Review: Seu Jorge and Almaz, on Now-Again

Seu Jorge and Almaz, Seu Jorge and Almaz (Now-Again)

Seu Jorge and Almaz' self-titled debut

On his latest album, Jorge takes up with a proper band for the first time, the psych-inclined three-piece Almaz, to reinvent himself once again.

Grade: C (via The A.V. Club)

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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.

MP3, Shred Edition: Hydra Head Records, Random Patterns, Slim Barton, Badgers!

Torche, Hydra Head thrash kings

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound, and we now present to you some tasty MP3 and/or streaming works. This is the Shred Edition (with some twang thrown in too).

  1. FEATURED: 22 Songs of Shred and Doom from Hydra Head*
  2. Free Album from Psychedelic Random Patterns
  3. Slim Barton and James Moore’s ‘Poor Convict Blues’
  4. ‘Los Angeles’ by Leslie & the Badgers, on Thirty Tigers
  5. Saddam, Barack, Hillary Cameo in Henry Clay People Clip
  6. ‘Claws’ By Local Gaze-Pop Outfit Luna Is Honey
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “As far as gift-giving goes, this one may be arriving out of season, but L.A. metal-of-many-stripes institution Hydra Head Records has just dropped the free 22-song digital sampler, Phoning It In.”

Covers: Aloe Blacc Does MJ, Velvets, Ed Sharpe on Bowie, Foreign Born Takes Television, more

Aloe Blacc puts a soul spin on "Femme Fatale"

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound. These posts round up covers, versions and remixes (sometimes MP3, sometimes video) worth a good listen.

  1. FEATURED: Aloe Blacc covers MJ on Anniversary of Death*
  2. Busdriver Remixes Monsters of Folk Track, Raps All Over It
  3. Soul Man Aloe Blacc Covers the Velvets on ‘Femme Fatale’
  4. Foreign Born Covers Television for ‘Adventure’ Remake
  5. Magnetic Zeros Cover Bowie for Charity, Due on Manimal
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Blacc’s ’60s soul recreation of ‘Billie Jean’  lends significant gravity to the classic, slowing things down considerably and adding mournful horns to the mix.

News Roundup: Adult Swim Leaks Madvillain, plus Dâm-Funk, Nada Surf, and more

Adult Swim's 'Singles 2' feat. Madvillain

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

  1. FEATURED: Adult Swim Debuts New Madvillain Track!*
  2. DJ Kutmah Drops Mixtape Honoring Dâm-Funk Supergroup
  3. Shake Yer Dredlocks: Nada Surf Debut “Electrocution” Video
  4. Download: Free Digi-Split from Benji Hughes and Willoughby
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Listeners may now rejoice. Adult Swim has shared a song-length glimpse into the forthcoming Madvillain record, and the view is sweet indeed.”