Cerebral Ballzy – Dont Tell Me What To Do

Punk rock. you remember what that sounded like right? Honest to god “Don’t Give A Fuck” muther fucking punk rock. Cerebral Ballzy fill the void. Watch “Dont Tell me What To Do” and if you’re not pre-ordering the record by the end of it you’re soft. It’s out July 26th via Williams Street Records – Adult Swim‘s record label.

Don’t Tell Me What To Do by cerebralballzy


Toy Camera – Tall Trees



Yesterday we announced our upcoming JAXART 7 inch for the amazing Steffaloo. We are totally kicking ourselves for failing to mention her side project with Germany Germany simply called Toy Camera. Sometimes we have a collective blonde moment.

Steffaloo’s siren-like voice floats above a lush electronic landscape on this one. Great vibe music. Watch the video and download the track below.

Toy Camera  free EP out in August!

MP3: Toy Camera – Tall Trees

Toy Camera – Tall Trees from dean jagger on Vimeo.


Steffaloo Feat. Pandit – The Red Runs Free


Steffaloo, aka SoCal native Steph Thompson, has collaborated with the likes of Blackbird BlackbirdGermany GermanySun Glitters, and Billy Comfort. We were completely won over by her debut offering “Meet Me In Montauk” – a sundrenched collection of simple love songs that showcased a smoky whistful voice that is just oh so perfect for lazy Saturdays at the beach.

We are so pleased to announce that our lil’ label JAXART Records will present Steffaloo’s first ever release on vinyl – an all new single featuring “On Fire” – a stripped-down haunting ballad with b-side “The Red Runs Free” featuring Pandit – who provided a beautiful wash of surreal guitar for the release.

Only 300 copies of this debut 7 inch will be made on custom marbled 7 inch vinyl. No two records will be the same and they will come in a kaleidoscope of colors! Each record will come with a digital download including an exclusive Sun Glitters Remix. Pre-Order right here.

Download “The Red Runs Free” for free below

MP3: Steffaloo feat. Pandit – The Red Runs Free


Video: John Maus – Head For The Country

I dont know what is is about John Maus that just does it for me. The once Ariel Pink collaborator just unleashed his new video for “Head For The Country” on to the world. Modulating vocals and Robocop. I think if youre from another planet you will totally love this video. I’m from Mars (By way of Utah) so I totally love it.


Electric Guest – Mondo


I feel like most of the time the LA music world has their collective heads buried too far in the sand to recognize when something awesome is about to happen right in our own backyard. Certain bands seem to get blown up to “local celebrity status” while others sneak in quietly and burst on to the scene on an international level.  Which begs the question – Is it better to be well known within the LA music world or well known outside of LA first?

Well ladies and gentlemen – You are about to know all about Electric Guest. Not because I’m telling you – but because your best friend’s little sister with an ear to the indie ground in Denver, CO is going to hear about it before you and tout it as the next big thing. You’ll probably ignore the murmurs until you see the band mentioned on Pitchfork or NME and claim you’ve been there from the very beginning. Stop being such a snob. You seriously don’t want to be that guy.

Electric Guest is the brainchild of Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton. If Asa looks strangely familiar it’s because he is no spring chicken to the music world at large. It wasn’t too long ago that his brother – Jorma of The Lonely Island fame, asked Asa to help write a track for an SNL Digital Short.  Perhaps you may have seen it. The track even went on to win an EMMY.

People will no doubt compare them to MGMT and Broken Bells. They marry psychadelic rock, pop, and R&B to wonderful effect.  Some of the catchiest tracks I’ve heard all year. Stream 4 tracks below.  The band have only played two shows so far with another one lined up at 3 Clubs on June 29th.


JAXART & SmokeDONTSmoke Present Seven Feathers Rainwater, Sunbeam Rd, Tan Dollar This Sat at Lot 1

JAXART & Smoke Don’t Smoke Presents ::


JAXARTSmoke Don’t Smoke Presents ::

Sunbeam Rd.

