Mar 262015

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – The Creator

This song is from All Souled Out, Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s 1991 EP, and is the only Pete Rock solo track on any of their albums. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)  is the song they are most famous for but they were also on Run DMC’s 1993 hit Down With the King, which Rock also produced. He went on to produce and sing the chorus on Nas’ song The World is Yours, from Illmatic, and later worked on several projects with members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

If you haven’t heard this song before but it sounds familiar it may be because it was just used in Android’s handshake commercial.

Pete Rock is performing at the Echo tonight (3/26) with Slum Village.

Mar 262015

Slutever- White Flag

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/26-3/29)-


Substrate Gallery presents Factory of Light– a screening for House of Light’s new music video with performances by the band and other musical guests. $10 entrance gets you a pop art print and complimentary beer and wine-

Pete Rock and Slum Village are playing at the Echo-

Grand Central Market is having Game Night until 9pm with classic and new games-

Thursday- Sunday

Zoe Scofield’s dance collaboration with visual artist Juniper Shuey, BeginAgain is at REDCAT. Scofield is also having a dance workshop on Saturday-


Roky Erickson (of 60′s band The Thirteenth Floor Elevators) & The Hounds of Baskerville are at the Roxy-

Terry Malts is playing at The Smell with Wild Moth-


Robert Williams will be signing his book at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park-

Bernhard Willhelm will be guiding tours and discussing his exhibit at MOCA Pacific Design Center- RSVP here (free)-

For Panache Spring Fling there are several bands playing at the Echo including Jacco Gardner, Dream Boys, Happyness, and a “secret guest”-

Electric Dusk Drive-In downtown is showing Mean Girls-

Saturday and Sunday

Burgerama is Burger Records’ two day festival at the Observatory in Santa Ana and the lineup is incredible- Ty Segall, Fidlar, Thee Oh Sees, Weezer, Ariel Pink, Cherry Glazerr, Black Lips, Roky Erickson, Tobacco, Bone Thugs and Harmony, White Fence and many, many, many more- $47.50 for one day or $90 for two- it’s well worth it to see all these great bands-


Slutever are one of four bands opening for Pile at Los Globos ($8) –

Connected Fashion Festival Pop Up is at Hotel Figueroa’s pool downtown and is a combination shopping event and boozy brunch ($30 brunch +bottomless mimosas)-

Mar 242015

Mini Mansions- Death is a Girl

Tonight (3/24) Mini Mansions are signing their new album The Great Pretenders and performing a live set at Amoeba Records Hollywood (and Amoeba San Francisco on 3/27). They also just released a video for their song Vertigo which features Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.

Mar 222015
rachel lachowicz at LACMA for Variations Conversations on Abstract Painting posted on tumblr lipstick urinals

Rachel Lachowicz


Theaster Gates


Mark Bradford


Today (3/23) is the last day to see Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting at LACMA.

From the press release:

In an attention-compromised age when images are instant and prevalent, abstract painting serves as a contradiction, acting as a conduit for the mark of the original, individual artist. While most of the work in the exhibition has been recently created and acquired, additional paintings culled from LACMA’s collection illustrate how artists have reanimated techniques and forms using other sources that are appropriated from popular culture, photography, and collage, essentially creating a new variation of abstract painting.

It’s also a good day to visit LACMA because they are having a full day of  activities and performances to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and the first day of spring.

Mar 192015

of Montreal- Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse

This was the first single off Of Montreal’s album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer, released in 2007. The video was directed by The Brothers Chaps who are most famous for creating Homestar Runner, a Flash animated series that started in 2000 back in the days before YouTube and Facebook.

of Montreal are playing on Sunday (3/22) at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles.

Mar 192015

Sea Lions- Tell You

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/19-3/22)-


The first of the four Venice Art Crawls this year is tonight and will have art, live painting, music, performances and more-

Jason Reitman’s live read at LACMA for tonight is Dazed and Confused. Advanced tickets are sold out but there will be some available at the door two hours before showtime-

Thursday and Friday

The members of The Both return to Largo for Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s One Way Mission to March: a Springtime Variety Show along with Jonathan Coulton and Tim Heidecker-


Tijuana Panthers are playing with Oxnard band Sea Lions at the Echo-


The Million Dollar Theater downtown is showing Bonnie and Clyde with live jazz/ragtime before the screening ($10)-

Church Sessions is hosting an evening with John Doe and Exene from X and Robyn Hitchcock at the First Unitarian Church-


of Montreal is playing at the Regent Theater –

LAXART gallery in Hollywood is having another panel discussion on photography titled Remembering Forward from 4-6pm (free)-

Heidi Duckler Dance Company’s newest piece explores the intersection of dance and architecture as the audience moves around Mayne’s Morphosis in Culver City for Space Opera– discounted to $15 if you are a Culver City resident, or $25 if not-

Artist William Pope.L and MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson discuss Pope.L’s Trinket at the MOCA Geffen (free with RSVP and museum admission)-

Ciclavia is taking over the San Fernando Valley this time-

Mar 122015

Repo Man Trailer

Repo Man (1984), Alex Cox’s film about aliens, car repossession, and punk rock takes place in Los Angeles in the 1980′s and stars Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. It received good reviews at the time of its release and has since become a cult classic. The punk rock soundtrack is great too and includes tracks like the one below- Black Flag’s TV Party, as well as songs from Fear, Iggy Pop and Circle Jerks, who make an appearance in the film.

Alex Cox went on to make Sid and Nancy and Straight to Hell (which features Joe Strummer and Courtney Love) .

Repo Man is playing at the Regent Theater on Sunday (3/15) with a performance afterwards by Harry Dean Stanton and a band that includes Harper Simon.