Friday, April 29, 2011

Interwebs Radio

So folks, let's talk internet radio. Why? Because blogs tend to talk about things that they want to.

What are your favorites? Here are some of mine:

-Pandora.com : If you're stateside, there is no better radio, in my opinion. If you can shell out the $36/yr to get unlimited HQ play with no commercials and access it on a variety of devices, you're set.

-LeftOoO : Belgian DJ with one of the best shows on the interpipes. Never disappointed with any of his shows. (The most recent live one that just plays Brazilian music is interesting but not his best work, i'll post a couple at the end)

-Chris Coco : London-based Coco's show Melodica is widely recognized as being outstanding, and he gets gigs all over the world. No surprise as to why.

-Laid Back : More from Belgium! Must be something in the water... or their beer, amazing food/chocolate... something special. Anyway, as the name suggests, Laid Back's mixes are some of the best chillout grooves layered heavily with good vibes and a dash of sour cream.

Post your favorites in the comments and i'll love you tenderly. Or roughly. maybe a little of both.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

LA Artist Feature - Daedelus

Aside from having most sauve name (Alfred Darlington) and the best mutton chops in the business, Daedelus is one name in music that LA does not take lightly.


Daedelus is currently signed to Ninja Tune (his most recent album, released this month [Bespoke], can be previewed/purchased here), but has released material on eighteen other labels, including Daddy Kev's Alpha Pup, Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder, the legendary Warp, and even the label that my friend Phthalo found out about when he started his blog under a similar name.

Darlington has pioneered the use of the monome routed through Max, which is a visual programming language. The device in question is this thing:


Which, if you're confused, it's just a giant sequencer/trigger board. He has it slanted towards the audience so they can see what he's doing as he does it, drawing them in on the action.

Okay, so lets get some tunes up in here! Here's the starter track off of his new album Bespoke, "Tailor Made ft. Milosh"
Tailor-Made (featuring Milosh) by Daedelus

Amscray by Daedelus

And here's his interview with XLR8R, where you can see his setup and muttonchops in their full glory. Huzzah!








Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Moving About + Tunes You Can't Forget

So, i've been super busy getting ready to move across town, soooo I'll be moving furniture and getting situated this week.

Since I'll be really busy I'll be doing more blog reading/commenting than writing, but I'll update with generally interesting (albeit brief) tidbits.

Like this song, which is awesome:



Hope you're all doing well!

Monday, April 25, 2011

LA Artist Feature - Groundislava



Hip hop producers are a dime a dozen in LA, it's ever-prevalent when you walk down a beach boardwalk and there are dozens of people eager to slap headphones on you so you can listen to their "mad fresh beats" and pay $10 for their burned CD.

It takes a little extra something to get noticed in LA, and Groundislava is pushing his way to the front of the pack with a sound all his own. Taking cues from hip-hop, 8bit, and Baths-esque vocals, he's recently released his self-titled LP on Friends of Friends Records, joining the ranks of Daedelus and the like.

Here's some sampler tunes, including the first video for "Animal ft. Jake Weary"




Groundislava - Animal ft. Jake Weary from FoF Music on Vimeo.




Friday, April 22, 2011

MOCA's "Art in the Streets"

For those who don't know, MOCA currently has an exhibition up called "Art in the Streets", which is basically a display of famous and not so famous street art from all over, including works from Banksy, Os Gemos, Blu, an many others.

The event will run until early August, so i expect all of you to see it. Yes, even you... you there, in the corner! Yes you.


This spurred many people to do some tagging of their own, which resulted in the HuffPo writing the article "MOCA's 'Art in the Street' Exhibit Invites Unwanted Graffiti".

Street artist Eddie Colla then left this thoughtful reply:

...your thoughts?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Geeked Out Astronomy Post

We don't get to see that many stars here in LA, we have to drive pretty far out into the desert for that.

Here is a video of the sky on the mountain that is heralded as the best place to watch the Milky Way rise and set.

Needless to say, it is surreal. Watch in fullscreen HD if you can.


The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Afternoon Groovin'

So i'll probably end up hyping some shows later or tomorrow or something (like Chase&Status @ The Music Box this Friday) but I don't want to end up yelling about shows every second and sound like a hyped-up PlurLife dude who's always wearing Vicks VapoRub, strange colored contacts and so many bracelets I can't bend my arm at the elbow anymore (I would say "no offense!" but it might be too late for that).

