Fool’s Gold Self-Titled Debut Album Review

30 09 2009

In 2005 I spent a couple months in the luscious country of Brazil. Touring one exotic beach to the next I instantly fell in love with the celebratory, free-spirited ways of this beautiful country. Not to mention all the people there are quite the tantalizing eye candy.

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Los Angeles’ ensemble, Fool’s Gold, reminds me of the beauty and fun of Brazil. With their tropical melodies heavily influenced by African music and other intriguing worldly rhythms, Fool’s Gold self-titled debut album takes me back to that alluring feeling of hedonistic bliss. It’s music your body just can’t help but get up and dance to. And while you’re doing so, don’t be surprised if you gravitate to a member of the opposite sex. There’s something sensual about Fool’s Gold’s music that makes you want to spread that luvin.’

Comprised of vocalist/bassist Luke Top, who was born in Israel and was moved to Los Angeles at the age of three, and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov (Foreign Born), who was raised on reggae and world music and holds a degree in classical music theory and composition, Fool’s Gold initially began as a side project for the two to explore their shared love of various forms of African music (specifically Congolese, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Malian), Krautrock, and 80s dance influenced pop music. Not too long after their communal beginnings of writing a few inspired songs and asking friends, friends of friends and even strangers to join them on stage, Fool’s Gold developed organically into a full-time band which now features more members of Foreign Born, We Are Scientists, and The Fall, plus Argentinean pop star Erica Garcia, Brazilian/Mexican visual artist Salvador Placencia, and more.

Besides being addicted to their self-titled debut album, I recently saw Fool’s Gold in action at LA’s Sunset Junction this past August. With some 10 or 12 people on stage taking part in delivering delectable music to our ears — their positive energy was more than inviting as it infected the crowd before them.

PROS: Their vibrant dance anthem “Surprise Hotel” is almost seven minutes long in a live performance. Exuding sheer delight, it will have you wishing you were on the white sands of an exotic beach dancing the night away. Check out their official video for “Surprise Hotel,” it’s pretty wet n’ wild.

CONS: I heard some worldly jammin’ on “Ha Dvash” please give us some more shreddful solos.

Fool’s Gold self-titled debut album dropped yesterday off of IAMSOUND. Get it here! foolsgoldartwork

Check out their Tour Dates here!





Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills) FREE Mixtape Featuring Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn & John, Wolfmother and More!

30 09 2009

There’s a lot of suspense building to the mysterious band Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). Although their not revealing their personalities just yet, they’re putting out some sultry-electro hotness fit to make you fall in love with their debut album “The Love of Dance.” The goods drop Oct. 6, but until then Jump Clubb is offering a FREE “The Love of Dance” mixtape featuring new tracks from their debut LP “The Love Of No Dance” also featuring Major Lazer, Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn & John, Wolfmother, Eric’s Trip and more!

It’s hot, it’s FREE and you should download it Now! Click here for you FREE “The Love of Dance” mixtape download.

Track Listing:JC_mixtape1 copy

1. Intro
2. Flo Rida – Jump ft. Nelly Furtado (Designer Drugs remix)
3. Beat Happening – Indian Summer
4. Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke remix)
5. Jump Clubb – I’d Rather Be Played
6. Peter Bjorn and John – It Don’t Move Me (Miike Snow remix)
7. Jump Clubb – The Love of No Dance
8. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Wake Up! Remix)
9. Jump Clubb – Green Light
10. Major Lazer – Hold The Line (The Unik & Tambour Battant Remix)
11. Jump Clubb – Lets Crash This Party
12. Eric’s Trip – Sunlight
13. Wolfmother – New Moon Rising (Yacht Remix)
14. Jump Clubb – A Frozen Hug





“Do You Want Power” by The Ettes – Album Review

29 09 2009

Continuing to draw intensity and suspense with their notable drum and guitar solos, The Ettes’ new album “Do You Want Power” stays true to their infectious ferocious sound, but have found a perfect balance of all things soft and those that tend to be a little rougher. Just like when it comes to performance under the sheets, they’re delivering the best of both worlds: gentle and rough.

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“Do You Want Power” has a perfect combination of both the gentle melodic songs and the electrifying rock-your-face off anthems we’ve grown to assimilate with The Ettes. Blending in various elements of country, blues, punk and all things rock, The Ettes fail to disappoint us once again. Doused with songs relevant to love, the lyrics can be spiteful and lined with feelings of anger and hurt towards the wrong doing of another (perhaps a cheating heart).

Front-woman Coco’s upbeat vivacious lyrics pull a 360 in “While Your Girl’s Away.” Her sweet vocals become a somber, blues driven portrayal of infidelity.

As heard on their kick-ass EP “Danger Is,” Dan Auerbach records and remixes the fuzz-driven track “No Home.” It’s a bad ass tune full of explosive rock n’ roll.

Smoldering with an intro full of bassist’s, Jem’s contagious fuzz and a blazing harmonica howl, “Walk Out That Door” will incite a series of convulsions  through out your body. You can’t help but move and rock out when you listen to this awesome track. Lyrics straight up hold some truth!

Taking it back to some 80’s hair-metal shredding, the guitaring in “I Can Be Your Lover (But I Can’t Be Your Baby)” is pretty damn rad. The dark moments of Poni’s drum rolls leading up to the guitar solo are quite enticing giving Coco’s melancholy lyrics an apologetic touch.

With a sweet country twang, “Love Lies Bleeding,” is a an honest sincere song that would make Patsy Cline proud.

Opening up as though it were a passed on tale of folklore, “Seasons” rolls with an eerie incantation of change, yet it carries a lovely eloquence.

