October 10, 2013 |
Those on the West Coast still adjusting to a new day might want to head straight to the headphones: David Bowie has just released an epic remix of his "Love Is Lost," deconstructed by producer/LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy. Ten minutes of noggin-rattling fun, the track, subtitled "Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA," is a joyful way to start a Thursday. Specifically, the piece begins with applause, which gracefully evolves into an off-kilter, clapped beat.
November 10, 2011 |
Metaphors and visual symbols play a big role in conceptual landscape painter Whitney Bedford's life. Take what happened in 2001. The daughter of an international businessman and a flight attendant, Bedford impulsively jumped on a plane to follow a man she had a crush on to Antarctica. When she arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina , the southernmost city in the world and a port to the South Pole, she discovered he wasn't there. "I was devastated," she said. A master's in fine arts candidate at UCLA at the time, she decided to stay for a couple of weeks and make the best of it. "I took flying lessons and used it as a metaphor for coming back up" from her emotional doldrums.
April 19, 2013 |
When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs began making records in 2001, it would've been difficult to imagine the band someday doing a song as "Like a Prayer"-ish as "Sacrilege," the first track on its new album. "Falling for a guy, fell down from the sky," frontwoman Karen O sings over a descending guitar figure, "Halo round his head, feathers in our bed. " Later in the tune a gospel choir shows up -- as one did last weekend during the group's performance at Coachella, where it's to play again Friday night -- and pushes "Sacrilege" into true-blue power-in-the-midnight-hour territory.
July 10, 2012 |
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it's getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer's GalleristNY blog. Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem.
April 27, 2013 |
By the time you read this post it will likely be too late, but the Rolling Stones have scheduled a last-minute club gig in Los Angeles on Saturday night in preparation for the continuation of the band's "50 and Counting" anniversary tour. Tickets to the show, which appears to be scheduled for the Echoplex in Echo Park, are $20, cash only, and could be purchased starting at 1 p.m. at the El Rey. The ability to purchase tickets was to be assigned via a lottery and there is a one-ticket limit.
March 10, 2012
Here are sample playlists put together from my own (admittedly limited) library, each one "arced" for a particular purpose. Then I asked a few folks who can really pick out a tune to share their sample lists. AMINA KHAN PICK-ME-UP: It's siesta time. I feel myself lapsing into food coma, eyelids drooping and motivation flagging. Flo Rida's sunny dance beats shake me awake, and LMFAO'sdriving base gets me going. Calvin Harris evens out the energy level, and Cypress Hill's vibrant melodies with Marc Anthony's soaring vocals send my spirits flying.
December 21, 2007 |
Jeremy Dawson was traveling the morning of Dec. 6, heading back home to Los Angeles for a DJ gig at the BPM magazine holiday party, when his cellphone buzzed. "It was a text from the president of the record company," the keyboardist for electro-rock quartet Shiny Toy Guns said. "It said, 'Congratulations, I'll take that.'
June 5, 2009 |
To the casual observer, it looked like a typical night out at a Hollywood club -- crowded dance floor moving to the sounds of a DJ, deep scrums at every available bar, couples making out. But to the seasoned clubber, a recent night at the Avalon's weekly "Control" party was far from typical. The dance floor was conspicuously free from the usual orange tans and Affliction and Ed Hardy fashions prevalent in Hollywood.
March 18, 2007 |
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (DFA/EMI) **** JAMES MURPHY, foreman of the New York electro wrecking crew LCD Soundsystem, is a kind of clubland Lenny Bruce. In songs concocted from whatever's been spilled on the dirty dance floor since punk first went nightclubbing around 1980, Murphy yelps in the voice of a late-night party crasher, smacking the "in" crowd -- post-post-punks, aging club kids, jaded Brooklynites -- with observations that entice and insult.
October 28, 2007 |
We all know the music industry is a mess. The album format may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, possibly taking the major labels with it. Concert tickets cost too much, and with the Web encouraging a million little niche markets, no one soundtrack is inspiring a generation. We've come so far, only to arrive at "High School Musical." Yet as anarchy descends, something remarkable keeps happening -- artists from across the playing field are hitting peaks and causing major excitement.