Nima Kazerouni might be the busiest person in East LA. Echo Park, Silverlake, Eagle Rock. Actually, throw Long Beach in there too. And San Diego. At the core of a slew of local bands including Pulse Out,Snaggletooth, and most recognizably the frontman of So Many Wizards, Kazerouni plays in venues all across SoCal on an almost monthly basis.
So Many Wizards’ unique brand of hazy, bedroom pop with a quirky edge has taken hold of the local music scene – never more so than over the course of 2011. They stole the show from Puro Instinct at one of the last Brand X LA Unheard concerts in April, and released a brand new 7”, a follow up to the band’s 2010 EP, Love Songs For When You Leave Me. There have been line-up changes and additions the result of which is a new lush, bigger sound, and one that Kazerouni is particularly excited about. Most recently, So Many Wizards has shared stages with a slew of other buzz bands, including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lord Huron, Real Estate and more. It’s only a matter of time before audiences across the country are just as familiar with Kazerouni’s playful falsetto, bouncy melodies and the name “So Many Wizards.”
Something about enjoying The Limousines makes me feel like I’m sneaking Fun Dip out of a basket of old Halloween candy. It’s basically pure sugar and a bit juvenile, but what the heck it’s fun to eat and tastes like the best part of summer camp. (more…)
This album is what I would call a “mood” album: I’m not always feeling it, but when the moment strikes it’s so so sweet. Floating on an inner tube down a river on a summer day kind of sweet. On their fourth album, Panorama, Birds & Batteries manages to deliver a cohesive album despite an unexpected mix of styles and genres. (more…)
Over the past couple years Vitamin Water has been branding themselves through the use of music, particularly after Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent joined the Vitamin Water team as part owner. I still love the original 50 Cent spot.
With 50 Cent standing on their side, Vitamin Water seemed to be developing more of a hip hop vibe. The spot that caught my attention uses the Steve Aoki remix of “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi. It’s a great song, but was ruined by the terrible commercial. Looking up the that spot, I stumbled upon this new Vitamin Water Ad. Check it out… (more…)