Video: Quadron live at Amoeba Records


If you’re one of those like me who couldn’t get a ticket to Quadron‘s sold-out show at Hollywood Forever tonight, don’t despair. I was at Amoeba Records yesterday for their free mini-set where Coco O belted out these 5 songs from their newly released 2nd album Avalanche, including the song Neverland dedicated to Michael Jackson. Enjoy the videos! You can also replay their live in-studio set yesterday at KCRW!

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David Lynch debuts first single “I’m Waiting Here” with Lykke Li from new album


I just heard the new song “I’m Waiting Here” making its debut on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The song featuring Swedish phenom Lykke Li‘s haunting, ethereal vocals is the first taste of iconic filmmaker David Lynch‘s 2nd album, The Big Dream, to be released on July 16. I love the track — appropriate mood music for the June gloom I woke up to today and you can hear 90 second previews of the other tracks on ITunes:

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Alice Russell with Shafiq Husayn Saturday May 4


(Update 4/25/13: Here are other opportunities to see or hear Alice Russell:
Wed May 1: US TV Debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Thu May 2: Free in-store performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood
Fri May 3: Live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on 89.9FM or stream online. You can also preview her new 5th album To Dust now here. She’s starting her US and Europe tour for the new album and here are her other show dates.)
LA, you don’t want to miss Alice Russell‘s show in LA on Saturday, May 4! I saw her the first time at ArtDontSleep‘s That 70s Soul show and they are partnering with Spaceland for this show to be held at the First Unitarian Church, which is a very fitting venue for this spectacular UK soul singer who grew up singing in gospel choirs. There will be an opening performance by Shafiq Husayn featuring The Dove Society and Dj sets by Seano. Get your tickets now! You can also catch Shafiq Husayn this Saturday, April 28, at the monthly THIS event at NOLA’s in downtown.

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La Santa Cecilia’s New Video for El Hielo a Powerful Statement against Immigration Policy & Deportation

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(Update 4/29/13:  La Santa Cecilia will be performing a free in-store show celebrating their new album Treinta Dias at Amoeba Records on Tuesday, April 30. Judging by the RSVPs on the Facebook event, get there EARLY and get your exclusive FIRST listen of their new songs at Remezcla.com!

I just learned that the video was produced in partnership with both the National Day Laborer Organization and the abc* Foundation’s “Healing Power of Music Initiative”. In conjunction with the video’s release, the band will appear at immigration reform rallies April 9th in Phoenix, Arizona, and April 10th at The U.S. Capitol Building In Washington D.C. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network is made up of more than 40 organizations across the country working to improve the lives of day laborers. The Healing Power of Music is an initiative of the Americas Business Council (abc*) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports high-impact, innovative, social and environmental organizations working to sustainably advance the Americas.)

When La Santa Cecilia released the song El Hielo in March, it was quickly picked up by mainstream media for the band’s open criticism of ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements) and their sympathy for undocumented immigrants. The band, who are all from immigrant families, have always lent their support to immigration rights groups and the DREAM act, and their new video for the song, released today, continues the band’s efforts to highlight the daily plight of undocumented families under the constant threat of discovery and deportation by immigration authorities. Most of the actors in the video are themselves undocumented and you can read their poignant stories at notonemoredeportation.com. Continue reading

Paris Combo US Tour with New Album


By the time a friend introduced me to the wonderful eclectic music of Paris Combo, the group was already well into a long hiatus after their 2004 album Motifs. Their music is a blend of French cabaret, rumba, flamenco, Gypsy swing, cool jazz, African, Latin and Middle Eastern styles that defies easy categorization. My long wait to hear them live is over! They will be touring the US in April and May, playing new songs from their 5th studio recording, simply titled “5”. Here are their tour dates/cities:
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