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Cymbals Eat Guitars “Lenses Alien” [NEW MUSIC]

Cymbals Eat Guitars is an awesome band name.  Cymbals Eat Guitars is an awesome band.  Cymbals Eat Guitars is loud energetic and just the right kind of music for the mood I’m in right now.  I think I’m going to get tired of continuously typing Cymbals Eat Guitars, but I’ll do it for you in the name of rock and roll.  If you like this kind of stuff and hate typing, feel free to proceed.

Rifle Eye Sight (Proper Name) – Cymbals Eat Guitars

When I’m in the mood for distortion I think I have a new band to turn too.  Cymbals Eat Guitars is that band.  They hail from the NY/ New Jersey area.  Their record comes out today and, duh, I HAVE IT ALREADY so were gonna move through this, it’s going to get loud and soft and loud and soft and you’re going to like it.

Keep Me Waiting – Cymbals Eat Guitars

“Lenses Alien” was produced by John Agnello.  His past clients include the likes of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. two bands that make evident where Cymbals Eat Guitars draws their influence from.  Dinosaur Jr. is a hometown (Boston) band for me and also one of my favorite bands of all time so when I started putting 2 and 2 together I was excited to see the resemblances between the two acts.  I was also excited to see Cymbals take their obvious influence and turn it on its head.

There is a little more pop to their music.    I can only speak for “Lenses Alien” but I will most definitely be diving into their back catalog VERY soon (as in right after I’m done writing this entry.)   High powered heavy guitars, distinct melodic vocals and great bass lines are what is driving this record for me right now.

Definite Darkness – Cymbals Eat Guitars

Appropriately enough the band started with drums and guitars.  They have grown since then and found popularity on the indie rock circuit nationwide.  As I write this and listen to Lenses Alien I’m pretty blown away.  One of my favorite tracks is the eerie tune called The Current.

It has a driving rhythm throughout under darkly distorted vocals.  It’s a far stretch from the music I usually enjoy, but for some reason it stands out for me on an album of good stuff.  The juxtaposition between that and the following partially acoustic track, Wavelengths, was a really cool transition.

Wavelegnths – Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars is the perfect kind of rock music for pretty much anyone who wants a new flavor of style of music from our younger years.  Either that or if you are into guitar laden, harmonic, sonic or whatever else ends in “onic” type of music.  Lenses Alien is refreshing, loud and most of all this record is honest in the fact that even though the inspiration is obvious they have stayed true to themselves and have created awesome new music because of it.  Here’s the last track.  I love it.  A great ballad to leave us on a soft note… if your not in the mood to be left in a soft note just replay the damn thing from the top on today when you buy this record.

Gary Condit – Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars are about to tour from Boston to LA and back to NY for the fall.  They play LA’s Echo on the 7th of October.  See you there chumps.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

J. Irvin Dally “Despitado” [NEW MUSIC]

Longest day of my life, people.  First day at a new gig.  Not that you need to know/ care at all, but whatever its a set up for today’s blog.  I came home and ate a pretty nasty sushi roll from Trader Joes and oh yea I stepped in a pile of what I obviously have to assume was steamy french poodle shit.  Great work day, long, but really awesome work day.  Can’t knock the people who pay the bills.  I just needed to unwind.  Now I hate admitting this, but I’m going to.  Sometimes I sit down to write this blog completely inspired by a new band or by a recommendation that gets the ole gears a grindin’ but tonight I must have been at a loss, I scoured my iTunes library to see if I had missed anything or acquired anything new.  I HAD RUN OUT OF INDIE BANDS TO WRITE ABOUT.  Ok I really didn’t.  There are about 8.7 million indie bands in LA.  After like 8.7 million F-bombs in my head and out loud realizing that I would let down the almost 8 people who read my portion of this site (hi dad) I decided to just take a shot in the dark.  There’s a showcase at the Echo (my now favorite venue in this town) on Monday nights so I checked out who was playing, bought their record completely blind for 5 bucks and I was left with J. Irvin Dally and his most recent release ‘Despitado.’  Man I hope it’s good.

Brasil (adelir de carli) – J. Irvin Dally

I’ve been listening to this guy for an hour and I guarantee after one song you feel just as relaxed as I am.  His high tenor voice is almost ghostly.  It pleasantly interacts with the euphoric and reverbial (is that even a word?) guitar tones.  Did I hear a little calypso influence there?

