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Totallymag! is one of the firsts to get new underground releases. Now the timeliness of the reviews is a bit lacking. We have a very “lax” approach to our reviewing and posting it’s all for fun and we want to give you the best reviews not the “hastiest”. We chill as fuck and like to keep it real.
I consider these some of the best albums of 2010. Most of the artists are from Los Angeles, CA and this is pure coincidence. Totallymag! receives albums from different artists around the globe but 2010 was all about L.A. “W35T5ID3 4 LIF3″.
Whitman/No Babies 5 inch vinyl split (Folktale Records)
Whitman- Whitman is known for being one of the most Avant-garde (Loco) folk artists of our time. He is the creator of Folktale records and continues to experiment with his releases this one was a split between him and No Babies and the size of a cd only it is VINYL. One of the cutest releases I have ever seen. His track Here’s to Denying Our Existence is very minimal and almost noise. A simple melody with a very aggro message. A great track. The mix is very crisp clear and the noise element he brings is surprisingly complimentary to his simple acoustic guitar. Hoping to hear a more chilled out side of Whitman soon though. I love when he puts a more comedic twist on what he writes.
No Babies- Female fronted is always a plus. No Babies uses reed instruments two drummers and is very much ROCK What more can you ask for? Their track Morlocks Take Manhattan is almost ‘math rock” in nature it brings a nostalgic 90′s grunge feel that I’m into. No Babies is probably one of the greatest bands to come out of Oakland, CA. I also appreciate a fellow X-Men fan. MORLOCKS are so hot right now.
XbXrX “Wars” , Polyvinyl 12 inch
Artwork by XbXrX
XBXRX or “XB” as they are known amongst fans have gone through so many transitions throughout the years. The newest members are Josh Taylor (Bass) and Kyle H. Mabson (Drums) who bring a whole new sound to XB these days. Very “heavy” and more raging then ever. This particular album was recorded in Oakland, CA and is so dynamic. I felt as though I was listening to a soundtrack to a new age army movie starring horny punk renegades or something. It is epic to say the least. The high frequency harsh noise tears ones ears apart and leaves them begging for more. The production was dope and I love the vox. My favorite jams were “Sheets and Organs” and “Here to Ruin the Party” which is way tripped out. Pick this up immediately.
The homie Juiceboxxx recently got back from a tour in Asia. He performed in Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines. At one point I think we were in Japan at the same time knowing Juiceboxxx and seeing what was going down in Japan I knew that the people would love him! This video diary he posted confirms it. Check out all the coolness that is Asia! Check out Juiceboxxx on the net too if you haven’t heard his jams you’re going to want to listen.
The Paradox of Time
Laco$te is no doubt one of the hardest working electro-noise bands ever! I first saw Laco$te in my hometown of Riverside, CA at a house known then as the Pixel Palace. Tucked perfectly away on a quiet historical street called Chestnut and surrounded by lawyer buildings (which were historical homes renovated into offices) Pixel Palace could get away with playing some of the loudest house shows in So Cal for sure. You could thank then resident’s Adam Cardone (ex-member of Child Pornography, Prayer Partner, and Black Awareness) Erin Allen (member of Child Pornography, Sister Fucker, and High Castle) Artist James Bradley and Gil (Ex-member of American Gil, Quem Quaeritis, and Guitarded also recorded all of us riversidians on reel to reel coolest dude!) for letting just about any underground band stop through while on tour and just totally relax and fucks things up before heading Northwest to Los Angeles, CA.
Laco$te was then Peter Moran and Xenia Shin I fell totally in love. They laid down the illest beats and spit the phattest raps I heard in a long time and also got down into their underwear in one of the sweatiest, liquor spilt houses in the IE so much respect for that!
Today Laco$te is much different still fronted by Xenia Shin she now has two other accomplices that back her up. Rob Wilkinson and William Caruso absent Peter Moran who is now performing as Essay they are still creating amazing tracks with a much more noise-tech feel. They have strayed from Laco$te’s dance/hip hop roots and are playing more 80′s new wave/noise tracks that engulf you into a whole new world of motherboards and cracked internet shells. They love the movie hackers and believe in a futuristic world where dancing through time is not a metaphor.
The Paradox of Time is a 4 track EP on Manimal Vinyl each track is very well produced and thought out still with a great amount feeling. The artwork for the album was done entirely by singer Xenia Shin’s father who is a professional artist/cartoonist. Laco$te are appreciative of others art and music and have used people’s artwork for past releases and merch.
The tracks though packed with noisy oscillators and gut pounding bass are still surprisingly melodic and rhythmic. You can easily bob your head or jump up and down and really get into their songs during a live set or while mopping your floor with a space helmet on.
