Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sad things from the world's opposite end.


Here's a new Carl Barat solo single, off the Death Fires Burn at Night EP, which is set for release on May 2. It's called "This is the Song," and it's certainly no "Run with the Boys," which smacks of George Michael a bit.

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And, of course:


Monday, April 25, 2011

Catching up on seven-inch pieces, part two.


...and speaking of 7-inch releases that are at least six months old...

I had the chance to see Cheap Time in Downtown L.A. in March, and as predicted elsewhere, their live set is indeed much tighter and more thrilling than on their most recent record, which had let me down a bit. Also, Jeff Novak has marvelous cheekbones in person. But I digress. Opening for Cheap Time was Dead Meat, a trio from San Francisco by way of Florida who'd fit well on a concert lineup with bands like the Jesus Lizard, the Melvins, Pissed Jeans, and perhaps Tomahawk. The surprise of the night, they were sludgy, consistently hard, and as with all great bands, they've got a marvelous drummer (Robert Pagano).

Anyway, bass player James McNeal was quite nice and handed over a copy of their full-length Early Recordings on cassette when I purchased their 7-inch for "The King," and it's all-around a worthwhile snag. The album and single were released in 2010, and both feature snazzy artwork by Kelly Williams.

After a bit of careful Facebook stalking, I come to find that the guys in this band are younger than I am. Jesus H.

So, that's that and here's this:

1A. The King (MP3)
2A. Electric Head
2B. Rubber Snake (MP3)

Purchase the 7-inch single of "The King" (limited to 500 copies)

Catching up on seven-inch pieces, part one.

Hallo there, time to share a few goodies I've picked up at the shops and shows in the last month or two - the most recent Record Store Day of two weekends' past re-ignited a certain enthusiasm that'd been waning in the recent year (so much dance music to sift through, as of late, and it's not my cup of anything, much). So it's time to share what has been tickling my fancy, new or old.

First, the Hives released a 7-inch - Tarred and Feathered - in the summer of 2010, yet it somehow slipped past me (and a load of others, given how little their name's been spoken since Tyrannosaurus Hives) until I happened upon it at a local shop in L.A. Not quite got the energy of their earliest, but it's got three punk covers, and they're not half bad. Come download the second of three:

1A. Civilization's Dying (Zero Boys)
2A. Early Morning Wake Up Call (Flash and the Pan)

No U.S. tour announced thus far, and gee golly, they're a goody live, but they are in Europe this summer, and for a mere 62 Euros (90 USD!), you can purchase one of their fur hats.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's music and it's free! (for now)

Why, hello there. There's a brand spankin' new Henry Clay People EP up for a free stream, and you can find it by clicking here. You can also see the Henry Clay People get sweaty and fatigued on a Coachella stage later this week.

Otherwise, here's a spiffy button that'll allow you to download a song off the new EP, "California Wildfire."









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Additionally, the brand new (as in, comes out April 12) Crystal Stilts album, In Love with Oblivion, is available for free stream on the Hype Machine right now. And it's awfully good - the band can best be summarized as a combination of the most overcited influences in rock, meaning there's an Ian Curtis imitation crooning its way over Velvet Underground-drumming that leads into a bit of T. Rex glam. And there's spacey, '60s-style kitsch all throughout. But the record is somehow not boring, not contrived, and is all in all a really fun listen. "Sycamore Tree" and "Shake the Shackles" are particular favorites.




Oh! And guess who's playing at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on May 6? Yes, that's right. These guys!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kristin Hersh, hooray!


It's about time - Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave) released a memoir called Rat Girl last year, and she's finally promoting it in Los Angeles this weekend. Hersh will be at Stories Cafe in Echo Park this Sunday, April 10, at 2pm. Funnily, I was listening to "Not Too Soon" at work this afternoon when I received an email popup letting me know about this very event. "I must go!" I said. And so must you.

Purchase The Real Ramona (20 years old this year...)

(Yes, I know it's Tanya's voice and not Kristin's, but that's beside the point)
(And while using parentheticals, "Garoux des Larmes," off 1987's The Fat Skier, was released when the ladies of Throwing Muses were 21. 21?! Could you have written songs like that at 21?)