[LIVE] Jessie Ware @ The Bootleg 12.13.12

Jessie Ware’s “Wildest Moments” is one of my top songs of the year. But I’m not fully sold on the rest of Devotion. Beautiful? Sure. But worthy standing for in a crowded venue? I wasn’t sure. But I was damn curious. Ware took the stage a little hesitantly for her Los Angeles debut (and only 2nd US solo show ever) but by the end of the first song she was breaking into stage banter about misplaced “trousers” that had the whole crowd laughing in the palm of her hand. She continued unleashing her stunning voice and witty chat (see video below) throughout the whole set. The room was transfixed. And the music? Every song was a winner. Anything soft or dull on the record was Read more

[LIVE] Flux Pavillion (secret show) @ Hangar 8, Santa Monica, CA – 11.13.12

Text/top-photo : Alexander Bogayevicz

This past Tuesday Flux Pavilion shook the foundations at Hangar 8, a real airplane hangar in the small Santa Monica Airport. The hangar was decked out with black lights, an impressive 4-sided visual display, and a great party vibe! Steady was up first and dropped dubstep jams while those inclined grooved out. Tokimonsta followed with what I called lounge-dub and then Flux came on to steal the show. I was never a zealous follower of Flux but he completely took me by surprise, dropping a balanced yet satisfyingly dirty set of dub, electro and moombahton. I was dancing my pants off while girls everywhere were climbing on guys shoulders. Despite Flux’s set being cut short I am now firmly sold on the magic of his fingers and would come back to watch him do his thing any time.

 

[EP] Blackbird Blackbird – BORACAY PLANET (w/ “It’s A War “)

which are you waiting for?

  • Who: Mikey Maramag
  • What: Oversized dream pop, like Toro Y Moi, KidsOf88, Humans
  • Where: San Francisco, CA + Facebook
  • When: Buy Boracay Planet now.
  • Why: Blackbird Blackbird was booked by Joel and scheduled to play day 4 of our SXSW showcases but a transportation disaster kept Mikey from the venue for hours. Had I heard him play that day I guarantee you this post would have happened months ago. I just didn’t know what I was missing. After finally tracking down his latest EP I was immediately blown away by “It’s A War.” What a rollicking piece of slightly dark tropical pop. The rest of Boracay Planet is full of shuffling and twitching beats under dreamy guitars that blend together brilliantly. Especially “Happy With You” (& this great Yalls remix of it here!) So it turns out the guy has been making music for years. His Bandcamp is a treasure trove of previous releases. Cheers to many more!

[LP] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – THE HEIST (w/ “Cant Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton”)

y’all can’t stop me, i go hard like i’ve got an 808 in my heart beat, and i’m eating at the beat, like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on shark week

If you’ve caught any of our posts on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis then you know the kind of freshness these two are bringing to the rap game. Macklemore ‘s intensely personal, honest, and and often funny storytelling. Ryan Lewis’ impeccable and unique production. It’s really quite remarkable. Independent since day one, they’ve obviously been courted by major labels but as “Jimmy Iovine” lays out, the current state of affairs in that world is dismal for the artist. The duo blazed on alone and The Heist is their opus. But don’t let the commercial success on the backs of a legion of loyal fans fool you. This is a fantastic album. If you never thought you liked hip-hop you will still find something here to love. Macklemore brilliantly balances his signature heavy topic songwriting with goofball party songs that keep the album from getting bogged down in it’s own seriousness. Both “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop” are shaping up to be top songs of the year but for such different reasons. But one common thread. Two really. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.


[LIVE] Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, St. Lucia @ The Palladium 10.25.12

Words: Danny Coviello || Pictures: Russ Ramos

♫ St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong

Thursday night at The Palladium was awesome. Three distinctly different acts yet three distinctly great sets. First to the stage was the ever so atmospheric St. Lucia lead by front man Jean-Philip Grobler. This was by far the biggest venue I’ve ever seen St. Lucia perform in yet there wasn’t an inch of space in the place that the their dreamy jams didn’t reach. From the opening piano note on “Before The Dive” to the outro chants on their new single “September”, St. Lucia was on point. While Read more

[LIVE] Carousel, Ghost Beach + Goldroom, Two Door Cinema Club DJ sets @ The Echoplex 10.25.12

♫ Ghost Beach – Tear Us Apart

Carousel opened up the night (below) and brought an awesome performance. They rocked the house. However, the softer nature of their jams do not lend themselves to face melting and thats exactly what Ghost Beach did when they took the stage (above). Having last seen them at the TBE SXSW showcases where technical difficulties were many but they still raged through it was fantastic to see them with all cylinders firing and working up a sweat for all in the room. New jam “Tear Us Apart” was a highlight with its Read more

[EP] Frank + Derol – FRANK + DEROL EP (w/ “Let It Go”)

once we say forever that’s the first lie we tell each other

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Frank + Derol live a handful of times now and they are definitely coming into their own. Still a little wet behind the ears but their current tour with Wolf Gang should go a long way to strengthening their stage show. They certainly have no shortage of jams. Unfortunately only 4 of them are included on their debut EP. “Let It Go” is the one that makes me roll my windows down and sing along at top volume like a spastic. Get into it.

[LP / REMIX] Citizens! – HERE WE ARE [w/ “She Said” & “True Romance” (Gildas remix)]

you’ll taste heaven and you’ll taste hell, and those who doubt you will doubt themselves

♫ Citizins! – True Romance (Gildas remix)

  • Who: Tom, Lawrence, Mike, Martyn, Thom
  • What: Genre, like XX
  • Where: London, UK + Facebook
  • When: Buy debut album Here We Are now.
  • Why: “True Romance” is one of the great songs of the year. It stands strong on its own and lends itself beautifully to some stellar remixes, like the one above. If Citizens!’ worthwhile contributions stopped there it would still be something appreciated. Luckily for us they have more swinging indie dance rock for us. Here We Are is chock full of bendy baselines and hopping percussion, making a set of jams sure to start up your next party. Take “She Said” for example, I just hit play and already there are people knocking. And I don’t even have enough dip!