Stereocache Has Moved

December 19, 2008

You can now find all of my previous posts over at http://www.stereocache.com

stereocache.com will be the only site getting updated with posts, contests, and calendar revisions.

Check it out and let me know what you think.


Autolux Premier “Fat Kid”

November 28, 2008

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Autolux posted a new instrumental track on their myspace today somewhat erroneously entitled “Fat Kid.” It doesn’t sound particularly related to childhood obesity (which according to ads that played during today’s cowboys/seahawks game will kill us all before our parents) to me.  Maybe like a fat kid disposer from that frenetic drum beat.  Danceaerobics anyone?  What it does sound like is a pretty big departure from what I was expecting from Transit Transit.  Maybe the band read my mind, in the message that accompanied the song announcement they revealed that “Fat Kid” wasn’t going to be included on the now postponed album (that’s right apparently industry politics are trying to get between me and Transit Transit again. Its now slated for release “after the new year”)  I wonder what project this song is a part of.  Is it too early to speculate on what type of sound the band is currently into?  Is this what album three holds in store?  I mean, the band writes at such a faster pace than their mastering and release schedule that I always kind of assume that they’re bored with the album by the time it comes out.  The sounds they’re producing are pretty impressive considering their process as Robert Densworth’s message makes it clear that “if there are any sounds on it that remind you of a tuba or tympani – that happens to be greg getting those sounds out of his guitar.”

“Fat Kid” will be available for purchase on itunes in a couple of weeks.


Interview with Natalia Yanchak of The Dears

November 11, 2008

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Via e-mail

SC: I have to say I think you guys handled the leak as tastefully as I’ve ever seen.  Most bands come off sounding kind of  disconnected from reality at best and tool-ish at worst but your letters just made it sound like you really cared about your record.

NY: Thank you.

SC: How would you say this current album differs from your previous albums?

NY: Every album is a journey, taking us to another place both musically and thematically. Missiles is a step along this adventure, one that reflects on the past and looks to the future. For this reason, no two Dears albums will ever truly be “the same.”

SC: The idea of missiles tends to imply the larger more sweeping realm of politics and organization for me because of their own massive scale of destruction but the lyrics on the album seem more concerned with personal results of these grand systems.  How do you see the content of this album relating to the album’s title?

NY: That’s kind of it: an alternate working title was “Threats,” which also implied an impending doom, or the insecurity of modern, Western living.

SC: The video for “Money Babies” has some pretty direct imagery, what were your roles in the shaping of the video? (you can view it here)

NY: We are into scifi/apocalypse: Murray and I wrote our own treatment for this song and it kind of combined the films Children Of Men, Perfume: a Story of Murder and The Village. When we read this treatment by Anton Purr, we were totally into it because he nailed the fatalistic concept.  Read the rest of this entry »


Omar Rodriguez Lopez Is Sneaky, Old Money Stealth Release

November 10, 2008

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This came out of absolutely nowhere to me which I find incredibly surprising.  For one thing, I am a rabid At The Drive-In fan and as such I follow The Mars Volta with a mixture of admiration and resentment for what rose out of that band’s ashes.  (I’ve even got that Defacto stuff)  Plus I’m an avid music blog/magazine reader on top of whatever press releases I get anyways.  In theory Lopez shouldn’t have been able to release an album on a high profile label like Stones Throw without me hearing about it until the day of its digital release.  But that is just what he did. Read the rest of this entry »


Deerhoof release Family of Others Video

October 22, 2008

Maybe I would have stayed in science class if it had had an appropriate soundtrack.  It was pretty satisfying once I got the microscope properly focused…. the only problem was that from the 8th grade until my sophomore year in college all I got was a pinkish blur.  Maybe it wasn’t so much that I decided to leave the sciences but that the administrative powers that be wouldn’t let me continue.  Whatever, now I have this kick ass blog so who’s laughing now.  *sound of laughter turning into pitiful weeping*

That’s enough of that, here’s “Family of Others” set in the majestic world of the Petri dish. Directed by Sara Magenheimer and Eben Portnoy of Flying; who, incidentally, are touring with Deerhoof now.

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Event Notification: Keely / Auf Der Mar NYC

October 20, 2008

Speak of the Devil… I was just talking about Conrad Keely’s (of Trail of Dead fame) album artwork for The Sword and what do I get in my mail? A notice for a one night only Keely art show.  His Works in Blue Ballpoint will be shown next to Melissa Auf Der Mar’s photography on Thursday October 23rd from 6-9 at 34th East 1st Street @ Second Ave.


Event Notification: Lost: Graffiti in the City of Angels

October 20, 2008

33third has been throwing some great live expos recently and I know they were working on expanding into a gallery space last time I stopped by there.  I’m assuming that Mid City Arts is the fruit of their labor here and I’m glad that this show is going to still be running when I’m back in L.A. again for a minute over Thanksgiving. (Opens Saturday Nov. 1st @ 7 and the show runs until Dec. 1st.)  The exhibit will is curated by Eye One and will feature art from Besk, Bonks, Cab, Goshe, Kopye, Kozem, Mandoe, Neo, 7Dee, and more.  It’s probably worth checking out for the Cab stuff alone.  The book that’s coming out alongside the exhibit features a bunch of L.A. legends like Ayer and Atlas but I don’t know if they’re going to be in the show.  It’s kind of hard to imagine that their names wouldn’t be listed as a major selling point.  You can check out the preview pdf of the book here and you can find out more about lost projects at their site.

Mid City Arts is located at 5113 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019

• Bonks
• Cab
• Goshe
• Kopye
• Kozem
• Mandoe
• Neo
• 7Dee
• + more!