Deseparecidos are back, and they are angry. The video to their new single “City on the Hill” is a mind exploding collage of consumer greed, over consumption, military might and sensationalist culture that makes me want to burn a flag till it’s a muddled puddle of red white and blue.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS LINEUP 2015
Prepare to get tinnitus in your ears, have your livers completely obliterated and not sleep for 96hours because the good ol’ folks at Splendour in the Grass have just released their 2015 lineup.
ALBUM REVIEW: DEATH – N.E.W
Dudes are, like, sixty five years old now and still throwing down like they’re running Detroit in their heyday. Guess Death really knows no bounds.
RECORDING WITH JOEL MORALES
Joel Morales, AKA Joel Jerome, is an incredibly talented musician, engineer and producer who is obsessed with recording music. Which is a great thing, because the music he records is really fucking good. The other thing he’s really good at is talking. Read him talk here.
LIVE REVIEW: ELECTRIC WIZARD
This guy gave me a manila envelope labeled “Perma_Frost” with a skull and flake of snow printed on it and then I went and saw Electric Wizard by myself. I don’t know anything about the occult, I just like slow, low riffs, and pot.
PLAYLIST: RANDY RANDALL
Randy Randall is one half of Los Angeles band No Age. You’d be hard-pressed to find a higher authority than Randy when it comes to music. With that in mind, we asked Randy to make us a mix, and he based the whole thing on recovering from dental surgery. Listen to it here.
NEW MUSIC: PANDA BEAR
Still deciding if this is a scene from one of my most petrifying childhood nightmares, or a beautiful depiction of a family of floral silk laden bears living their lives in slow motion. Either way, this music video is a work of art.
NEW MUSIC: METZ
METZ just dropped their track, “Spit It Out” today, offering a taste of their upcoming album, II, out May 4. Salty.
ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEST OF GRATEFUL DEAD
‘The Grateful Dead? Is she serious?’ I hear you saying. I asked our editor, the dashing Jason Crombie, if I could review them and he said ‘nope’. But hear me out. I’ve got an angle.
NEW MUSIC: FROTH
Directed by Riley Blakeway, the video to Froth’s new single ‘Postcard Radio’ plays like a flip-through of a vintage photo album, and caries the same weight of nostalgia with it. But instead of making you feel sad and reflective, it just makes you feel fucking happy to be alive. Froth over this.
Burger Records put on a festival to remember over the weekend at the Santa Ana Observatory. Among this year’s Burgerama lineup were Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Gang of Four, Curtis Harding, Ariel Pink, Twin Peaks, and Ty Segall. It was as good as it sounds.
PLAYLIST: EUGENE WHANG
Eugene is an industrial designer at Apple, a thrower of huge all-night ragers in San francisco, and owner of record label Public Release. And now he can add ‘maker of MC playlist’ to resume.
NEW MUSIC: MARCHING CHURCH
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage has a new album out with his side-project Marching Church, and a new video to boot.
EVERYBODY IN: EPISODE 9 // HO99O9
For episode nine of our web music series, Everybody In, directed by Eddie Obrand and produced by MC and D’Blanc, we trail experimental hip-hop / punk / whatever-the-fuck band Ho99o9 for a day in Los Angeles.
NEW MUSIC: FAITH HEALER
Faith Healer is Jessica Jalbert, and Jessica Jalbert is awesome. She’s just released a new album, Cosmic Troubles. Get a taste of it here.
PLAYLIST: JASON LEE
Jason Lee is what we like to call a ‘Jack of All Trades.’ He’s an actor who is also a skateboarder who is also a photographer who is also the creator of this week’s Monster Children playlist, titled ‘At Random.’
NEW MUSIC: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
UMO just released the video to their latest single, “Multi-Love”, and it’s multi-functional, because you can download a game that coincides with the video.
INTERVIEW: THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
This November marks the 30th anniversary of Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy. We were fortunate to catch up with founder and lead singer Jim Reid to talk about the making of Psychocandy and the legendary highs and lows of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jim Reid.
NEW MUSIC: TURN TO CRIME
Turn To Crime’s new single ‘Without A Care’ is so good it makes me wanna do something stupid and end up in handcuffs.
PAX AM STUDIOS: BUTCH WALKER
What do Butch Walker, Ryan Adams and Johnny Depp have in common? They’re all in this video. Check out this behind the scenes look at Butch recording his latest album, Afraid of Ghosts, at Pax Am Studios in LA.