Saturday, March 22, 2008

Location change for Pop Defect tonight!

A message from the folks at Dim Mak:

Popdefect will be relocated from its original location to the special events room at The Standard Hotel, also in Downtown LA. Although we must sadly announce that the fashion showcase portion of our event has been rescheduled for a later date simply due to the space of our new venue, we assure you that Popdefect will still be well equipped with full bars, friendly security, and an amazing sound & lighting spectacle to make your evening just as enjoyable as our previous location had promised.

Popdefect will now be a strict 21 & up event. Our headliners Flosstradamus & The Bloody Beetroots are both looking forward to their exclusive performances at our event and have guaranteed an amazing show for all those in attendance. We look forward to seeing you at Popdefect.

The Standard Hotel
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NU-TRA is going to tear it up with Gray Kid and Casxio

Attention all NU-TRA Fans!

The awesome band has been asked to play the ECHOPLEX on Friday March 28th!

This is an 18 and over show.

Doors are at 8pm


Casxio 10PM

The Gray Kid 11PM

Tickets are only $8 if you get them through NU-TRA


$10 if you purchase online you can PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

$12 at the door the night of the show.

ECHOPLEX (below the Echo main entrance is through alley off of Glendale BLVD.
1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-8200



Monday, March 17, 2008

Dim Mak is at it again...

The lovely folks at DIM MAK are preparing to stimulate you both visually and audibly this upcoming Saturday. March 22, the label is hosting what is sure to be another amazingly fun party/fashion show at downtown's The Silver Factory.

Like your classy fashion shows, there will be some awesome goody bags for those first 100 folks that arrive early... except I am sure the shwag in these bags will be much cooler because they will be put together by The DIM MAK Collection and Skullcandy. Also, you will have a ton of yummy sonic goodness to keep that body moving, liquid goodness in a cup and, if things go my way, maybe a little pants off dance off that leads to a naked dance party.

Oh yea, did I mention that The Bloody Beetroots will be there, along with Flosstradamus, Royal Rumble and DIM MAK's own, Ana Calderon and tons of others (read the flyer you dipshit!).

Dude, The Bloody Beetroots fucking killed it at LAX last week and I hear they were nothing less than amazing at SXSW so if you're in LA and you STILL haven't seen them, be sure to come and join the posse of goodness at The SIlver Factory.

18+ To Dance.
21+ To Drink & Dance.

Doors Open At 9:00 PM
Fashion Show Begins At 10:30 PM
Live Art All Night
+1500 Capacity and it will reach capacity!! So get there early, k?

You can RSVP for the event at:
Please include "Popdefect/ DMC" in the subject line

$10 Before 10:30 PM For All Ages
$15 After 10:30 PM For 21+ Without RSVP
$20 After 10:30 PM For 18+ Without RSVP

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Party/Gig Guide for SXSW

I wish I were making out with a hot cowboy right about now...

Wednesday, March 12:

Day Stage

Planningtorock, A Place to Bury Strangers, Akron/Family, Ra Ra Riot, Saul Williams


** Domino Records: Simian Mobile Disco, These New Puritans, Lightspeed Champion, Sons & Daughters, the Kills, White Williams - Antone's
** Austin Music Awards: Okkervil River featuring Roky Erickson - Austin Music Hall
** Ola Podrida, Bowerbirds, David Karsten Daniels, Peter and the Wolf - Central Presbyterian Church
** Shearwater - Club de Ville
** The Slits - Elysium
** The Lemonheads performing It's a Shame About Ray - Emo's Annex
** K Records: The Blow, Kimya Dawson, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Mahjongg, Jeremy Jay, Karl Blau - Emo's IV Lounge
** Knitting Factory: Dan Deacon + Jimmy Joe Roche's Ultimate Reality, Japanther, Free Blood, Wizardzz, Meneguar - Emo's Jr.
** The Black Keys, Autolux, Be Your Own Pet - Emo's Main Room
** Bun B - Fuze
** Stones Throw / Duck Down: Percee P, Kidz in the Hall, Guilty Simpson - Habana Annex Backyard
** Cardboard Records: Parts & Labor, Gowns, Ecstatic Sunshine, Pterodactyl, Shooting Spires, These Are Powers - Habana Calle 6
** Paper Bag/Upper Class/XLR8R: Cadence Weapon, the Acorn, the Russian Futurists, the Cansecos - Habana Calle 6 Patio
** Modular: The Tough Alliance, Cut Copy - Karma Lounge
** Van Morrison - La Zona Rosa
** Free Yr Radio: Simian Mobile Disco, Yeasayer, Times New Viking - La Zona Rosa
** eMusic: Bon Iver, Frightened Rabbit - Maggie Mae's Rooftop
** Frenchkiss: The Dodos, the Big Sleep, the Plastic Constellations, Fatal Flying Guilloteens - Mohawk Patio
** Almost Gold / Fenway Sessions: Peter Morén - The Parish
** Naked Raygun - Red Eyed Fly
** Orange Twin: Dark Meat, Elf Power - Spiro's
** Steve Reich showcase, hosted by Steve Reich - St. David's Church
** R.E.M. - Stubb's
** Smalltown Supersound: Lindstrøm, Kim Hiorthøy, DiskJokke, Bjørn Torske, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Arp - The Thirsty Nickel
** Afro Punk/Matrix Saul Williams - Vice

