My final act as a SPIN staffer was to lock myself, photographer Nathaniel Wood, and Coolio in a small conference room with a laptop fulla hit songs from 1994 — the very same year that gave us “Fantastic Voyage,” of course. We played a hybridized game of “jukebox jury” and “name that tune,” and Coolio shared some wild memories about 2Pac, Nirvana, ICP, and Boyz II Men.
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: R Kelly Croons Over Baths’ ‘Maximalist’*
- MP3: Mayer Hawthorne Covers Daniel Johnston
- VOICEsVOICEs Share Creepy New Video for ‘Flulyk Visions’
- MP3: Beat Music Meets Chillwave on Veux’s ‘Late Key’
- MP3 Exclusive: Night Horse Resurrects Thin Lizzy with ‘Rollin’ On’
- L.A.’s Answer to Cannibal Ox? Meet K-The-I and Michael Nhat
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)
* “Hot doesn’t begin to describe what happens here.”
The Dirty Projectors may be responsible for the year’s best album, a manic and schizo piece of art-pop released last month titled Bitte Orca. It’s the kind of record that begs a lot of questions — thoughful questions that couldn’t, say, be crunched into the 140-character limitations of a Twitter post, or squeezed to the parameters of a series of SMSes. And yet, the latter is exactly what went down when, after ducking my best attempts to conduct a proper interview, DP’s David Longstreth at last offered his undivided attention — via text message. Click here to read the story (via LA Weekly), which unfolds this modern narrative in the context of the new album’s importance.