This dude had a heavy hand in making one of the best records of the last decade, Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, and now he’s trying out his solo man steez. At SPIN.
And to be true, this one’s more like a 9. Easily in my top 5 for 2011. SPIN.
Not to beat a dead horse, but Baths is playing the Troubadour on Saturday night (tomorrow!) with Braids and Gobble Gobble. His will be one of the best sets you’ll see all year, so you should probably see it. Also, I’ve posted about this before, but Will Wiesenfeld’s ambiently inclined side project Geotic has since made it onto the greater blogosphere’s radar, and it seems like a good time to remind all-a-y’all that his entire oeuvre under that name is available for free over here. <Click there. Get Hearth and Mend.
Baths plays the Troubadour on Saturday night with Braids!
This is a fun one. I’ve been a big fan of Baths since the little dude first popped onto my radar (LA Weekly ran the first feature on him), and we’ve stayed in touch since. For our latest collabo (ha), we sat down and flipped through his Flickr account as a way to look back on his huge, hectic 2010, and even to muse a bit on the future of Will Wiesenfeld’s music.
Here’s an excerpt: “It’s [pauses] everything I want in life, basically. A gay romance between Batman and Superman would be the best thing ever.”
Yeah, that was taken out of context. Read the whole thing at the A.V. Club.
Tobacco wraps up a pretty effing stellar year with a rap tape, essentially. Three new songs, four oldish ones, all with rappers on ’em for the first time.
On “2 Thick Scoops,” Chicago’s Serengeti sounds as raw and hulking as the lurching track itself. “Unholy Demon” features an unknown named Icicle Frog who sounds like a B-boy Mooninite making with the freak-freak.
But there’s more! Over at The AV Club.
It’s awesome time in L.A., people. Either get on the Good News train or get left behind. Music, frankly, is great — always has been, but when so much great music exists in one’s own backyard, when the people responsible for tending the flame all seem to gather within the same ten-mile stretch, when there’s no shortage of good ideas or good tunes, well, a person is likely to get real happy and start writing silly things like this.
Far less silly, and actually quite informative, is “Twelve Indie Labels You Should Know, a Primer” (I say “prymer,” please don’t say “primmer”) which is on the L.A. Times blog, Pop & Hiss, right now, as I type. This piece is the culmination of a three-parter. Read the Sunday print feature, “L.A.’s Indie Labels Succeed with a Jack-of-All-Trades Approach,” if you please. And find a supplemental piece (with a choice MP3) over yonder.
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: Boyz Noize Remixes Chemical Brothers on ‘Swoon’*
- Oxnard Rapper MED Celebrates His Medical Pot Card in New Video
- MP3: Snoop Dogg & Quazedelic Shout Out the Güeros in New Song
- Baths Meets Mononoke in Samurai-Feat Vid for ‘Lovely Bloodflow’
* “The Chems have gotten noisier on their new album, but one of the smoother tracks is first single “Swoon.” Apologies, but this is not an electro megamix of the 2009 album by Silversun Pickups.”
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)