Spin Review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ‘Up From Below’

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below (Vagrant)

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros look "Up From Below"

“Moonlighting or not, the band hits upon some real magic, resulting in joyously orchestral clap-alongs like ’40 Day Dream’ and intimate Laurel Canyon fare like ‘Brother,’ a tribute to Heath Ledger.”

Read more via Spin.

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COACHELLA 2010: The Belated Preview

Charlotte Gainsbourg, shot by Andrew Herrold for Spin

So, I sorta spaced on this. On Thursday, LA Weekly released its annual Coachella issue and yours truly was all up in that ish. (Sorry, the long weekend has taken it’s toll on my creative juices.) While I realize the timeliness of this is a bit… untimely, since the focus is on L.A. artists, I’d like to get the word out.

Herein, you’ll find lots of good text on good performers from good writers like Jeff Weiss, Drew Tewksbury, Wendy Gilmartin and Daiana Feuer. I wrote on DJ Lance Rock, Devo, Edward Sharpe, the Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julian Casablancas, and Thom Yorke. Dig it.

Roundup: Fool’s Gold, Universal Music, Asura, Nite Jewel + Dâm-Funk, Foreign Born, We Are The World, Edward Sharpe, Polyamorous Affair

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

  1. Hanukkah or Xmas? Who Cares — Free Stuff Either Way from the Universal Music Truck & Fool’s Gold
  2. Video Feast: New Clips from Foreign Born, Nite Jewel + Dam-Funk, We Are The World, and Edward Sharpe
  3. MP3 Exclusive: Asura, ‘Manzanita’ (on Alpha Pup’s Non Projects)
  4. Video Premiere: Polyamorous Affair in “New York City”
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

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

Live Review: Manimal Festival Fights Through Bitter Cold to Triumph (Mostly)

Last weekend L.A. indie label Manimal Vinyl threw a big bash in the high desert — specifically at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, in the shadows of some bizarre rock piles (natural) and an authentic Western town (not so natural). Do read about it here (via LA Weekly), and just be glad that you can experience the freezing cold vicariously. Check the tags to see who played.

bells

Fool's Gold was there with bells on.