SKYSAW at the Echo on Monday March 28th, 2011

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 On Monday night, the new band SKYSAW made its debut at the Echo in Los Angeles and they were a lot of anticipation as ex-Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin was at the drums: you could see right away, hipsters pressing themselves against the stage to get a better view of the guy who was playing in such a small venue. Well, there’s a 'Hipsters United' site, a blog about the Smashing Pumpkins, so it is not as if I was calling them by a name they don’t want to be called with! When the quintet was setting up the material, everyone …

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Another Track From Panda Bear, Surfer's hymn

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    After ‘Tomboy', ‘You Can Count On Me’, and ‘Last Night At The Jetty’, you can now listen to ‘Surfer’s Hymn’, another track from ‘Tomboy’, Panda Bear’s highly anticipated album set to be released on April 12th. Panda Bear continues with his beach-y theme, giving us layered ethereal vocals drowning in wave sounds and busy, glittering, fireflies-like percussion. It’s less Brian Wilson-esque than ‘Last Night At The Jetty’, which I still prefer to this other track, but the vocals tend to compete with each other in a peak of repetitive harmonies. The track is also the final installment from the …

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Fol Chen at the Echo on Sunday March 20th

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 Fol Chen is a strange oddity really hard to figure out: I had already seen them during this summer and I was not exactly sure of what to do with their unexpected harmonies, jerky rhythms and moody eclectic songs. Their music may be interesting at times with its surprising funky-electronic-pop hiccup but I was not entirely convinced by their eccentricity, especially because that night they were trying something new and were pretending auditioning for a new singer. They were opening for Fujiya & Maiyagi at the Echo on Sunday night and the five of them came on stage in red …

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Screeching Weasel incident at SXSW

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before the incident Weasel spent most of his time ranting against the media, labeling journalists as ‘parasitic’, characterizing the SXSW festival as ‘a carnival of schadenfreude’ and saying he regretted to have come