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Gallery: Ty Segall at the Echo

by Kevin Bronson on August 30, 2014

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How many times has Ty Segall played the Echo anyhow? Betcha he’s lost count. Betcha this current run of sold-out shows — Friday night was the second of four — rank as some the best. Segall worked himself, and the crowd, into a frenzy on Friday with songs from his new album “Manipulator” and the rest of his vast catalog. And at one point, he motioned to photographer Carl Pocket [top photo], asking to borrow a camera, and then snapped an image of the crowd. Wand and Endless Bummer opened.

Photos by Carl Pocket, courtesy of the Echo

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Happy Labor Day weekend:

► Made In America, the 2-day festival spearheaded by Jay Z’s Roc Nation and sponsored by Budweiser, kicks off today in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park with Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea [that’s her video for “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora above], Afrojack, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, X Ambassadors, Dr. Dog, ZZ Ward and more. [See set times here.]
► World-renowned rumba flamenca and pop band Gipsy Kings stops by the Greek Theatre. Special guests featured include Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo.
► Prolific film composer, conductor and pianist John Williams headlines the Hollywood Bowl.
► If you’re still set on looking for an outdoor show, but want something more chill then Cheers Elephant at One Colorado in Pasadena might be your best choice.
► Jason Mraz headlines the Pantages Theatre in support of his latest album “Yes!” Raining Jane supports.
Banda MS, whose specialty is traditional brass-basead Mexican Banda music, take on Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Ty Segall plays the second night of his four-night residency at the Echo this weekend. Also on tonight’s bill: Zig Zags, Vial and Shark Toys.
► And KAV [check out "Dance In Panic"] plays at the Satellite with friends Man With No Shadow (record release), Bonfire Beach, Dark Furs, Batwings Catwings, Josh Ostrander (of Eastern Conference Champions) and Josiah Mazzaschi (of Light FM) joining in on the fun.

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Stream: Paw City, ‘The Catalyst’

by Kevin Bronson on August 29, 2014

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Those familiar with Michael Orendy’s rapturous albums as Frankel may have been surprised two years ago when he unveiled Paw City, the new electro-rock project undertaken with his wife (and member of Earlimart) Ariana Murray. The first Paw City EP, released in June 2013, straddled the line between catchy and wonky (think: Grandaddy), and now a long-in-the-works second EP, “Panic Test,” will be out Sept. 9. Recently remastered and renamed after a brief release to Bandcamp earlier this year, “Panic Test” again finds the band bending notes and toying with expectations; the raging synths on “Count Me In” sound like pumped-up Rentals; the loud-soft dynamic of “Someday I’ll Feel” and “Spiral Eyes” suggest both are two songs packed into one; and “The Catalyst” is a darned-near-ready-for-five-remixes dance-floor number. All that’s missing is reckless use of vocoder, and for goodness’ sake, let’s hope it stays missing.

||| Stream: “The Catalyst”

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“I’m still trying to make sense of it all,” Daniel Ahearn says of the past two years, which have seen the end of the L.A. singer-songwriter’s marriage, his growing into his new role as father, the birth of a new musical project with Mindy Jones and, in general, a spike in his songwriting career that has found his work matriculate into film and TV. As you’d guess from the title, Ahearn’s new EP “The End of Romance” wrestles with the former, in very direct fashion. The four-song meditation, the first of a series of EPs Ahearn plans to release between now and February, features spare, meticulously produced songs highlighted by Ahearn’s silky voice. In the great tradition of break-up albums, it’s shorter than most, of course, although as drop-dead beautiful as any. About eighteen minutes to reflect, before moving on. The title track was recently featured on the TV shows “Chasing Life” and “Pretty Little Liars,” and some of Ahearn’s tunes appear in Mark Webber’s new film “The Ever After.”

||| Stream: “Don’t Know What You’ve Lost” and “the End of Romance”

||| Previously: DA & The Jones: “Could’ve Had It All;” “Break My Heart.” Also: A conversation with.

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Video: Together Pangea, ‘Badillac’

by Kevin Bronson on August 29, 2014

In movie parlance, Together Pangea’s recent headlining set at Echo Park Rising was another in a long line of thrillers for the L.A. rockers. The new video for the title track to their album “Badillac” (released earlier this year on Harvest Records), though, is more B-movie horror stuff — and all viciously funny. The video was directed by Ryan Baxley, and if it doesn’t leave you wanting some of that “Extreme Growth Agent,” then you’ll definitely be intrigued by the cameo, in the prologue, by Sketchy D.

||| Live: Together Pangea plays Sept. 5 at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana.
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Video: Zola Jesus, ‘Dangerous Days’

by Kevin Bronson on August 29, 2014

Since her experimental early days, Nika Roza Danilova  — aka Zola Jesus — has sought to make deep connections with her music, and on her forthcoming album for Mute Records, “Taiga” (due Oct. 7), the Russian American singer, who was reared in Wisconsin, plays Earth angel, at least thematically. The taiga is a boreal forest located in northern climes just below the tundra, and what better metaphor to use for the human race’s innate interconnectedness than a fragile, beautiful ecosystem? Danilova’s siren call about dark times was visually realized by director Tim Saccenti, who says of the video, filmed in the Olympic Mountains in Washington state: “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.” In the chorus, after all, “they” could be just about anybody: “It’s a dark dark day,” she sings. “It’s dangerous to go / and listen to what they say.”

||| Live: Zola Jesus plays Oct. 9 at the El Rey Theatre.

||| Previously: “Dangerous Days,” “Avalanche”

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Stream: Thurston Moore, ‘The Best Day’

by Seraphina Lotkhamnga on August 29, 2014

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If you’re just leaving the office to enjoy your long holiday weekend, we’ve got the perfect song to soundtrack your escape. Thurston Moore‘s title track of his forthcoming album “The Best Day” seems appropriate and there’s more good news than just the song itself. Moore recently formed a new band with James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). It’s somewhat of a supergroup when you think about it, and depending on whether or not you’re still super sad about the dissolution of the best marriage in noise-rock history, this new union of friends might make you a bit happier. Since it’s Friday, we suggest just taking in those classic rock guitar solos and drifting off into the weekend. “The Best Day” is slated for an Oct. 21 release on Matador.

||| Stream: “The Best Day” after the jump.

||| Live: Thurston Moore plays Oct. 10 at the Echoplex.

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Buzz Bands LA Show, today at 11 on Indie FM

by Kevin Bronson on August 29, 2014

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If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the weekend to start. I’m here to tell you that it does, officially, at 11 a.m. when the Buzz Bands LA Show kicks off on The Independent FM. Join me for two hours of SoCal music, including new tunes from Avi Buffalo, Dekades, KAV, Hobart W. Fink, Raw Fabrics, the Luxembourg Signal, Annabel Jones, Taylor Locke and more. It’s not quite as nice as being on a beach somewhere (or in an air-conditioned casino, if you’re already in Vegas), but it’s close. After the jump, there’s a stream of the show and the playlist:
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Seventy-eight-year-old Lee “Scratch” Perry and his band Subatomic Soundsystem brought the party to the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night for eighth installment of this year’s Twilight Concert Series. Bedecked in his characteristic  colorful jacket, hat and baubles, the reggae legend regaled a crowd obviously intent on starting its holiday weekend early. Opening the evening were L.A. Afrobeat stalwarts Mexico 68. There’s two more weeks in the annual free concert series in Santa Monica — OK Go and Allah-Las on Sept. 3 and Charles Bradley and King James & the Special Men on Sept. 10.

Photos by Carl Pocket, courtesy of Spaceland Presents

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Tasty electronic music and more to start your holiday weekend:

► Long-running duo The Crystal Method, whose fifth album, a self-titled affair, was released early this year, visit Control at the Avalon. Above, the Crystal Method’s “Over It,” featuring Dia Frampton.
► It’s Paul Van Dyk at Exchange LA; the trance music legend has a new album coming in the fall.
The Rosebuds [see this] headline the Satellite behind the recent release of their sixth album “Sand + Silence.” El May and Folk Riot at the Satellite
► East L.A. rockers Quetzal, who earlier this summer celebrated their 20-year anniversary, perform a free show at at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park.
At the Hollywood Bowl, composer John Williams conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in a program of selections from his iconic movie scores, including “Jurassic Park,” “Superman” and “Star Wars.”
► And it’s the second of four nights of Ty Segall at the Echo, where’s supported by Wand and Endless Bummer.

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