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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

EDM

Moby Returns to His Chillout Roots with Sold-Out Ambient Shows

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As America’s elder statesman of electronic dance music, Moby is a contrarian of epic proportions.

While some top EDM jocks are outdoing each other in how rapidly they can throw unearned money at crashed Ferraris and leased jets, Moby just downsized to a much smaller L.A. home. He refuses to tour relentlessly, thus leaving piles of cash on the table. And, amidst an EDM bubble that has etched DJs into the headlines of Forbes and TMZ, he is, fairly quietly, re-releasing a pet project nobody heard the first time around.

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Ryan Adams plays the Wiltern on Wednesday. - PHOTO BY ALICE BAXLEY
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  • Ryan Adams plays the Wiltern on Wednesday.
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Monday, December 15

Laura Dickinson
VITELLO'S
Vocalist Laura Dickinson is a striking redhead who’s equally comfortable in the worlds of cabaret, television and jazz. Dickinson first made her mark in the late 1990s as a vocal talent on Disney shows such as Phineas and Ferb and Sofia the First. In addition to extensive commercial work, the SoCal native has appeared in dozens of cabaret and stage productions over the past two decades. In recent years Dickinson has developed an affinity for jazz standards, including those made famous by Frank Sinatra, to whom her self-produced debut album, One for My Baby, is dedicated. Dickinson debuts the CD tonight at Vitello’s in Studio City with a cast of some of L.A.’s finest session players, accompanying the soaring high notes that have become a hallmark of her vocal prowess. — Tom Meek

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tech

L.A. Weekly Has a New, Improved, User-Friendly Website

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Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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We have news. Big, beautiful news: L.A. Weekly has a brand new beta website, and not only is it easy on the eyes, but it's specifically designed for you, the reader. Your experience on the site is important to us, so we didn't rest until we had created a website that was both simple to navigate and fun to read. Now it's here, and it's perfect! Or, nearly perfect. In fact, we want you to tell us what you think so that we can keep improving it before it's fully live. More on that later.

First, here's a look at the major upgrades we've made:

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Club Bahia - CHRIS WALKER
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Echo Park has long prided itself on its indie music scene and trendy concert venues. Places like the Echo and the Bootleg offer a chance to buy $4 PBR’s and watch up-and-coming musicians before they become cool. They are anti-corporate venues, about the opposite of what one might experience at a large festival or stadium tour.

That’s why when Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the U.S., announced that it would start showcasing indie concerts at Club Bahia in Echo Park, some were shocked.

“It’s like seeing the first Starbucks come into your neighborhood,” says Alexis Rivera, who runs the management company Echo Park Records.

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Jena Malone - PHOTO BY DANIELLE BACHER
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[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with actress and musician Jena Malone of Donnie Darko, Hunger Games and new Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice].

Sometimes in life you get to meet a movie star. Three things can happen: 1.) You geek out in your two minutes together, get a quick photo and brag about it on social media for the entire week. 2.) The movie star is an entitled asshole who blows you off. 3.) You actually like this person and would consider being friends in another life, if you too were rich and famous.

Number 3 is what happened to me, but Jena Malone apparently doesn’t care that I am not famous and definitely not rich.

I became friends with Malone after hanging out with her on two separate occasions for this column. I did not know her beforehand. We’ve now started working together on a musical project, so this "Wild Night" is a little different for me. Part of me didn’t want to write this story, because I assumed I had gotten too close to my subject. Can you become too close to your subject? I’m still unsure.

There were no smoke and mirrors, no bullshit and no excuses with her. This woman is the real deal. Welcome to Jena’s World.

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Hollywood’s beloved English pub closes its doors on Dec. 15. The owners will be looking for a new location, but the historic Sunset Boulevard space, with its quaint patio and cozy indoor restaurant, will be sorely missed. But a couple of nights before the final goodbye, on Dec. 13, one of the pub’s best-known employees, “Dandy Randy,” will be throwing a mega-bash for Fiddle friends, fans and regulars to chug, chow and rock out in a big way.

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PHOTO BY HEIDI MAY
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[Every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., Henry Rollins brings an exclusive mix of songs old and new to listeners at 89.9 FM, KCRW. Visit KCRW.com for more information and to stream his show online, or peruse the Radio Notes archives to see past playlists.]

RADIO BROADCAST #298
12–14–14

Fanatic! Thanks for checking out these notes. It’s yet another night of cool tunes, or at least ones Engineer X and I hope you like. Our December shows were put together in advance as I am out of the country for most of the month.

Where I am going to be, where I will be on the night of this broadcast might not be good to go for Internet. I think I might very well be off the grid for several days at a time.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ty Segall with his 3D double 7" EP, Mr. Face - PHOTO COURTESY OF PITCH PERFECT PR
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  • Ty Segall with his 3D double 7" EP, Mr. Face
Ty Segall is one busy man.

In 2014 alone he released Manipulator and $ingle$ 2, the latest in a prolific collection of brilliant solo albums and compilations; released an interactive music video for Manipulator's title track; helped produce White Fence's For the Recently Found Innocent; put out a 7" Kinks cover with Fuzz; announced the Live in San Francisco LP with the Ty Segall Band; and probably a million other things that we've lost track of because we simply can't keep up with him. 

Now he's announced the release of the Mr. Face EP, a double 7" that comes as a pair of the world's first playable 3D glasses. 

A little absurd? Yeah. Still totally awesome? We think so.

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Brandon Boyd of Incubus - PHOTO BY ALESSANDRO DE MATTEIS
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  • Brandon Boyd of Incubus
This year marks the 25th anniversary of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, and the lineup is all over the place. The show is always a blizzard of bands, but this year's edition is going to be bigger than ever, moved to The Forum after last year's stint at The Shrine (which we found lacking, compared to the event's heyday at the Gibson/Universal Amphitheatre).

Heavy on flashbacks from the '90s and early 2000s (System of a Down, Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer), 2014's two-night holiday spectacle also offers a bit of '80s (Tears for Fears) and some newbies (Royal Blood, Alt-J) too. U2 were scheduled to perform night two, but were forced to cancel after Bono's recent injuries. No Doubt will fill in.

When the show kicked off 25 years ago, you'd actually see bands doing unplugged numbers, but that was abandoned long ago. "Almost Acoustic" has mostly been "No Acoustic."

Playing on the first night, Incubus are in many ways the one band we'd like to see take the show's name literally.  

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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.]

11-28-14 Los Angeles International Airport: If I get the odd month relatively free of obligation, I will usually try to get out of America and travel. It is a huge part of my life.

“Out there” is where I learn a lot of big lessons. For me, being in unfamiliar surroundings forces me to function at a higher level, and from that comes a greater awareness of things and optimum opportunities to grow.

The power of what I learn from putting myself in distant locations is far stronger than anything I have ever gotten out of a book. I have concluded that, if I really want to know, I will have to go.

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