Los Angeles based experimental rock group Mothers of Gut are gearing up to release a new album this June 4th in Buildings. Following up on the full length LP with Family Time Records, Unking (2011), Buildings is a step forward into technical and creative states of bliss, where a prowess of musical pedigree is bridged with the infectious sense of pop sheeted in an endless array of color and texture. The layering is superb, resulting in a canvas of sound that is dense beyond measure. Psychedelic guitar work, complex note configurations, mind blowing drum work and texture filled surreal moments creates an overall dynamic through Buildings that is reflective of the best progressive rock music of the 90′ and beyond. Mothers of Gut are streaming the album in full via Bandcamp and are scheduled to perform with the illustrious Corima on the day before the record release (June 3rd). The first 10 people to show up will get a free copy of Buildings. This is one of those albums we will be playing for years to come, stream the record below.
Low End Theory and Alpha Pup Records Nobody has launched a new mix this year with the biggest source for mixtapes, DatPiff. Titled Spare Time Mixtape Vol 1, the compilation features unreleased beats, instrumentals and remixes sourced from 2008-2012. Bass heavy, futuristic beat work, the mix is best felt through a high fidelity system where the low end can really interact with the overtones. As a producer who has walked through every movement of the modern beat generation in it’s 15 year course or so, this collection highlights the influence Nobody has contained for years now. Ahead of his time doesn’t even begin to explain what this active LA based producer stands for and this is a nice lens into why Nobody has become respected by every producer touring the world. Download/stream the free mix below and check out one of the streaming tracks Nobody uploaded into his Soundcloud if you want to hear something before diving in full.
“Do That Trick (2010 Dub) | https://soundcloud.com/dj-nobody
Nobody’s remix of The Mars Volta’s “Ouroboros”
It was announced earlier this year that California based producer Ras G would be releasing another record with Brainfeeder and we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival since. With anticipation set high and his track record for putting out some of the most cosmic and soulful beat music stretching back over a decade, the launch of a new single “Gloom Steez….” via Soundcloud comes as a welcomed surprise for all of us who have been following his works. Featuring the illustrious bass virtuoso Thundercat, also of Brainfeeder, this hazy and laid back production is a perfect track for those who love to relax while listening to the sound of LA’s hypnotic beat movement. It’s inclusion on future albums is unknown, but the quality and depth of the song is well worth repeated listens. Enjoy this new single release of “Gloom Steez….” below.
Its a gloomy Sunday in South Central Los Angeles and SpaceBase is mellow and blunted today…thought i would share what i made this morning…been listening 2 it all day…shout out to Thundercat…..HTP
Bebington’s Alex Cox has one of the most interesting stories in Hollywood, attending UCLA’s film school through a scholarship and creating one of the best 80′s film ever made from the fact that he was unable to find work after graduation and the life is lead him towards. With a repossession company job after graduation and a deep rooted passion for the thriving punk movement of the 80′s, Cox used this background to create the instant cult classic Repo Man, released to the public in 1984. Cox has continue to write, act and direct films since his successful debut and has created a body of work any human being would be proud of. Teaming with the staff at Criterion, Cox has approved the recent special release of Repo Man for a full on reissue in both Blu-ray and DVD formats. Below you can find information on this release along with a link to order either format.
From Criterion Collection
A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in repossessing a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is also a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:
- New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
- New interviews with musicians Iggy Pop and Keith Morris and actors Dick Rude, Olivia Barash, and Miguel Sandoval
- Deleted scenes and trailers
- Roundtable discussion about the making of the film, featuring Cox, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, Zamora, Richardson, and Rude
- Conversation between actor Harry Dean Stanton and McCarthy
- Cox’s “cleaned-up” television version of the film
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis
Order a copy of the Blu-ray or DVD from Criterion Collection by Clicking Here.
From director Alex Cox on the making of Repo Man | http://www.alexcox.com/
After I left UCLA I was hired to write a script for United Artists about the British World War One deserter and agitator, Percy Topliss. When I delivered the screenplay it was rejected as “too English, too expensive, and too anti-war.”
Shortly thereafter I met the British director, Adrian Lyne. He had directed one feature, FOXES, and he wanted his next to be about what he felt was the most important issue of the day: the imminent possibility of a nuclear war. I scouted Seattle and Vancouver as locations, and wrote him a script called THE HAPPY HOUR.
