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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
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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.]

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
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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
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  • 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 - PHOTO BY DENEE PETRACEK
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  • See Friday: Ty Segall
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Friday, August 29

Ty Segall
THE ECHO
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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Bizarre Ride

You Know Martin Starr, But Did You Know He Raps?

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 3:45 AM
Martin Starr - PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE
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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.]

Before redefining the geek archetype as caterer and hard sci-fi screenwriter Roman DeBeers on Starz’s Party Down and computer programmer Gilfoyle on HBO’s Silicon Valley, bespectacled 32-year old actor Martin Starr spent his high school years bumping Tupac’s All Eyez on Me at obscene volumes through the streets of West L.A.

Granted, this was standard operating procedure for any Angeleno teenager during Clinton’s second term.

But most didn’t drop out of the L.A. County High School for the Arts to star on Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived but seminal Judd Apatow show that jumpstarted the careers of Starr and his friends and castmates, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and James Franco.

“During and after filming, [Rogen], [Segel], Jay Baruchel and I would write and rap funny comedy songs. Nothing too deep, but really fun to make,” Starr says, describing his first recordings over hamburgers and fries at the Golden State on Fairfax.

“It wasn’t parody. We were all hip-hop heads and weren’t fucking around. It was similar to The Beastie Boys. The last one was recorded in my room a long time ago. It was called ‘Shit Is Hot’ and it’s ridiculous.”

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Burning Man

Let's Be Real: Burning Man Is Bad for the Environment

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Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:10 AM
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This week, 68,000 revelers will descend on Nevada's remote Black Rock Desert. (That is, assuming the rain lets up.)

They will travel from Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and places you've never heard of. They will take part in the temporary city that is Burning Man, and will light a giant wooden man aflame. 

Despite all of this, Burning Man has somehow gotten a reputation as a "green" event. But that is simply not the case. Make no mistake: Burning Man is bad for the environment. 

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K.C. LIBMAN
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I am what is referred to as a F33.2.

On the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, this means that I have recurrent, severe depressive disorder without psychotic symptoms. It means that my depression comes from a place that is hard to climb out of, that alienates people, that claims relationships, and that cuts me off from the outside world.

I know the crying jags, I have the requisite scars. My depression has put me in cold hospital rooms at 3 a.m., wearing burgundy, drawstring-less admission clothing. It's put me in psych holds — hospital-administered 24-hour observation periods that follow a suicide attempt. I always seem to be “under observation” in some form, from clinicians, family or friends.

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