Rad Chicks and Bad Dudes: Kill Rock Stars SaMpLeR!!, Mexicans With Guns, Amanda Fucking Palmer, We Are Wolves, Regrettes and Brunettes

04.07.2010
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First things first, go and download the KillRockStars Best Sampler Ever. 21 songs from some of your already faves and perhaps some new ones, too. Go. Do it. HERE. Next, Amanda Fucking Palmer is up to something dramatic. What’s new. Dresden Doll and current punk cabaret queen, AFP is newly free from label, Roadrunner Records, [...]

Family of the Year: Chugjug [mp3], Chrissy [mp3] plus new tour and EP

04.06.2010
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Funny thing. On yesterday’s rainy cool LA morning, I stumbled across a golden new Family of the Year track: Chugjug [mp3] from their new 5-song EP Through the Trees (Hero, Chugjug, The Barn, Stairs, and The Princess and The Pea) which even sports a reggae-flavored piece with contribution from friend and LW veteran Willy Mason. [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: The Living Sisters, Live @ Bright Street with Videos and Mp3s

04.02.2010
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Luscious layers of vocal harmony spiced with doe-eyed friskiness mark the timeless songs of The Living Sisters, the exceptional trio of already individually accomplished LA singer-songwriters: Inara George (The Bird and The Bee), Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond). Substantive yet refreshing, soulful yet light-hearted, The Living Sisters’ songs lure irresistibly. Because they’re sung [...]

Cursive: Discovering America and Playing House of Blues in LA Friday

04.01.2010
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Cursive plays LA Friday, April 2nd (that’s tomorrow) at House of Blues with Alkaline Trio.  Their recent album, Mama, I’m Swollen, came out 3/10/09 on Saddle Creek. Cursive‘s newly released single, Discovering America, benefits the American Indian College Fund. Listen below: Discovering America [mp3] We loved having the guys in for a live Luxury Wafers [...]

News and New Listening: Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs; Villagers; A Weather; Communist Daughter; Plants and Animals; The Henry Clay People

03.31.2010
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Attend a haunting soiree with Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs: Forget It [mp3] The new album, Medicine County, officially emerged in the US on 3/30/10 (Transdreamer). No doubt video is an effective means for sharing a song without giving away the track. Becoming A Jackal from Irish artist, Villagers (Conor J. O’Brien, formerly of The [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: AM, Live@Chessvolt Studios with Video and Mp3s

03.22.2010
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Drawing from myriad genres, AM‘s sonic creations, which rely heavily on well-arranged and well-executed full band sound, evoke comfortable reminiscence and – dare I say it – easy listening, not in the elevator sense, but in the sense of not aggressively in-your-face, rather pleasantly uplifting pop you can work to, answer the phone by, kick [...]

It’s not too late for Chickens in Love.

03.21.2010
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Everybody’s got space for a little chicken love in their heart. 826LA and a bunch of local students, artists and businesses are showing the way. 826LA, a generous and creative non-profit writing/tutoring center that works for free with LA’s school children, presents Chickens In Love. Sponsored by large-hearted hipsters Origami Vinyl, Bedrock LA, Echoplex, Engine [...]

SXSW 2010 – 5 days of full-contact aural inundation; Free parties, music, booze, food … Ready, Go!

03.16.2010
South by Southwest SXSW Armadillo

Right, they’ve got Smokey for the keynote address and a bunch of panels and whatnot to attend, but the ambrosia of SXSW manifests in an already-musically-inundated town soaked through to overflowing with amazing artists and music lovers from around the world, largely just for the price of getting to Austin with a comfortable pair of [...]

