Best Of Supplement: Coffee + Stones Throw, Shafiq Husayn, HEALTH’s Golden Ticket, & Leaving MP3s

Four more for good measure: L.A. bests from the Weekly’s blog, half-disguised as news stories, all worthy of your attention. If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

*This is taking place of the “news roundup” for the week.

FYF Fest Founder Makes Good With Fans Left Waiting Outside For Hours, Gives Gifts

Truth be told, not all was ear-blastingly amazing about Saturday’s FYF Fest here in Los Angeles. There was this, and also a terrible human pileup outside, causing severe delays for folks who’d had the presence of mind to purchase their tickets in advance.ย  Festival organizers have issued an apology and promised to make up for the mistake. Read about it here.

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But a small segment of that long and winding line.

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.

The Best of the Fest: No Age, Wavves, and Japanther + Ninjasonik Slay at L.A.’s FYF (MP3s)

Wow. That was intense. And incredible. Those who survived FYF Fest this weekend in L.A. should be easy enough to spot: dusty clothes, compulsive head-bobbing, bleeding ears. The LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound blog has been posting some solid roundups of what went down in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, kicked off by yours truly with this entry.

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FYF through sunglasses (as most saw it)