Author Archives: Colby Reis

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Another weekend of hanging with friends in Los Angeles and talking about how f***ing hot it is as sweat drips ever so distastefully from your already over saturated brow line. Keep it cool on us this weekend, though, as we provide a new Too Hot For House Music: Summer Breeze edition, because nothing beats the slightest glimmer of some wind on your face as the sun reminds you who reigns supreme this weekend. There’s plenty of non house music vibes to go around with garage rock, surfer blues, UK indie, 70’s soul, and downtempo/RnB all properly represented in this weeks playlist. So dig in, give thanks, and stay breezy y’all.

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Aptly described as “Motopony with a little stank on it,” Lonely Boy delivers a disco delight ripe for the summer season. Featuring Lonely Boy’s stimulating synths and one funked out bassline, he makes sure to leave room for the Motopony vocals to walk it out. Reminiscent of Modest Mouse on a spicy one, add this to your sunny day playlist and let the good times roll.

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Whenever the latest RA Live Session comes out I drop everything to see what the latest and greatest has to offer. In a world where DJ’s reign supreme, the come up seems to be strong with those looking to innovate and create on the fly. David August has already had a big week with the release his official remix for The Acid which is rapidly racking up the play counts, and this RA Session will be one in the same. Sampling the revered Alfred Hitchcock, August finds inspiration in the author’s haunting words of wisdom as he creates a fully improvised 16 minute live piece that is bar none my favorite session to date.

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One of the biggest treats on this years HSMF15 lineup was the venerable Chemical Brothers and the return of their live show, so imagine the excitement that ensued when HARD announced it’s one off lineup for a special evening in San Francisco. Accentuated by the vivacious and lively Brodinski (+ more TBA) it gets harder and HARDer to pass on the short trip up North. The event itself is being held at a hollowed out Military Armory now owned by the porn behemoth kink.com (click if you dare #NSFW) and is outfitted for a wild evening with friends in the Mission.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 6/4 at 10 AM and can be purchased HERE.

Don’t sleep on this one of a kind show, who know’s when you will get the chance again!

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The armageddon is upon us!! Two straight days of rain and the city of Los Angeles is still trying to figure out how to water proof their every day life. The drivers are suddenly MORE terrible, your room a couple degrees cooler, and your mood is shot to hell from being cooped up like a caged animal! Well fear no more, we’ve put together a LA Rain Survival Kit via a 20 track playlist as curated by Colby J. and Jonah that is sure to flip that frown upside down. From funk to soul and even some rock-n-roll the vibes are a plenty with some throwback’s scattered amongst some expirmental and down-tempo. We’ve got all your bases covered so hop on out of your covers and get your endorphins on with a little dirty dancin’!

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I first heard about RY X on October 12, 2013 – 3 years after his self titled (then Ry Cuming) debut album was released on Jive Records, 1 year after his collaborative project, HOWLING, with Frank (Âme) Wiedemann saw its first release, and 1 year before The Acid, a three piece band with RY X as the front man, would release its debut LP. At the time he was just an enigma, shrouded in layers of cloth and surrounded by the Greek Theater stage curtains, closed tightly in anticipation for Above And Beyond’s acoustic run in Los Angeles. RY X was the opener, a position he had found himself in before, as Ry Cuming opening for Maroon 5, but this time was different. It looked like he had just spent the last year wandering the Australian outback (his native land), complete with long hair, long beard, and tribal markings on his face; he wasn’t putting on a show, this was who he had become. As the lights went down he gave the crowd one piece of information about himself, “My name’s RY X, good luck finding me after this, I’m not really any where.” Continue Reading

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You know, sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and thrash about for a bit. So it is with great pride that we introduce to you, “Too Weird For House Music,” a playlist tastefully curated by Colby J. + Troy Kurtz to help you shake it out. So have your moment, say fuck it to your e-mails, don’t do your laundry, look at pictures of baby animals on the internet, wear two different socks, and most importantly…STAY WEIRD!

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I don’t know about you, but by the time I reach Friday, I’m ready to roundhouse just about anyone/thing that stands in my way of the weekend. This spirited & irritable state of mind is cured not with the hypnotic thump of four-on-the-floor, instead, it is the humdrum of live drums and distorted guitars that takes my brain on a temporary vacation to the stars. Too Cold For House Music is exactly what the doctor ordered with spliff-ready Rasta vibes to beach primed surf rock and even some alternative electronic to help you transition to the freedom of the weekend. Don’t let the man get you down, man, WE MADE IT!

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The Interns return with the second edition of the Industry Analysis Playlist Series, an homage to the bourgeoning talent in the vast soundscape known as SoundCloud. These two dudes put their ears to the test and industry knowledge on the line as they lay out their top 20 picks for month. Ripe with lush indie, electronic, and house vibes, there is no limit as to what gets the official nod from the boys, rest assured, it’s all your headphones could ever hope for.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen is the place that the Grandbrothers call home, and it sounds every bit as obscure as the music that they make. Focused primarily on instrumental driven compositions, these two have stumbled upon a sound to call their own. A sound that FILM (Future Is Listening Music) Records in Berlin has enjoyed enough to help the duo release their debut 12 track LP, Dilation. Unclassifiable – yet full of class, this elegant arrangement exudes a flair for life with syncopated minimalist percussive loops complete with rim shots and well placed kicks as layers of piano and background noise swell with lead strings. It’s truly something else.. have a listen.