News Roundup: Unreleased J Dilla Gem, Dublab DJs to ‘Spin’ Tapes, MP3 from Wounded Lion

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

Booze + tunes = Callng All Kids

  1. J Dilla Estate Drops Unreleased Gem, Greatest Slipmats Ever
  2. THIS FRIDAY: Dublab DJs ‘Spin’ Cassettes at Calling All Kids’ Top Tape
  3. Exclusive MP3: “Belt of Orion” by Wounded Lion (In the Red Records)
  4. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

Durlin Lurt's 'Him Jenson'

  1. ‘Him Jenson’ Releases Wild Muppets Mixtape [MP3s]
  2. Dâm-Funk Making LPs w/ Steve Arrington, Nite Jewel [MP3]
  3. Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes
  4. And The Top Radiohead Benefit Donor Is… Dangerbird?
  5. ASKA of Moonrats Collaborates Flea, Spike Jonze
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Trip-Out Tuesday: Psychedelic Visions from Red Sparowes

Feauture: Bend Everything – Inside DIY Electronics With Lucky Dragons And Daedelus

Just as Los Angeles’ musical profile has been rising over the last couple of years, so has the average youthful (“young” or otherwise) citizen’s interest in getting involved. Our scuzzy experimental pop, the “beat music” movement, and the D.I.Y. spirit that envelops them both make for a certain punk accessibility that extends beyond inspiring listeners to strum a detuned guitar or screen-print their own T-shirts. As it turns out, electronics are fair game too, and there are cheap, easy classes available locally — some taught by known artists, at institutions like Machine Project and The Public School — that offer novices the ability to harness an incredible spectrum of sounds. Circuit-bending workshops teach people how to modify thrift store finds (keyboards, toy instruments, Speak & Spells), while other classes focus on a particular computer programming language (Max/MSP) which is graphical, linear, and easy to experiment with.

The LA Weekly has just published my story on the topic, “Bend Everything,” which features insight from L.A.’s own Lucky Dragons and Daedelus, among others. Check it out here, and grab a copy if you’re local.

Also, watch Lucky Dragons blow some minds at Machine Project.