Ebony Bones Interview – Presented by Plays Well & Future Sounds

About a month or so ago, we had the incredible privilege to sit down with the lovely Miss Ebony Bones and have a heart to heart. If you haven’t heard of her yet, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open because this UK sensation is sure to be making quite an impact in the US very soon. Also, this interview features a debut appearance from Kelsea & Bridgets bunny,  Dumbledore 🙂

You can check out her music here: www.myspace.com/ebonybones

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Morning Benders “Excuses” – Yours Truly Session

Do yourself a favor and just watch this video. It’s beautiful.

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ACT! – Global Fast Launches Offset the Water Crisis

The Organization Global Fast has just launched a new initiative called Offset The Water Crisis  to raise money and awareness about the clean drinking water crisis in much of the world today. March 22nd is World Water Day . Global Fast is making it a National Day of Sacrifice where students and community activists will sacrifice a meal, movie, or something else that day and donate the saved cash to end this crisis! If you want to learn more and donate, visit: http://www.giveh2o.org/

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HELP INVISIBLE CHILDREN FUND THEIR NEW FILM PROJECT

Invisible Children is trying to get their new film project funded to raise money and awareness for Uganda and they need YOUR help!

Polyphonic Spree and 2 other TBA bands will trek down to Gulu, Uganda to learn and experience the 23 year old war that’s caused so much suffering in the country. La Blogotheque and Invisible Children will document the bands’ interactions, interviews, and performances during their time in Uganda and the film will be sold to support IC programs.

PLEDGE AND DONATE HERE!

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Dios- We Are Dios

After an abrupt cymbal crash that opens Hawthorne, CA foursome Dios’ née Dios (Malos), new namesake album, the sound fizzles out into a swirling drone of reverb and serenity. The sound finds a low-point groove and Joel Morales sings alcohol and dumb decision go hand and hand when they’re around…epileptic tunnel vision, my body hit the ground supported by a Beach Boys harmony and a through-the-rabbit-hole lead up as the song paces itself for the segue into the group’s third album of progged-out, rainy-day songs that drift through a seaside carnival-like haze.

Most tracks flow through a sound falling somewhere between an out-of-phase computer-modded Syd Barrett (“Toss my Cookies” is the best song about ice cream sandwiches you’ve ever heard), a prog-rock drip and a more-than perfect contemporary nod to their hometown heroes, the Wilson family. There is certainly an underlying theme of a disdainful view of their modern, seemingly out-of-touch world, as Morales sings of boredom, age and getting drunk/stoned (modern man is all I am, feeling wrong and crawling on).

Apart from leaving you wanting to scoff at it all, telling the band to simply “get used to it,” the results instead manage to effectively leave the listener feeling sonically incapacitated, content and craving more. We Are Dios (Buddyhead) is certainly an early 2010 album worth looking out for.

–Matt Draper

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PLAYS WELL PRESENTS an ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS BENEFIT

A Happy-Holiday Howdy to  you all. Okay, a bit lame with that, my bad. Anyway, it is the holidays and that means it’s time to eat, drink and be merry. What a better place than a holiday party from your friends at Plays Well?!

Plays Well With Other Presents: An Acoustic Christmas Benefit

All Proceeds will go to Sweet Relief A foundation that provides assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. (www.sweetrelief.org)

Saturday December 12th 4 – 9pm

Featuring:
Sam Stewart
John Carpenter
Parson Redheads
Voxhaul Broadcast
+ Special Guests

@ The Plantation
5083 Lemon Grove Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
FREE
ALL AGES

Please join us for an evening full of Christmas festivities and a spirit of giving!

The event is Free but we will have a cash bar & bbq dinner for purchase (vegetarian friendly!)
Christmas Games
Photos with Santa Clause & Much Much more!!

e-mail: info@doyouplaywell.org for any questions

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Meet Lights On, a San Diego fivesome that want nothing to do with scuzz rock

“It’s a nod,” says Mike Kamoo, drummer for San Diego angular rockers Lights On, about his city’s Music Awards and their previous two-years-running nomination. “I mean, I don’t expect to win,” he tells me with a smile backstage at LA’s Club Nokia just after their opening slot for Peter Bjorn and John.

The born-and-bred So Cal five-piece are no stranger to the industry’s workings. One of their earlier bands Stereotypes played with The Buzzcocks and Spoon and another, separate 60’s garage rock outfit Bad Apples, took the guys, six years ago, on a European tour.

Kamoo puts food on the table from knob twisting at his own studio, where the band has recorded for eight plus years through previous incarnations. “We experiment a lot in studio,” says singer Tim Hines, about the current Lights On project. “[Though] it’s not like we go in there and watch the clock.”

“He (Hines) will write a song that morning, and it will be recorded by the afternoon. Stuff does happen pretty spontaneously,” Kamoo says of the studio-ownership benefit.

“The band started with the two of us,” Kamoo tells me, gesturing to Hines, “I have a studio, it was a recording project, and we just kind of got it off the ground.” Currently the band has released one five song EP, 2008’s Waiting For The Heart To Beat, yet, have close to 20 other tracks recorded. They formed in 2006.

“We have a lot of songs that we need to release, b-sides if you will. “[We are] looking for a label, reserving the songs for hopefully a decent [one] to come and pick it up. If not, we will just do it ourselves,” Hines says of debut LP territory.

Lights On formed were nominated for The San Diego Music Awards as 2008 and 2009’s “Best Electronic” and “Best Pop Band” categories respectively. They have mini-toured with Sweden’s lo-fi Loney Dear (Sub Pop / Polyvinyl), welcomed summertime sell-outs at Silver Lake’s Club Spaceland and were hand-picked by Peter Bjorn and John to open the trio’s special birthday set (the night I spoke to them) in Los Angeles. Hines called that night’s gig “amazing.”

Well beyond the age of most of their San Diego contemporaries, “it’s a little over inflated, but it’s good, lo-fi garage pop I guess you could call it,” Hines says of the SD scene, Lights On, describe their sound using a wealth of reference.

Kamoo simply calls his band “very layered,” and “all over the place.” The room erupts in laughter when I mention their press kit’s sonic description of a pairing between “Echo & The Bunnymen and Animal Collective.”

Hines comments by saying they do have a layered keyboard sound, but that it’s “always changing” they are always “metamorphosizing” the sound. Continuing, he lists his influences: “some days it’s straight, post-punk garage stuff, (he cites) Television, early Echo and The Bunnnymen [or] Joy Division–very rigid and angular. Then some days it’s a lot of keyboards and 50’s and 60’s (sounds), The Kinks, stuff like that.”

Looks like we might just have to wait and see when Lights On decide to toss us all a full-length. The band has a few shows in December and January in San Diego, followed by the usual band-fare; touring, SXSW, another 5 song EP, and hitting the studio again.

Until then, Hines assures us that his band won’t go getting buzzed-out on us like fellow SD bands; “I don’t want to do a record that sounds like the Beach Boys on a cheesy four track.”

“Lo-fi scuzz rock?” I ask.

Correcting he says, “Lo-fi shit gaze.”

–Matt Draper

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