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Saying Goodbye

As we say goodbye to 2012 I felt it appropriate to say an official goodbye to the world of Rock Insider. I have not written on this site since early April so most have come to realize the end was near. I must say the prospect of closing up shop makes me well up with tears just writing the words but as with all good things they must come to an end. Rock Insider has been a music source, a soundboard, a heated argument, and my personal diary since 2005. Its hard to believe this site has existed for almost 8 years!

I sincerely want to thank all of my readers over the years who have stuck with me as well as the dear friends in the LA Music community including Kevin and Seraphina at LA Buzz Bands, everyone over at Radio Free Silverlake,  Mouse at Classical Geek Theatre, not to mention all the bands, photographers, music lovers, and dreamers.

I will keep my archives open and active for everyone to read.

Rock Insider – 2005-2012

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Dive – How Long Have You Known

Welcome back to JAX’s “sometimes-like-whenever-i-feel-like-it” blog. I’m sorry for not posting very often bbs.

I discovered DIVE at SXSW this year and managed to fall so quickly for their psychadelic leaning brand of 90s twinged shoegaze I had to see them twice in one day.

IT’S THAT GOOD.

Debut album is out June 26th on the always amazing Captured Tracks.

 

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Album Stream: RACES – Year Of The Witch

Okay so I’m more than a little biased when it comes to RACES debut LP – Year Of The Witch. But I would be remiss not to inform you that they have their entire album streaming on their soundcloud page before out tomorrow on Frenchkiss Records!

Check it out below.

 

Los Angeles Readers: Don’t Miss their album release show this Fri. Mar 30th at The Echo with special guests Living Things and Incan Abraham. Purchasing advance tickets is strongly recommended.


Quit Mumbling Presents:
RACES
“YEAR OF THE WITCH” ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Fri. March 30th
At The Echo

W/ Special Guests Living Things

3/20 Update: Incan Abraham just added to the bill!

$8 Adv | 18 Yrs + | Doors at 8PM

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Video: Moses Campbell – Ceiling

“Hey, Do you want to go to that Moses Campbell show tonight?”

Check out this amazing video for Moses Campbell’s track Ceiling. Video is directed by frontman Sean Solomon.

 

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RACES – Lies

Obviously I’m a little biased when it comes to Los Angeles based sextet RACES. Our very own JAXART Records released their debut 7 inch last April (still a few copies left here).

Since then, RACES have been slowly building a following in Southern California. They’ve toured part of the U.S. with El Ten Eleven, released a video for their debut single “Big Broom” on RollingStone.com (Watch),  and even dropped in on Daytrotter.

The band are now gearing up for SXSW leading in to the release of their debut LP “Year of The Witch” – out March 30th via Frenchkiss Records. This week they premiered a new track from the release. Stream “Lies” below or download a free MP3 of the track in exchange for your email address right here.

 

Los Angeles Readers: RACES will celebrate their album release show Friday March 30th at The Echo with special guests Living Things. HIGHLY recommended that you order  advance tickets now for only $8.  This show will sell out.

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Show You Do Not Want To Miss Tomorrow Night! Chrome Sparks, Dreams., Pageants at Space 15 Twenty

Tomorrow night JAXART is bringing you another night of great new music with Absent Fever!

Details and RSVP can be found below. Hope you can make it out early!

[RSVP HERE

Thursday Feb. 16th, 2012
7-10PM
$5 Donation/ALL AGES
Proceeds go to fund a free compilation for young LA Bands.

At Space 15 Twenty
1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 

Performances By::: 

Dreams.
[LISTEN]

Chrome Sparks
[LISTEN]

Pageants
[LISTEN]

DJ Travis Thatcher
[LISTEN]

Presented By:::
Absent Fever
JAXART 

 

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So Many Wizards – Lose Your Mind

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – So Many Wizards have unveiled the first track off their forthcoming debut full length. “Warm Nothing” LP will be out on JAXART Records later this year.

Stream “Lose Your Mind” below at Soundcloud. Don’t forget to purchase the single on ITUNES!

The band are still raising money through IndieGoGo to finance their upcoming tour in the UK.

Click here to read an interview with the band and please DONATE what you can!

