Cruises That Rock

Make your next vacation a nonstop concert

March 19th, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: News, Staff Pick
Cruise Ship

I don’t know about you, but I could use a goddamn vacation. The day job’s really wearing me down these days, and I’m looking forward to my two-week return to northeast Ohio next month as if it were a tropical paradise. If Cleveland’s not your idea of a vacation, however — and why shouldn’t it be? The Rock Hall, the dining, the lake! Stop being so stuck up! — then perhaps these music-themed cruises might be more your style. You’re going to be drunk on a boat one way or the other on your vacation — why not be drunk on a boat with the musical acts you love?
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Play This Playlist: The Music of Jason Molina

A career-spanning playlist from the late great

March 17th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Jason Molina

On March 16th last year, Jason Molina died at the age of 39 from organ failure brought on by alcohol abuse. The singer-songwriter was one of the most prolific and greatest American songwriters of recent times and produced an incredibly consistent series of albums, most prominently under the monikers of Songs: Ohia and The Magnolia Electric Co.

I will go into my impression of his career later in the week, but for now in remembrance of the first anniversary of his death, here is a career-spanning playlist of some of his finest songs.

The Music of Jason Molina Tracklist:

01. Songs: Ohia – “Captain Badass” (from Axxess and Ace, 1999)
02. Songs: Ohia – “Lioness” (from The Lioness, 2000)
03. Songs: Ohia – “The Body Burned Away” (from Ghost Tropic, 2000)
04. Songs: Ohia – “Blue Chicago Moon” (from Didn’t It Rain, 2002)
05. Songs: Ohia – “Farewell Transmission” (from The Magnolia Electric Co., 2003)
06. Magnolia Electric Co. – “The Dark Don’t Hide It” (from What Comes After The Blues, 2005)
07. Magnolia Electric Co. – “Talk To Me Devil, Again” (from Fading Trails, 2006)
08. Magnolia Electric Co. – “What Comes After The Blues” (from Nashville Moon, 2007)
09. Magnolia Electric Co. – “In The Human World” (from Black Ram, 2007)
10. Magnolia Electric Co. – “O! Grace” (from Josephine, 2009)

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Jason Molina

Play This Playlist: Running Soundtrack

Sweat it out with these indie hits

March 10th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video

After staying out particularly late this past Saturday, I collapsed into bed in the early morning hours and decided to sleep through Sunday. After Daylight Savings Time stole an hour of my rest, I was jolted awake by screams outside my apartment on Sunset Boulevard. I rushed to my window, threw open the blinds in a panic and saw…dozens of runners racing down the street as bystanders cheered on. That’s right – yesterday was the famed Los Angeles Marathon.

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The Bands I Would See At SXSW (If I Were Going)

If your’e heading to Austin, don’t miss these acts

Christine Perez
Category: News, Staff Pick
kiven feature

One minute you’re writing about the bands you can’t wait to see at South By Southwest (SXSW) this year, the next minute you’re writing about the bands you wish you could see at SXSW because some unforeseen scheduling conflict — brought about entirely by your own inability to read a calendar and coordinate properly — is preventing you from attending the biggest music festival of the year. It’s a story I know all too well. 
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Play This Playlist: Academy Award Winners

Best Original Song winners to start your week

March 3rd, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
oscars feature

The 86th Academy Awards went down here in Hollywood last night, with the Idina Menzel-performed “Let It Go” taking home the statue for Best Original Song in Frozen. Of course, that got me to thinking about past Best Original Song winners, and let me tell you, there are some doozies.
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On My Radar: Misun, Vindata, Jakwob, Kelela & more

New tunes from the cloud to your ears…

February 28th, 2014
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick
on my radar feb

Guys. If you’re a fan of electronic music, this was a good month for you. There might not have been any major, colossal, world-shattering announcements, but there were a lot of new sounds worth listening to released into the blogosphere. There was new stuff off hometown heroes Vindata’s upcoming EP, two lovely new records from new-to-LA band Misun, tracks from Kelela, Mat Zo, Paul Oakenfold, Broods… The list goes on, and here are the highlights.
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The Best Famous Fake Bands

Hits from your favorite fictional bands

Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
The Monkees

If you’re anything like me, then you love people on TV more than most people you know. In a similar vein, songs from fictional bands that only exist on-screen are all the sweeter to me. Ever since Zack Attack graced Saved By The Bell, I’ve always had a fondness for bands that exist only or partially in the land of make-believe.
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Taking Another Look at Def Leppard

Bask in the glory that is Def Lep!

February 26th, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video

This week marks my first anniversary as an Angeleno. I know, right?! It seems like just yesterday I was happily clomping around the greater Los Angeles area for the first time, scared to death everyone could tell I’m a hillbilly, reacting to sights I now consider routine as if I were some kind of excited Southerner.
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Play This Playlist: Super Sexy Electro Swing

Where bass and brass collide

February 24th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
electro swing

If LA Music Blog was a fashion magazine, I’d be telling you that the hottest new trend in EDM is a fusion of two distinctly different colors/prints/patterns/decades, namely electro and swing.
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Kick-Ass Songs Featured During The Winter Games

Gold medal hits that’ve been blowing up your TV

February 21st, 2014
Megan Driscoll
Category: Staff Pick, Video
olympics feature

I know you’re addicted to the Sochi Olympics right now. I’m much more of a Summer Olympics gal than a Winter Games kind of chick, but whatev — I’m down to smell whatever the USA’s cooking regardless.
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