Category: POP CULTURE

14 Sep 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist Fall 2018: Coping in Advance

By William Sheehan The party’s over. CD’s skipping. September’s the month where certain-let down correlates with a change in color you’ll see everywhere; on the branches of trees, in the shades of your neighbors’ wardrobe, or on their faces like uniformed angst with slanted mouths, minds idling. Acknowledge the spread: cut-and-dry, hardly-knew-ya, sure, but no […]

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04 Aug 2018

Alekesam’s ‘Sound Proof Heart’ ft Hugh Masekela

Alekesam Sound Proof Heart Alpha Pup Records Release Date: August 10, 2018 By William Sheehan Presumptuously speaking, neither Sal Masekela nor Sunny Levine seem to sleep much. It wouldn’t be the strangest thing to contemplate, not quite like the arguably unusual circumstances surrounding the band’s formation. While Alekesam never needed flair to drive their point home, […]

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26 Jul 2018

An Essential Collection of Summer // Pulp Lab Playlist Summer 2018 

An Essential Collection of Summer // Pulp Lab Playlist July 2018 By William Sheehan Music streaming services had barely hit solid ground by the time they were generating a culture that thrived under a banner of manufactured ambience. An effort to counter the mellow timbre exists in the form of an audible companion to your […]

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16 Jul 2018

Q+A: Vinyl Williams // OPAL LP \\ “Milliennial Ballroom” – FIRST LISTEN

 Vinyl Williams Opal Release Date: July 20th, 2018 By John-Paul Shiver Los Angeles artist Lionel “Vinyl” Williams describes himself as “obsessed with harmony.” He’s built a handsome career snatching celestial pop frequencies from an alternate plane and literally recording those moments to VHS tape for the world to be seduced by. His 2016 Brunei, released […]

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03 Jul 2018

Q+A: Sunny Levine // Notions – 8 New Tracks

Sunny Levine Notions AlphaPup Records By William Sheehan It’s been about a decade since the first wave of post-indie’s rise and set. While the motion-blur evolution these movements envelope begins to slow, it has become evident that the culture of independent music is inching closer to the edges of arbitrary and purposefully obscure. It manifests […]

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07 Jun 2018

Pulp Lab Presents “Sorry Steve” by GREAT DANE- First Listen

Sorry Steve Gamma Ray Great Dane ADBC Records by William Sheehan Dane Morris hasn’t been without his sonics; along with a Euro-tour last winter, a generous slot on the Shambhala undercard let the Low End Theory-enthusiast bask in the shine, while casual appearances on the local circuit kept his craft in check. The almost two-year […]

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29 May 2018

Q+A // DAEDELUS on LA’s Beat Scene, the Culture of Digging & His New Album, TAUT

By John-Paul Shiver Alfred Darlington, a deep-rooted architect of L.A.’s beat scene, has tinkered with these limits since 2001.  Recording under the well-respected moniker of Daedelus, his brand of left field electronic composition—hip-hop, r&b and jazz blasted through an EDM filter—was an early tent pole in the post-genre beatmakers camp in Southern California. Taut, his […]

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23 May 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // May 2018 – Featuring Binker and Moses

By John-Paul Shiver Pulling from the influence of grime, hip-hop, electronic music, blog culture and jazz, Binker and Moses are among the pacesetters of the London based jazz renaissance happening now.  ‘Alive In The East?’, their new live album slotted to drop this upcoming June, captures the drummer and sax player in full “shamanic” spiritual free jazz […]

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01 May 2018

Q+A: INNATE Producer Cavalier on #Inspiration #Analog #K-Pop

Innate Cavalier Alpha Pup Records By John-Paul Shiver Introspective thoughts about mortality are carried through an experimental soundscape on Innate, the impressive début by the 20-year-old producer Cavalier. The Long Beach native uses acoustic piano, pacemaker beeps, fuzzed vocals, guitar chords and warm percussive bass tones on the lead track Inward. This collection of sounds […]

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25 Apr 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // April 2018

By John-Paul Shiver Los Angeles based musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Kadhja Bonet is so expansive with her retro colour wheel of sounds on Childqueen, you swear it was playing on the crappy Radio Shack ceiling speakers at the local Gas & Shop during the early 1980’s.   And that is meant as a compliment.  Straight […]

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19 Mar 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // March 2018

By John-Paul Shiver Typically, March is the month where “fashionable” musicians, techies and the media descend upon Austin, Texas for ten days of networking over Shiner Bock and breakfast tacos. Southby (aka SXSW) is the rare occasion where bands are either coming off of or just beginning a tour schedule. For artists from other countries, […]

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16 Mar 2018

#FillingSpots Woolymammoth’s Debut Full-Length Shapeshifts from Dank to Dark. And back.

Shadeslove Woolymammoth Filling Spots Alpha Pup By John-Paul Shiver The peripheral old boom bap that aligns itself with bass tones—shapeshifting from dank to dark. And back—are scattered about with notable placement on the ominous feeling “rude boy version” of Shadeslove. The track serves as an all-encompassing idea that remains pervasive throughout the debut full-length album […]

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20 Feb 2018

#Newstalgia #90s NICOPANDA “Smells Like Queens Spirit” London Womenswear FW 2018-2019

NICOPANDA  “Smells Like Queens Spirit“ Nicopanda London Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 London February 2018 Nirvana’s iconic album “Nevermind” (1991) and Lil Kim’s debut masterpiece “Hard-core” (1996) go toe-to-toe in Nicopanda’s FW18 runway collection. Equal parts 90’s Seattle grunge rock and East Coast hip hop glamour, these two epic music worlds collide in a mash-up of […]

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20 Feb 2018

Pulp Lab Playlist // February 2018

By John-Paul Shiver With a plethora of new UK Jazz artists and beat scene producers getting airplay around the planet, February acts as a compass type of set-up month. Pointing to what the year will have an abundance of sonically. From the adventurous Quelle Chris and Jean Grae group project to the chopped and screwed […]

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