Following recent select screenings of How Low Can You Go, the new short documentary film on the long-running Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), it has now been posted online. The Holly Thompson and Mark "Frosty" McNeill-produced and edited film, posted above, includes music by the Society's Le Forte Four, Tom Recchion, Airway, and Dennis Duck. Founded in 1973 by Tom Recchion, Chip Chapman, Joe Potts, and Rick Potts, the pioneering avant-rock artist-musician collective published the magazine Light Bulb in addition to music and concert production and events. Over the years the LA underground collective has built a dedicated following of fans of weird/outsider music, as well as influencing many artists. Among those artists directly influenced by LAFMS are Sun City Girls, Caroliner Rainbow, and Hijokaidan. Last year during KFJC's annual Mayhem programming month, the Los Altos radio station's DJ Naysayer produced an indepth special on LAFMS culling music from the 11 CD various artists LAFMS collection, The Lowest Form of Music. In 2009 WFMU's Brian Turner featured another LAFMS special with studio guests including the collective's Tom Recchion, Dennis Duck, Rick Potts, Joe Potts, and Vetza Trussell. The film features these members as well as LAFMS members Ace Farren Ford, Fredrik Nilsen, Joseph Hammer, and Mitchell Brown.
Who else hasn’t thought of anything to get their significant other for Valentine’s Day?
V-Day is a tough one. You don’t want to go too extravagant ’cause hey, there’s still birthdays and other holidays to think of. But a lil’ something is nice too! Well, let us help you figure out how to find that perfect cool gift for Valentine’s Day that says “I didn’t go to Rite Aid at the last minute to get you chocolates, I actually put some thought into this.” Here are 10 ideas for a nice Valentine’s Day gift.
Through this Sunday, we’re having a sale for 20% off all turntables at all three stores. Plus, when you buy a turntable this weekend, you’ll get a $10 gift certificate for used vinyl to start that collection. Either our Red Essential II turntable or red and white Crosley Executive turntable (as pictured above) make for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift that will last. They’re some of the nicest and certainly most aesthetically pleasing turntables we carry — they’re statement pieces as well as a great way to listen to music.
I missed last week since I was on vacation, so here are my picks for the past two weeks!
Brooklyn’s Diiv are back after four years with an album that delivers on the promise of their debut, Oshin. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co. still dole out shimmering guitar-pop nuggets that surf on waves of reverb and atmospheric distortion. Songs like “Under the Sun” offer a pure rush of new wave beats and summery melodies, even as Smith’s lyrics delve into his struggle with addiction. It follows one of The Cure’s best tricks: sounding lively even at their bleakest. Songs like “Dopamine” are far from numbed out — Smith’s jaunty vocal is as close as he’d let himself get to Tom Petty, while still encased in a fog of reverb. Is The Is Are is a bit sprawling at 17 tracks, and after a dynamite opening, some of its shorter tracks in the middle don’t sink in, compared with the relatively taut Oshin. But that also gives Is The Is Are room to roam and the feeling of some alt-rock record of yore, like a Guided By Voices or Sonic Youth album (speaking of the latter, Smith’s girlfriend, Sky Ferreira, shows up to play Kim Gordon on the breathy “Blue Boredom”). Smith also should get credit for expanding his guitar palette while keeping things trim and stylistically consistent, adding My Bloody Valentine-style bends and distortion to his crisp, Felt-ish tones only when necessary. As layers of heavily distorted riffs close out “Waste of Breath” like interlocking corroded piping (epic by Diiv standards at nearly six minutes), Smith’s talents are firmly re-established.
"Brothas and sistas...The time is now" read a flyer for the February 1995 African American youth town hall meeting in San Jose that was called in response to rising concern within the community over varying issues (see flyer above). Hosted by Davey D (then of KMEL) the town hall meeting, that included city officials and youth speakers, took place at the South Bay city's Emmanuel Baptist Church. The event also featured Bay Area hip-hop artists E-40, JT The Bigga Figga, and Herm Lewis who were invited as guest speakers. At the time of the event, E-40's single "One Luv" had been out a few weeks. The Vallejo gamespitter's anticipated second solo album, that included the lead single, In a Major Way (Sick WId It/Jive) would drop a few weeks later on March 14th, 1995. The sequel to 1993's Federal, the new E-40 album would also feature such standout tracks as the second single "Sprinkle Me" featuring his sister Suga T, and Bay Area rap posse track "Dusted 'n' Disgusted" with 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 all making cameos. Meanwhile, JT The Bigga Figga was winding up the recording of his third album, Dwellin' in tha Labb, which he fully produced, that would be released in October of that year on his Get Low Recordz, Priority Records, and Straight Out Tha Labb Entertainment.
All turntables are 20% off at our stores Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14! (Limited to stock on hand; 20% off regular price.) Plus, you will get a $10 Amoeba gift certificate for used vinyl with your turntable purchase!
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