Thursday, March 13:


Keynote: Lou Reed - Austin Convention Center
Interview: Seymour Stein (Sire Records founder) - Austin Convention Center
Interview: Steve Reich/Thurston Moore - Austin Convention Center
Panel: "Through the Lens: Photographers on Musicians" with Michael Azerrad, Autumn de Wilde, etc.
Panel: "The Moment of Truth" with Superchunk/Portastatic's Mac McCaughan, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Hanson's Taylor Hanson, etc.
Panel: "Widening Hip Hop's Global Reach" with Sway, etc.

Day Stage

The Hood Internet, Cadence Weapon, Murs, White Williams, the Cool Kids, the Blow


** Spoon, Del the Funky Homosapien - Auditorium Shores Stage
** NPR: My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo - Austin Music Hall
** AM Only/IHeartcomix/Deaf Dumb and Blind: Beauty Bar Backyard: Working for a Nuclear Free City, Boyz Noize, Thieves Like Us
** Anti/Utne Reader: Man Man, Islands, DeVotchKa - Cedar Street Courtyard
** Caldo Verde/Proxy Media: Mark Kozelek, Retribution Gospel Choir - Central Presbyterian Church
** Ninja Tune/Counter: Ghislain Poirier, TheDeathSet - Elysium
** Relapse: High on Fire, Genghis Tron, Vverevvolf Grehv - Emo's Annex
** We Are Free: Yeasayer, Indian Jewelry, Ponytail, Pit Er Pat, Le Loup - Emo's IV Lounge
** Swami: The Night Marchers, Dan Sartain - Emo's Jr.
** Kork Agency: Jens Lekman, Islands, Howlin Rain, the Octopus Project - Emo's Main Room
** Upset the Rhythm: No Age, High Places, Gowns - Habana Annex Backyard
** Table of the Elements: Northampton Wools (Thurston Moore) - Hideout
** Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans: Black Mountain, Jens Lekman, Bon Iver, Evangelicals, Bodies of Water, Phosphorescent, Parts & Labor, Citay, the Explorers Club, Throw Me the Statue, White Hinterland - Mohawk and Mohawk Patio
** El Guincho, Fuck Buttons - Red Eyed Fly
** The Social Registry: Blood on the Wall, Sian Alice Group, Psychic Ills, Samara Lubelski - Room 710
** Def Jux/Dirtee Stank: Dizzee Rascal, El-P, Devin the Dude & the Coughee Brothaz, Jammer, Newham Generals - Scoot Inn
** Siltbreeze: Times New Viking, Psychedelic Horseshit, Blues Control, Pink Reason - Soho Lounge
** Jay Reatard, Fucked Up, the Raveonettes, Dark Meat - Vice
** NME: YACHT, Holy Fuck, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Wave Rooftop

Friday, March 14:


Interview: Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James present Carbon/Silicon
Panel: "Resolving Webcast Fees"
Panel: "The Blog Factor" with Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Matador Records' Gerard Cosloy, etc.

Day Stage

The Slits, El Guincho, Lykke Li, Lemonheads, Bodies of Water, Cut Copy, Kim Hiorthoy, Georgie James