This record has a mellow unpolished finish to it.  You know like people who spend a lot of time once they get out of bed just to look like they just got out of bed?  That’s the vibe I get.  The instrumentation and effects are well placed and with the support of simple yet effective guitar work this music hits the spot for me.

The Little Ones – J. Irvin Dally

‘The Little Ones’ is my favorite song.  A great opening for the record.  Upbeat or at least as upbeat as J. Irvin seems to get.  He plays the kind of music you can sit down listen to and get lost in.  The first two songs on the record are full bodied ‘indie folk’ in all its glory.  Toward the end of the record J. Irvin switches it up a little with a tune called ‘Think Red Yellow Glasses’.  Clocking in at 2:38 its a great example of how deep he is willing to go into the reverbial (F-it, it’s a word… my word) nature of his music.

Thick Red Yellow Glasses – J. Irvin Dally

Needless to say this music was a delightful surprise and a great way to end my day.  Perfect quiet music to listen to.  The man has a gift for putting me in a relaxed state, but like not in a weird, creepy, I hope you fall asleep to my music because I’m staring at you from a distance way.  It looks like I’m also lucky in that although I missed the show at the Echo tonight he’s playing the west coast for the next few weeks.  J. Irvin Dally’s tour page is HERE.  You can buy ‘Despitado’ HERE.  It’s five dollars so you basically don’t have a choice.  Before I drift into a foreseeable coma I’ll leave you with the last tune as usual from J. Irvin Dally’s ‘Despitado’.  I guess sometimes laziness turns to luck and in this case we all get to listen to awesome new music.  So until next time, good luck.

Shanidar – J. Irvin Dally

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Holloys “No Where Now Here” [MUSIC][ALBUM]

I woke up this morning with a terrible hangover.  Yes it’s monday, but whatever that’s what days off are for.  I’ve been wanting to write about The Holloys for a couple weeks now, but I never felt in the right state of mind to do so.  Most people when they wake up from what I like to call “antics” hardly want to listen to something loud/ electronic and industrial.  I guess it might just be me but when I woke up this morning I cranked The Holloys most recent offering “No Where Now Here”… hangover gone due to overdose on volume.

The Holloys – Shape Shift

This band is from another planet.  I like this record because its rooted in heavy guitars and great bass lines with an electronic sub context making this disc danceable and just plain fun to listen to.

In my opinion this band can do no wrong, they are experimental making the music they want to make.  On this disc they have bouncy almost pop offerings mixed with heavily affected industrial rock.  The drumming on tracks such as “Love Echange” is exceptional.

The Holloys – Love Exchange

For the Holloys, that’s a sound built after excavating the overlap between the anxious (and sometimes aggro) post-punk of Public Image Limited’s Metal Box and the endless groove of Fela Kuti and the Saharan guitar music Sublime Frequencies so generously provides to the world. — OC Weekly

At the moment their website isn’t in the best shape.  Sadly I turned to myspace to gather more information on this awesome band.  I say sadly because I don’t like myspace.  I guess sometimes as fate would have it the bands I write about and I have something in common.  This is the image at the top of their myspace page.

Any band that would put something like this up on their own page is ok by me.  I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post vulgar stuff seeing as this is a family show, but that image is definitely an important look as to how The Holloys run their ship.  Reckless abandonment for the norm and exploration into the realm of controlled noise I think the Holloy’s have stumbled onto something here and I just can’t look away.

The Holloys – Let Love Take Over

The Holloys are appropriately opening for BATTLES at the Echoplex on May 2nd giving me and you an even better reason to go down there.

Usually this is the part where I tell you where you can buy a bands music, but for today this is the part where I tell you to go to download a bands music for free.  On the bands site HERE.  They have posted links for free full record downloads of “No Where Now Here” and “Art War”.  ** The site is under construction at the moment, but trust me the links will work.

If you need a little more persuation to download FREE music here’s the last and title track from The Holloys “No Where Now Here.

The Holloys – No Where is Now Here

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Sister Crayon [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]

Sister Crayon is refreshing to listen to.  It’s as simple as that.  Synth music with a trip hop soul takes over your ears… Perhaps that was a little over stated, but the soaring voice of Terra Lopez and Co. mixed with spacious distinct rhythms and carefully placed lo-fi effects is worth a listen.

(In) Reverse – Sister Crayon

“(In) Reverse” is the fourth track from Sister Crayon’s new record called “Bellow” released in February of 2011.

