Thursday, November 29, 2007

This Weekend in LA (Nov.29th - Dec.2nd)

Thursday Nov. 29
Oslo, Eastern Conference Champions @ Viper Room
Sea Wolf @ Westwood Plaza (12pm FREE)
Spain, Let's Go Sailing @ Echoplex
Cafe Tacuba @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Doug Weston's Troubadour- 50th Anniversary show- James Taylor and Carole King @ Troubadour

Friday Nov. 30
Aimee Mann 2nd Annual Christmas Show (SOLD OUT) @ El Rey Theatre

ESL Music Tour @ Knitting Factory - featuring Dust Galaxy and Dj sets from Ursula 1000 and Rob Garza of the Thievery Corporation
Ghostland Observatory @ Henry Fonda (Highly recommended Electro-rock from TX)
Cake, Detroit Cobras, Oakley Hall @ Orpheum
So Bad It's Good Film Festival : Road House Screening @ Vista Theatre - $50 gift certificate for two to Saddle Ranch Chop House to the winner of the Mullet Competition

Doug Weston's Troubadour- 50th Anniversary show- James Taylor and Carole King @ Troubadour

Saturday Dec. 1

UCLA VS USC - picture above predicts future. Both teams are fighting with ASU to represent PAC-10 in the Rose Bowl

Obey Giant Shepard Fairey Solo Exhibition Opening (runs through 1/14/08)

Youssou N; Dour and the Egyptian Orchestra @ Royce Hall
Jon Brion @ Largo
Army Navy @ the Scene
Lemonheads @ Troubadour

Sunday Dec. 2
Homesick Elephant @ Hotel Cafe
VHS or Beta, Foreign Born @ El Rey
Voxtrot, Division Day @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Orlando Magic vs Lakers - Magic are off to their best start in years with NBA best 14 wins
Kimya Dawson @ the Smell - Moldy Peaches member and prominently featured artist in the upcoming indie film Juno


Next Listing Monday Dec. 3rd

Monday, November 19, 2007

Don't Quit Your Day Job, Superhero

A few months ago i was spending way too much time staring at my computer screen and compiling our March 2007 mix on a gloomy sunday so I decided to listen in motion and run to and through Beachwood canyon. After all, I never mind being the third wheel on a date between my ipod and my running shoes. For some reason i felt like reliving my times in New York running past the sidewalk traffic, dodging them as if i was returning a kickoff.

Therefore I turned right onto Hollywood blvd. on my way to the canyon and approached the fatal fanny packs of the visiting world descending upon the walk of fame in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. At this point in my run came my first listening session of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible on shuffle and the song that hit as i had been tackled by traffic was "Ocean of Noise". I can only assume you too know the first impression of a great song and so i just had to stop, walk , and surrender. The crowd huddled around the predictable team of superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and of course Spiderman. What wasn't so predictable was the juxtaposition of these characters with this sad love song on this dark day. I then listened to the second half of the song from their point of view. Them being the actors not the actual superheroes. I wondered what else these people have on their minds other than of course saving the world, fighting crime and greatly appreciating tips. In case you're also curious in unmasking some of our favorite childhood heroes Laemmle's music hall 3 is going to be screening "Confessions of a Superhero" until Thanksgiving day.

To hear Calexico's rendition of "Ocean of Noise", check out our August 2007 edition.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

This week in LA (Nov. 19th-25th)

Monday Nov. 19th
Soft Lightes @ Spaceland

FREE November Residency at Spaceland

Tuesday Nov. 20th
Meiko @ Hotel Cafe - Local talented singer songwriter from Georgia
Merrick @ Bordello - Inara George and Bryony Atkinson
Raise Up Entertainment/Passport Approved Presents FREE at the Viper Room

Free with RSVP:

Wednesday Nov. 21st

Michael Runion @ Tangier - local singer songwriter who's played with Jenny Lewis and the Wattson Twins, the Elected and Rilo Kiley
Bloodcat Love @ Viper Room - toured with Jet, great performance at Maude Carrin in-store last week
Travis, Maximo Park @ Wiltern

