Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Break For Turkeys

No doubt you have noticed that I haven't been posting quite as often as I should on this fair site. I will be taking a break for Turkey Day and the long 4 day weekend - WOHOO!

I did want to alert you to this awesome show happening TONIGHT at The Echo. it just so happens that the show is FREE if you're over 21!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Monolators Residency Finale At Pehrspace TONIGHT! FREE PRETZELS!

Not The Monolators - but DAMN look at that suit.

It's sad to state that all good thing must inevitably come to an end. TONIGHT will be the grand finale of The Monolators month-long residency at Pehrspace - AND WE'RE GOING OUT IN STYLE. We've played songs from the first 2 records and EPs and TONIGHT It's all about Don't Dance and yes - THE UNVEILING of a new song "Hot Sleigh." The track can be purchased as part of Confessions Of A Would Be Hipsters Plastic Snow compilation. Get it for 10 bucks over on their site. All albums sales go to benefit the Midnight Mission. Awesome music for a good cause!

Tonight's theme is "Prom." I encourage all of you to bring your finest digs - so bust out that old prom dress that's collecting dust in your back closet. We will also be serving refreshments of what else "FREE HOMEMADE PRETZELS!!!"

Icy Demons will not be performing tonight but we are so privileged to have the lovely miss Ema and her Ghosts, Milton Melvin Croissant, Dugout Canoe, Kevin Shields, and Cristina's Puppet Show delighting the audience tonight!

Hope to see you there. It will certainly be a night to remember!

[MP3] The Monolators - Don't Dance

Sean Carnage presents…

Monday, November 24th
The Monolators
Milton Melvin Croissant
Dugout Canoe (from Denver)
Kevin Shields
Ema & the Ghosts
Cristina’s Puppet Show

Show starts 9:30pm / all-ages / $5

Pehrspace—325 Glendale Blvd., in Echo Park


Hi everyone!

There's so much to tell you all today that I'm sure I'm going to forget something--but, in a nutshell: tonight is the last night of our wonderful, beloved residency with Sean Carnage at Pehrspace, and this week's theme is, of course, prom! Did you know that "prom" is short for "promenade?" Well, it is!

Specifically it is the Winter Wonderland Formal Dance, and, as such, formal attire is requested (but we won't turn you away if you don't comply, you NON-COMPLIERS). It's $5 and all ages! We go on at midnight, but there are lots of other wonderful bands/activities tonight! Such as:

Milton Melvin Croissant
Dugout Canoe (from Denver)
Kevin Shields
Ema & the Ghosts
Cristina’s Puppet Show (yes, we did say PUPPET SHOW.)

And there's more! We have special corsage wristbands for the first 70 prom-goers...we have, as promised, HOMEMADE PRETZELS, and you all know what that means...and we also have the final installment of our homemade retrospective comps for sale. This time we're selling all four weeks' worth of music packaged together in one pop for fifteen bucks. LET ME REPEAT: this is almost our entire recorded output, plus extra stuff we never released, for fifteen clams!

And also as promised, we will have a slow dance jam for you all, a cover song that will also serve as our Song Of The Month for November. Shall we see you tonight?

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Friday, November 21, 2008

O'Death At Spaceland TOMORROW with Death To Anders and Le Switch

Man I have really been neglecting my blog the past few days. I apologize people fabulous ladies and germs. Ill be back again next week with more in depth coverage and action

In the meantime I wanted to alert you to an awesome show going down tomorrow at Spaceland. One of my new favorite bands O’Death (read post here) will be playing at Spaceland with east side staples
Le Switch and Death to Anders . This show is a definite must see.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Live At Mr T'S Bowl TONIGHT with Angela Correa, Daniel Ahearn. FREE!

A little late reposting this but I felt the need because I love LA-Underground and this bill is absolutely fabulous. If you're looking for something cheap to do tonight this show is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

"Live At Mr T's Bowl" will be recorded tonight as well as be available streaming online thanks to Stickam.

Find out more details right here.

November 19, 2008

la-underground presents
Live at Mr. T's Bowl


Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90042 | Map
21+ / FREE / 9PM
Broadcasting live through Stickam

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Video Premieres: The Secret Machines and Beach House

Beach House (Baltimore, MD)

Man my inbox is buzzing today with trip-tastic video premieres. I got separate e-mails today announcing the premieres of videos from The Secret Machines and Beach House.

The Secret Machines are showing their psychedelic video for "Atomic Heels" over at Imeem. The vid was directed by celebrated music photographer Brantley Gutierrez.

VIDEO: The Secret Machines - Atomic Heels

While dreamy indie darlings Beach House are unveiling their new video for "Used To Be" over at Pitchfork TV. The video was directed by LA local Matt Amato and is for their new 7" single of the track.  The band also announced dates in January with The Walkmen - Including January 20th at the Henry Fonda!

