Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Martin Solveig - Hits in 2010 and 2009

You know Martin Solveig? The guy who's got that song "Hello" that sounds like "Paper Planes" remixed that people have been spinning and gushing about for the last few months?

Well, he had a hit in 2009 called "Boys & Girls" too that sounds wholly original and is pretty damn catchy. I dusted it off for my end of the year shenanigans and think you should too. Here's the music video...the girl in it kind of looks like the actress from Tank Girl, right?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ditto & SMD Preview

Beth Ditto and Simian Mobile Disco are working on an EP and here is a tasty preview.

I just want the damn EP already. Anything Beth Ditto gets me fired up. It would be the perfect Christmas present.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Indie Rock & Rap Mix at Echoplex

I'm definitely going to have to check out the Black Crystal Wolf Kids simply because they sound like they are fun and judging from youtube, are clearly a cover band of the latest indie songs of yesteryear.

Doing their best attempt at Black Keys "Tighten Up" while performing as an opener for Busdriver at Echoplex last Thursday - the Kids get a dosage of hip-hop flavor from Culver City's Verbs and New Jersey's Kosha Dillz.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Toot It and Boot It (Remix) Video Shoot - Behind The Scenes Footage

My dudes Chucky Skywalker and Anthony with Yung Scientists shot this at the Toot It and Boot It Remix Video Shoot with YG, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and E-40. Check it out...

Last Week In Music

This past week of music was pretty supergood by most standards. As far as what I actually saw - the week in reverse....

Thursday I witnessed a special funk fueled cover laden performance by Soulive with guests Nigel Hall (vocalist) and Karl Denson (saxophone/flute - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Greyboy All-Stars, Lenny Kravitz). With covers from Beatles to Hendrix, scat and flute battles, Eric Krasno's (guitar) fingers and Alan Evans (drums) arms moving faster than lightning and a wide catalogue to choose from - the funk was heavy and fun was had at The Roxy.

Wednesday I went to see Kosha Dillz at Key Club. It was a Sean Healy Presents local hip-hop event, with east coaster Dillz being the exception. Kosha busted tracks from his unreleased 2nd album, as well as a few cuts from Beverly Dillz, while he taped scenes for his music video "L.A. Ish." Verbs even guested with Kosha during his famous object freestyle. While Dillz was the most memorable of the performers - Foci and Flamez were also worth watching.

Tame Impala with Liza Richardson at Echoplex (for the unaware - Liza is a local DJ and a top notch music supervisor for programs like Friday Night Lights) was something I regrettably missed due to work and illness........umph dat!

Saturday night I caught a freestyle battle at Trip. I saw Verbs and ran into Kosha Dillz, who'd just come into town from Chi-city. Foci, people from One Nation Hip Hop Summit, a grip of characters from the underground LA hip-hop scene and plenty of MCs hungry for a piece of the microphone were all in attendance too. The action was fierce and I wish I'd had my flip cam to capture it. Kosha Dillz broke things up in the middle of the battle with an inspiring set that included his famous object freestyle.

I caught The Bad Plus at The Mint on Friday night. The room is always a cozy venue - but Friday it was over saturated. You never know what you might get with Bad Plus - and on this night, I felt they explored a lot sonically. While each member of the trio are great instrumentalists, it wasn't for my mood. I was hoping for something more aggressive and patterned - a few more "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - esque covers as opposed to Ornette Coleman ones.

Looking forward to the week ahead, but more importantly - looking forward to some sleep. The Concert Blast will be in your e-mail box in a few hours.

Thanks to The Roxy, The Mint, Key Club, Trip and all the staff at those establishments for making this week in music a happy and safe one for me.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aloe Blacc on Jimmy Fallon Tonight w/ THE ROOTS

Got this info in a press release from the Do-Over clan.

TONIGHT: Thursday December 16th. Aloe Blacc performs with The Roots as his back-up band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

DVR is on it for sure! If you're not at some swanky industry holiday party tonight - watch ALOE BLACC with THE ROOTS live instead.

Did you know Aloe's music is already going GOLD in Europe? #truth - Good Things is a GOOD ALBUM!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

KOSHA DILLZ and his "L.A. Ish" on SUNSET

Its no mystery that I'm a fan of Kosha Dillz - he is a white, jewish MC that can spit. He is like everything I wanted to be when I was 13 years old but never became (my rap career ended with a brief stint as an MC in the group Dopamine n' Potassium; we only performed in Ann Arbor, MI).

You can see the better of the two of us take the stage at Key Club tonight (buy tickets here). Kosha, from New Jersey, will be headlining the Sean Healy Presents night at the Sunset venue - showcasing his east coast talents amongst a plethora of West coast emcees, including Foci.

If you're a fan of real hip-hop - a Kosha Dillz performance is where you should be. He is quintessential real hip-hop - multiple incarcerations, war stories, trials and tribulations and persevering through it all because he was hungry to rap and had to rap because he was hungry. Now, he's not going hungry being a rapper - but his star is still rising and he is the sort of tenured rapper still looking for their big break.