Last night at the Troubadour: Cory Chisel, Dawes and Jason Boesel

03.12.2010
Cory Chisel at Chessvolt Recording Studio for Luxury Wafers

Last night’s show at the Troubadour was super sweet. The highlight for me was seeing Cory Chisel work the room, crisply present yet smooth as mellow tobacco. Ever gracious and humble, Chisel masterfully plied the crowd, alternating between high-energy, full-band rockers and introspective solo or duet pieces (joined by lovely Adriel Harris). He shared one [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Jaguar Love, Live in our Living Room for Luxury Wafers with Videos and Mp3s

03.11.2010
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Jaguar Love is Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato, both formerly of The Blood Brothers, a now-defunct, screamy-hard, well-loved Seattle crew of 5 who enjoyed a decade-long spell before splitting to move on to other projects. Of The Blood Brothers, our in-house critic who represents the tweens of 2010 mentions, “Oh it’s hard …. hard to [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Dengue Fever, live@Kingsize Soundlabs with videos and mp3s

03.05.2010
Dengue Fever Luxury Wafers

Dengue Fever’s live session is an incredibly special treat for us. The collection of six all-pro musicians concocts such a groovy vibe with their tripped-out, psychedelic, California surf foundation infused with lowing horns and breathy flute and topped with the cherry of Nimol’s royal Cambodian pop vocals. Their songs, palpably jungle thick, range from hypnotically [...]

Love Him More. Elliott Smith reissues from Kill Rock Stars: From A Basement On A Hill and Roman Candle; Twilight (mp3), Last Call (mp3) + Cecilia/Amanda (mp3)

03.02.2010
Elliot Smith

Cecilia/Amanda [mp3] Twilight [mp3] Last Call [mp3] It’s hard to listen and not well with tears. Here they are: Cecilia/Amanda (previously unreleased until the very end of 2009; recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio in 1997 by Larry Crane); Twilight, from From A Basement On The Hill; and Last Call from Roman Candle, Elliott Smith‘s first [...]

Black Prairie (Decemberists project) – Feast of the Hunter’s Moon – Red Rocking Chair (mp3)

02.24.2010
Black Prairie

Red Rocking Chair [mp3] Decemberists’ Chris Funk on dobro, Nate Query on bass and Jenny Conlee on accordian are joined by Portland musicians Jon Neufeld on guitar and Annalisa Tornfelt on violin and baleful vocals (on a handful of tracks) to form Black Prairie, an instrumentally focused, bluegrass/olde-tyme influenced group spiked by klezmer and gypsy [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: DD/MM/YYYY, live @ Chessvolt Studios in LA with Video and Mp3s

02.21.2010
DDMMYYYY playing the studio during their Luxury Wafers session in Los Angeles

DD/MM/YYYY pleases immensely with their jagged, writhing, searing, serrated, punk-metal. It all comes out of the nicest bunch of Canadians you could ever imagine. We were super stoked to host the Toronto gang as our very last recording session at Chessvolt Studios, only days before the studio was officially taken by eminent domain (that means [...]

(Big Dad) Jeff Turmes: five horses, four riders; jack-A-Hammer (mp3)

02.21.2010
Jeff Turmes

Jack-A-Hammer [mp3] Jeff Turmes, expert multi-instrumentalist and old-school bluesman, is back with a new solo album – mostly acoustic – clear and brimming with humid southern sweat and cotton fields, stark summer deserts, swaggering dreamy moonlit nights, gritty smarmful back alleys, quirky hole-in-the-wall Italian diners and even a Baroque blackbird sitting room. Turmes, who wrote, [...]

Økapi’s ode to Aldo Kapi – Love Him out on Illegal Art, Aldo Kapi [mp3]

02.19.2010
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Aldo Kapi [mp3] This stuff’s tingly fun. From your squeaky bathtub rubber duck to the ballroom dancefloor to Disney and beyond, Filippo Paolini aka Økapi (like the giraffe-zebra hybrid rainforest mammal), directs an engaging journey through bits and pieces of audio masterfully spliced together, perfectly rhythmic with not a second of lagtime in Aldo Kapi. [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Daphne Willis, Live @ Bright Street Studios with Videos and Mp3s

02.18.2010
Daphne Willis playing live at Bright Street Studios in Los Angeles for her Luxury Wafers session

Listening to Daphne Willis puts a smile on my face. The 22-year-old Chicago singer, earthy and easy to hang with, streams a wordy, contemporary sound out of serious pipes in a dramatic range which she effortlessly, masterfully displays … with funky verve. Willis has a lot to say. Her style seems to be influenced as [...]

Pop Lock n Drop it, Norweigan Singer/Songwriter Style

02.12.2010
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Search the mighty You Tube for Huey‘s Pop Lock and Drop It and you’ll find renditions by everyone from Sponge Bob and The Chipmunks to little kids and pregnant ladies. Here’s the Huey video: And a radically different version from Norweigan singer/songwriter, Egil Olsen, who’s currently hanging out in LA, writing, recording and taking in [...]

New Thermals, Canada (mp3); tour; plus not so older Thermals, Now We Can See (mp3)

02.09.2010
The Thermals - free mp3s

Here’s a fun new anthem from Portland crew, The Thermals, who play LA this Thursday, Feb 11th. Their newest LP, Personal Life, comes out 9/7/10 on Kill Rock Stars. Buy the song, Canada, on iTunes HERE. Check tour dates HERE. Canada [mp3] For even more fun, and to get you ready for the show, here’s [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: AU, live @ Kingsize Soundlabs with video and mp3s

02.01.2010
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AU is Luke Wyland with Dana Valatka, two very healthy-appearing guys from Portland, Oregon. Together, the team physically invests itself in Wyland’s epic, heady arrangements to construct all-encompassing, golden originals, oft frenzied and furious, intense yet delightfully naive, all dripping with complete lushness. There’s so much going on in AU’s songs – which clock in [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Loch Lomond, live @ Kingsize Soundlabs with Videos and Mp3s

01.26.2010
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Led by Ritchie Young, Loch Lomond from the Pacific Northwest (Portland), has grown from a solo brianchild enjoying contributions from a vast array of friends to a full-time family of six committed bandmembers. Small in stature and grand in humility, Young quietly yet boldy concocts fascinating traipses through forest, wide open spaces, dark alleys and [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: The Dutchess and The Duke, live @ Stagg Street Studios with videos and mp3s

01.06.2010
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Seattle duo, The Dutchess and The Duke, continue to knock us out.Their album Sunset / Sunrise (10/5/09, Hardly Art) has gripped my heart as a favorite (not just of 2009). Guitar strumming, sad, oft Johnny Cash-like, timeless songs emerge from the dark internal geography of Jesse Lortz and take on a life of comfortable malaise [...]

Adam Green – What Makes Him Act So Bad (mp3)

01.05.2010
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What Makes Him Act So Bad [mp3] Formerly a Moldy Peach, Adam Green is now out with his 6th solo album, Minor Love (Fat Possum, 2/16/10). We dig his NYC/Lou Reed-y character and we’re stoked to have him in the studio for a session today! Check out his tour schedule HERE. Green plays a few [...]

Welcome back to the everyday … let’s kick it back up to gear

01.05.2010
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photo by Esther WhiteAfter a nice long holidaze spell, everyone seems to be back at it, living their lives in 2010. The funky downtime was enjoyable, and, too, it is admittedly nice to wake up to an inbox full of perky letters from my favorite pr friends, always promoting more great music. There’s catch-up to [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Tom Brosseau, live@Chessvolt Studios with Angela Correa; Videos and Mp3s

12.28.2009
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Deceptive simplicity plus powerful determinedness mark Tom Brosseau’s hypnotic tunes. Listening can feel like being plugged directly into Brosseau’s psyche, a dry, cool lunar-like landscape dotted with transient images, each shot through with intense colors. We suggest you take your time with these compelling live recordings. Nibble and digest. Then nibble some more. There’s a [...]