August 24th, 2009 | News

Download: Foot Village “Reggae War Zone”


(from Anti-Magic out now on Upset The Rhythm)

Via Brian Miller from Foot Village—the release party for Il Corral founder and musician Bob Bellerue’s Live At The Smell documentary featuring short live sets from last fall by (in order of appearance) the Mae Shi, Foot Village, Ponytail, Abe Vigoda, High Places, Gowns, BARR, No Age, HEALTH and Captain Ahab is Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Downtown Independent, conveniently right behind the Smell at 251 S. Main! (Also location of Brainfeeder’s September film-and-music residency!) All ages, of course, and proceeds from the sale of the Live At The Smell DVD will go to benefit the Smell! More info below:

Featuring over 2 hours of live bands from Los Angeles and beyond, “Live at The Smell” captures the live energy that pumps through LA’s legendary independent DIY all-ages venue. Recorded in high-quality audio and video over a month period in Fall 2008, the DVD gives you the feeling of being immersed in one of the many gigs presented there each week for over 10 years. The music is clean and powerful, the footage is raw and wild, and the energy is LIVE.

Presented on a gorgeous 6-panel Digipak with superb all-mural photographs by Wild Don Lewis and liner notes by Jim Smith (owner / operator of The Smell), “Live at The Smell” is a collector’s document, something you won’t want to miss. Even if it gets on NetFlix, even when you find it on your favorite torrent site, it won’t be the same as holding it in your hand. 6 murals are represented—featuring artists Cali deWitt, Jesse Spears, and some unknown dude from the 80s when it was a caballero bar.

The bands featured on this movie are the cream of the indie-alt-rock / experimental bands that play the club on a regular basis: Mae Shi, Foot Village, Ponytail, Abe Vigoda, High Places, Gowns, BARR, No Age, HEALTH, Captain Ahab (in order of appearance). Culled from 20 hours of live concerts, the movie is at times slick broadcast-quality so to speak, and othertimes fuzzy and blown out, all the while with clean and loud audio, mastered by Mike Lastra. We harnessed the sun and the moon for a little while with all our mighty little cameras, and we bring you their shining lights and their madness in all our audiophonic fidelity.

Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will help support The Smell’s operations, so buy them while you can. The Smell is a money-losing for-profit venture; its profit is in the heart of the LA freak-noise-punk-art-music scene.

“The music has been stuck in my head for all the time we’ve been working on this project. Now it will be stuck in yours too.” — Bob Bellerue, director