With a character in NBA 2K11, a Yacht vs. Kosha Dillz mixtape, Freestyle vs. Written with C-Rayz Walz, and the Beverly Dillz full length album, produced by Belief, that spawned at least 2 MTV music videos - Kosha Dillz pot is damn near ready to boil over with blow up potential. It doesn't hurt that he's out here shooting scenes for his music video "L.A. Ish" - the third potential MTV video from Dillz, as well as working on tracks and other content for his forthcoming full length tentatively titled "Garage Sale."

Come to the Key Club and help fuel this jewish pickle's artistry - you may even end up in that content or "L.A. Ish" - depending on how you act. I want to make a cameo in it, so you'll find me there. If you buy a ticket and come give a SUPERGOOD shout out when you're there - I'll do my best to make sure you're in some footage too.

Pictures all courtesy of Daron Jackson -

Friday, December 10, 2010

Movin' Like Berney

This song certainly would have been beating out the subwoofers in my trunk in high school, but now it just makes my computer shake, inviting my girlfriend and clients to wobble walk in the SUPERGOODMUSIC office. When was the last time you moved like Bernie?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baby Digs Dog Days

@stephiebri put me on to this video, which had somehow escaped me. Babies loving music always makes me happy - especially this one spazzing in his car seat to Florence & The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over."


It is hard to believe it has only been two weeks since the re-inauguration of Check Yo Ponytail. CYP2 returned raucously - backed by Media Contender and IHEARTCOMIX, with a headlining performance from Midnight Juggernauts. They aren't slowing down at all with this weeks installment.

To make sure all the heads return to the room - they've returned a fortnight later and recruited Big Freedia to make sure there is "Azz Everywhere" at the Echoplex. If you don't already have plans - you would be foolish not to consider going. Pipes, Hawnay Troof, Rusty Lazer and Papparazzi also perform.

And.....if you aren't extremely lazy - you can participate in our ticket giveaway and you might win a pair of tickets. You can enter on twitter (mention @supergoodmusic & @checkyoponytail) on facebook (go to our page and make a CYP2 Related Comment) or e-mail Winners will be notified in the early afternoon.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Have you seen this bird get down to Willow Smith? Can you whip your neck like that? I can't.

Odd Modern's Playful "Wallflowers"

Local electro indie duo Odd Modern is back at it again with the cool music videos, this time with 'Wallflower.'

In the absence of a famous person cameo (Steve O was in their "Contrary to Popular Belief" vid) - the duo had to step up their cinematography a notch to generate a similar buzz. S0 what's the video got? Warehouse? Check. Choreographed dances? Check. Cool camera tricks? Check.

Certainly a fun effort from a band that gives away all of their music for free at

The driving synth, Gerardo's smooth drums and Vanina's pretty voice provide the musical backdrop after their dance coordinator walks you through how exactly to do the "Wallflower." While not every person in L.A. will have what it takes to bust out the Wallflower - the 8 point moves aren't too complex and the only way you'll learn 'em is by watching this video...

The Wallflowers by Odd Modern from Gerardo Herdstagerd on Vimeo.

Vanaprasta Show & Giveaway

This Thursday there are a handful of shows on my radar screen - but when it comes to indie rock, Vanaprasta, Hanni El Khatib and Rumspringa at The Echo are my top pick.

You may have heard Hanni El Khatib with Florence & The Machine at The Wiltern in early November, or heard music from Vanaprasta's Forming The Shapes EP on KROQ or KCRW or at Spaceland or Silverlake Lounge, or heard Rumspringa open for a handful of other local indie talent - but you've probably never had them all in the same room on the same night.

Vanaprasta & Sideways Media are giving you the chance to do that for FREE through our ticket giveaway. You could be the lucky winner of a pair of tickets AND also a limited edition 7 inch. Not only will you get too enjoy their sexy sounds at The Echo, you'll get to continue enjoying it on your record player post performance!

To enter the contest just send an e-mail to with the word Vanaprasta in the subject or body of the e-mail. You can also enter by making a post on our facebook page or mentioning @supergoodmusic @vanaprasta and @sidewaysmedia in a tweet.

If the opportunity to cop some limited edition vinyl and see good tunes from an LA band like Vanaprasta isn't enough to convince you to come - have you seen Hanni El Khatib? Hanni killed it with Flo early in November with a stripped down indie nostalgia-inducing sound that I really dig. You can really feel that in Hanni's "Dead Wrong" video:

Saturday, December 4, 2010


The festival is currently going on - but it is extremely different than advertised on the flyer.

There are about 60 vendors and a handful of artists, but not really any of the headliners. Instead the organizers are putting on an event on Monday - Hey Champ, Money Penny, Team Bayside High, American Royalty at Dragonfly.

I'm not going to confirm it is a go yet - but, the organizers seemed enthusiastic about the line up and are just trying to salvage something from a festy that really hasn't popped off as planned.

