Arctic Monkeys at the Troubadour

Posted: April 30th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Dance Rock, Events | No Comments »

Arctic Monkeys at the Troubadour

The young Americans salute the Arctic Monkeys’ cool, sonic onslaught.

Last Sunday night, the Arctic Monkeys, the hot rock group from England that has been turning ears for the past couple years in Europe, showcased their talent at LA’s Troubadour the night after they played at Coachella. Far from what I expected, the four-piece banged out a mod-infused, punked up, full-throttle concoction of post-rock, post-rave mayhem. Not just pop music, their live fare was some of the most heady, far-out music I’ve heard in quite sometime. The fact that frontman Alex Turner’s laconic singing came across more as detached commentary on the teenaged, post-9/11 set, only deepened their white-hot refrains. Read the rest of this entry »


The Chemical Brothers on upcoming album

Posted: April 29th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Dance Rock, House, Techno | No Comments »

Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers’ new album “We Are the Night” is on the horizon, slated for a June 19 release. The Los Angeles Times reports that it was a difficult record to make, sparking some soul-searching for the duo. Looking for inspiration, they seem to have zeroed in on the dance-rock and “nu rave” craze:

“We put together what we had experienced at raves — the shared experience, the wildness of it, the fun — with our love of rock and indie,” he says. “We didn’t want to be in a guitar band. We wanted to take the rawness and sweat and intensity you’d get from a rock band, but do that with electronic instruments.”

Let’s hope it’s even better than the last one. Read the full article.


!!! at Amoeba

Posted: April 29th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Dance Rock, Events | No Comments »

!!! rock LA’s Amoeba Record Store day before they perform at Coachella.


Ratatat and 120 Days in Los Angeles

Posted: April 4th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Ambient, Audio-Visual, Dance Rock, Events, Techno | No Comments »

Norway’s 120 Days and New York’s Ratatat stoked the electronic fire Monday at the amply spacious Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Ratatat headlined on the heels of their critically acclaimed albums “Ratatat” and “Classic,” interlacing their intricate, sometimes baroque electric guitar over meaty electronic beats. Less Air and more Hendrix and Mozart rocking out with a drum machine, Ratatat is a natural hybrid of rock and electronica.

But getting the gig off to its start was the astonishing 120 Days, who are already a sensation in Europe. Excelling as a live act, 120 Days jam over long, epic numbers with roguish abandon. Fusing techno’s hypnotic horsepower with a rock band’s raw swagger, the Norwegian quintet were a revelation in the hearing.

120 Days

120 Days bring dream-tidings from the north, basking in their sonic maelstrom of cascading guitars and entrancing grooves.

And yet their genius is shockingly obvious: fat beats, skitter-scatter snares and galloping high-hats riding under a diamond sky of bursting synths and guitar psychedelia. But it took young pups weaned equally on Led Zeppelin and Sasha to push it through with natural purpose. And looking at the thin northern strangers with their long hair and engrossed playing style, it seemed the ghosts of early Pink Floyd had returned for the technicolor dreams of the day — “One of these days I’m going to cut you up into little bitty pieces…” Read the rest of this entry »


LCD Soundsystem – "Sound of Silver"

Posted: April 4th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Album Review, Dance Rock, House, Techno | No Comments »

LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver album cover

What can I say that hasn’t probably already been said about this sophomore album? Yes, it’s a sleekly produced affair that shouldn’t disappoint most fans and newcomers. But, the real surprise for me is “Someone Great.” When I first heard it on the radio I thought it was by some clever German producer — it has that minimal, cold sound. The vocals married to the casual, interlocking melodies yield one of the more stunning electronic songs of the year. It is especially delicious at night. Read the rest of this entry »


!!! – "Myth Takes"

Posted: April 4th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Album Review, Dance Rock | No Comments »

Myth Takes album cover

Sexy, heady, grooving, ingenious, pulsating, rollicking — you could say all of these things about !!!’s new album. Gaging their reception at Coachella and their growing mentions in mainstream media like the Los Angeles Times and NPR, it’s only a matter of time before these guys explode. If you’re new to !!! (chk chk chk) what you need to know is that they are not just another LCD Soundsystem or simply a modern update of the Talking Heads. Read the rest of this entry »


John Tejada – "Cleaning Sounds Is A Filthy Business"

Posted: April 4th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Album Review, Ambient Techno, Techno | No Comments »

John Tejada Cleaning Sounds is a Filthy Business

LA’s own John Tejada releases one of his best longplayers yet. The big prize here is his gorgeous, goose-bumping “End of it All,” a strong candidate for this year’s techno anthem. I first heard him play it at a local club months ago, fresh off his computer hard drive, its many percolating synths and bass tones cascading down like glittering bee-bees. Others like “What Happened to Manners,” “Clever Bunch” and “Paper Jet” follow in the tradition of Orbital’s whipping, schematic grooves. While the album doesn’t sustain itself throughout, it’s a highlight for any electronica fan.


Move-D – "Kunststoff" (Reissue)

Posted: April 3rd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Album Review, Ambient, Ambient Techno, Techno | No Comments »

Move-D Kunststoff


Stanton Warriors in Los Angeles

Posted: April 3rd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Breakbeat, Events | No Comments »

stanton warrior redstanton crowd