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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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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Pom Poms share video for "Betty"

Pom Poms' single "Betty" takes listeners on a roller coaster ride back in time. The nostalgic song hearkens back to early 60's pop, and the black-and-white video is distinctly SoCal, awash with palm trees and beach goers. The duo met in Venice, where producer and multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler stumbled upon vocalist Marlene Gold performing to nearly no one. After Mohler spent some time with Gold, he discovered that her voice sounded best raw and un-fussed with. We'd have to agree; her sultry and strong pipes shine on this track. - Brittany Scheffler



Alohaha take self-guided retreat in "Welcome to your New Life"

A pleasant drift carries the new track by duo Alohaha, “Welcome to Your New Life”, as if they’re both together on a quiet, stately retreat to rightfully decompress. If only this carefree scenario would emulate true life - both producer Jake Sinclair and poet Lyndsay Thornton consider this their breakup album, one that they consider to be a “sunset-drenched soundtrack to the rise and fall of a lived relationship”. “It’s a paradise/baby/you hoped you’d find”, they sing quietly in unison as a Hawaiian lap steel guitar meanders against a steady drum beat. It almost sounds like a compromise, where both parties can envision some kind of ldyllic harmony where they can both find peace apart from each other. 

“Welcome to your New Life” is out now, and look out for their debut album release in December via Black Rainbow. - Juan Rodríguez



Tuesday Night Feels with Captions, BOKONON, Mind Monogram

Tonight Los Globos flirts with the balm and breeze as autumn finally rolls in to Los Angeles. Three coastal dreampop outfits from the AndFam collective pack the bill: Captions travels out from Ventura to front the night with some new jams, like the most recently revealed single "Two-Step". Bokonon, a new band that started this year with the release of their eponymous debut EP, follows after just a quarter past 11. Their slowed-down synthy ballads has been heard at house shows, local venues like The Lost Knight, Lot 1 Café, and Ham & Eggs Tavern, and even out in Tijuana. The night ends with the chamber quartet Mind Monogram, who has also shared bills with Bokonon and the valley's raucous shoegazers Draag.

This is an 18+ show with a 5$ cover that starts at 10 PM; check the event page for more info on set times. - Ryan Mo


Lawrence Lindell's final album, release party Friday

Noise Met Sound head and IDM artist Lawrence Lindell will release his last self-titled solo album this Friday with an intimate party at Industry Gallery, featuring installation work from local artist Rachel Rusenko. Lindell confirms that he will still operate Noise Met Sound, curating and playing live shows that mix different modes of creative expression.

This final album, with Lindell's trademark concoction of found sounds and chopped beats, chronicles his life after Britain, starting over with a new job, a creative slump, and reconciliation with his mother in Los Angeles.

"For a good while after being back I was crippled with depression. I couldn't write and everything I created was shit and disappointing to me."

Lindell eventually focused his energies to write and publish a self-help book, which effectively reboot his energy and propped him to complete the album.

You can pre-order the last album here on Bandcamp. Listen to the opener "Still Free to Live" below. - Ryan Mo, flyer art by Dustin Garcia


222 play at Hotel Cafe tonight

If you're looking for tunes worthy of soundtracking only the coolest Halloween party (obviously, the one at *your* house), 222 has got you covered. This electro-dance rock duo released their self-produced debut album, Libretto, earlier this year. They also recently put out an eerie music video for their single One Night Stand, which stars singer/guitarist Jade Howard as a stylish femme fatale, getting back at a date (played by drummer Dennis Hamlin) who has become a bit too attached.

If you're eager to start the holiday early, 222 are playing at the Hotel Cafe tonight at 9 pm. On Halloween, they're releasing an early version of a new music video to their mailing list subscribers. It's for their song "Headcake", and it looks like the band is aiming to up the creepy-factor this time around. - Brittany Scheffler



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