HIDDEN ROOMS // THE MUSIC
THE MUSIC //
As a front woman, Jesika von Rabbit commands the stage. With a combination of her self-penned songs, her voice, her musical and programming talents, and compelling stage presence, von Rabbit literally owns the audience during her shows.
Armed with a stockpile of songs celebrating von Rabbit’s love of electronics she has created and released her first solo album, a playful, poppy, and psychedelic ‘adult theme park-pop’ experience titled Journey Mitchell which she is supporting with an entertaining stage show featuring her entourage of ‘prairie gangsters’
A 45 RPM release featuring “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and an exclusive B-side will be released this Spring on the recently revived Sympathy for the Record Industry label. In February, BuzzBands L.A. debuted a new Jesika von Rabbit video, “Innuendo,” see video below. The recording of a new Jesika von Rabbit album, her second as a solo artist, is complete and will be released this Summer.
Purple Mountains Majesties is comprised of a bassist, a drummer, and four front men who switch off on every instrument they can afford to buy – all types of guitar, ukulele, keys, glockenspiel, melodica, recorder, and assorted percussion. Their three and four part harmonies and melodies bring to mind the sound of early Beach Boys and Beatles, but their inventive instrumentation and arrangements put them firmly at the forefront of the modern alternative scene populated by bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Hailing from Orange County, they were performing in a local raw food restaurant run by the renowned silent chef Ito where they were ‘discovered’ by former Oingo Boingo keyboardist, film composer, and record producer Richard Gibbs. Gibbs immediately brought them on board and began producing their debut album for his new recording venture, Invisible Arts.
Bass player & vocalist, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, leads Trulio Disgracias with an amazing funk masterpiece, incorporating outlandish performances of “nuttiness,” lavish riffs, heart-pounding one drops & valleys into one seamless 2-hour set. Formed in 1987, Trulio Disgracias has performed almost continuously ever since then. With a revolving all-star line-up that is hand-selected by Norwood Fisher, combining powerhouse music veterans and up-and-coming stars on one stage. The Trulio family includes current and former members of Fishbone, Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Brains, Freestyle Fellowship, Spearhead, Weapons of Choice, Ozomatli, the Untouchables, Gap Band, Suicidal Tendencies, Slightly Stoopid, and the list grows stronger every year.
Polymorph Productions and Trulio Disgracias announce the release of the single and video “Outta My Muthafukkin Mind”, available now for immediate download on iTunes and viewing on YouTube. The “Outta My Muthafukkin’ Mind” video is a claymation masterpiece by Tawd Dorenfeld. Guest vocalists on the single include Grammy-winner Kendra Foster of D’Angelo and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and Shonda “Sativa” Clinton, Jason Drennon & Steve Boyd also from George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and Chronic Loc from The L.B.C.
The Mecolodiacs is an offshoot of the band Universal Congress Of. Formed by Joe Baiza and Ralph Gorodetsky it took root and held with the help of driving drummer Wayne Griffin. Keeping things in the outside pocket and taking chances, the trio developed its own unique rhythm section sensibility. The group is now joined by multi-instrumentalists Vince Meghrouni on reeds. Together they bring a powerful mix of head and feet music.
SPINDRIFT is a cinematically-driven, psychedelic “western” rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA, led by singer-songwriter-producer-composer Kirpatrick Thomas. Among many various EP/Single releases, they’ve produced and released two feature films with soundtracks available on Teepee Records, (The Legend of God’s Gun, Ghost of the West), in addition to two full LP albums on Xemu Records, (Classic Soundtracks Vol 1, The West). SPINDRIFT has contributed to several film scores and soundtracks, most notably HBO’s “East Bound & Down”, Quentin Tarantino’s “Hell Ride”, and Viceland’s “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia.”
The band has actively toured the U.S. and Europe since 2004 while performing with acts such as X, The Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dead Meadow, The Black Angels, and Kurt Vile. They’ve helped ignite the psychedelic revival of the 2000’s, with highlighted performances being Austin Psych Fest, Roadburn Tilburg, Levitation, Liverpool Psych Fest, SXSW, and film screenings accompanied by performances at Park City’s Slamdance Film Festival and Spain’s Almerian Western Film Festival 2014, 2017. Members of the band have crossed over with other acts such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Psychic TV and have had strange collaborations with punk legend Jello Biafra on tunes such as “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.
With its reputation for lively, laid-back acoustic shows and spontaneous, invitation-only rooftop soirées, The Vignes Rooftop Revival has become an underground node in a thriving local music scene. Guest performers with the group have included some of LA’s finest musicians from a wide variety of genres, including Amber Navran (Moonchild), Eliana Athayde (Nick Waterhouse), Kyle Crane (M. Ward, Daniel Lanois), and Daniel Richardson (Solange). The group’s audience has had its fair share of characters as well— from dubstep producer Skrillex to jazz guitar legend Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Regularly performing as many as 8 times per week, the musicians of The Vignes Rooftop Revival have no plans to slow down. In addition to keeping up an intense schedule of shows, preparations are underway for a live album as well as a studio project. Looking forward, they hope to build a bicycle trailer for the upright bass and begin touring outside of downtown Los Angeles— schemes for a West Coast adventure are already brewing.