Tan Dollar

Stag Hare

Seven Feathers Rainwater

Lot 1 Cafe
1533 W Sunset Blvd.
18+ // $5 cover (door goes to bands!)
Doors at 8:30p

Facebook event page



Echo Lake – Another Day


This song was just so perfect for a rainy day I just can’t help but share. Echo Lake hail from London. This beautiful track is loaded with echoing reverb, gorgeous vocals, and overal has a wonderful cleansing tone. “Another Day” is the new single from Echo Lake’s new 7 inch which will is due out July 18th on No Pain In Pop.  Seriously, this is guaranteed to please.


Another Day by Echo Lake


Video: Kid Infinity – The End Is Never Now

FMLY premiered Kid Infinity‘s new video for “The End Is Never Now” today. The video features a compilation of footage shot of the band performing 3 guerilla shows during FMLY Ride – a monthly event where 500+ bikes descend on Los Angeles and attend show im empty alleys, parking lots, and under bridges. It was a fucking party for sure. Watch the video above and download the track for free  below via soundcloud.


Kid Infinity – The End Is Never Now by jaxart


Video: James Blake – Lindisfarne

JAMES BLAKE – LINDISFARNE from martin de thurah on Vimeo.

I had the privledge of seeing James Blake at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary last night. The crowd was stunned silent by the sheer level of musicianship presented on stage during the stripped down intimate show. I’m so grateful when true musicians get the opportunity to share their gift to the world – especially in an age where hype and a good publicist seem to get you far.

Blake recently announced that he will return to the states for a Fall tour and announced plans to release a new single  ”Lindisfarne” on Atlas/A&M Records on June 20th. Watch the video  above.

MP3: James Blake – Limit To Your Love


FMLY + JAXART Present: Professor Calculus, Vacation Dad, Twin Steps, Wild Pack Of Canaries

We’ve teamed up once again with homies for life FMLY to present a night of great music and good ole’ fashioned fun. You guys remember what that was like – right? FUN?


Very pleased to be presenting Professor Calculus, new LA transplants Vacation Dad, Twin Steps (Featuring members of Summer Blondes and Religious Girls), and Wild Pack Of Canaries from Long Beach, CA. Listen to Music below. Also don’t forget to RSVP on facebook to get full details of the event.


FMLY & JAXART present!

From Canada to the Bay, we have come to play. let’s rock out in our undies and do things other would regret.

:: Professor Calculus (http://www.profcalc.com/)

::: Twin Steps {from SF} (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Twin-Steps/111247275603980)

:: Wild Pack of Canaries {from Long Beach} (http://www.facebook.com/wildpackofcanaries)

::: Vacation Dad {from Wisconsin} (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vacation-Dad/193763680668440)

Thurs. June 2nd, 2011
At Lot 1 Cafe
8 PM // $5

Address: 1533 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

MP3: Vacation Dad – I’ll Always Find You

Fleeing moons by wild pack of canaries

MP3: Twin Step – Wave Of My Emotion

MP3: Professor Calculus – New Song


Still Love Yuck.

Yuck performed “Get Away” yesterday on Later With Jools Holland. Watch the video above. Just in case you weren’t already obsessed or felt your adoration slipping. This video should cinch things up nicely.


Sun Glitters – Believe feat. Steffaloo


Sun Glitters
has been on an insane roll lately.  Check out his latest two track offering “Think Twice” featuring yet another collaboration with the amazing Steffaloo! This vocals float effortlessly over a steady low end beat. The effective is simply gorgeous. Download “Believe” below.

MP3: Sun Glitters – Believe Feat. Steffaloo

MP3: Purity Ring – Ungirthed (Sun Glitters Remix)


Christian AIDS – Young Luv

Can’t get this song by Christian AIDS out of my head. 7 Inch is out today on one of my favorite UK Label Double Denim. “Young Luv” is the b-side to the Manchester duo’s new single. Dark brooding synth wave at its finest.  Check it out Below. Order the 7 inch right here.

