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What you missed at When You Awake’s Free For All Festival

Los Angeles Free For All festival

Music Festivals are as iconic to summer as popsicles and flip-flop tan lines. Those of us who are helpless music-worshippers are forced each season to succumb to our live-music addictions, needing to experience the bliss of feeling the bass thunder through our bones while we rub shoulders with sweaty strangers who are sharing these soon-to-be-made memories. Festivals satisfy our musical ADD afflictions by allowing us to capriciously cascade between several performances, in addition to the usual offering of endless other entertainment options. All of this comes at a price, however. This perfect summer scene would not be complete without forking out hard-earned wages, spending saved allowances, breaking piggy-banks, or stealing valuable coin collections. Throw in a lack of musical intimacy, cow-herding-like crowd control, and monopoly price-gouging on necessities like water, and you got yourself a typical festival!

This is why I was particularly intrigued by When You Awake’s “Free For All: A Hands-On Music Festival. Not only was admission based on “pay-what-you-can” donation, but festival patrons were encouraged to bring instruments and jam with performers! Little did I know, but I when I entered past the smiling greeter who un-obtrusively asked for donations, I was not about to write about some random music festival—I became an embedded participant observer of a musical revolution. Dramatic, I know, but after a spending a lifetime being subjected to the business models of the industry over-lords and confined to a dwindling bank-account that renders little opportunity for me to experience live-music as often I would like to, I simply can’t contain my excitement about this new model.

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Pepper Rabbit signs to Kanine Records

Pepper Rabbit

Pop duo Pepper Rabbit just announced their deal with New York based Kanine Records and the release date of their forthcoming album, Beauregard, is set for October 26th.

Guitar and piano make their scheduled appearances, but these multi-instrumentalists incorporate banjos, ukuleles, trumpets, and woodwinds without blinking an eye. If Xander Singh and Luc Laurent's previous two EPs are any indication, the new album will usher in hand crafted melodies that are expansive and personal at the same time.



My Gold Mask has been on a roll lately. You can stream their latest track, “Bobbi” below. "Bobbi" will be featured on My Gold Mask's upcoming 12" vinyl release, and the band will be releasing a proper single in early September.


Small Black gives away free mp3 + release album

Noisy electro-poppers Small Black's first full-length album New Chain will be released on Oct. 26 in the U.S. and Oct. 25 in the U.K. under Secretly Canadian. The band has released a free mp3 of the first single, entitled "Photojournalist" (streaming here). The band will perform live in NYC at a Todd P curated event at the Monster Island Basement in Brooklyn on 09.17.


Help Graveface, Please!

During a recent storm the storage facility for Graveface Records, purveyor of Black Moth Super Rainbow, Jason Molina, Octopus Project, and more, was flooded destroying 50-60% of their inventory. The label's insurance did not cover this disaster, and in turn left the label struggling to survive.

The label’s founder Ryan Graveface (Dreamend) has set up a donation-based raffle, with some pretty unorthodox prizes. Everyone who donates will get a .zip file of some rarities, and people who donate at least $25 will get records or CDs and be entered into said raffles. There is list of all of the level of donations and more images of the extent of the damage over on the Graveface site.


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