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Obsession of the Week: Japandroids
Friday, July 10, 2009, 09:27 k
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The Obsession of the Week is Japandroids, a garage rock band from Vancouver British Colombia. Hearing their song “Young Hearts Spark Fire” is like a jolt to the chest. There debut album Post Nothing has quickly become one of my favorite albums of the year. They are currently touring, and you can check out their tour dates after the cut.

Young Hearts Spark Fire http://www.neonnightsla.com/music/younghearts.mp3

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LA Event: Found Magazine & The Watson Twins

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The Watson Twins join Davy Rothbart and his Found Magazine‘s Denim and Diamonds Tour when it comes to the Largo at the Coronet on June 24th.  Hitting 55 cities, the tour is in celebration of the release of Requiem for a Paper Bag and includes music from Peter Rothbart, who performs Found-themed songs.

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They’ll be sharing new notes, letters, death threats and other found objects.  I saw this show in Ann Arbor last month, and I wholeheartedly endorse it–it’s totally funny. Plus, the Watson Twins to boot.

See ticket info on the Largo site.

–Valentina

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Watch This:Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi
Friday, June 12, 2009, 06:26 k
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Lady Gaga has just released her mini movie video clip for her next single “Paparazzi.” The nearly 8 minute long video was directed by Jonas Äkerlund (Madonna, Prodigy) and features a muderous plot line that leaves you with a big smirk on your face.

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is fast becoming a fashion trendsetting diva, and it shows big time in this video. The costumes- some of which Gaga designs herself push the envelope and are anything but boring.  Even if you dont like Lady Gaga, who currently graces the cover
of Rollingstone, the video is still a must watch.

-Mikey



Obsession of the Week: Castledoor

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It’s been 2 years since Castledoor arrived on the scene in Los Angeles. For some reason,  I have always missed seeing them live, so I finally caught them at their free Monday night residency at Spaceland. I have to say, oh boy have I been missing out on one of the best live bands Los Angeles has to offer.

The band seems poised for far bigger stages than Spaceland. They have just released their debut album Shouting at Mountains and have a few more shows left at their Spaceland residency, which should not be missed if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

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See tour dates after the cut.

-Mikey

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Chang and the Gang at The Smell
Monday, May 25, 2009, 11:18 k
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I was lucky enough to find out about The Chain and the Gang show in the nick of time this past Friday. Ian Svenonius’ (of The Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses) new band includes Sarah Pedal (SLA), Brian Weber (Dub Narcotic Sound System), Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), and Bret Lyman (Bad Thoughts), and they didn’t disappoint. At all.

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Svenonius took on that soul-drenched preacher persona that he does so well, pairing it with a hard driving, murky beat a la The Standells. The message was palatably political and delivered with Svenonius’ usual sense of conviction and humor as he railed against “fast food, bad architecture, materialism, rampant greed, environmental destruction, imperial conquest, class struggle,” all of which he says have become “synonymous with ‘liberty'”.

The short set left the crowd wanting more and included “Reparations”, “What is a Dollar”, and the assasinati-themed “Deathbed Confession” from Chain’s debut album Down with Liberty…Up with Chains!, which can be purchased on the K Records site and iTunes.

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In short: Svenonius still has it.  Chain and the Gang’s LA debut was as compelling as any Make-Up show, with the same amount of energy and fervor. And he still makes you want to dance.  It’s a shame the show wasn’t jam-packed, you’d expect a larger crowd considering how influential Svenonius has been. No respect!  It’s also a little suprising since Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) was also in tow with his new band, The Hive Dwellers.

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You can still see the remaining dates of the tour, which end June 1 in Olympia, Washington.  See the dates after the cut.

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Obsession of the Week: Dark Night of the Soul

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The Obsession of the Week is Dark Night of the Soul, which is the collaboration of Dangermouse and Sparklehorse with various other musicians. This audio visual project was to be released this summer, but legal issues between Dangermouse and his label have basically scrapped the project.

Fear not, however,  it will still be released as a book with images shot by David Lynch. The book will have a limited run of 5000 on May 29th. You can pre-order it here . The album has leaked
all over the internet and the book will come with a blank CD-R so that you can do with it what you will.

The album features a very talented line up of singers, including Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), James Mercer (The Shins) and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) to name a few. Check out a song from the album and the tracklisting below.

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Dark Night of the Soul Tracklisting:
01. Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)
02. Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
03. Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)
04. Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)
05. Angel’s Harp (feat. Black Francis)
06. Pain (feat. Iggy Pop)
07. Star Eyes (I Can Catch It) (feat. James Mercer)
08. Everytime I’m With You (feat. Jason Lytle)
09. Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)
10. Daddy’s God (feat. Nina Persson)
11. The Man Who Played God (feat. Nina Persson)
12. Grain Augury (feat. Vic Chesnutt)
13. Dark Night Of The Soul (feat. Vic Chesnutt)

–Mikey

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Fever Ray on Tour!
Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:38 k
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Fever Ray the side project from Karen Dreijer Andersson of the Knife will be launching a US tour this fall. The tour promises to be an audiovisual spectacle from the same artist responsible for the video of
“If I Had A Heart”. Make sure to get your tickets as it will surely be a
sold out affair like the 2006 brief US tour for the Knife.

09-28 New York, NY- Webster Hall
09-29 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10-01 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
10-02 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
10-03 Chicago, IL – Metro
10-05 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom
10-07 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater

-Mikey