Monthly Archives: December 2013

“Best Intentions” by Satchmode

Satchmode EPK 1Friends since childhood, Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis started making electro pop together in Baltimore as Satchmode. Now based out of a Santa Monica bedroom studio, they paint an ever-expanding dreamscape with wavy synths and echoey falsettos. Their debut EP Collide will be released this January and was mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Silversun Pickups). Here’s its second single “Best Intentions”:

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“Alibi” by Caroline Ashkar

imagePasadena-based Caroline Ashkar is a wild-haired folkster who embraces life with a tender mindset and an acoustic guitar. Her first release, the aptly titled The Acoustic EP, was recently followed by another aptly titled EP, The Follow-Up. With a raw songwriting approach, she brushes up memories of early Bright Eyes or Kathleen Edwards. Here’s her latest single “Alibi”:

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“Midnight Lover” by Skin Town

1071557_559641590767971_726305635_oComprised of Grace Hall (vocals) and Nick Turco (synths and beats), Echo Park‘s Skin Town is the result of two scene vets collaborating on what their hearts have been aching to make: soul soothing R&B. It’s what your conscience hears as you walk on the streets beneath neon city lights after every bar is closed. And just like a sex scene in a Bret Easton Ellis novel, it’s retro, lecherous, and addictive. Here’s their aptly titled single “Midnight Lover” off their debut album The Room (Time No Place):

Skin Town will join Bom Bom and Moons Of Mars tonight at Hotel Cafe for Blind Date L.A. Volume 15.

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“There U Go” by Let Em Riot

06 Let Em Riot Band ShotCosta Mesa-based Alan Oakes (a.k.a. Let Em Riot) returns with another ’80s tinged electro power-pop punch called “There U Go” released via a split with She’s The Queen by Electronic Rumors. If Tron had a dance club scene, this is what the DJ would’ve played:

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“DMT” by U.G.L.Y.

UGLYPromo2 photo credit - Mike MillerU.G.L.Y. (Under Greatness Lies You) is a motley trio based in Echo Park that weaves between edgy electronica and ritual R&B. Lush co-ed vocals smooth over dark deep beats for a strange sexy trip through the netherworld of cyber-soul. Their debut EP DMT (CBE) was recently released. Here’s the title track:

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“Lost” by Scavenger Hunt

ScavengerHuntAnother coed pop duo has spawned and this time they come from Venice Beach. Scavenger Hunt formed when producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Mufson recruited singer Jill Lamoureux after watching her perform on stage with her husband. What might have begun as an awkward proposal has resulted into a splendid collaboration of chill-pop lathered with digi-beats, dreamy synths, and a seductive soft voice. Their debut EP will be released early next year, but for now you can enjoy their highly buzzed first single “Lost”:

Catch Scavenger Hunt at a show around L.A. this winter:

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“Yaphet Kotto” by Ballerina Black

_MG_0088_edit_color_onlineBallerina Black is the moniker for Bobby Moynahan’s Downtown L.A. project with drummer Romeo Mendoza. As their appellation implies, they stir up a dark blend of gloom pop mixed with mood rock in the vein of the gothic forefathers –but with eulogy-ish lyrics and a new fondness of synths, they might be better labeled as grave-wave. Their latest EP Svart is the conclusion of their Injureless trilogy. Here’s its first single “Yaphet Kotto”:

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“Feet Wet” by Vaanigons (Premiere)

1175043_496423193766282_1413551686_nSan Clemente native Ryan Thomas Baine likes to make psych-surf rock as Vaanigons when he isn’t making indie-surf rock with his band Relative Motion. His latest single “Feet Wet” carries a hazy state of bliss like a beach bum’s daydream after emptying a bottle of smooth booze:

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“Enough Is Enough” by Los Angeles Police Department

1453321_665010123533601_366396459_nRyan Pollie of Warm Weather recently branched out with a bedroom side project under the awkward moniker Los Angeles Police Department. And where Warm Weather‘s laid back vibes would often break out into worldbeat pop, Hollywood‘s LAPD chose to lay low and let their smooth coos and easy grooves carry the song on a wave of chillax. Here’s their latest single “Enough Is Enough:

Los Angeles Police Department will perform at Echo Country Outpost on Saturday, December 7th with Avid Dancer and Wand.

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“Los Angeles” Music Video by Memoir

Memori trio closeup colorSoul poppers Memoir just released a music video for their powerhouse smash hit “Los Angeles.” Just like the song, the video (directed by J. Fisher) is a bittersweet ode to their hometown as vocalist Dena Deadly croons over iconic scenery in Venice Beach, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown, and Skid Row. But it’s the chorus that superbly captures a milestone moment of awareness that every Angeleno can relate to…

“So goodbye Los Angeles,
You made me cry Los Angeles,
But I learned to fly in Los Angeles,
And I’ll be fine Los Angeles.”

Memoir‘s debut LP, Fire In Me, will be released this March.

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