Sunday, November 27, 2011

TOP TEN for the week!

1. Batwings Catwings - Radio 7"

2. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Spirit

3. Raw Geronimo - Faustine / Magnetic Love 7"

4. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

5. Atlas Sound - Parallax

6. White Murder - S/T 7"

7. United Ghosts - Holes Into The Night 7"

8. Future Islands - On The Water

9. Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach EP

10. Purity Ring / Braids - Split 7"

Check 'em out if you ain't heard 'em yet!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TODAY: In-Store w/ Crooked Fingers @ NOON!

Crooked Fingers is coming into the loft today at NOON! The band, coming in from North Carolina, features Eric Bachmann, previously of Archers of Loaf. Eric scoffed at the idea of releasing a new record, but lucky for us he went against his own wishes. Mostly because he was content from teaching English in Taipei, but not long after he got there he realized his desire to write music again.

Just recently released on Merge Records, Crooked Fingers new album "Breaks In The Armor" does not disappoint! This is the sixth full length album from Eric and follows along with the style from his previous releases. You will hear Eric's distinct folk vocals with soothing backing melodies. As you can tell from the titles below he likes to sing about natural disasters. Check out the tracks below, and come in for this awesome in-store. You folk lovers are gonna love this!

Friday, November 25, 2011


The Lovin’ Spoonful – Alley Oop 7”
The Youngbloods – All My Dreams Blue 7”
The Yardbirds – Ten Little Indians 7”
The Yardbirds – Ha Ha Said The Clown 7”
Pinback - Information Retrieved Pt. A 7”
V/A – Hot Rod Hootenanny (feat. Mr. Gasser & The Wierdos)
V/A – Surfink (feat. Mr. Gasser & The Wierdos)
V/A – Rods n’ Ratfinks (feat. Mr. Gasser & The Wierdos)
Voivod – To The Death 84
Wye Oak – Covers 7” (The Kinks/Danzig)
The Byrds – Times are a Changin’ 7”
The Byrds – Eight Miles High 7”
Black Face – I Want To Kill You Monster 7”
Nick Lowe & His Band – Go ‘Way Hound Dog 7”
Los Straitjackets – Hark The Herald
The Fleshtones – I Can’t Hide 7”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!
Brazil Classics Volume 4 – The Best Of Tom Zé
V/A - Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-79 7” Box Set
Los Straitjackets - Hark The Herald Angels Sing 7"
The Fleshtones - I Can't Hide 7"
Nick Lowe & His Band - Go 'Way Hound Dog 10"
Nick Lowe & His Band - Go 'Way Hound Dog 7"
Black Face - I Want To Kill You Monster 7"
Sea Wolf - Song Of The Magpie 7"
Craig Finn - Honolulu Blues 7"
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Brendan Benson - Upstairs At United, Vol. 1
Cory Chisel - Upstairs At United, Vol. 2
Miles Davis Quartet - Prestige LP 10"
Soundgarden - Before The Doors: Live On I-5 10"
Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos 1 10"
Silversun Pickups - Seasick 10"
Nirvana - Nevermind: The Singles 10" Box Set

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
The Soft Moon - Total Decay 12"
Blouse - S/T
Bestial Mouths - Hissing Veil
V/A - Holy Fuzz
Kourosh Yaghmaei - Back From The Brink
V/A - Shin Joong Hyun: Beautiful Rivers and Mountains
The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs Of Life

V/A - Fac. Dance "Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980–1987
Pink Floyd - London
Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (Reissue)
The Black Angels - Another Nice Pair
Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72
Jim Sullivan - U.F.O.
V/A - Summer Records Anthology 1974-1988
Betty Davis - S/T
Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different
The Black Angels – Passover
Howlin' Wolf - Cadet Concept
V/A - Soviet Funk: Volume 1
V/A - Soviet Funk: Volume 2
Charles 'Packy' Axton - Late Late Party 1965-67

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TONIGHT: In-Store w/ Pyramid Vritra @ 7 pm

Hal Williams, half of the Jet Age Of Tomorrow, half of the Super 3, part Odd Future and part NRK, goes under the alias Pyramid Vritra. He has released 3 unfinished story albums for free: Elouise, The Story of Marsha Lotus, and Elenor. He is only 19 and already has a large back catalogue of production and releases. He started by posting songs he made in garageband on the Startrak and Neptunes forums.

