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 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. Trev’s got pipes, yo. Just saying.
Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to travel out to Joshua Tree for a performance by Amanda Jo Williams at the (world?) famous Pappy & Harriet’s. In between pulled-pork sandwiches and whiskey sours we found the time to capture this invigorating performance from her and her band of outlaws.
Amanda Jo’s been a prolific member of the LA folk scene for several years now and we’re very glad to have her inspired southern-tinged jams to stomp our feet to.
Check out her 2011 LP Mary’s Big Feet, available on Nocturnal Sol.
We caught up with one of our favorite L.A. bands to hear some new material. We did this on a hill in Lincoln Heights early this summer. We saw a snake. We had a great time. Trumpets are awesome. Please enjoy.
It seems like the Santa Barbara quintet Gardens & Villa came out of nowhere to give us one of the best debut LPs of the summer, filled top-to-bottom with self-contained soundtracks to fry, frolic and fritter away under the sun to. Their self-titled release makes us feel like kids again, with the requisite injection of enthusiasm and uncertainty that go hand-in-hand.
They came into Origami shortly after the release of their new album and surprised the crowd with a stripped-down set. It seemed like they took their LP, dripped some honey on it and let it bake in the sun for a couple hours. Chris Lynch commanded the room with his gliding vocals, imbuing hints of both optimism and pained regret with each verse.
A couple dozen faithful fans were waiting before the band went on. The crowd grew as the set progressed, with curious pedestrians filing into the store to exhaust what little standing room was left and to snag the last copies of the G&V LP once they realized “what was up.”
We are proud to present you with “Black Hills” - the opening track off their album, available now on Secretly Canadian.
We caught up with Hrishikesh Hirway and his band The One AM Radio for a late afternoon jaunt in the Origami Loft. Sanctuary from the stifling summer heat in the loft was handily provided by Hrishikesh’s smooth, measured vocals while backing members Scott Leahy and Fontaine Cole dropped a steady dream-like groove on the audience.
This week we bring you their performance of “Everyone But You” from their newest record ‘Heaven is Attached by a Slender Thread’ on Dangerbird Records.
On April 16th, 2011 vinyl aficionados across the country flocked to their local record stores in celebration of Record Store Day to show their support of independent music retailers and hopefully get lucky enough to snag a copy of one of the many limited edition EP’s that go on sale in celebration of the event.
At Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, RSD was rung in with a series of live performances and the special release of dozens of limited pressings. One of these discs was the 7” of “Gay Thoughts” by LA outfit The Growlers. The band descended onto the loft to play a full set, including the title track off their new 7”. The store was packed to the gills, with scores of fans spilling out onto the streets in a mosh pit that only ended after the third encore.
Brooks, the Growlers front man, played a dangerous game throughout as he danced close to the edge of stage, ignoring the potential for a two-story drop onto the crowd below. A metaphor for the band’s barely-maintained sense of propriety? Or a functioning example of a band that finds its center on the edge of reason?
The Black Apples invited us out to Joshua Tree early this summer for some debauched camping festivities. I told them I’d film them play a song among the rocks and they laughed it off shyly. A bottle of whiskey and one perfect sunset later and we ended up with this acoustic take of a new song, one from a wealth of new material they’ve been working on this year.
Fun Fact: We filmed this on April 31st, the night Osama bin Laden was captured. I prefer to imagine these events are correlated.
We were lucky to attend Origami Vinyl to catch LA-band Princeton for a short set. They played through some of their earlier hits as well as the slick and vibe-heavy single from their latest EP “To The Alps” from Hit City USA.
The song is punctuated by soothing and soaring vocal heights and electrified by the infectious beat of a keys/percussion assault that plays like a slow motion break-dancing Voltron in your mind, roughly.