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Raphael Saadiq, Moby booked for free Century City concerts

Raphael Saadiq
The heavy commercial district that is Century City will be getting an injection of rock 'n' roll this summer. In conjunction with the upcoming exhibit “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present,” KCRW-FM (89.9) has revealed the lineup for three free Saturday evening concerts outside the Annenberg Space for Photography. Raphael Saadiq, Moby, Band of Skulls and Portugal. The Man are among the artists scheduled to play the events, which will require an RSVP.

The concert series begins July 14 with a live performance from electronic artist Moby, who has dabbled in photography himself. Moby last year released a book of photos with his album "Destroyed." Moby will DJ, but will also perform an acoustic set, according to KCRW. 

The evening of July 21 will serve as a tribute to glam rockers T. Rex, as the day coincides with the 40th anniversary of the band's album "The Slider." In addition to a performance from rock act Portugal. The Man, who performed Wednesday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, the event will function as a release party for the “KCRW vs. T. Rex Soundclash” EP, which features T. Rex remixes from KCRW DJs.

PHOTOS: 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' at the Annenberg Space for Photography

The free concerts will wrap up on Aug. 4 with a performance from R&B star Raphael Saadiq and English rock act Band of Skulls. Each artist appeared on the four-CD, 70-plus-song multi-artist tribute album “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan: Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International,” and no doubt each artist will roll out Dylan covers. 

Each concert will also feature DJ sets from KCRW personalities. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. and are free, but advance registration is required on the KCRW site. On arrival, those who RSVP-ed will be given wristbands to gain admittance to the concerts. The concerts will be staged on an outdoor plaza next to the Annenberg Space and the gallery will stay open for the performances. 

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Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever make KCRW Halloween party a scream


Halloween, a holiday inspired by the grateful dead, can make those of us who are gratefully alive reflect on, and revel in, the pleasures of the temporal realm we inhabit.

In Los Angeles, one of those fleeting seasonal gifts is KCRW-FM (89.9)'s annual Masquerade dance party. On Saturday, the costumed bacchanal took over the Legendary Park Plaza hotel -- built in 1925 and overlooking MacArthur Park -- with a musical lineup that included Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever, Milagres and the Santa Monica-based radio station's own gifted mash-up artists (Jason Bentley, Liza Richardson, Chris Douridas, et al).

Roaming the Art Deco hotel, patrons dressed as zombies, airline stewardesses, Black Swans, Travis Bickle and Cap'n Crunch (among many, many other guises), swigged drinks and sampled tunes across a wide sound spectrum, spaced across various lounges and ballrooms on two floors.

One of the evening's early revelations was Milagres, a Brooklyn-based band that, after changing its name and reshuffling personnel, deserves to find a wide audience for its ethereal, haunting compositions such as "Halfway." Kyle Wilson, the group's lead singer and principal tunesmith, hits high notes with the breathy eroticism of a young Prince, while his bandmates assemble a sophisticated sonic skeleton that evokes Radiohead and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

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David Lynch album 'Crazy Clown Time' set for Nov. 8 release

David Lynch, who is releasing a solo album
As music has been a critical component of nearly all of David Lynch’s film and television projects, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that he’s finally getting around to putting out a solo album 
of his songs this fall.

“Crazy Clown Time,” slated for Nov. 8 release, features the auteur filmmaker playing guitar and singing 14 original songs, which he has been describing as "modern blues."

“The love of experimenting with sound and music is what’s driving this boat,” Lynch said in a statement. “All of the songs on the album started as a jam. The jams eventually found a form and lyrics appeared.”

A clip of one such jam session at his Asymmetrical studio in Los Angeles, where the album was recorded, is on YouTube, showing Lynch trading licks with Moby and his collaborator on “Crazy Clown Time,” guitarist-drummer Dean Hurley. Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O also guests on one of the album’s tracks.

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Album review: Moby's 'Destroyed'

Moby_destroyed_ In his liner notes, Moby states that foreign cities, late at night when he struggled with insomnia, provided the perfect backdrop for the creation of “Destroyed.” It’s easy to picture: the musician, alone in the sterile hotel rooms of the globe, writing the gentle dystopia of his ninth studio release, perhaps cradling his bald pate in moments of frustration. He also released with the album a sleek photography book of images of cities pulsing in their anonymity, like bad dreams out of a J.G. Ballard novel.

