Monthly Archives: July 2013

“Jacket Inside” by Fort Jams

FortJamsPress1Fort Jams is the moniker that Joel Bond gave his hermit solo project –all songs were self-written, performed, and recorded in a spare bedroom at his Long Beach home. The result is a lo-fi soft pop rock that’s blatantly laced with psychedelia and can reminisce a blurry The Shins if they ever decided to occasionally dance. Fort Jams‘ debut 7″ is the first release for new imprint Plastic Jurassic that features the single “Jacket Inside”:

“I’m going to do just what I like, I’m going to wear my jacket inside…”

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“All Around” by Haunted Summer

9233053325_8c22b555db_zHaunted Summer‘s new EP Something In The Water doesn’t come out until September but they’ve already leaked the first single “All Around.” Engineered by Be Hussey of Radar Brothers at Comp-ny studios and produced by Luke Ehret of Boxviolet, the track veers away from their eerie origins and instead goes dream pop with psychedelic overtones:

Haunted Summer will perform at the Echoplex on Saturday, August 17th as part of Echo Park Rising.


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“Some Other Life” Music Video by Lost On Purpose

893935_10151359960487643_911164541_oLost On Purpose recently released their seventh album Ronin. The title is Japanese for “masterless samurai” but the characters in the word literally mean “wave person,” or someone who wanders over the land like an ocean wave without a home. It was through this style of traveling that band founder Will VanderWyden explored Asia and became inspired to create the new album. VanderWyden admits that all previous Lost On Purpose albums were just collections of songs written in a certain time period but this new album is:

“…a cohesive album with a distinct theme, a deliberate track order –a real album, in the traditional sense of the word, one meant to be listened to from beginning to end.”

Mixed by Jon O’Brien (Young The Giant) the album still continues the band’s rustic folk-pop roots but is also textured with orchestral chamber pop and even garage rock. Here’s the music video for the album’s opening track “Some Other Life” that VanderWyden self-shot while wandering around Los Angeles and Tokyo or as he claims, two of his three hometowns:

Lost On Purpose will next perform this Saturday, August 3rd for NohoPalooza at The Other Door in Noho along with Young Creatures, Okapi SunOwls, Tic Tic Boom, Wires In The Walls, and Little Red Lung.


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“If We Make It” by Poolside

IMG_9993[1]Poolside recently leaked the first single (“If We Make It”) off their next album. Maybe the song’s title is a reference to an ultimatum made between the duo of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise (and with the success of their debut album Pacific Standard Time, it’s safe to say that they did indeed “make it”). But gone are the shoulder-shrugging lax-beats of their self-described “daytime disco” and instead they take us on an ethereal trip with danceable wisps of psychedelia:

Poolside will appropriately perform a DJ set at Splash House in Palm Springs on August 10-11th. And please visit Free Bike Valet‘s Facebook page to learn how to win a free autographed vinyl copy of Pacific Standard Time.


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“An Impression” by No Age

No Age band photoNo Age is the pillar that L.A.’s noise scene was built on. Since their formation in 2005 they have pressed countless releases on multiple formats, helped create a vibrant community around the Downtown music venue The Smell, and launched the revered record label Post Present Medium. They’re true artists that often collaborate with designers, authors, directors, and fashion designers to create unique art projects. But the duo has always transfixed their fan-base by evolving with reliable originality and intensity. Their fourth album, An Object, will be released on August 20th via Sub Pop and was recorded by longtime collaborator Facundo Bermudez at Gaucho’s Electronics. Here’s the single “An Impression” which incorporates a soothing string section:

Tonight, No Age will perform at the Santa Monica Pier‘s Twilight Concert Series along with Tijuana Panthers. And yes, there will be actual “free bike valet” at this concert.


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“The Brutal Beyond” by Burning Jet Black (Premiere)

BJBSantaBarbaraWest LA‘s blues-pop rockers Burning Jet Black just leaked the first single (“The Brutal Beyond”) off their second EP Rascals due this Fall on Unemployed Records. The song has lighter tones and less grit (à la early Kings Of Leon) compared to previous material which might hint at a new slight pivot in sound (and thus broaden their appeal).

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“Boardwalk” by Tijuana Panthers

E41A0777-2If SoCal‘s latest wave of surf-pop garage-rock bands has an unofficial ringleader, it would be Tijuana Panthers. The Long Beach trio unapologetically rips their beach party vibes straight from the wave swells via catchy beats, jingly grooves, and snarling harmonies all filtered by vintage fuzz. They chose their fitting moniker after a little black ceramic panther that was a present from their neighbor Max Baker (who they then named their debut album after). Their second album, Semi-Sweet, was recently released by Innovative Leisure and engineered by Victor Orlando Nieto and Delta Spirit‘s Matt Vasquez. Here’s their latest single “Boardwalk”:

Tomorrow night, Tijuana Panthers will perform at the Santa Monica Pier‘s Twilight Concert Series by opening for No Age. And yes, there will be actual “free bike valet” at this concert.


Their following show will be at The Echo with Grmln to finish their “SS West Coast” tour.


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“Dust And Bones” Music Video by Night Terrors Of 1927

Night Terrors of 1927 photoNight Terrors Of 1927 is a sorta-secret new project by Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title) and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley, The Elected). They don’t have true press pics or even a band bio but what we do know is that they can make a powerful pop-centric wall-of-sound filled with electro pulses as evident on their single “Dust And Bones” and its accompanying clip heavy music video:

The Silver Lake-based ambiguous duo plans to release an EP this Fall followed by a full length album early next year, but for now you can catch them live tomorrow night at The Echo for Popshop West 011 along with Dead Times and Jaymes Young.


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“Inner Gold” by Dead Times

Dead TimesDesert city transplants Calvin Markus and Travis Bunn have moved their electro rhythm and blues act Dead Times to Eagle Rock. The duo likes to croon over sparse beats that sometimes escalate into dance breaks. This is what Wildcat! Wildcat! would be if they lost a few band members (and most of their instruments). Enjoy their latest single “Inner Gold”:

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Dead Times will perform this Thursday, July 25th at The Echo for Popshop West 011 along with Night Terrors Of 1927 and Jaymes Young.


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“Reason” by Dim Peaks

DP_01Led by Fresno local Niilo Smeds, Dim Peaks makes lulling folk rock that perfectly captures that soothing moment when the desert sun sets and the air begins to cool. But their bio describes them best by claiming they…

“evoke a place: trails worn deep by quiet guitars, whispers in the ear at dusk, beers on summer waters, the anticipation of new beginnings, light and heavy moments in an expanse of California sun and unexpected storms…”

Their new album Time Of Joy was recorded by Rob Jackson at Sharkbite Studios, mastered by Paul Oldham, and being released on September 3rd via Oakland-based Gold Robot Records. But for now you can enjoy “Reason”:

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