Video: Peaking Lights – Hey Sparrow

Sparrows seem to be the bird of choice for most musicians. Wonder why that is? Peaking Lights unveiled their new video for their track “Hey Sparrow” today. I absolutely love the saturated color and imagery in this vid.  Watch above.

MP3: Peaking Lights – Hey Sparrow


Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

I have eaglerly been awaiting Sharon Van Etten‘s follow up to her debut “Epic” – Which described pretty much exactly how I felt upon hearing it for the first time.

“Serpents” is the first track to be unveiled from her new album Tramp – due out Feb 7th on Jagjaguwar. The album was recorded with The National‘s Aaron Dessner is his studio.


MP3: Sharon Van Etten – Serpents 



Video: Batwings Catwings – Radio

Batwings Catwings debuted their new video for “Radio” starring none other than Kid Static. You have two opportunities to see them live this week TONIGHT at Origami Vinyl (Free. All Ages .7PM) and tomorrow at Alex’s Bar supporting Future Islands.

“Radio” is off Batwings new 7 inch which can be purchased at either of these shows.

MP3 Batwings Catwings – Radio  


Kodak To Graph – Visio’l EP

Ive been sitting on posting Kodak To Graph‘s amazing debut EP Visio’l until I could get my head around writing something. I usually find that when I enjoy an album immensely it becomes very difficult for me to articulate into words why I feel my readers should give it a chance.

Well ladies and gents – You really want to give this one a chance.

Kodak To Graph is the brainchild of Pensacola, Florida’s Michael Maleki. He creates lush electronic landscapes with sparse vocals. This EP is broad and sweeping. An album you can easily get lost in. There is also a heavy eastern influence on much of the album.

Do yourself a favor and download the EP for free over at Bad Panda Records.

MP3: Kodak To Graph- Express/Cause


MP3: Kodak To Graph – Zolembu 


Races – Big Broom EP

I would be remiss not to inform you that RACES will celebrate the release of their debut EP TONIGHT at The Echo in Los Angeles. Show is Free, 21 yrs+, and the band plays at 10pm!  Chain Gang of 1974 (residency) and Polaris At Noon will also play. Want the dirt? Check out Kevin Bronson’s write up on the band over at Buzz Bands [link].

Their debut EP is available digitally tomorrow via Frenchkiss Records.

PS. that cute fuzzy bunny – that actually is RACES member Wade Ryff at the age of 3. Come to the show tonight and give him shit about it.


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Pick up the “Big Broom” 7 Inch in our JAXART Online Store!

MP3: Races – Big Broom (Sun Glitters Remix) 

MP3: Races – Big Broom



Video: Sepalcure – Pencil Pimp

Kind of weirdly entranced by Sepalcure’s video for “Pencil Pimp.” It made me go back and listen to pretty much every minimal bass influenced track I could find online. Sepalcure is a project of Brooklyn native Travis Stewart of Machinedrum fame and Braille. Look out for Sepalcure‘s debut album out in January on Hotflush Recordings (Home to Scuba and Mount Kimbie).

Sepalcure – Pencil Pimp (Official Music Video) from Hotflush Recordings on Vimeo.

MP3: Specalcure – See Me Feel Me

MP3: Specalcure – I’m Alright


Video: T.I. – I’m Flexin Feat big K.R.I.T

Fresh out of prison T.I. debuts the video for “I’m Flexin” his stellar collab with Big K.R.I.T. Can’t wait for the album. Bitch you ain’t know.



Video: Real Estate – It’s Real

Real Estate debuted the video for “It’s Real” off their sophmore album Days out now on Domino. Watch the Weird Days directed video above.

Real Estate – It’s Real by DominoRecordCo


Fri-Nov-04 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge *
Sat-Nov-05 Boise, ID Neurolux *
Sun-Nov-06 Portland, OR Doug Fir *
Mon-Nov-07 Seattle, WA The Crocodile *
Tue-Nov-08 Vancouver, BC Biltmore *
Fri-Nov-11 San Francisco, CA Slim’s *
Sat-Nov-12 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex *
Sun-Nov-13 San Diego, CA Sunset Temple *
Mon-Nov-14 Phoenix, AZ Sail Inn *
Wed-Nov-16 Austin, TX The Parish *
Thu-Nov-17 Dallas, TX Club Dada *
Fri-Nov-18 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone *
Sat-Nov-19 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies *
Sun-Nov-20 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Art Works *
Mon-Nov-21 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
Wed-Nov-23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
Wed-Nov-30 Barcelona, Spain KGB
Thu-Dec-01 Valencia, Spain Wah Wah
Fri-Dec-02 Madrid, Spain El Sol
Sat-Dec-03 Lisbon, Portugal LZB
Mon-Dec-05 Clermont Ferrand, France TBD
Fri-Dec-09 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Sat-Dec-10 Gothenberg, Sweden Henriksberg
Sun-Dec-11 Stockholm, Sweden Slussen
Mon-Dec-12 Oslo, Norway John Dee

* = w/ Big Troubles


Video: Foster The People – Call It What You Want

Is it just me or does it seem like Foster The People are trying to achieve an Marc Gomez Del Moral (best known for his videos for El Guincho and Battles)  aesthetic in their new video for “Call it What You Want.” Video was directed by Ace Norton. Do you think they pulled it off successfully?