VIDEO: Beach House - Used To Be

Dec. 06 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*
Dec. 09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Dec. 10 Providence, RI Club Hell #
Dec. 11 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall #
Dec. 12 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts #
Jan. 19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern*
Jan. 20 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda*
Jan. 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
Jan. 23 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom*
Jan. 24 Seattle, WA Neumos*

* = w/ The Walkmen
# = w/ Tickley Feather

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VIDEO: The Deadly Syndrome - Emily Paints

The Deadly Syndrome unveiled a new video for their track "Emily Paints" this week. The lodge feel complete with fetching sweaters is the perfect prelude to their 2nd Annual Christmas Sweater Festival which will go down December 13th at The Echoplex with performances from Amnion, Castledoor, The Pity Party, Happy Hollows The Deadly Syndrome and the magnificent Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Believe it or not all that goodness is only $5.


VIDEO: The Deadly Syndrome - Emily Paints

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HOT MP3 ALERT - Chad VanGaalen - City Of Electric Light

Chad VanGaalen (Calgary, Canada)

Sorry I didn't get around to posting yesterday. I'll be perfectly honest - I had a lost day watching Veronica Mars over at They have the entire 3rd season streaming online for free and I got sucked in.

Lots to do today but to start the morning off I thought I would introduce you to another track off Chad VanGaalen's unbelievable album Soft Airplane. "City Of Electric Light" is more up-tempo and dare I say "happier" than his usual haunting ballads of death and destruction. It's still slightly twisted which is exactly what you would expect from the visual artist and troubadour.

[MP3] Chad VanGaalen - City Of Electric Light

Chad is heading over to the UK and Europe with label mates WOMEN. Check out dates below! Soft Airplane is out now via Sup Pop.

European and UK Tour Dates

Nov 20 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera w/ WOMEN
Nov 21 – Den Haag, The Netherlands @ Crossing Borders Festival
Nov 22 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix w/ WOMEN
Nov 24 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’Or w/ WOMEN
Nov 25 – London, England @ The Borderline w/ WOMEN
Nov 27 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Captain’s Rest w/WOMEN
Nov 28 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight w/WOMEN
Nov 29 – Galway, Ireland @ Rosin Dubh w/ WOMEN
Nov 30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Crawdaddy w/ WOMEN
Dec 01 – London, England @ Club 100 w/ Wolf Parade
Dec 02 – Manchester, England @ Night and Day Café w/ WOMEN
Dec 03 – Gothenborg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren
Dec 04 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser

BONUS VIDEO: Chad VanGaalen - Molten Light

VanGaalen is also an accomplished artist and did all the visuals for his latest video for "Molten Light." "I'll Find You And I'll Kill You" if you don't watch it.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Part Time Punks Fest This Sunday In Echo Park! Win Tickets!

Part Time Punk Fest will invade The Echo and Echoplex this Sunday from 2pm-2am. If you've ever wandered into the Echo on a Sunday you probably walked squarely into their insanely diverse dance party filled with great music, great live bands, and awesome people.

To celebrate the Fest we're giving away TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS to Sundays show.

TO ENTER: Send in your FULL NAME to Two winners will be chosen at random and will recieve a pair of tickets. Contest ends tomorrow at Noon!


A Certain Ratio
Love is All
Medium Medium
Savage Republic
The Nightingales
Nervous Gender
Vivian Girls
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
The Urinals
Wild Stares
The Muslims
Magic Bullets
Grimble Grumble
Softboiled Eggies
Mika Miko

. . . plus . . .

Guest DJs DAVID J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets) & DAVE NEWTON (Mighty Lemon Drops) & CHUCK WARNER (Messthetics/Hyped 2 Death) & DAN SELZER (Acute Records)

2pm — 2am at The Echo & Echoplex.

Enter @ Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tickets on sale now at
(And the first 100 tix are only $14! So buy now!)

Here's the schedule:

2:20pm-3pm Soft Boiled Eggies
3:20pm-4:05pm Warpaint
4:30pm -5pm Grimble Grumble
5:20pm- 5:50pm Mika Miko
6:10pm - 6:50 The Wild Stares
7:10pm - 7:50pm Nervous Gender
8:10pm- 8;50pm The Nightengales
9:15pm-10pm Savage Republic
10;30pm- 11:15pm Ariel Pink
11:30pm The Muslims

2:50pm-3;30pm Magic Bullets
3:50pm-4:20pm Nodzz
5pm - 5:40pm The Urinals
6pm- 6:45pm Vivian Girls
7:10pm- 8pm Medium Medium
8:30pm Love Is All
9;30pm Pylon
10:30pm A Certain Ratio

Schedule is subject to change

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

AWESOME VIDEO ALERT: Army Navy - My Thin Sides

Army Navy (Los Angeles, CA)
Army Navy recently unveiled their new video for "My Thin SIdes" featuring The Human Giant's Paul Scheer as an overzealous tambourine player - Something I know NOTHING about.

Really entertaining video! Watch below! Army Navy will be playing at The Troubadour November 17th with The Shys and Takeover UK.