Pyramid Vritra is coming in to promote his new album, "Pyramid". If you like rap on top of jazz beats, and electronic drones and woos then will surely love Hal's work as Pyramid Vritra. This might be the perfect music for you to zone out to in your bedroom, but at the same time you could completely rock out to this in your car. Come in tonight and support Hal by buying his new record!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Best Coast - Make You Mine (Gatefold 7” Reissue)

Big Troubles – She Smiles For Pictures 7”

Calexico – Road Atlas 1998-2011

Carter Tanton - Freeclouds

Charles Caldwell – Remember Me

Coliseum - Parasites EP

Crystal Stilts - Radiant Door EP

Deftones – White Pony (Reissue)

Elite Gymnastics – Ruin

Fonda – Better Days

Gross Magic – Teen Jamz

Korallreven - An Album By Korallreven

Metric – Fantasies Flashbacks (7” Box Set)

Pterodactyl - Spills Out

R.L. Burnside – Burnside On Burnside

Sea Lions – Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask

The Black Keys – Chulahoma (Picture Disc)

The Weakerthans – Fallow (Reissue)

The Weakerthans – Left And Leaving (Reissue)

Throbbing Gristle – D.O.A The Third And Final Report Of…

V/A - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (MOJO Collectors Vinyl Edition)

V/A – Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979

White Rainbow - The Making Of Thriller 7"

Dream Love – S/T

Earn - A Following Sunday

The Hive Dwellers - Lynch The Swan 7"

TONIGHT: In-Store w/ Raw Geronimo @ 7pm!

Coming in to the loft is another local act, Raw Geronimo! The brain child of Laena Geronimo, started out in February 2011 by a collective of hyper talented musically obsessed friends, now have turned into a six-piece band. Citing obscenely vast influences from the smashing of rocks to Paganini violin solos. They enjoy sunset walks on the beach, needing out, and making people excited.

They will be coming in to promote the release of their 7" called "Faustine". Described on their myspace as jungle music, melodramatic popular songs, and post punk, we think these fit pretty well. Check the video below. Featuring dramatic vocals, and jungle beat drumming, as well as some strong tambourine and maracas shaking. Come in tonight and check these guys out!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Interview with Neil on Matador's Blog!

On Matador Records' first installment of "Get to Know Your Local Indie Retailer" Mike V gets into the details of the store with our very own, Neil. In this interview we get to know the insight of how Neil got into the record store business, and how the business is currently doing. Details on our history as well as information on current stuff we are doing to keep the store awesome! You will also read up on some of Neil's favorites that you can make fun of him about later. And a spoiler alert of some of the new stuff we are working on for our awesome customers. Check out the interview by clicking this button now.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This week's TOP TEN!

1. Batwings Catwings - Radio 7"

2. Atlas Sound - Parallax

3. Tom Waits - Bad As Me

4. Future Islands - On The Water
5. Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach EP
6. White Murder - S/T 7"
7. Troutwine - I'm A Wreck 7"
8. Purity Ring / Braids - Split 7"
9. Steffaloo - On Fire 7"
10. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

TONIGHT: KXLU Presents Bikos @ 7pm!

Coming in tonight is local artist, Bikos! These guys started off in 2007 and have really started to get recognition for their unique sound. This band started playing out of the bedroom and garage of lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Gabe. Along the way they have added a full backing band even including someone who plays the glockenspiel. Sweet! They have an authentic sound created through the collaboration of each of the members.

This is the band's debut release called "Make Your Sound Sound". Bikos has a sound that sounds like sound. We really like the tracks "You Want It" and "Make Your Sound Sound" (both featured below). You will hear fuzzy guitar riffs, power pop girl/guy vocals and a solid dancing rhythm in each of their songs. You will not want to miss this in-store, and make sure you pick up these guys debut album to support the local scene!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Surprise! Just Announced! Crooked Fingers In-Store 11/26 @ noon

Since the demise of Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann, has been playing under the name Crooked Fingers. He is touring to promote his sixth album, Breaks In The Armor and we're lucky to have him in our loft! Venturing further and further away from Archers, Bachmann is exploring the dark corners of melancholy Americana. Come check him out next Saturday for a special early show right when we open our doors at noon!

Crooked Fingers - Breaks in the Armor (Album Trailer) from Merge Records on Vimeo.

TONIGHT: In-Store w/ Walking Sleep @ 7pm!

Born in 2007, Walking Sleep came to life with a purpose: cross-pollinating boy/girl vocal harmonies with classic rhythms, intricate orchestration, and curiously dark lyrics. Originally formed under the name the Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, the six-piece band came together as an extension of lead singer Hunter Curra's songwriting. Drawing influence across genres and decades, the music echoes the melancholy psychedelic pop of the Zombies, the uptempo stomp of classic Motown, and the moody melodicism of Fleetwood Mac, all twisted and reshaped through the prism of indie pop.

They will be coming into our loft tonight at 7 pm to promote their new release "Tarp Sessions" on yellow vinyl. This record was self recorded which resulted in songs that show the band experimenting inside and outside of its familiar styles. You will hear covers of various artists on this record including "Lovesong" by The Cure (featured below). Make sure you come in and see the band's take on some of their favorite songs, as well as the band's originals. The record is available now at the store. We would love to see you come by tonight!

Friday, November 18, 2011

"You can keep on using me until you use me up." (aka NEW USED RECORDS)

Alice Cooper - Love It To Death (GOOD)
Galloping Coroners - Jumping Out The World (VG)
Lydia Lunch - Queen Of Siam (GOOD)
Magma - Live (VG)
Governmental Issue - Crash (VG)
Terje Rypdal & David Darling - EOS (VG)
Patsy Montana and the Prairie Wanderers - Columbia Historic Edition (VG)
V/A - Early Country Music (VG)
Amon Duul II - Carnival in Babylon (FAIR)
Front 242 - Interception 12" (VG)
Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People (FAIR)
Godfelsh - Pure (VG)
Laibach - Macbeth (VG)
Laibach - Nova Akropola (FAIR)
Killdozer - For Ladies Only (VG)
Zeni Geva - Desire For Agony (VG)
Death Comet Crew - This Is Rip Hop (FAIR)
Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man (VG)
Chuck Berry (The Great Twenty-Eight (GOOD)
The Mono Men - Wrecker! (VG)
FELT - The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories (GOOD)
Test Dept. - The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom (GOOD)
Kraut - An Adjustment To Society (VG)
Galaxie 500 - This Is Our Music (VG)
Social Unrest - Now And Forever (GOOD)
V/A - The Best Of Sun Rockabilly Vol 2 (VG)
V/A - Sin Alley Volume 1 (VG)
Sun Ra - Fate In A Pleasant Mood (GOOD)
I Rov/Prince Iazzbo - Head To Head Clash (VG)
Yabby You Meets Mad Professor & Black Steel - In Ariwa Studios (VG)
Roedelius - Lustwandel (VG)
V/A - Country Hicks Vol 1 (VG)
GG Allin - No Rights 7" (VG)
The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself 7" (VG)
Butt Trumpet - The Grindcore Song 7" (VG)

Video of Youth Lagoon at Origami Vinyl by OnTheRecord.TV

OTRtv: Youth Lagoon - Cannons; Live @ Origami Vinyl from on Vimeo.

Two weeks ago, Trevor Powers came through L.A. on the second night of his cross-country tour in support of his band Youth Lagoon, playing to a sold-out crowd at The Echo in Echo Park. Before the show, Trevor walked down two storefronts on Sunset Blvd. and into Origami Vinyl to play a short set of songs in front of a decidedly smaller (yet-still-crazy-packed) house.

His debut album out on Fat Possum Records, The Year in Hibernation landed on Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” and we can easily hear why. Described by Trevor as an outlet for fears and emotions he couldn’t otherwise express, Youth Lagoon’s first record is an at-times haunting, always gorgeous collection of tracks.

There was some question among those of us filming as to what his voice would sound like without the reverb and lo-fi production found on the record. Any doubts were completely smashed by what turned to be one of the most searing performances we’ve seen in the loft. Trevor’s got pipes, yo. Just saying.

Thanks so much to OnTheRecord.TV for coming in and making a killer video of this in-store!

TONIGHT: In-Store w/ United Ghosts @ 7pm

Tonight we get to hear the musical stylings of Los Angeles locals, United Ghosts. You know when two people meet and it seems to just work? Well, that is what it was for Axel and Sha of United Ghosts. The first couple times the two met in Axel's Silverlake garage studio the two didn't even know each other's last names, but knew that they liked to make music together. With the addition of a guitarist the band is set to start making moves.

The group's first release is the 7" called "Holes Into the Night", which will be available for you guys to purchase tonight! You will hear what the band calls "shoegazy alt-rock, lo-fi electronica and soundscape-driven psychedelia." It sounds like being in a dream where you are able to fly through the galaxies. Come by tonight to experience this local band in full force, and say hi to your friends at Origami Vinyl!

United Ghosts - Holes into the Night (single edit) by United Ghosts