A Few of My Favorite Things, Silver Lake Edition

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I still don’t *really* understand what this site is or who uses it, but they gave me a (pro-bono) chance to shout out my favorite places for food, music, booze, caffeine, etc. in Los Angeles. Plus, they promised to call me an expert. To see my picks, go to Utrip, click “See Itinerary,” and then enter an arbitrary date (you’re not going to do this, I know, it’s okay). From there (ha), click on the little “Overview” tab above the map. FINALLY, you can scroll down Continue reading

INCHES Reviews Two Slabs of Stone-Cold ’80s Funk from Tony Cook, ft. Dâm-Funk

"What's on Your Mind," ft. Dâm-Funk and "Video Rock" by Tony Cook

“The thing you need to understand about The Funk, is that once one discovers the need for it, one’s gotta have The Funk pretty much at all times and in every form possible. Roofs of houses and clubs alike have burned as a result of this phenomenon, while onlookers either idly stand by in Funk-inspired negligence or actually chant, seemingly celebrating the loss of another property at the hands of The Funk.”

Photos and Mp3s and charts, oh my! Get over to INCHES!

News: Music’s Worst Hats, Space Thump from Yuk, Origami On Vinyl, Baths Rmxes Brad Laner

Jay Kay wasn't just kidding with his headgear.

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: The Ten Worst Hats in Modern Music History*
  2. MP3: Space Thump from Producer Yuk from My Hollow Drum
  3. Echo Park’s Origami Vinyl Hosts Album Making Seminar
  4. MP3: Beat Star Baths Remixes L.A. Legend Brad Laner

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

* “We’re pretty sure Empire of the Sun derives its power from the insane headdresses of frontman Luke Steele. Out of, erm, respect to that epiphany, we present to you the ten most hideous, god awful, what-in-the-funk-where-they-thinking hats in modern music history.

Mayer Hawthorne Hooks Up with Virginia Beat-Maker Nottz, Drops Etched 12-Inch for ‘I Need You’

INCHES reviews Captain Ahab’s Grotesque Double-LP Opus, ‘The End of Irony’ [MP3]

Captain Ahab, 'The End of Irony'

You often can judge an album by its cover, but what does it mean when that cover depicts the musicians as A) a godlike figure with arms spread and an umbilical penis protruding from his pants, and B) the manchild of that divine figure, still attached bellybutton-wise to said life-giving dong, covered in sweat? Read the latest installment of INCHES to find out.

INCHES reviews Petrojviv Blasting Co.’ Debut LP, ‘A History of Public Relationsh Dilemmae’

Petrojvic Blasting Co., 'A History of Public Relations Dilemmae'

Friends, Balkans, Hollywood Farmers Market regulars, lend me your ears. INCHES has returned in its new, slimmed-down form. One L.A. vinyl release a week, with all the amenities you’ve come to expect: photo, MP3, reviews, purchase info, and a sales chart from a local wax merchant. This week, I’m proud to cover the full-length vinyl debut of the Petrojvic Blasting Co. I had the pleasure to interview these fellas for the Killsonic feature in LA Weekly, and for last year’s “People” issue, and they’re good men, deserving of a good record.

Check it out.