Instead I'll just share a tune I'm digging. It's a Hot Flush release by the duo Sepalcure (Machinedrum + Praveen Sharma). Sadly the rest of the EP falls flat for me, but the title track "Fleur" really works in smooth mixes. Also, while looking for an HQ version of this tune, one of the comments said that it made someone in Brazil cry. So if you're Brazilian you might want to grab a towel or a tissue or something.



It's not the first time I've been impressed with Sepalcure though, since I've been rinsing this tune for awhile:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

LA Artist Feature - Dibia$e

Not gonna ramble too much, as this Redbull interview says more than I can.

My personal opinion is that this guy deserves all the attention he can get. Growing up in South-Central LA in the 80's could not have been easy, and he seems like a stand-up individual. Anyway, watch this:




Serchin for it 92bpms by mr.dibiase

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Low End Theory et al 4/20/11

So tomorrow is 4/20, and aside from it being the anniversary of adding sound to film and oil rigs exploding (both of which deserve remembrance) it's a wednesday of stoner significance.

Since it's a wednesday, you already know what i'm going to say.... and if you still don't, you might want to start reading blog titles.

Anyway, here's the stellar lineup for tomorrow, i'll post some other shows under it in case you're crazy and don't want to see MAH live. Get there early... you've been warned.


  • Mary Anne Hobbs
  • DJ Muggs (that's Cypress Hill's DJ, in case you didn't know)
  • Jonwayne
  • MatthewDavid
  • All the residents minus GLK (on tour)
Airliner
2419 N. Broadway
LA
18+ / $10



And in case you're not interested in that, here's a couple other shows:

The Ruckus Presents:

  • Megalodon
  • Polymer Drone
  • Demonone
  • Da Moth
  • Ioh
(dubstep/brostep)
12215 Ventura Blvd. Suite 209
Studio City, CA
18+ $15 all night
21+ $5 before 11, $10 after

4/20 @ The Viper Room
  • Kounterfeit Change
  • Honest Expression
  • Trewone
(white dude reggae type stuff, giveaways and usual VR shenanigans )
The Viper Room
8852 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA

Slightly Stoopid "Totally Seedless" @ The Greek
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Bad Brains
  • Barrington Levy
(it's slightly stoopid, you should know what to expect)
The Greek Theatre 
2700 North Vermont
LA, CA 90027

Slightly Stoopid Party/Afterparty @ El Cid:
  • Screening of "Reefer Madness" on the patio
  • Stonefeather
  • The Originalities
  • Micah Brown
  • Tribe of Kings
El Cid Restaurant
4212 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA
$6









Monday, April 18, 2011

LA Artist Feature - TOKiMONSTA

Hello all, i'm back and made it out of Coachella alive! It was amazing and I'll save all the stories for later this week when I have nothing else to talk about.

Until then... artist feature time!



This time it's TOKiMONSTA, the Angeleno who is as gorgeous as she is talented. She's been up-and-coming for awhile now, and has been really busy these past couple of years. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her or seeing her live yet, but i'll hopefully change that soon.

Her music is lo-fi and atmospheric, with an experimental hip-hop vibe. She's released her first album under Listen Up/Art Union, but what's really got me excited is her upcoming (next month) EP on FlyLo's Brainfeeder Label, Creature Dreams EP.

The first single, "Stigmatizing Sex", is available for purchase on Amazon, and it is simply amazing. I wish i could embed it here, but sadly I cannot, so to hear it you'll have to go to Couch Session's feature on her. I really think you should, because once you hear the track you'll be looking forward to the EP as much as I am.

For those of you who an extra click is just too much, I'll put some of her tunes here so you can at least know how awesome she is, you lazy little buggers.

Breath on my Contacts by TOKiMONSTA
Park Walks by TOKiMONSTA
Take - Horizontal Figuration Tokimonsta Remix by TOKiMONSTA

http://www.tokimonsta.com
http://www.myspace.com/tokibeats

Friday, April 15, 2011

Off To Coachella

Well folks, i know you love me and look forward to my ramblings every day, but i have to go on a short break, to the wonderful land of Coachella.

Ill be back on Monday to share with you the highlights of my adventure! Ill leave you with the lineup poster to drool over:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Low End Theory 4/13/11 Wrap-Up

Well, if there's one thing lying Lotus is good at aside from making music, it's scoring really strange and bizarre guest DJ sets for Low End Theory.

First Thom Yorke at the beginning of last month, last night was none other than Erykah Badu! In case you're wondering, her sets are as soulful as her voice, and she was even accompanied by live bass via Thundercat at times.