As a concept, these odes to isolation all fit together, but it doesn’t make for particularly compelling entertainment. “Destroyed” is so uniform in mood — sleepily alienated or sleepily wondrous — that after a while, you long for something to rip through the transatlantic wallpaper. With 15 synth-heavy tracks, “Destroyed” often feels simply too long, and not varied enough in its posh detachment.

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Moby, Crystal Method top 'Dance for Equality' bill March 2 in Hollywood

Moby 2008 Ken Hively

Moby, the Crystal Method and artist Shepard Fairey will headline the Courage Campaign's “Dance for Equality” fundraiser on Tuesday, March 2, at Avalon in Hollywood in support of legal efforts defending same-sex marriages.

Other celebrities scheduled to  be on hand include “House” star Lisa Edelstein, who will host the evening; Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Crash”); and AIDS activist Cleve Jones. KCRW-FM program director and “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Jason Bentley and DJ Dan also will participate.

Proceeds benefit the Courage Campaign’s efforts to overturn California’s Prop. 8 banning same-sex marriages.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available through the Courage Campaign’s web site, and $35 at the door.

--Randy Lewis

Photo of Moby performing in Malibu in 2008. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

New Music Seminar gives artists a crash course on the business of music

Tom SIlverman and Courtney Holt So you have ambitions to be the next Arcade Fire.

If you have the show, the New Music Seminar promises to get you up to speed on the business. The three-day conference starting Monday night is jam-packed with sessions on how musicians can build their brands ("careers" are so 1990s).

With sessions on everything from how to create effective Facebook pages to Twitter marketing, the event, held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, is heavily weighted toward digital strategies. But there are also sessions on old-school topics, including how to get your music on television shows, where there are sweet licensing fees and ways to get the attention of A&R scouts without getting a restraining order filed against you.

Now in its second year after being reincarnated from its multiyear hiatus, the New Music Seminar is the brainchild of Tom Silverman, who ran Tommy Boy Records in the day. His deep connections in the music business have translated into an all-star lineup of speakers.

A few notable ones include Moby, Courtney Holt of MySpace Music, Jason Bentley of KCRW-FM (89.9), Michael Doernberg of ReverbNation and Joe Kennedy, top dog at Pandora, the Internet radio service that last week announced plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. In other words, they're all in positions to give artists a serious hand up. You can check out the program agenda and register on the event's website.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: New Music Seminar co-founder Tom Silverman, left, at last year's event with Courtney Holt, head of MySpace Music. Credit: Jen Maler / New Music Seminar

Moby finds stranger in his Los Feliz home who 'decided to pay an acid inspired visit'

Kct3ocnc Here's an odd little anecdote that Moby posted on his website on Sunday that recounts the surprise visitor he found standing next to the couch in his living room that morning. The musician and producer moved to Los Angeles last year and has apparently become accustomed to looser security measures than in New York.

Wrote Moby:

ha. ha?

this morning i woke up and there was a complete stranger sitting in my living room. robbie.

i wake up at 7 a.m. i walk in to my living room. i freeze. there's someone standing next to my couch.

me: 'uh, who are you??'
him: 'robbie'
me: 'what are you doing here?'
him: 'i'm here'
me: 'i think you should probably leave'
him: 'ok'. then he sat down.
me: 'i think you should leave'
him: 'ok'. continues sitting.
me: 'is everything ok?'
him: 'i might still be on acid'


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An unlikely tipping point in California's fight on domestic-violence shelters? Moby.


Wednesday, the California Legislature voted to restore $16.3 million in funding to the state's domestic-violence shelters previously cut by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the latest round of apocalyptic budget crises. To many, those cuts seemed like a particularly callous solution to California's funds dilemma, given the small amount of money involved and the vulnerability of those who use the shelters' services.

The restoration of those emergency funds -- which are allotted for only one year and must be paid back to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund -- still awaits Schwarzenegger's signature. But it is nonetheless cause for celebration. Many of the shelters faced impending closure without that money. But there's an unexpected pop musician whose late support might have been the needed final push to get the money back: Moby.

Two weeks ago, the New York-based electronica artist embarked on a publicity campaign to donate all profits from the California leg of his current tour to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and embattled shelters, and he became a visible talking head rallying support for the effort to restore the shelters' funds.

"It was such an insignificant amount of money, it felt like somebody was going out of their way to be mean-spirited," he said, from his dressing room before his show Wednesday night at the Wiltern. "The people that use their services are the most disenfranchised of the disenfranchised. If these shelters are open, people's lives improve, and if they close, people die. There's nothing abstract about it."

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