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January 31, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Below are a few tips on new releases of note, as published in Sunday's Times.  Lo-Fang, “Blue Film” (4AD) Lo-Fang is the pseudonym of Matthew Hemerlein, a singer and pop composer who wrote, recorded and played all the instruments on this debut. Drawing on digital R&B, modern pop, “Kid A”-era Radiohead and electronic music, he presents three- and four-minute song bursts that are tightly structured but labyrinthine in detail. “When We're Fine” floats on a digital loop, a tiny-but-mighty rhythm, backward-spinning bleeps and bloops and a catchy chorus.
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January 31, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Below are a few tips on new releases of note, as published in Sunday's Times.  Lo-Fang, “Blue Film” (4AD) Lo-Fang is the pseudonym of Matthew Hemerlein, a singer and pop composer who wrote, recorded and played all the instruments on this debut. Drawing on digital R&B, modern pop, “Kid A”-era Radiohead and electronic music, he presents three- and four-minute song bursts that are tightly structured but labyrinthine in detail. “When We're Fine” floats on a digital loop, a tiny-but-mighty rhythm, backward-spinning bleeps and bloops and a catchy chorus.
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January 26, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Like her chief influences, Tom Waits and X, singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell lives in a black-and-white world where the gray areas matter most. During her sold-out Wednesday performance at the Fold at the Silverlake Lounge, the Angeleno limned minor-key tales of alluring but untrustworthy men, unsuspecting yet resilient women and the assorted victims of her characters' irresistible charms.
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January 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
You couldn't have asked for a more sweetly engaging debut than the Living Sisters ' 2010 album, “Love to Live,” a title that embodied the sheer joy the three original members -- Inara George, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark -- displayed through the blending of their voices. Thankfully, that recording wasn't just a one-off side project for the three women, who are otherwise engaged in various indie rock and pop projects around L.A. Now, the trio becomes a quartet with the addition of Alex Lilly, the onetime backup singer for George in the Bird and the Bee who subsequently stepped into the lead spot when she formed Obi Best.
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July 29, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS, Natalie Nichols is a regular contributor to Calendar
Eleni Mandell loves L.A., but not in a sun-'n'-fun kind of way. Rather, the singer-songwriter finds inspiration in the city's dark corners, where illicit romances and quirky personalities flourish. That's not surprising, given that the native Angeleno cites Southern California-based icons Tom Waits and X as enduring fascinations.
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February 22, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
On a crisp Sunday morning, singer-songwriter and Los Feliz denizen Eleni Mandell wandered the flea market at Pasadena Community College in a slouchy cardigan and vintage sunglasses. She picked through tables cluttered with copper bracelets, picture frames and dusty velvet hats, any of which could serve as a mysterious prop in one of Mandell's retro-tuned torch songs. Vendors manned the booths, watching for shoplifters who, some said, have gotten worse since the recession hit.
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March 11, 2010
The Living Sisters, a trio of renowned local singer-songwriters, create some of the most soaring, ethereal harmonies around town. Betsy Stark, Inara George and Eleni Mandell will be sharing songs from their upcoming debut album, "Love to Live." Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 7:30 p.m. Sat. (310) 440-7300.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
You couldn't have asked for a more sweetly engaging debut than the Living Sisters ' 2010 album, “Love to Live,” a title that embodied the sheer joy the three original members -- Inara George, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark -- displayed through the blending of their voices. Thankfully, that recording wasn't just a one-off side project for the three women, who are otherwise engaged in various indie rock and pop projects around L.A. Now, the trio becomes a quartet with the addition of Alex Lilly, the onetime backup singer for George in the Bird and the Bee who subsequently stepped into the lead spot when she formed Obi Best.
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September 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
At its most winsome, L.A.-based Lavender Diamond crafts heart-melting melodies that can sound as if they've been lifted straight out of a child's music box - in some cases, the world's most melancholy music box on the quartet's second full-length album. The album opens with "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," one of five songs that traffic in the dreamy pulse of a waltz as vocalist Becky Stark sings: "Everybody's heart's breaking now/And you feel the world is ending somehow/And you wonder how we'll find our way out. " Such is the loveliness of Stark's voice in a track that expands from an intimate initial keyboard accompaniment to fully orchestrated, grand-scale pop that the listener feels compelled to see where this journey will lead rather than turn away in dystopian dejection.
