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’

News: Dntel Rmx’s Baths, Dengue Fever on Jeopardy, Superhumanoids Vs. MMC, plus KCRW and Madame Wong’s

Dntel, producer for the Postal Service

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

  1. FEATURED: MP3: Baths Remixed by Postal Service Producer*
  2. Dengue Fever Pick Up ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘True Blood’ Nods
  3. MP3: Superhumanoids Remix Meanest Man Contest
  4. MP3: KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole Drops Quantic Megamix
  5. Wavves Plays Madame Wong’s Before It Closes

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

* An atmospheric opening with a looming bass line eventually breaks into the kind of low-key four-on-the-floor while chopped horns, strings and vocals enhance the dueling dynamic of chill vs. hyped, in Dntel’s remix of Bath’s “Rain Smell.”

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

News: DJ Kutmah Returns, Meet ASKA, a Beat Scene Megamix, ScarJo Covers Steel Train

Kutmah's much needed passport?

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

  1. FEATURED: New Kutmah Podcast Ft. Fugees, Flying Lotus*
  2. Check Out ASKA’s Stunning ‘Love Trance,’ on Manimal Vinyl
  3. Proximal Drops L.A. Megamix Ft. Dâm-Funk, Daedelus, Baths
  4. Scarlett Johansson Covers ‘Bullet’ By Folk-Rockers Steel Train

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

* After being expelled from the U.S., DJ Kutmah delivers a fifty-minute mix featuring a ton of unreleased gems — including a Flying Lotus track and a Fugees remix by Jonwayne.

Feature: Valley Boredom Inspires Baths to Great Heights on His Anticon Debut, ‘Cerulean’

Baths contemplates a cerulean sky.

So we’ve really made no attempts to hide our enthusiasm for Chatsworth producer/musician/singer Baths, a.k.a. fresh Anticon signing Will Wiesenfeld. We’ve previewed his gigs, big-upped his ambient works as Geotic, talked about the young star on the radio, and basically become dude’s personal documentarian via news updates (a couple of those below).

Finally, things may cool down a bit.

This isn’t so much because anything’s cooling down for Wiesenfeld, a rising star in indie music, but because we were able to do a lengthy feature on Baths for L.A. Weekly, dubbed, “The Great Escape.” Wiesenfeld was kind enough to donate a few hours to the cause, which meant lunch at the estimable Islands, and hang-time with him and his mom at the family home in Chatsworth.

So if you haven’t already, go to L.A. Weekly to read that.

Further listening/reading:

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

News: New Abe Vigoda Song, We Are the World Video, Plus Baths, What Laura Says, Big Search

Abe Vigoda, not throwing shade

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

  1. FEATURED: Abe Vigoda Goes All ’80s On New ‘Crush’ LP*
  2. Baths Guest for Fol Chen Record Release at The Echo
  3. We Are the World channel Manson in New Video
  4. ‘Lambhair McDaniel,’ by Devendra Banhart Favorite
  5. Popieluch of Foreign Born and Fool’s Gold as Big Search

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

* The press release for Crush promises “glassy shards of ‘cold wave’ pop, with synthesisers, sequencers and altogether broodier beats.”

News: R Kelly Meets Baths, Hawthorne Covers Johnston, VOICEsVOICEs Video, and more

Baths and R Kelly get their wrassle on.

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

  1. FEATURED: R Kelly Croons Over Baths’ ‘Maximalist’*
  2. MP3: Mayer Hawthorne Covers Daniel Johnston
  3. VOICEsVOICEs Share Creepy New Video for ‘Flulyk Visions’
  4. MP3: Beat Music Meets Chillwave on Veux’s ‘Late Key’
  5. MP3 Exclusive: Night Horse Resurrects Thin Lizzy with ‘Rollin’ On’
  6. L.A.’s Answer to Cannibal Ox? Meet K-The-I and Michael Nhat
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Hot doesn’t begin to describe what happens here.”

All Things Considered: BATHS Rising

Baths, on grass. (Hanna Dryland Shapiro)

It’s Baths day here at Funny Ha Ha, but can you blame us? Will Wiesenfeld’s music is as fascinating as it is infectious, and like L.A.’s current favorite son, the kid hails from the Valley. Chatsworth, to be exact, just a five-minute drive from that other ‘burb creative hotbed, Winnetka. Kudos to the beat scene for giving the SFV something to be proud of. Well, other than the seedier side of the So Cal film industry. But I digress.

Earlier in the week, KPCC’s Alex Cohen called me into the studio to talk about Baths for All Things Considered. Get hip to it already.

Free Music from BATHS Side-Project ‘Geotic’

A small bear confronts the wilds. (Hanna Dryland Shapiro)

Okay, side-project may not be entirely accurate considering Will Wiesenfeld founded Baths last September, but while the fruits of that better-known project bounce around the blogosphere, it’s a good time to dig up a little more of the 21-year-old Valley-dweller’s past.

Wiesenfeld also makes music as Geotic, and it’s beautiful stuff. Far more minimal, often ambient, though decidedly not drone-y, these songs are excellent for headphones, lazy afternoons and night driving. And best of all, they’re entirely free. Download Geotic music here. We recommend you start with the Eyes LP and the “Waterway” single.

News Roundup: Flying Lotus launches app, collab’s w. Jose James, Fol Chen delivers free EP, Fitz + Tantrums + Dangerbird, Lemon Sun

Flying Lotus, 'Cosmogramma'

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

  1. FEATURED: Augment Reality with Flying Lotus’ Astral Harp*
  2. MP3: Meet Soulster José James, Produced by Flying Lotus
  3. Fol Chen Releases Free EP, Remixes from Baths, Karin Tatoyan
  4. Fitz and the Tantrums Sign to Dangerbird, Tour with Dap-Kings
  5. Video Premiere: Lemon Sun, “Touch the Lightning”
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* The program allows webcam-enabled users enter the album art and bat around those sketchy geometric orbs, which in turn warps the lines emanating outward from the sun-like object. Recommended snack pairing: “A Fish Called Juana” crackers.