12/29/2012

White Fence @ The Smell




White Fence is playing at The Smell tonight Saturday Dec 28th 2012.

photo: Angel Ceballos
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The Growlers @ Henry Fonda

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12/28/2012

The Growlers @ Henry Fonda





THE GROWLERS are playing tonight at Henry Fonda Theater Friday Dec 28th, 2012.

The Growlers photos here taken by Angel Ceballos in Seattle.


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12/27/2012

CRITICS HAIL LORD HURON’S DEBUT ALBUM LONESOME DREAMS OUT NOW ON IAMSOUND RECORDS

CRITICS HAIL LORD HURON’S DEBUT ALBUM LONESOME DREAMS OUT NOW ON IAMSOUND RECORDS
“THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO” PERFORMANCE AIRS
BAND PERFORMS ON KCRW’S “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC”
“...Songs that feel wide-open and ambitious, but also giddy and unpredictable.” —NPR

“...Campfire strumming and robust vocal harmonies ghosted by tuneful howls...” —Rolling Stone
“What sets the project apart is the level of their craft and the feeling of travel and discovery in the lyrics and sound.”—LA Weekly

“Gut-level, emotive songwriting that hits directly and honestly.”—Pitchfork
Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based bandLord Huron, is available now on the independent label IAMSOUND Records. Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by lead singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider. The new record follows the Mighty EP, which Pitchfork called “an invigorating listen” and The Los Angeles Times described as “full of lush acoustic guitars and Midwestern-accented harmonies as warm as a winter fireplace.” The debut continues to garner widespread praise—USA Today explains, “the indie-folk band paints a vivid landscape with upbeat, warm melodies and the dreamy vocals,” The New York Timesdescribes the music as, “pretty, multilayered Americana strumming and harmonizing,” and Esquire furthers they’re “the last true New Band You Need to Hear This Year.” Lord Huron recently made their network television debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and performed on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Further tour dates to be announced soon (details below). 

Originally a solo project by Schneider under the alter ego Lord Huron, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music as a child—most often on summer nights around the campfire on Lake Huron. He went on to study art in college and lived in France and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in the visual arts. His passion for art and music are often intertwined, and Schneider has composed music for various visual art projects over the years. His work is continually inspired by his outdoor explorations, landscape and water in particular. In 2010, Schneider self-released his first EP, Into the Sun, online, complete with original artwork. The songs gained traction and Schneider set to work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a live performance. 

Lord Huron toured extensively throughout 2011, including stops at SXSW, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza, while continuing to develop their live performances. The music video for the song “Time to Run” premiered on NPR.org as a First Watch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_e8RRTT0r8.

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12/26/2012

Coachella 2013

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12/25/2012

More music 2012

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Foxygen photo by Angel Ceballos

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Melody's Echo Chamber photo by Angel Ceballos

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Re Styles of The Tubes 1972


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Teen photo by Angel Ceballos

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Erykah Badu photo by Rachel Robinson
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More best of Angel Ceballos 2012



Melody's Echo Chamber



Geographer



The Black Lips



Gliss




Zola Jesus



Foxygen



Oberhofer



Cold Cave


All photos by Angel Ceballos 2012
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The best of Angel Ceballos 2012


Zambri


Melody's Echo Chamber


Wire


Twin Sister


Cate Le Bon


Prince Rama


White Fence


Caveman


Ringo Deathstarr


Zola Jesus

  
Nite Jewel

  Chelsea Wolfe


Hugh Cornwell
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12/23/2012

Pink Mountaintops @ The Waldorf Hotel

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All photos taken in Vancouver by Bev Davies.
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12/21/2012

Kris Menace Premieres Lone Runner on MTV.com.



KRIS MENACE RELEASES NEW SINGLE 'LONE RUNNER' FT. UNAI
'LONE RUNNER' VIDEO PREMIERES ON MTV TODAY

 
 

Following the success of ‘Hide’ featuring Miss Kittin, Kris Menace releases the second single taken from his album, ‘Features’. ’Lone Runner' a collaboration between Kris and sublime Swedish dance music pioneer, Unai, who together deliver a stunning slice of electronica, drizzled with deep melancholy.

The remix package for ’Lone Runner' includes mixes from Denmark’s #1 DJ and production wizard, Kölsch, Barcelona’s multi - talented Undo, Serbian Deep House duo Acos CoolKAs and French filtered house don, Axel Le Baron.

On the track’s composition, Unai says... "I started working on ‘Lone Runner’ many years ago, originally it was intended to end up on my own album. I wrote the lyrics, then started on the production. I worked on the many different versions; but never felt the music was as good as the lyrics, so the sketch ended up in a drawer.”

“When Kris sent me some early demos for his album I remembered the lyrics for 'Lone Runner' and recorded them for one of the Kris demos. However, what he sent back to me in return was something completely different - and perfect! His production of ‘Lone Runner’ was everything the song had been yearning for all these years. In some way I think this suits the lyrics of ‘Lone Runner’: it's nice to run alone, but it's nicer to run together!"