Friday, December 3, 2010


I unfortunately received this message a little more than an hour ago -

Subject: Important announcement for LMA fest
Hello friends, unfortunately we are announcing that the featured talent of LMA FEST has been postponed. However, the Charity Fundraising HOLIDAY FAIR will be FREE and will still feature the CA ART VILLAGE, LOCAL BANDS/DJS & FOOD TRUCKS at the LA STATE HISTORIC PARK on Sat, Dec.4th & Sun, Dec. 5th. All tickets will be refunded. We'd like to thank everyone involved with the LMA FEST movement. We appreciate your support and love. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Love Music Art :)

-Jr Dominguez

While this unfortunately means that many of the headlining acts that people would've paid to see are not performing - FREE music and FAIR atmosphere at LA State Historic Park isn't so bad. Throw in the Saturday night afterparty at Standard's Purple Lounge with Hey Champ, Money Penny, Team Bayside High, Bit Funk & Hemingway and you've got a party (2 for 1 drinks from 10-11 pm too).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Red Bull Music Academy Presents: Culture Clash w/ SMOG, Dim Mak, Stones Throw & Dub Club

Tonight, LA plays host to the U.S. Debut of Red Bull Music Academy's Culture Clash event. Taking place at Exchange - 4 of the hottest music troupes representing Los Angeles, Dim Mak, Stones Throw, SMOG and Dub Club hit stages for a certainly epic night.

The atmosphere will be competitive as the scene-sters compete over the course of four rounds, (although the competition will likely be friendlier than tonight's Cavs vs. Heat post "Decision" match up). For each round, the crowd will register their vote(s) on a handful of criteria - including measured cheers and applause. After warming up their respective stages with 15 minute set, the first round will judge the musicians ability to "select" the right tunes. The second round focuses on the entertainment factor and is expected to feature special guests. The third round stretches the musicians knowledge of other genres - having them stretch from their traditional outfits. The fourth (and final) round, also known as the "banger round," requires the music teams to bring their most raucous sets and baddest tunes to win over the crowd.

The night will be hosted by MC Commander - who will lead Dim Mak (electro), Dub Club (roots reggae), Smog (dubstep) and Stones Throw (funk/soul/hip-hop) through their battles over their respective soundsystems. For those unfamiliar with traditional sound clashes, each collective supplies their own sound system for the event.

With staple LA resident DJ artists like Them Jeans (Dim Mak Tuesdays), Thee Mike B (Cannonball Sundays at Drais), DJ Fashen (Cannonball Sundays at Drais), Tom Chasteen (Dub Club), Roy Corduroy (Dub Club), Dam Funk (Funkmosphere) - you know the music will be the sort of stuff that keeps LA crowds moving. Throw in some more name brand artists like 12th Planet (Smog), Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw), Craze (Smog), Mayer Hawthorne (Stones Throw) and whomever Dim Mak's special guest is (or guests are) and you've got one hell of a show.

Don't miss it. Buy tickets here. (UPDATE: 10:40 am - TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT)

And, FYI, cop your tickets now because I heard it might sell out! If for some reason you can't make it, but you want to check out some DJ mashed music - DJ Quickie Mart plays his last show at Air Conditioned Lounge on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DJ Rocking out to Fitz & The Tantrums

I love how excited this DJ is. This is why there is no substitute to music. Nothing ignites you like a song that you just feel....and this DJ is FEELING "Moneygrabber."

Leftover Cuties (We're Talking About The Band)

With a name like Leftover Cuties, your first inclination might be to think some LA douchebag is referring to what he considers to be the remaining ladies (or males - depending on your orientation...or even your gender) at the end of the night. Clever name. I won't be the next Los Angeleno to use the term in public because, one, I'm not a douchebag, and two, someone will be saying it to refer to the band that is playing at The Hotel Cafe tonight in Hollywood, CA.

You may have heard Leftover Cuties on the opening credits of Showtimes's "The Big C" or you might have checked them out over at or at Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Where you should hear them next is kicking off your December 2010 tonight. Why?

As young scenester journalist Lauren Lomma said "the lead singer is a petite but soulful woman full of 1920's Hollywood glamour and pipes comparable to Billie Holiday's. Her voice is sultry, sweet and absolute perfection. ... Leftover Cuties have the kind of sound that will take you straight back into the old days of blues and jive, smoking parlors, and speakeasies."

After seeing them cover songs like "At Last" and "Poker Face" at their weekly gig at Casa del Mar Hotel, the perfect backdrop to their old school, Boardwalk Empire feel - Lomma urged me and all SUPERGOODMUSIC readers to go see them at The Hotel Cafe. The band - despite their laid-back, humble demeanor and old school feel - employ a worldly combination of instruments to back the big bodied vocals, including trumpet, trombone, ukelele, maracas, stand up bass, drums and piano.

So, if you go, thank the Lommabot (@lomfry3) for the recommendation and cheers her with a glass of fine Scotch - SUPERGOOD's suggested drink pairing (we're also music sommeliers). If you can't make it there tonight, then check them out on

post by Brandon Dorsky & Lauren Lomma

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bonobo/Tokimonsta on Black Friday

On Friday night big names were glowing on the marquees of Los Angeles. Dawes was back in town at the El Rey. Pretty Lights was rolling hard at the Wiltern, and Bonobo assembled an orchestra for his show at the Music Box. You can only imagine the struggle I went through to decide which one of these events to attend. Thanks to SUPERGOODMUSIC, no blood was lost during my internal battle.

