News Roundup: Dublab + Lucky Dragons, Local Natives, Ninjasonik Remixed and more…

Luck Dragons performs, Yoni Wolf looks on.

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

  1. FEATURED: Dublab Drive Kicks Off with Lucky Dragons MP3*
  2. MP3: Machinedrum Rmx’s Ninjasonik’s “Gonna Get Pregnant”
  3. Watch: Local Natives Go Blue Blood (via Zissou) for “World News”
  4. MP3: Opolopo’s Funked-Up “Mothership” Remix by Portformat
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* The collective’s DJs include some of the city’s best, including artists like Daedelus, Ras G, Dntel, Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, Matthewdavid and Kutmah — the latter of which won’t be able to participate due to a controversial immigration arrest.

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Roundup: Jump Clubb, Nosaj Thing, Lucky Dragons + Miranda July + Paper Rad, Thavius Beck (MP3s, videos, etc)

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

  1. Download Most Of Jump Clubb’s Debut LP For Free
  2. Nosaj Thing Talks Beat Junkies and The Smell, Stars in Sampler Porn (video)
  3. Lucky Dragons, Miranda July, Paper Rad included in Space 15 Twenty video exhibition
  4. New Thavius Beck Album Arrives Three Months Early (MP3)
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

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

Feature: A Decade Of Dublab – Celebrating L.A.’s Most Inspiring and Intuitive Music Collective

It was a true honor to collaborate with LA Weekly Music Editor Randall Roberts on a piece honoring one of this city’s most exceptional audio organizations, Dublab. What began as an Internet radio collective 10 years ago has grown into a veritable small universe of music-making, education, and events-throwing (and then some) — Dublab is a creative engine operating at full bore with no signs of slowing its roll. Read my article on how it happened, or skip straight to Roberts’ piece on the 10 days of incredible celebration Dublab’s got planned.

Watch Lucky Dragons perform at the Dublab studios.

Feauture: Bend Everything – Inside DIY Electronics With Lucky Dragons And Daedelus

Just as Los Angeles’ musical profile has been rising over the last couple of years, so has the average youthful (“young” or otherwise) citizen’s interest in getting involved. Our scuzzy experimental pop, the “beat music” movement, and the D.I.Y. spirit that envelops them both make for a certain punk accessibility that extends beyond inspiring listeners to strum a detuned guitar or screen-print their own T-shirts. As it turns out, electronics are fair game too, and there are cheap, easy classes available locally — some taught by known artists, at institutions like Machine Project and The Public School — that offer novices the ability to harness an incredible spectrum of sounds. Circuit-bending workshops teach people how to modify thrift store finds (keyboards, toy instruments, Speak & Spells), while other classes focus on a particular computer programming language (Max/MSP) which is graphical, linear, and easy to experiment with.

The LA Weekly has just published my story on the topic, “Bend Everything,” which features insight from L.A.’s own Lucky Dragons and Daedelus, among others. Check it out here, and grab a copy if you’re local.

Also, watch Lucky Dragons blow some minds at Machine Project.

INCHES005: New Wax from The Mars Volta, Glasser, Wet Hair, Kissing Cousins (+ MP3s, video, chart)

Man alive, it’s number five! The West Coast Sound vinyl column rings in a brand new prime number with INCHES005, featuring some truly glorious wax courtesy of The Mars Volta (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions), Glasser (True Panther Sounds), Kissing Cousins (Velvet Blue Music), and Wet Hair (Not Not Fun).

Wet Hair, Glass Fountain

Wet Hair, "Glass Fountain"

Also inside: trippy video of the Glasser 12-inch package being assembled, free music to download, and a fresh top-ten from Vacation Vinyl.

INCHES004: New Wax from Division Day, Nosaj Thing, Anticon/Dublab and Bygones (+ MP3s, chart)

INCHES004 has landed over at LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound. Installment number four picks off where last week left off, an unthemed collection of just-released (this week!) L.A.-relevant vinyl reviewed, photographed, and MP3’d, accompanied by a top ten vinyl sales chart from one of our neighborhood record shops. Inside, you’ll find a Velveeta-yellow slab of wax by Bygones (Zach Hill + Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart), the latest from Division Day, the premier Anticon/Dublab release (featuring music by Hecuba, Lucky Dragons, Julia Holter, matthewdavid, and four others), and the long-delayed vinyl version of Nosaj Thing‘s Drift. Plus, check out the local-friendly list from Origami Vinyl.

Bygones, "by-"

Stay tuned for much, much more, and if you’ve got ideas, reach out.

Anticon + Dublab = fresh L.A. vinyl

My favorite record label, Anticon, and L.A.’s greatest event-promoting radio collective, Dublab, have teamed up to co-author a series of 12-inch vinyl releases called In The Loop. Dublab curates, while Anticon (taking over from Plug Research) handles the physical release. Read about the two entities’ upcoming collaborative debut, and download an MP3 off of it, here.