Congrats are in order for LA band Gliss for landing a track in the international ad campaign for Calvin Klein’s Forbidden Euphoria fragrance. The song “Sleep” appears on the LA trio’s Devotion Implosion LP which was released on Cordless records in 2009.
A NOTE TO BANDS – A lesson to be learned is this: It’s not always bad to not have a label. Cordless, part of the Independent Label Group imprint of Warner Brothers Records was dissolved at the end of 2010. Gliss was released from their contract and the rights to the master recordings reverted back to the band, who also had not sold their publishing rights. The seemingly dreadful news of being released from WBR now means that Gliss is able to keep 100% of the money paid for the commercial use of their song. What will the band do with the money? Record a new album, of course! Gliss are making preparations to enter the studio and have yet to name a producer or say whether they are considering a new label.
Check out what our old buddy Danny Masterson is up to lately. The former “Feel My Heat” radio show host (also known as DJ MomJeans) has once again taken some of that fat “70’s show” syndication dough and put it where his heart is. He has opened a performance/recording studio called “Bronson Island” and the first order of business is getting a variety of our beloved local artists in to record a tribute to the band The Movies.
Danny has always been a big supporter of the local music scene in LA and The Movies (who figure prominently in the doc in progress “Pass The Music”) have remained close to his heart though they have dissolved. The Movies got a sweet shot in the arm when the Silversun Pickups covered their song Creation Lake on their 2005 Pikul EP, and frequently performed the song as an encore throughout their rise to the peak of Indie Rockdom.
This particular video features one of my favorite Movies songs “Missed Opportunities” as performed by Light FM who were the most recent band to be featured here in the Check One Two TV series. The great news for Light FM this week is that they’ve been asked to open for The Smashing Pumpkins on their fall tour of the USA. Big congrats to Light FM for the Pumpkins tour, Danny Masterson for the studio and website and a tip o’ the hat to The Movies.
One Sunday in the spring of 2008 the crew of this film came in to have a little chat about local music in my office before going on the air to do the Check One Two show on Indie 103.1. Later that night I was blessed with a live-in studio performance from the phenomenal band Mezzanine Owls.
Today the film makers are in the final phase of post production on the documentary “Pass The Music”,
which captures a moment in time in a certain corner of the “Silver Lake scene” from 2007-2010.
They’ve set up a kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds and are close to reaching their goal.
If you’re able, please toss in a contribution to help them get it done. The trailer below will also link to their kickstarter page.
Also, here is the audio from the Mezzanine Owls performance from May 18, 2008.
The fun part was running to and from the lobby (which was about 200 yards away) during the length of a 4 minute song that was playing and getting the five mics set up on the gear that the band threw together in no time flat. I hope you enjoy.
This is the third year in a row that I’ve had the privilege of booking the music
for the Port of LA Lobsterfest in San Pedro (Sept 16,17,18).
Today we finally locked in the closing band and the line-up is finished (shown below).
Every year I find myself thinking – “I wish I had room for MORE BANDS”.
Which leads me to a second thought – “Hey, we need to put on shows down
here more often!” What do you think?
This year the grassy area in front of the stage has been expanded and the
stage itself will be larger, so we have ourselves a full on music festival happening.
Even if you’re not craving the crustacean, come and create some memories with old and new friends.
Here’s a clip which was a highlight from last year’s ‘fest.
Watch John Doe and Exene get surprised by….
well, I don’t want to be a spoiler. Just watch the vid.
Here’s a list of bands playing this year.
Friday Sept. 16 –
Plus 2 winners of a KROQ local music contest
Saturday Sept. 17 –
Vaud & The Villains
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister
Shadow Shadow Shade
Eastern Conference Champions
Damsels & TC4
We aren’t able to announce the closer yet, but it will be fun for all.
Lady Dottie & The Diamonds
The Little Ones
Dante Vs Zombies
I’ll follow up with more specific info as we get closer to the event.
A third Check One Two TV video!? That’s officially a series in my book. Certainly this hasn’t been as eagerly awaited as the next True Blood or Entourage episode but I only mention them so that I might get caught up in the their google search results and get mad page hits. Did I mention that I party with the Kardashians whose fame and fortune came from their dad getting OJ Simpson a not guilty verdict even though he knew OJ was guilty? I just thought I’d throw that in so we can poach the douchbag search engine contingent and drive up our twitter numbers.
The truth is, we’ve already been viewed in 55 countries around the world and I’d like to say hello to our new friends in Senegal, Greece, Cambodia, Thailand and big love to our viewers in Norway.
This episode features new music from Light FM. There is already a very cool music video for this song that you can see here, along with other videos from Light FM and information on The Cave Studio where the band records.
You can see Light FM live at the Port of LA Lobsterfest in San Pedro, Ca. on September 17, 2011.
See you there!
Thanks to these blogs and everybody who posted the Gliss video from the previous post.
I may not always have the good fortune to be able to “World Premiere” a new song with each new episode of Mr. Shovel’s Check One Two TV but so far I’ve been lucky.
Last week we premiered The Icarus Line’s blazing new song “All The Little Things” and to my pleasant surprise the video has been viewed in 47 countries around the world.
Now I have the privilege of giving you the first taste of new music from the band Gliss. I think fans will enjoy the steps they have taken into new territory.
Do yourself a favor and plug in some regular speakers or headphones instead of using the laptop speakers so you can enjoy the full spectrum of the sound on this track because it is huge. This stands as a general rule of thumb for all music listening.
These Check One Two episodes are done totally DIY and Lo-fi. See if you can guess how I achieved the lighting effects.
This site is meant more as a content creator for blogs than an actual blog itself, feel free to post away.
Thanks for poppin by,
Thanks to these peeps and everybody who posted last weeks episode.