News Roundup: Ryan Adams Sells Out, Tortoise Goes Gangsta, Lorn and Boys Like Us

Oh, indeed.

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

  1. FEATURED: MP3: Black Beat Music from FlyLo Signee Lorn*
  2. Ryan Adams’ Sci-Fi Metal Concept Album Sells Out in a Day
  3. MP3: Tortoise Goes Gangsta with ‘Drums,’ Feat. Guilty Simpson
  4. V-Wknd Keyboardist to Debut New  Project in Highland Park
  5. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Lorn is a beast on the beat machine — a former scratch DJ who clearly spent some time listening to the fathomless rap noir of D-Styles’ classic turntablist docuement, Phantazmagorea.”

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Q&A: Tortoise talks aging, crit backlash, Dilla

Chicago post-rock juggernaut Tortoise has been with us for nearly 20 years, turning genre, and the band’s own history, on its head with each new album. Beacons Of Ancestry might be the first to display an overt hip-hop influence — and to feature thrash metal. I recently spoke to multi-instrumentalist Dan Bitney, who waxed profuse on J Dilla, the last album’s critical backlash, and growing older with Tortoise.

Below, the band’s latest video.