Maria Bamford has the unique gift of being able to make you laugh, cringe, and cry all at the same time. In her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God, she is a snotty waitress, Paula Deen, her sister Sarah, a candidate for neighborhood council and more. She performs at Festival Supreme on Saturday, Oct. 25, and she joined L.A. RECORD to talk about gas station cuisine and a shadowy man known only as ‘The Wolf.’[Read more →]
October 9th, 2014 · No Comments
Open Mike Eagle may be an unapologetic nerd, but his self-coined “Art Rap” ain’t for sissies: he’s a rapper’s rapper, who can segue from socio-political advice pieces to confessional laments to witty pop-cultural comparisons with the same kind of bottomless-buffet delight that Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer only hoped to find at the Dream Café. This interview by D.M. Collins.
September 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Producer and arranger Craig Leon created two LPs worth of gorgeously warped, drastically advanced, generically unclassifiable music based on the idea of interplanetary Top 40 radio. As multilayered in concept as some deep-dish SF classic yet as eerily cozy as your last late-night bout with Can or Ash Ra Tempel, his Nommos and Visiting are now re-released. This interview by Ron Garmon.
August 31st, 2014 · 13 Comments
Call it destiny, fate or simply the way things should be, but the Long Beach Funk Fest’s pairing this Labor Day of George Clinton and Dam-Funk made it seem obvious—why not ask Dam to interview George Clinton? 4,000 words later, this is the result: a true meeting of the minds between two generations of funksters. As Dam says below, get ready to go deep.
August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments
DJ Harvey is perhaps best-known for being a famous dance/electronic DJ who contributed cheerfully to many a person losing their mind in public, but his Wildest Dreams outfit is him and an as-of-press-time-nameless psychedelic rock ban. He joined us while recovering from the effects of a bad kale smoothie. He performs at FYF Fest this Saturday night. This interview by Kristina Benson.
August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Low Leaf is an alchemist. By synthesizing analog instruments and digital programming, Angelica Lopez has been creating powerful and ambitious music since 2011. Her latest album, AKASHAALAY, released on digital and tape through Fresh Selects, is a spiritual offering to the Philippines. She plays Sat., Aug. 16 at the Mayan. This interview by sweeney kovar.
August 1st, 2014 · No Comments
Music journalists and musicians have some big things in common: a dogged, financially ruinous love of music and a determination to bring it into the world. So I’m excited by the news that the Muffs have reemerged, complete with tour dates and an album … and maybe a little anger! They play this weekend at Burger-A-Go-Go. This interview by D.M. Collins.
July 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments
His Below the Heavens is the stuff of fables, and if you’re under 25 and from the left coast, you probably have some personal story about how Blu’s first album made you love hip-hop again. Hood in the way a Charles Burnett film is hood, Blzzo’s newest effort Good To Be Home sidesteps ghetto sensationalism for a sound that strikes a balance between the cerebral and the intuitive. He plays the Observatory and the Terrace this week. This interview by sweeney kovar.
July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments
Joyce Manor’s newest album Never Hungover Again (also their first for L.A.’s Epitaph) has a cover design winking at Big Star’s Radio City and a quick 20 minutes of songs about those nowhere nights where it seems like you’re the last person awake (or alive?) on the surface streets. They play Friday, July 25, at the El Rey with Tony Molina. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
July 18th, 2014 · No Comments
Filmmaker Adam Kahan’s documentary on Rahsaan Roland Kirk, The Case of the Three-Sided Dream, delivers noise, joy, anger, and poetry—plus the great man’s famous on-stage wit set to exuberant animation. The Case of the Three-Sided Dream premieres on the west coast on Thurs., July 24, as part of the Don’t Knock The Rock festival at Cinefamily. This interview by Rin Kelly.