** Constantines, Vampire Weekend, DeVotchKa - Antone's
** Sub Pop: No Age, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Handsome Furs, the Helio Sequence, Pissed Jeans, the Ruby Suns, Grand Archives, Kelley Stoltz, Sera Cahoone, Love as Laughter - Bourbon Rocks and Bourbon Rocks Patio
** Bowery Presents: Tapes 'n Tapes, Rogue Wave, the Little Ones - Cedar Door
** Bug Music: Lyrics Born - Cedar Street Courtyard
** Asthmatic Kitty and friends: Castanets, My Brightest Diamond, Cryptacize - Central Presbyterian Church
** Big Shot Touring: White Rabbits - Club de Ville
** Kill Rock Stars: Mika Miko, Panther, Telepathe - Emo's IV Lounge
** Leafy Green Booking: Akron/Family, the Dodos - Emo's Jr.
** Biz3 Publicity: Clipse, Kid Sister, A-Trak, the Cool Kids, Flosstradamus, Crystal Castles - Emo's Main Room
** Super Deluxe: Human Giant, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn - Esther's Follies
** Panache/Lovepump United: The Mae Shi, HEALTH, Old Time Relijun, Apes, RTX, Mika Miko - Flamingo Cantina
** Ernest Jenning: Dälek, O'Death - Friends
** Polyvinyl/Team Love: List Christee (Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal), Tilly and the Wall, Headlights, Aloha, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Habana Calle 6 and patio
** FM3 - Hideout
** M for Montreal: Krief, Nadja, Plants and Animals - Maggie Mae's
** The Great Escape Festival: Lykke Li - Maggie Mae's Rooftop
** Ecstatic Peace: Thurston Moore (with band and with Northampton Wools), J. Mascis, Be Your Own Pet, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Sightings, Samara Lubelski, Leslie Keffer - Mohawk and Mohawk Patio
** Sway - Molotov Lounge
** Rob da Bank and Friends: Lykke Li, Born Ruffians, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Ninety Proof Lounge
** Billboard: Robyn - Pangea
** Merge: Destroyer, She & Him, Shout Out Louds, Radar Bros., Wye Oak, Portastatic - The Parish
** Atlas Sound, White Rainbow, Valet, Fuck Buttons, Jana Hunter, Knyfe Hyts - Prague
** It's GRIM Up North: Enslaved - Red 7 Patio
** Solid PR/Sailor Jerry: Man Man, Fucked Up, Paint It Black - Scoot Inn
** WFMU: Half Japanese, Citay, Evangelista, the Homosexuals, Lexie Mountain Boys, Psychedelic Horseshit, Gary Higgins - Spiro's and Spiro's Amphitheater
** N.E.R.D., Santogold - Stubb's
** X, Daniel Lanois, Dizzee Rascal - The Bat Bar
** Super Deluxe: Human Giant, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Brian Posehn - The Velveeta Room
** A Place to Bury Strangers - Wave Rooftop

Saturday, March 15:


Interview: Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
Interview: Daryl Hall
Panel: "It's Not Easy Being Green" (environmental issues in music)
Panel: "Vinyl Revival"
Panel: "'16' Magazine and the Birth of Music Journalism" with Taylor Hanson, etc.

Day Stage



** Jarboe, Nadja - The Ale House
** Ice Cube, Jean Grae, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Lyrics Born - Auditorium Shores Stage
** David Banner, Murs - Austin Music Hall
** Summer Lovers Unlimited: The Tough Alliance, the Homosexuals - Beauty Bar
** Indie 103.1: A Place to Bury Strangers, Neon Neon - Cedar Street Courtyard
** Jandek, Christina Carter (Charalambides) & Shawn David McMillen, the Weird Weeds - Central Presbyterian Church
** Saddle Creek: Tokyo Police Club, Two Gallants, Georgie James, Neva Dinova - Dirty Dog Bar
** Oya Festival / Oh My Rockness: Shining, Hanne Hukkelberg, Videohippos - Emo's Jr.
** X, the Raveonettes - Emo's Main Room
** Tomlab/Anticon: Why?, Hey Willpower, Thee Oh Sees, Son Lux, Misha - Lamberts
World's Fair: Maggie Mae's Rooftop - British Sea Power
** Free Agency / Todd P: High Places, Ecstatic Sunshine, Matt & Kim, These Are Powers, Ponytail - Mohawk and Mohawk Patio
** DFA/ Still Going, Holy Ghost!, Digitalism, Planningtorock - Pangaea
** Arts & Crafts: Los Campesinos!, Constantines, Jason Collett - The Parish
** Load: Clockcleaner, Sightings - Scoot Inn
** Cock Rock Disco/Deathbomb Arc: Jason Forrest - Scoot Inn Inside Stage
** Jim James, M. Ward - St. David's Church
** Soundexchange/Mojo: Roky Erickson, Okkervil River - Stubb's
** URB/Squeak E. Clean/Vans/Soundexchange: GZA, Wale, NASA - Stubb's
** Graveface: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Laura Gibson - The Thirsty Nickel
** Fool's Gold/Matrix: Chromeo, A-Trak, Kid Sister, Flosstradamus - Volume
** NME: Crystal Castles - Wave Rooftop

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sonic Treat of the Day: Karin Tatoyan

In a city like Los Angeles, where one thing bleeds into the next and it is beginning to seem like every fucking band is starting to sound the same, there shines a brilliant, little light. Her name is Karin Tatoyan (pronounced kar-reen). She is beautiful. She is a muse. She posses a voice like that of a siren.

