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A Chat With Nite Jewel

A Chat With Nite Jewel

It’s almost here: Saturday’s big event at The Standard! At this point you may have heard enough about the event from seeing the installation, seeing drink recipes, and hearing from National Forest. Think that’s it? Nope: we had the chance to speak with tomorrow’s headliner Ramona Gonzalez, AKA Nite Jewel! We asked her about Los Angeles in relationship to musicians and how it can influence, how it can help, and how it can inspire people who make music. Ramona also shares some details on what Nite Jewel will be presenting tomorrow night. Spoiler alert: she’s doing something she’s never shared in Los Angeles before!

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Daytrader, A Well Designed Board Game

Daytrader, A Well Designed Board Game 1

There still doesn’t seem to be a board game outside of the Gary Baseman illustrated Cranium that looks as fun as it is to play. It’s a strange art form because it’s a game and it is something used by hand and, you know, it’s kind of a niche practice at this point. If you are game making, you probably are obsessed with game mechanics–not if it looks pretty. We got word that that local design studio Italic designed a financial game for gamer Samir Lyons. It’s called Daytrader and it looks super fly.

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Moby Talks LA Architecture

Moby Talks LA Architecture

Whoever thought that one of the world’s most popular electronic musicians would be one of the biggest champions of Los Angeles architecture? We certainly didn’t think so but, boy, is Moby and his LA architecture loving efforts so great for the city. It only makes sense with the new Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture In L.A. that Mr. M would be enlisted to speak about and endorse the fabulous, weird, non-cohesive, and wonderful buildings that surround us in this city. Moby is the subject of a new little video from PST that is part commercial for the show(s), part meditation on our local wonderful and mundane architecture.

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Local Natives’ Hummingbird

Local Natives' Hummingbird

When it comes to modern rock (particularly “Indie Rock”), it all sounds the same to me. Whether it’s Fleet Foxes’ bearded folk warbles or Bon Iver’s teary layered vocal tricks or anything by Sufjan Stevens, I find them all to sound the same: I don’t get the hook and I can barely discern one from the other. I just call this new genre Whiney White Guy Rock because that’s all I think as I listen to it. It is not bad music, no, but it’s just not a cup of tea I enjoy drinking. I know nothing about the band Local Natives save for that they are Silver Lake based and are a recent ~*~bUzZeD~*~ about rock band that someone told me, “Hey, check them out!” The rock act released a new album recently titled Hummingbird, an eleven track sophomore album that shows a new LA evolution of the Whiney White Guy Rock (WWGR) canon.

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How Are The 2013 Mayoral Candidates Looking?

How Are The 2013 Mayoral Candidates Looking?

Hey, guys! We’re going to be electing a new mayor on May 21, 2013 and, on March 5, we’ll be picking the primary elections. Los Angeles will say goodbye to Antonio Villaraigosa and hello to someone new–and that is a big deal. Last night, five of the top candidates sat down with KPCC’s Larry Mantle for a debate. How did they do? You can watch for yourself after the jump along with a little recap.

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Trust Los Angeles Los Globos

Robert Alfons’ Trust, his amazing electro goth act, is coming to Los Globos on April 24. This will be good. Do NOT miss this, people.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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