Adrian read it and went off to direct FLASHDANCE. And I ran into two old chums from UCLA – Jonathan Wacks and Peter McCarthy. They had been in the Production programme; Jon had directed a documentary, Pete a drama. Now they had a company, and even more impressive, an office in Venice, California, where they were making commercials (“Gene Kelly assures the public the MGM Grand is safe again!”) and public service announcements. I suggested to them that they should also be feature film producers, and hire me as a director. They agreed to consider this, but instructed me to come up with a script.
The first one I wrote for them was called THE HOT CLUB (a comedy about nuclear blast veterans and nerve gas thieves set in the early years of the 21st century). They budgeted and Marie Canton (also ex-UCLA) budgeted it; it turned out to be rather expensive. So I went off and wrote another screenplay instead: REPO MAN. This was based on my own personal Los Angeles horrors and the tutelage of Mark Lewis, a Los Angeles car repossessor and my neighbour in Venice, CA.. When the screenplay was published, Dick Rude and I interviewed Mark for the introduction: his take on the repo trade and the movie can be found at pscweb.com/repo/whatever.
To make the package more interesting to investors, I drew four pages of a comic book based on the script and we included them with the screenplay. I had planned at one stage to do an entire comic book, but it is too much work: a page a day at the very most, and hard on the eyes. Michael Nesmith, the former Monkee, saw the script/comic package, became interested, and took it to Bob Rehme at Universal.
Brainfeeder recording artist The Gaslamp Killer has launched a new video from his debut full length Breakthrough with the production crew Hyperballad. The Gaslamp Killer selected the track “In The Dark” for his latest music video release and the team at Hyperballad executed the visual representation of the songs atmosphere and vibe to astonishing affect. The faint traces of Gonjasufi’s voice over the dense sonic madness of GLK is fitted with an other worldly dark mystique in visual form that only music, film and the imagination can take one. After just one viewing from our staff and it was easily agreed that this is our favorite music video of the year thus far. Stream via Brainfeeder’s YouTube page along with film credits below.
The Gaslamp Killer | http://www.thegaslampkiller.com/
Producer: Filip Čermák
Dp: Tomas Jelinek
Editor: Jarrett Fijal
Compositing & additional fx: Mo Stoebe
3D FX: Charles De Meyer
Wardrobe: Lenka Kovaříková
Between July 5th and the 7th, legendary bassist and cellist Ron Carter will take the stage at the prestigious Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, CA with two performances scheduled each night. Bringing out a trio for this special three night stint, the gifted Georgia based guitarist Russell Malone and Nicaraguan-born American jazz pianist and music composer Donald Vega are joining Ron Carter for the evenings performances. Ron Carter is a master of setting and can compliment the dynamics of any group combination, working with players who stretch the limitations of music far beyond contemporary standards. Running well over 2,500 albums with his name as leader or sideman, Ron Carter is one of the hardest working, creative and dedicated jazz bassist of all time and has the tone that defines the body of the entire genres existence. Moving outside of the idiom of jazz, his work has touched the fabric of 20th and 21st century music all over the world.
Carter’s crafts have touched the albums of artists like Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Billy Cobham, Donald Byrd, Chick Corea, Robert Flack, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Quincy Jones, Hubert Laws, Airto Moreira, Wes Montgomery, Hermeto Pascoal, Gil-Scott Heron, Wayne Shorter, A Tribe Called Quest, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston and so many more. It’s overwhelming to shape the totality of his importance and influence and these three nights at Catalina in July will be a fruitful addition to his legacy and the beautiful landscape of live music in Los Angeles.
To purchase tickets for any of the six concerts spread over the three nights (July 5th-7th), Click Here.
Lord Quas aka Quasimoto has come out of hiatus in 2013 for the arrival of a new full length Yessir Whatever, scheduled to release in June. As the alter ego of prolific Los Angeles based producer Madlib, Quasimoto has remained an enigma in hip hop, becoming a singular voice that has remained its own thing. The most abstract and crazy worlds of hip hop emerge and the standard has never changed in the high pitch lyrical abstractions of Madlib under the Lord Quas moniker. The LP version of Yessir Whatever will come with a bonus 45 and has been an anticipated follow up to . Both CD and LP versions come with a special peel off sticker revealing Quasimoto’s guts. Sourced from material over the last 12 years or so, this is in our list of most anticipated releases of 2013. Pre-order a copy directly from Stones Throw Records by Clicking Here. Check out “Planned Attack” below, the first track to release from the new album Yessir Whatever. The beat is immaculate, making room for a minimal kick and snare 90′s style head nodding anthem with a beautiful Jeru The Damaja sample. Quasimoto is back.
From Stones Throw Records
Quasimoto first came to life on Madlib’s personal beat tapes in the producer’s early years in Oxnard CA – private music, not meant for release, made for himself and a small circle of local smokers and their car stereos.
By the time of Quasimoto’s debut The Unseen, most had caught on to the fact that Madlib and Quasimoto were one in the same. The MC as artistic alter ego, like a talking dummy from surreal rap vaudeville. Quasimoto is usually the “bad character,” doing and saying what the producer doesn’t, with Madlib along side as a noncommittal collaborator. The Unseen (Stones Throw, 2000) was among the new decade’s first sleeper hits, ranking on Spin’s year end list at a time when the producer and label were unknown outside hip-hop DJ circles.
After a subsequent journey through jazz production and now-legendary collaborations with MF DOOM & J Dilla, Madlib called on Quasimoto again for The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. The album played something like a smoked-out comedy/crime Blaxploitation flick, and continued to build Madlib’s reputation as one of the most creative and fearlessly skewed creators in hip-hop.
As for Quasimoto – usually represented by pen & ink with brick in hand – he has been many things over the years: rapper, cartoon, the poor-man’s Gorillaz, a toy, bad tattoo, internet meme. To all this Lord Quas might say, yessir … whatever. It’s all about the music.
Yessir Whatever collects 12-tracks made by Madlib and Quasimoto over a roughly 12-year period. A few were released on rare & out-of-print vinyl, while a few others are previously unreleased, now mixed and mastered for the first time. Take two & pass. Yessir … whatever.
Artwork by Jeff Jank. Mastered by Dave Cooley.
Le Petit Soldat, Godard’s 1963 politically charged film noir in new 35mm print, opens 4/26 Nuart | Film News
As an integral piece of the famous French New Wave movement in cinema from the early 50′s, director Jean-Luc Godard has become a legendary and very unique member of the creative arts over many decades. Purchasing his first 35mm print from earnings he received from a labor job while residing in Swizterland, Godard was a fanatic when it came to film culture in every way possible. Intense amounts of hours spent studying and analyzing film and even more intensity on the end of self technique and cinematic growth. As a human being who found comfort in the immediate nature of the now, many of his early films were put together on the smallest of budgets and featured jagged cut scenes, shaky camera handling and an overall diy aesthetic that still managed to pull something very special out from the center. It was taking risks without the act of taking a risk, just impulsively creating.
The early 60′s would establish Godard as a leading member of the Nouvell Vague movement with many integral period pieces rooted in the first half of the 60′s. The spontaneous nature of his filming style is what characterizes this movement well, spreading light on the beauty of process over product. Le Petit Soldat was created during this fruitful transition Godard took in the early 60′s and became the breeding grounds for the long standing relationship Godard shared with lead actress Anna Karina through marriage. They would work extensively together and Le Petit Soldat remains a very important piece and foundation of work created from the two. Nuart Theatres in Los Angeles is screening a new 35mm transfer of this film for everyone to experience, which we of course highly recommend doing so. Not many chances to see this rare film, especially in a theatre setting with a new transfer in the analog realm.
35mm restoration trailer from Rialto Pictures and more information from the film from Landmark Theatres and Nuart below.
LE PETIT SOLDAT
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 politically charged film noir in new 35mm print
Opens April 26, 2013 in Los Angeles
Rialto Pictures presents Jean-Luc Godard’s LE PETIT SOLDAT, opening April 26, 2013 at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.
LE PETIT SOLDAT (The Little Soldier), writer/director Jean-Luc Godard’s second feature film, was made in 1960 but immediately banned in France due to its sensitive political content and did not premiere until 1963. Michel Subor (Beau Travail) stars as Bruno Forestier, an army deserter caught in the middle of a covert war between the French government and the Algerian Liberation Front in Geneva. With both sides resorting to any means to achieve their clandestine ends, Bruno must decide what he is willing to do to escape with Veronica (Anna Karina, star of Band of Outsiders and A Woman Is A Woman, in her enchanting debut) and lead a free life. Arguably an espionage riff on the filmmaker’s own debut feature, Breathless, this is the film where Godard penned his signature statement: “Cinema is truth 24 frames a second.” Also starring László Szabó. (Made in U.S.A.). Rialto Pictures presents the film in a new 35mm print featuring an all-new translation and subtitles by Lenny Borger.
