A whole batch of awesome videos from LA-based artists were released this week. Check ’em all out like it’s 1994 and you’re home watching MTV.
Crown Plaza – “Reactor” video; So Many Wizards’ “Lose Your Mind” video
The solo project of So Many Wizards’ Nima Kazerouni, Crown Plaza, is dreamier and lo-fier than his band’s indie power-pop. “Reactor” is lonely and lightly melancholic bedroom pop of the finest order, while the video calls to mind visiting your hometown and feeling like a stranger. Chem Waves Volume 1 is out now on tape on LA’s Vanity Projects, while So Many Wizards’ fine Warm Nothing was released earlier this year. That album’s “Lose Your Mind” video was also released this week. Crown Plaza play a free show at the Bootleg Theater Nov. 12. So Many Wizards will be all over LA this month and next, starting with a show at USC with the Allah-Las tonight; see all their dates here.
IO Echo – “Berlin, It’s All a Mess” video
LA electronic pop band IO Echo have teamed with filmmaker John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) and photographer Polly Borland for this incredible video, screening on MOCA TV, an Internet contemporary art channel started this year by LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Right from the start, you know you’re seeing and hearing something truly unusual. I want more of this! IO Echo’s debut album will be out in early 2013 on IAMSOUND. Look out for it, everything I’ve heard so far from this band has been great.
Line & Circle – “Roman Ruins”
You know how some songs are just exactly what you want to hear, like they were tailor-made for you? That’s how I feel about LA’s Line & Circle’s “Roman Ruins,” a perfectly constructed slab of jangly sunshine pop. New romantic vocals run over a “Friday I’m in Love” style arrangement that sends serious shivers. And of course the video features a bunch of friends hanging out California styles, at the beach, in the city, making you want to move here even if you already live here. Their Roman Ruins 7” is out on White Iris. They’re at the Troubador in LA Nov. 21 and SF’s Great American Music Hall Nov. 23.
Shows this weekend:
Tonight The New LA Folk Fest and The Echo present Murder Ballads at the Echoplex. Artists such as Vum, RT N' The 44s, Restavrant, Bloody Death Skull and more perform classic songs inspired by true crimes of passion. Doors are at 8:30, bands are at 9. Get tickets here ($10 advance, $12 at the door).
Friday do this: Go to the Rookie Yearbook Dance Party at Space15Twenty from 7 to 7:45, where there will be a signing of Rookie Yearbook One, edited by Tavi Gevinson, which collects articles, interviews, photo editorials and more from the first year of Rookiemag.com, a site for teenage girls. Then walk over to Amoeba for Soft Metals’ DJ set at 8, then back at 9 for Best Coast’s performance at Space15Twenty for the Rookie event. Disclaimer: I have no idea if you can leave that event once you’re there and get back in, but it’s worth trying.
Sunday: The aforementioned So Many Wizards together with Gothic Tropic and Penny Dreadful play the inaugural show at The LA Fort (736 Ceres Ave.). $10 gets you a vegetarian dinner and the show. You must RSVP at theLAFort@gmail.com to attend.