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Crafts for a Cause: Bid Now!

Published March 15, 2010 by Graham

Crafts-Cause

The floodgates have opened and bidding has begun on Binki Shapiro’s awesome auction Crafts for a Cause! All proceeds will go towards the critically underfunded earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. An impressive assortment of artists and musicians have crafted more than 60 unique objects for exclusively for this auction, and now’s your chance to get your hands on them.

Where else can you get a pair Kubrick’s rare Daft Punk toy robots custom-decorated by the band? How about the Taylor guitar that Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste learned to play on? A Pentax camera pimped out by Drew Barrymore? And how about some one of a kind drawings by Spike? Crafts for a Cause has it all, and the money goes to a great cause! So go put in your bids!

_Crafts-Drew

Dr Dog

Published March 15, 2010 by Rubin

Dr Dog

Dr. Dog has 2 songs floating around from their new album Shame, Shame due out April 6th from Anti. They always seems to take what they do best and just add a little bit to it each record which in turn never lets me down.

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MP3 >> Dr Dog – Shadow People

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MP3 >> Dr Dog – Stranger

Listen to more at Myspace.

Julieta Venegas

Published March 12, 2010 by Graham

julieta-venegas

The endless stream of awesomeness that eminates from Julieta Venegas is staggering. From her early ’90s musical infancy as the accordianist in ska-punk band Tijuana No! to the multi-instrumental force to be reckoned with she has blossomed into, Venegas has brought us a constant stream of eminently catchy and deceptively complex pop. Her latest LP, Otra Cosa, boasts a sublime single called “Bien o Mal.” It’s a song that typifies the sunny-melancholoy dialectic that runs throughout the singer’s work. Agustin Alberdi’ gloriously gaseous clip for the song can be found below, and for extra radness, revisit the video for classic Julieta jam “Seria Feliz.”

Local Natives

Published March 11, 2010 by Rubin

Airplanes is the single off of Los Angeles/Silver Lake based band Local Natives record Gorilla Manor which was released this month by our friends over at Frenchkiss records.

Watch the official video for it above and stream the entire record by going to thelocalnatives.com. They just earned a “best new music” over at Pitchfork and are hitting the road starting this month headed all the way into June so be sure to check them out.

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BRAHMS

Published March 10, 2010 by Rubin

Brahms

BRAHMS is the new project of Brooklyn based Cale Parks and Eric Lyle Lodwick (Vulture Reality.) I first discovered Cale Parks through his percussion, piano and vibraphone duties in the band Aloha (who just released a new record yesterday.) Since that band he’s released two solo records and played with one of my Ohio favorites White Williams.

BRAHMS are fairly new, have only recorded a 4 song demo, played a slew of shows around New York the last few months and are playing somewhere around 10 times at SXSW in the next week but somehow seem like they’ve been around a long time.

You can grab their 4 song demo (for free and that I listened to non stop all weekend) from the band by signing up to their mailing list at their website. Visit them on myspace/facebook, follow them on twitter or visit their blog. (they’ve got it all covered.)

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MP3 >> Brahms – Another Time

The Morning Benders

Published March 4, 2010 by Rubin

Watch this beautiful video from Yours Truly of The Morning Benders (whom I’m proud to say are a local San Francisco band) playing the first track off their upcoming full length Big Echo. After listening to the album preview I can safely say this will be one of my go to records for the next few months.

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MP3 >> The Morning Benders – Excuses

Listen to Big Echo in it’s entirety over at themorningbenders.com.

Giant Drag

Published February 25, 2010 by Graham

Giant Drag’s distortion-heavy, sharply seductive first album, Hearts and Unicorns felt like a breath of fresh air when it was released in 2005. Sadly, a series of unfortunate events involving fickle labels and wayward drummers have kept the duo from following up their audacious debut, until now. Their long-awaited Swan Song EP is hot off the presses, and the LA Times has a great interview with the woman behind Giant Drag, Annie Hardy, in which she talks about the tragic pitfalls of covering Chris Issak and the joys of selling your hair on eBay.

Fun fact: Giant Drag’s “Stuff to Live For” video (above) was helmed by G.J. Echternkamp, director of a shockingly candid documentary about his own parents’ fractured, acrimonious, and insanely entertaining relationship, Frank & Cindy. Check it out if you get a chance.

Fun fact 2: You can catch Annie Hardy (in robot form at least) in Spike’s most recent work, I’m Here.

White Hinterland

Published February 24, 2010 by Rubin

White Hinterland We Love You So

Casey Dienel (who goes by White Hinterland) is back with her new record Kairos which will be released in March on Dead Oceans. The sweet R&B beats mixed with pop goes well with her graceful soft voice (and reminds me of Dirty Projectors and Arthur Russel whom she’s done covers of.) It’s is a noticeable change from her more folkier sound of her earlier records and it really is a nice progression. The song “Icarus”, which is the first track on Kairos is perfect for the spring days that are on their way.

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MP3 >> White Hinterland – Icarus

Catch her on her upcoming tour with Dosh and listen to more at Myspace.

Active Child

Published February 19, 2010 by Rubin

Active Child

When I first heard Active Child’s “When Your Love Is Safe” it was a race to figure out where I could get it. Turns out Active Child is the project of Los Angeles based Pat Grossi. A wonderful mix of 80’s synth pop, with haunting and beautiful chorale vocals creating a temporary escape within an ephemeral space.

This song was released on the Sun Rooms cassette tape which came out on Mirror Universe earlier this year (which has since sold out.) Active Child just released a new 7″ single called She Was A Vision that you can check out here and I’m told there are more releases on the way.

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You can listen to more at Myspace and see him live March 9th at El Rey with Big Pink in Los Angeles and he’s performing at SxSw (probably more than once.)

Daniel Walker Live 1965

Published February 16, 2010 by Molly

We love this sweet mini-documentary about a kid recording an EP with the help (and occasional hindrance) of his friends.