MP3: Christian Aids – Young Luv


Video: dirty white lines – Just Because


There isn’t a wealth of information out there yet about Dirty White Lines. I’ve completely fallen in love with their ambient 3 song EP that explores a sonic space fused with 70s lounge music and psychedelic pop.

I can tell you that they are from Canada, will be playing shows soon in Toronto and Montreal, and if you don’t get their FREE ep on Bandcamp you will be kicking yourself. Download “Just Because” and watch the video for the track below.

MP3: dirty white lines – Just Because

just because /// dirty white lines from dirty white lines on Vimeo.



Slow Animal Release New Track – Summer’s Going To Hurt

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from New Jersey Lo-fi duo Slow Animal. The band played our JAXART SXSW Showcase and released a 7 Inch on JAXART last summer.

This week the band unveiled a new track “Summer’s Going To Hurt” off a forthcoming 4 song comp in the UK. Full length will be out this summer!

Check out the new track below. We also have a handful of “theFUNsun” 7 Inches left in the JAXART Store.

Summer’s Going to Hurt by Slow Animal


Video: Lil P Nut – You Might Be The One

My lil’ man. Kind of obsessed right now. The kid has some serious flow.


Video: Ellie Goulding – Lights (Live On SNL)

Ellie Goulding performed on SNL this past weekend. Most of middle America were probably saying “Who the hell is Ellie Goulding?”

Our readers across the pond are no stranger to Ellie. The English born singer songwriter won BBC’s coveted Sound of 2010 AWARD and the BRIT’s Critics Choice award in the same year after her sophomore album “Lights” debuted at #1 on the charts in England. Propelling her status even higher was the fact that she was asked to perform at private reception for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Next thing you know…America FINALLY comes calling. Way to get it guys.

Her SNL performance was nothing short of AMAZING. I think she’s destined for full on pop status. watch the performance below and listen to “Lights. ”

Ellie Goulding – Lights [Single Version] by Interscope Records


Youth Lagoon -Montana


I seriously CANNOT stop listening to Youth Lagoon. It’s the haunting vocals, the warm spirit, the swelling piano, and on his latest track “Montana” all the aformentioned are present and more. Then the song builds…. and BOY DOES IT BUILD. Music like this makes me giddy.

His debut release “The Year In Hibernation” will be available digitally and on 10″ vinyl July 5th via Juno Beach Records.

Montana by Youth Lagoon


Black Girls Split Cassette

I met the lovely gentlemen of MJMJ (pro-nounce two michael jordans) Records on Saturday night. They are a cassette label that recently relocated to Los Angeles by way of Wisconsin. Co-Owner Andy is also the man behind Vacation Dad and is part of FMLY.

Recently the label released a split cassette for Blackhawks and Radiators Girls. The tape is entitled BLACK GIRLS. Blackhawks marry psychedelic folk, lo-fi, and some super trebley guitar to an astonishing pleasant effect. Radiator Girls eerie vocals break way to loud shambolic lo fi pop filled with great energy that reminds me a lot of Ty Segall. We really like this one peeps.  Stream the release and buy the cassette on bandcamp.

MP3: Blackhawks – Sunday Morning
MP3: Radiator Girls – Eerie Body



JAXART Featured In Brand X

Rebecca Coleman of Pageants Performing At Lot 1 Cafe.
Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer at Brand X

LA Times’ Brand X recently did a write up on Lot 1 Café and interviewed me about the shows out little label JAXART Records have been doing at the space! Check out the article right here.

The next JAXART Presents show will be this Sat. May 14th at Lot 1 featuring performances from Grand Tarantula (San Diego), Sneakpeek, lightmusic (Long Beach, CA), and Astronauts with Microphones.

Click here for show details and to stream music from the band’s playing.


May 20 – Coyote, Doña Nicha, Liz Pappademas @ Lot 1
June 2 – Long Long Long, Summer Blondes, Professor Calculus @ Lot 1
June 18 – Seven Feathers Rainwater, Stage Hare @ Lot 1


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