A. Crusher: Former Local Natives Bassist's Wonderfully Weird New Project

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What the hell ever happened to Andy Hamm? It's a question plenty of avid Local Natives fans have wondered about since the band's original bassist was unexpectedly ousted from the group in 2011. Turns out that bump in the road led to some pretty intriguing work from the former OC dweller--especially if you're into campy horror and Mike Patton. Under the new moniker, Andrew Crusher (A. Crusher for short), Hamm unleashed his debut music video for "Pebbles Massive," the lead single for his debut album Melted Bodies Vol. 1, released independently in September.

One look at this video, centered on a young boy and a homicidal set of demon claymation teeth, and it's apparent that A. Crusher has a totally different agenda than the pristine, FM indie pop melodies of his former band. Lo-fi, shoegazy synth and Hamm's minimalist vocals are the backdrop to five minutes of holiday bloodshed that any fan of old-school horror flicks is likely to enjoy. In the context of the entire album, which melds piano balladry with metal/punk guitar fuzz and haunting atmospherics, this is one of the mellower tracks--which oddly makes it's pairing with the video even more perfect. Directed by Jared Iacino with animation from Cam Leeburg and Zeb Wells (who've both worked on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken), Hamm's video is his chance to exhibit his dark, bedroom project and Mr. Bungle-esque sense of humor.

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The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

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By: Mac McCann
Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons, among them to express extreme emotions, to provoke a visceral response from listeners, to say something about a particular issue, or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick Bill's "Ever So Clear." And sometimes they're the fulfillment of a fictional persona, as in DMX's "Bring Your Whole Crew." When done right, these songs can be artful, but sometimes a disturbing song is just a hollow gross-out. Either way, shockingly violent imagery has been a part of music forever.

Obviously our extensive list of most disturbing songs is, well, yeah, very disturbing. So there's your warning. For those who don't want to read this list, we don't blame you. Mom, I'm sorry for this.

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Hott MT Combine Gore, 80s Synths and Pinball in Their New Music Video, "YKWYR"

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Rarely (ok, never) do we get to see 80s synth pop, pinball and B-movie cannibalism championed in the same music video. Then again, maybe its something we should just learn to expect from Hott MT, the loveable bunch of LA/OC weirdos who stormed Wayne Coynes house to give him a present and wound up making a song and a video with him. Now, they've taken the echo-laden dreaminess of their song "YKWYR" up a few notches with a new video, premiering today on Heard Mentality.

It starts out normal enough, as the band crowds around a blinking pinball machine somehow possessed by the floating purple aura of vocalist Ashleigh Allard. A minute or so into the video, the band are inexplicably glass jars of pickles and weird looking preserves. That's kinda where it starts getting gross. We won't spoil the entire thing for you, let's just say that if you're somehow of fan of both Holy Mountain and Redneck Zombies, then the ending of this video is exactly what you wanted to see right before lunch today. This month, in addition to the recent release of their debut album I Made This, the band is also hosting a Monday night residency at the Echo. Maybe stand a few feet back from the stage just in case they decide to do a live reenactment of this video. Check it out after the jump.

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Six Alkaline Trio Songs That Should Be Played Live (But Probably Won't Be)


Every band has "hits," the songs they have to play in concert or no one will pay money to see them. Alkaline Trio is no different.

Thanks to nine studio albums, including My Shame is True (released today), singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, singer/bassist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant have a plethora of tunes that are damn-near guaranteed to make any set list, which means there's a good chance you'll hear "Radio," "Nose Over Tail," "Clavicle," "'97," "This Could Be Love," "Mercy Me," "Crawl," "Cringe" and "Bleeder." While there's nothing wrong with these (in fact, they are some of the band's best material), there are also a bunch of songs that rarely -- if ever -- get played. But they should.

There's no way of knowing what we'll hear from My Shame is True, but "Kiss You to Death," "Young Lovers" and "Until Death Do Us Part" are bona fide awesome and are worthy of replacing the oft-played "She Took Him to the Lake" and "Private Eye." And, if we are lucky, the addition of new material might force the band to dig into its catalog to pull out a few oldies-but-goodies.

So, here, in no particular order, are six songs that should be added to the band's set list when they kick off their upcoming tour at The Observatory on April 25.

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The Shrills Were Almost Reality TV Stars [And They Have the Footage to Prove It!]

