Review: Gruff Rhys Delivers ‘Hotel Shampoo’

Gruff Rhys, "Hotel Shampoo"

Welsh odd-pop whiz Gruff Rhys is notoriously difficult to pin down stylistically, and usually that works for him. Strapped to a sturdy band or collaborator like Super Furry Animals or Neon Neon, his roving eye for left-field electronics, breezy tropicalia, playful psych-rock, and freaky folk is a valuable asset. But left to his own devices …

Well, now that’s a different story. Read the full review at The A.V. Club.

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News Roundup: L.A. Declares ‘Dio Day,’ Madlib Goes Psych-Rock, plus Salem and Tobacco

Murray, pleased by the news, took the day off from slaying.

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

  1. FEATURED: City Declares May 30 ‘Ronnie James Dio Day’*
  2. Madlib Goes Psych-Rock on New ‘Brain Wreck’ LP
  3. Salem Signs to IAMSOUND, Reveals ‘King Night’ Details
  4. MP3 Exclusive: Tobacco Remixes HEALTH’s ‘Die Slow’
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Naturally, the prepared statement delivered at Dio’s memorial was greeted with rabid cheers and a strong showing of devil horns.”

News Roundup: Flying Lotus launches app, collab’s w. Jose James, Fol Chen delivers free EP, Fitz + Tantrums + Dangerbird, Lemon Sun

Flying Lotus, 'Cosmogramma'

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

  1. FEATURED: Augment Reality with Flying Lotus’ Astral Harp*
  2. MP3: Meet Soulster Josรฉ James, Produced by Flying Lotus
  3. Fol Chen Releases Free EP, Remixes from Baths, Karin Tatoyan
  4. Fitz and the Tantrums Sign to Dangerbird, Tour with Dap-Kings
  5. Video Premiere: Lemon Sun, “Touch the Lightning”
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* The program allows webcam-enabled users enter the album art and bat around those sketchy geometric orbs, which in turn warps the lines emanating outward from the sun-like object. Recommended snack pairing: “A Fish Called Juana” crackers.