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June 26, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Eleni MANDELL might owe Paris Hilton 10% of her next record deal. Amid the uproar about Hilton's steamy Carl's Jr. TV ad, some attention has also gone to the music accompanying her sudsy bump and grind -- a rocked-up version of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris" featuring the purr and growl of Mandell.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
At its most winsome, L.A.-based Lavender Diamond crafts heart-melting melodies that can sound as if they've been lifted straight out of a child's music box - in some cases, the world's most melancholy music box on the quartet's second full-length album. The album opens with "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," one of five songs that traffic in the dreamy pulse of a waltz as vocalist Becky Stark sings: "Everybody's heart's breaking now/And you feel the world is ending somehow/And you wonder how we'll find our way out. " Such is the loveliness of Stark's voice in a track that expands from an intimate initial keyboard accompaniment to fully orchestrated, grand-scale pop that the listener feels compelled to see where this journey will lead rather than turn away in dystopian dejection.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2010
The Living Sisters, a trio of renowned local singer-songwriters, create some of the most soaring, ethereal harmonies around town. Betsy Stark, Inara George and Eleni Mandell will be sharing songs from their upcoming debut album, "Love to Live." Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 7:30 p.m. Sat. (310) 440-7300.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
On a crisp Sunday morning, singer-songwriter and Los Feliz denizen Eleni Mandell wandered the flea market at Pasadena Community College in a slouchy cardigan and vintage sunglasses. She picked through tables cluttered with copper bracelets, picture frames and dusty velvet hats, any of which could serve as a mysterious prop in one of Mandell's retro-tuned torch songs. Vendors manned the booths, watching for shoplifters who, some said, have gotten worse since the recession hit.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Eleni MANDELL might owe Paris Hilton 10% of her next record deal. Amid the uproar about Hilton's steamy Carl's Jr. TV ad, some attention has also gone to the music accompanying her sudsy bump and grind -- a rocked-up version of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris" featuring the purr and growl of Mandell.
NEWS
June 20, 2002 | Adam Bregman
* The cabaret-style singer, guitarist and violinist has a new record called "Snakebite." Best Spots on Tour: I guess the Fold is my favorite club to play, which is either at the Derby or the Silverlake Lounge. There are a lot of problems with playing at the Silverlake Lounge--the stage is very low, and the sound isn't that great--but the energy is always really good and so that makes it fun. Sadly, I don't think there are really great clubs to play in L.A.
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July 29, 2001 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three forest fires in different parts of California had scorched more than 5,000 acres by late Saturday. Two of the fires were not expected to be contained until mid-week, authorities said. The Cajon Pass fire in San Bernardino County, which charred 630 acres, was contained early Saturday evening, said Ruk Read, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The fire caused no injures and threatened no structures. But it prompted the voluntary evacuation of animals and staff from Jungle Exotics, a company that trains animals for movies.
NEWS
June 20, 2002 | Adam Bregman
* The cabaret-style singer, guitarist and violinist has a new record called "Snakebite." Best Spots on Tour: I guess the Fold is my favorite club to play, which is either at the Derby or the Silverlake Lounge. There are a lot of problems with playing at the Silverlake Lounge--the stage is very low, and the sound isn't that great--but the energy is always really good and so that makes it fun. Sadly, I don't think there are really great clubs to play in L.A.
NEWS
July 29, 2001 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three forest fires in different parts of California had scorched more than 5,000 acres by late Saturday. Two of the fires were not expected to be contained until mid-week, authorities said. The Cajon Pass fire in San Bernardino County, which charred 630 acres, was contained early Saturday evening, said Ruk Read, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The fire caused no injures and threatened no structures. But it prompted the voluntary evacuation of animals and staff from Jungle Exotics, a company that trains animals for movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS, Natalie Nichols is a regular contributor to Calendar
Eleni Mandell loves L.A., but not in a sun-'n'-fun kind of way. Rather, the singer-songwriter finds inspiration in the city's dark corners, where illicit romances and quirky personalities flourish. That's not surprising, given that the native Angeleno cites Southern California-based icons Tom Waits and X as enduring fascinations.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Like her chief influences, Tom Waits and X, singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell lives in a black-and-white world where the gray areas matter most. During her sold-out Wednesday performance at the Fold at the Silverlake Lounge, the Angeleno limned minor-key tales of alluring but untrustworthy men, unsuspecting yet resilient women and the assorted victims of her characters' irresistible charms.
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