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FROTH: THE CUTEST WAY

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Froth was a fake band first and that taught them how to be a real band. Their Patterns LP (on Lolipop / Burger) pulls from every classic album that sounds better in the dark—Seeds, Elevators, the gnarly early Spacemen 3—and they meet on Bonnie Brae to talk vacuums, Velvets and BBQDIY. They play this Saturday at Desert Daze. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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STEPHEN JOHN KALINICH: A PURE GOOD HEART

April 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

After more than forty years, Stephen John Kalinich’s A World Of Peace Must Come—recorded with lots of help from Brian Wilson and friends—is finally seeing its vinyl debut on Light In The Attic. We caught up with Kalinich at the IHOP in Glendale to talk with him about his heyday writing for the Beach Boys and whether he still thinks peace is the only alternative to war in the 21st Century. This interview by D.M. Collins.

L.A. RECORD’S COMPLETE LOS ANGELES AREA RECORD STORE DAY 2014 GUIDE!

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Presenting our most gigantic-ever list of L.A.-area record stores and all the special things they’re doing for Record Store Day tomorrow! Here’s more than 60 record stores from OC to LB to the IE, from the South Bay to Highland Park, from the SFV to the SGV and all points in between, with opening hours and discounts and everything else we could find out for you. Good luck out there tomorrow!

WHITE RAINBOW: I LOVE IT ALL

April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment

White Rainbow’s Adam Forkner is an electronic polymath (not purist) who makes bangin’ beats for Lil B songs and people who get the weirdness behind Dr. Bronner’s, and who saves his most sincere affection for the kind of musicians he calls “in-betweeners.” This interview by D.M. Collins.

VINCE STAPLES: I NEVER GOT TO PRETEND

April 1st, 2014 · 4 Comments

Long Beach hasn’t had an MC like Vince Staples in a generation. The north side of Long Beach, Ramona Park to be specific, hasn’t had an MC like Vince ever. I spoke with the 20-year-old MC over the phone right before he joined Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad on tour. We talked about Ramona Park, Long Beach gangbanging culture and why Team Jordan sneakers suck. This interview by sweeney kovar.

FARTBARF: SMELLING TERRIBLE SMELLS

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Everything about Fartbarf—from the name and mutant space-ape costumes to their uniquely upbeat and highly danceable Devo-esque electronic synth-punk sound—is hard to describe but a lot of fun to experience. Their highly anticipated first full-length album comes out—naturally—on April Fool’s Day this year. This interview by Desi Ambrozak.

ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT: YES TO EVERYTHING

March 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment

In December of 2012, an official RFTC reunion was announced and the band is currently in the midst of a limited US tour. John Reis speaks from RFTC’s physical and spiritual homeland, San Diego, about the band’s ethos, the freedom to be internationally silly in a pre-internet era and the impact of Snoopy vs. the Red Baron on musical development. This interview by Tom Child.

FREDDIE GIBBS: A LITTLE BIT OF EVIL

March 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Gibbs’ latest album, the Madlib-produced Piñata, does what most albums these days don’t even try to do—create a distinct vibe, conjure up a precise atmosphere. But then again, Gibbs’ whole career has been about doing—and succeeding at—what most rappers don’t even try. He performs with Madlib at the Echoplex on Mar. 28. This interview by Rebecca Haithcoat.

MOSES SUMNEY: OUT OF NOWHERE

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Moses Sumney just strolled into our lives with his loop pedal and his jazzy soul-drenched voice and, without an album or a cassette tape or even a white-labeled CD-R, he’s the name on everybody’s lips. He’s played with Beck, Solange, Jose Gonzalez, and gotten his own local residency, all based on a video or two and word of mouth. Now people are talking and waiting, and he can do whatever he wants. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

LANCE BANGS and SLINT: SASQUATCH FOLKLORE LEGENDRY

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Lance Bangs knows everybody, so it makes sense that he’d be the one to coax Slint into on-camera reminiscences and ponying-up of tapes of themselves breathing in and out of their butts. For fans of the indie mysterions who recorded the classic Spiderland before they were old enough to drink, Bangs serves up answers in his documentary Breadcrumb Trail—and they come with a side of erotic cakes. This interview by Rin Kelly.