LA Music Blogcast: The Streaming Struggle

Streaming and physical services dominate news

December 11th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News
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The debate for and against online music streaming services heated up in the wake of Taylor Swift bowing out of Spotify and taking her entire discography off the popular service. In light of these events, many streaming services and popular Internet companies started offering new options, and labels and musicians put in their two cents on the whole situation.
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Listen to Dent May’s Blazing New Holiday Jam

The psych-popper releases a “festive” new single

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News
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I found my new Christmas anthem for 2014, and it arrived in the form of a jangly, synthy, ’80s-inspired tune that puts a subtle twist on Christmas merriment. Dent May’s comically addicting new single, “I’ll Be Stoned for Christmas,” isn’t schticky or gimmicky for the mere sake of it; rather, it is a genuinely catchy, beautifully arranged instrumental gem with light-hearted lyrics and a killer hook that will keep your cursor hovered over the repeat button.
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Preview Charli XCX’s New Album Sucker

Full album streaming now via iTunes First Play

Winnie Fan
Category: News
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Charli XCX has had a pretty good year. Her guest feature on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” which came just months after her feature on Icona Pop’s smash hit “I Love It,” has scored her two GRAMMY nods, and her own “Boom Clap” is currently all over the airwaves. It seems like she’s primed to take 2015 by storm with her new album, Sucker, set for release on December 15th.
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Throwback Thursday: Drive-Thru Records

A look back at the pop-punk record label

Gerry Doot
Category: News
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Starting a record label is like opening a new restaurant. You want it to be a legitimate business that offers a great product, you want to cater to people who really love what you have to offer and keep coming back, and you realistically don’t have a long shelf life. Such is the case for both that really great taco stand up the street from my place and Drive-Thru Records.
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Senses Fail Singer Speaks Up For LGBT Rights

Discusses own sexuality and past substance abuse

Mary Bonney
Category: News
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Last month, Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen came out and spoke openly about his sexuality on the 100 Words or Less Podcast. It was a powerful, emotional interview where he said, “The safety net for people that fall into the LGBTQ world needs to grow. One way it can do that is for people like myself to have the courage to come out and truly be authentic with who they are and to demand that the conversation grow and continue to move forward.”
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New Music: Eddy Braveaux – i n f i n i t y EP

Floridian makes trap music tropical

December 10th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: News
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So is #trap done? Has the world had all it can take of 808 drums and drills and gunshot samples and grown-ass men barking like dogs? Are we over that now? Yes? Good. Because for every Flosstradamus, there’re another billion kids hacking away at Pro Tools trying to make the next “Original Don.” I don’t blame them — trap music is popular and incredibly accessible — but this same-old stuff is getting bland. That’s where Eddy Braveaux comes in.
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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Returns

New album announcement on a brand new label

Jay Chirinos
Category: News
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Eighteen months ago in a show at the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles I highlighted Aly Spatiro, aka Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, as a talent well worth keeping an eye on. Her appearance with Torres that night was an excellent double bill, and Lady Lamb’s single “Bird Balloons” from her latest album, Ripely Pine, still gets regular airplay at my place. Since then, Spatiro has continued to work on new material, but she has also taken the step of signing to a new label, the damn fine Mom + Pop Records (home to FIDLAR, Jagwar Ma, and Cloud Nothings amongst many others).
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Aloe Blacc Announces Private Concert Contest

Artist raising awareness about teen hearing loss

December 9th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: News
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“If it’s too loud, you’re too old” is officially incorrect. Studies have shown that one in six teens is suffering from some sort of hearing loss related to attending concerts, listening to recorded music too loudly, or even being exposed to lawn mowers or hair dryers. As a musician who has been playing for over 20 years, I can definitely say, “I’m sorry, can you repeat that?”
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New Album Releases: December 9, 2014

Angels & Airwaves, J. Cole, PRhyme, and more!

Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, News
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With the holidays just around the corner, we have a decidedly less plentiful slate of new album releases coming our way than we are used to the rest of the year, but that doesn’t mean our list of notable new releases is lacking in substance! We’ll be checking out the following albums this week while sipping on our peppermint-mocha lattes and suggest you do, too!
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