September 15, 2014


Pukkelpop 2014

Cause Annie Clark is freakin’ badass.

September 14, 2014

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto/Astrud Gilberto/Antonio Carlos Jobim -“Corcovado”

This is the song that was my personal gateway into the world of jazz. This is one of the pieces of music that is absolutely flawless in its writing, recording, and performance. Astrud’s vocal is filled with such longing that it will pull your heart loose in your chest.

September 13, 2014

Kissing Cousins - Red Lamb

This live clip of Kissing Cousins was shot at the record release show for their album “Pillar of Salt” back in 2009. It’s a stunning album from start to finish. “Red Lamb” is a cover by another beloved LA band, The Monolators. 

September 12, 2014
"We are blessed! Fuck! Bliss! Fuck! Bliss!"

— SWANS, from “The Apostate” from their album “The Seer”

September 11, 2014
Gig #52 of 2014: SWANS

Photo by David Benjamin for LA Record

Last night I had the extreme privilege to see the mighty SWANS on Wednesday, September 10th at The Roxy in Hollywood for the first of two nights. To say the band is loud and overwhelming would be a grievous understatement. Their swells and contracts over an endurance pushing set, for both band and audience, of two-and-a-half hours. Everything you may have heard about them being loud is correct. But you get the impression that the volume is not loud merely for the sake of being so, it is loud as part of their means to get the audience into the same ecstatic headspace that they occupy. Seeing them live was a thoroughly unique experience that was a constant shifting of sound and volume, all through a prism of brutalizing intensity. The band functions as one being and each member being a different limb or organ. SWANS must be experienced live. There is very little in any genre of music to compare them to. 

September 10, 2014
"Happy anniversary, nobody knows but me."

Miniature Soap, from the song “I Don’t Like You”


September 9, 2014

The Lees of Memory - Landslide

Holy shit this is an unbelievably beautiful song from the soon to be released album “Sisyphus Says” by The Lees of Memory. Pure sonic bliss.

September 8, 2014

Interpol - Untitled

The beautiful opener of Interpol’s debut album “Turn On The Bright Lights”.

September 7, 2014

Miles Davis - Directions 

This tune was a cornerstone in the live sets of Miles’ groups during his early fusion period. This studio recording was released as part the complete “In A Silent Way Sessions”.

September 5, 2014

Kind of a silly video but I greatly enjoyed watching SWANS percussionist and all around badass, Thor Harris, walk around this years Pitchfork music festival talking to artists like Sharon Van Etten and random concert goers. Have a peek!

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