Feb 252016
 

Kid Cudi- Day ‘N’ Nite

This song was Kid Cudi’s lead single off his debut album from 2009, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, although it was released in 2008 before the album.  The video was directed by So-Me, who has also directed videos for Major Lazer, Justice and Nero, as well as doing animation for Cudi collaborator Kanye West’s Good Life video.  The video features numerous places in Los Angeles including Smog Cutter bar, and also a cameo by Travis Barker.

Kid Cudi is playing a sold out show at the Observatory in Santa Ana tonight 2/25/16.

Nov 192015
 

Primal Scream- Loaded

This song, the first single released from Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica, was actually released in February of 1990, months before that album was released. It was the band’s first top UK top 40 hit. Loaded contains a sample of Peter Fonda’s speech from the 1966 film The Wild Angels seen below.

Primal Scream are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with The Cult on Friday 11/20/15.

Nov 132015
 

Andra Day- Forever Mine

Today (11/13/15) at Amoeba Records, Andra Day will be performing from her album Cheers to the Fall for Club Vinyl. There will be live vinyl pressings and Amoeba will be offering 50% off vinyl from artists performing at 30 Days in LA as part of the event as well.

Nov 052015
 

Lauryn Hill- Everything is Everything

This song is from Lauryn Hill’s 1999 debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was also the first commercial appearance of John Legend, who played piano on the song and was still in his late teens at the time (info via Wiki).

Hill is playing at The Observatory in Santa Ana on Thursday 11/5/15.

Oct 292015
 

Kristen Hersh- Your Ghost (feat. Michael Stipe)

This song is off Hersh’s 1994 debut album Hips and Makers. She is playing at The Echo, 11/1/2015, and in conversation with LA Weekly’s Andy Hermann at Book Soup for her book Don’t Suck Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt at 4pm.

Oct 222015
 

Slothrust- 7:30 AM

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/22-10/25/15)-

Thursday

Slothrust is opening for Heartless Bastards at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.goldenvoice.com/#/event/278599

LACMA is hosting Digital Memory and Memorials, a talk with artists Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Joseph DeLappe and scholar Marita Sturken (free but standby only)- http://www.lacma.org/event/digital-memory-and-memorials

YACHT are performing at the Teragram Ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/927083-yacht-los-angeles

John Fleck: Blacktop Highway begins at REDCAT- a one man show with horror themes, just in time for Halloween (running through Sunday)- http://www.redcat.org/event/john-fleck-blacktop-highway

Friday

Brooklyn band Small Black is playing at the Roxy with Painted Palms- http://www.theroxy.com/event/913931-small-black-west-hollywood/

You can watch Guardians of the Galaxy and get some fresh ocean air at the Santa Monica Pier (free)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1489885368002360

Candis Cayne is hosting Le Bal: A One Night Only Drag Extravaganza at the Ace Hotel- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/le-bal

Saturday

Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever claims to be the biggest in the country. This year Lila Downs is headlining, and there will be dance performances, art shows and altars as well as food and drink all around the cemetery to celebrate ($20)-  http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Ave Arts All Access has several events going on from 10am-5pm including a working orchestra rehearsal of LA Opera’s production of the new opera Moby-Dick, architectural tours of the Broad Museum, free entrance to MOCA  and more- http://grandavearts.tumblr.com/

If you are downtown you can also attend the free Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival and Concert with performances by War, Aloe Blacc, and others and a fireworks show at the end to say goodbye to the iconic bridge that will soon be demolished- https://www.facebook.com/events/923096777770808/

Dimond Saints are playing at the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/281565

Hammer Museum is having Hammer Bash to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions of work by Frances Stark and Lawren Harris. DJs, drinks and food from 8-10 (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/hammerbash/

Saturday and Sunday

The Observatory in Santa Ana is hosting the awesome 2-day event Beach Goth 4– bands include The Growlers, Grimes, Die Antwoord, Juicy J, The Drums, FIDLAR, DIIV, Cherry Glazerr, Warpaint, and many, many, more ($100 for both days)- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-4

Luna are playing at the Teregram Ballroom with Quilt. For Sunday’s show the band will be the performing album Penthouse in its entirety- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/851763-luna-los-angeles

Sunday

LACMA is having a special screening of Claes Oldenburg’s “Possibly a Special on the Bag” which goes behind the making of his famous giant ice bag (free)-http://www.lacma.org/event/possibly-special-bag

Artist Frances Stark will discuss “the political subtext and artistry” of the film Casa de mi Padre starring Will Ferrell. He will be there along with the director, writer and producer “for a post-screening conversation about the distinctly unfunny
consequences of America’s appetite for drugs, including drug-related violence in Mexico”(free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/10/casa-de-mi-padre/

Oct 162015
 

Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha- Close Your Eyes and Count to F**k

Director A.G. Rojas’ statement about the video via Revolt.tv

When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another.  Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

I am really proud of where we ended up, and I am very thankful that our actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield committed to these characters 100%. They breathed complex life into two people who are usually portrayed in simplistic ways—as archetypes. I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don’t numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.

And from the Youtube description-

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.” Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world.

Run the Jewels are playing in Pomona tonight 10/16/15- http://www.foxpomona.com/events/detail/278423

Oct 152015
 

Run The Jewels- Banana Clipper (feat. Big Boi)

Killer Mike and El-P’s collaboration, Run The Jewels, is having a good year. They played Coachella this past April and are now on tour around the country. There are tickets available for their show at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Friday 10/16/15, which is the closest they are coming to Los Angeles for awhile.

The song above is off their first self titled album from 2013 and has Big Boi of Outkast, providing guest vocals. Killer Mike was featured on Outkast’s 2001 song The Whole World.  Currently their second album, Run The Jewels 2, is on their website as a free download. You can also download a free version of that album remixed by Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Dan the Automator and more, with cat sounds added, called Meow the Jewels, created after a very popular Kickstarter campaign.

Oct 082015
 

Beirut- Elephant Gun

This video for Beirut’s song from 2007 was directed by Alma Har’el who also directed the famous Sigur Rós video Fjögur píanó which stars Shia LeBeouf (seen below). She also directed the documentary film Bombay Beach which takes place in the community near the Salton Sea.

Beirut are playing 10/8/15 at the Hollywood Palladium- http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/beirut-2/#.VhbVk6SDRFU

Sep 032015
 

Chaka Khan- I Feel For You

This song is from Chaka Khan’s 1984 album I Feel For You. Written by Prince (it won him a Grammy), it includes rapping by Melle Mel and harmonica played by Stevie Wonder.

Chaka Khan is playing with Patti LaBelle at the LA County Fair this Friday (9/4/15)- http://www.lacountyfair.com/listen/concerts