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my love of the love of diagrams

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 11, 2007 05:09pm | Post a Comment
also out this week...

the full length album by the Love of Diagrams "Mosaic."
I love this album! Ever since I first heard their ep a couple of months ago, I have been obsessed. And patiently waiting for the release of the full length. While this is their first album out in the US, they have one previous in their native Australia, "The Target is You."  But it is all about Mosaic.

Love of Diagrams have been around since 2001, but are finally making their way to a US audience. The band is made up of two awesome ladies, Monika Fikerle and Antonia Sellbach, and one dude, Luke Horton. I don't know what it is, but I love bands with both dudes and ladies singing back and forth at each other. It just makes the songs more interesting by combining two different perspectives.

You can easily mistake them for a late 70s/early 80s no wave band. They have the post punk sound of similar bands like Erase Errata. Bands like these often do not hide their influences, it seems to have gotten to a point where bands are torn apart for being too obvious with their influences. But I really think it has almost reached a point where everything has been done. Every band name has been taken and every sound reinvented. But I don't really care about any of this.

Love of Diagrams simply makes me wanna dance and gets me more excited than most bands have the ability to do. It 's the kind of album I want to start over before it's even finished the first time. They have a great raw energy on this album, similar to early Siouxsie albums. You seriously need to go check out this album. You can always start with the ep, if you a scared to commit to an entire album.

Sloe Poke - LA's Resident DJ

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 11, 2007 11:47am | Post a Comment

There are three things you need to know about DJ Sloe Poke: 1. He doesn’t mess around with any of the artsy stuff. 2. You won’t hear him tactlessly scratching and 3. He goes to a club to rock it.
 
What makes Sloe Poke one of L.A. ’s best DJ’s is that he can spin several styles of music with ease. Sloe Poke attributes his skills to the years of spinning for people with diverse tastes, ages and cultures. Most DJ’s can spin two or three different genres of music but get lost when it comes to Latin music. This is where Sloe Poke excels. He’s the kind of DJ that can entice the older generation to go out on the dance floor and put a younger crowd to shame. He can mix a Salsa classic like Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelion” with Celso Pina’s Sonidero hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio,” then follow those songs with Thalia’s poppy, “Piel Morena” and Frankie Cutlass’ club fave, “Puerto Rico,” making it all flow together somehow.


Because of Sloe Poke’s range, he can spin almost anywhere in the city. Besides being a resident DJ at places like Little Temple and the Rhythm Lounge, he spins at clubs like Sonido, playing Dub, Dancehall & Lover’s Rock. At the Root Down on Thursday nights he plays funk alongside some of L.A. ’s best funk DJ’s. At ¡DESCARGA! Sloe Poke keeps the floor moving with Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia. When he’s DJing at The House of Blues in San Diego, he compliments whatever act is headlining. He has opened for shows as diverse as Mos Def, David Lee Roth, Yellowman & Jaguares. It really doesn’t matter who or what genre Sloe Poke is spinning for -- he always has the perfect mix.

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A Force Of One

Posted by phil blankenship, April 10, 2007 07:41pm | Post a Comment
1979. Drugs are taking over a small California town. An unknown karate killer is slowly picking off a team of undercover narcotics agents. What will the harried police chief & his misfit band of officers do ?

Hire local martial arts champion Matt Logan (CHUCK NORRIS) to teach them how to FIGHT BACK, that's what ! But the drug cartel (and their skateboarding dealers) get more than they bargained for when they kill Logan's adopted son - they soon have to deal with a vengeful FORCE OF ONE !

Teamed up with sexy sidekick Jennifer O'Neill (Scanners), Chuck Norris presents one of his more entertaining '70s flicks, though the PG rating robs any hopes of nudity or extreme violence covering the affair with a sort of tv movie vibe.  Still, director Paul (Deadly Force!!) Aaron keeps things moving and thoughts away from the seeming ineptitude of the police department.




Shanghai Surprise

Posted by Job O Brother, April 10, 2007 11:03am | Post a Comment

               EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - DAY

               JOB, (early 30's) wearing jeans and a T-shirt reading
               "World's Best Grandpa", walks down the bustling street.

               Everyone he passes is talking on a cell phone.

               His phone starts ringing.

               He fishes it out of his back pocket.

                                   JOB
                         Hello?

                                   VOICE (V.O.)
                         Spare some change?

                                   JOB
                         What?

Joni in Green Velvet (1969)

Posted by Miss Ess, April 9, 2007 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Joni Mitchell is killing me lately, just killing me.

Ever since I picked up these new Dick Cavett Show box sets that are out and watched the Rock Icons Collection, my interest in Joni has been re-established. The very first episode in the set is the "Woodstock Episode," literally taped the morning Hendrix ripped the sh*t out of the national anthem. The show features Jefferson Airplane, Joni and (in place of Hendrix) Stephen Stills and David Crosby, still covered in mud.

Although the entire show is fantastic to watch, it's Joni Mitchell that affects me the most. It's obvious that Cavett is enraptured with her, and it's easy to see why. Draped in green velvet, with her young, open face and unbjoni mitchellelievably crafted songs, she's a mind bender. There's no one else like her, is there? 

The expressions on her face while she performs her song "Willy," a song she says is "for my man and for the moon," are so gorgeous--  she's living her way through the song, lost in her own memories and thoughts. You can see the spark lit on her face throughout the performance and just  like the line in the song it is "like a shiny light breaking in a storm."

I've watched it several times through, over and over.  The optimism and honesty doesn't live just on her face, it permeates the entire program and seems so foreign to me and to my experience processing much of the music released and performed on tv these days. For some reason, we can't afford to be that optimistic anymore? All I can say is when it's there, it's beautiful to watch.

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