Posted in events, la record, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler

emily rose

Download: Devon Williams “A Truce”

(from “A Truce” 45 on L.A. RECORD)

Great press for Devon to advance my show at the Prospector tomorrow. (THAT’S DEVON WILLIAMS AT THE PROSPECTOR IN LONG BEACH TOMORROW NIGHT!!!! CLICK HERE FOR MUSIC AND REASONS TO GO!!!!) Full fun below.

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Posted in interviews, mp3, oc weekly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler

Stream: Warpaint “Billie Holliday”

Second talk with the other half of Warpaint up at OC WEEKLY. I did an interview with Emily and Theresa in L.A. RECORD but that’s not quite online yet. (But will be very soon.) I’m really starting to get into this band. Warpaint sounds kind of like Telescopes and Lush and a lot of the spacier British bands from probably ’79 to ’93? That’s kind of clinically mathematical as a description but I got numbers on my mind today.

With the long-promised debut EP Exquisite Corpse just out and a just-finished Spaceland residency that left the band tighter and closer than ever, LA’s Warpaint are primed for further exposure. In Exquisite Corpse’s five songs, they try 50 small and subtle things—shy ravels of guitar or stuttered polyrhythms by drummer Dave Orlando, tense basslines by Jen Lindberg that would win approving salute from Jah Wobble, or melodies that stall and dive like a bird interrupted in flight. They positively effervesce atmosphere, beginning songs with barely more than bass and breath, and then roaring toward orbit; they evoke as much “lush” the adjective—heat and fog and a gentle threat of sensory overload—as Lush the band, whose ghostly vocals find respectful echo in Kokal and singer/guitarist Theresa Wayman. There’s even their reverent appropriation of a verse from Mary Wells’ “My Guy,” which adds new fire to the smoky stand-out “Billie Holiday.” (Used with permission, adds Lindberg.)

More here and they play Monday down at Detroit in Costa Mesa—free and their first O.C. show. I hope to get them at Prospector soon with maybe Blank Blue. Watch the blog for confirms.


Posted in interviews, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by chrisziegler

dan monick

Download: RTX “Cheap Wine Time”

(from JJ Got Live RATX on Drag City)

Tons of fun with RTX’s Jennifer and Kurt over at L.A. RECORD. I back this band hard (I even wrote their bio) and the new album is great. Hanoi Rocks plus Enigma-era Roky to me, though L.A. RECORD photographer Scott Schultz says the above is like a Stones song, and he’s not wrong there. This interview done at Prospector before—and prolonged into—our Cha Cha night. Good times:

Did you take a big hit when the stock market crashed?
J: That’s a joke in your life but motherfucker I had bank in the stock market four years ago! And I sold it all when I bought my place here. I had the Latin American Equity Fund. But I been putting my brain on hold. I will keep myself from any kind of stimulation.
Is this like how you take the snow chains off the car for the summer?
J: Yeah, but I’m going a couple seasons. I’m just eating the popcorn that didn’t pop off the floor, you know what I’m saying? I’m really in suspended animation—literally no information coming in. I’m saving it up until I can parse it and put it out on my own time.

The rest here. Album just came out. Grab it if you’ve never heard the band before—and be ready for shred—and grab it if you have heard them before, too.


Posted in events, video with tags , , , , , , on October 19, 2008 by chrisziegler

Four Tops’ lead vocalist Levi Stubbs passed as he slept. And Billy Bragg’s song for him below.

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Posted in library with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2008 by chrisziegler

Download: Black Merda “Set Me Free”

On the morning of October 16, 1968, American athlete Smith won the 200 metre race in a then-world-record time of 19.83 seconds, with Australia’s Peter Norman second with a time of 20.06 seconds, and American Carlos in third place with a time of 20.10 seconds. After the race was completed, the three went to collect their medals at the podium. The two American athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride. Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in America. Furthermore, Carlos wore beads which he described “were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.”


Posted in library, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by chrisziegler

ron rege

Download: The Mice “Not Proud Of The U.S.A.”

Download: Bill Fox “My Baby Crying”

I’m watching the debates and am rageful with rage, which phrase will have to serve while I pull through a copy of Ed Sanders’ Tales of Beatnik Glory (Vols. 1 and 2) for more articulate expression. Above art by Ron Rege who is the drummer in Lavender Diamond (who I can mention at least once a day) and who can probably always tap a little humor into the kind of stubborn rottenness I’m wallowed in. And Bill Fox wrote both these songs—one as a floppy sloppy kid playing windmill chords on college lawns and one as a young man playing into a wobbling tape deck on some quiet night. But it’s the same song.

UPDATE: Just walked in the other room to hear the TV say “…the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression… but I’m sure brighter days are ahead.” Roll opening credits, Fleischer.


Posted in events, la record, mp3 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by chrisziegler

Stream: A Certain Ratio “Shack Up”

Really great news about this fest that L.A. RECORD is very proud to co-present. Full details here or below. Tickets are only $13 for a line-up that is trending toward legendary. Good job Mike and Ben! Also—fans of things I am a fan of should note that Steve Gregoropoulos‘ Wild Stares will be re-uniting for this! No simple phrase can contain my joy.

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