Friday, 9:15 PM rolls around. I arrive at the Music Box and the line has reached around the building. The "think before you print" mantra saves the earth but wastes my time. Not having a hard copy of my ticket set me back 40 minutes due to will call moving slower than my lazy brother. (love you!) I shouldn't even be complaining - I was on guest list. Ha!

Once inside I was greeted with straight up noise. Tokimonsta was rocking her groove and, despite technical difficulties, she kept the crowd warm. Her transitions kept you on your toes; some of her mashups came from left field – but the shakers loved it. Its nice to see a girl DJ every once in a while. Represent.

However, every damn person in that theatre was there to see one man and one man only, Simon Green. You know him better as Bonobo. Correction - you had Bonobo (a full band + then some). A keyboardist/synthesist, drummer, vocalist, harpist, saxophonist and other wind instruments I won't even attempt to name, all enveloped the stage and made sweet music like it was nobody's business. This guy has been jamming for a decade; you can hear his soul hasn't aged a beat.

His sound is fresh and clean. SO fresh and so clean. Bonobo manipulated live instruments while people would walk on & off stage depending on whether or not a song required their talent. Every so often he came out and played his acoustic & the crowd would go nuts. The man conducted hue musicians & your emotions to give you a beautiful - never to be forgotten - Bonobo experience.

- post submitted by Sheida Mohammed (@ohsheida); THANKS SHEIDA

The BV Ramble is TONIGHT!

It is technically "holiday season" and Los Angeles is already getting its fair share of presents in the form of music. Sure, Roger Waters is performing tonight - but if you aren't already committed to that - look no further than the Bag of Vagabonds Ramble going down in Santa Monica.

Local favorites of mine Risers are hitting The Basement at 2640 Main Street (also known as The Victorian) and are joined by Gamble House, Hi Ho Silver Oh, The Drakes, LA Font, Fatty Dearest and Gentle Hands. Oh yeah, and Voxhaul Broadcast was just added!

Its rare that such a smoking line-up of rising indie graces a westside stage, but maybe this Midnight Ramble spells a changing of the times....or maybe it is just a special present for the westside. Who knows?

What I do know is that you shouldn't miss The BV Ramble. Its free with RSVP (hit up, drinks will be cheap and the festivities run from 7 pm - 1 am. There will be food trucks and live art, screen printing and even an area to donate clothing and shoes to benefit the Tashirat Orphanage.

You can found out even more about the event here -

AND, just for the sake of being a historian, The BV Ramble derives its name from Levon Helm's famed series of "Midnight Ramble" sit ins where the famous member of The Band would invite musicians old and new to to sit in and get dirty with music, jokes and dancing. The sessions would turn out cool takes on standards as well as originals from the participating musicians. In tune with the tradition of the rock legends midnight parties, Bag of Vagabonds has adopted the format for their very own party - The BV Ramble.

Monday, November 29, 2010

'Tis The Season...

We hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving weekends. Since its not yet Hannukah or Christmas, you may not have gotten the gifts you were hoping for yet.....and we're here to help with the gift of music. FREE MUSIC.

FREE MUSIC can come in the form of concert tickets or free downloads or just a free CD or a free flashdrive with music loaded on it. There are definitely more than a handful of other ways to get FREE MUSIC that I haven't even mentioned. Mention another way you can get FREE MUSIC in the comments section, or on our facebook page or mention us in a tweet on twitter (@supergoodmusic) and you could get some FREE MUSIC just for being part of the SUPERGOODMUSIC family.

We've got tickets for:

Taylor Locke & The Roughs at The Mint on Tuesday November 30th - Adam Bones, The Trews and The Wellingtons support.

John Butler Trio at The Wiltern on December 2nd.

Charlie Hunter Trio at The Mint on December 3rd and 4th.

Marco Benevento at The Mint on December 5th with support from Kashmere and Rami Dearist.

We've also got giveaways coming up for Reckless Kelly, The Bad Plus, Iration, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds and more - so check back soon!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Electro Jump Off Tonight in LA

There are some wild, wild, wild electronic/dance themed music events going on tonight in Los Angeles - but two that are in contention for hottest ticket of the night (IMO).

I'm talking about the return of Check Yo Ponytail at Echoplex and The Steves Birthday at Dim Mak Tuesdays at Cinespace.

Check Yo Ponytail 2 comes to Echoplex with Midnight Juggernauts, The Naked & Famous, Doorly and Diamond Rings for its very first installment. The event, being hosted by Franki Chan's IHEARTCOMIX and Danny United's Media Contender, is already slated to go down every other Tuesday - with some equally heavy line-ups to follow in the coming weeks.

That said - it is probably a safe bet that these two fun powerhouses won't disappoint their first night crowd. They likely have brought in some unspecified guest or guests for an appearance, not to mention their own banging crews.

