Play This Playlist: Remixing It Up

Discovering and re-discovering the music you love

March 9th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Kaytranada

I, admittedly, am a sucker for remixes. They can make mediocre tracks stellar, heighten the truly great aspects of already good songs, or just make you think about the multitude of ways a song can be deconstructed and/or reconstructed. At their best, remixes breed a type of innovation that can be a breath of fresh air as trends and music come and go. They are a reminder that even the best can be improved upon.
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Play This Playlist: Rainy Day Comfort Songs

You might be at work, but you should be at home

March 2nd, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Rain by george hodan

LA natives are incessantly complaining about the rain right now, but we need it. Desperately. And as a Bay Area native, it’s kind of comforting to hear that familiar tapping on the concrete outside, not to mention it gave us a good reason to stay indoors and binge watch House Of Cards this weekend.
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Raising The Heat: Top Five Make-Out Songs

The best background tracks for locking lips

February 25th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
The Weeknd kiss land

Making out is great! Hopefully. Everyone remembers the feeling of their first intimate connection with another person. Your heart flutters. You don’t know how it will start, continue, or finish. Who knows what the kids are calling it these days, but my generation refers to this glorifying experience as “making out,” and it needs a soundtrack.
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Play This Playlist: Electronic Jams About LA

“Down Venice, down Sepulveda, down Mullholland”

February 23rd, 2015
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Flight Facilities Sunshine

Given that LA is the hub of the music industry — particularly the electronic music industry — in this country, I’m not surprised that the city has had its fair share of songs written about it. The alt-rock crowd has always waxed poetic about tracks like “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers serving as homages to our fair city, but it seems that electronic tracks are always overlooked in lists of songs about LA.
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Sleater-Kinney Releases Video For “A New Wave”

The inevitable Bob’s Burgers collaboration is here

February 20th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Video
Sleater Kinney Bob's Burgers

2015 is still so young it’s barely out of its diaper stage, but even so it’s safe to say that the year so far has belonged to Sleater-Kinney. A return from the wilderness has produced a brilliantly received comeback album in the shape of No Cities To Love, several high-profile late night TV appearances, and a nationwide tour, including a Hollywood Palladium date that sold out quickly enough for them to gift us with a second night at the same venue on April 30th.
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Toro Y Moi Releases Video For “Empty Nesters”

Chaz Bundick and company have retro-tinged fun!

Winnie Fan
Category: Video
Toro y moi what for

Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, debuted “Empty Nesters” last month when he announced his forthcoming album, What For? (out April 7 on Carpark Records), and he’s just shared a video that reflects the warmth of the upbeat, guitar-driven tune.
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The Dubstep Playlist For People Who Hate Dubstep

Wub without worry

February 19th, 2015
Marcus Slater
Category: Staff Pick, Video
dubstep-banner

Dubstep can be awful. It’s probably the most common kind of electronic music due to its flash of popularity in the mid-00s, and, as a result, the world has been flooded by screechy Skrillex wannabes and aspiring festival DJs ever since. That’s fine for them. As much as smokin’ a J and “turning up” at the nearest festival is, could it be possible — nay, conceivable — for dubstep as a genre to be “listening” music? As in, possible to listen to without wanting a powerdrill to the temple?
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Best Picture: The Musical Short Film Released

Oscar nominees parodied in musical short

Mary Bonney
Category: Video
oscarsheader

The Oscars are coming to town this Sunday, and the flurry of activity has made Los Angeles even crazier than normal (if that’s possible). Streets are shutting down around the Dolby Theater, celebrities are packing the haute restaurants even more often than usual, and bars are prepping for the glamorous post-show after parties.
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Top Five Songs For A Healthy Sunday

Songs that encourage a lazy, celebratory day off

February 15th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Johnny Cash

We all work hard. Well, most of us do. Sometimes, after five or six days of intense labor (whether it be physical or mental), we need to do a whole lotta NOTHING to recuperate. Some days it seems like it takes a lot to do very little, but when we get the opportunity to celebrate life and just chill, we should take it.
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Top Five Songs About Love

Tunes to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2015
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Love Songs

Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, the celebration of love in February is a great thing, and be it a parent, sibling, neighbor, or co-worker, you can always find someone around you who needs a little love.
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