8/30/2010

Gliss @ Silverlake Lounge 10pm tonight



TONIGHT! @ silverlake lounge 10pm FREE
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8/29/2010

Marina and the Diamonds - "I AM NOT A PRINCESS" Music Video


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8/27/2010

FYF Fest 2010: bands photographed by Angel Ceballos

Coming next week to Los Angeles!



LOWER DENS



SCREAMING FEMALES



ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI



THE GROWLERS



!!! CHK CHK CHK



WARPAINT



THE SOFT PACK



SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

Photographed by Angel Ceballos in Seattle.
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FYF Fest 2010


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8/26/2010

LIARS - Proud Evolution

LIARS

PROUD EVOLUTION – ­­NEW EP OUT OCTOBER 19th

FEATURES THOM YORKE REMIX + 3 NEW B-SIDES

CANADIAN TOUR DATES

9/29/10 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON

9/30/10 – Le National, Pop Montreal (Headline)

10/1/10 – Ritual, Ottawa, ON

10/2/10 – This Aint Hollywood, Hamilton

WATCH Liars’ performance at La Route Du Rock festival HERE.


Liars will release a new single, Proud Evolution, as a six track EP on October 19th, 2010. The new EP features a remix from Thom Yorke, a live version recorded at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, plus three exclusive new b-sides “Come Now”, “Total Frown”, and “Strangers”.

Liars on “Proud Evolution”: “A triumphant processional piano part is hijacked by something more lurid and tempting. The clicking and gurgling of what’s kicking. Soon a large rolling mass of bass displaces the equilibrium and redirects it into a groove. The tempting wave reminds you that misplaced confidence can be frightening.”

Liars make a long awaited return to Canada, playing Toronto and Montreal for the first time since 2006, and playing Ottawa and Hamilton for the first time ever! Having taken their critically acclaimed fifth album Sisterworld across the US, Liars head north to devastate Canada including a headline appearance at the Pop Montreal International Music Festival on September 30th.

At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago Sun-Times observed “A series of owl cries and electronically distorted yowls rose and fell over guitar lines played carefully just a half xtone off where they should be, and the bass lurked and dodged in the lengthening shadows.”

Time Out Chicago raved, “Art-rockers Liars took a cue from the blistering sun, delivering a set that was equally as intense as the sweltering heat beaming down from above.”

Sisterworld is out now on CD, double vinyl and 2CD version. The second disc of the 2CD release sees each track on Sisterworld remixed and reinterpreted by a host of artists including Thom Yorke, Devendra Banhart, Atlas Sound, Blonde Redhead, Fol Chen and Alan Vega while the unique packaging for the 2CD and deluxe vinyl editions, designed by Brian Roettinger / Hand Held Heart (Grammy nominated and Rolling Stone award winning for his work with No Age) allows a surreal glimpse into Sisterworld.

Daytrotter Session HERE.


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8/24/2010

Sunset Strip Music Fest 2010



For a lot of us who grew up in Los Angeles, much of our time was spent somewhere between Book Soup, the Whiskey a-go-go, and The Roxy. I don't often go to the Roxy anymore. I went to the Whiskey back in 2002 to see Andrew WK, and a few years ago to see Pete Yorn. Now many bands have been featured anywhere from West Hollywood, to Mid-Wilshire, to Echo Park. But this weekend, we can all relive the golden past with a trip down memory lane.



SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS
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8/23/2010

More Outside Lands

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Nneka

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Aterciopelados

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Phoenix

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Social Distortion

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Chromeo

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Kings of Leon

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Temper Trap

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero
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Janelle Monae @ Outside Lands

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Woven Bones @ Bottom of The Hill

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Billy Idol @ the fillmore







All photos taken in San Francisco by Alexander Laurence
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8/22/2010

Sugar Plant Interview

SUGAR PLANT
INTERVIEW BY ALEXANDER LAURENCE


Sugar Plant are a Japanese band. Their albums include After After Hours and Happy/Trance Mellow. I interviewed them at Brownies a few years ago (late 1997) when they last toured. This interview has never been seen or published. I talked with the main members Shin'ichi Ogawa and Chinatsu Shoyama.









