Jordan Irvin Dally is going to have a big year. It’s about time. In April of 2010 the 22-year-old Los Angeleno garnered reverential buzz for his self-released Despistado EP, a collection of experimental folk songs, soaked with the kind of soulful wanderlust that must have been left over from his upbringing in Illinois, Colorado and Spain. This year again the blogosphere took notice when he released Sun Room / Teething as a vinyl 7” and digitally on his bandcamp page, a lighter turn for the artist, with a brighter, island sway to his music rather than the sparseness of Despistado. (more…)
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.”
It’s been my sincere pleasure to hear the buzz about this local band get louder and louder over the past few months. From my perspective at least, it began with the word spreading about their fantastic live performances. Then came write-ups in blogs across the country from Sunset in the Rearview to the LA times. Just a few short months later Milo Greene was featured as part of the “I Also Like To Rock” series, presented by KCRW and curated by Buzz Bands LA. Most recently they were on the bill to play at Sunset Junction, and due to the festival’s cancellation, played a packed day party at Dangerbird Records. (more…)
If you’re a Los Angeles music nerd, you’re quite familiar with the names Jason Bentley, Chris Douridas, Anne Litt, Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez. You know them as just a handful of the stellar DJs on public radio station KCRW (89.9 on the radio dial in Los Angeles, KCRW.com everywhere else). You may have also heard of Evan Kleiman, the host of Good Food, or Matt Holzman, the man who puts the “Matt” in Matt’s Movies. One name you may not know, however, is someone who I believe to be the one person every listener needs to say thanks to the most. The busiest person on staff: Music Publicity Director, Rachel Reynolds. (more…)