ingMob has a very academic quality to his music. His debut LP is called Marrow, a title that automatically places listeners in a somewhat scientific headspace. This isn’t unintentional: ingMob—AKA Raymond Weitekamp—is a PhD student studying Organic Chemistry at CalTech in Pasadena. Science is kind of his thing. His sound marries the human experience with technical grace, crafting a sound that is accessible yet intellectual.
SFV Acid is one of those local acts who defy all sort of logic. He’s totally LA but seems totally from another world and he has an entrancing uniqueness in both his sound and look. He’s very talented and, as we learned with The Dwell, has an incredible sense of humor and way with portable electronics. To give you a peek inside his Valley world, one full of shopping malls and lazily wandering people, the music video for title track “The Dwell” provides exactly what you would expect: the San Fernando Valley plus acid, both the sound of acid house and the feeling that you are tripping out.
Highland Park based Stones Throw is one of the greatest under-the-radar record labels in the world. We all know this because we live in Los Angeles and get to see all the rad stuff they do firsthand. What about the rest of the world? They “know” the Throw but they don’t know them like we know them. Now, everyone will get a peek behind their bouncing curtain thanks to new documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, a feature length film about the Throw. It details their history and shares tons of never before seen archival materials and—Duh.—has some of the best in the music business talking up the label’s greatness. How sweet is this?
The film is premiering this evening at SXSW and, to celebrate, we had a quick chat with the man behind the label, Peanut Butter Wolf. PBW explains the origin of the film and how crazy huge people like Kanye West got involved. He shares a bit about himself and his process and proves that, if you keep doing your thing in LA, people will notice—and people will love it.
The title of “fashion photographer” has a lot of baggage. You think of a person who takes straightforward photos of models and occasional creates interesting, unrealistic worlds for fashionable whimsy to take place. Bennet Perez is a Los Angeles fashion photographer and he absolutely does not subscribe to that idea of presenting clothes on film. His eye for style is a lot more interesting and often funny. There is an artistry to his work and a bluntness. He doesn’t shoot fashion as a precious something: he shoots things as they are, even risking the subject looking ugly (“ugly”) as a result.
A week ago from today was our February installment of L.A.S., our LA based storytelling series. Because that month is always connoted by love, we thought that we’d have people share LA love stories. Those range from stories of loving the city to falling in (and out of) love in the city—and it was quite a great time. In case you missed the event or simply are curious, we have the podcast for you: check it out!