Her set was classic and flowing, featuring greats such as Bill Withers (No Sunshine, Use Me, Lean on Me), and J.Dilla.

In case you missed her last night, make sure to catch her performing at Coachella this Saturday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Artist on the Horizon - Lemâitre

With so many artists out there nowadays, it's crazy how many slip through the cracks, and how many clever tactics the untalented ones use to rise to the top.

And then there are the ones with genuine talent, that catch a rising gust and start to explode.

Enter Lemâitre, the name is French but the duo are actually from Norway. They produce music that I can easily describe as Electronic Pop, but there's no denying the catchiness, even for an old curmudgeon like me that hates 4x4 dance music.

Their growing success, strangely enough, is coming from a source that few would expect, or have even heard of. The Minecraft community. That's right, the indie game with almost 2 million beta copies sold. If you haven't heard of Minecraft by now, you should really look into it, but that's another post for another day.

Their song Blue Shift (see below) was featured on a few fan videos, and before long everyone was searching for them. Their video for the song jumped from 5,000 to 100,000 views in a matter of days. And it's no mystery why, the video takes the best parts of Daft Punk and mixes it with the childlike awe that Minecraft can bring.

While their other songs have the typical dreamy Norwegian vocals (think Erlend Øye), this one has a chorus that really ties it all together. Oh, and did I mention that all these songs are available for FREE download via their soundcloud?

Don't know what Minecraft is? Unfamiliar with Lemâitre? Well this video that has been getting all the attention does a great job of explaining both!



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Treasure Hunts Tickle My Wanderlust

I've always been a bit of an explorer. My friends know me as the guy who sees an epic mountain peak and then immediately works out a plan to climb it, legally or not.

I love a good adventure, especially going to places that few have been, and few will ever go.

So naturally my interest was piqued when I recently came across a real live treasure hunt for $10K in dollar coins still active in the city of New York. Thanks to reddit, I've chatted with one of the masterminds behind the hunt, and he confirms it has not yet been found. The only clue beyond the eight videos on their website is that it is not in Central Park (it was not in their ideals to have people going around digging up Central Park).

I wouldn't even want to do it for the money. Hell, I'd probably give it away. But the hunt! The puzzle solving! It makes me want to fly to NYC right now and run around looking for it. The only clue I can gather that's not in the videos is that the treasure has to be somewhere pretty remote, just because they'd need to put it somewhere where people wouldn't see them burying it.

Anyway, if you're near NYC and bored one summers day, I suggest you head over to We Lost Our Gold and watching the videos.

And for those interested in the monetary side of it, here's his reply to all those asking if it's for real:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Random Musician Friend Feature - Meth Dad

Few words can explain my friend Tyler. Actually, many can, but they probably don't make sense. The ones that do make sense start at creative and end in chaotic.

He almost seems to make it his life's purpose to be in as many bands as humanly possible, and then one more. Most notably is his critically acclaimed Animal-Collective-esque band Blastoids, followed by his side project Awesome Shirt, and his solo work as Meth Dad.

His live shows are a mixture of bizarre costumes and eccentric dancing, sometimes including him singing out of a megaphone.

Hipster? Maybe, but he makes hipsters look good, and actually talented instead of needlessly convoluted for the sake of attention.

I was inspired to do this write up when I followed his soundcloud and noticed that my favorite tune of his, "Madonnas", only had nine plays. This needs to change. Have a listen and hear for yourself:

3. madonnas by Meth Dad

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cruisin' Through the Shell of Light

For those of you who may or may not know, my now-favorite-person-ever Ainjin identified my favorite sample in my all-time favorite Burial song, "Shell of Light". This fact seemed out of the grasp of the internet, and all of a sudden it popped up. When I asked him about it, he said that "Cruisin'" was his favorite D'Angelo song, and when he heard "Shell of Light", it "just clicked".

The reason I wanted to know where the sample came from, is that I was positive that the song would be incredible. Well, when I'm right, I'm right!

The song is "Cruisin'" by D'Angelo. This, as you may guess, is a modern version of the Smokey Robinson song. I'm more than positive that Robinson is proud of this version (he's still going strong at 71 years of age), as D'Angelo's voice is like a butter volcano.

I looked up what D'Angelo was up to these days, and sadly the news is not good. Seems like he's fallen prey to substance abuse and alcoholism.... Why do all the best musicians go down such dark paths?

Anyway, I listened to this song almost all day yesterday, and again this morning. The man has skill, and once again Burial proves he is a master at sampling.

