Armed with a modest collection of recording gear and a brand new perspective, Vanaprasta has spent the last year in their own studio in Echo Park writing, recording, and refining their second LP. The band decided to undertake the entirety of the recording process under their own control by producing, engineering, and mixing the album themselves.

On these songs, Vanaprasta decided to pit the mechanical up against the organic; they experimented with newer digital and analog technology that allowed them to create machine-like grooves while keeping space for the guitars and melodies to call and respond with each other. Vanaprasta mixed the songs by doing live performance mixes on their console, with each band member mixing each of his instruments simultaneously.

The band has slowly been unveiling new material with one-offs over the fall, but they will be touring throughout 2014, starting with a January residency at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.

Nightmare Air

NIGHTMARE AIR is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals).

As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer indie boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home — "possibly L.A.'s loudest band" (Scott McDonald, Surfing on Steam) — and across the pond — "awesomely epic layered sounds" (ArtRocker magazine, U.K.).

In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio.

The summer and fall of 2012 saw Nightmare Air on an ambitious 3 ½ month world tour across the US, UK, and Europe playing festivals alongside The Buzzcocks, The Crocodiles, The Duke Spirit, Ice Age... as well over 40 club dates of there own. Also in 2012 in their hometown the band held support slots for Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo, UK legends The Wedding Present, as well as The Cult at their SXSW showcase. On the heals of the band's 2010 EP Nightmare Air were chosen to headline four nights of Toronto's Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio in the US, Canada and the UK.

Nightmare Air have recently completed their debut studio full-length coming out in early 2013 on Saint Marie Records worldwide with exception to Vinyl Junkie releasing the album in Japan. The record was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" featured on Under the Radar's sampler CD and in Filter Magazines "Discovering the Undiscovered"

SWIMM is the music of Chris Hess, Adam Winn, and several friends. The music flows in different directions, dipping into indie rock, dance, and rock n roll all with a twinge of psychedelia as the common element.


Heywood "Skills for the Long Emergency" is the upcoming debut record of Summer Darling frontman, Ben Heywood. Recorded in pieces over the last year, "Skills" is a compilation of 8 short stories set in the western United States after a state's war over dwindling natural resources has forced the dissolution of the Union. The mostly nameless protagonists struggle to adjust to a violent and parched countryside where rumor, myth, and xenophobia reign. The cinematic scope of the music plays an equally important part as the lyrics in telling these stories.

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