Daily Archives: March 18, 2011

Monotonix [MUSIC] [VIDEO]


There are few experiences in life more satisfying than discovering a band that pisses off your parents/neighbors/civilized human beings within earshot. Cranking up an obnoxiously loud, manic whirlwind of guitars, bass and drums is like communion for those who worship rock n’ roll.

Sure, a good hook, a well constructed song; those things can also bring joy, even rapture on occasion, but nothing – nothing – beats hearing some out of touch flunky, be they young or old, shout those four magic words:

“Turn that crap off!”

– which I’ll go out on a limb and say is exactly the reaction the maniacs in Monotonix got at their first show when they started in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Luckily for those of us stateside, they tired of the few venues that would accept them overseas and decided to import their madness to our shores.

In the center of their storm, drummer Haggai Fershtman finds a deep-pocket stomp for singer Ami Shalev and guitarist Yonatan Gat to lay their squeals, hoots, hollers, riffs and wails over.  Gat’s leads lie somewhere between The Stooges and the White Stripes, while Ami howls like he escaped from the asylum the Ramones sang about but never actually visited.

Their live shows are part performance art, part concert, and infamous for living up to exactly what the sound promises: non-stop dancing, crowd surfing, broken instruments, the occasional fire and complete, utter insanity.  Just watch:

Also, watch them take a show outside:

Track below is from the “Where Were You When It Happened?” EP.  Their newest LP “Not Yet” just dropped and was produced by Steve Albini (Nivana, The Pixies).

Blast it, enjoy it, and for God’s sake, don’t ever turn it down.

Chris Cullari | Beat Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

Deadmau5 – “HR 8938 Cephei” [MUSIC]

For a moment there I wasn’t really sure if Deadmau5 was going to put another bangin’ hit like when he dropped “Strobe” in ’09. But sure enough the Toronto based HOUSE DJ, currently the top DJ in the world, answered to his fans and created this new jam that’s an obvious Friday List worthy track. Its really hard to create such a long song over 10 minutes and be able to maintain the focus of the listener but Deadmau5 has perfected this process with “Strobe” and now “HR 8938 Cephei”. Along with the length it’s good to note the slow build up in the new track that makes for a great club opener to really get the crowd going. You can visit the soundcloud page where he just released the song 4 days ago.

Truth and Salvage Co. [MUSIC]

I think it’s safe to say LA has an extremely diverse music scene.  That’s pretty much a no brainer.  It’s also a place where musicians from all walks of life and musical tendencies can come/ meet up and create something like Truth and Salvage Co.  They are comprised of six members with four lead vocalists who are all also song writers.  Sounds like a creative control nightmare, but they have recently release a self titled record and its really good.  Interesting…

Hail Hail – Truth and Salvage Co.

The members of Truth and Salvage Co. hail from the southeast and midwest part of the country.  They met in LA emerging from the famed Hotel Cafe and the popular/ crowded singer songwriter scene.  No doubt about it, they draw from country and southern rock.  That made me quiver a little bit when a friend told me to check them out.  This band definitely has their fair share of country sounding tracks, but when you make the transition from that part of the country to LA and are influenced by such powerhouses as Tom Petty and The Eagles the blend of country and rock can be delicious.

This record does it for me.  Maybe it’s the LA themed lyrics that remind me of why I love living here or the fact that its just easy to listen to.  So with that said here another track off thier self titled debut.  It’s a little bit country and a good example of the LA theme throughout the record (hence the title), but I think you’ll like it.

Welcome to LA – Truth and Salvage Co.

Ok fine it was pretty much hard core country.  But hey a little Southern rock isn’t necessarily a bad thing sometimes.  My favorite track on the record is called Rise Up.  It’s a much bigger sounding tune and arguably the best one on the record.

Rise Up – Truth and Salvage Co.

Truth and Salvage Co are on tour and you can buy their self titled album here.

I never thought I’d find myself gushing over this kind of music.  It’s just not my thing, but the record as a whole is a tribute to the sounds of LA past just maybe not Gun’s n’ Roses or Motley Crue.   Truth and Salvage Co. definitely bring a classic rock and roll heart.  I love the band and I love the record.  I guess even the most die hard country and southern rock haters can be converted.  Here’s one last gem.

See Her – Truth and Salvage Co.

Truth and Salvage Co. are playing the famous Troubadour in LA tonight (March 18th, 2011).  I will be there and you should be too.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |

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Branden Sipes – “That Side of Me” [VIDEO]

Branden Sipes is an up-and-coming artist from Colorado. This singer-songwriter, who also is a classically trained guitarist, just recently released a new album entitled “That Side of Me,” which he’s been promoting since. Stay posted for a full review, but in the meantime, check out the title track to Branden’s latest creation:

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Bittereinder – “A Tale of Three Cities” [VIDEO]


Bittereinder is an Afrikaans rap group from Pretoria that formed in 2009.  Prior to the groups formation the lead rapper, Jaco van der Merwe had been performing English rap and hip hop using the stage name Ajax. Drawing from their combined influences and diverse frame of references, the three man band produced an album with 12 tracks. It’s rap music, but the emphasis is on music and not the rap.  Each track has a unique sound.  Jaco’s lyrical themes range from humorous and fearless social commentary to fables and narratives.  Check out their video of “A Tale of Three Cities” featuring Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane.


By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa |  @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC