Archive for October, 2010


Posted in MUSIC on October 30, 2010 by Keyvon

I received a gem in my inbox last week from Russian producer Volta Cab. He’s a House/New Disco producer from Russia with musical influences in 70’s & 80’s disco and chicago house and jazz music. Right now he only is sharing the Soundcloud streams but the proper releases will be out soon. He has a few forthcoming 12″ releases on Chez Damier’s Finale Sessions France, and more coming on Maelstrom’s Solar Disco. Some pretty respectable names. Dude is staying busy and after you peep the tracks you will see why he is in high demand.

Volta Cab – I Feel Good In My Skin

Volta Cab – Ice

Volta Cab – Say You Need Me

Volta Cab – Tell Me Why You Came Back Here


Posted in MIXES on October 21, 2010 by Keyvon

HARD Haunted Halloween
is coming next weekend to the Shrine Auditorium. This time it’s a mighty two night event headlined by Unnderworld on Halloween night. Also on the bill is Mr. Oizo, Crookers, A-trak, Bloody Beetroots, and way too many acts to name. Just check the poster in the side panel. HARD Halloween performers Busy P & Brodinski made a mix to celebrate the event. Grab your tickets now, this event will most definitely sell out.

Busy P & Brodinski HARD Haunted Mansion Mix


Posted in MUSIC on October 17, 2010 by Keyvon

I heard Chris Douridas drop Anjulie’s new track “Warrior” on KCRW a few months ago and my ears perked up immediately. Chris loves to play a lot of slow girl so when he dropped this Electro heavy SG gem it caught me by surprise. I rushed home to Google who this Anjulie was and tried my best to find the track. Turns out Anjulie is that sexy artist pictured above who currently calls LA her home. I wasn’t able to find her track until very recently and now all of you are lucky enough to be able to download it here. The titling of the song is a little odd. Some artist named J.O.B. is credited on the track as well as MadV and local DJ 12th Planet. I’m not sure who did what, all I know is that this shit is FIRE. Download and enjoy.

Anjulie – Warrior

Anjulie – Warrior (LA Riots Remix)


Posted in CONCERTS on October 16, 2010 by Keyvon



Miike Snow may have been the most blogged about band of 2009. I definitely contributed to that as I listed the Swedish band’s debut album as my favorite album of last year. I was lucky enough to see the band twice in the past year and though I really loved the performance the band had been getting some negative feedback about their lo-fi approach. The message must have been received because the group came out with more energy than I’ve ever seen. They transformed their indie synth-pop into a full out rock show. The crowd was going bananas for every track, girls were screaming, I was half-expecting for them to start taking their shirts off. The crowd was in love. Maybe the band has just matured after more than a year of touring, or maybe they like to change it up every now and then. Whatever the case, it was the most inspired performance I’ve seen from Miike Snow so far.

Opening act Mark Ronson & the Business Intl. also held it down real tough. Mark just released a new album called Record Collection which I think is easily one of the best albums of 2010. MNDR played a 20 minute set before joining Mr. Ronson and the Business Intl. for their live performance. Their new single “Bang Bang Bang” which features MNDR was the highlight of the set. Coming out to perform Q-Tip’s verses was Bmore rapper Spank Rock, who decided to stay on stage and perform a couple more tracks with the Intl. Great night all around, make sure you check out the pics from the night above.

Miike Snow – Cult Logic

Miike Snow vs Swedish House Mafia – Silvia to Ibiza

Mark Ronson ft. Q-TIp & MNDR – Bang Bang Bang

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – Somebody to Love Me


Posted in MIXES on October 12, 2010 by Keyvon

Kool Ethan is back! It’s been a few months since I dropped a mix on you so here’s some new new. I’ve been in the dungeon for the past week or so concocting this delightful mix of audio and visual nuggets for y’all. If you want to take a look inside my head this is what you get. But I gotta warn you there’s some crazy shit in there. The music video above consists of some random gatherings of shit I love that from my childhood as well as some new pop culture references like the origin of “Kool Ethan.” It is the perfect companion to my new mix “Electrofied.” Below I have the Soundcloud wave so you can stream or download the audio part of the mix. And I have every track available for download below as well. Would love to hear some feedback on the video and the mix itself. Enjoy!


Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses

Art of Noise – Moments in Love (Caspa Remix)

Sunday Girl – Four Floors (Diplo Remix)

Drop the Lime – Sex Sax (Bart B More Remix)

Stacey Q – Two of Hearts

D.I.M. & Tai – Lyposuct

Kelis – Fourth of July (Calvin Harris Remix)

Debbie Deb – Lookout Weekend

Stromae – Alors on Danse

Gyptian – Hold Yuh (Major Lazer Remix)

Boris Dlugisch – Bangkok

Robyn – Don’t ****** Tell Me What to Do


Posted in CONCERTS on October 5, 2010 by Keyvon

By Allie Furlotti

Enter: Quartet comprised of one lady and three men. The guitarist is quiet in appearance until he slays his whammy bar into a psychedelic wave which really brings his outfit and manner into character. He has thick black hair, aviator glasses and looks like Robert Plant from a country in the east. His guitar has a LED screen that lights up with Native American textile glow. The lead singer wears all Black and throws his hips honestly, while being bracketed by keyboards and the Theremin instrument controlled by hand signals. The jam is perpetual and rhythmic. To the left, from a pit view, the aforementioned lady keyboardist pounds away on a double-stacked set of synthetic pianos. Behind the trio is long, ash-blonde, grunge hair beating up and down, culturally mirrored by a black torn band tee – perhaps the Misfits, the Vaselines, I don’t know, maybe even John Cougar. His demeanor is earnest. The beats harnessing the esoteric and friendly improvisation the guitar, key, and vocal three announce, contained hits from the album likes psychic chasms.

The backdrop is illuminated with 8bit formations of the same palette tittering a two step on the light up dance floor in front of guitarist number one, interspersed and patterned by old movie clips like a Marlene Dietrich diving into bed or Grace Kelly brushing her hair and smoking. The color engendered by the music is perfectly mimicked by the lighting engineer and the band members enjoy playing their songs and enjoy performing their music, as they should because the crowd enjoys every minute of the fluid session. Neon Indian is exciting and glamorous because their music engages the body. They are a rock and roll band. Rock and roll in 2010 is a mutt. I feel only recently that music [snobs] have accepted the analog/synthetic union as a natural fit. So if you are willing to hear them as a neo-Led Zeppelin, that is exactly what they can be. I regret a few of my references to other musicians because in this world it is hard to ascertain the style of one without the other, so while they can be likened to myriad things they are unique- they are Neon Indian.

Furthermore, each song from the album becomes a harmonic drift into the next and an epic hour set has been accomplished with reverbial eloquence and drifting artistry, especially because the front and center (not the center of attention) moves both precisely and imprecisely. Recognizable and human builds: boom boom cha like Kraftwerk explode into dilated string wails which makeout with the echo eerie delay of the singers singing; and all of them sing at points, moan, sonorous claps and swoons. The vocal chords also become an instrument of meaning beside language spoken. Bright like neon love, not cut and copied but varied according to the quartets malice and life experience. Two motherfuckin thumbs high in the sky.

Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer

Neon Indian – Terminally Chill

Neon Indian – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)


Posted in CONCERTS on October 3, 2010 by Keyvon

The French music celebration known as the Ooh LA LA! Festival returned to LA this weekend. The first day of the festival took place at the El Rey and included slick French singer Sebastien Tellier and a DJ Set from the always cool Kavinsky. I’ve been a huge fan of French pop music since Daft Punk and Air broke in the states in the late 90’s. And the French have continued to grow in popularity with Justice and the Ed Banger crew owning the dance floors over the past few years (though somewhat dying off recently). Kavinsky and Mr. Tellier are no strangers to the Ed Banger boom, as they have both worked with EB producer SebastiAn. Tellier also helped Mr. Oizo score his odd indie film Steak.

Kavinsky brought some of that French disco house to the El Rey for the late night party. A stark contrast from Sebastien Tellier’s acoustic set that preceded. Both were very impressive and it was great to see Kavinsky perform again, after what seemed like years of avoiding the States. Unfortunately, I did not see the Kavinsky “Dead Cruiser” T-shirt at the merch table. One of the best band tees of all time. But the whole night was a party. Make sure you check the Party Pics below.


Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Moulinex Remix)

Kavinsky – Testarossa Autodrive

Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Kavinsky Remix)