“A HEADY, INVIGORATING MIX OF CIVICS AND CINEMA! Godard creates an on-edge atmosphere from the start, [making] audiences viscerally experience and contemplate things they might otherwise not have wanted to.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
“STILL FEELS DARING AND VITAL, both peculiarly timely and deeply Godardian, a meditation not just on politics and war – the Algerian conflict is the background – but also on morality and art.” – Rachel Saltz, The New York Times
“EQUAL TO BREATHLESS IN ITS INVENTIVENESS AND EXUBERANCE… For Godard, political engagement was a deeply personal practice… [Le Petit Soldat] is that rare occurrence in cinema when action is infused with thought, and when the very nature of thought comes to life on screen.” – Drew Hunt, Slant
LE PETIT SOLDAT opens Friday, April 26, 2013 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, showing through Thursday, May 2, 2013 for an exclusive one-week engagement. Show times to be announced. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre is at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, in West Los Angeles. Program information: 310-281-8223; www.landmarktheatres.com
On April 8th, Chicago’s Angel Olsen took center stage at the infamous Echo in Los Angeles, CA, playing for a very receptive audience of this rising folk singer. Olsen was recently signed to the long standing Jagjaguwar this year, a label that was founded in 1996 and located in Bloomington, Indiana. The label has given her high praise, stating in their press news, “Her voice is an incredibly strange, yet warmly inviting instrument always positioned at the forefront of her songs.” This was on full display at the Echo as her voice was unique, powerful and remarkably controlled. The live band that she has taken on tour with her consists of Danah Olivetree (cello), Stewart Bronaugh (bass) and Joshua Jaeger (drums). Fully polished, everyone brought a lot of presence at The Echo, giving Olsen a lot of room to do everything that makes her so unique. Angel Olsen is an accomplished guitar player and song writer, really defining her own identity and character within minutes of performing. The Echo presents a special world where everyone is close and able to really interact with the setting and Olsen’s approach to music was perfect for this atmosphere. Sound Colour Vibration’s head photographer Oliver Walker was on site for this performance and documented the night in full. Enjoy the photos from Angel Olsen and her band while listening to the Angel Olsen single “Tiniest Seed” from Bathetic Records below.
Angel Olsen live at The Echo Los Angeles
All photography from Oliver Walker | http://olivermwalker.com/
A transatlantic epistolary exchange.
A song transformed into a film score and mailed across the Atlantic Ocean.
The score interpreted using an intuitive approach and a single roll of 16mm color negative film. The film exposed, rewound and re-exposed many times, developed and sent back across the Atlantic. These images were collected with the foreknowledge that the film would be extensively manipulated in the darkroom. An archaic homemade contact printer was used to create the final look and that film was hand-processed, and rinsed and repeated all in the same room in which the score began.
Time passing. The feeling of time. Collapsing space. Collapsing time. Collapsing time and space.
*16mm print available and recommended for screening purposes. This is the digital version.
“Sweet Dreams” available on Angel Olsen’s “Sleepwalker” 7 inch from Sixteen Tambourines (sixteentambourines.bigcartel.com/)
US footage processed at Filmworkers/ Astro Labs Chicago. Austrian footage hand-processed at the filmkoop wien. 2K film scan by Synchro Vienna
This film was made under the auspices of a Fulbright grant funded by the Austrian-American Educational Commission.
Over the past decade or so, the enthralling underground racing film series Fast & Furious has kept us entertained like no other racing film. The films see-sawed between aesthetics but always secured the leads at the box office. Thanks to Universal, the last three films in the series saw gifted director Justin Lin take over the throne with installments catapulting Fast and Furious back into the spotlight. With the release of Fast & Furious 6 right around the corner, veteran actor Vin Diesel (who has starred in the Fast & Furious franchise) has hinted towards the seventh installment to begin filming this summer in Los Angeles. Entertainment is snowballing in Hollywood and the fast-paced velocity of Fast & Furious shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious 6 trailer can be seen below, in theaters May 2013. Here is the official statement by Vin Diesel:
There was an early screening in LA this week of Fast 6. The crowd reaction was surreal… and their demand for the continuation was powerful… It’s remarkable to think I first embodied this character in 1999… and the evolution continues. P.s. Filming begins this summer in LA, where it all started… talk about a studio in sync with the audience…
On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Los Angeles was given a special presentation of some of the best modern electronic and hip hop music at the always packed Low End Theory. Including Baths, Dauwd, Ta-Ku, Dark Time Sunshine, special guest Busdriver and all of the Low End residents (Nocando, GLK, D-Styles, Daddy Kev and DJ Nobody), the evening was filled with an entirely different atmosphere than usual. The connectivity power was activated right from the beginning and a deep sense of passion swept through the Low End audience with superb sets from everyone on the bill. As the official return of Baths to the Low End Theory, this Anticon artist has been canvasing the world with his musical craft and Low End Theory was a must stop event for this visionary. Everyone on the bill that night was in full stride with various projects, highlighting one very small pocket of the collective artistic momentum that is existing in the 2010′s.
Baths has been promoting material off his upcoming album scheduled to release with Anticon in May of this year and anticipation has been raised with the type of set he gave to the city of LA for Low End. London’s Dauwd is also in promotion of new material with the February release of a bass heavy and experimentally electro EP by the name of Heat Division (Pictures Music Records). The vibe of the room changed entirely for his set, defining why he has been creating the type of buzz there is around him. Ta-Ku is one of the hardest working individuals in modern producer culture, claiming a large body of networks that include Project: Mooncircle, Soulection, HW&W, Sunday Records, Mushroom Music and much more. Low End Theory is an evolving platform for many different producer types and Ta-Ku brought his unique presence to the night without flaw. He has the kind of presence and sonic type that fit seamlessly with the past foundations of some of the best sets at Low End. The moment he got on the Low End stage, you could just feel what was about to happen.
Dark Time Sunshine is on the last leg of their US tour with Void Pedal and Moodie Black and stopped by Low End Theory for this one off date. Members Onry Ozzborn and Zavala create a very progressive and unique type of hip hop that is mind blowing in lyrical form. The beats are full of color and life, with deviations to the norm that are starting to become the norm in hip hop. Experimentally driven, the music is large and taps into a completely new type of atmosphere for the genre. There set was yet another completely unique experience that was highlighted by the contagious good vibes that were in the crowd. Busdriver was a special guest for the evening and displayed his technical and creative prowess on the mic for LA.
Low End Theory became a very different experience on March 20th, 2013 then ever before and was a night we feel honored to have captured with the photo collection that is below. The residents of Low End Theory have constantly been sharpening their skills over the life span of Low Ends existence and it’s astonishing to see it all continue to elevate on the level it did this last week.
Baths, Ta-Ku, Dauwd & Dark Time Sunshine + All Residents
March 20, 2013 @ Low End Theory Los Angeles, CA
All photography by Oliver Walker
Beat Cinema has become an up and coming voice in the presentation of live electronica and hip hop music for Southern California. This week the Beat Cinema has put together a very impressive list of special performances from some of the HW&W Records crew. Australian beat producer Ta-ku is performing at Low End Theory tonight and will bring what he does best to Beat Cinema the following night. Bahwee is a co-founding member of the My Hollow Drum collective and is slated to perform a full set for Beat Cinema also. Remix specialist Kaytranada and New York based Sweater Beats round out the bill with all Beat Cinema residents making appearances tomorrow night. Details about the event below along with streaming tracks from each producer.
From Beat Cinema | http://www.beatcinema.com/
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Below is some music to enjoy from all of the special artists performing at Beat Cinema this week.
Ta-ku “25 Nights For Nujabes”.
A beat a night for 25 nights in dedication to Seba Jun.
His music was so full of emotion and beauty. Rest in peace.
Off of the album RETWERK by Ta-ku (facebook.com/takugotbeats)
RETWERK LP DL link- ta-ku.me/
Tracks used- Diamond Mouth & Hey Justin
Ta-ku’s Boiler Room Set: youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3xz89mXgtys
HW&W Recordings- huhwhatandwhere.com
Starring Noel Smith
Special thanks to Clayton Johnson, dojo master at Journey Martial Arts- Port Jefferson Station, New York