Friday, August 29, 2014

Daddy Kev at the Eagle Rock Music Festival - COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF
  • Daddy Kev at the Eagle Rock Music Festival
Held every Wednesday at Lincoln Heights club the Airliner, Low End Theory is populated by lots of stoned kids with a love for avant-garde hip-hop.

But the calm behind the storm rarely has more than a couple of drinks himself, and sticks to the periphery when he's not DJing or MCing. Kevin Marques Moo, better known as Daddy Kev, is a Low End Theory co-founder and the owner of Alpha Pup Records.

On Wednesdays he's focused on making sure the signature event runs like clockwork, but he's also scouting future beat scene talent.

In a way, Low End is as much talent incubator as performance space. It has paid big dividends for Alpha Pup, whose roster includes noisemakers (literal and figurative) Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Dibiase, and Jonwayne. 

But anyone looking to get signed to Kev's label should know it takes more than a good show and an easy smile. At Low End Theory, Daddy Kev is always watching. 

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Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer and founder of Lip Service and Kill City - BRYN THOMAS
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  • Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer and founder of Lip Service and Kill City

The big dance clubs will all be poppin’ as usual with no work or school the next day, but there’s a wealth of alternative festivities going down as well, and good golly, this weekend all our faves happen in the Holly-jolly part of town.

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Fanatics! I know that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd of next month and it could very well be that I still have a Pavlovian response to the end of the Labor Day and school starting but for me, the start of September is the end of summer. Doesn’t mean it won’t still be hot as a bastard for weeks to come.

Last week, we had a fair dose of Ty Segall. Lucky people in Los Angeles will have the opportunity for even more as the man is doing 28 – 31 at the Echo.

If somehow you get tired of seeing that night after night, you can also check out Sleep at the Troub on the 31st. I say you’re spoiled rotten for choice.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Henry Rollins!

Henry Rollins: American Bigotry Is Alive in Ferguson

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM
[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.]

While most of America gets on with its business, Ferguson, Missouri, burns in archaic flames of exasperating, unresolved anger, for all to see. Once again, the world watches America roil in the mortifying echo of Jim Crow law brutality. Meanwhile, U.S. firepower explodes bodies of ISIS militia thousands of miles away. They and Boko Haram are seen as primitive, extremist scum that should be eradicated. Even the new liberal, socialist pope wants to see the American Shock ’n’ Awe Fire Revue focused on ISIS. Yet there’s Missouri, showing everyone where America’s at.Missouri has a history of despicable conduct. Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum Address in January 1838 was in response to the hangings and burnings of humans there.

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12th Planet Is Sick of the Dubstep Scene

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:30 AM
John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet (left) - COURTESY OF RED BULL CONTENT POOL
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  • John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet (left)
12th Planet is credited with bringing dubstep to America. 

Ahead of his performance at Made in America in Grand Park this Sunday, August 31, we talked to him at the Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, where he is recording music for his new album.

In contrast to his heavy sounds, 12th Planet — aka John Dadzie — is constantly cracking jokes and has an easy laugh. We talked to him about his music and his party habits.

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It was all a dream - ERRLYBIRD
  • Errlybird
  • It was all a dream
In the past few years, a lot of serious potheads have switched from smoking marijuana to vaping concentrates like wax, which require the kind of heat that only can come from a butane torch.

Unlike regular lighters, butane torches are fairly large and awkward. So a company called Errlybird is selling fanciful polyurethane torches including ones shaped like an Ewok from Star Wars, Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, and the Grateful Dead dancing bear.

The best one, in our humble opinion? Notorious B.I.G.'s crowned head.

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  • See Friday: Ty Segall
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Friday, August 29

Ty Segall
On the title track of his seventh album, Manipulator, Ty Segall takes the punk fuzz guitars and garage-rock keyboards of his early days and braids them together into a newly psychedelic swarm of sounds, his ethereal voice riding coolly above it all. By the very next track, “Tall Man Skinny Lady,” his disembodied vocals float over a similarly psychedelic stew of squealing lead guitars — a deliciously weird contrast. Elements of glitter rock ram into more primitive strains of garage, broken up occasionally by trippy ballads such as “The Singer,” on which Segall’s hazy lyrics are filled out with an unexpected string section. Newly relocated to L.A., the prolific performer usually dashes off albums in a couple of days, but he reportedly spent a full month recording Manipulator with producer Chris Woodhouse. Also Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31. —Falling James

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Night

Interpol - Mack Sennett Studios - August 26, 2014

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM
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KCRW show at Mack Sennett Studios
August 26, 2014

Playing several songs from their first release in four years, El Pintor, New York aught-rock band Interpol followed up a strong set at FYF Fest with an intimate show for KCRW last night at Mack Sennett Studios. 

The new recorded work shows that these black-garbed rockers haven't lost their ability to create lush textures. But the record doesn't have much in the way of hooks or captivating choruses, making us wonder if singer Paul Banks' time off, taken so he could work on other projects — as well as the loss of keyboardist Carlos D — has slowed them down. 

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Daren the Lion is not down with weed - FLICKR/ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND
California DARE Coordinator Steve Abercrombie was not pleased to learn the news that the Los Angeles Unified School District had decriminalized small amounts of marijuana at its schools.

"Wow," he tells Toke of the Town. "It seems we keep giving in more and more to different crimes and criminal activity. When does it stop? When do you finally say that you need to follow the rules?"

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Josh, the owner of the Black Castle - PHOTO BY AMANDA LOPEZ
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  • Josh, the owner of the Black Castle
The worst part about running a metal venue out of your home is the mess.

The proprietor of South Central club the Black Castle regularly puts on shows for hundreds of raging metalheads. He also lives in the facilities, which are housed in a former custom-car shop. Additionally, he’s a one-man janitorial crew. He complains about the expense of the toilets he’s had to replace over the years, but that’s far from the grossest task he has faced.

“One time I was trying to figure out for weeks why it smelled so bad in here,” he says. “Then I lifted up a floorboard on the stage and there’s a rotting pig’s head under it.”

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