Just a little bit West, you might expect Dim Mak to host just an ordinary DMT at Cinespace during the week that many L.A. transplants return home, BUT they are doing anything but - bringing in heavy hitter Etienne De Crecy at 11 pm to ignite Steve Aoki's birthday party. With a publicized statement from Dim Mak stating "you will probably never see these guests together in one night, so close" - it is kind of tough to not be curious who these special acts might be.

If curiosity is killing you, I highly recommend you rush to Cinespace and do whatever is necessary to get into the sold out event - if you are an LCD Soundsystem and/or James Murphy fan, you may just be happy you did it because there is a rumor circulating that James Murphy might actually be in the house at one of these events!

Not only are these two bad ass line-ups and some guaranteed parties, but if either includes an impromptu performance from Mr. Murphy somewhere tonight, I would literally steal your Thanksgiving dinner to be there....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

East Coast Rappers Sell Out West Coast's The Roxy

On Friday November 12th, 2010, hip-hop veteran Ghostface Killah, hip-hop journeyman Sheek Louch and the up and coming Hebrew hip-hop hipster Kosha Dillz sold out The Roxy for a quintessential rap show.

With the crowd steadily lining up on Sunset Blvd. long before doors, and Kosha Dillz razzing people while they waited with incarceration stories and tales of how he became an NBA 2K11 character - you could anticipate something exciting to come.

Kosha, who'd been hopped up in a studio in Echo Park working on his second full length album, brought the excitement with the live debut of some new tracks and a handful of his freestyle antics. In addition to the performance premier of "Sweatpants Song" and a wicked out your pockets freestyle (video below) featuring shout outs to The Roxy, The Viper Room, Guru and even an L.A. Dodgers' Daryl Strawberry, Kosha Dillz dropped his first album hits "Doo Doo" and "L.A. Ish" for the growing crowd of Los Angelenos.

He closed it out with a brief sample of his recent song with RZA and Kool G Rap - and then joined a growing crew on stage for some of Frank Dukes beats. Chopping it up backstage and in VIP were a handful of Wu family - including Ol Dirty Bastard's cousin and Cappadonna, Sheek Louch's crew, young photographer/cinematographer Ron Polk and even Married With Children's David Faustino.

The crowd was certainly at capacity for Sheek Louch - who played new music, as well as old, like The Lox banger "Money, Power, Respect." A heavy hype-man, who very well could have been an accomplished MC whose name I don't know, also held things down. Sheek and his team had the crowd marinating on hard original hip-hop for over forty minutes, possibly to keep the crowd from losing interest during the delay that followed before Ghostface Killah took the stage.

In classic Wu Tang Clan and affiliates fashion, Mr. Ghostface took stage at 1:25 a.m. for a show whose doors technically close at 2. The crowd's impatience quickly turned to enthusiasm once Ghostface took the mic. Rocking the crowd, he shed his classic looking down jacket and proceeded to rip through classics (I wish I could remember which ones...).

The entourage was thick, and grew consistently throughout the set; women and Wu crew were paraded on stage with relative ease. At one point, Cappadonna joined him, dropping some devestating "Hot 97 Mentality," before the set wrapped up about thirty minutes after it began.

As the packed house spilled out of the venue, you could hear the rumblings of fans wishing they'd had just a bit more time with Tony Starks, but nonetheless happy they witnessed his magic.

When the fans want to see you do more know you did a good job. Thanks to The Roxy, Ghostface Killah, Sheek and Kosha for a SUPERGOOD night.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fallon Covers "Whip My Hair" w/ Bruce Springsteen

Sorry I missed this one live, but glad it buzzed enough in the blogosphere to reach my e-mailbox.
As always, Jimmy Fallon delivers an impressive impersonation of Neil Young, but the inclusion of The Boss really makes this cover a must see...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coachella Rumors????

I really hope that someone from within Goldenvoice made this video, because that would be hilarious. I love it - viral video rumors about Daft Punk performing...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fitz & The Tantrums are COMING!!!!

Oh yes, WEDNESDAY night is almost here....which means it is less than 48 hours until Fitz & The Tantrums blow at least a few hundred peoples minds at El Rey Theatre.

You're hearing their music everywhere now, as a recommendation on a Sprint commercial (I think that is the commercial "Winds of Change" was in), to your homie's girlfriends I-Pod, to KROQ, to in your head when you are dreaming. Why? Cause their music is damn infectious.

Get sick to this....

"Me and My Shadow" - Jeff Goldbloom & James King

Totally miscellaneous post. I just saw this video on youtube and found it enjoyable.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Peter Carrol and Manzur Iqbal, better known to most as FutureCop!, just leaked some of their latest music to the blog community - including the track "Venice Beach" which I was happy to premier to the world in The Concert Blast that went out earlier today.

Anyhow, the track is catchy, fun, danceable and has a quintessential L.A. essence too it. I only hope they come back to the states, and more importantly, California, to rock this single live for us because I loved seeing these guys perform and get the electro-pop party jumping when they were here with Keith Masters in April.

