Yeasayer is a band out of Brooklyn who describe their music as “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel”. They first started getting attention after performing at the 2007 SXSW music festival. Since then, they have toured with MGMT and Man Man. They also have a song on the lovely Dark Was the Night compilation album, along with the likes of artists including David Byrne, Grizzly Bear and Bon Iver. Yeasayer is working on recording their next album now which should be released by the end of the year. Listen to Tightrope below.
La Roux : In for the Kill You may remember seeing a really cool video we posted back in May of musical duo La Roux, for their track “Bulletproof” (see here), and for today’s song I wanted to bring you another one of their ill tracks, “In for the Kill”. La Roux are a British [...]
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are a band of ten to twelve mates, led by frontman Alex Ebert. I think their unique dynamic is best described in their own words. As Ebert describes them: “We decided to go back in time. We got an old 24-track tape machine from 1979 and found a deal on used reels of 2-inch tape. Twelve people playing on 24 tracks, all recorded in live fashion. . . . I’m really proud of the dogma we kept; [the album] has a natural resonance to it.”
Guitarist Christian Letts adds, “There’s nothing about this band that’s ‘band-y.’ We’re kind of an art troupe that plays music.”"This is a case of a group of people coming together at the right time — I don’t even think of it as a band, I think of it as a family.”
If this band is ever rolling through your town, you should stop in and check them out. I hear their live show is fantastic. It is said that Ebert treats each crowd as part of his family as well. “The night [in April] I went into the crowd at the Echo and everybody was singing, you could almost feel their hearts,” he says. Hmm…sounds interesting?
Hecuba : Suffering Isabelle Albuquerque normally takes the spotlight in Hecuba, the LA-based band comprised of her and partner Jon Beasley. Her persona is theatric – onstage, she dresses in a sequined spandex body suit and sports awkward bangs – but their music is more subtle. On “Suffering,” the single from their recently released album [...]
Dirty Projectors : Stillness Is The Move David Longstreth is the main creative force behind Dirty Projectors, the experimental rock band with a constantly shifting line-up and roots in Brooklyn. Longstreth is talented songwriter and busily prolific man, who cuts no corners and responds evasively to media perception – “I’m Gemini, brown eyes, brown hair, [...]
Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce to you one of my dearest and most talented friends: Jason Aaron, the philanthro-pirate. Though I could talk about Jas’ “hippie ghost” freshness for many lines, I will spare you the adoration and cut to the juicy chase. Jas is a one man band. He plays all the instruments you hear and makes his own beats. He also writes beautiful lyrics and has a unique-knick-knack for fashion. You can buy his personally designed artful band shirts…
Mos Def : Quiet Dog Mos Def dropped his long awaited album, entitled Ecstatic, last month and I am loving this jam. Clap, Clap, Clap and shake that thing your mama gave you to” Quiet Dog”! Its great to have some new Mos def back in our lives! Listen to “Quiet Dog” Here Buy Here
Regina Spektor: Dance Anthem of the 80′s Regina Spektor released her new album entitled “Far” a couple months ago. She worked with 5 different producers on this one, including Paul McCartney. The album maintains Regina’s signature charm, sincere lyrics and corky humor. Some great songs within the collection. ‘Dance Anthem of the 80′s’ is perhaps [...]
Local Natives : Airplanes Here is some swirling folky music from another unsigned local LA band… this one conveniently with “local” in its name. I’m proud to be the first person in the internet to call them the Fleet Foxes of LA. Swoon to their soaring vocal harmonies and beautiful instrumentation; then go spread the [...]
Oh Milla, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…Most people know this woman as one of the biggest models of the 90′s. Others brush her off as a cheesy blockbuster actress. But let us not forget her incredible role as Leelou in The Fifth Element, one of my favorite characters in any movie, as well as classics like Dazed and Confused. Now, here are a couple things you may not know about her: Milla also has her own clothing line called Jovovich Hawk, a collection of beautiful treasures and bohemian fancies. She also put out an album in the 90′s called ‘The Divine Comedy’. The songs are quite theatrical, as are her performances! Watch the video for ‘Gentleman Who Fell’, PLEASE watch her live performance of ‘There aint no God for Dogs’. True 90′s glory.
Eels : That Look You Give That Guy The EELS just dropped a new album under the name Hombre Lobo, worth a definite listen and download. I can not stop listening to “That Look You Give That Guy”, a sexy and melodramatic piece about love. It’s been four years since the double EELS album BLINKING [...]
DJ Devin : Downtempo Mix- MAY ’09 If you live in L.A. or visit and party from time to time than the chances are pretty big you have danced your ass off to the beats of L.A. nightlife DJ Devin. He DJ’s a lot of the best clubs including Guys and Dolls, Roosevelt, Hyde, and [...]