Local Record Review: 'Carny Life' by Pebaluna

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Pebaluna
Pebaluna
"Carny Life"

See Also:
*Local Record Review: 'This One's For Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks


It seems that RX Bandits are getting as well known for their individual projects as much as their collective work and longevity. We recently profiled the continuing work of C-Gak, now there's a new band's debut album out with Matt Embree playing guitar and contributing vocals. But Pebaluna -- either a pun on Petaluma, some sort of moon rock reference, or both -- isn't just him or him as bandleader by any means, being essentially a new group with its own almost surprising appeal. Surprising, in that after another summer of Too Many Dully Obvious Indie Rock Records, it's always nice to hear something that simply works.
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Local Record Review: 'Son del Centro' by Son del Centro

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Son del Centro
Son del Centro

www.facebook.com/sondelcentro

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*Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem
*Local Record Review: 'However Strange' by Détective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks


Ten years ago in the city of Santa Ana, a musical project centering around the son jarocho traditions of Veracruz, Mexico began. Out of those initial workshops, Son del Centro, a community-based group, was formed. In 2006, the youthful members crystallized their talents into the debut full-length release of Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. What better way to commemorate ten years of their musical journey than by releasing a sophomore follow-up? Doing just that, Son del Centro's self-titled twelve track album is a definitive statement as to the strength, continuation and maturation of its mission born out of El Centro Cultural de Mexico.
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Local Record Review: 'The Isle of Her' by Micah Brown

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Micah Brown
"The Isle of Her"

See Also:
*Local Record Review: 'This One's For Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks

 
Listening to Dana Point homeboy Micah Brown's full debut album, The Isle of Her, is a bit of a flashback in more ways than one. For one thing, at fourteen tracks, it's long, almost an hour, which makes it seem more like a hangover from the 1990s and the era of CD bloat. But it all passes by sweetly enough, which is doubtless what regular OC Music Awards winner Brown wants above all else -- this is the kind of acoustic guitar dude album where everything is precisely and perfectly recorded, the arrangements teased out with a little surprise here and there.
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Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem

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Cham Kerem
Visions of the Sun
http://soundcloud.com/chamkerem-ninos-muertos

See Also:
*Local Record Review: 'Time' by Immortal Minds
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Record Review: 'The Radical Era' by Sacred Blasphemy

The SanTana-based hip-hop collective of field warriors known as Cham Kerem are shining light on realities others would rather have remain in the dark. The five-member crew recently released their debut effort, Visions of the Sun, offering fourteen tracks (plus a bonus cut) of unrelenting, unapologetic rebel rhymes. Ghost Dance, iLLoheem, La Pavis, iLL Sal and Rethro hit up racism, police brutality and immigration interchanging bilingual lyrics all along the way.
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Local Record Review: 'However Strange' by Détective

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Laurie Scavo

Détective

However Strange
http://www.detectivemusic.com/

See Also:
*Local Record Review: 'This One's For Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks


This Saturday, a band called Détective plays a record release party at Burger Records in Fullerton -- and yes, that accent mark is very intentional. Given the group says that it's referring to one of Jean-Luc Godard's films, one could be forgiven for thinking the band's sound is some sort of ye-ye, French '60s pop tribute -- or maybe another riff on the combination of styles that Stereolab brought to bear. (And certainly the motorik chug of "Mouchette" comes notably close at points.)
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Local Record Review: 'Time' by Immortal Minds

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Immortal Minds
Time EP
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Santa Ana's Immortal Minds are both slimmed down (officially to a duo for now, but apparently Droopy the Don has got some other projects due to surface) and fired up some more with their newest release, following an overall reboot of their site and a feeling that a lot more activity is about to start coming down the pike on all fronts. That main man Calicokid is previewing new solo work as well is a further sign something's up.
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Local Record Review: 'A Better Version' by Cerebellion

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Cerebellion

See Also:
*Local Record Review: 'This One's For Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks


Cerebellion
"A Better Version"

http://www.cerebellion1.com/

The show Cerebellion played last Saturday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa marked a bit of a change for the band -- it was last show featuring vocalist Joe Arnold, who will be moving on to other work while the band itself will be continuing on as it plans its followup to the 2010 album Inalienable. As a bit of a transitional teaser, last week the group released the final song they've recorded with him as a free download and YouTube track, "A Better Version":

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Local Record Review: 'This One's for Terminal Boredom' by Roman Candles

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Somewhere up in Yorba Linda, a cassette scene based around releases and associated blogs and shows continues along, not quite under the radar but perhaps just off in its own universe.  (Don't look for an online version of this -- there are fifty copies and that's it.)  Christopher Gordon, main man of Roman Candles, continues his own particular path with his latest offering, seven short songs recorded on his own over the past summer -- though a line like 

"You can see the fireworks/from the happiest place on earth" takes on an unexpected resonance after this past week's anger and outrage in Anaheim.

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Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective

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Locally Grown Collective
We Are Locally Grown
http://locgrwn.wix.com/lgcltv#!

In the city of Orange, the seeds of good hip-hop music are being sown by its hometown hustlers the Locally Grown Collective. Harvesting together their distinctive talents, Endz, DaveAllen, DeeJaeeBee, FourthBeats and Coley Cole have recently released their We Are Locally Grown mixtape on DatPiff offering listeners everything from underground hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word poetry. 
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Local Record Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks

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Yellow Red Sparks
Four Steps in Corsets

ORG Music
www.yellowredsparks.com

The pure poetry of singer-songwriter Josh Hanson is accentuated by tightly interwoven arrangements on Four Steps in Corsets, the debut EP from OC's premiere indie folk-rockers Yellow Red Sparks. Released by ORG Music, the reflective, melancholic tone of heartache throughout the album makes for a compelling listen. A trio of accomplished musicians with Goldy (drums/vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals, banjo) accompanying Hanson, Yellow Red Sparks find all the right melodies and rhythms on all of the songs. A stripped down soul emerges from intricate musical tapestries.
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