Check out the 80s esque video too:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Young The Giant Record Release Show

Young The Giant, a rapidly rising band hailing from Los Angeles, stopped into The Roxy this past weekend on their tour to dose the crowd with their infectious indie rock and offer their debut record for sale before its official release. I indulged in both :D

Having never seen this outfit since they changed their name to Young The Giant (the band was formerly The Jakes until late 2009), I was excited given everything I'd heard in passing and from their tunes I'd caught online and on the radio. "My Body" clearly comes to mind - and they gave an epic raucous animated performance of that song to close out their show. KROQ listeners in their 20s were screaming the lyrics, throwing their fists in the air and having the closest thing to an indie-rock mosh pit possible ... basically a mild lack of body control - mostly due to drunken excitement.

Sameer Gadhia - Young The Giant

BUT, the rest of their material was worthy of any indie-rockers playlist and, quite frankly, in a live setting, just as good as their single. Simply put, Sameer Gadhia and his clan rocked the shit out of The Roxy. Enough to convince me to buy their debut LP (even though I imagine they would have given it to me for free had they known that I would write them this stellar review).

The album fucking rocks.

"My Body," their lead single, with its bass heavy beginning, is the second track. It is preceded by "Apartment" - which is not what led me to my above statement, but is pleasant nonetheless.

The sexy and catchy single is followed by "I Got" - which is led by a sweet and easy guitar chord progression and beautiful vocals from Sameer. The song is not aggressive, but unlike too much indie rock these days, it is not so soft that you can't dance or sway to it. It has enough to keep you interested, and as a whole, is actually a beautiful song. They also nailed it in concert.

"Cough Syrup" is track four. This ballad is driven by drums that compliment the play between the band's two non-bass guitarists. It is followed by "God Made Man" - highlighted by a slow build up in the beginning that breaks out into an emotional and inspiring chorus.

"12 Fingers" is next and then "Strings" - which showcases the group sharing vocal duties. The recorded version of the track has a slightly dreamy, ocean breeze feel to it - something I did not feel/hear at the show. "Your Side" continues the dreamy like melodic themes of 12 Fingers. Also very enjoyable. "Galands" follows and has a lot of emotion and energy - as well guitar and vocal play that might excite jamband fans.

The next cut, "St. Walker," is a departure from the mood of their previous songs. The song feels like it has more angst and tension. The rhythm is faster and the singing has more overall range. Whereas the majority of their pieces are soft to their ears, the syncopation of "St. Walker" creates a markedly different effect on me as a listener. That changed experience quickly returns to mellow mood indie rock with the slow developing "Islands," the albums second to last track.

"Islands" is probably the one track that doesn't resonate with me. It doesn't really get moving until over halfway through the song when the drums come in. And, although it build beautifully from there on, my ears are too impatient to wait two minutes for the song to get there.

The album closes with "Guns Out" - a well composed ending track that highlights all the bands great characteristics - the chemistry of the guitar players, Sameer's beautiful voice and the drummers perfectly timed switches from symbol bashing to snare clapping.

All in all - the album is a great and pleasant listen. Its not fast indie rock and it is not slow indie rock - it is not drowned in sadness indie rock and it is not happy two-steppers indie rock either. It is a nice mixture and blend of a variety of musical influences that results in a collective masterpiece despite.

While I do think the album is great - none of the recordings, with the exception of "My Body" unleash the rawness that this band possesses live. Quite honestly, these guys really need to be seen to understand their recent rise to success and why they may just be one of the most talked about bands of 2011.

All pictures on gratis license courtesy of Brandon Dorsky. Please provide attribution to Brandon Dorsky and should you use the photos.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Moustache Mondays at La Cita

Diplo is going to be in the house for Sam Sparro's B-Day party at La Cita tonight! This is going to be a wicked jam. I wish I didn't have so many obligations because I would go earlier to make it for free time (before 10) - but this party will rage until closing. Don't miss Diplo who just dropped a wicked mixtape that featured LA's own 12th Planet and whose remix of I Feel It All by Feist has been making my ears wet all day.

Dr. Dog

This post comes courtesy of one of the more avid music fans I know in L.A., Lauren Lomma. She's usually on the cutting edge of most things indie-rock and grade A hipster, and that was even before she worked at Filter.

So - Lomma, like many other followers, retweeted some @supergoodmusic tweet and won free tickets to the Dr. Dog show. She just happened to go out of her way to e-mail some thoughts:

When I first heard about Dr. Dog I thought, “oh this must be some super sweet hip-hop dude” - namely because I assumed “Dr. Dog” was some mash-up of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. I was clearly mistaken. If you enter their name into Pandora Radio you’ll be greeted with a plethora of delectable rock n’ roll tunes, including that of The Beatles. The Beatles - who are, let’s face it, rock n’ roll legends. So that fact alone should lead you to believe that if they’re in that good of company then they've got to be some pretty cool dudes.

Anyway, I went to Dr. Dog Friday night at The Wiltern and had the fortune of standing behind the most wannabe hipsters in the world. They actually (and I saw this) pretended (yes, pretended) to shoot up heroin mid-dance. Naturally, I asked if they’d let me take a picture of their totally awesome dance moves (I’m rolling my eyes here), but they gawked at me, scowled and declined. Who is she? they said. Ugh, well hipster tool-ettes, I’m the chick who wants to plaster your photo all over the internet, so I can properly out you for being so lame.

