Monthly Archives: December 2012

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Zak Waters

_MG_3961doneCaught up in the Christmas spirit, Weho‘s Zak Waters releases another revamped cover and this time it’s Mariah Carey‘s infamous “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” But unlike the original, the electro-funk wunderkind’s version takes a slower approach:

Free Bike Valet is presenting Zak Waters‘ last December residency performance at The Central tonight along with Jhameel and Sharkitecture. Come out, it’s FREE!

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“Poor Fools” by The Lonely Wild

The Lonely Wild Press Photo 1Echo Park‘s The Lonely Wild evokes a western rumble through ethereal harmonies, galloping rhythms, and an eerie essence as if possessed by the spirits of a gold rush ghost town. Their debut LP The Sun As It Comes (Thirty Tigers) was recorded at Hangar Studios in Sacramento and will be released in April 2013. But for now you can still enjoy the tracks off their debut EP Dead End, here’s “Poor Fools”:

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“Shadow Of A Man” Music Video By Jhameel

ckJqtThere’s a new funky kid in town and he has a fondness for war paint. Having just moved from Oakland, the now Echo Park denizen named Jhameel has accosted the Los Angeles indie scene by pretending it’s a dance floor. His songs are blatant pop and are delivered with such an instinctive rhythm and fierce sincerity they can’t be ignored. He is currently working on a new album for Spring of 2013 but he recently shot a powerful music video for the equally intense track “Shadow Of A Man” –a story of domestic abuse that is too often real:

“I know you’ve known him for so long, but the one that you love is gone, and left is a shadow of a man…”

Jhameel has a residency this month at the Bootleg Bar but you can also catch him at The Central this Tuesday with Zak Waters and Sharkitecture.

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“San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s

themowglis002highAfter growing up in The Valley, The Mowgli’s washed up on Venice Beach and became a roots pop rock collaborative fused together by a collective optimistic outlook and super sunny soul. The octet consists of three guitarist/vocalists, a bassist, a drummer, a keyboarder, a percussionist, and of course a female vocalist. Their folky wall-of-sound is a cross between a less depressed Milo Greene and a more serious Grouplove that manages to capture the energy and essence of the entire West Coast –from brisk fog to warm sand. Their EP Love’s Not Dead was recently released on Photo Finish/Island Records and its first single, “San Francisco,” is currently being played at San Francisco Giants‘ games. Check out its animated lyric video here:

The Mowgli’s will perform at Dakota Lounge  this Friday night along with The Diamond Light. You can purchase tickets here.

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“Swimsuit” by Cayucas

cayucaspressphotoSanta Monica‘s titular beach band Cayucas returns by releasing “Swimsuit” –the b-side to their single 7″ single “Cayucos.” The track delivers more buoyant pop rock that blows a warm breeze in your ears as if an instant Indian Summer. With a few months of winter left, this only makes us yearn for the longer sunny days and the band’s full-length album due out in April via Secretly Canadian and produced by Richard Swift:

Cayucas will perform at The Central tonight along with Zak Waters, Monte Mar, and La Mer.

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“Teardrops” by La Mer

1338929861_IMG_1302The chanteuse known as La Mer is a self-described “gritty hula girl” living in Venice Beach. That may be her day job, because at night she becomes a pop songstress refusing to let her songs become monogamous to a single genre (pop rock, soul, electro). Accenting each of her tracks is a lulling voice that has the uncanny ability to be angelic and sexy at the same time. Currently working with producer Andy Kravitz at his Venice Beach studio, her new album will be released next Spring. But for now you can enjoy the dreamy soul lullaby “Teardrops”off her self-titled debut EP:

La Mer will perform tonight at The Central along with Zak Waters, Cayucas, and Monte Mar.

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“Reason Why” by Monte Mar

Monte Mar Press Photo 2012Monte Mar is a Westside-based band made of USC alumni that chose their moniker after the street their Cheviot Hills practice space is located on. The quartet released their debut EP Different Place last year which is filled with an airy pop rock that is often unironically sprinkled with soft synths. The result is danceable especially when each song reaches a bombastic climax. Currently working on their full-length follow-up to be released next Spring, they recently leaked the track “Reason Why”:

Monte Mar will perform tonight at The Central with Zak Waters, Cayucas, and La Mer.

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