News Roundup: Beck + Tobacco, Jeans Wilder, One AM Radio, Le Switch + Les Blanks, more…

The origin of Jeans Wilder.

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

  1. FEATURED: MP3 Exclusive: “Sea You” by Jeans Wilder*
  2. MP3: Beck and Tobacco’s “Fresh Hex,” TK on Anticon
  3. The One AM Radio Releases 3-D Video, Limited 7-Inch [MP3]
  4. Download: ‘Storefront Split’ by Le Switch and Les Blanks
  5. Watch: Beat Music Brings Out the Beasts w/ Take and Glitch Mob
  6. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “I recorded this song in my room, by myself, over the course of a two or three day cocaine and OxyContin binge at the beginning of the year.” – Jeans Wilder

Mini-Feature: Calling All Kids Calls it Quits

Hand in hand.

Hand in hand, the way it should be.

It bums me out something fierce to learn that this week’s installment of Calling All Kids will be its last. The Hyperion Tavern-hosted Friday-night hang has been a go-to for lovers of progressive music and cheap ale since it started up 15 months ago. Particularly, those who are involved with the good fight — writers, editors, publicists, artists, promoters, DJs, Dublabbers — seemed to take a shine to the place. Frankly, it felt like home.

So as I was taking a blog-powered trip down memory lane, I realized I’d never posted this little nugget on Funny Ha Ha. It’s really just a news piece about CAK’s one-year anniversary back in January, but since it includes a chat with the event’s creators Sodapop (Shaun Koplow of Anticon) and Matthewdavid (of Leaving Records), it seemed appropriate.

It also serves as a reminder that while the weekly may be called off, there’s undoubtedly more in store for the Calling All Kids name.

Read it here.

LA Upcoming: Donovan + Friends, Todd + Takara + Raff, Julia Holter + Nudge + Matthewdavid

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

  • Region: Miracle Mile
    Music: Donovan & Friends
    Vitals: El Rey Theatre on Friday, March 19
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Silver Lake
    Music: Mia Doi Todd, Mauricio Takara, The Rebekah Raff Harp Ensemble
    Vitals: Bootleg Theater on Sunday, March 21
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Westlake
    Music: Julia Holter, Nudge, Matthewdavid
    Vitals: Synchronicity Space on Monday, March 22
    (details at LA Weekly)

Save a Hipster, See ‘The Scenesters’

Howdy folks. The movie that I handled music supervision for a couple of years back is making its return to Los Angeles and guess what — you can watch it for FREE. The Scenesters, a noir mockumentary set in Silver Lake, is playing on Friday, March 19, at 3 p.m. at The Directors Guild Of America (7920 Sunset Blvd., 90046). Again, admission is absolutely free. Just RSVP by emailing mattg@dga.org or calling (310) 289-2033.

LA Upcoming: E-40, The Blasting Company

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

  • Region: Sunset Strip
    Music: E-40, Eyedrop, Da Paranormal, Bellz, The Circuit, Precise
    Vitals: The Key Club on Saturday, March 13
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Silver Lake
    Music: Les Blanks, The Blasting Company,* Francisco the Man
    Vitals: Spaceland on Wednesday, March 17
    (details at LA Weekly)

Read a feature on the Blasting Company, a.k.a. the Petrojvic brothers, here.

Dangerbird Special: INCHES reviews Darker My Love, Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Eulogies

It’s true. This week’s installment of the INCHES L.A. vinyl column focuses entirely on the output of local indie , Dangerbird Records. I hand-picked a combination of the label’s best-for-listening and most innovative releases, including stuff from all of the bands mentioned above — flagship players like Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Darker My Love, and Eulogies. MP3s from all four are included,  along with the requisite photos, reviews, and recommendations, plus a Top Ten chart from Origami Vinyl.

Darker My Love's 2008 7-inch series

L.A. Experiential: Dirty Projectors w/ Little Wings, The Happy Hollows, The Pixies w/ No Age

If you live in/around the L.A. area, seriously consider attending these:

* read “Balls Deep In The R&B,” a feature about Dirty Projectors, here.
** listen to Little Wings’ “Boom!” on the Now Hear This sidebar

  • Region: Silver Lake
    Music: The Happy Hollows, Pepper Rabbit, and Dirt Dress
    Vitals: Spaceland on Monday, November 2 (beginning of residency)
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Hollywood
    Music: Pixies and No Age
    Vitals: Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, November 5
    (details at LA Weekly)

INCHES001: Local revolutions w/ Mika Miko, Xasthur, Rx Bandits, Castledoor, Shafiq Husayn

I’m exceedingly proud to announce the debut of my new weekly vinyl column, “INCHES” on the LA Weekly music blog, West Coast Sound. The full title of the inaugural installment is “INCHES001: Local revolutions, pt.1 — five L.A. vinyl exclusives revealed and reviewed.”

This edition features five releases by L.A.-area artists on L.A.-area labels — Mika Miko (PPM), Xasthur (Hydra Head), RxBandits (Sargent House), Castledoor (Seven Inch Project), and Shafiq (Poo-Bah) — that either are not available on CD, or sport a drool-worthy design. A free MP3 accompanies each writeup, along with a photo of the package shot, for better or for worse, by yours truly.

Mika Mikos We Be Xuxa (PPM)

Mika Miko's We Be Xuxa (PPM)

Future installments will include up-to-date reviews of wax by L.A. artists and/or L.A. imprints, profiles on local vinyl shops and labels, cratedigger-curated selections, swap meet outings, and whatever else seems like a good idea at the time. If you haven’t clicked over there already, please do so here.