Heralded as one of Minimal Techno’s finest champions through the 90s, Swedish producer and vocalist Erik Möller, aka Unai, released his Grammy nominated debut album in 2001. Soon after, the minimal suit became too tight for Unai, who gave in to his love of disco, pop and soul on his second album.

Kris’ new album, ‘Features’, includes twelve incredible vocal performances from Julian Hamilton (The Presets), the fabulous Miss Kittin, house music legend Robert Owens, Daft Punk collaborator Romanthony, the amazing German soul singer Xavier Naidoo, Chelonis R Jones (known for his work with Royksopp & Booka Shade) and MTV Award winner Simon Lord (singer for Justice's ‘We Are Your Friends’) to name a few.

On the album, Kris says... "I can promise that no one has ever heard Julian Hamilton from The Presets, Xavier Naidoo or Miss Kittinlike this before. Every track on this album is so unique and the range of artists so diverse”

Kris Menace gate-crashed the scene with ‘Discopolis’. Since then Kris has become one of the most respected producers in electronic music releasing LP projects: ‘Idiosyncrasies’ (2009) and ‘Electric Horizon’ (2012) under his own name, as Black Van (DFA) and working with many artists on production or remix duty. His remix work includes Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Metronomy, Aeroplane, Underworld, Booka Shade and Lana Del Rey. Kris's projects have been signed to some of the most influential labels in the world, with tracks treasured by the electronic dance community and showcasing his prodigious influence on contemporary electronic music.
 
"The song, featuring Swedish producer Unai, is a clippy, digital-disco trip into the soggy nocturnal mist, with an understated heaving pulse"

LONE RUNNER
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REMIXES - STREAM
1 Lone Runner - Kolsch Remix

2 Lone Runner - Undo Remix

3 Lone Runner - Acos CoolKAs Remix
4 Lone Runner - Axel Le Baron Remix

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Two New Alek Fin Remixes

Two New Alek Fin Remixes:
"Rocks In Paper" (501 Remix) HERE via The 405
"Waiting Like A Wolf" (Robot Koch Remix) HERE via The Music Ninja


BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart gave Alek Fin's first radio spin with "Waiting Like A Wolf" HERE


Photo credit: B3PO

LA'S ALEK FIN MULL EP OUT NOW HERE
(Download for review HERE
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Jay Z’s Life + Times introduced Alek Fin HERE

Alek Fin made two remixes available from tracks of his debut Mull EP, which is available digitally HERE and you can listen to the full EP HERE.

Pigeons and Planes says:
" In 2012, electronic music played a huge role in the mainstream, but it was often in the more experimental leaning sounds where things got interesting. Instead of the in-your-face synths and that notorious drop, Alek Fin chooses to go the route of guys like James Blake and Nicolas Jaar. On his Mull EP, the negative space is one of the most important elements, and leaving that room to breathe allows the songs on this EP to unfold like scenes in a movie. In only four songs, all under six minutes, the EP swells, sinks, floats, and erupts with a finely-tuned consciousness." 

Alek Fin is the nom de guerre of an independent, electronic musician from Los Angeles. For inspiration, he states: Captions, Death Rabbit, DJ 501, Jon Hopkins, Radiohead, Bask, Vex Mohan, Annica, etc...

Alek Fin – Mull EP track list:
01.    Mull
02.    Rocks In Paper
03.    Waiting Like A Wolf
04.    Gone

DOWNLOAD / SHARE:
 "Waiting Like A Wolf" HERE
 "Waiting Like A Wolf"  (Robot Koch Remix) HERE
"Rocks In Paper (501 Remix) HERE

http://www.alekfin.com
https://www.facebook.com/alekfin
http://www.twitter.com/alekfin
Art/photo hi-res: http://yousend.it/TVZXD3

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Cody ChesnuTT Announces Tour Dates

Cody ChesnuTT Announces Tour Dates

More Dates To Be Announced Soon




“showcasing a powerful voice that still conjures Stevie Wonder and countless other influences and antecedents.”

- NPR


"On sophomore effort, Landing On A Hundred, he sounds older and wiser. Better, too"
- Billboard

Tour Dates
01/25: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
01/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
01/29: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
02/01: Portland, OR @ Star Theater
02/02: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
02/04: Seattle, WA @ Neptune
02/07: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
02/08: Chicago, IL @ Martyrs'
02/10: Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
02/12: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus (Cafe Campus)
02/13: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
02/14: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton

Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, and again for the release of his follow up full length, Landing on a Hundred this past October, Cody ChesnuTT will be showcasing his lush, smoky voice and dynamically soulful live band across the country next month.

The soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles - he’s all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar. The Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece, armed with his DIY musical arsenal: a drum machine, an array of instruments, a dusty four-track cassette recorder and a giant pair of headphones to block out the world. The result was an unvarnished collection of songs – 36 in total, which alchemized his love of a multitude of styles: classic rock, rhythm and blues, pop, punk and gospel music.

Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody’s songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his , strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.

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The Growlers @ Alex's Bar





THE GROWLERS are playing at ALEX'S BAR tonight, Friday, December 21st, 2012.



Photos: Angel Ceballos
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