Thursday Nov. 22nd (THANKSGIVING)

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - finally the lions play a TG game that means something
USC Trojans @ Arizona St. Sun Devils - USC needs win for Rose Bowl contention

Friday Nov. 23rd
Michael Runion @ El Cid
Cold War Kids @ Wiltern

Saturday Nov. 24th
Aceyalone, Amad Jamal @ Viper Room
Why, The Happy Hollows @ Spaceland
Band of Horses, Drones, Tyler Ramsey @ Avalon - Highly Recommended

Sunday Nov. 25th
LA Auto Show @ Convention Center - Last day of Auto show

How come they don't make cars like this anymore?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A "LostTrack" - Kavinsky's 'Testarossa Overdrive'

Hola. I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. Kavinsky's "Testarossa Overdrive" is a track that we here at FoundTrack like to refer to as a "LostTrack." With the hundreds of tracks that we go through every month to pick the 20 or so that we feature on the mix, we're obviously not able to fit everything. Sometimes a track just doesn't fit with the tone of the mix, or the timing just isn't right.

Earlier this summer we really wanted to feature this track by Kavinsky. Well, now thanks to the link to this video I found on Kanye's blog, here for your listening and viewing pleasure is the video to "Testarossa Overdrive":

Sunday, November 11, 2007

This week in LA (Nov.12th-17th)

Monday Nov. 12th
The Jealous Girlfriends, Casxio, A for Attack, Evan Voytas @ Silverlake Lounge
Spiritualized @ Vista Theatre
Feist with Spoon @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Tuesday Nov. 13th
Acid girls, Franki Chan and Moby (DJ Set) @ Elevate Lounge
Spiritualized @ Vista Theatre

Wednesday Nov. 14th
Correatown, The Broken West, The Monolators, The Henry Clay People @ Bordello
Bodies of Water @ Mr. T's Bowl
Zeph & Azeem @ Knitting Factory
Sara Lov, Magnet, The Panda @ Roxy

Thursday Nov. 15th
Pigeon John @ Leonardo's (Fullerton)
The Moon Upstairs, Citay, Sea of Air, Joseph Mattson @ Dave's Warehouse
Film School, Division Day @ Echoplex

Friday Nov. 16th
The Meek, Bloodcat Love, Magic Mirror @ Maude Carrin
Free Blood and DJ SPun @ The Getty (fridays off the 405)
Neko Case @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Six Organs of Admittance @ Amoeba (Free)
Army Navy, Mellowdrone @ The Echo
Lyrics Born @ El Rey
The Chelsea Royal @ Tangier

Saturday Nov. 17th
Sean Hayes, Jenny Owens Young, Jim Bianco @ Bordello

If you have any suggestions for other events going on, feel free to email us -

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Love Earth

So for all those that weren't lucky enough to get a Friday afternoon off to watch a film in the most fabulous theater in London, let me just rub it in. I was lucky enough to get to watch a preview of the new BBC feature length documentary "Earth" at the Electric Cinema on Portabello Road. Let me just paint you a picture - 100 individual leather lounge chairs complete with foot stools, and free popcorn waiting on our side tables. Then a quick trip to the bar for our free soda. Back to the film - ultimately an example of what the BBC does best - stunning cinematography, reserved narrative, and letting the animals tell the story of our planet. I was informed that they were using some of the best bits from the top-selling Planet Earth series, but for one of the few who has still not seen the award-winning BBC documentary, I was in complete awe of the impossible panoramic shots the camera was able to get. And not to get too girly on you, but I could not help but coo at the screen when the baby animals struggled to keep up with their parents. With the obvious message that Al Gore has ingrained in us about climate change and preserving our planet, it definitely hit home that the animals aren't just there to look cute. Although I half expected the penguins to start singing and dancing and the pace was so slow at times, I did find myself falling asleeps (but that could have been the comfy chairs), there were spectacular visuals, comedic moments, and more than enough animals to keep the cute overload website busy for weeks. Oh and with Patrick Stewart narrating, what more do you need?

Check out one of the cutest/funniest moment, set to Jose Gonzalez in this YouTube video:

To learn more about the film and the environmental issues associated with it, visit

iPod Touch Ad created by student (featuring music by CSS)

I read about this on Five Four Clothing's Blog earlier and thought I'd share. British student Nick Hale, an Apple fan and a fan of CSS' music, created his own ad for the new iPod Touch and uploaded it to YouTube, where it quickly became a popular video. Apparently, someone at Apple marketing caught on to the hype, got in touch with Nick, and had Apple's ad agency cleanup and remake the video which is now running on national TV.

Nick thought that CSS' lyric “My music is where I’d like you to touch” fit perfectly with Apple's new device the iPod Touch. "Music is my hot, hot sex" is one of my favorite FoundTrack tunes we've featured, and Nick's video is pretty stylin'. It's always awesome to see amateur work be recognized. We're living in a world where it's getting more and more accessible for people at home to create professional level art and content, so hopefully all this technology will make set the competitive bar higher for everyone.

Checkout Nick's original version, followed by the national ad... it remained pretty faithful to the original.

Nick's Original spec:

Apple's National ad:

Find the original article from the New York Times, here

Check out the featured tune, "Music is my hot, hot sex" by CSS on FoundTrack's July '06 Edition

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hey LA, What's crackin' this week?

Tuesday November 6th
Tunng @ Echo
The Orange Lights @ Viper Room
Architecture in Helsinki, Glass Candy, Panther @ Troubadour

Wednesday November 7th

Found Magazine's There Goes the Neighborhood Tour @ Hammer Museum
Tunng @ Amoeba (FREE)
The Hives @ Avalon
Sabrosa Purr, The Blakes, Facing New York @ The Roxy
The Thrills, Small Sins @ Spaceland
Paper Magazine's LA Project 2007
Borat Sagdiyev book signing @ Borders Westwood (Borat presents and signs Borat: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A.)

Thursday November 8th

Of Montreal , MGMT @ Avalon

Ben Harper with Piers Faccini @ Orpheum
Great Northern, Robbers On High Street, The Jealous Girlfriends@ Echoplex
Found Magazine's "There Goes the Neighborhood" Tour @ Largo
Remix magazine Presents: Remix Hotel LA @ SAE institute of Technology
Paper Magazine's LA Project 2007

Friday November 9th

Of Montreal , MGMT @ Avalon
Joanna Newsom @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
She Wants Revenge, Kenna @ Henry Fonda
MIA, Cool Kids @ Wiltern
Heima - a film by Sigur Ros @ Arclight (AFI Fest '07) (SOLD OUT)

The Ting Tings @ The Roxy
Remix magazine Presents: Remix Hotel LA @ SAE institute of Technology
Paper Magazine's LA Project 2007

Saturday November 10th

Chin Up Chin Up, The Ponys, The Ting Tings @ Echoplex
Jens Lekman, Throw Me the Statue @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
Barker Becomes Eclectic @ Barker Block Downtown Lofts
The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), Martha Wainwright @ Wiltern

She Wants Revenge, Kenna @ Henry Fonda
Stars @ Orpheum
Octopus Project @ Roxy (FREE with RSVP)
Remix magazine Presents: Remix Hotel LA @ SAE institute of Technology
Paper Magazine's LA Project 2007

Sunday November 11th

The Walkmen, The Subjects, The Hugs @ Troubadour
Paper Magazine's LA Project 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Hollywood Haunt 2007 Party Photos

Hola Boys and Girls:

Thanks to everyone that came out and got festive with us last Saturday! The full gallery from photographer extraordinaire, Brian Zarin, is now up. If you're interested in getting photos like this taken at your event, Brian can be reached at or (818) 693-3034.

Hope to see everyone at Hollywood Haunt V in 2008!


FoundTrack November 2007 Compilation Cover Art

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