka Boom Bip (right), seen here with Gruff Rhys in their Neon Neon project.
[Update: After this article was originally posted, Bryan Hollon answered some questions about the incident for L.A. Weekly via email. You can read his comments at the end of the article.]

[Second update: South Pasadena police announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 23) that a suspect in the hit-and-run is in custody.]

Electronic musician Bryan Hollon, aka Boom Bip, was out walking with his wife, dog and 4-month-old daughter near his home in South Pasadena on Sunday evening, when the entire family was run down in a crosswalk by an SUV, which then fled the scene. Both mother and daughter were hospitalized and the dog was killed. Hollon sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

"An unknown suspect driving a newer model, dark colored sport utility vehicle, turned from westbound Columbia Street to southbound Orange Grove Avenue, hitting the 40 year-old husband, the 30 year-old mother, their 4 month old daughter, who was being held in her mother’s arms, and the family dog," according to a South Pasadena Police report. "After the collision the driver continued southbound Orange Grove without stopping to render aid or call 9-1-1."

Hollon told local news reporters that they assumed the driver had seen them in the crosswalk, because the SUV appeared to slow down, before unexpectedly accelerating and hitting the family.

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  • Earth
Just when we think there is nowhere left to explore in the world of metal, a flood of excellent releases both reinforce what we already love about the genre, and push the boundaries of what we know it to be. Below, we celebrate the top 10 heavy metal albums of 2014 that accomplished both of the above for us.

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Whether you think it's the best night to party of the whole year, or a risky amateur night, there is something about New Year's Eve that feels special. It deserves more than some booze in front of the tube at home. We say take a chance and get out!

As in years past, we've strived to compile a diverse array of happenings to choose from, indicative of the wild and wonderful offerings we covered all year in L.A. From themed retro nights to mega-hotel bashes to DJ-driven dance-offs to offbeat bashes that could only happen here, in this great city, we think any of these would be a fine and festive way to kick off 2015. 

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[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.]

Year-end lists are inherently absurd. Ranking the best albums implies impossible objectivity and obsessive devotion. The most dedicated listeners can’t hear everything. The best ears are susceptible to overhype. All tastes are biased. All canons are personal.

It ultimately boils down to what YG asked earlier this year: Who do you love?

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