I played solo for about a year under the name (Sister Crayon), and then met Dani Fernandez, who played percussion. She started adding MPC beats to my quiet songs and we fell in love with the sound and just played together for about two more years until we met Nicholas Suhr, who plays drums. There have been a few line-up changes along the way, but we are now a four-piece band with the addition of Jeffrey LaTour, who plays keys and guitar. We are the strongest we’ve ever been. We are all really good friends – really like family, so it’s amazing to be able to play in a band and share ideas and create with blood members.

-Terra Lopez     from Full Frontal Fashion

When listening to this record it’s impossible not to hone in on Terra’s vocals.  Her ethereal voice is a perfect match for the heavy low end rythm backing her up.  The song “Anti-Psalm” off “Bellow” has just the right touch of lo-fi goodness, heavy low end and really good snare work.

Anti-Psalm – Sister Crayon

I just picked this record up having read a little about this band based on an upcoming show in LA on a complete whim.  I love it when stuff like this works out.  I wasn’t expecting this record to be as heavy or dark and distant as it is on some tracks like “Theif-Boxer, Asleep” and “Here we Never Die” in that order, but all the songs on the record work together as a truly rounded album should.  All different moving parts working together to deliver a great listen experience.  And then I got to the last track…

“Souls of Gold” is the last track on the record.  Just awesome.  It’s a little bit more my speed compared to the rest of the record, which is obviously why I’m drawn to it.  After listening to the whole record I just wasn’t expecting to something along those lines.  It was an unexpected taste of synth pop and a perfect way to end this record.

Souls of Gold – Sister Crayon

The best part about Sister Crayon is they are young and creative and willing to push the boundaries of lo-fi synth pop and trip hop.  The melodies are great and the songs are well constructed.  I won’t be surprised and hope I hear more from Sister Crayon in the future.

Here are a few more tracks mentioned in the article for your listening pleasure and a cool video from “Bellow.”

Thief Boxer, Asleep – Sister Crayon

Here We Never Die – Sister Crayon

SISTER CRAYON “I’m Still The Same Person” directed by Abram Pineda-Fischer

You can buy their record “Bellow” here. (iTunes)

Check out tour dates here.

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

Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Naked and Famous “Passive Me, Aggressive You” [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]


All of This – The Naked and Famous

OK fine you caught me.  This band isn’t quite from Los Angeles.  In fact they are from New Zealand a measly 6,500 miles away and they don’t have a full length record out in the US yet either, but they are just plain awesome.  They played some of their first state side shows here in LA and have been on the move ever since.

The song “Punching in a Dream” has been released as a single in the US (link below) and they are currently touring Europe with plans for a full US tour after that.  This electro pop/ electro rock outfit is making their mark very quickly on local music scenes especially in LA with a two night run and abroad.  After seeing them completely by accident at the Echo in LA a couple months ago I was an instant fan.

Punching in a Dream – The Naked and Famous

With influences such as Nine in Nails, LCD Soundsystem and Massive Attack they have chosen their elders wisely and still managed to create a new sound that is their own.  A superb example of this is the massive and heavy sounding electro rock tune “Jilted Lovers,” which hasn’t been released State side yet.

Jilted Lovers – The Naked and Famous

All of TNAF’s videos are done with the help of Special Problems a visual media outlet where bands can supply the inspiration through their music and in turn the artists do the same with visual art.  They have worked with a number of unknown independent artists as well as a few you might recognize.  The second video and second US single, a follow up to “Punching In A Dream” is called “Young Blood.”  Both video’s are available on the bands homepage here.  For some dumb reason they won’t let me post them for you, but I forgive them.  Also heres a collaboration between TNAF and Special Problems for “Girls Like You”.  Watch it here!

Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

The video’s and the music itself are refreshing to see/ hear.  It’s very much electro pop on the surface but once you get into the record, turn it up and get blow away you’ll soon realize that there’s a lot more to The Naked and Famous than meets the eye.  Its heavy, it’s loud, it has it’s dark moments and its light, all in all its a well rounded record.  Now imagine all that with a live show that will blow your friggin’ mind!  Sounds good to me.

The Naked and Famous have a number of dates on the calendar here.

You can download the singles from the bands website here.

For those who are in the LA area TNAF are playing two nights at the Echo April 8 and 9.  I think the first night is sold out, but you bet your ass I’m going to the second night.  Echo lineup can be found here and the TNAF show page is here.

See you there.  Here’s a live video of the song “The Sun” from the band youtube page.  Enjoy!

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

Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC