Informer: A Brief History of White Reggae



This one’s, ahem, a Labour of Love if you will (shout out UB40). It went live a few days after my D’Angelo review, and I was too embarrassed to post these two side by side. Four months later, I’m into it. Like so many lefty caucasians raised in 420-friendly families, I ingested a lot of reggae as a yout’ and, for a brief high school moment, thought I’d found saviors in 311 and Sublime. I still bump a lot of Jamaican roots, but the time has come to give dap to the odd phenomena of blond dreadlocks and fake patois (shout out Das Racist), plus the restless audio hybridizing of the ’90s. This list goes back to the very birth of white reggae in 1965, and ends in 2014 with that most irie and unexpected of recent hits, “Rude.” Peep it on SPIN.* Continue reading

Holy Ship 2014: High With Skrillex on the High Seas

Skrillex at Holy Ship!! with Tiesto and Zedd


We went on a rave cruise and it was ridiculous. For your vicarious enjoyment (not ours, no, of course not) we left from Miami on January 9 and returned three days later, stopping along the way at two private Bahamian islands for beach parties featuring the likes of Diplo, Chromeo, Disclosure, and Duck Sauce. There were also a ton of skull-drilling EDM performances within the hull of a mega-ship. And 4,000 fellow revelers. And a never-ending pizza buffet. And that time Skrillex smoked us out onstage while Pharrell performed two feet away. Continue reading

News: Nocando & Nobody are Bomb Zombies, RZA Dedicates Song to Tarantino Editor, Peanut Butter Wolf’s Top 10, Diplo Drunk Again

Low End Theory's Nobody and Nocando are Bomb Zobies, or Naw & Nopes.

A brand new week begins. Here are the last one’s leftovers. Hella free tunez.

  1. FEATURED: Nocando and DJ Nobody are “Bomb Zombies”*
  2. RZA Dedicates Song to Late Quentin Tarantino Editor Sally Menke
  3. Peanut Butter Wolf’s 10 First 45s, Exclusive Bruce Haack Remix
  4. Diplo Gets Trashes Major Lazer, Nikki Sixx, Dubstep and Owl Movie
  5. Cassette Culture Lives in Silver Lake / Lapti, From Russia with Fuzz

* “The song is called ‘FWUH 16,’ or ‘Fuck What You Heard’ and you’ve gotta have it. If Nocando’s raw verses don’t do it for you, we’re sure Nobody’s funky shuffling beat will.”

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

The Rap Sheet: Busdriver’s New Superduo, Fashawn Shills for Weed, Cool Kids + Freddie Gibbs + Black Keys + Bun B, M.I.A. Leaks Diplo Track, Sizzurp = the New Absinthe

Rappers wanna talk to Samson. He's got the good shhhh ...

I’m not going to pretend to have coined “The Rap Sheet” as a blog header. But I am going to claim exclusive first rights to all of these rap-related stories, every single one of which has become a total Internet sensation. Yep, every single one of them … except maybe all of them.

  1. FEATURED: They Wanna Talk to Samson: Fashawn and Strong Arm Steady Shill for Their Favorite Medical Pot Dispensaries*

  2. Busdriver and Nocando Form Superduo, Flash Bang Grenada
  3. M.I.A. Leaks New Diplo-Produced Song on Twitter
  4. T.I. Gets Arrested, You Get 10 Sizzurp-Inspired Video Clips
  5. Bun B + Cool Kids + Freddie Gibbs + Black Keys = P.O.C.

* “It seems like something out of Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner classic, Half Baked, but could allegiances to specific medical marijuana dispensaries be rap’s next big territory war?

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

News: M.I.A. + Yorke Guest with Major Lazer, De La Rocha Mystery Shows, Best Coast + Kid Cudi

Major Lazer gets collaborative.

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

  1. FEATURED: M.I.A., Yorke, and More on Major Lazer EP*
  2. De La Rocha’s One Day as a Lion Plays Mystery L.A. Shows
  3. MP3: Dâm-Funk Goes Gangsta with Compton’s MC Eiht
  4. Watch: Best Coast, Cudi, Vampire Weekend’s Batmanglij
  5. Free Download: Calexico’s ‘Live in Nuremberg’ LP

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

* M.I.A. guests with Diplo, her one-time lover and longtime producer, on his’ new EP as Major Lazer, while Thom Yorke remixes “Jump Up.”

Glitch Mob Leaves Alpha Pup, Leaks LP Info

glitch mob live

The Glitch Mob performs... or takes drink orders.

Still more questions than answers, but it seems the Low End Theory-reared Glitch Mob crew has left the nest. Via West Coast Sound:

“A recent Mob-related inquiry to Moo’s people revealed that ‘Alpha Pup is no longer releasing the upcoming Glitch Mob album,’ which is another as-long-as-we’ve-known-them sort of thing — the group’s full-length debut has been a long time coming, and perhaps now we know why. […] Likely (speculation alert) it’s a power move that will align the crew with a major label or a larger, more established indie, or, like, Diplo.”

News Roundup: The Do-Over + FlyLo, Jason Boesel, Snoopergroup Pt. 2, Dios, Territory BBQ, Georgia & Dudley, Dead Meadow

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up). We’ve got some catching up to do, people. Your patience shall be rewarded with MP3s and tips on fresh talent.

  1. The Bromance Continues: Snoop, Mayer, Diplo & Soulja Boy
  2. Listen: Four Songs From New Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley) LP [MP3]
  3. The Do-Over Kicks Off Limited Vinyl Series With Flying Lotus
  4. Dios Announce New Album, Leak Lotsa Free Music [MP3s]
  5. Territory BBQ and Light In The Attic Team Up For Funky Soul Party
  6. Watch: Stoner Rock Trio Dead Meadow Unveils New Video
  7. Download: Two Versions of ‘Endure’ by Declaime and Georgia
  8. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

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

Barely related bonus: The wife and I were quoted in this L.A. Times article.

Roundup: Jennifer Furches, a SNOOPergroup, the Rockwell Pop-Up, AmpLive’s Death By Autotune

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

  1. Live on Dublab: Jennifer Furches (Sea Wolf) at Elysian Park
  2. Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, Diplo, DJ Quik + Soulja Boy Supergroup Album Due Out in 2011?!
  3. Stones Throw and Rockwell to Launch Pop-Up Shop in L.A.
  4. Death By Auto-Tune: AmpLive Kills His Robot Son, Gary
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

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