Play This Playlist: Your Soundtrack to Spring

Songs to put a spring in your step

March 25th, 2014
Marni Epstein
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Flowers

Thursday was the Vernal Equinox, which means spring has officially sprung! In LA, that basically means it’s summer because it’s always 75 and sunny…or something like that. Although you haven’t yet started complaining about the heat, we’re sure it can’t be that far away at this point.
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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

LA Music Blogcast: March 13, 2014

With musical guest Zak Waters!

March 14th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
Zak Waters LA Music Blogcast

With Austin’s SXSW festival’s music portion in full swing last night, those of us holding down the fort in LA for LA Music Blog got together at the TradioV studio to record a new episode of the LA Music Blogcast! Not only did this episode include an interview and uber-chill acoustic performance by LA’s own Zak Waters, it also marked LA Music Blog writer Marni Epstein’s first time co-hosting the show!
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NO Release “Leave The Door Wide Open” Music Video

LA locals’ debut, El Prado, out now

March 13th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
NO lead

One of my favorite singles of 2014 so far has been “Leave The Door Wide Open,” the opening track off recent LA Music Blogcast guests NO’s debut album, El Prado, and last week the group released a Magritte-inspired music video for the song.
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The Coathangers Release “Follow Me” Music Video

Featuring some pretty famous friends…

March 12th, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Video
The Coathangers

I stumbled upon the wickedly fun Coathangers during their support slot for Guitar Wolf at the Satellite in October and vowed to pay attention to what they would get into next. The trio, formerly a quartet, is now prepping for the release of their wonderfully titled new album Suck My Shirt, out Tuesday, March 18th. Expect a review of that album next week, but for now, you can watch the video for the album’s opening track and lead single “Follow Me.”
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Play This Playlist: Running Soundtrack

Sweat it out with these indie hits

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

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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LA Music Blogcast: March 6, 2014

Get your weekly fix of music news & more!

March 7th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Happy Friday, everyone! As happens most Thursday nights, our LA Music Blogcast hosts David Fisch, Mikiel Houser, and Marcus Slater got together at TradioV last night to enjoy Angel City beers while chatting about a slew of music-related topics, including the best music documentaries (and mockumentaries — looking at you, Spinal Tap), their favorite animated bands (Jem and the Holograms get my vote), Michael Jackson’s alleged son (Billie Jean was MJ’s lover?), and more.
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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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LA Music Blogcast: February 27, 2014

Monthly wrap-up with David, Mikiel, and Marcus!

February 28th, 2014
Kristin Houser
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Are you staying dry today, Los Angeles? I’m trying to, but owning a legitimate pack’s worth of tiny dogs that need to go outside to empty their tiny bladders doesn’t make it easy. Thankfully the rain let up long enough for the LA Music Blogcast crew to gather at TradioV last night for our monthly wrap-up episode!
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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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