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Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past tailor-made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game. - Jacqueline Caruso

To continue reading the full review, click here.

April 21, 2014
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The new album by the soft-spoken, inventive songstress, Priscilla Ahn, 'This Is Where We Are', was released earlier this year. It's a gutsy departure from her more acoustic offerings, and our ears are delighted. Lead single, "Diana," has all the sweetness, euphoria, and mystery of paragliding across a rainbow. Quirky, and at times aggressive soundscapes dance between serenading melodies. Her intimate and heartbreaking qualities are still on full display, especially on the ballad, "Remember How I Broke Your Heart." Filled with delicate instrumentation and breathless harmonies, this is Ahn in her purest form. The entire album seems to be a push and pull between comfort and exploration. Stream "Diana" below and catch her live set at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 30. - Jacqueline Caruso

April 18, 2014
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San Diego quartet The Donkeys previously released two sumptous, country-laden albums under the Dead Oceans imprint. Its dust-drenched melodies and stately arrangements were slack to say the least, but there was something about those twanging guitars that filled the room with a warm glow. Now under new LA-based label Easy Sound, they're making their return with Ride The Black Wave, a slightly more ambitious effort that continues their tradition of melding chiming Americana hooks with the lush swing of seventies FM radio. Take a listen to the single "Scissor Me Cigs" below, a swaying pop ballad that nestles one with effortless ease. See them live at Church on York on June 6th. 

 

April 18, 2014
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Jeff "Jeffertitti" Ramuno may be best known for playing bass with Father John Misty, but he's doing just fine on his own. Of all the emerging psych rock bands in LA, and there are plenty, the crown belongs to Jeffertitti's Nile. They are in great company, but with their upcoming sophomore release, 'The Electric Hour,' they have (for now) solidified themselves as leaders of the pack. The energy of the cosmos, like the intangible ether inside a crystal ball traveling the edges of space-time, is packed into every nanosecond of every song. The deeper down the rabbit hole you go with these cosmic warriors, the further from reality you get, and the closer to a mystic truth steeped inside a universe with infinite dimensions. Jeffertitti's Nile are making music like its a movement. Stream lead single, "No One," and get lost in their sonic web. 'The Electric Hour' is due out April 29 on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. - Jacqueline Caruso

April 16, 2014
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Mixing alt-rock with art-rock, Dot Hacker's music feels like the force of a tidal wave made purely of sound. The four-piece, formed by Red Hot Chili Peppers touring member, Josh Klinghoffer, and rounded out by road-worn touring musicians, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner, and Jonathan Hischke, have planned a special 7" for Record Store Day on ORG Music. Two songs will make up this limited edition release, featuring the lead single, "Whatever You Want." Front and center are Klinghoffer's powerful vocals, grabbing you by the collar in the first 6 seconds and soaring like a fighter jet until the screaming end. At its heart, the tune is a hard hitting rock anthem, but the layers and layers of meticulous soundscapes at every transition are what make it well worth the repeat listens - (pay close attention to that tremolo effect on the bass). The 7" will be available April 19 with a sophomore full length expected later this year. - Jacqueline Caruso

April 16, 2014
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Tapioca & the Flea are an electro-pop quartet that meshes chromatic synths into their bracing, hand-waving choruses. They've just released a video for the track "Take It Slow", which features the band performing in the midst of a bitter quarrel between a couple, as it reminds us of their most brutal and compassionate moments through abrupt juxtaposed images. The track, which was produced by Crystal Castles' Ethan Kath, will appear on one side of a limited edition split 7" that will be available on Record Store Day. And speaking of which, catch their in-store set at Amoeba Music this Saturday at 6 pm.

April 16, 2014
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