(appears @ 1:50)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mt. Kimbie - Abbey Road Debuts

Many many thanks to Ting Kubby over at Future Frequencies for the tip on this one...

Debuted last night and thankfully cached over at Channel4...

Mount Kimbie - Abbey Road Debuts

If you're outside of the UK and don't want to proxy in to Ch4, there are plenty of snippets floating around the interwebs:
Mount Kimbie - Before I Moved Off (Abbey Road Debuts recording) by Anorak London

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Low End Theory 4/6/11

Tonight, as I mentioned on Sunday, is a special Low End consisting of Leaving Records.

Lineup:

  • Ras G
  • Sun Araw
  • Dak
  • Dorian Concept (late set)
  • + all the resident DJs
Not one to miss if you're in town!

Airliner (18+)
2419 N. Broadway
Los Angeles CA
$10

Here's a little teaser to get warmed up for Dorian Concept, demonstrating his badman skills...



Hmm?

Today at work, for some unknown reason, someone decided to put "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T" on the projector in the break room, and there are several people hanging out watching it.

In case you aren't aware, the movie is from 1953 and based on a screenplay by Dr. Seuss and is just plain creepy. Instead of being whimsical and lesson-teaching, it's about a man named Dr. T who tries to kidnap young boys and force them to constantly play on a giant piano surrounded by an electric fence. The protagonist is a small scared boy with a hand sticking out of his head. Oh, and if that's not creepy enough, it's a musical, too.

Bring the kids to movie night! At least you won't have to worry about them wanting to be musicians

I hope beyond all hopes this isn't Dr. Seuss projecting onto Dr. T. For my sanity I'll go ahead and say no.



IMDB

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Panda Bear - Tomboy" Album Stream

Oowee. So here we are. It's 2011, and here we have an album from Animal Collective's frontman, Panda Bear, right within our grasp.

Oddly enough, this release resembles Animal Collective more than the other solo Panda Bear releases, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

In this release, you can really see the heart of AC shine through. That is, without Noah Lennox, I doubt AC would have its hipster appeal. Honestly, I doubt AC would have any appeal without Lennox, as his solo releases are usually above par (in my opinion) to the full AC album releases.

If you haven't heard his solo stuff before, it's like if the Beach Boys' psychedelic days met the Lion King OST with a hipster flair.... definitely worth a listen, especially while it's free.

Anyway, I'm rambling again... here's the link to stream Panda's album, in full, up until its release on April 12th.

Click click click click

Sunday, April 3, 2011

LA Artist Feature - Sun Araw

Awash in a sea of confusion when I first arrived in LA, there was no better shows to escape the sudden rush of people and traffic better than Sun Araw (War Anus) down the street in Long Beach.

Seeing Sun Araw live feels as much like a dream as reality, and high energy never came easy. It felt a bit like drowning in codeine syrup, you struggle at first, and then eventually realize it feels better to be in the syrup than out of it.

Cameron really pulls out the tropical nature of SoCal in his music, and almost gives you the impression of sleepwalking through a luau. This is especially strange because he originally hails from Austin, TX, which is anything but tropical.

His music feels a bit like you're searching for some sort of hidden revelation amongst some ancient ruins on a desert island, among many other conjurations your mind will develop while being sunk into the vibes.

Catch him LIVE at Low End Theory @ The Airliner this Wednesday!

Sun Araw's Official Website



Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 Dancehall Grooves

I'll be the first to admit, dancehall/reggae isn't usually my first choice when listening to mixes, but there were some grooves at Low End last night that got me craving.

Mixcloud came to the rescue yet again, and I listened to some mixes while doing non-audio tasks in the studio, and there were certainly some tunes that really jumped out at me.

Anyway, this tune is great (love the beat, would fit into a glitch hop set so nicely), listen to it on 480p as it boosts the quality more than usual:




Hope to see more DJs incorporate all these fresh new vibes into some of their sets, as a lot of these tunes are parts of mixtapes and go by unnoticed.

In Case You Missed It...

Nosaj Thing was the surprise guest at Low End Theory Last night, coming on at 1:00a.m. (I didn't remind everyone about the show because it was sold out and I would have felt bad... if you already had a ticket you needed no reminder).

Heard that big money went to Japan, so that's exciting.

If you're in SoCal and you missed LET last night, Nosaj will be performing at LET San Francisco, so if you fancy seeing him and don't mind driving, you'll want to head North tonight. Click here for presale tix.


Also, did you know that Nosaj was on CSI:NY? I don't watch much TV so I sure as hell didn't, but found it while googling stuff: