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

August 12, 2011 | 10:44 am


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.

And those looking to hang with dublab and their friends at Mochilla should know about this party at Leavitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Called "Heating Up: A Tropical Dance Party," the event will feature DJs, performances and a "special guest.)


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LA LADIES CHOIR "Ocean and Ground" (dublab VisionVersion) from dublab on Vimeo.

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: LA Ladies Choir; Credit: Teenage Teardrops