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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

My biggest band obsession so far in 2014 has been Turbo Lightning. Their creative pedigree is strong; Dana Poblete (Batwings Catwings) sings and Jeff Byron (The Mae Shi, and also BWCW now) plays guitar. Turbo Lighting sounds like a weirdo’s anthemic rock, but under a slight dreampop influence. Poblete sings with introspection, phasing between vulnerability and empowerment. I love blasting this record driving through LA mid-day with my car windows down. It’s recorded for sunshine conditions.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

You can try-and-buy the Faster than Light EP here. My favorite track changes every day. I think I’ve settled on “Crimson Vision”. It’s a love song. Writing a good love song that sounds fresh, sincere, and true is no small thing. I’m told a full-length is in the works.

Turbo Lightning just released a music video for the single, named same as the EP.



The Pretty Flowers and The World Record @ Harvard & Stone – 02-10-14

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The Pretty Flowers and The World Record @ Harvard & Stone – 02-10-14

Oops, I went out to see music again. The second time in as many weeks going out to shows. What is going on. I don’t know. I guess it’s some sort of a three-eighths life crisis. Or some such thing. If you are in a band, please don’t start reaching out to me to come to your shows because I am telling you right now I have not resumed music blogging. Not at all. That would be impossible.

Last night was a joy.

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The Pretty Flowers and Kissing Cousins @ R Bar – 01-31-14 (Eli Reyes birthday party)

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The Pretty Flowers and Kissing Cousins @ R Bar – 01-31-14 (Eli Reyes birthday party)

After two months of not working in a professional sense, I finally decided to pick up that old dirty habit and schlep down to a bar to see some indie rock music. The venue was R Bar, in Koreatown. I did two tours of K-Town residency in my past. Somehow, the additional development and gentrification has made it more cyberpunk. I barely recognized Western Boulevard south of 1st street. What a place.

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Element 101 – To Whom It May Concern (true confessions of a torrid past with Christian rock music)

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Element 101 – To Whom It May Concern (true confessions of a torrid past with Christian rock music)

Here’s a CGT first… I’m gonna post a Christian rock band. You heard me. Look how comfortable in my masculinity I’ve become! But you’ll have to get the backstory first.

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Coachella 2014 line-up is here!

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Coachella 2014 line-up is here!

think this is the earliest Goldenvoice has released the lineup. My first reaction was… serious disappointment. There aren’t many must-see bands for me. The headliners and sub-headliners are either out of my zone or big bands I’ve seen before, usually at, um, Coachella. Last year’s lineup was so strong, perhaps my expectations were unfair.

But after doing a deep-dig, there is plenty to like here. One of the best things about going to Coachella every year is it guides the way to learning about great artists from the past I missed out on or (more likely) foolishly overlooked and dismissed. I got my work cut out for me this year.

The best laid plans of Mouse and men are oft laid to waste by scheduling conflicts, but in the meantime, bellow are my thoughts on what catches my eye.

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The Henry Clay People @ The Echoplex 08-17-13

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The Henry Clay People @ The Echoplex 08-17-13

This past weekend at Echo Park Rising was the (For Real This Time!) “Last Henry Clay People Show”. Andy got into AFI, Joey got into Harvard grad school (!), the remaining HCP alumni have families or other bands… you know how it goes.

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Coachella 2013 Overview

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Coachella 2013 Overview

Overview

This was one of the stronger Coachellas I can remember. All sensory experiences for me become more muted as I get older, so it comes down to Happy Moments vs. Annoyed Moments. I was seldom annoyed compared to past years.

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Coachella 2013 Day Three Field Report 04-14-13

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Coachella 2013 Day Three Field Report 04-14-13

When I returned to camp around 10:30pm, the Coachuggalos were nowhere to be seen, their camp site tossed to bits by gale force winds. They had turned out to be kind, considerate guys. I’d have liked to say goodbye. What became of them? The sands and the winds aren’t telling.

By the middle of the day Sunday, I was ready to go home. Most years I leave the festival early, around 4:30p or 5:00p, but I had to cover Wu-Tang Clan’s late set. All the bands before 6:00pm were disappointing except for Kurt Vile, who made for a lovely nap in the sun.

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Coachella 2013 Day Two Field Report 04-13-13

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Coachella 2013 Day Two Field Report 04-13-13

The sixer of Coachuggalos brought back to camp late last night a harem of sorority girls. I wonder how that went for them. I put in my earplugs and passed out after a phenomenal festival day.

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Coachella 2013 Day One Field Report 04-12-13

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Coachella 2013 Day One Field Report 04-12-13

The sixer of Coachuggalos in my campsite have settled in to a consistent mellow. Very good.

You can’t overstate how much EDM has taken over the music landscape. Nobody is talking about the bands, and almost every rock act I saw yesterday at least mildly disappointed. It was a tough day to make the case for rock tradition’s lasting importance.

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