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 […]
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 […]
In theory, the maturation of the internet should have killed off the desire for zines entirely. Millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of posts are published to social-media sites each day. And yet somehow, it can feel impossible to engage with new ideas, even as our compulsive inability to stop scrolling exposes us to an unending […]
“My Old Flame: An olive green Olivetti 22 portable typewriter, with black keys and white letters. I bought it in London for forty pounds in 1959. I once had drawn a bath and I put pine oil in it and I noticed the pine oil stained the water the same color as my Olivetti.” – […]
“I could mention hollywood people who come in here,” said Paul Schweitzer, owner of the Gramercy Typewriter Co. “Sometimes they’ll send over ‘their people’ looking for a prop,” he continued, a slight grin discernible under his neat white mustache. “I know it’s somebody, but I’ll be busy helping another customer. I say, ‘I’ll be with you in a minute.’ […]
One funny thing about today’s vinyl-only trend is that a lot of people don’t seem to want to talk about it. There are no ideas behind it that’s what makes it what it isn’t. I get it: As fetishized as vinyl can be these days, there’s also a stigma attached to the vinyl-only thing, and […]
Vaporwave is a music genre originating from the early 2010s. The term encompasses everything associated with it, including the unique aesthetic of classic roman busts, tropical sunsets, 90s video graphics and Japanese text. It is a product of the internet and the invisible connections that mesh culture together.
Nobody seemed to mind the cloudy weather, as thousands of patrons gathered on the sprawling USC campus this past weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The 21st annual event hosted a wide variety of readings, performances and “ideas exchanges” with authors and cultural figures of the moment (see the full list here). Notable new media entity #EmergingUS […]