Totally ruling LA noir re-imagining of what the second Suicide record might have sounded like if Polly Jean Harvey fronted the band instead of Alan Vega. Hints of surf guitar bring you back to the west/best coast and give the whole happening a woozy, psychedelic glow.
Drawing inspiration from Townes Van Zandt to Tammy Wynette, Leslie's crystal-clear, pitch-perfect voice blends and smolders with the band, a versatile set of musicians equally at home with Western Swing, Texas two-step and dialed-down LA folk rock.
Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club
[$14.98 DVD; Buy online at amoeba.com]
From Filmmakers Andrew R. Powell and Kurt Voss - a provocative portrait of the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his legendary band "The Gun Club," one of the most notorious and incendiary groups in the history of American popular music.
The film features interviews with ex-Gun Club members Kid Congo Powers, Ward Dotson, Terry Graham, Jim Duckworth, and Dee Pop as well as interviews with Dave Alvin (Blasters), John Doe (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band) Mike Martt (Tex and the Horsesheads), Peter Case (Plimsouls), and a special appearance by Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead).
NTSC, region free DVD with a running time of 96 minutes.
NOTICE: this DVD contains NO GUN CLUB MUSIC and NO EXTRA FEATURES. Just the 96 minute documentary in a premium gatefold package with four panel booklet.
"Warpaint's sound is reminiscent of Mazzy Star's heroin-styled ambient musings, but there's a certain childlike character that colors the darkness of their music. Maybe it's the playful lilt of their voices. Or their tendency to trade off vocal harmonies with unison singing that brings to mind twisted takes on childhood sing-alongs. ... Exquisite Corpse illuminates an already great sound that's bound to get better and better as the group expands its sonic palette." —Hannis Brown, kevchino.com
Monte Carlo 76's second release, Marisela, merges the sweet sounds of West Coast soul with the vivid stories of barrio life. From love to gentrification, the album weaves together the harsh and beautiful tales that form the experience of living in the barrio. Marisela's songs are so intimate, you will feel like you are riding shotgun with the band through the streets of East L.A.
Melodic vocals and guitar collide seamlessly with electronic-synth bass and lead keyboard harmonies. Mixing up elements of late sixties British pop, nineties grunge, and a twist of eighties synth pop, this indie/rock/pop trio have developed a refreshing original style of their own.
Award-winnig artist AM invited friends and fellow singer/songwriters to perform with him to bring his concept to life. Side By Side - Deuts Vol. 1 features AM performing duets with other Los Angeles favorites Buddy, Tina Dico, Rick Garcia, Meiko, Julianna Raye, and Susie Suh.
SID BROWN brings an all-inclusive party wherever he shakes his maracas. From half-naked dancing girls backed by a bombshell of Brazilian guitarist to gratis booze and bare-chested bellowing, Sid Brown's stage show is everything you'd want a rockin' event to be.
Having established a diverse Los Angeles underground cult following via downtown loft parties, hush-hush after-hours appearances and shocking displays of showmanship whenever and wherever duty has called, Sid Brown is primed to pimp himself to Super Stardom.
Pins and Needles, conjure up a year round of Holloween's trick or treat, scratching and clawing at your door like a blackc feline in heat. With Smokey pop rattles, savory deathly hallowed purrs, Pins and Needles invites the suicide phenomenon of The Cure, the vampire urgency of Bauhaus, the beauty of the grave from Sister's of Mercy, the glisten of the ocean from Echo & the Bunnymen, and the blood from the death disco of Joy Division/New Order, yet still manage to make you want to tear off your clothes and dance alone in glory, in front of your silver mirror wearing just your Batman underoos.
These two Californian Black Metal Hordes have written and recorded their best material to date! Each hand provides 30 minutes of punishment in four epic assaults! With their line-ups steady, both LSOD & VALDUR have created blackened atmospheres while charging into battle with hate seething through their cold veins!
The Binges are the next generation of old school rock and roll. This "gang of four" from the City of Angels put on a live show chuck-filled with fist pumping anthems that leaves hearts pounding and ears bleeding. Screaming melodies, two virtuoso sisters from Tokyo on guitar/bass and Skanky on drums play shout along tunes that stick in your head for days.
The Red Fox is a West Coast emcee whom critics have called "one hip-hop artist to watch for" and Grandpa-J is Tinsel town's illest beat maker. Both creative and captivating, SEVEN SINS is a bold and adventurous concept album. A modern day interpretation of a classic theme with each of the seven tracks based on one of the seven sins. Listen to song: myspace.com/grandpamusic Website: myspace.com/grandpamusic