Remember the Coachella Cruise?

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Posterity Post: I wrote thousands of articles while on staff at SPIN, and blogged none of them.

Well, do you? This guy does. He was there and it was awesome. On the first day, Pulp performed in the boat’s massive internal ballroom, while Broaters on the top deck got gross in the hot tubs. On the second day, Father John Misty played to a bunch of rich, unappreciative assholes, and Grimes hosted a game of bingo. On the third day, James Murphy poured rare wine and Black Lips convinced me to eat escargot. I documented the weirdness for SPIN. Continue reading

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Backstage at HARD with Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Riff Raff, Soulwax, Rusko, Gaslamp Killer and More

Posting this nearly a month late because it’s taken that long to recover. HARD Haunted Mansion, Los Angeles’ premier Halloween (don’t-call-it-a) rave found yours truly crawling through the catacombs of the historic Shrine Auditorium with photographer Erik Voake on a quest for some truly exclusive content for SPIN. Diametrically opposed to the common sense of all involved, we were allowed into the artists’ dressing rooms to witness pre- and post-game rituals, most of which involved copious amounts of booze (duh). The article appears as a photo gallery on SPIN.com, so here it is indexed for easy access:

LA Weekly Cover: Flying Lotus’ Cosmic Drama

Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus (Star Foreman)

The story is pretty thorough, so I’ll keep the introduction brief. I had the pleasure of profiling Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, for the new issue of LA Weekly, on stands today. Ellison was kind enough to invite me into his home on two occasions, to share some very “special” snacks with me, and to more-or-less grant me unlimited access to his personal Rolodex. Cameos come from an international cast — Mary Anne Hobbs, Ravi Coltrane, the Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, a man named Thundercat — but this is, at its core, an L.A. story. So if you live in that fair city, pick up a hard copy to read. If not, click here to dive in.

LA Upcoming: Do Make Say Think, Wale, Prefuse 73 + Gaslamp Killer + VOICEsVOICEs

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

  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: Do Make Say Think, Happiness Project, Years
    Vitals: The Troubadour on Monday, February 1
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Sunset Strip
    Music: Wale, Chiddy Bang, Audible Mainframe…
    Vitals:
    The Roxy on Tuesday, February 2
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: West Hollywood
    Music: Prefuse 73, The Gaslamp Killer, VOICEsVOICEs
    Vitals:
    The Troubadour on Wednesday, February 3
    (details at LA Weekly)

News Roundup: Beck + Feist + Jamie Lidell, Flying Lotus, Snoop, Atlas Sound + No Age + Jim Jarmusch, Rage, and Madvillain

Quick bloggy bits* from around the L.A. underground (and up).

  1. Rage Against The Machine Wins UK Chart Upset, Issues Statement, Plans Free ‘Thank You’ Concert
  2. Watch: Indie Luminaries Covering Skip Spence and Neil Young
  3. Download: ‘A Decade Of Flying Lotus,’ Blended by Gaslamp Killer
  4. Snoop to Lead the 2010 Countdown at YOUR New Year’s Party
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

*If you like it, then you better put a tweet on it.

Feature: A Decade Of Dublab – Celebrating L.A.’s Most Inspiring and Intuitive Music Collective

It was a true honor to collaborate with LA Weekly Music Editor Randall Roberts on a piece honoring one of this city’s most exceptional audio organizations, Dublab. What began as an Internet radio collective 10 years ago has grown into a veritable small universe of music-making, education, and events-throwing (and then some) — Dublab is a creative engine operating at full bore with no signs of slowing its roll. Read my article on how it happened, or skip straight to Roberts’ piece on the 10 days of incredible celebration Dublab’s got planned.

Watch Lucky Dragons perform at the Dublab studios.

L.A. Experiential: Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto; Flying Lotus, Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer and more

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

  • Region: Griffith Park
    Music: Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto w/ the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Vitals: Hollywood Bowl on Friday, September 11
    (details at LA Weekly).
  • Region: Hollywood
    Music: Destroy L.A.: Flying Lotus, Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer, Jogger, Post-Feotus, TOKiMONSTA (beat music blowout!)
    Vitals: Henry Fonda on Saturday, September 12
    (details at LA Weekly)

INCHES003: New wax from Flying Lotus, Dublab, Triorganico and Adam Payne (+ MP3s, chart)

Ladies and gentlemen: INCHES003. By journalistic law, this column now qualifies as a trend. Installment number three is actually the first “regular” edition, an unthemed collection of just-released L.A.-relevant vinyl reviewed (with original photos and free MP3s, of course), accompanied by a top ten vinyl sales chart from one of our local record shops. This week, you’ll find a new Flying Lotus EP, some incredible throwback bossa nova by Triorganico, seven inches of Adam Payne jamitude, and a killer Dublab release compiling work from the best of this city’s beat music scene. Plus, see what Vacation Vinyl’s been selling (hint: rhymes with “meth kettle”).

Flying Lotus, L.A. 3 X 3 EP

Flying Lotus, "L.A. 3 X 3 EP"

Stay tuned for much, much more, and if you’ve got ideas, reach out.

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: