The Echo, Independent FM, LA Weekly Present
LXMP, Bogan Via
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
By turns cuddly and chaotic, San Francisco's Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into sweetly challenging and utterly distinctive music. The group began as the brainchild of guitarist Rob Fisk and drummer/keyboardist Greg Saunier in 1994; early releases, such as the 1995 7"s Return of the Woods M'Lady and For Those of Us on Foot, had a more traditionally harsh, no wave-inspired sound, though they also included the quirky tendencies that dominated their later efforts. Vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki joined the group in time for 1996's self-titled double 7" on Menlo Park, but other members passed through Deerhoof, including Chris Cooper of Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase. The following year they released their full-length debut, The Man, the King, the Girl, on Kill Rock Stars and the Come See the Duck 7" on Banano a year later.
Fisk left Deerhoof after 1999's Holdy Paws, an experiment that saw the band trying to write songs that favored composition over individual sounds, and pursued similar ideas in his solo work and in Badgerlore. Halfbird, which was recorded before Fisk departed, was released in 2001, after John Dieterich was recruited as Deerhoof's new guitarist. That year the group also released the My Pal Foot Foot 7", a cover of the legendary Shaggs song that also appeared on the Better Than the Beatles tribute. In 2002, the group released the critically acclaimed Reveille; 2003's Apple O' followed soon after, and also featured auxiliary guitarist Chris Cohen. Their fifth album, the much more cohesive and focused Milk Man, appeared in spring 2004. The following year was another busy one for the band: not only did they embark on tours of the U.S., Europe, and Japan, but they released the Green Cosmos EP, the full-length Runners Four, and a Deerhoof tribute album that was only available on the band's website.
In 2006, the group toured with the Flaming Lips, the Fiery Furnaces, and Mary Timony, among others. That spring, Cohen left Deerhoof to concentrate on the Curtains, and that fall, a ballet based on Milk Man was performed in North Haven, ME. During that time, the band recorded its own songs and collaborated with composer Ed Shearmur on the music for Dedication, a film directed by Justin Theroux. The concise yet eclectic Friend Opportunity arrived in early 2007. Guitarist Ed Rodriguez joined the band in early 2008, and played on that year's Offend Maggie; prior to the album's release that fall, the band gave away one of its songs, "Fresh Born," as sheet music so fans could make their own versions of the song. Starting in 2010, Deerhoof began leaking songs from their next album on different media outlets, creating a kind of musical scavenger hunt for fans leading up to the 2011 release of their tenth studio album, Deerhoof Vs. Evil.
Precisely 30 years after the original album's release, LXMP offers its take on Hancock's 'Future Shock' - the record from which everybody knows, and loves, the piece 'Rock It' and nothing else. The record which was supposed to be the dawn of the 21st century and so on and so forth. To answer the commission of Unsound festival, whose theme for 2011 was "Future Shock" (a reference, naturally, to Alvin Toffler's book), Piotrek and Maciek decided to take the easy path and delve into the world of synthesizers, the back-then-ominous MIDI sound, digital reverbs, horrific longueurs and Bill Laswell. In their interpretation, they did all they could to cross out everything from that list, except the synthesizers. And the drums. And the broad use of the vocoder. And Thymme Jones of Cheer-Accident who laid down the drums on the title track.
Before the release, the band managed to showcase the material at a few live gigs in Poland, Europe and the cradle of futureshockism - the US, where their rendition met with deep understanding and respect from the MIDI people.
'Back To The Future Shock' is published in two formats: CD and LP. To honor historical truth, the CD features a bonus track - a remix of 'Rockit', created by Brazilian artist Mauricio Takara.
* additional support for LXMP provided by the Polish Cultural Institute New York
Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller are the indie pop duo Bogan Via. They self-recorded and self-released five amazing songs earlier this year via bandcamp that have resulted in quite a bit of blog attention and growing recognition here in Phoenix. Bender and Madeleine started recording a new batch of songs (and a few off of the original EP) at Flying Blanket Recording in July, the result of those sessions is the EP Wait Up, which was released on October 29th. Prior to the EP release, local AZ promoter Jeremiah Gratza released one of the songs, "TES", on 7" baby pink vinyl with a remix by Miniature Tigers as the B-side. A few other remixes are in the works that will be announced shortly and made available as promotional MP3s. Along with recording and preparing for the release of their new EP, Bogan Via have stayed busy playing bigger and bigger live shows in Phoenix, including opening for national acts like Twin Shadow and White Arrows. Also in the works is a soon to be premiered video for "Afternoon Wonderland", one of the songs from the original EP that was re-recorded for Wait Up.
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