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Year in Music 2011: Top EPs

Year in Music 2011: Top EPs

Short list here; for me, 2011 was not the year of the EP. I hung under albums and Bandcamp-ed collections so when it came to look at this list, I felt a little embarrassed for myself that I hadn’t sought out more bite-sized sets of plastic and bits, but hey, these things happen. The Holloweyed’s top 11,...
Year In Music 2011: Top Photos

Year In Music 2011: Top Photos

I had a fantastic year behind the camera and considering the year-end list fever, I decided a 2011 visual recap was in order. From nightly Smog City shows at mainstay venues, one-off special performances, festivals like Lollapalooza, FYF or Fun Fun Fun and being cramped in a van on tour, going through my harddrives and whittling this list down...
Photos: Boys Noize, Switch and Harvard Bass- CYP2 1 Year Anniversary Party

Photos: Boys Noize, Switch and Harvard Bass- CYP2 1 Year Anniversary Party

One year old. Well, it’s one year old, the second time around for CYP- hence the “2″ you see. The notorious Smog City party celebrated 365 days of madness Tuesday night at it’s homebase The Echoplex with what I believe to be one of the best nights on record for Franki Chan, Media Contender and...
Photos: Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 3

Photos: Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 3

Here are some selects from the final set of photos from Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest ahead of DAY 1 and DAY 2 photos. Below you can scope shots of the likes of Slayer, Boris, the reformed post hardcorers Hum, Black Lips (Cole’s fire guitar trick was fun) Austra, Grimes (with a dancer) and Gosling...
Killing Spree for 11|11|11

Killing Spree for 11|11|11

The return of the mighty Smog City monthly, Killing Spree is off and running and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Besides CYP2, I won’t hesitate to dub this one of the absolute best nights in LA. Hands down. Zane, Gibby and N|GHTCH|LDE welcomed the synchronicity of 11|11|11 with a perfect night of the best tunes...
Shabazz Palaces in Red and Black

Shabazz Palaces in Red and Black

Seattle’s slow moving, drip hop duo Shabazz Palaces played an introductory set to a crammed-in crowd at The Echo last week here in Smog City in support of their Sub Pop-released longplayer, Black Up- it’s good, but I’m still allowing for it to flower. Rawkblog was there. Grimy Goods too. I was hustling up and down from Check Yo (Drums, IO Echo)...
Weekend Photos: Pure X, The Child, Lesands & Kittenhawk

Weekend Photos: Pure X, The Child, Lesands & Kittenhawk

Packed weekend. Enjoy photos below from Austin’s fantastic Pure X,  Smog City local dance poppers Lesands, the Echo showcase for the Manimal Vinyl imprint and a few snaps from the very talented designer Kittenhawk and her concept show/performance at Concept LA. Pure X Lesands The Child (Manimal) Kittenhawk’s show   ENTIRE PURE X GALLERY ENTIRE MANIMAL SHOWCASE...
Photos: Gang Gang Dance- Culture Collide Block Party

Photos: Gang Gang Dance- Culture Collide Block Party

Gang Gang Dance made one of the best albums of the year with their fifth longplayer, Eye Contact (4AD). I can also say that, after last Sunday’s Culture Collide Block Party set, that they played one of the better shows I’ve witnessed thus far this year. Claims yes, but I promise you that I’m not...
CYP2 Hits the Road

CYP2 Hits the Road

Huzzah! Less than two weeks and the roving party that is CYP2 hits the road for it’s first-ever tour with Pictureplane, Spank Rock, Big Freeda, Franki Chan and loads more in tow. The notorious LA party will pack up and hit 10 cities coast to coast including a stop at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest....
Demonbabies Summons his Nocte Virginis

Demonbabies Summons his Nocte Virginis

Smog City-based tee makers Blood is the New Black have long paid the right sort of attention to detail when it came to their designs and whose art they inked and their latest collaboration with Demonbabies is no different. The work of one master of horror, Jesus Rivera, the holiday ’11 line drops, fittingly, on Halloween...
Photos: Occupy LA's 1 Week Anniversary

Photos: Occupy LA’s 1 Week Anniversary

The Occupy Movement has spread the world over and continues to grow with each passing week. It doesn’t look like their rising voices will be dampened anytime soon. Last weekend here in Smog City, the Occupy LA chapter held its one-week anniversary event at their camp on the grass and steps of City Hall. The...
Photos: Class Actress, Miami Horror- CYP2

Photos: Class Actress, Miami Horror- CYP2

There really has to be something in the water over at Check Yo Ponytail HQ. Franki, Media Contender and their crews sure know how to party and with an upcoming tour, a hellva kick-off night planned (Wavves! Spank Rock! Death Set!) and a pair of nights with New York’s The Drums, the Check Yo Ponytail beast...
It's right around the corner...

It’s right around the corner…

Whether it’s events like Make Music Pasadena, Waved Out, New Folk Fest or Abbot Kinney festival, the feeling of seeing concentrated live music in the streets and clubs of Smog City flanked by food trucks and $7 beer tents is a frequent and very much welcome occurrence. After the debacle that was Sunset Junction 2011, East Side...
Hear Unheard Nirvana Versions

Hear Unheard Nirvana Versions

Right to the point. We all know how important, how shaping,  how great, etc.. Nevermind is… The multi-format 20th Anniversary reissue of the band’s second album releases next week. The format choices are a bit dizzying. There’s a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album and making the most of the occasion,...
Airwalk Turns 25

Airwalk Turns 25

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years. I remember begging my mother for a new pair of Airwalk‘s shoe, The One, so to accompany my light-washed baggy jeans and oversized tees. Ah, suburban grunge. The action sports/lifestyle brand, which was founded in 1986 at the request of a skateboarder and named for a trick invented...