Category Archives: CDs

Dawn of Ashes Return with Theophany

For all intents and purposes LA’s extreme metal outfit Dawn of Ashes was gone, dead and buried in 2013 with singer Kristof Bathory moving on to new territory with the unfortunately short lived but brilliant Urilia. Dawn of Ashes has … Continue reading

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Skip Heller 78 RPM Release Party Thursday 3/24/16 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of owning an antique Victrola. I can picture strolling over to it in the corner of the living room, taking a scratchy old record out of the gorgeous wooden cabinet, watching the … Continue reading

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LA’s Cetacean Rewrite the Rules on Breach Submerge

How do you begin a three song, 30 minute EP full of yells, growls and loud sounding strings weaving guitar notes and patterns like multi-level geometric spider webs and start with music you’d expect to hear in the elevator? Get … Continue reading

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John Doe to Release LA Punk Book, ‘The Westerner’ Album

By Andy Nystrom. This post originally appeared in www.theressomethinghardinthere.com X’s John Doe has been a busy man: penning his book “Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk” with Tom DeSavia, and recording a new album “The … Continue reading

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Emitt Rhodes Returns With New LP And Grammy Museum Appearance

Songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Emitt Rhodes has long been a legendary figure among those who take their pop music seriously. Though the albums he made between 1969 and 1973, as leader of the Merry Go Round and as a solo … Continue reading

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Album Review: My Gold Mask’s “Anxious Utopia”

Chicago-based band My Gold Mask was founded by guitarist Jack Armondo and singer Gretta Rochelle, the latter hailing from my own hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. The two of them released two EPs before adding drummer James Andrew to the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Bootblacks’ “Veins”

Bootblacks is a gloriously post-punk and dark-wave band from Brooklyn, with a new album called Veins due out in March on French label Manic Depression Records. While a bootblack is a shoe-shiner, the group’s name comes specifically from a description by William … Continue reading

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Yoko Ono: Yes, I’m a Witch Too

Tomorrow Yoko Ono’s new release “Yes, I’m A Witch Too,” the sequel to her 2007 collaboration record “Yes, I’m A Witch” is set to drop via Manimal Group as a double vinyl set, as well as in deluxe CD and digital formats. This time around … Continue reading

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Live Review: Panic Is Perfect at The Satellite

Panic Is Perfect is a highly-polished indie pop group based in San Francisco, but first conceived in India by its well-traveled founders Jeremy Belzer and Mike Hoffman. The two multi-instrumentalists, joined by guitarist David Monzon, keyboardist Joey Hassid and drummer Ty Parker, … Continue reading

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Album Preview: StaG’s “Don’t Check Out”

StaG are an intriguing local band consisting of childhood friends Matt McGuire and Will Walden, who met in a tee-ball league. There’s an odd story behind the duo’s name that seems relevant to the lyrical theme of their upcoming album Don’t Check … Continue reading

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