A Lot of Beat Music: MP3s, Podcasts and Videos from Madlib, Glitch Mob, Jneiro Jarel, more

Madlib at work.

L.A. news roundup: For no particular reason other than the Los Angeles beat scene’s own prolific nature and commitment to excellence (Glitch Mob excepting), every single one of my news items for LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound last week concerned our hometown digital heroes.

  1. FEATURED: Glitch Mob Debuts Fancy New Bartender Technology*
  2. Take and Nobody Cure the Mondays with Warm Beats, Exotic Tones
  3. MP3 Exclusive: Madlib Remixes Dabrye and DOOM’s “Air,” on Ghostly
  4. Download: Jneiro Jarel Remixes Brazilian Legend Arthur Verocai
  5. MP3 Exclusive: “Discipline09-3” by Ras G, on Leaving Records

* “Is this why the Glitch Mob weaseled out of its handshake contract with Alpha Pup, effectively leaving Low End Theory behind for good? To divine advanced methods of stylish douchebaggery?”

    (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)
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Feature: For Beauty And Terror

Andrew Broder, best known for his work with the criminally slept-on Minneapolis outfit Fog, has churned out no fewer than ten the new albums this year. But they’re not what you’d expect. These digital, label-less releases are improvised and edited instrumentals for guitar, turntables and various noisemakers. Moreover,  they’re inspired by drone music and doom metal. Click over to Decider Twin Cities to read my interview with Broder, and check out the other half of the piece here, with streaming audio and reviews of each record.

Further listening: In the Lala player, you’ll find my very favorite Fog song, “Us Beneath” from 2006’s Loss Leader EP (Lex Records). The lyrics hit home:

The other night, a firefight / Bursts of sewing machine gun fire
From your position / Barricaded behind the piano.
I return with small arms / Stuttered shots from typewriter keys.

And yet in the silence / Between the volley
The hearts of weary camps / Sing to each other

However faintly / As we each seek to claim / Disputed territory
T
he us beneath the other / Which is rich / In natural resources.