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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rapper Álvaro Díaz at Cultura Dura - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
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  • Rapper Álvaro Díaz at Cultura Dura
Featuring ambitious remixes and mashups of everything from cumbia to EDM and hip-hop to ranchera, the Cultura Dura Tour made the final stop of an eight-city tour Saturday night at Club Los Globos in Silver Lake. With an all-star roster of rising talent on the bill, the night was a sweaty and eclectic dance party that showcased the vast musical treasures of traditional Latin American and Caribbean rhythms, combined with the laptop-produced beats of a new generation of Latino kids.

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These Cannabis Buddha Biscuits will prime your stomach for wayyy more turkey. - PHOTO BY NATALIE MARTINEZ
  • Photo by Natalie Martinez
  • These Cannabis Buddha Biscuits will prime your stomach for wayyy more turkey.
Considering just how much food will crowd onto your Thanksgiving table this year, it could almost be considered rude not to get baked before dinner. After all, if your Aunt Margaret went to the trouble of making her special marshmallow sweet potato soufflé, you damn well better have a few bites!

But what if instead of hitting a quick bowl in the basement or rocking a few puffs of the vape pen in the bathroom, you could integrate some THC into your meal from the get-go? That’s what Natalie Martinez, an L.A.-based chef for the popular DIY weed-cooking website Stoner’s Cookbook, suggests: a few cannabis dishes, especially on the early side of the meal, can make all the difference when helping you politely try everyone’s contributions and stay hungry enough for dessert.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Night

Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler Is Still a Fox

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Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Psychedelic Furs - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Psychedelic Furs
While '80s nostalgia has proven its enduring appeal on the tour circuit, few bands have the back catalog, not to mention the chops, to keep things fresh even without new material. Saturday night at the Henry Fonda Theatre, The Psychedelic Furs proved they still do, more than 20 years after their heyday.

Along with opening set by The Lemonheads, it was a retro rock spectacle that felt anything but dated, even during crowd sing-a-longs to songs that evoked the new wave decade in all its bittersweet flamboyance.

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  • Foo Fighters
We’ve been big fans so far of Sonic Highways, the HBO series in which Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters visit different cities around America seeking inspiration in their respective music scenes. Previous episodes highlighting cities like Chicago, Nashville and Washington, D.C., have pulled off a nifty balancing act, toggling between the more personal narratives of Grohl and his bandmates and the broader history and character of the city as a whole. It’s like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations for rock nerds.

So naturally, we were excited to view last Friday night’s Los Angeles episode of Sonic Highways — and disappointed when it failed to capture our town’s sleazy rock & roll heart.

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After literally bumping into one another backstage at Coachella last year, singer/violinist/keyboardist Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event and guitarist Marc Sallis of The Duke Spirit decided to form a band together. Their group, The Bulls, offers collisions of a different sort, combining the pair's love of late '80s/early '90s dream-pop and shoegaze with Bulbrook's lush string arrangements and Sallis's moody, reverb-drenched guitars.

In their first video, for the lovelorn ballad "Come Unwound," The Bulls and director Evan Mathis use provocative images of kinbaku, a Japanese form of erotic rope bondage, to represent the romantic tug-of-war that unfolds in the song's lyrics. L.A. Weekly is pleased (and more than a little turned on) to premiere the video here. We also asked Anna and Marc to tell us a little more about the video and what else fans can expect from their new project. 

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Deerhoof, playing the Troubadour on Monday. - PHOTO BY CHAD KAMENSHINE
  • Photo by Chad Kamenshine
  • Deerhoof, playing the Troubadour on Monday.
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Monday, November 17

Deerhoof, Crystal Skulls
Deerhoof’s sound can be loosely described as punk rock, but how many other punk bands have played with Yoko Ono and had their songs covered by The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh? On their latest album, La Isla Bonita, the Bay Area group plunges into straight-up punk blasts like “Exit Only,” with its distorted guitars abruptly colliding. But they also segue into such dream-pop interludes as “Mirror Monster,” where singer Satomi Matsuzaki coos gently over a sea of fluttering, watery guitars. Other tracks range from the funky art-rock of “Last Fad” to the percussive jangle of “Paradise Girls.” Crystal Skulls have a breezier style, combining stop-and-start chords with the poppy vocals of Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes). Songs like “Airport Motels” and “Hussy” are flecked with clean, shimmering guitars that brighten Wargo’s laidback delivery. — Falling James

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Los Straitjackets with Deke Dickerson (left), who sang vocals on the usually all-instrumental band's latest album. - COURTESY OF THE BAND
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  • Los Straitjackets with Deke Dickerson (left), who sang vocals on the usually all-instrumental band's latest album.
For two decades Los Straitjackets have donned the Lucha Libre masks, the snazzy dark suits and the sparkling, space-age DiPinto guitars. For 20 albums — their 21st came out last month — they have blazed a path through lyric-free music, dipping into primal surf, sparkling ‘60s pop, spaghetti Western, spy themes, Latin twang and more, creating a sound that’s earned them the title of the "World’s Number One Instrumental Combo."

Which, in America anyway, means they draw “a couple hundred,” shrugs co-founding guitarist and songwriter Danny Amis, aka Daddy-O Grande.

In the world south of the border, it’s a different story. “They treat us like gods. They love Los Straitjackets down there.”

He’s not kidding. Last fall the L.A.-based group drew 50,000 at Mexico City’s Foro Sol arena. Two nights in a row.

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Attendees at last year's L.A. Fetish Film Festival. - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Attendees at last year's L.A. Fetish Film Festival.
Doms, subs, goths, punks, pervs and sex/film nerds will gather for a tantalizing, two-night celebration of erotic entertainment, fashion and film at this weekend’s fourth annual Los Angeles Fetish Film Festival.

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Fanatic! Thank you for reading these brief notes. Tonight we have a very special show for you.

In our first hour, we rock a cool mix and then in hour number two, we listen to tracks from artists on the excellent Utech label out of Wisconsin.

One of my favorite Wire songs isn’t on any of their first three albums. It is on a single they made after they parted ways with EMI and went to Rough Trade.

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Hazel Hill McCarthy III, Dah Gbedjonon, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Dah Deh in Ouidah, Benin. - LEWIS TEAGUE WRIGHT
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  • Hazel Hill McCarthy III, Dah Gbedjonon, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Dah Deh in Ouidah, Benin.
For years, L.A. artist Hazel Hill McCarthy III and her partner, Eric Nordhauser, curated Show Cave, a haven for experimental art in all forms, and easily one of the most eclectic venues in Los Angeles’ rich history. Now, she's working on a film that examines West African vodun (voodoo) with a seemingly unlikely collaborator: performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, best known as a founding member of the groundbreaking industrial band Throbbing Gristle and the occult and art collective, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY).

The two met backstage at a Throbbing Gristle show in New York. Hill McCarthy recalls, “The lights were blinding, they had the heat on full blast, and this figure steps onto the stage commanding the entire room, and it’s Genesis.”

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