Lee Bannon – “216”
Lee Bannon’s “216” starts and ends with a simple piano passage filtered into ethereal bookends for a series of twists that gives “216” a dreamlike quality, where everything can change in an instant, from a simple hip-hop beat to dread-inducing tones and squelches. At just under six minutes, it feels inifinitely longer given the level of care given to each sequence, sort of like waking up from a five-minute nap and having dreamed up a lifetime. The Sacramento-based producer’s Alternate/Endings LP is due Dec. 9 on Ninja Tune.
White Fence – “Swagger Vets and Double Moon” (Live)
White Fence aka Tim Presley is one prolific dude, releasing wonderful lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll records regularly like it ain’t no thang. He’s releasing a live album Nov. 5 called Live in San Francisco, the first in Castle Face’s new “Live in San Francisco” series. The set was recorded at Amnesia San Francisco on a Tascam 388 for maximum lo-fi goodness. Except more live awesomeness from Castle Face down the line!
Milosh – “Slow Down” video
Though he’s already released one of the best albums of the year as one half of the duo Rhye, L.A.-based singer/songwriter Milosh is releasing a solo album Nov. 26 called Jet Lag. The spare, piano-led “Slow Down” is given a similarly simple video treatment, which shouldn’t suggest it’s not effective. Quite the contrary, “Slow Down” is paralyzing in its straightforward beauty, focusing on Milosh’s stunning wife and collaborator, Alexa Nikolas, as she drives to the song. Everything about it seems poised against our iPhone-addicted, attention-deficit way of life.
Shows This Weekend:
Halloween: Halloween’s next week! Starting at 3 p.m., Amoeba's got DJs, candy, dog costume contests—read all about the daytime festivities here (or here for SF). Then The New L.A. Folk Fest will host its annual Murder Ballads & Dark Songs at The Echo, featuring collaborations and performances by L.A. artists like Tommy Santee Klaws, Bloody Death Skull, Ocha La Rocha and more. It’s at 8 p.m. and $8 or $5 with a costume.