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New Music Review 3.18.14

wodlp3.11298covertextThis week we take a listen to new releases from The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream, Black LipsUnderneath the Rainbow, and Perfect PussySay Yes To Love.

The War On DrugsLost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) – Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, this band is now Adam Granduciel’s space-rock project, ever since Kurt Vile left a few years ago. This being their third record, and taking 15 months to complete, in 8 different studios, the band sounds more mature, with a delicately layered 80’s feel to the songs, which have more depth and punch, while keeping the spacey & emotional vibe intact.

Black Lips Underneath the Rainbow (VICE) – The newest record from Atlanta’s “flower punk” band, comes with a bit more clarity and sparkle, due to the production work of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. He and the band managed to capture a bright & fuzzy, garage-punk vibe, without losing the spastic energy of previous releases.  Good stuff!

Perfect PussySay Yes To Love (Captured Tracks) – Coming out of nowhere a few months back from Syracuse, NY, as the hipsters’ latest hype darlings, Perfect Pussy have managed to explode despite a record showing a lack of songwriting prowess and the distorted & buried vocals of admittedly charismatic front woman Meredith Graves. Formed originally as a “fake band” for a film shoot, then continuing as a “real band”, Perfect Pussy is all about noise, loudness, experimentation and getting in your face. Their live shows reportedly kill, but unfortunately for them, it doesn’t translate on this record.

OTHER NOTABLE RECENT RELEASES:

Kevin DrewDarlings (Arts & Crafts)

SisyphusSisyphus (Joyful Noise)

AsgeirIn The Silence (One Little Indian)

Mark Reback for THE INDEPENDENT FM

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The Independent FM Presents LAxLA @ The Satellite

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LAxLA returns to The Satellite this week! The second annual at-home local music series is back with 4 3 days left of great lineups to turn that “I’m not at SXSW” frown upside down! All nights are $8 each, but RSVP to get on the special $5 list!

See below for the full lineup. Come one night, come all!

Wed March 12 $8
The Independent FM presents LAxLA with
12 – Derde Verde
11 – Hobart W. Fink (special single release)
10 – Fellow Bohemian
9 – Bikos

Thurs March 13 $8
The Independent FM presents LAxLA with
11 – Jesika von Rabbit
10 – Xander Smith
9 – Well Hung Heart

Fri March 14 $8
The Independent FM presents LAxLA with
11:30 – MT. OSSA
10:30 – Vinyl Williams
9:45 – Glorious Wondour
9 – Fukushima
Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives DJing

Sat March 15 $8
The Independent FM presents LAxLA with
12 – Dreamland
11 – The Squids
10 – The Regal Peaches
9 – The Maybe Somedays
Chris & Alex of The Dead Ships DJ

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Moby on Speak Easy Thu. 3/13

946641_10151721652461108_1726923602_nThis Thursday, March 13, at 6 PM PST on Speak Easy: Moby goes deep with Steve Baltin. They’ll talk about existentialism, film, music, philosophy, where he hopes to meet his future wife, the fake Moby on How I Met Your Mother, and so, so much more. Make sure you stay tuned in till the end of the show to hear how you can win an original drawing from Moby!

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New Music Review 3.04.14

Tons of new releases this week, and we dive into new music from Eagulls, Drive-By Truckers, and The Men.

EagullsEagulls (Partisan) – The latest post-punk guitar band from the UK, these lads from Leeds deliver hard-driving, sincere tunes with a Joy Division/Killing Joke vibe, and also a hint of the shoegaze of early Ride & Swervedriver, and even a bit of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. Pretty good stuff for a first full-length release!

Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans (ATO) – For their twelfth album, this Athens, GA southern-fried rock band deliver their best effort in years. All but one of the songs were recorded in a 13-day session with long-time producer David Barbe, which is reflected in intimate and straight-ahead vibe of the record. The band is still twangy and dirty, but also cleaner and leaner/meaner this time around.

The MenTomorrow’s Hits (Sacred Bones) – Hailing from Brooklyn, The Men are known for their explosive live shows, and although that urgency only surfaces occasionally on their latest record, it’s due to an expansive progression of their sound, away from the simple punk-ish vibe of the past, and towards The Replacements, early R.E.M., and there’s even a little southern jam band vibe that pops up in spots.

OTHER NOTABLE RECENT RELEASES:

PharrellG I R L (Columbia)

We Are ScientistsTV En Francais (Dine Alone)

NothingGuilty Of Everything (Relapse)

Mark Reback for THE INDEPENDENT FM