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June 2015
Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters

Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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Danger Collective goes full DIY with Runaway 2015 music festival

Last year, Danger Collective Records worked with Lost Dog to bring the DIY Insidelands to Los Globos with acts like Girlpool, Soma (now Celebrity Crush), Casinos, and Together Pangea.

It sold out.

This year, Dylan Thinnes, Mike Morin (&? Productions), Austin Feinstein, Franky Newby, and Reed Kanter (Danger Collective Records) join forces and go double-down with a new name, new venue (Jewels Catch One), and over double the bands.

From heavy hitters like Kool A.D. (of Das Racist) and No Age to LA mainstays like Dream Panther, Slow Hollows, Winter, Dirt Dress, Surf Curse, and Lovely Bad Things, the new Runaway 2015 won't just live up to the hyper of yesteryear; it'll set the standard for DIY fests all over Los Angeles. Runaway's roots run north in the San Fernando Valley, from the 17 year-old star promoter Dylan Thinnes, member of Slow Hollows and friend of Danger Collective Records.

About the presenter: Danger Collective Records is an independent DIY record label started by Reed Kanter and friends two years ago. The label's ever-growing lineup includes local notables like Casinos, Kid Cassidy, Nirvanus, Best Friend, Zipper Lips, Te Amo, and more. Danger Collective Records' résumé of events includes shows at The Smell, White Oak Music and Arts, Space Forty-Two, Almost Holden Collection, pehrspace, and more, making them one of the pillars of the Los Angeles underground.

Tickets are available online now — get them while they're still available! - Ryan Mo

Liphemra's Zine Release Party at Non Plus Ultra 6.12.15

Los Angeles' experimental quartet Liphemra is holding a zine release this Friday at the Non Plus Ultra, co-designed and pressed by the independent art print/publisher Obelisk Press.

Presented by Burger Records, Lollipop Records, Pizza Party Music, and Lucky Cat Club, the release will start at 7 PM with a pre-show party upstairs. Liphemra will perform first with suavecore surf revivalists The Buttertones and burning psych/garage rock WALTER to follow. DJ spins from members of the awesome Honey Power Club! - Ryan Mo

Make Music Pasadena 2015 sets a high bar for SoCal summer fests

Saturday opened with an overcast morning that blossomed into balmy summer weather for downtown Pasadena — with an expected turnout of over 50,000 the conditions were perfect for this year's Make Music Festival. Parking was ample and spread out: structures capped event parking at $20, and streetsmart locals snagged meters on Raymond Ave. and others. Food and drink were plenty with specialty trucks lining major streets. Every café, restaurant, and pub had all hands on deck to offer a cornucopia of tastes from lobster rolls to microbrews and milk tea. Six main stages were raised mere blocks away from each other and nearly two dozen venues dotted around them, delivering folk and punk and alt rock and blues. With pop-up shops on every other curbside, and even good vibes from security and the boys in blue, any SoCal music fan would have wondered: why aren't more cities getting in on Make Music?

But if you were holed up last weekend, don't worry — The Deli got down and dirty in the press pit to bring you photos of some great acts throughout the day. Beach balls and sunburn aside, Old Pasadena lined up some of the best performances of Make Music's history, and we are grateful to have covered it.

Check out more photos from the show here. - Ryan Mo

 Kera and The Lesbians

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kera and the Lesbians — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland


DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

DARK FURS — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

Kishi Bashi — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland

How To Dress Well — Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland


Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Crystales — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Sir Sly — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo


Draag — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Draag — Photo Credit: Ryan Mo

Photo Credit: Michelle McCausland, Ryan Mo


Albert channels classic rock n' roll on Businessman

Albert’s debut album, Businessman, was recorded in Woodstock, N.Y., just another reason to love their hometown. Singer-songwriter Nolan Bryan, front-man of Albert, must have spent the better part of his life buried going through his parent's vinyl collection of soulful rock and roll and deep-rooted southern rock. Bryan’s soothing voice is a melting pot of rock and roll legends, backed by the musical talents of Mike Coulter, Johnney Sneed, Jamie Elman, Claire Wellin, Ryan Porter, Joel Bunn and Eric Hargett. The plethora of musicians add a crafted tune to Albert, with instruments that are unusual for an up-and-coming rock group including horns, saxophone, trombone and violins. With influences like The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and my favorite, The Allman Brothers, Businessman’s two years in the making, with help from 3-time Grammy winner Justin Guip, was a success. Which is a beautiful combination of music that is itching for a comeback.

Catch Albert play this year's Atwater Artwalk on June 20. - Kayla Hay





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