Spin Highlights the L.A. Beat Scene

Nosaj Thing wows the crowd at Coachella.

This is later than late, but better than never. The Spin Magazine fellers definitely know a good thing when it bludgeons them over the head with experimental beatwork, then nurses them back to health with a warm, enveloping beauty. That, combined with my incessant badgering, resulted in a gallery highlighting some of the Los Angeles electronic talent that made it out to Coachella 2011.

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Sub Pop Announces Avi Buffalo LP, IAMSOUND Kicks Off “LA Collection” 7-Inch Series

Two bits of exciting news from Los Angeles-area music-makers. The first pertains to Avi Buffalo, who I wrote about for the Weekly back in October (and whose first Sub Pop release made it into INCHES). The second comes from up-and-coming L.A. indie label IAMSOUND and involves a ton of great local artists including Nosaj Thing and Ryan Heffington’s We Are The World. Since I’m in a beastly mood, click the linx for the links.

Sub Pop Announces Details of Avi Buffalo LP

IAMSOUND Launches 7-inch Series Ft. Nosaj Thing, Fool's Gold, Edward Sharpe...

LA Upcoming: Daedelus + Nosaj Thing + Jogger, Haiti Relief Done Ska Style, and Wild Beasts

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

  • Region: East Side
    Music: Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Jogger, Frosty
    Vitals: Echoplex on Friday, February 5
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Mid-Wilshire
    Music: Haiti Relief with Hepcat, Dengue Fever, Joey Altruda’s Crucial Riddims, The Lions, Very Be Careful, The Tuffingtons
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Saturday, February 6
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: Wild Beasts, Still Life Still, Magic Bullets
    Vitals:
    The Troubadour on Wednesday, February 10
    (details at LA Weekly)

All Things Considered: Best L.A. Music with Foreign Born, Nosaj Thing and Nite Jewel

Care to hear  the best songs from the L.A. underground in 2009? Click on over to KPCC, where I visited last week in order to talk to All Things Considered host Alex Cohen about three of my favorites. Discussed: Foreign Born’s “Vacationing People,” Nosaj Thing’s “Coat Of Arms,” and Nite Jewel’s “Artificial Intellience,” as well as the scenes/movements each artist represents. Listen to the audio by clicking the little play button at the top of the article, and feel free to download each song via the side panel.

Foreign Born take a victory lap.

Further reading:

An interview with Foreign Born’s Matt Popieluch (via The A.V. Club)

A feature on Nosaj Thing (via LA Weekly)

Various items about Nite Jewel (mostly via LA Weekly)

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.

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.

Cult Bit: Daedelus/Jogger RMXs, free Nosaj MP3

An exciting, young L.A. label has just officially released a sweet set of remixes from the likes of Nosaj Thing, Eliot Lipp, Mexicans With Guns, Meanest Man Contest, and others. The label is Friends Of Friends, and the original artists: Daedelus and Jogger. Read about it here (via LA Weekly), where you can download Nosaj’s remix of Jogger’s “Nice Tights,” learn about the label’s remix contest, and play with a rad mixing widget.

Friends Of Friends Vol. 1 Remixed

Friends Of Friends Vol. 1 Remixed

Feature: L.A.’s new underground mecca

Tucked-away northeast L.A. venue The Airliner has been playing host to some exceedingly fresh talent on Wednesday nights under the Low End Theory banner. Names like Flying Lotus, Nocando, and Nosaj Thing are regulars there, and you can read about the latter-most (Nosaj) in a feature published in this week’s LA Weekly, online here.

I’m happy to report that music news aggregator The Daily Swarm picked up the article. It should remain on the front page through the weekend. If you dig beat music and you’re L.A.-local, I highly recommend a visit to L.E.T. The resident DJ is none other than D-Styles, which is a mind-boggling thought in and of itself: