From CAAMP to Alice Bag: The 156th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Tangerine Dream, R&B from Journey Montana and Jacob Banks, punk from Alice Bag, metal from Autopsy and Fozzy, electro-pop from M83 and Empire of the Sun, and so much more.

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The Empire Strikes Back

Empire of the Sun (Jodi Steele)

From CAAMP to Alice Bag

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Luke Steele of print stars Empire of the Sun told us that, “I just figured the other day I think it was 2016, the last record, and that’s getting a bit too long now. Just before the pandemic, the band just felt so tired. We’d been to Japan a couple of times, we’d been recording a lot of stuff. And we record so much material with Empire – we’re really quite choosy about which songs make it onto the record. I basically just said I’d had enough, and I’ve got to go and make a solo record. I wasn’t even sure that the band was going to resurface. Then the pandemic hit, and it was just the amount of calls and emails – the excitement for the music went up. People found a lot of solace in it, and that drew Nick [Littlemore] and I back together. We’re now quite heavily back into the next phase.”

In “Not Another DJ,” German pioneers Tangerine Dream said, “It’s an everlasting evolving and morphing process, learning from every note ever played and combining things that were explored and set as rules inside our microcosm. We are combining Synthesizer from all decades, hardware, modular, software to come as close to the sound, created in our heads and imaginations, as possible. Edgar Froese, the founder of Tangerine Dream that sadly passed away in 2015, had a very detailed vision of what Tangerine Dream should do, which scales we should use, there are even many rules when it comes to program step-sequencers, melodies and structures. The source should always be a deeper intention and emotion transferred to the computer, sequencer and instruments. Peter Baumann once said that the concept of Tangerine Dream is stronger than the single musician, a bigger sum of the parts, and that is why Tangerine Dream could live forever. Every single musician’s role was to be part of that concept and giving triggers out of their personal strengths.”



































































































































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