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Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Butch Norton and Peter Malick, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Videos and Mp3s

05.14.2010
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Butch Norton and Peter Malick are longtime friends and lifelong players. When the two get together it’s always shenanigans of the best variety. Part mad scientist, part steady mountain, Butch (Eels, Lucinda Williams) enlivens anything from a standard drum kit to fancy specialized percussion instruments to appliance parts. With inexhaustible awe, Butch hears opportunity for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Division Day, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Video and mp3s

12.12.2009
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LA’s Division Day headed in a new direction on their latest album, a direction concertedly marked by dark and eerie undertones and the addition of technological gear to their repertoire. Describing the style, they say, “We’re calling it post-industrial blackened romantigaze.” Though the subject matter is thematcially death and devil-focused, the sound is attractively cool. [...]

Luxury Wafers Legacy Sessions: Melineh Kurdian, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Video and mp3s

12.11.2009
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Local LA artist and Hotel Cafe regular, Melineh Kurdian brought her guitar, smooth voice and innate sweet sunshine along with her all-pro band (Steve Krugman on drums, Carl Byron on accordion and keyboards and Eric Holden on electric & upright bass) for a Luxury Wafers session back in the springtime. In addition to tendencies toward [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Princeton, Live@Chessvolt Studios

12.10.2009
Princeton

Emitting smooth pop marked by an erudite swagger, the four Eagle Rockers of Princeton (Twins – Jesse and Matt Kivel, Ben Usen and David Kitz) make music that could easily find its way into a quirky Wes Anderson film. Enjoy these live tracks from their Luxury Wafers session. Go see them in action at Spaceland [...]

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

12.08.2009
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“The Violent Femmes meet James Brown on the back porch of your old Kentucky home.” That’s how Peter describes these guys from Bucks County, Pennsylvania (not Illinois). Led by Arch, who writes, sings, plays guitar, banjo and keys and endearingly pours his humble heart – all the sad, raw, unwanted, cocky and desirous emotions – [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Mannequin Men, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Video and Mp3

12.08.2009
Mannequin Men Live at Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles for Luxury Wafers

Noted from the git as noisy and belligerent, Mannequin Men from Chicago visited us with a boyish slurry of rusty garage rock-original punk, rife with honest and clever lyrics cultured in a stinky bedroom under some kind of influence. Maybe the earliness had an impact (it was 11 in the morning), but the guys were [...]

Luxury Wafers Legacy Sessions: The Monthlies live @ Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles

12.06.2009
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Sometimes good things require a wait. That’s the case with this Luxury Wafers session from The Monthlies, a fun local LA band who visited us almost a year ago! These guys are festive and friendly. If you’re lucky enough to run into Jana in holiday-times, make sure you get to sample her homemade White Chocolate [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Langhorne Slim, live @ Chessvolt Studios with Videos and mp3s

12.01.2009
Langhorne Slim performing live at Chessvolt Studios for Luxury Wafers

We’ve long been enamored by Langhorne Slim’s compelling, gritty goodness. Hardscrabble character combined with the blood of a tent revivalist or prohibition distiller rapidly shot the deep-rooted folk singer, who stole his nickname from his Pennsylvania hometown, into the ears and hearts of folks around the country and beyond from 2005 on. Since then, Slim’s [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Lissie, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Videos and mp3s

11.30.2009
Lissie Playing Live for Luxury Wafers at Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles.

Lissie Maurus, from Rock Island, Illinois, sings like the coal miner’s daughter with bubblegum-sweet edges. Picture Loretta Lynn with organic munchies and a designer dog. Comfy country flannel paired with a shiny pedicure. Lissie can do it any way she wants. Remarkably unselfconscious and naturally beautiful with a black gold voice of fertile southern dirt, [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Tim Exile, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Videos and Mp3s

11.23.2009
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Tim Exile, also known simply as Exile, recently came in for a visit from his current home in Berlin to perform and record a high-energy, experimental/electronic improvisational set live in the studio with us. Surrounded by his computers and keyboards, faders and knobs, you might not guess that Exile (aka Tim Shaw), originally from the [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Mason Proper Live@Chessvolt Studios

11.19.2009
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Alarmingly brilliant. You might not see or expect it in this group of four rather regular-looking guys from the Great Lakes State, but Michigan’s Mason Proper, led by the ingenious Jonathan Visger, creates an endless geometric array of patterns and textures that flow with fascinating angularity over a limestone groove riverbed. The band’s boggling resourcefulness [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Cory Chisel, live@Chessvolt Studios with Videos and mp3s