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Hell Ya! TONIGHT At The Viper Room w/ The Airlines, Faded Paper Figures, Dizzy Balloon

Tonight Hell Ya! returns to The Viper Room with performances from The Airlines, Faded Paper Figures, Lunar Fiction, The Frail, and Dizzy Balloon from the bay area. KROQ Locals Only is also presenting the show!

I first heard about Faded Paper Figures FOREVER ago when they were still going under the moniker Machine Discourse. "B Film" is an AMAZING track that has made it's way into many a DJ set since then.

Tickets are $12. As always the Hell Ya! Deejays will be spinning the best new indie rock.

Get more details over at The Hell Ya! Blog.

[MP3] Faded Paper Figures - B Film
[MP3] Dizzy Balloon - Raise A Glass

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New Music: Antony And The Johnsons - Another World

Antony And The Johnsons ( New York, NY)

[MP3] Antony And The Johnsons - Another World (Brand New Track!)

I have been getting so much good music lately that it's almost impossible to keep up. Yesterday I received this new download from Antony And The Johnsons. "Another World" is a song about needing an escape (YES PLEASE!) and showcases Antony's unusual warble and melancholy keys to perfection. People there is a reason he won the Mercury Prize in 2005.

"Another World" is off his forthcoming full length The Crying Light which will be out January 20th, 2009 on Secretly Canadian.

[MP3] Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Feat. Antony Hegarty)
[MP3] Antony & The Johnsons -
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan Cover)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recommended Shows: Wednesday November 12th (International) Noise Conspiracy, Blank Blue, Cobra Lilies

The (International) Noise Conspiracy (Sweden)

I mentioned this show last week The (International) Noise Conspiracy will be playing at El Cid TONIGHT with Nighthorse. I have to miss the show but don't worry but you can also catch them at the Center For The Arts in Eagle Rock on Friday. That show is presented by F Yeah Fest and Eagle Rock Music Fest with performances from Moonrats and Slang Chickens.

Cobra Lilies, The Health Club, Vital Transformation, BoxViolet, The Golden Ratio @ Mr T's Bowl - Flagrant self promotion. Cobra Lilies will be playing at Mr. T's tonight. We're playing the cleanup slot so stay late. Did I mention we're busting out new songs and the show is TOTALLY FREE?

CLUB NME Presents The Entrance Band, The Growlers, Golden Animals @ Spaceland - It's also Jen from Spaceland's birthday so give her a b-day hug!

[MP3] Entrance - Grim Reaper Blues
[MP3] The Growlers - Her Command

Low End Theory, Blank Blue @ The Airliner

[MP3] Blank Blue - All The Shallow Deep

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Fol Chen Sign To Asthmatic Kitty. Record Out Feb 2009

Fol Chen (Los Angeles, CA)

Since playing at Radio Free Silverlake's Let's Independent in March we've watch Fol Chen really come into their own. Yesterday, the band announced that they've signed to San Francisco based label Asthmatic Kitty - home to Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond and my personal favorites Little Teeth.

EDIT: Haha sorry I had a TOTAL blonde moment. Little Teeth are on Absolutely Kosher and not Asthmatic Kitty. Still an awesome band you should check out though. Thanks Cory for catching the error!

Fol Chen will be releasing their debut length Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made in February of next year.

Tracklisting is listed below. Congrats guys!!
[MP3] Fol Chen - Cable TV

Fol Chen
Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Street date: Feb. 03, 2009

1.The Believers
2.No Wedding Cake
3.You and Your Sister in Jericho
4.The Idiot
5.Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna)
6.Winter, That's All
7.Cable TV
8.Please, John, You're Killing Me
9.The Longer U Wait (Version)
10.If Tuesday Comes

[MP3] Sufjan Stevens -
Holland [MP3] My Brightest Diamond - Something Of An End [MP3] Little Teeth - Japanese Candy

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

VIDEO: Deerhoof - Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back

Deerhoof (San Francisco, CA)

Just the other day I was running errands and felt the need to bust out The Runners Four. I must say I love Deerhoof's early experimental music but their new more pop focused tunes are just magnificent.

The band released their new video for "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back" today. The track is off their new album Offend Maggie which is out now via Kill Rock Stars. I thought it would be damn near impossible for Deerhoof to top last years' Friend Opportunity which was easily one of my favorite albums of 2007. Offend Maggie certainly rises to the occasion.

[MP3] Deerhoof - Offend Maggie

Watch The Video Below!

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Funemployment Freebies!!! Limited Edition TV On The Radio Poster

Win This TV on the Radio Poster Designed By Singer Tunde Adebimpe

The fun continues as we give away tons of awesome stuff all week long. Hell, everyone loves FREE SHIT! Especially when you're broke!

Today one lucky reader is going to walk away with this limited edition TV On The Radio poster designed by singer Tunde Adebimpe himself. The poster was designed for the release of their new album Dear Science which is available now.

I'm also choosing to run this contest just so I can post this video from Hulu - which I've decided is one of the best new websites around. Hulu is a joint venture between NBC and FOX (read article) and offers full episodes, movies, and clips for streaming. The advertising based model is the first to get streaming video online right. I got rid of my cable a few weeks ago and must say I don't miss it one bit! Watch video of TV On The Radio's performance on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.

TO ENTER: Send your full name and mailing address to subject line: TVOTR GIVEAWAY.

VIDEO: "Behind the Scenes of Golden Age"

Congrats to Andrea Martinez from Reno, NV who won the Christmas On Mars DVD from yesterday!

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Around The Blogs - Tuesday Edition

If you haven't bookmarked Kevin Bronson's Buzz Bands yet you need to be hit upside the head. Right now Kevin has an exclusive tour diary from Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder [READ NOW]

Speaking of tour diaries - Web In Front has Part Three from The Pity Party's UK Adventure. [READ NOW]

Check One Two has officially moved their night from The Viper Room to The Echoplex and will now be called "Check One Tuesdays." TONIGHT is the official kickoff with performances from Earlimart, Afternoons, Red Cortez, and Dazzler. The event is FREE before 10:30pm and only $5 bucks after! Next week's lineup is also looking stellar with The Henry Clay People, Everest, and Nico Stai.

MGMT perform on AOL's The Interface. Exclusive studio performance + MP3s! [WATCH NOW]

Nic Harcourt will be stepping down as music director at KCRW. Read all about it at LAist. [READ NOW]

Huge thank you to Jacob for introducing me to SPACE GHETTO. I'm slow in internet terms to discover this site.

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The Monolators Residency Week One Videos

Cupcake The Bear Loves You!

Thanks to Miss Elaine Layabout Week 1 of The Monolators Residency at pehrspace is now available to view! The entire set is posted below.

Classical Geek Theatre broke the news yesterday that Spaceland Productions is asking Elaine to take down all her videos of local acts shot inside their venues which include Spacelad, The Echo, and The Echoplex. Read the post here. This really makes me upset.

Elaine's videos are shot with a simple still camera and while the video is not high quality it means the WORLD to bands around Los Angeles. She provides a service and a great deal of free promotion to the venues. She does not make any money off her videos so I honestly don't see what the harm in leaving these up when hundreds of cell phones videos from shows make their way onto the web everyday.

Starting today all her videos from the venues will be taken down. This will include footage from pretty much every local band in Los Angeles including footage from residencies for bands like Death To Anders, Rademacher, Mezzanine Owls, The PIty Party, Radars To The Sky, and CD release shows for Henry Clay People, and even The Monolators.

Spaceland as a public cry if you don't want people to shoot inside your venue without approval from now I'm fine with that. But PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE don't make Elaine take her videos down.

If this bothers you as much as it bothers me please speak up and let youre voice be heard.

VIDEO: the archaeology of the monolators 2002-2004, part 1

VIDEO: the archaeology of the monolators 2002-2004, part 2

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Funemployment Freebies! "Christmas On Mars" DVD Giveaway

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in "Christmas On Mars"

Tomorrow I am going to go see a screening of The Flaming Lips long awaited film "Christmas On Mars" at the Nike Sportswear Project at The Montlabán Theater. It's all part of their Cinema Tuesdays screenings which will be going on through the rest of 2008.

The film finally hits DVD and CD/DVD this week. Wayne Coyne has spent the last 7-8 years making this film from scratch in his backyard including building sets and enlisting friends, band mates, and family members for parts in the film.

Click here for further details on the film and to pre-order the DVD.

Read a super stellar interview with Wayne about the film with the LA Times.

To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky Rock Insider reader!

To Enter: Send your full name and mailing address to One winner will be chosen at random to recieve the prize. Extra points if you're currently unemployed!!!

VIDEO: The Flaming Lips - Christmas On Mars Trailer

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The Return Of The Monday Mix - Now In Podcast Form!

After a long hiatus The Rock Insider Monday Mixtape is back and n0w available in PODCAST FORM!!!!!

After last week's history making election Republicans are no doubt sinking into a funk (Heidi and Spencer I'm worried about you. Seriously.) I decided to extend the olive branch by making a upbeat mix tape that everyone can enjoy.

Download the podcast below as well as individual tracks!!

[MP3] Rock Insider Monday Mix - #004 GOP Depression Mix [40mb]

Rock Insider Monday Mixtape #004 - GOP Depression Mix

1. Wavves - Beach Demon [mp3]
2. Dead Heart Bloom - I'm Going To Go Meet Jesus [mp3]
3. The Soft Hands - Harbor [mp3]
4. caUSE Co-MOTION! - Which Way Is Up [mp3]
5. Happy Hollows - Labyrinth [mp3]
6. O'Death - Lowtide [mp3]
7. The Zookeepers - Babies With Babies [mp3]
8. Violens - Already Over [mp3]
9. Houseguest - Iron Oar [mp3]
10. Frank Hoier - Jesus Don't Give Tax Breaks To The Rich [mp3]

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Monolators Residency Madness Continues TONIGHT!

The Monolators (Los Angeles, CA) Photo By Sean Carnage

The Monolators Residency at pehrspace presented by Sean Carnage continues this week with performances from Billygoat, The Health Club, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and 60 Watt Kid. Last week good friend and mascot Cupcake The Bear stopped by to boogie down with the crew and managed to lose his diaper. This week more great things are in store!

Check out an in depth interview + two exclusive live tracks from last weeks show over at Web In Front [READ INTERVIEW]

Mouse has a recap of last week's show over at Classical Geek Theatre [READ REVIEW]

Sean Carnage
has photos and insight on his blog [VIEW PHOTOS]

Monday, November 10th
Sean Carnage presents…

The Monolators
60 Watt Kid
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Billy Goat
Health Club

Starts 9:30pm / all-ages / $5

Pehrspace—325 Glendale Blvd., in Echo Park

[MP3] The Monolators - I Was A Captain In The Army

VIDEO: The Monolators - Strawberry Roan

From Eli's Blog -
Feed Us A Live Insect

Week Two: Rejection Inevitably Followed by Tears (2005-2006)

For our second week we examine the remainder of the Rejection strata and the metamorphosis of the trio format into a simple duo, resulting (among other things) in the document entitled Our Tears Have Wings. Whereas live performances of this epoch were strictly confined to drums and guitar, the historically-correct studio presence of von Bogdon is once again represented by the Marquis himself in live setting, and the gracious, post-contemporaneous contributions of Sir Dennis and Dr. Jex are faithfully depicted.

Of especial note is the aesthetic preference of the age for artifacts of outer space exploration, and the resulting (and uncharacteristically lengthy) dirge “Let’s Be Best Friends In Space” will be unearthed, although sadly without the accompaniment of a 350-member children’s choir as originally intended. The ensemble is also pleased to present the spirited holiday ode “Santa Claus Versus Dave Matthews.”

This week’s featured symposia:
60watt kid
Health club
Manhattan Murder Mystery

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Mainstream Indie Update: Oasis Unveil New Video, Cold War Kids Webcast From Amsterdam

Oasis (London, UK)

Hi friends,

Here at Rock Insider we focus so heavily on the local LA scene that occasionally I feel the need to clue you in to what is happening out there in the more mainstream indie world (is that an oxymoron or what!). Wuick updates below!

Oasis have a new video for "I'm Outta Time" off their new album Dig Out Your Soul. Surreal moonscape video.  [WATCH NOW]

Man I'd Totally forgotten about the video for "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" video until it randomly came up in a youtube search. This video played NON STOP on The Box when I was a kid (We were way too broke for cable). Smashing Pumpkins are releasing a new Live DVD callled "If All Goes Wrong" tomorrow. Pre-order it right here.

Cold War Kids will be pulling a Radiohead by doing a live webcast TODAY from Paradiso Hall in Amsterdam.  Due to the time difference It actually starts in less than one hour!! Tune in at 11:30 PST! [WATCH NOW]

Stereogum posted Death Cab For Cutie's new video for "No Sunlight." [WATCH NOW]

No Sunlight

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Friday, November 07, 2008

The Dodos Return To Los Angeles. Win Tickets!!!

The Dodos (San Francisco, CA)

Rock Insider has had a long love affair with The Dodos. First as members of the backing band for Peter And The Wolf, then as Dodo Bird, and now as much praised and loved Dodos. Their latest release Visiter is easily one of top records of the year for not just me but half of bloggerdom.

I've watched this band go from playing small shows at the Silverlake Lounge and 6th Street Warehouse to playing the Natural History Museum to well over 600 people.  TOMORROW NIGHT the band will headline their first show at The Echoplex. I'm beaming like a proud mom. These guys so deserve it.

Restaurant and Dreamdate will also be performing. This is also their first show in Southern California since the beginning of MAY!

As you could guess we will be out in full force and we're hooking you up with tickets! Enter below for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Winners will be chosen by 4pm today so please ENTER NOW!

TO ENTER: Send your FULL NAME to by 4PM PST Today. This contest is only open to Southern California residents.

[MP3] The Dodos - Ashley
[MP3] Dodo Bird - The Ball

[MP3] Restaurant - Joe D

VIDEO: The Dodos: liveDaily Sessions - "Ashley"

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Prop 8 Protesters March On The Mormon Temple

Protesters basically shut down Santa Monica Blvd yesterday creating a traffic nightmare to march on the Mormon Temple and Santa Monica and Overland. LDS church members at the urging of their leadership donated an estimated $20 Million Dollars to the "Say Yes On 8" Campaign." More protest rallies are planned for this weekend including a giant one at Sunset Junction on Saturday.

Watch video of the marchers arriving at the gates of the Temple at

Read more at LA Times.

Marches in West Hollywood also made traffic a nightmare. It's days like yesterday that make me so grateful for being unemployed. I don't have to commute! WOOT!

A website has been established to help raise funds to overturn Prop 8 Find out more at

Oh and PS. That traffic snarl in Echo Park last night was because of the Madonna concert at Dodger Stadium. Folks, let me introduce you to your new favorite street - TEMPLE. This magical street saved my life numerous times while stuck in traffic getting home due to Dodger games. Click here for a map showing you how to take Temple from Silverlake.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Around The Blogs Thursday Edition - Prop 8 Protests, The Rumble, Megapuss, Kitsune, and more!

photo by Kevork Djansezian via LAist

LAist has video footage and photos from last night's Proposition 8 protests rallies in West Hollywood and Hollywood. An estimated crowd of 3,000 joined together chanting "Equal Rights." 8 arrests were made. Read more right here.


Starting next Monday Future Sounds' radio program will move from Little Radio over at The program can be heard 4 times per week and will be available as a podcast. Find out who their first guest is!!!! [READ ARTICLE]

Tonight is also their monthly Rumble featuring performances from Birds and Batteries, The Yelling, and The Blacks. Admission is free if you RSVP.

[MP3] Birds & Batteries - I'll Never Sleep Again

The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra are going to have their track "The Uniform" featured on an upcoming episode of Grey's Anatomy!!! The episode will air November 13th. The band join a short list of east side staples like Let's Go Sailing and Correatown who have been featured on the show. CONGRATULATIONS!!! [READ BLOG POST]

[STREAM] The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra - The Uniform

French fashion and electronic music label Kitsuné just released their 6th Kitsuné Maison Compilation mix. The mix features new and rare dance tracks from Heartsrevolution, Lo Fi-Fnk, Digitalism, Fischerspooner, We Have Band and more. It's a blipsters wet dream.

[MP3] Hearts Revolution - CYOA Final
[MP3] Digitalism - Idealistic (2005 Rampage Mix)
[MP3] Lo Fi-Fnk - Boylife

Speaking of We Have Band - Read Hipster Runoff's hilarious write up on the group right here.

[MP3] We Have Band - Oh!

Hey Fab is that a rubber chicken in your pocket or are you just NOT happy to see me. Seriously I don't get the new Megapuss video. [WATCH NOW]

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Happy Hollows - Imaginary EP Release Show TONIGHT

 Happy Hollows
Happy Hollows (Los Angeles, CA)

Happy Hollows (No longer with the "The" at the beginning) will be celebrating the release of their new Imaginary EP TONIGHT at The Echo with The Strange Boys, The Soft Hands, and Die Rockers Die.

The EP was released via the new Heart label and is by far their strongest offering to date.

The band also released the album using a Noisetrade widget where if you send it to 5 friends you can download the album for free. You can also set the price you want to pay for the album between $1-$25 dollars. 90% of the sale goes to the band directly.

[MP3] Happy Hollows - Labyrinth

Enter To Win: A pair of tickets to The Happy Hollows CD release show TONIGHT at The Echo w/ The Soft Hands and Strange Boys. To enter simply send your FULL NAME and e-mail to SUBJECT LINE: Happy Hollows Tickets. Winner will be chosen by 5PM TONIGHT!


9 PM The Soft Hands
10PM The Strange Boys
11PM The Happy Hollows
12 PM Die Rockers Die

The show is $5 and 18+
The Echo is at 1822 W Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90026

VIDEO: Happy Hollows - Labyrinth


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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Pity Party Do London

The Pity Party (Los Angeles, CA)

The Pity Party after suffering a set back due to M's bike accident, are heading back to the UK for a string of shows around London. Dates are listed below. Across the pond readers I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU MAKE IT OUT TO ONE OF THEIR SHOWS!!!

The band recently released their new HOTWORK EP as a totally FREE DOWNLOAD. Fill out the mailing list form below to get all 4 free tracks plus a bonus digital booklet.


Thursday, 6 November
Once Bitten @ The Macbeth
70 Hoxton St, London
set time: 9.30

Friday, 7 November
TimeOut London On The Up @ The Barfly
49 Chalk Farm Road, Camden
set time: 9.15

Wednesday, 12 November
DanceMagicDance @ Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch
set time: tba

Thursday, 13 November
This is Music London @ The Macbeth
70 Hoxton St, London
set time: tba

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Simon Says No! - Sleeping Heart

Simon Says No! (Oslo, Norway)

I make no secret that I was once a Refused loving post punk and hardcore kid growing up in Salt Lake City. It's actually something I consider a badge of honor. So when a few days ago my good friend Dany sent me music from Oslo, Norway's Simon Says No! and listed Refused as an influence my ears perked up.

The band recently made U.S. landfall at the CMJ Music Marathon and were met with rave reviews. With their epic psychedelic rock and soaring fuzz driven guitars I really don't see how that's not possible.

Upon first listen people could easily classify Simon Says No! as a shoegaze band. They would definitely fit well with the My Bloody Valentines of the world. There sound is definitely a lot more angular than the traditional powerhouses of the shoegaze era. This slightly left of center approach is what I think appeals to me most.

Download "Sleeping Heart" below and added to your latest "Across The Pond" mix. This is a definitely a band to watch in 2009. Be sure to catch them at SXSW next year.

[MP3] SImon Says No! - Sleeping Heart

BONUS: Classic Refused video for "New Noise" video posted below. CAN I SCREAM!!!!! Former Refused singer Dennis Lyxzén's new band The (International) Noise Conspiracy will be playing at El Cid on Nov 12th and are playing 3 shows in Los Angeles next week. Be sure to catch at least one.

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Around The Blogs: Post Election Edition

"Change Has Come To America." Barack Obama is our next President. I watched Obama's acceptance speech last night and was moved to tears. Watch it right here. Find full election coverage at

In local news Proposition 8 passes with a 52% vote. I'm soooooo unbelievably bummed. [READ ARTICLE]

Check out LA Record's Exit Poll Podcast [DOWNLOAD PODCAST]

Speaking of podcasts Kevin Bronson also started a new music podcast called "The Buzzsicle" featuring music from The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, rademacher, The Sweet Hurt and more [DOWNLOAD PODCAST]

The Henry Clay People
's new LP For Cheap Or For Free is finally available on iTUNES. Read all the details at Aquarium Drunkard. The band is currently out on a short west coast run. Good luck on tour!! [READ ARTICLE]

Hipster Runoff's hilarious take on voting in the alt culture. [MUST VIEW NOW]

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008


There will be no blog post today. Only a firm reminder that instead of reading blogs you


Click here
to find your local polling place.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Music Industry Minute: Sponsored Download Widget

The Vacation (Los Angeles, CA)

I'm all for ingenious ways to sell and promote music online. Which is why when I received an e-mail stating that The Vacation had teamed up with Playboy to give away their new album for free my ears more than perked up.

Last Thursday The Vacation released a widget in partnership with Playboy that allows users to download their new full length album Get Used for FREE.

This widget is powered by TrueAnthem, but there are a lot of companies launching based on a similar premise. My favorite to pop up thus far is TopSpin. Check out what they've done with Jubilee. There is also of course RCRD LBL which provides an online destination for free downloads but they haven't quite grasped the in-widget download quite yet.

So let's focus on the general idea - The "Sponsored Download Widget." The upside to marketers - Well first off, YOU GET PAID by your sponsor (Ca-Ching!). In some cases they also allow you to collect user information, up sell ringtones, tickets to shows, and pretty much whatever you want.

For the user all you're asked is to sign up for a service and give up your first name, e-mail address, and birth date to receive your free MP3s.

Now back to The Vacation free download. The downsides? You can only download the tracks individually - which is a pain in the neck but hey FREE doesn't necessarily mean EASY. There are also audio messages from the band throughout the album (Poor Steve) mentioning that Playboy is the sponsor.

[MP3] The Vacation - Shit Talker

As for quality - 128 kbps isnt exactly stereo sound but for my MP3 player it'll do.

I know it's free but the fact that I have to go in and use Garageband to cut out the message before I can use it in a podcast or DJ set just irritates me. Most users won't even know how do that. I also like 320 kbps or higher for my DJ sets and would rather not spend 10 minutes trying to download when I have cable internet.

I guess that's what their counting on when the record is available in stores and for digital download on traditional services later on. If I want virgin tracks at a high bit rate I should expect to pay a premium. Beggars can't be choosers right? Well for a band like RADIOHEAD that would be true, but this is a developing act! If you want to get the music out there you got to make it as easy as possible to access!

I love the idea of the sponsored download widget as a way for bands to offer up their records for free while still making a bit of money - especially if the sponsor makes sense. If you've ever seen The Vacation live you would know that PLAYBOY is damn near the perfect sponsor for them.

However, I think adding audio messages before the music plays and keeping the quality of the MP3 low is unnecessary and will ultimately lead to dissatisfaction among end users - You know those pesky individuals usually referred to as THE FANS.

Get Used
is destined to become a total guilty pleasure. The album is the epitome of the Sunset Strip and is actually fabulously trashy, but the audio messages leave it coming off as cheap and commercial - which actually when I think about is kind of genius. This whole campaign is deliciously overdone. For The Vacation - i works. I'd love to see the same campaign done with Beirut - Somehow I don't think it would have the same effect.

All in all I think the technolgy is progressive and could be one of several key solutions to the ever changing role of music in the digital space. There will always be those who buy music from iTUNES, or buy CDs in stores. Hell, there are people out there who still buy strictly on cassette. This is a great solution for the right kind of band and could be adapted further in the future.

What do you guys think of the sponsored download widget?

Check it out below!

The Vacation TrueAnthem Music

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Funemployment Freebies! Win Cold War Kids' Shoes!!!

Cold War Kids (Long Beach, CA)

Given the current state of the economy and impending election I figured y'all could use a pick me up and some free swag.

Enter below to win a pair of Clarks Wallabees (pictured below) from Cold War Kids courtesy of Clarks Originals and Cornerstone Promotion. They are the brand of shoes the band actually wear and are both comfortable and stylish.