“Modern Game” rolls in with delicate electro beats followed by Coco’s soft vocals calling out the one that did her wrong. The emotional intensity is heightened with suspenceful drum rolls and power chords leading into  a harsh repetitive hook. Damn cheaters …

Featured in both “Entourage” and Drew Barrymore’s new film “Whip It,” The Ettes bring forth yet another riveting album full of songs you’ll never get bored of. I’ve been listening to “Do You Want Power” on the daily for a month straight: it rocks.

Tour dates w/Juliette and The Licks here. Ettes.doyouwantpower

Buy The Ettes’ “Do You Want Power” here.

Pros: Every fuckin’ song!

Cons: Only 13 tracks!





2009 Eagle Rock Music Festival – FREE

29 09 2009

It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend in LA with all sorts of events going off. Saturday being the focal point of fun! Aside from the highly anticipated Venice Beach Skate Park opening, and the 5th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute, the Eagle Rock Music Festival will also be going off this Saturday, Oct. 3. Each year this unique festival gets bigger and bigger. In 2007 they had 15,000 attendees while in 2008 they doubled that number to 30,000!

Hipster or not, if you like an eclectic mix of music that doesn’t drown itself out in the poisonous mainstream, I highly suggest you check the Eagle Rock Music Festival out!

BANDS: No Age, Free Moral Agents, Fol Chen, Peanut Butter Wolf, The Gaslamp Killer, Leslie and The Badgers, Free The Robots, The Happy Hollows, Pocahaunted, and so many more! Click here for the full schedule!

WHEN: October 3, 2009 – 5p.m. to Midnight

WHERE: Los Angeles, California – On Six Blocks of Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock

WHAT: A NIGHT OF FREE MUSIC THAT SPANS GENRES
3 Main Stages: Global/World, Indie/Emerging, Kids’ stage
14 Venues 70 Acts

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is a nationally-noted non-profit community street festival showcasing a diversity of innovative, multicultural and local music annually each October since 1998. The festival hosts Los Angeles-based acts at various locations along its “main street”, Colorado Boulevard, in the progressive and multigenerational Eagle Rock neighborhood. It is designed to celebrate Eagle Rock, and support local business, community, and culture . . . The festival remains free and accessible to the community, regardless of income, thanks to generous sponsors who are recognized at the festival and in the lead-up to the event.

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2009 Vans Downtown Showdown Photos

29 09 2009

The Vans Downtown Showdown went off this past Saturday at Paramount Studios, Hollywood. The courses were sick! Not to mention I felt like I was back in Brooklyn. Vans Downtown Showdown 09 - 05

A total of $85,000 was given away to the top rippers and some sweet guitars as the awards. Get the full results at skatedaily.net.

1st – Foundation ($30,ooo)
2nd – Blind
3rd – Toy Machine (5 years in a row in the top three)

Girl’s Little China Bank
1st –  Zared Bassett (Zoo York)

Flip’s Extremely Sorry
1st – Jani Laitiala (Blind)

Creature’s Hesh Cross
1st – Vince Del Valle (Black Label)

Black Label’s Drunk Tank
1st -Nick Merlino (Foundation)

Top Am: Nick Merlino (Foundation)

Top Pro: Jani Laitala (Blind)

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS HERE!





Boscutti’s Newsreels – World News With Killer Musical Scores

29 09 2009

I personally don’t like to watch the news. Not only does it depress me, but it’s sometimes a bit of a lie: hiding ugly truths and pulling the wool over our eyes to make us forget about issues of far more importance. Fuckin’ politics and media gate keepers … uggg

Check this shit out: Boscutti.com – transforming world news every day with newsreels and new music. Not only are they images of truth and actual issues that matter, but the music selections are hip and fuel so much emotion into these compelling images whether good or bad. My favorite is Sept. 16 featuring Mason Jennings’ “Blood of Man.”

Everyday a fresh newsreel goes up! Get your daily dose of truth while you listen to some cool tunes. Stay tuned for an interview with the creative mind behind these newsreels, Stefano Boscutti.

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Venice Beach Skate Park Opening This Saturday Oct. 3!

28 09 2009

It’s been a long summer awaiting the opening of the new Venice Beach Skate Park. Nikki’s and the Townhouse are about to get a bit busier!

Press Release:

ROSENDAHL TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF VENICE BEACH SKATE PARK
Public Invited

Who: Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
Jon Mukri, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks
Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer
Geri Lewis, executive director of the Venice Surf and Skateboard Assoc.
Jesse Martinez, professional skater
Jay Adams, professional skater
Tony Alva, professional skater

When: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2009

Where: On beach near the Public Art Walls (“Graffiti Walls”) and existing
skate dance area near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach, CA 90291

What: Councilmember Bill Rosendahl will join professional and amateur skaters from around the country to celebrate the grand opening of the long awaited Venice Beach Skate Park.

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The Venice area is widely credited as the birthplace of modern skateboarding and skaters have long frequented the Ocean Front Walk area. When the City of Los Angeles renovated Venice Beach in 1999-2001, skaters demanded the City honor that legacy and build an official skate park. City officials responded, and this weekend a new 16,000 square foot skate facility now joins the many other distinctive attractions that are part of Venice’s landscape.

Design input from local skaters and skating professionals helped make the Venice Beach Skate Park one of the most challenging arenas for skaters to ride. The facility rivals other skate parks around the world but stands out as one of the only skate parks located on a beach.

The $2.4 million project was paid from a variety of City funding sources secured by Rosendahl and his predecessors: Quimby Funds, Damson Oil Facility Restoration Funds, Venice Area Surplus Real Property Trust Funds and Capital Improvement Expenditure Programs.