FRIDAY: Jesse Miller Talk Show with Jean Don’t of the Franks and Hit City U.S.A. (music + interview)

Jesse Miller meets Jean Don’t of The Franks (a.k.a. Hit City U.S.A. co-founder Colin Stutz) THIS FRIDAY at the Improv Comedy Lab at 10pm as the JMTS returns to its regular time and venue after a special one-off featuring Vice Cooler. This month’s other guests are Jon Daly (Human Giant), Melissa Villasenor (America’s Got Talent) and Scott Gairdner (Funny Or Die). $5. On Facebook.

The Franks with “Neon Politik”:

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Recommended Rocking: DJ Quik + Bizzy Bone, Mystery Lights, Mayfly Dance + Doug Lee

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: Hollywood
    Music: DJ Quik, Bizzy Bone
    Vitals:
    The Key Club on New Year’s Eve (TONIGHT)
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: The Mystery Lights, Seasons, The Ignorant, Asa Random, Andy Clockwise
    Vitals:
    Echo Curio on Friday, January 1
    (details at LA Weekly)

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INCHES001: Local revolutions w/ Mika Miko, Xasthur, Rx Bandits, Castledoor, Shafiq Husayn

I’m exceedingly proud to announce the debut of my new weekly vinyl column, “INCHES” on the LA Weekly music blog, West Coast Sound. The full title of the inaugural installment is “INCHES001: Local revolutions, pt.1 — five L.A. vinyl exclusives revealed and reviewed.”

This edition features five releases by L.A.-area artists on L.A.-area labels — Mika Miko (PPM), Xasthur (Hydra Head), RxBandits (Sargent House), Castledoor (Seven Inch Project), and Shafiq (Poo-Bah) — that either are not available on CD, or sport a drool-worthy design. A free MP3 accompanies each writeup, along with a photo of the package shot, for better or for worse, by yours truly.

Mika Mikos We Be Xuxa (PPM)

Mika Miko's We Be Xuxa (PPM)

Future installments will include up-to-date reviews of wax by L.A. artists and/or L.A. imprints, profiles on local vinyl shops and labels, cratedigger-curated selections, swap meet outings, and whatever else seems like a good idea at the time. If you haven’t clicked over there already, please do so here.