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Chinatsu: Can you speak slowly?
AL: I will speak slowly... and... I will speak... very... good... English. You're the singer?
Chinatsu: He plays the guitar and I play bass. I sing. Sometimes I play guitar.
AL: How many years have you been together?
Chinatsu: More than three years.
AL: You two are the main members. Then you have some others who play with you?
Chinatsu: For our live show we have three other members. We don't play keyboards or drums.
AL: Do you want to play more drums and keyboards in the future?
Shin'ichi: (laughter) No. I like guitar.
AL: Do you like to play live shows?
Chinatsu: We love it. Yeah.
AL: It seems like this guy Merzbow comes out with twenty records a year. Can you keep up with him?
Shin'ichi: (says something in Japanese)
Chinatsu: I don't understand your question.
AL: Is this your first time in the United States?
Chinatsu: No. We played here before. Not at Brownies, but in New York. We played at Under Acme (Acme Underground). This is the start of our American tour. We came here last year and the year before. We like the American audience more than Japanese. It's good.
AL: What's wrong with the Japanese? You live in Tokyo?
Shin'ichi: Near Tokyo. They are so quiet.
Chinatsu: Yeah, Japanese audiences are quiet.
AL: They are too polite?
Chinatsu: Yeah, in a way.
AL: Should audiences be more aggressive over there?
Chinatsu: It's easy to know what American audiences think.
AL: Your music can put someone in a trance. People might get crazy and want to cause some violence.
Shin'ichi: Violence. Hmmm.
Chinatsu: I don't care.
AL: I listen to After After Hours all the time. Especially late at night. I didn't know what the lyrics were till I read them a few days ago. There's seems to be a lot about Astronomy.
Shin'ichi: (says something in Japanese)
Chinatsu: I'm singing about my experience and myself. The sun, sky, and stars are easy to explain and represent....
AL: You seem to be more comfortable speaking Japanese. Why do you sing in English?
Chinatsu: Our favorite music is American and British. It's natural to sing in English.
AL: Which bands are your favorites? People always compare Sugar Plant to Mazzy Star and Velvet Underground.
Shin'ichi: Stereolab. Galaxy 500.
AL: What is the live show like?
Chinatsu: We play some old songs, but most are new. We play one song off a new EP.
AL: What do you think of some of the noise bands?
Shin'ichi: I like some of the noisy music. Keghi Hanio. I saw them ten times.
AL: Who do you like to play with? Or do you refuse to share the stage?
Chinatsu: Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her.
AL: Are you familiar of the Silver Apples?
Shin'ichi: I never heard them.
AL: Are you interested in art or literature?
Shin'ichi: I like photography. Robert Frank.
AL: What about Araki.
Shin'ichi: He's famous but too erotic.
AL: You don't share the same erotic vision we see in Araki or Merzbow?
Shin'ichi: I don't understand. (laughter)
AL: You have these very poetic lyrics. Does that come out of any literary tradition?
Chinatsu: I write Japanese poetry. I majored in university. I like Bukowski. He's rough but I read him in English and Japanese.
AL: Do you have any spiritual interests?
Chinatsu: I don't know how to say in English. I read some books about the spiritual world. I don't the titles in English.
AL: So you're on tour with La Bradford. What do you think of their music?
Chinatsu: The show was great. They have three CDs out. And I like them all. Their show is great. La Bradford is very famous. This is the biggest tour we've done. We are playing thirty shows in six weeks. After that we are going to work on a new record.
AL: What should we expect?
Chinatsu: More pop. Spacey.
AL: Are there going to be some robot toys on this record?
Shin'ichi: Maybe. (laughter)
AL: Okay. I'll get someone to translate the Japanese parts.
Chinatsu: Can we talk into here in Japanese?
AL: Yes. You can talk about After After Hours in Japanese.
Chinatsu: (says something in Japanese)
Shin'ichi: (says something in Japanese)
AL: Do you guys like to stay up late?
Chinatsu: This is music for after "after hours." Do you go to clubs? After you go to a club and come back to home, you're going to be relaxed. This is music for after that. You put it on a CD player.
AL: Do you like Martin Denny?
Shin'ichi: No. I like rock and techno.
Chinatsu: Sometimes rock is too much. Techno is good but sometimes boring. So we like to combine them together. The next record will be different.
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8/20/2010

ORBITAL - The Gun is Good (official video)


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8/19/2010

More Outside Lands

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Electric Six

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Dawes

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Gogol Bordello

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My Morning Jacket

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The Strokes
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8/18/2010

Grinderman - Heathen Child




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8/16/2010

Cat Power @ Outside Lands

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