Clean Up Glendale Blvd.

LA Based readers listen up. Wanted to share with you a worthwhile cause that is close to my heart.  I regularly try to complete a 6 mile run from Echo Park up to the Silverlake Reservoir and back. To get there I run the length of Glendale Blvd up to the 2 fwy.

To say its dangerous is an understatement. Broken glass, garbage, shopping carts, and other hazards litter the broken and uneven sidewalks. The sidewalks and walls are covered in graffiti and hedges and grass overgrown to the point where you can no longer safely get through. Enough is enough.

This Saturday Nov 5th at 9am at group of residents will meet to help clean up our community. I fully plan on attending and lending a helping hand. YOU SHOULD TOO! Details on the flyer above. If anyone would like to ride over with me please email me and lets connect.


Young Magic – Night In The Ocean

The tracks below are off Young Magic‘s new 7 inch which is out now on. Young Magic is the brainchild of young lad named Isaac Emmanuel living in New York by way of Australia’s East Coast.  The project has now expanded to a three piece and cites influences drawn from “a symbiotic balance of the soundtracks of West Africa, Turkey, Brainfeeder hip-hop, UK Bass and 60s psychedelic soul.” Ok….. Simply put Youth Magic is a sonic experience drawing influence from a cavalcade of experimental genres and motifs. Good shit all around.

Young Magic will be on tour with Youth Lagoon during the month of November including TONIGHT at The Echo in Los Angeles. Show is SOLD OUT. Dates below.

MP3: Young Magic – Night In The Ocean

MP3: Young Magic – You With Air


11/02 Los Angeles, CA The Echo #
11/03 San Diego, CA The Casbah #

11/04 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom #
11/05 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture Gallery #
11/07 Austin, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounge [inside] #
11/08 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf #
11/09 Oxford, MS Cats Purring Dude Ranch #
11/10 Nashville, TN The Basement #
11/11 Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn #
11/12 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall #
11/13 Washington, DC The Red Palace #
11/14 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge #
11/15 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge #
11/16 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy #
11/17 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears #
11/18 Montreal, QC Il Motore #
11/19 Toronto, ONT The Garrison #
11/21 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon #
11/22 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #
11/23 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Avenue #
11/25 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge #
11/26 Salt Lake, UT Kilby Court #
01/19 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
01/20 Vancouver, BC Biltmore
01/21 Portland, OR Doug Fir

# = w/ Youth Lagoon


Video: Cass McCombs – The Same Thing

Cass McCombs has yet to put out an album I didn’t love. “The Same Thing” is a new track off his forthcoming album Humor Risk out Nov 8th – his 2nd album of 2011. Purchase the album here and watch the video above.



FMLY Fest 2011 Lineup

Our dear dear friends at FMLY have announced the full lineup for the 2nd annual FMLY FEST which will be held Dec. 29th and 30th! The fest will feature performances by Rock Insider favs Steffaloo, Kid Infinity, FIDLAR, Vacation Dad, Oregon Bike Trails, W-H-I-T-E, Blackbird Blackbird, and more. We seriously couldn’t have put togethera  better bill ourselves!

Full lineup and details can be found after the jump! Download MP3s from some of the acts playing below!

MP3: Steffaloo feat Pandit – The Red Runs Free (Sun Glitters Remix) 

MP3: W-H-I-T-E – Fountain

MP3: Fidlar – Oh

MP3: Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas

MP3: So Many Wizards – Best Friends 

MP3: Kid Infinity – The End is Never Now 

MP3: Blackbird Blackbird – Halo 

… Continue Reading


Video: Youth Lagoon – Seventeen

Today is a good day. You know why. Kasey Lum made an unofficial video for my FAVORITE track off Youth Lagoon‘s not-to-be-missed debut LP. Watch the video for “17″ below.

Youth Lagoon will play Los Angeles November 2nd at The Echo. You bet your ass I will be there.

Youth Lagoon – Seventeen from kasey lum on Vimeo.

