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Future Senators and Congressmen of America

Why METAL RULZ!!! In case you forgot what life was like back in 1987, or, wondered what you are trying so hard to re-live. Enjoy the next 17 minutes of FUCK YEA!!!


Black Flag Rides Again! Well, kind of...

Great little article in this week's LA Weekly (linked to title above) discussing new collaboration between former Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, who left to form seminal hardcore band the Circle Jerks, and renown underground artist Raymond Pettibon. Pettibon supplied the visual accompaniment for much of Black Flag's history. Morris' new band Off! includes Red Kross bassist MacDonald and members of other indie notables and will feature a flyer and art installation by Pettibon. The collaboration marks a return to the D.I.Y spirit of the early 80's, with the upcoming event to be held in a downtown LA warehouse. Who says you can never go back?


Check it! You Won't Regret It!

Because you should really see this....Major Lazer's "Keep it Going Louder"

Major Lazer is producer duo Diplo and Switch (men behind M.I.A's "Kala") collaborative project. This song was off last year's "Guns Don't Kill People...Lazer's Do", which was conceived at famed Jamaican recording studio Tuff Gong.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: M.I.A. This Generations John Lennon or Malcolm X with a Beat?

This video of M.I.A's new song "Born Free" from her upcoming album due out soon, has been BANNED from YouTube. The video was directed by Romain-Gavras, who also directed Justice's controversial music film of "Stress" (see below). Apparently the idea of living in a police state hits a little close to home for the information Gestapo, also known as Google. The search giant owns YouTube but not Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam's right to free expression. Enjoy this thought provoking commentary set to electro-punk. Warning: Might want to rethink the phrase, "treated like a red-headed stepchild."

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

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Jus†ice, Stress from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.


Coachella 2010 in Pictures

Coachella 2010 kicked off on Friday April 16th with more than 75,000 music fans/drug test tubes roaming the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA in search of memories to last a lifetime, or at least until their Smart Phone memory cards filled up. The festival was by most accounts over-sold and ticket-taking snafus and wristband shortages led to many being admitted with fake xeroxed ticket confirmations. Most tents saw fans spilling out from all sides making for a more challenging concert experience than in years past.

An early highlight was Brooklyn "dancepop" duo Sleigh Bells. Led by energetic singer Alexis Krauss, (seen below holding court to a capacity crowd inside the Gobi Tent in the mid-afternoon heat) the album-less neophytes performed a short 35 minute set of material from the upcoming "Treats" slated for release on May 11th. The duo mix big beat sequencers with a super-charged, heavy surf guitar squall. Krauss provides the sass and counterpart, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Derek Miller (not pictured), provides the sauce. Miller is one of many being tapped to produce tracks for M.I.A's upcoming album.

With seemingly everyone swarming to the Outdoor Stage to see Boston Mass's Passion Pit, Memphis based Lucero played a rousing set of impassioned country-tinged guitar stomp to a half-full Mojave Tent. The band was unfettered by the size of the crowd delivering song after song of gritty and earnest road-weary fables (that probably aren't fables). Frontman Ben Nichols possesses the type of voice that can only be achieved by chewing on cigarettes and gargling whiskey. They slayed those that were lucky enough to escape the sea of hipsters ebbing from the Outdoor Stage.

Another stand out performance was Beach House's eagerly anticipated Coachella debut. The dreampop trio showcased their trancey lullabies to another beyond capacity Mojave crowd. Riding on their music blog endorsed "it thing" status and with the phenomenal "Teen Dream" album to support, Beach House mesmerized an audience that included Friday headliner Jay Z and wife Beyonce.