11.18.2009
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Cory Chisel (Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons) exudes a forcefield of palpable anguish. It squeezes through his pores and squinted eyes and lassos ears and bleeding hearts through swaying seranades you’d expect to hear on a back porch next to rocking chairs and whiskey bottles, overlooking vast fields and accompanied by choruses of chirping [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Jen & Abby, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Video and mp3s

11.15.2009
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A whole lotta lovin’s going on with the bubbly-bright Jen & Abby and their sunshiny LA crew (Sebastian Aymanns, Leslie Lowe, Mike Lee and Gaby Moreno). Jen Trani on guitar and Abby Miller singing are the dynamic duo, regularly playing LA’s Hotel Cafe and fashioning dramatic pop pieces with Natalie Merchant-like flow and a generally [...]

Japanese Motors – Luxury Wafers Live EP, ‘Whatever’ (Mp3)

11.13.2009
Japanese Motors during their live session at Luxury Wafers

Luxury Wafers is excited and proud to present our first live EP digital release! ++ Japanese Motors Luxury Wafers Live EP ++ Click here to get it —> Seven completely fresh songs from Costa Mesa’s Japanese Motors, known locally “for the insane, all-night blowouts they put on as much as for the driving, raucous garage [...]

New Exclusive Video of The Rural Alberta Advantage (Nils Solo) – Sleep All Day

11.12.2009

Here’s a new video of Nils from The RAA recording Sleep All Day, live @Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles for Luxury Wafers. This was such a warm and friendly session. We’re very happy to see more and more of the world continuing to embrace this awesome guy and his band. The Rural Alberta Advantage – [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Laura Veirs, Live @ Chessvolt Studios

11.11.2009
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Armed with a prodigious vocabulary, synchronism with nature and magically potent songwriting skill, Laura Veirs has the cutest little untarnished, no-nonsense voice that grabs the ears and tugs the heart for entrance, like an irresistible, wide-eyed child gently begging entry to your lap, book and blanket in tow. That first tug instantly unveils the opening [...]

New Luxury Wafers Exclusive Video: Brendan Benson “Whole Lot Better”

11.11.2009

Live at Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles, Brendan Benson records Whole Lot Better from his latest solo release, My Old Familiar Friend (8/18/09, ATO). CLICK HERE to go to the entire live session with tracks, review, photos and more video.

New Luxury Wafers Exclusive Video: Cursive, “Mama, I’m Satan”

11.11.2009

Live at Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles, Omaha’s Cursive records Mama, I’m Satan from Mama, I’m Swollen(3/10/2009, Saddle Creek). CLICK HERE to go to the entire live session with tracks, review, photos and more video.

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Brendan Benson, Live@Chessvolt Studios with video and mp3s

11.06.2009
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These songs from Brendan Benson‘s live session are entirely infectious. Everywhere I go, the catchy phrases now uncoil themselves to spring forth in bouncy, singalbe, memorable bits. While none of us is a stranger to sensational The Raconteurs of which Benson is a collaborative member, I hadn’t actually realized the depth for which I love [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: The Happy Hollows Live @ Chessvolt Studios

11.05.2009
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The Happy Hollows are strange in the best way. Evoking the shock-essence of Bowie’s Space Oddity had David Byrne delivered the lyrics, LA’s The Happy Hollows throw and keep you off-guard, shaking open a crack in the head into which they inject slicey, rust-edged razor blades of songs. Sarah Negahdari, the main writer and eccentric [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: The Mother Hips, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Video and mp3s

11.02.2009
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The Mother Hips weren’t born yesterday. That’s part of their allure. These guys, authentic to the bone, are the fiery wilderness of rock ‘n’ roll music – two guitars going off weighted by a fat bass anchor and a humbly steady yet searing foundation of drums, all serving up a crunchy, dirty groove-biscuit iced by [...]

Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Great Northern, Live @ Chessvolt Studios

11.01.2009
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Über hip LA locals, Great Northern, visited us for a live Luxury Wafers Session, spreading a cool darkness and transforming our studio temporarliy into a spooky crypt with their searing, somber intensity. Singer Rachel Stolte led most of the set vocally with the aggressive sass of power rocker, Pat Benetar. Together with Solon Bixler, the [...]