The Urinals began as a campus in-joke, later evolved into serious players in L.A., retooled as proto-Paisley Underground acidheads 100 Flowers and attained punkish immortality before crashing and burning early in the 80s. Both band incarnations are back on stage and on disc, and we’ve got tickets to their show Friday! Here, John Talley-Jones, the act’s bassist and singer, holds forcefully forth about taking a joke way too far. This interview by Ron Garmon.[Read more →]
June 14th, 2013 · No Comments
Indian Jewelry are from Houston. It’s a weird place full of weirdos; a primordial swamp of high art, outsider art, and heavy industry. It’s also the kind of soup you’ll drown in if you don’t grow legs. Indian Jewelry have legs. So does their new album, Peel It, which may be their best yet. This interview by Jon Lindsey.
June 7th, 2013 · No Comments
Summer Twins are not twins, but they are a pair of sisters who make vintage-sounding girl rock, and their ascent along the x-axis of fame could soon be extremely inspiring. Backed by Burger Records, their dad, and the big-fish confidence that comes from growing up in Riverside’s small pond, these gals are ready for the tough road ahead. L.A. RECORD presents their residency show at the Bootleg Monday, which is not only FREE but also a mixtape swap—bring a mix, get a mix! This archival interview by D.M. Collins.
May 28th, 2013 · No Comments
Dirt Dress are one of those bands that live sweat and dream light years—punk from the cracks in the floorboards, or from another very small kind of place. Like they seem to say in every song on their new D.L.V.N.V.N. album on Recess: it’s the little things that mean the most. They meet now to talk with us about scrounging, sawing, buffing and throwing away everything you don’t really need. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
May 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment
Only one self-alleged seer in the 70s was a reformed bank robber and repentant judo-chopping killer who fronted a legendary cult psych band, played restaurateur to the stars, led white-garbed acolytes through magic rituals in the Hollywood Hills, and finally launched himself off a Hawaiian cliff: Father Yod, head of the Source Family, subject of a new documentary. This interview by Rin Kelly.
May 2nd, 2013 · 1 Comment
“La Cara Infinita” is about women’s bodies rising to form a giant hand in the sky that brings on the end of the world. The music video takes a cue from Pasolini’s Salò, making an artistic statement with a little sexual deviance by oppressing the men for a change. We attended the video shoot without knowing what would take place. Then all these naked people appeared in the room. By Daiana Feuer
April 30th, 2013 · No Comments
Blending classic English sensibilities with darkly clever psychedelic pop, Robyn Hitchcock constructs a musical universe all his own. In March the singer, songwriter, painter and even sometime-Hollywood actor celebrates the release of a new solo album, Love From London (Yep Roc), and his 60th birthday. This interview by Linda A. Rapka.
April 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment
One of the most sampled musicians of all time, Shuggie Otis has kept a low profile for over three decades, and not of his own choosing. His own albums in the 70s met with great praise from fellow musicians but indifference from record executives, despite soulful tunes such as “Strawberry Letter 23.” It wasn’t until the past year that Otis broke back into the mainstream with a new album. This interview by D.M. Collins.
April 16th, 2013 · No Comments
If you’re going to learn how to be in a rock band, then you couldn’t have a better teacher than Ian Svenonius, frontman of Nation of Ulysses, the Make-Up, Weird War, Chain & the Gang, etc. Svenonius’ new book, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group, is a handy instructional manual delivered with a little help from the beyond. The Make-Up plays tonight at the Glass House. This interview by Eyad Karkoutly.
April 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment
At the top of the Chicano-rock food chain were thee legendary Midniters, whose “Whittier Blvd” gave the movement its anthem. They’ll be playing a very special set at the Echo on April 13 for thee legendary Norton Records. Midniters bassist Jimmy Espinoza takes us now on our own virtual trip down Whittier Boulevard, in every sense of the word “trip”… This interview by D.M. Collins.