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Seeing the Shrills for the first time can be a daunting experience. It's rare these days that an OC band sees the acquirement of scrapes, bruises and bloody gashes as an everyday bi-product of being on stage. The fact that there's always a chance that every show could end in a meltdown (a fact that inspired their aptly-titled debut full-length, Meltdown) is enough to keep crowd watching after they launch into the string-snapping guitar work of "Coconuts" or "Pink Hotel." Given our innate desire to watch extreme debauchery unfold from the comfort of our living rooms, It's only natural to think, "Damn, I wish someone would give these guys a reality show. I'd watch it." Funny thing is, it almost happened.

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Is KDOC's Live New Year's Eve Shit Show Already the Best YouTube Clip of 2013?

The best thing Jamie Kennedy's been a part of since Malibu's Most Wanted

Even though we're thankful that the whole Mayan apocalypse prediction turned out to be false, it's worth noting that not everyone escaped calamity in 2012. Judging by the viral footage from the local TV station's New Year's Eve live broadcast on Monday, it appears Channel 56 KDOC endured one of the most hilarious on-air train wrecks ever broadcasted. Rarely do we get to see a TV station try so hard at something and fail so epically. With hopelessly confused hosts Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone at the helm of the show, an endless barrage of technical difficulties, F-Bombs, pot-fueled performances and fights were probably enough to cause the FCC to implode by the time the clock struck midnight.

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Obama Gets The Jay-Z Mash-up Treatment With "99 Problems (But Mitt's Not One)"

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With the first round of the 2012 Presidential Debate happening tomorrow, we're sure both President Obama and Mitt Romney are busy stretching, meditating and fishing through their iPods for the perfect hype music to pump them up for talks about domestic policy. So it seems like a good time to share a little mash-up video that's been making it's way around the Internet lately. If Obama's got 2 minutes and 32 seconds to spare, he might want to grab some talking points from this brilliant mash-up video dubbed "99 Problems (But Mitt's Not One)." Yes, the legacy of great Jay-Z "99 Problems" mash-ups continues with the G-ed up presidential edition. Cut together using Obama and Romney's actual words, the Prez spits hot fire in lyrical jabs about everything from gas prices, the economy, birth certificates,etc. To be fair, Romney does get a few shots in toward the end of the video. Whether you're psyching yourself up for the big showdown tomorrow or you're just a Jay-Z fan with some time to kill, this mash-up is definitely worth taking a coffee break for. See it after the jump.

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*House of Campaign: Five Rap Songs Looking For Your Vote

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Six Songs with the F Word in the Title for Valentine's Day

Ladies, I've got a secret for you: Men don't like Valentine's Day.

I mean, we just got over the pressure of the holidays and now we're expected to come up with more gifts to show our love and appreciation. And do we ever get it right? Of course not. We're guys and we suck.

But we know if we play our cards right, tonight's almost a slam dunk in the bedroom. With this on our minds, we're acting all soft and cute with our roses, cards, teddy bears and chocolates, but what we're really thinking about is getting naked with you. (To be fair, we're also thinking about how to get you naked on the other 355 days of the year, but tonight, the odds of that happening are much higher and we like when the odds are in our favor.)

So while you're thinking about how he went to Jared or how every kiss begins with Kay, plain and simple, we're thinking about fucking you. Just so you can't say I didn't warn you, here's the soundtrack to what's going through our minds as you gorge yourself on chocolates and white wine spritzers.

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Gillionaire (and I) Give You a Valentine's Day Gift

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There's a billion of Gillionaire!
There's literally no better way to wake up than to an email from rapper Gillionaire telling you he's got a new song/video. I should know because that's exactly what happened to me his morning.

You see, since I've been writing about Gillionaire, I'd like to think we've grown close. Don't get me wrong -- he doesn't call me when his fish dies nor do I text him to tell him how my mom is dealing with chemotherapy, but still. In my mind, we're friends.

And what do friends do for one another? Two things. First, they tell each other when they post new videos on Youtube. Second, they give each other Valentine's Day love and I'm assuming Gillionaire's email to me this morning was no fluke. He's showing love (in that hip-hop way, yaknowwhatimsayin?) and because I consider every person who reads this blog a friend (sorry I haven't called you on your birthday), I'm now passing along the information so you can have an awesome Valentine's Day.

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Happy Birthday J Dilla: Must-Hear J Dilla Track No. 4

Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young Tuesday. Although his official cause of death is cardiac arrest, Dilla suffered from a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

In honor of J Dilla's birthday, his premature passing and his awesomeness, we are going to post one must-hear track every day until Friday.

Happy birthday, J Dilla, and rest in peace!
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