Experimental and cutting edge as ever Laco$te delivers a unique space age sound that is unlike most bands in LA. Not to mention they are totally hot! It’s hard not to notice their stylish cyber threads and trendsetting accessories. They are not your local hipsters. They are not your stereotypical computer nerds. They are the closest thing to living cyborgs I have come across thus far. Their knowledge of sci-fi culture and electronic music is uncanny yet they can still quote Dr. Dre or reference anything pop culture from here to anywhere else in the world (Rob Wilkinson knows the answer to just about anything.) I dare you to listen to their latest release and if you are lucky enough to be in the Los Angeles area attend their EP release party where they will be screening their new music video for the single “Numbers”!
The Paradox of Time EP release show hosted by: Sean Carnage himself!
Monday November 15th 2010
325 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
9:30 pm All Ages $5
Plus screening of their new video. Do not miss this event! The Ep will be available on ITUNES and most other download sites as well as from Laco$te themselves or their label. I want to thank them for letting me review their album and help out with the video it was a blast! Also I want to thank everyone who helped work on their album and give them the opportunity they deserve to showcase their talents to the rest of the world.
I give you 5 pizzas suckas!!!
I accumulate lots of new independent music throughout the year this year being no exception here are just a few that I have reviewed especially for TM! but don’t fret there is more to come!
Looking Glass Records
This album should be retitled” Grim Perfections” it’s absolutely perfect. From the concept to the production all the way down to the hand drawn font by Jaymie Valentine herself nothing was overlooked in production of this album.
If you don’t know Jaymie Valentine she is the cutest electro-goth running amok in Los Angeles, CA. She has the best style I have seen in a long time and her vocals and beats match her perfectly. I really wished I could’ve listened to this when I was in high school piercing my own everything and sewing my own clothes before I turned all party crew n shit. She evokes the most alterna-girl feelings in me with this 11 track piece. It was really nice to feel those again. I pretty much love this whole album. The artwork through out the whole album is amazing you can thank Allison Meierding, Marianne Williams and Romak (Make up) for doing a spectacular job!
TIK//TIK- I Punch With My Eyes Closed
Entropic Tarot 2010
22 TRACKSSSSSSS love it! Cano did it again this time with synths which im not used to hearing on tik//tik jams but was pleasantly surprised. He pulls you in right away with some booty busting low end frequencies and then boom dropping some crazy blast beats with the noisiest crashes and undecipherable lyrics. He’s no stranger to sampling either which i love. Tik//Tik has a special talent to take the most dissonant noisiest sounds and transform them into musical phrases! I really loved this release. If you haven’t seen a Tik//Tik live set you haven’t experienced a real DIY noise set. Plus he is so adorable and always wears the cutest little hoodies I wish I had a Tik//Tik doll to carry around with me that played harsh noise when I hugged him!
I have to be honest I’ve never been a folk music fan. I’m a pretty upbeat person and listening to folk is a little bit of a bummer for me. Folktale has changed that completely with artists like John Thill, Whitman, and Charlie McAlister who have reawakened the magic of folk and what it stands for. Folk is going out there with nothing but a guitar and some real talk. I’m a big fan of real talk so naturally I took well to most of Folktale’s artists. There are also bands on Folktale that aren’t folk at all in the way the music is written but are amazing at lyrics and so fall under this more poetic category. Bands like, Kinght Rider and Nicole Kidman or Clark 8 who have just this way of moving you lyrically. If you are unfamiliar with these artists or the label itself I highly recommend purchasing this sampler it has all you need to get started on one of the greatest underground musical quests. Christopher Payne of Folktale is either OCD or just really pays attention to detail each release is beautiful and is an artistic collector’s piece I know I have a pretty extensive collection of Folktale releases they are amazing to look at and are the most rare from the art to each and every track.
The Night is my favorite new wave goth band from Minneapolis Minnesota. I received their demo in the mail and played it on repeat for a few days. I was definitely into their sound. The Night is Dre and Zachariah a duo that sprang from the most normal place in America but they are anything but normal. Dre, the daughter of a preacher and profound lyricist makes you feel like something is lurking in the shadows behind you while Zachariah’s new wave synths and classic drum machine beats get you in the mood to put on everything black you own and smoke cigarettes all night in the coolest goth club in town. The few songs they have out are really amazing and i’m not the only one who thinks so. Dre recently informed me that their newest single “Kill me” (GREAT TITLE!) will be used in NFTS (not for the squeamish) productions Horror film Strip Club Slasher directed by Jason Stephenson I’m a huge horror movie fan and personally cannot wait to see this! The Night has singles available to listen to on their website be sure to check them out!
well that is it for now i will be posting more reviews this weekend! reviews include XBXRX, Laco$te, Bongo Fury, The Tlielaxu Music Machine, and more!!!
Thanks to all the bands who have kindly donated their works of art to me. It is always and forever appreciated!!! P.S. BOOOYYYAAAHHHHH!!!