Just take a listen to her cover of Wilco's Radio Cures and see for yourself:

"Suffering the trauma" of moving to Los Angeles when she was a young girl should only be considered as another blessing from the Gods. The first time I heard of Karin, I saw some live footage of her doing Fit In with The One Second Time Machine. It BLEW MY FUCKING MIND!!! I had to have more. I had to know who the fuck this amazing woman was. Not since Bjork had my faith in new music been so restored...and that was over 10 years ago.

Also, please enjoy the video for my personal favorite, Fit It. This is such a sick track!!

So, now that you have heard a couple of tracks and Miss Tatoyan has officially taken your heart hostage, go and check out her show tonight at The Echo. She will be performing with Twilight Sleep. The show starts at 8pm and, best of all, it's FREE!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Morning Benders - delicious for breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Morning Benders have been getting a lot of buzz lately. Is it hype? Is it a false alarm? I don't think so..

Their tune-age is sweet to the ear, tender to the heart and perfect for keeping the beat of that tapping foot or that strut of yours as you walk down the streets that you call home. Boarded Doors is a favorite of mine and is listed on their myspace page. Taste of bit of their B Side, Your Dark Side, and prepare to have your Carpenters-loving heart melted.

Their full length album, TALKING THROUGH TIN CANS, will be released May 6, 2008 (+1 Records) and they are getting ready to make their rounds at SXSW (dates/venues listed at the bottom of this post).

Chris Chu (the band's frontman/pictured above) is humble and as sweet as can be. We recently took some time to talk to Kill The Microphone from the road.


KTM: So what are your thoughts on the music industry of today? What would you like to see change?

Chris: I would like to see the industry get to the point where it is commonplace for bands and artists to retain the ownership of their music. I would like to see bands put out albums every few months, rather than every couple years. The industry moves way too slow.

KTM: Do you have anything super exciting planned for the rest of 2008?
Chris: We just want to keep playing music for people and making music as long as possible. That’s why we got into this in the first place - to play music for people.

We also have a lot of material written, and want to start recording as soon as possible. I think people will be surprised by the different sounds we intend to explore. We are interested in a lot of different kinds of music.

KTM: Do you plan on collaborating with any new artists or producers with any of this new material?
Chris: We’d love to work with different artists and producers. Right now we have 4 people who really understand each other, which is great. But if we find anyone else who has great ideas, we are always open to a new take on things.

KTM: What kind of music are you listening to right now?
Chris: Grizzly Bear. Vampire Weekend. Beach House. Spoon. Deerhunter.

KTM: Are there any local bands from up north that we should all be checking out?
Chris: The Mumlers. We Barbarians.



March 8, 2008/ 8pm
The Casbah (w/ Delta Spirit and Port O’Brien!)
San Diego, California

Mar 13 2008 3:00P
SXSW - Highwire party @ Habana Calle
Austin, Texas

Mar 13 2008/ 8:30P
SXSW - Smokin’ Music
Austin, Texas

Mar 14 2008/ 3:00P
SXSW - +1 House Party @ Hank Sinatra’s
Austin, Texas

Mar 14 2008/ 9:30P
SXSW - Viper Room In Austin @ The Orchid
Austin, Texas

Mar 15 2008/ 2:00P
SXSW - Homeslice
Austin, Texas

May 6 2008/ 5:00P
Virgin Megastore SF In-store!
San Francisco, California


May 8 2008/ 8:00P
LA CD Release Show @ The Echo!!
Los Angeles, California

May 9 2008/ 8:00P
SF CD Release Show @ 330 Ritch!!
San Francisco, California

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Current Obsession: The Bloody Beetroots

Bruschetta. Lambrusco. Countryside riddled with acres of sunflower patches. The island of Lido at 4am. Beautiful people. The Bloody Beetroots. Damn, I love Italy.

Bob Rifo and Tea, better known as The Bloody Beetroots, have been making love and producing music babies since the end of 2006. And these tracks have got to be some of the hottest by-products that I have come across recently. The two forces pull from Rifo's punk, new wave, classical music, hip hop, drum n' bass, and electro influences and Tea's trip-hop and electronic background to create tracks like Butter - a track with an industrial kick, Mac Mac - a track that gets you feeling really anxious and excited for the first couple of bars and then proceeds to hit you with a bit of a fist pumping anthem, or how about that Detroit track - it just makes you say "Fuck yea!" as you shake that ass.

If you've never heard of The Bloody Beetroots and are eager to hear their shit (and I know you are), visit their myspace page and enjoy the tune-age provided on playlist below.

If you're in the Los Angeles area this week, you're in for a treat!! The delicious duo has two dates coming up:

Sunday, March 9 at LAX with the usual suspects: DJ AM, Steve Aoki and Mike B

Tuesday, March 11 at Cinespace with Steve Aoki