So Many Wizards – Lose Your Mind by jaxart

UK TOUR DATES 

07 March – London – Shacklewell Arms  Free Entry

08 March – Newcastle – Head of Steam  Tickets

09 March – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar  Tickets

10 March – Manchester – Underachievers, The Roadhouse  Tickets

11 March – Leeds – Oporto  Free Entry

12 March – Liverpool – Lazy Genius, Bumper  Free Entry

13 March – London – Huw Stephens Presents, The Social  Free Entry

SXSW
14 March – Austin, TX – SXSW
15 March – Austin, TX – SXSW
16 March – Austin, TX – SXSW
17 March – Austin, TX – SXSW
18 March – Austin, TX – SXSW

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Video: M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Life fast. Die Young. Bad Girls Do It Well 

When she’s not busy flipping the bird at the Superbowl – M.I.A. has started the campaign for her new single “Bad Girls.”

Watch her stunning new video above.

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Video: Chelsea Wolfe – Demons

I got called out for not updating my site tonight. So sorry guys! Life happens!

Please enjoy this AWWWWWWESOME video for Chelsea Wolfe put together by the fine folks at Incase’s Room 205.

 

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Azealia Banks – 212 Ft. Lazy Jay

Azealia Banks: Oh hai 2012. Ima gunna OWN YOU.

Check out a new track “Liquorice” below

LIQUORICE by Azealia Banks

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Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Bicycle

Hot chick driving a beautiful muscle car, destroying things, and smoking. Sometimes the simplest video concept can be fucking awesome. Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s video for “Bicycle” below. Directed by Michael James Johnson.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: ‘Bicycle’ from michael james johnson on Vimeo.

ALSO LISTEN TO:

MP3: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends

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Video: Korallreven – As Young As Yesterday

Swedish duo Korallreven released one of my favorite albums of 2011.  Today their new Marcus Söderlund directed video for “As Young As Yesterday” premiered. Personally I think this track deserved a little better treatment than slow motion skateboarding through a cityscape but the vid still works and the song stands on its own. Watch above.

MP3: Korallreven – As Young As Yesterday

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Video – The Weeknd – The Knowing

The Weeknd – The Knowing (Official Video) from xoxxxoooxo on Vimeo.

How am I just now seeing this video? The Weeknd certainly knows how to put a unique stamp on things. Visually stunning and absolutely incredible. This is a TOTAL MUST WATCH.

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Cool Show Alert: Chevy Sonic + Stereogum Present Caveman, RACES, Hands at The Echo Tomorrow

I would be remiss not to inform Los Angeles readers of the awesome and TOTALLY FREE show happening tomorrow night at The Echo.

Caveman all the way from New York City will be performing live with RACES, Hands, The Bins, and Keegan Dewitt.

I had the pleasure of seeing Caveman live at CMJ this year and they are a truly wonderful band. Download music from all the acts below!

To RSVP for next Thursday’s show at the Echo, send an e-mail to chevycaveman@buzz-media.com.

MP3: Caveman – My Time

MP3: Races – All For You

MP3: Hands – Warm Night Home

MP3: The Bins – Dear Jane Feat Bobb Blunt and Danny! 

MP3: Keegan Dewitt – Colour

 

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I Break Horses Announces U.S. Dates Supporting M83

 

Well today is seemingly all about  I Break Horses - the Sweden based project of Maria Lindén and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. I haven’t been able to stop listening all morning.

Today the duo announced they will be playing their first U.S. shows supporting M83 in April/May. Really tremendous stuff. I encourage you to watch the video for wired and download “Winter Beats” below!

I Break Horses – Wired from Bella Union on Vimeo.

MP3: I Break Horses – Winter Beats 

I Break Horses U.S. Dates

22-Apr San Francisco, CA Fillmore *
25-Apr Portland, OR Roseland *
26-Apr Seattle, WA Neptune *
27-Apr Vancouver, BC Vogue *
29-Apr Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue *
30-Apr Denver, CO Ogden *
1-May Lawrence, KS Granada *
2-May St Louis, MO Pageant *
4-May Chicago, IL Vic *
5-May Detroit, MI Majestic *
6-May Toronto, ON Sound Academy *
7-May Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom *
9-May Boston, MA House Of Blues *
10-May New York, NY Terminal 5 *
11-May Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer *
12-May Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
14-May Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater *
15-May Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works *
17-May Houston, TX House of Blues *
18-May Austin, TX Stubb’s *
19-May Dallas, TX Granada *
21-May Phoenix, AZ Crescent
23-May Los Angeles, CA Echo

* = w/ M83

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Win Tickets To See Girls TONIGHT at The Music Box in Los Angeles


San Francisco based retro rock outfit Girls have arguably released the best album of 2011 in Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Their set at FYF Fest early this year showcased a larger band and more well rounded sound. I think its more than a little obvious that Girls show incredible promise to being a career band with may more to offer in the years to come.

Tonight they will perform live at the Music Box in Los Angeles, CA with Support from The Tyde, and Rock Insider Favs Melted Toys.

Want to go to the show? Send an email to jax@rockinsider.com SUBJECT line: GIRLS TICKET GIVEAWAY. Winner will be chosen at random and notified before 5pm today!

MP3: Girls – Vomit 
MP3: Melted Toys – Come On 

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The Echo Turns The Big 1-0!

The Echo has been my home away from home for the past 6 years and a huge part of my life in Los Angeles since moving here in 2003. This month the venue turns the BIG 1-0!

The Echo was the original home of HELL YA! Nights which hosted artists such as Sam Sparro, Chain Gang of 1974, Cold War Kids, Pop Levi, Foreign Born, 3 Oh 3, and Metro Station over the years. For many it was their first time ever playing the venue.  The team Spaceland Presents have always been incedibly supportive of Rock Insider, JAXART, and the artists I’ve worked with over the years. 10 years down and many more to go!!

The Echo will be celebrating this landmark with a month of amazing anniversary shows including some up and coming music from the neighborhood.  List of anniversary shows can be found below!

UPCOMING ECHO TEN YEAR SHOWS
DEC 2 ALLEN STONE * ZZ WARD

DEC 3 THE IRREGULAR WINE TASTING
DEC 8 CAVEMAN * RACES* HANDS
DEC 9 THE SOFT PACK * ABE VIGODA * SLANG CHICKENS * SO MANY WIZARDS
DEC 13 KIND HEARTS & CORONETS * BLACK FLAMINGO *SEASONS *VIRGINIA REED SPECIAL GUEST DJ: DEVENDRA BANHART
DEC 15 WHITE ARROWS * YOUNGBLOOD HAWK * POLLYN
DEC 16 SUPERHUMANOIDS*PAPA
DEC 17 HANG THE DJS VS CLUB UNDERGROUND WITH YIP DECEIVERS (OF MONTREAL)
DEC 22 THE FLING * YUKON BLONDE
DEC 28,29,30 THE GROWLERS (closing the party out with three nights)

 

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My Morning Jacket At The Gibson Ampitheatre TONIGHT

I have been silently sitting on My Morning Jacket‘s latest album Circuital all year. Yesterday the band recieved a Grammy Nod for Best Alternative Album. Congrats!!!

Tonight My Morning Jacket stop in LA to play the Gibson Ampitheatre with support from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Watch the video for “Holding On To Black Metal” below!

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Video – Still Corners – Into The Trees

I have a soft spot for psychadelic leaning rock with whispy vocals – ESPECIALLY around this time of year. Which is why my discovery of Still Corners video for “Into The Trees” could not have come at a better time. The trippy kaleidoscopic video is the perfect way to start a morning.

MP3 Still Corners – Into The Trees

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Video: The Dodos w/ Neko Case On Fallon Last Night

If you have been reading my site for the last 6 years (WOW. 6 YEARS!) You know how thoroughly obsessed I am with both The Dodos and Neko Case. Finally FINALLY I got to see the pairing in action as The Dodos performed “Dont Try And Hide It” last night on Jimmy Fallon with assistance from the firey songstress.

My only gripe is Neko Case sat down for the entire performance! Watch the performance at STEREOGUM and enjoy a free download of “So Cold.”

MP3: The Dodos – So  Cold 

No Color is out now on Frenchkiss Records.

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