[MP3] Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me

TO ENTER: Send in your full name, mailing address, and shoe size (VERY IMPORTANT) to Put "CWK GIVEAWAY" in the subject line. One lucky winner will get the pair. Contest ends TOMORROW at noon PST!

VIDEO: Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me"

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Monolators Residency Begins TONIGHT! Pehrspace! Be There!

It's finally here! The Monolators will be celebrating night one of their residency at pehrspace presented by the amazing Mr. Sean Carnage TONIGHT!

Tonight we will be joined by good friends Pizza! Creekbird, Zombelle, and Kyle H Mabson. It's ALL AGES, admission is a $5 donation, and as always it's bring your own booze.

Starts at 9:30 SHARP!

[MP3] The Monolators - Tiny Bicycles
[MP3] Pizza! - To Be A Man

VIDEO - The Monolators - Take It Outside

Message from Eli via his Feed Us A Live Insect Blog

Nestled somewhere 'twixt the Mezotonic Era, when spiders of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath, and the Present Time, wherein men and ladies of Science discovered the Secret of Electricity and the extra month after Christmas, lies the Age of the Monolator–when frail, sickly fops of terrible size and ferocity roamed the earth and carved out ocean bed and mountain range alike with their fiery breath. In this new, weekly exhibition, we attempt to uncover the true history of this little-known age, and reveal the civilizations and appurtenances that flourished therein.

Most scholars, barring a rogue and fanatic few, divide the chronology of the Monolators into four distinct dynasties, or epochs. We commence, therefore, at the beginning, and note that all dates, places, and musical depictions are strictly approximate.

Week One: Prehistory and Rejection (representing the years 2002-2004)

In this first exhibition, we review the dawn of the Era and the musical detritus remaining thereof. In this earliest incarnation the Monolators took a tri-fold form, with a standard drum and bass configuration (originally represented by Dr. Mary Chartkoff and her menial day laborer Eli respectively) augmented by the presence of an electric guitar, originally in the hands of the esteemed Sir Michael Dennis, whose performance tonight represents his first stage appearance in several years. [Editor's note: Although not technically correct in historical terms, for the purposes of enhanced fidelity we gladly note the presence of Dr. Ashley Jex and the Marquis Thomas von Bogdon on bass and electric guitar respectively. Dr. Mary will oversee the percussion ensemble while Eli will provide additional guitar chores and light caterwauling.] The major work of the period, Rejection Set Me Free, is broached, preceded by two minor compositions of slightly earlier vintage, the now almost totally obscure "Spandex Hitman" and "In My Dreams."

Also of note for the week is the unique recreation of the popular hymn, "Take It Outside," along with its beloved mascot, Cupcake The Bear. Cupcake will make a special appearance to assist in the celebration of birthday festivities for the Curator, Dr. Carnage. Light refreshments will be served.

This week's featured symposia:

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

HoneyHoney - "First Rodeo" LP

HoneyHoney (Venice, CA)

Now that I don't have to commute out to Santa Monica everyday I can now take in early shows on the east side of town. This Tuesday, November 4th (Election Day!) HoneyHoney will celebrate the release of "First Rodeo" their latest full LP at Hotel Cafe with support from friends The Sweet Hurt and Miss Willie Brown.

"Little Toy Gun" the first single off the new album is a fantastic track with a desperado feel. Suzanne Santo's vocals are the perfect marriage of cabaret, bluegrass, and soul. Definitely the highlight of the record for me.

Pick up "First Rodeo" on iTUNES.

honeyhoney - Little Toy Gun video

7pm- The Sweet Hurt
8pm- Miss Willie Brown
9pm- honeyhoney
10pm- TBD

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Charlie Wadhams - In A Goldmine EP

Charlie Wadhams (Los Angeles, CA)

Charlie Wadhams new EP In A Goldmine could be the perfect album for the month of November. His smooth voice resembles the bliss and charisma of falling leaves. It's no wonder heavyweights like Inara George, Mike Andrews, and Eleni Mandell are listed among fans.

Somber yet hope-filled in tone on Goldmine Wadhams oozes so much class there is not one doubt in my mind you'll want to listen to it again and again.

The first track on the EP "Someone To Kiss" is one of the most achingly beautiful tracks I've heard in the longest time. Download it below.

[MP3] Charlie Wadhams - Someone To Kiss

Be sure to catch Charlie Wadhams at his residency at Tangier every Sunday during the month of November.

TANGIER is located at 2138 Hillhurst Ave
(just south of Los Feliz Blvd) in Los Feliz 90027
tickets available at the door $7
Charlie Wadhams plays around 11pm each night

Charlie Wadhams
Every Sunday In November
at Tangier
2138 Hillhurst Ave
$7 | 21 Yrs +

Nov. 2nd
w/ Patrick Park, The Shivers (NYC)

Nov. 9th

Nov. 16th
w/Marvin Etzioni, Michael Mangia

Nov. 23rd
w/the Happy Stars, Anglos

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