“Capsize” from BBDLP1 out September 26 on Coming Home Records
If you live in Los Angeles and you haven’t been to one of Big Black Delta’s shows yet, you’d be making a huge mistake by missing the last night of their residency at The Satellite tonight. I’ve been to a few already and the live show is incredible–no house lights, just a multi-colored light board synchronized with the music. Jonathan Bates (aka Big Black Delta) slinking around the stage with the mic chord slung over his shoulders twiddling with his laptop and, let’s not forget, two female drummers with full kits frame either side of the stage–Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood. It’s 35 minutes of pure energy and once you’ve emerged from the pool of vibrations, you will be converted.
Plus, some perks of this last show: today marks the release of Big Black Delta’s debut LP BBDLP1. They’ll be selling their limited-edition colored vinyl tonight, which I think is pretty damn sexy.
Also, highly-buzzed band Letting Up Despite Great Faults will be playing just before BBD so get there early!
9.26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (Free Residency, BBD record release party)
12 pm – Echoes de Luxe
11 pm – Big Black Delta
10 pm – Letting Up Despite Great Fault
9 pm – Death Kit
And in case you’re a new fan, download the older EP for free…
Upon arriving at the large canyon where Pacific Festival: OC was situated, my first thought was “where is everyone?” Even though the festival had already been going on for about an hour before my photographer Tamea and I got there, there was no line getting in and barely anyone wandering around the grounds. We staked out the place, crossing through the main stage area, through the array of still-close food trucks, to a giant dirt lot pulsing with electronic beats.
Gotta Dance Dirty’s AROD was positioned in a colorful Teepee-of-a-stage and grooving to white headphones behind a laptop and a turntable or two. Everything felt like the wrong setting. The crowd was sparse and the sun was bright overhead in what looked plainly like a desert, but the tunes were dark, hot, and wet. AROD is the girl at the club who is drunk and sweaty but too far gone to care. The samples were a whirlwind of textures, never leaning too house or aggressive–just a good time. Or rather, it would have been given the right place and crowd. He was just a victim of festival scheduling, but still made a good impression.
Sneaking into the artist lounge to take a break from the sun and re-collect, we were happy to discover, THERE WAS HUMMUS. Once we had come up with a game plan, we set out for the Pacific stage where Superhumanoids was up next. (more…)
Los Angeles’ shoegaze-y electronic rock band Letting Up Despite Great Faults have a new EP Paper Crush coming out on August 2nd on Old Flame Records.the band is the brainchild of founder member Mike Lee. Starting with piano, bass and guitar, Lee started exploring sampling and sequencing after rooming with two DJs in college. Lee along with band mates Kent Zambrana, Chris Gregory, Matt Salas, and Caitlin Dwyer, as a live band integrate electronic and acoustic drums on stage. You can catch them live at The Echo in LA on Monday on Active Child’s residency. If you’re awesome, I’ll see you there!
Electronic duo Kid Infinity captures their LA underground culture in the new music video for “The End Is Never Now.” The music video is an energetic compilation of footage from their live performances and arts collective, FMLY’s organized bike rides, which combine music, bikes, and friends. Costumes, lasers, and dancing crowds galore, Kid Infinity’s video displays their total involvement and dedication to creating aural and visually dynamic live shows. Their party atmosphere and infectious sound are sure to please in their new video.
Los Angeles project Belize will be releasing Tidal Tales from the Other Side on June 20th, 2011. Singer/songwriter Casey Curry is also a professional photographer in Los Angeles and he’s taken time out of his crazy schedule to chat about his new album, photographing Andrew W.K., and working with Frankie Siragusa in the studio.
S: Starting with the name, what made you decide to dub your project Belize? Do you have any associations with the country? Casey: When writing and recording Tidal Tales, my goal was not just to create dynamic and evocative songs that would be compiled on a record, but to essentially create a score for the lives of my listeners. I geek out on space, and I love the ocean. In my opinion, Belize has some of the most inspiring oceanography one can encounter on this earth. The name of the band was not premeditated in any way, shape, or form. It is simply a result of the journey traveled while making the album.
S: Your music draws influence from a lot of the classics like Brian Wilson, Nick Cave, and Pink Floyd. If you could chat with any musician, alive or dead, who would it be and why? (more…)
A few weeks ago I was invited out to see White Arrows play at The Bootleg Theater in LA. While neutral about their self-titled EP, I had heard great things about their live show. They did not disappoint. An entrancing set with a completely absorbing light show gave the music a new landscape, defining and rounding out the edges of their reverb-ish electro-rock. As aptly described from their press release, “a joyous burst of kaleidoscopic beats, genre-hopping and psychedelic textures.”
They’ve become an LA-favorite and I’m excited to see how they’ll craft their live show for the Seattle festival stage. Definitely a band not to be missed.