But back to the music... Dr. Dog was rad - definitely a great band to see live. They had fantastic energy and a good set list to go along with it. They played a delicious sampling of newer and older tunes that had me bouncing on my feet all night long. In my opinion, it’s always a success when you leave a show feeling more energized than when you had arrived.

In any case, I definitely recommend giving Dr. Dog a listen - on the off-chance that you have yet to be turned on to this psychedelic rock group from Philadelphia. I do not recommend however, thinking that you are “too cool for school” and making pseudo shooting-up gestures in attempt to appear “bad ass." I assure you that you are not bad ass, but that you are, in fact, just an idiot.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LA Talent Gets You Through Hump Day - VCC Debut & Far East Movement on the Strip

Tonight there are a handful of things to do in L.A., with lots of local buzzworthy talent hitting stages. Chart topping Far East Movement is performing on The Tonight Show and also on The Sunset Strip - but both of those are probably tough to get into at this point in the game. Another show featuring L.A. residents and artists, Voxhaul Broadcast and Eastern Conference Champions, still has tickets available. That show is at Spaceland.

You may remember ECC from their recent residency at Spaceland and you may be familiar with the name Voxhaul Broadcast because they have basically been playing everywhere in L.A. recently - and have another well publicized gig coming up at LA Weekly's show at Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday. BUT, rather than see them at the Gibson, I'd advise going the intimate route and catching them inside tonight. The show will certainly be more intimate and definitely cheaper.

Not only are Voxhaul Broadcast and Eastern Conference Champions teaming up to deliver a presumably riveting indie rock performance for the eastside, they've also put out a cover of The Violent Femmes "Add It Up" which you can download here. Maybe if you're lucky they will play it tonight and if you're luckier - you'll have gotten to see them play it for FREE.

Enter our ticket giveaway contest by commenting here or mentioning the show and @supergoodmusic on twitter. Winner will be selected before 6 pm.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Fan's Friday - @OhSheida 's Halloween Weekend

SUPERGOODMUSIC had the privilege of giving away a handful of tickets to some Halloween themed music events around town this weekend (thank you Live Nation, Mike Tunney, Vanguard, Key Club). We gave one special follower, @OhSheida, a full slate of treats in the form of tickets to Miike Snow at Vanguard on Friday and Janelle Monae & Of Montreal at Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night.

Sheida took it the extra mile, stopped at The Roxy for Witch Hunt before Miike Snow and then sent us this bad-ass thank you. Rock on @OhSheida. You are, undoubtedly, a fan of supergoodmusic.


After working a nine hour shift Friday, I didn’t think I’d be able to make it out. I sucked it up and gathered the last bits of energy I had and headed to The Roxy. While standing in line I saw Napolean Dynamite, a few zombies and a couple of penguins waiting to get into The Roxy’s Witch Hunt.

Playing inside was Las Vegas’ rock band, Imagine Dragons. It was their final song and Dragons frontman did not hold anything back. He jumped towards the cymbals and started slapping them. Every time he slapped it, I was getting a burst of energy. Each slap equaled a shot straight to the head. The band made me feel like a snake; their guitarist my personally charmer. After that one song I was ready to let loose.

Up next was Saint Motel. In hindsight, the only thing I wish I did for this show was to learn their lyrics so I could have sang along with the rest of the room. Saint Motel not only kept my ears happy but had some visual eye candy too. They put a spell on me with clips from Hocus Pocus and live shots of them on stage. ‘To My Enemies’ and ‘Dear Dictator‘ were my favorite songs from that night. Look, if there is one thing I want you to take away from this, it’s to support and listen to this LA native band. After their riveting performance, I could’ve been all set for the night but oh no no! It was just getting started…..

Fast forward and I’m now sitting in bumper to bumper traffic driving down hollywood trying to make it to the Vanguard. You’re probably wondering who still plays at Vanguard? Well wonder no more! The boys of Miike Snow had a 90 minute dj set that could’ve lasted twice as long and I still would’ve itched for more. Miike Snow dropped and remixed their very own Black and Blue, Animal and Silvia. As a band, these Swedes are hella talented, and as a DJ group they don’t disappoint either. They know exactly what it takes to have a good time. They took it back to the homeland playing a little Swedish House Mafia and ending the night with Rusko.

It was definitely in my Top 10 Craziest Dance Parties. The crowd at Vanguard isn’t necessarily anything I ever want to be apart of, but that infectious energy that can only be supplied by epic music experiences is. Although I probably won’t head back to the Vanguard again unless I’m accompanied by Miike Snow, all in all, I had an amazing night and I have to shout out and thank Brandon “Supergoodmusic” Dorksy for that.


The SUPERGOODMUSIC Halloween weekend started with our favorite frequently costumed indie-rock band, Saint Motel at one of our favorite venues, The Roxy.

Before I'd even crossed Sunset to enter the doors - someone was hooting "Rolling on the River" to my girl @stephiebri in her amazing Tina Turner outfit. What followed from the bands was worthy of just as much hooting a hollering...

