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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Henry Rollins!

Henry Rollins: It's Better for Me to Get My Chain Jerked

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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.]

Part two of a three-part travelogue.

Oct. 14, Washington, D.C.: 2351 hrs. Long day. Early afternoon at the Kennedy Center for an on-camera interview. Ian MacKaye came to pick me up afterward. I had a few hours before I had to be onstage at the Baird Auditorium for the Smithsonian. He took me to visit Jeff Place at the Smithsonian Folkways offices. Jeff gave us a tour. Tape restoration, document scanning, climate-controlled storage for masters — incredible. Jeff showed us original drawings by Woody Guthrie. Even though they are reproduced beautifully in the Woody at 100 box set, which Jeff worked on, there is nothing like the real thing.

I hit the stage at 1845 hrs. and had a great time.

I have to be up in a few hours. I can’t believe I am leaving so soon.

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COURTESY OF MIXED MANAGEMENT AND ANDI ELLOWAY
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RL Grime is no stranger to bangers, but he's also got a soft side.

The 23-year-old L.A. native says he's always wanted to produce songs that are more mellow, which is what he's done on Void — his first full-length album, due out next month on L.A. label WeDidIt. 

The trap/bass music DJ and producer's reinvention also comes with his first headlining tour, which kicks off today. He'll also play two sets at Hard Day of the Dead on Sunday — his own, and a second set with his Void Team crew.

We sat down with the dude himself, who's actual name is Henry Steinway, to talk about the motivations behind his musical shift, his thoughts on trap music, and where he hopes to take RL Grime in the future.

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See Nov. 3: The Julie Ruin - PHOTO BY SHERVIN LAINEZ
  • Photo by Shervin Lainez
  • See Nov. 3: The Julie Ruin
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Who doesn't love free stuff? Especially at this time of year, when you're saving up for all that holiday shopping (you sweet, generous soul). Well, here's our gift to you: the best free concerts in L.A. this November. You're welcome.

Saturday, November 1
Amason
Origami Vinyl

What happens when Pontus Winnberg of Swedish indie-pop band Miike Snow makes a side project with his Swedish indie-pop friends? You get Amason, a supergroup (or suppergruppen) comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the Scandinavian scene, featuring members of jazz-rock group Dungen, folk-pop act Little Majorette, and singer-songwriter Idiot Wind. The group scored a nomination for Best Newcomer of 2014 at the Swedish Grammys after their ephemeral tracks "Went to War" and "Margins" gained massive Internet attention, and are preparing to release their debut album, Sky City.

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See Sunday: MS MR - TYLER KOHLHOFF
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  • See Sunday: MS MR
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Friday, October 31

Queens of the Stone Age,The Kills
THE FORUM
The lineup of amusements and distractions assembled by Queens of the Stone Age for their li’l Halloween party at the Forum is “so scary, you’ll soil your psychological jeans,” the band promises. In addition to Oklahoma roots/rockabilly singer JD McPherson and prodigal-son former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri, the show includes pinup-model gang Suicide Girls, a morbid mariachi band, a haunted house, dunk tank, and sideshow freaks “at every turn.” Even better, QOTSA are co-billed with The Kills, the jaggedly savage duo of English guitarist Jamie Hince and enchantingly sullen vocalist Alison Mosshart, who are reportedly working on a long-overdue, reggae-spiked new album. Meanwhile, QOTSA kingpin Josh Homme continues whistling past the graveyard, infusing the band’s most recent album, Like Clockwork, with allusions to how he almost died from a simple knee operation in 2010. — Falling James

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EDM

Zhu Is Becoming the World's Most Famous Anonymous DJ

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Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder. - COURTESY OF ZHUMUSIC.COM
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  • Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder.
“We live in 2014; everybody has something to say. There is more power in being silent,” says Jake Udell, an artist manager at Th3rd Brain Management who represents Krewella and, more recently, a mysterious producer who calls himself Zhu.

In February, Zhu made a huge splash on EDM music blogs as the nameless artist behind "Moves Like Ms. Jackson," a remix/mashup of the Outkast tracks "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean" and “The Way You Move.” Fans and bloggers speculated that the mystery artist was Disclosure because of the track's deep house style and the fact that both Disclosure and Outkast were set to headline at Coachella only a month later.

A week after the “Ms. Jackson” release, the anonymous artist released an original, “Superfriends” — but this time he added a name: Zhu. But who is Zhu?

For the most part, people are still wondering.

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PHOTO BY ANDY J. SCOTT
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You know a music trend has lost its sparkle when even a guy who’s benefited from it starts looking elsewhere.

Two years ago, Salva got his big career break after he and RL Grime dropped a trap remix of Kanye West’s song “Mercy.” The track arrived right when the trap beat was making its ascent in EDM. But as time passed and trap’s popularity reached Katy Perry proportions, the 33-year-old electronic producer realized he had much more to offer compared to all the remixers lurking on SoundCloud.

“I started getting bored,” Salva says. “I turned a corner. Not on some ego shit, but just on something like, ‘You know what? I’m seasoned.’ I’m not a 19-year-old kid just figuring this out. I want to do bigger things, and these cats can remix rap songs all day, but they don’t have what it takes to get into the studio with a rapper — let alone someone like Schoolboy Q and Freddie Gibbs — and speak the language of real rap music.”

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COURTESY OF CAPTURED TRACKS
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The just-out Home Everywhere (Captured Tracks) is veteran noise-pop combo Medicine’s followup to last year’s critically huzzah’d To the Happy Few, which was released after a near 20-year break for the band.

The trio — made up of guitarist/producer Brad Laner (Electric Company, Savage Republic), singer/bassist Elizabeth Thompson and drummer Jim Goodall (ex-Flying Burrito Brothers and Whitehouse) — have gargantuan and bizarrely catholic musical backgrounds from which they draw upon to create their vision of a new, noisy yet shimmeringly beautiful kind of pop music that will, one hopes, change the shape of the universe and never again be compared to My Bloody Valentine.

Laner and Goodall recently dissected a key track from the new album with the Weekly, and it sounded something like this:

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Busdriver - PHOTO BY DIANA DALSASSO
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  • Busdriver
[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.]

Several hours after they crossed the Arizona border, the nauseating flash of lights and sirens forced their rented car to the roadside. The Pillsbury-faced cop commanded the driver to step outside the vehicle.

The charge: exceeding the speed limit by three miles an hour.

“I repeatedly apologized and told him we’re in a band … the car is new… I’m still getting a handle,” recalls Busdriver, L.A. art-rap legend, who was driving with his tourmates, rapper Milo and producer Kenny Segal.

“We made headway until he took my license and said it’s suspended,” Busdriver continues. “That was news to me. Then he called for backup.”

En route to a show in New Mexico, the trio had the misfortune of “driving while black” through Payson, Arizona — a rural town whose claim to fame is “the longest continuous rodeo in the world.” Its population is 15,000. Ninety-five percent are white; 0.26 percent are black. If Chuck D had a place in mind when he wrote “By the Time I Get to Arizona,” it’s Payson.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Toke of the Town

Nestdrop App Will Soon Deliver Weed Along With Your Booze

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Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Tap tap tap, smoke smoke smoke. - NESTDROP
  • Nestdrop
  • Tap tap tap, smoke smoke smoke.
Too lazy to get off the couch to pick up your pot? Soon, you’ll be able to order your weed with the tap of a finger.

The app Nestdrop, which already delivers alcohol on demand, is expanding to marijuana with a soft launch in L.A. at the end of October. Co-founder Michael Pycher says the app will offer delivery, within the hour, for valid patients in a broad area between Downtown, Manhattan Beach and Encino/Tarzana.

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Dorothy - PHOTO BY ARIS JEROME
  • Photo by Aris Jerome
  • Dorothy
At a recent performance for KCRW DJ Chris Douridas' weekly School Night series at Bardot in Hollywood, a packed house moved increasingly closer to the stage while Dorothy, whiskey in one hand and microphone in the other, mesmerized the crowd with her powerhouse vocals.

"She's such a badass...like a revved up Adele teetering on the brink of chaos," says Douridas.

In an age when pop princesses reign supreme, the singer and her blues-rock band of the same name — which also features Mark Jackson on guitar, Greg Cash on bass and Zac Morris on drums — sharpen catchy melodies with a potent edge. With the release of the video for their first single "After Midnight," the quartet, whose self-titled EP is due out next month, has been quickly building a following on Twitter and YouTube.

“I didn't expect it to take off online like it did, but I was really happy about it being so accepted,” says Dorothy, speaking by phone from a band rehearsal. 

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