Category: Dublab

Nite Jewel, Dntel, others to honor Kraftwerk, 'German cosmic music'

Kraftwerk at MOMA

Fans of Krautrock and early German synth music take note: Los Angeles producer-songwriter Nite Jewel will team up with Peanut Butter Wolf, Dntel, Daedalus, Carlos Nino, White Magic and others for a night celebrating the "German cosmic music" of Popol Vuh, Manuel Gottsching and Kraftwerk at the Ford Amphitheatre on June 1, opening the outdoor theater's summer season.

Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and the nonprofit online radio station and DJ collective dublab, the evening, called "Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music," will feature a full performance of "Computer World," Kraftwerk's 1981 masterpiece, by Ramona Gonzales, a.k.a. Nite Jewel. She'll team with Stones Throw Records founder/DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Nedelle Torissi of Cryptacize and others to play, among others, "Pocket Calculator," "Numbers" and "Home Computer," early synth songs that became templates of a style and foretold the rise of techno.

As well, producer-DJ Nino, co-founder of Build an Ark and a member of the dublab collective, will collaborate with Gaby Hernandez, Dexter Story and others to rework the music of drone rock legends Popol Vuh. And L.A. group the Pharoahs and guests will perform an excerpt from former Ash Ra Temple guitarist Manuel Gottsching's first solo album, "E2-E4."

The evening comes in the wake of last month's performances by Kraftwerk of its recorded works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where tickets were snatched up in hours.

Tickets for the cosmic evening are available through the Ford Amphitheatre.


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Photo: Kraftwerk performs during a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on April 10, 2012. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Dublab celebrates 12 years Saturday


According to anniversary tradition, the 12th year of matrimony is supposed to invite gifts of silk. So maybe it's a bit of a drag that Dublab didn't dedicate their dozen-year gala to the acts on the local and excellent 100% Silk imprint.

Otherwise, it's impossible to quibble with the lineup that the venerable nonprofit has assembled for its Happening this Saturday night at Atwater Crossing in Atwater Village. The lineup includes local underground staples Daedelus, Teebs, Take, Julia Holter and SFV Acid, plus Stones Throw's newest vaunted artist, Jonti. A set from Kutmah will be beamed in from London. Admission is a donation of $10, and there will be films, food trucks and funk all evening long.

Below, Pop & Hiss is premiering a Dublab Film Flash created by Overture.

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Matthewdavid and Jonwayne to hit Long Beach for Dublab gig

Despite being relatively close to L.A.'s percolating beat scene, the crates and laptops of Dublab DJs seldom seem to plant a flag on Long Beach soil in official fashion. That's about to change Saturday as the L.A. collective/radio station heads to Open, a boutique bookstore in the LBC for a daylong lineup of local bands and DJs from the collective featuring Brainfeeder artist Matthewdavid and Alpha Pup's La Habra-based young gun Jonwayne.

Presented by Long Beach event promoters Robots and Angels, the gig is a fundraiser to feed Dublab's nonprofit organization from 2 to 10 p.m. The $7 suggested donation at the door gets you a taste of sonic worlds colliding — from artsy and affectionate Long Beach bands like Feed the Feeble and Miniature Houses to boom bap beats and beard-scratching ambient rhythms of Matthewdavid and Jonwayne (whose mixtape "I Don't Care" just dropped yesterday). 


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Photo: Jonwayne. Credit: Courtesy of Jonwayne




Pop & Hiss video premiere: Dublab captures L.A. Ladies Choir


Cover of the LA Ladies Choir

While its principle intent remains programming future roots Internet radio, Dublab has never shied away from embracing multimedia art. So it's little surprise that one of their more recent programs, the VisionVersion series, has yielded a cornucopia of beautifully surreal clips.

Framing artists in unorthodox and compelling locales ranging from the Museum of Neon Art to downtown's Clifton Cafeteria, the series has snared well-known local participants like Daedelus, Ariel Pink, Health and Why? The latest juxtaposition takes the LA Ladies Choir to the Sea Nymph Installation at Machine Project.

For those perplexed by the last sentence (and why wouldn't you be?), the Sea Nymph installation was a sunken ship set created by Josh Beckman that for two weeks in fall 2010 offered "aquatic-themed events, performances, lectures and workshops." Naturally. As for the Machine Project, it bills itself as an Echo Park-based informal educational institution that hosts scientific talks, poetry readings, musical performances and competitions.

That settled, there's the video itself. Directed by Benjamin Kutsko of the Masses, it features 30 local female musicians, artists, writers and designers who combine to re-create something resembling a spellbinding Luis Bunuel-directed version of "Pirates of the Caribbean." Currently on hiatus, the LA Ladies Choir performed both covers and original songs written by Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond and the Living Sisters) , Aska Matsumiya (the Sads) and singer-songwriter Ariana Delawari. Other members included model Frankie Rayder, pastry chef Jenny Park of the Trails Cafe and Diva Dompé (blackblack/Pocahaunted).

Their one and only record, "Sing Joyfully" was released last year by local indie Teenage Teardrops. Thus, the video remains a dream-like document of their brief spell together.

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Dublab sets July 19 date for annual Creative Cultivation fundraiser; Lucky Dragons premiere new mix on Pop & Hiss

Artist_dragons If you're reading this, you might not need reminding about the importance of "future roots" radio station Dublab. From the Low End Theory scene to Stones Throw and the Smell, to the rest of underground funk, punk, soul and roots music, the Internet-only outpost has been an essential incubatator of the Los Angeles music scene.

Dublab puts on concerts, programs far out and fantastic shows and drops mixes that continually make you press rewind until they've blown your mind (or at least make you drag the cursor back). It's also a nonprofit, meaning the station has to regularly seek out donations to keep the operation running. One of its most prominent annual fundraisers is Creative Cultivation, slated to be held July 19 at the JF Chen Loft

According to the Dublabbers, Creative Cultivation will feature elevated live music performances, a delicious meal, a preview of Dublab’ s future projects and much more, all presented on Dublab’s warm, creative wavelength. Food will be provided by Bread&Wine Catering, and complimentary drinks will be provided by Barefoot Bubbly & Wine, Lagunitas Beer and a coffee and tea bar by Intelligentsia.

Per usual, the radio haven has curated an excellent lineup for the evening, featuring Quartetto Fantastico, a VJ set from Stones Throw founder and Dublab board member Peanut Butter Wolf, the Dublab resident DJs, and Devendra Banhart, who will "share a site specific musical surprise."

Los Angeles' own Lucky Dragons will also be performing at the event, and anyone who has seen Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara live understands why they are regularly hailed as one of the city's most innovative and exciting groups. The duo, which performs Wednesday night at the Smell with Ezra Buchla, is premiering a mix today on Pop & Hiss that serves as testament to its wide-reaching eclecticism and creative fearlessness.

Download (Pop & Hiss Premiere): Lucky Dragons --  Mix for Dublab Creative Cultivation Dinner [MP3]

Tickets for the Dublab event are $100 and can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit Dublab, a creative 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 


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DJ Kutmah art show 'Two Soups and a Honeybun' Thursday night at HVW8 gallery

Dj kutmah It’s been about a year since L.A.-based dublab DJ Justin “Kutmah” McNulty had his world turned upside down. It’s not every day that an intrinsic force in the L.A. beat scene is forced to leave the country. But that doesn't mean his artistic influence can't pop-up every once in a while,  even when he's not around. 

Suprisingly, the respected beatsmith and crate digger's latest creative venture shows local fans and friends his ability to sketch instead of scratch.

On Thursday night, McNulty's art is debuting in a hometown exhibition of “Two Soups and a Honeybun,” 37 drawings created during his nearly two-month incarceration in New Mexico just before his deportation to Great Britain. The free, all-ages showing is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HVW8 art and design gallery in Hollywood with an 18+ after party scheduled at the Echo.

The homecoming allows the diligent 35-year-old to share a story of how he found solace and sanity in art during the most intense year of his life.

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Upcoming: Blazing 45s on Friday at the Hyperion Tavern and an exclusive DJ Destroyer mix

Blazing45s6(2) The hottest ticket in town on Friday night might be the Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross show at Staples Center. But perhaps the wisest and cheapest alternative is to head to the Hyperion Tavern for Blazing 45s, a night of 15-minute sets comprised of only 45 records.

Presented by Fuzz and Dublab, the lineup is deliriously deep and consists of many of Los Angeles' top crate-diggers: B+, Dam-Funk, Shinehead, Peanut Butter Wolf, Frosty, Nobody, Rhettmatic, Dub Club Tom, Turquoise Wisdom, Nanny Cantaloupe, Danny Holloway, Destroyer, Monalisa, Expo, Byze, Belson, Scott Craig, Dina J, Hymnl, IMI, and John Tripp. 

The event also doubles as Holloway's birthday bash. And for those of you who are unawares of the man's prowess, I'll point to this stellar reggae mix he made last year, full of deep and rare dub and roots reggae gems.

In honor of the occasion, Destroyer has cobbled together a similarly impressive reggae, classic soul and gypsy jazz-like remix of Aaliyah's "Try Again." Oh, and best of all, the event is free. It goes from 10 p.m. p.m till 2 a.m., but early arrival is suggested.

Download: (Pop & Hiss Exclusive)

ZIP: Destroyer-Blazing 45s Mix

-- Jeff Weiss

In L.A., cassette culture is in fast-forward

Home_taping_is_killing_music In Sunday's Calendar, I trawled through the corners of Los Angeles' music scene that's still actively recording and releasing albums on glorious...tape. From the garage-rock scrim of Fullerton's Burger Records to the blissy psychedelia of Eagle Rock's Not Not Fun; to Frosty and matthewdavid's all-cassette DJ night at Hyperion Tavern and a grateful but skeptical Pasadena manufacturer, it's a boomlet on the genre margins that nonetheless is giving an old, reviled medium some new cache and a way for fringe bands to make a permanent document of difficult sounds.

As Amanda Brown of Not Not Fun put it -- "Some friends of ours said they were starting a new project that sounded like outsider dinner jazz called Low Light Situations, and we were like 'Great! Why not put this out on tape?'." Read the whole thing here.

-- August Brown



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