Performing as part of a stellar line-up that included Nico Vega and Imagine Dragons, Saint Motel held down the middle slot with old material, new material and lots of holiday energy (I came after Imagine Dragons had finished). Their new material sounds better with each performance and possesses the fun vocals, dance-worthy rhythm and indie melodies that should propel this band to be on the tip of music enthusiast's tongues in places far from Los Angeles. I can only hypothesize how tight their show will be come the end of their November tour with the above-mentioned artists.

Highlights of Saint Motel's set included a riveting "Dear Dictator," a ninja bassist later revealed to be normal bassist Dak (pictured below) and an intimate (and cute) stage theatrics between guitarists A/J and Sharp and the industry heavy audience, which included a handful of the cities indie rock radio personalities.

A long hiatus ensued before Nico Vega - in no short part because Saint Motel is such a hard act to follow. But Nico Vega appropriately brought the terror to the stage. Their set began with a bright-eyed Aja Volkman summoning the crowd with a pseudo-vocal chant (she was singing).

Marching around in her white dress (which was later ripped as part of a theatrical mock execution ceremony), Aja shared her organic and raw vocals as Rich and Dan backed her energy. The crowd, slightly thinner than during Saint Motel's set, fervently thrust their fists into the air and those who knew sang along for almost the entire forty-five minute to hour long set.

Much of Vega's music was unfamiliar to me, although I did pick out a few recognizable songs and knew the raucous encore Beast. The night ended with a good post-show gathering of fans outside, including some fun photo play with Dak from Saint Motel and Tina Turner....who wouldn't stop talking. LOL

If Witch Hunt is a sampling of what these two bands are offering on their west coast tour, than I'm even more sad that I'm not accompanying them for the whole damn thing....

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tonight's Top Shows in LA - Thursday October 28th

A few choice shows in town tonight as Halloween weekend basically begins.

First on my list would have to be Orgone and Corinne Bailey Rae at Avalon. Why? Because it is always funky if Orgone is involved and why wouldn't you want a funky introduction to a festive weekend? With funk inspirations finally catching on in LA's ever important indie-rock culture (see success of Fitz and The Tantrums if you question my judgment), hopefully Orgone will finally make the leap from best funk band that not enough people have heard about to the an indie culture relevant name on par with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. For those of you who don't see the parallels already - Orgone's lead, Fanny Franklin, has done back up vocals for the esteemed Sharon Jones before. My advice - see the show.

Troy This breaks out his glam electro rock at the Green Door that will certainly have you doing double takes to question if it were the 80s even WITHOUT people in costume. I caught his show a few weeks back and it was a lot of fun.

Foxy Shazam and Free Energy (DFA) is definitely an indie head's dream line-up. Expect an adrenaline fueled high energy rock party at The Troubadour. The native Minnesota boys turned Philadelphia residents tore up The Viper Room in early September - and considering they share the stage with another formidable midwestern talent, Foxy Shazam - I expect them to provide an even more inspired performance. The 6 piece Cincinnatti outfit Foxy Shazam have been killing shows and turning heads since "Unstoppable" played during Super Bowl XLIV. Their last show at The Troubadour sold out and rocked proper - so take notice and arrive early if you want to get in!

And, obviously, I wouldn't really be being festive if I did not suggest seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Wiltern.

Here are the rest of acts playing in town:

Black Cobra, Ancestors, Black Math Horseman, Lantvrn @ Spaceland

Bilal, J*Davey, Quadron (unplugged) @ Echoplex

Raw Power Rangers, Insect Surfers @ Echo

Breathe Owl Breathe, Little Wings, The Migrant, Give Me Motion @ Bootleg Theater

The Broken Column, Act As If, Hello Vegas @ Silverlake Lounge

Fun., Steel Train, Jarrod Gorbel @ The Music Box

Lucha Va Voom @ Mayan Theatre

Sarah Silverman & Friends @ Largo

Movimiento Alterado feat: El Komandeer, El R.M., Los Buchones de Culiacan and more @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip

Built To Spill, Revolt Revolt, Finn Riggins @ El Rey Theatre

Fear, Harmful If Swallowed, The Feisty Piranhas, D.R.A. @ Key Club

Petty Crux, Inglorious Girl Band, Roswick @ On The Rox

The Damned Things, Walk The Rio @ The Roxy

Foxy Shazam, Free Energy, Hollerado @ The Troubadour

KROQ Presents: Moving Picture Show, The Suicide Denial, Modern Time Machines, The Dares, The Nervous Wreckords @ The Viper Room

Bruce Beacom @ The Mint

Dave Schulz's Halloween All-Star Jam w/ Dave Schulz, Tommy Peacock and the Feathers, raDIOTEQUE(Radiohead Tribute) @ The Mint

Mike Pinto, Kat, Remedy for Kill @ Saint Rocke

The Lowrider Band, Delta Nove @ Brixton South Bay

Whiteboy Comedy Showcase @ Room 5

Warren Charles Band, Justin Kalk Orchestra, David Serby, Tennessee Squires @ Molly Malones

Starfucker @ Detroit Bar

Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ Danny Devito & Jack Nicholson @ The Wiltern