Local Stuff: Flying Lotus, Deerhoof, King Tuff, The Soft Moon, Cold Showers, Ty Segall

Posted by Billy Gil, August 17, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment
Flying Lotus feat. Erykah Badu – “See Thru to U”
This sumptuous, propulsive track comes from L.A. beat maestro Flying Lotus’ new album, Until the Quiet Comes, due Oct. 2 on Warp (preorder here). Expect more excellent pair-ups, such as another with Thom Yorke, on the album.


Deerhoof – “Fête d'Adieu”

So excited to share a new track from S.F.’s Deerhoof, one of my all-time favorite guitar bands. For a while there, it seemed minus guitarist Chris Cohen, the band was losing steam on the lackluster Deerhoof vs. Evil. “Fête d'Adieu” is very promising, however, employing the poppier balance of melodicism with awkward time signatures and chirpy vocals that they moved toward on the Cohen-less but still excellent Friend Opportunity. Here’s hoping Breakup Song is awesome! (Preorder the album here.)


King Tuff – “Alone and Stoned” video
As if I didn’t love L.A. garage pop dude King Tuff enough already, his video for “Alone and Stoned” from his totally great self-titled album is a lot of fun. All you really need to know is the title of the song and you can see where it goes from there. I need that girl’s cat painting.


The Soft Moon – “Die Life”
S.F.’s The Soft Moon put out a fantastically bleak, uncompromising self-titled first album in 2010 and are due back with a a second album, Zeros, Oct. 30 on Captured Tracks. Listening to that first album feels felt like driving through a dark tunnel with no end. And that rules! This sounds great too.


Cold Showers – “BC”
Been salivating over L.A.’s Cold Showers for some time now. They posted a killer Cars cover a while back. Now here’s the first taste of their first album, Love and Regret, due Oct. 9 on Dais. It’s sort of the sunnier (or at least more humanistic) side of the post-punk coin to The Soft Moon’s life of dying. “BC” really does feel like a blast of cool air during this heat wave, the way it stays calm and collected until that guitar solo dives through and makes way for shimmery guitar knives to follow. Digging all of it.


Ty Segall – “The Hill”
“The Hill” is the first single from Ty Segall’s third album of the year, Twins, due Oct. 9 on Drag City. This starts about a million miles from the rip-your-ear-off distortion of the yet-to-be-topped this year rock of Slaughterhouse, starting with a sort of electro-gospel, female led vocal before, you know, ripping your ear off again with distortion. It’s decidedly dialed back, though, from that of Slaughterhouse, instead focusing more on propulsion, dynamics and melody, as that chorus comes back filtering through the din every once in a while. It’s the most interesting thing Segall has unveiled yet. I love the sound of it so far and bodes well for the rest of Twins.

Local Stuff: Flying Lotus, Chelsea Wolfe, Lord Huron, Tamaryn, Plus Shows This Weekend

Posted by Billy Gil, July 27, 2012 11:44am | Post a Comment
Flying LotusFlying Lotus – “Between Friends” (ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy)
Everything Flying Lotus does requires us to pay attention — not just because everything he touches, whether it be hosting excellent artists like Jeremiah Jae on his Brainfeeder label or his own work on albums like Comsmogramma, seems to be uniformly excellent, but because there’s a depth of complexity there that extends past sample-rap-repeat. This song for Adult Swim’s Singles Program features guest spots from Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy — who is maybe Tyler, the Creator? So postulates Pitchfork, which may be true, since Captain Murphy was a character from the off-the-air animated series “Sealab 2021” whose original voice, Harry Goz, died in 2003. I love how it starts with this dream soul intro that completely cuts out twice before getting into trading codeine-fueled raps. Sounds like something that would have been concocted at the bottom of the sea, indeed! (Ugh.) Flying Lotus’ new album Until the Quiet Comes is due Oct. 1 on Warp Records, featuring guest spots by Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu and more.

Chelsea Wolfe – “The Way We Used To”

If you’re like me, the thought of deliberately acoustic music usually sends you running — something about assumed authenticity and it not actually being all that interesting. But Chelsea Wolfe isn’t your typical singer-songwriter, and this first taste of her new album, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, is truly arresting. It might be my favorite thing I’ve heard from her, and I think the conceit of “acoustic” songs (I mean, there’s still overdubs where she harmonizes with herself, etc.) actually does her a lot of favors. Her first album, Apokalypsis, was grandiose in its gloom but sometimes Wolfe sounded lost among the layers. In “The Way We Used To,” the alluring concept of “doom folk” actually comes through much clearer, given the starkness of presentation and welcome brevity of the song, which leaves you wanting to listen again the second it’s done to grasp what you’ve just heard. It sounds like some lost blues spiritual filtered through modern aesthetic, eschewing bigness in favor of subtle sorrow. Unknown Rooms, which is due Oct. 16 from Sargent House, could just be Wolfe’s breakthrough.


Lord Huron – “Time to Run”

After releasing 2010’s excellent Mighty EP, Los Angeles-based songwriter Ben Schneider under the name Lord Huron is finally set to release his first full-length album, Lonesome Dreams, via IAMSOUND Oct. 9. “Time to Run” teases a sunkissed Western sound that nicely balances its dusty country leanings with healthy but not oppressive reverb and a galloping beat. Looking forward to hearing the rest!


Tamaryn – “I’m Gone”

SF-based Tamaryn does shoegaze right — songs about vague, indescribable concepts (see 2010’s “Love Fades,” a standout from her last album, The Waves, one of the best songs about feeling low and out of love). “I’m Gone” mines similar territory to her previous work. I’m not sure what she’s singing about, but the feel and concept offered by the title are of a certain emotional deadness that some mistake for laziness, when actually it’s a difficult, real feeling that is pretty hard to convey this well. I look forward to hearing the rest of Tender New Signs, out Oct. 16 on Mexican Summer.


Shows This Weekend:
Friday: King Tuff, Jaill, The Coathangers at The Echo (8:30 p.m., $12)
Saturday: Nick Waterhouse at The Getty Center (6 p.m., FREE)
Sunday: Fiona Apple at The Palladium (8 p.m., tickets are $100+ via various sellers) OR if you’re not rich/didn’t buy tickets ahead of time to that and you’re like me and LOVE Crystal Stilts, you’re in luck — they’re playing Part Time Punks at The Echo with The Mantles and Sea Lions (10 p.m., $10)


Interview with SF Producer Mophono About His Genre Pioneering New Album Cut Form Crush

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2011 09:49am | Post a Comment

Today (Feb 15th), San Francisco DJ/producer Mophono releases the genre pioneering new album Cut Form Crush on CB Records. On it, the artist presents the three genres he calls Dirt Wave, Thug Jazz, and Skip on Beat. Last year Mophono, who also goes by the name of DJ Centipede, did a record with a project called Mophono's Halftone Society on Bastard Jazz Records, a cool small label out of Brooklyn that another Bay Area DJ/producer/remixer DJ Platurn has also recently released a record through.

For Cut Form Crush, which should appeal to fans of instrumental hip-hop and glitch-hop type beats, Mophono is joined by San Francisco's MC Subverse on "Rep," the album's only non-instrumental track, and by famed LA producer Flying Lotus on the track "Cut Form Crunch." Another LA based DJ/production talent, Gaslamp Killer, will be joining Mophono, along with Citizen Ten, in San Francisco this weekend when the artist will be throwing a record release party for Cut Form Crush on Saturday, Feb 19th at SOM Bar. Meantime, the album (which will be released on both CD and vinyl) arrives in Amoeba Music today. Recently I caught up with Mophono to talk about the new record and his career to date.

Amoeblog: For those who don't know about you, can you give us some history about you as an artist, including releases that people should be aware of?

Mophono: I grew up DJ'ing hip-hop and instrumental, experimental, and electronic music at raves and underground warehouse parties throughout the Bay Area since 1995. Before that it was just a hobby that started from listening to shit like the Beastie Boys, EPMD, and the Art Of Noise. I also definitely was inspired by my older brother, who played me a lot of rap, punk and industrial music, sandwiched with my mother and father's psychedelic folk background.

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HARD LA Festival feat. MIA, Die Antwoord Canceled

Posted by Amoebite, July 12, 2010 05:13pm | Post a Comment
Just Announced: The HARD LA show featuring MIA, N*E*R*D*, Die Antwoord, and Flying Lotus on Sat July 17 has been canceled. From their website:
Hard Fest Flyer

HARD LA M.I.A. this Saturday July 17th has been canceled, but not due to the lack of support or the full approval from the personnel at the City of Los Angeles and California State Parks, who have signed off on our comprehensive security plan. We have decided to instead produce one massive event on August 7th at the same amazing location, the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

We continue to work closely with LAFD, LAPD, City of Los Angeles, and California State Parks, who c
ontinue to support all HARD events and have approved our plan to operate the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th, 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more.

Tickets for HARD LA M.I.A. are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Refund information will be posted July 13th.

We're not yet sure what the HARD Summer Music Festival lineup will look like with this change -- will some of the artists from HARD LA be added to the August date? We also do not know why Saturday's show was canceled. Security concerns? Low ticket sales? Hopefully we'll have more information soon. What's fairly certain is that South African sensation Die Antwoord will likely not be at the August show, which is a darn shame.

BUT, the good news is Die Antwoord has scheduled a show for Sat, July 17 at the El Rey in Los Angeles. Get your tickets here before they're sold out!

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Flying Lotus, Whose Amoeba Hollywood Instore Happens Today (Thursday), is Flying All the Way to the Top With Cosmogramma!

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2010 12:01pm | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus
What an amazing and well-deserved rise to fame and recognition it has been for the super-gifted Los Angeles producer/musician Flying Lotus, who performs for free at 7pm tonight (May 6th) at Amoeba Music Hollywood in support of his highly recommended brand new album Cosmogramma.

Only a matter of years ago the now globally respected FlyLo (as he is fondly known by fans, but was born  Steven Ellison 26 years ago) was clocking hours as an intern at Stones Throw Records and, in between doing mundane mail room chores, was just trying to get people to listen to his demo instrumental hip-hop productions.

Fast forward to 2010 and he has just completed a US tour (that culminated in a celebrated Coachella set) opening for Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace. Yorke, a major fan, personally chose FlyLo for the much coveted opening act slot just as he had hand-picked another California producer, DJ Shadow, to open for Radiohead many years back. Not only that, but Yorke also supplies guest vocals on Cosmogramma on one of the album's many jaw-droppingly brilliant tracks. The album, the artist's fourth release and his third for the respected Warp Records label (following 2008's Los Angeles & the previous year's the Reset EP -- his 2006 debut full-length was 1983 on Plug Research), was released on Tuesday this week Stateside (Monday in the UK). And if you don't already have it, go cop it right now at Amoeba. Better still, if you are in Southern Cali today, head over to the Amoeba on Sunset for the instore so that a year and more from now you can gloat to friends, "Oh yeah. I seen em play at Amoeba for free back in the day!"

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