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 a while since a straight up Tadpole Audio Mixtape, but over this past winter break I found myself inspired as I rode the chairlift at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. My dad and I were discussing listening to music while skiing – he’s done it before, I worry that I will either not hear an incoming snowboarder, or somehow accidentally crush the device – when I began to think about what I would want to listen to out there in the snow. I’m not a particularly aggressive skier; I used to race in high school, but that was quite a few years ago. Now, the only times I hit the slopes are Christmas’s with my family.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to put a list together – it just seemed too daunting, I was bound to forget important ones, definitely haven’t gotten a chance to listen to many of the most lauded – but then a friend called me out and I naturally I had to rise to the challenge.
I don’t want to call this a “Best of 2010” list, because I feel kind of like a fraud saying that. Music is so subjective. To this day I still don’t really understand the mad mass love of Beach House. Maybe I’ll discover what I’m missing in 2011, but for the moment it is not music that grabs me personally.
That being said, I now present my favorite 25 albums and 5 EPs of 2010…
Recently green and yellow have both been in the forefront of my color preferences. I had a green iPod Nano, and now I have a green iPod shuffle. I am attracted to any yellow sundress like a magpie to shiny objects. I don’t understand why sick cartoons are always depicted as turning green. I’ve never seen one person turn green in my entire life, and it’s giving such a wonderful color a terrible connotation. Similarly I feel like yellow is also often considered a “sickly” color because of jaundice. When someone looks “jaundiced” they are faintly yellow. How sad for such bright, lovely colors. In light of such injustice, please enjoy a few tracks celebrating their awesomeness. Enjoy.
Bipolar Bear have a song called “Cape Verde” and will be at Spaceland on April 30. Listen to the song here, and get your tickets!
So Many Wizards finishes out their residency at the Silverlake Lounge this coming MONDAY, April 26. Perhaps they’ll play “Yellow Hands,” but if not you can check it out here. There’s no excuse not to go – it’s free!