MP3: Youth Lagoon – Montana

MP3: Youth Lagoon – Afternoon


% with Young Magic

11-01 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill %
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo %
11-03 San Diego, CA – The Casbah %
11-04 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom %
11-05 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture Gallery %
11-07 Austin, TX – Emo’s %
11-08 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf %
11-09 Oxford, MS – Cat’s Purring Dude Ranch
11-10 Nashville, TN – The Basement %
11-11 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn %
11-12 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall %
11-13 Washington, DC – The Red Palace %
11-14 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge %
11-15 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge %
11-16 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy %
11-17 Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s %
11-18 Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore %
11-19 Toronto, Ontario – The Garrison %
11-21 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon %
11-22 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall %
11-23 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry %
11-25 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge %
11-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court %


Best Of CMJ 2011: Yellow Ostrich

Sorry for the radio silence last week. CMJ 2011 kind of took over and didnt leave much time for blogging. This week I thought I would share with you some of the best performances I managed to catch during the festival. I will be unveiling new picks all week long.

First Up - Yellow Ostrich

Location: Knitting Factory 10.21 – Distiller Promo Party

My friend Dan at Distiller told me I absolutely had to check them out live – Boy was he right. Yellow Ostrich utilizes looping pedals, african inspired drums, and a unique vocal style to create a boisterous yet lush atmosphere. The band played tracks off their debut full length The Mistress + a few new songs which wound up being my favorite part of their set.

Further cementing by adoration of this project is the amazing cover of my favorite song by Sharon Van Etten “Love More” which can be downloaded below.

Yellow Ostrich will play LA Nov 10th supporting Ra Ra Riot at The El Rey Theater.

MP3:  Yellow Ostrich – Love More (Sharon Van Etten Cover)

MP3: Yellow Ostrich – Whale

MP3: Yellow Ostrich – Hate Me Soon 


Races – Big Broom (Sun Glitters Remix)

Los Angeles’ own RACES are midway through a slew of CMJ appearances this week. Today the band played Brooklyn Vegan‘s free day event at Public Assembly in alongside Bleached, Chelsea Wolfe, J Mascis and more. BV also premiered a new remix of their track “Big Broom” by Sun Glitters on their site today. Download below. Races will release a new EP Nov. 15th on Frenchkiss Records.

CMJ 2011 dates below

MP3: Races – Big Broom (Sun Glitters Remix) 

MP3: Races – Big Broom

FRI. 10.21

12:30 AM – Whisk and Ladle Loft Party – Brooklyn
RSVP for directions loft.rsvp@gmail.com

SAT. 10.22

Bowery Presents Party @ Pianos 1:00pm
Tell All Your Friends/Windish Showcase @ Knitting Factory 7:30pm

RACES – Living Cruel & Rude by jaxart


Bleached – Searching Through The Past

Monday – getting ready for CMJ tomorrow. Here’s a quickie from one of the acts I feel you should check out while your in New York. Hoping to have a full guide for you tonight.

Bleached is the new project of former Mika Miko members and siblings Jessie and Jennifer Clavin. Sun soaked songs short and sweet with so much sacchrine flavor they bleed Nutella.  Quarter if you can quote where I got that reference from.

MP3: Bleached – Searching Through The Past 


MP3: Bleached – Think Of You

10/19 – Noisey.com Showcase @ Santos Party House (9:45 PM)
10/19 – Lost Angeles Showcase @ Cake Shop (11:30 PM)
10/22 – Village Voice/Panache Showcase @ Cake Shop (3:30 PM)
10/22 – Panache Showcase @ Public Assembly (8:30 PM)



Win Tickets To See Zee Avi at El Rey Tomorrow Night

Want to go see Zee Avi perform at the El Rey Tomorrow night? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

Her new album Ghostbird is available now on Brushfire Records. Gorgeous track “Swell Window” can be streamed below. I love her simple grace.

TO ENTER: post your full name in the comments section. Even better if you log in with your facebook page! Winners will be notified through FACEBOOK.

MP3: Zee Avi – Swell Window


Tyler, The Creator – Bitch Suck Dick

Video speaks for itself. Thank you OFWGKTA. Video already has 205K views after less than a day.


Mezzanine Owls – Tethered To The Fountain

Mezzanine Owls latest 7 inch single “Obstacle” b/w “Tethered To The Fountain” is available today Rock Insider’s lil label –  JAXART Records. Listen to both tracks including “Tethered To The Foutain” below.  Order the vinyl in our JAXART Store.

You can download tracks off the release for free at bandcamp and soundcloud. Or if you prefer iTUNES you can buy it here.

Listen to the 7 inch below!

MP3: Mezzanine Owls – Tethered To The Fountain

Obstacle/Tethered To The Fountain 7 Inch by Mezzanine Owls

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