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Guest Mixtape + Interview / COYOL “Farmers’ Almanac”

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To start with, I owe this band a huge apology.

They sent me their mixtape a year and a half ago. It took me months to set up the interview them, and (after briefly thinking the audio was lost with my stolen computer) finished transcribing it this past fall.  And now at long last it is now here for you to see/hear/read.  Thankfully, the songs are timeless and the theme is rather timely with the new year, making changes, etc.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of my favorite mixes I’ve ever received. I mean, all of them have a special place in my heart, both because they were created for me, and I always appreciate how no matter what my musical horizons are challenged or expanded (often both).  The tracks included in “Farmers’ Almanac,” however, are probably the closest to my personal taste.  And not just a genre I’m partial to, but a genre that has a tendency to elicit strong emotions from deep inside my being.  At least three of the artists on here have moved me to tears with their songs.

It does make sense though, as the music COYOL themselves make is not unlike what you will hear on this mix.  Perhaps with a dash of the American Southwest, to spice things up.  A write-up in Black Book Magazine this past fall praises “the fantastic arrangement that seems just a little yet perfectly off and the oddly beautiful lyrics that stick with you long after each track.”
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TA Mixtape / An Ode to Autumn, from East to West (with Kan Wakan, Fossil Collective, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more…)

Godfrey Pond in Weston, CT

Godfrey Pond in Weston, CT

I find it pretty difficult to get into the holiday spirit here in Los Angeles.  I’m assuming this is because I was born and raised on the east coast, where the scenery at this time of year is not unlike what one would find on a postcard.  To be fair though I’ve never actually asked a native what defines Thanksgiving or Christmas to them.

Is Thanksgiving just a very large and specific meal, without the connotation of fall colors and a chill in the air?
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Not To Be Missed: Sofar Sounds and Run River North

Being in the music industry, and in the position of a “buyer” I see (and am invited to) a lot of live music.  Admittedly, I’m not out as much as many people I know, some in the music industry and some not, but still a great deal.  I’ve been to most of the local venues, large and small.  Showcases at restaurants, cafes, courtyards and offices.  And hands down the most consistently rewarding viewing experience is the Los Angeles incarnation of Songs from a Room.

For those unfamiliar, Songs from a Room (or “Sofar”) is a music movement that started in London and is now in cities all over the world – São Paulo, Melbourne, Nashville, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Sydney, Dallas and many more.  A selection of four or five artists play intimate sets in private living rooms; the sets are recorded and (often) livestreamed.  The audience doesn’t know who the artists are until they arrive and, the Los Angeles events at least, are all BYOB.
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Neat Tracks / Bombay Bicycle Club “Shuffle”

Not doing anything tonight?  Live in Los Angeles?  Dig the track below? Brit rockers Bombay Bicycle Club will be at the Fonda tonight with Vacationer.  It is bound to be a refreshing end to your Wednesday.  How can you not bop while listening to this song? File Under: Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Animal Collective, bouncy, sparkly, lush, electronic, pop
 
Bombay Bicycle Club “Shuffle”

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Guest Mixtape + Interview / LA Font “Garage Rock To Clean Out The Garage To”

Photo Credit: Noé Arteaga

I recently declared that this blog was going to be all about me.  Well, that’s kind of true here.  Yes, this post features a mixtape from the class clowns of the Los Angeles music scene, LA Font, but I’m going to start by talking about a book that I am reading.

Considering how many times I’ve recommended it, it’s embarrassing that I’m just over halfway through it, but Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad is a must read for any music writer (or fan).  Particularly if you like indie rock. Or punk rock. Or garage rock.  Which brings me to LA Font.
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