Top Picks For Record Store Day: Black Friday 2014

The five records you should pick up this Friday

November 25th, 2014
David Fisch
Category: News, Staff Pick

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, so you know what that means: this Friday is Black Friday, the both loved and loathed event that takes place the day after the most thankful holiday of the year. Black Friday is celebrated by waking up early out of your tryptophan slump to wait in long lines with hordes of people to get items that are marked down at ridiculously low prices. Regardless of your thoughts on the “holiday,” it’s an event that most Americans partake in, and Record Store Day has now been a part of it for the last few years.
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Play This Playlist: Thank You Songs

Songs to get you in the Thanksgiving holiday mood

November 24th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video

The ability to express gratitude is essential to a happy life, but then again, so is the ability to give a sarcastic send off to those who’ve done you wrong. Musicians, in particular, seem to understand this as they’ve been writing about thankfulness (in both literal and not-so-literal contexts) for ages.
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Throwback Thursday: Revisiting The Decemberists

Flashback 8 years to get pumped for the new album

November 20th, 2014
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
The Decemberists

The Decemberists are gearing up to release their seventh studio album, and they are hitting the road hard. They have already announced upcoming tour dates for their European and North American run and released their first single, “Make You Better,” which features Colin Moloy’s trademark crooning, inspired vocals, but lacks the distinct quirkiness that made their earlier albums so unique.
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Top Five Ska Bands From The ’90s

Break out your checkered suspenders!

November 14th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video

Yes, I know…ska is not cool anymore. It may have never been legitimately cool, for that matter. But damn was it fun. It’s still fun.
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Play This Playlist: Parlez-vous francais?

French pop/folk/electro and everything in between

November 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video

As the LA Music Blog’s resident Francophile, it was only a matter of time before I compiled a full playlist of French songs for your listening pleasure. From Caravan Palace’s frenzied electro-swing beats to Renan Luce’s smooth and swoon-worthy folk tunes, this playlist is just a small taste of the great wide spectrum that is musique française, so sit back, savor that cup of café americain, and enjoy!

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Top Five Blonde Redhead Songs

Looking back at their best tracks before LA show

November 7th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead is currently on tour to promote their latest album, Barragan, and this coming Wednesday, November 12th, they will be stopping by LA’s Fonda Theatre. I’m excited to hear the new songs live next week, but I’ve been a fan of the group since the release of 23 in 2007, and their storied discography is worth examining in anticipation of the upcoming show.
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Throwback Thursday: Art Garfunkel and The Graduate

Recounting a legend and his work 50 years later

November 6th, 2014
Alice Carson
Category: News, Staff Pick
Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel celebrated his 73rd birthday yesterday. The six-time GRAMMY winner dabbles in almost every facet of music, from traditional recordings to film soundtracks to theater, leaving his distinctly angelic mark on everything he touches.
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Play This Playlist: What The Hell Is Vaporwave?

Get your retro-futuristic funk on with this mix

November 5th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video

Anime? House music? Disco? What is this, the eighties? Sorta!

I missed out on the whole vaporwave, tumblrwave, seapunk microscene that happened a few years back. Now, with two months left in 2014, I’ve stumbled onto this little corner of musicdom and have found something special. Be still my nostalgic, anime-loving heart. I’ve discovered vaporwave.
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Top Five Halloween Weekend Events in SoCal

Pair music with your spooky festivities this year!

October 31st, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: News, Staff Pick
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If you’re like me, you just finished elbowing strangers at a party store to get the last beret for your artist costume and are now planning what will certainly be the greatest weekend of the year. (Halloween is on a Friday? What more could you want?!)
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Play This Playlist: Get Creeped Out

A little Halloween warm-up…

October 27th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video

When I started making this list, I thought it would be pretty fun, just a nice little playlist of Halloween favorites from The Great Pumpkin and Young Frankenstein, something that would make listeners giggle a bit as they prepped their 3rd TNMT costume. This did not end up being that list.
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