Archive for October, 2014

  • It is somewhat ironic that while I sit here writing about the fantastic new video Michael Alexander sent me from his band Emby Alexander, they will be hitting the stage at The Lost Leaf–which is where I saw them last. Curiously enough, it was about that night where I was, according to Alexander, possibly the first one to write about a crazy crowd involved sonic experiment that blew my mind. I may have even coined the term for it, but I’m not sure about that. In early September, I wrote: “They even had an audience experiment we’ll call “The Emby...

    VideosAroundTown: “Emby Echo + Sexting My Friends” by Emby Alexander

    It is somewhat ironic that while I sit here writing about the fantastic new video Michael Alexander sent me from his band Emby Alexander, they will be hitting the stage at The Lost Leaf–which is where I saw them last. Curiously enough, it was about that night where I was, according to Alexander, possibly the first one to write about a crazy crowd involved sonic experiment that blew my mind. I may have even coined the term for it, but I’m not sure about that. In early September, I wrote: “They even had an audience experiment we’ll call “The Emby...

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  • Rock’n'roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n'roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this...

    Christopher Robin by Japhy’s Descent

    Rock’n'roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n'roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this...

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  • The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm...

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  • The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

    The Woolly Bandits Join 80/20 Records With A New EP!!!

    The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

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  • Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

    Daisy Face – Slow Approaching Nothing

    Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

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  • So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two...

    B.O.T.S & Celebration Guns Present: The Wondergaze Split

    So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two...

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  • The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,...

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  • And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

    The Hill In Mind – Thimble EP

    And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

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  • Sometime last week Eric Palmer told me that the four new songs on the new Future Loves Past EP were mastered and wondered if I was interested in hearing them. That’s not even really a question, I’ve followed these guys since before they were FLP and I’ve even taken a roadtrip to LA to see them in the city where they spend half their time. I was excited to say the very least. So last night I wrote an article eluding to how great the new songs were without giving too much away, as well as detailing their fundraising campaign...

    Future Loves Past – Hold On Tight EP!!!

    Sometime last week Eric Palmer told me that the four new songs on the new Future Loves Past EP were mastered and wondered if I was interested in hearing them. That’s not even really a question, I’ve followed these guys since before they were FLP and I’ve even taken a roadtrip to LA to see them in the city where they spend half their time. I was excited to say the very least. So last night I wrote an article eluding to how great the new songs were without giving too much away, as well as detailing their fundraising campaign...

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  • It’s a funny thing, when I started writing about local music six years ago EPs weren’t really a thing. Everyone was working on their single or their album, usually their album. In the last few years the rise of the EP has exploded, enough that I can fill two pages of JAVA Magazine with six EPs very nearly every month. I love these little postcards to the world from my favorite local bands. It reminds me of collecting CD and vinyl EPs of my favorite artist when I was growing up–which, for the record was a way of life, a...

    ExtendedPlay: Four Fascinating New EPs

    It’s a funny thing, when I started writing about local music six years ago EPs weren’t really a thing. Everyone was working on their single or their album, usually their album. In the last few years the rise of the EP has exploded, enough that I can fill two pages of JAVA Magazine with six EPs very nearly every month. I love these little postcards to the world from my favorite local bands. It reminds me of collecting CD and vinyl EPs of my favorite artist when I was growing up–which, for the record was a way of life, a...

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