It’s been said, but I’ll say it again: it’s a pleasure to be a part of the Paper Crane Collective. I consider myself very lucky to be allowed in a group of such badass bloggers (and great people). For my bi-weekly column, “Hooray For Hollywood,” I plan on bringing you a little slice of sunny Los Angeles in the form of features on local artists, concert reviews, reviews of albums by local artists, commentary on music in film and television (as that’s my specialty) and much more. As long as there’s some anchor in the literal or figurative Hollywood – it could appear in this column.
For my first post, I present a long time fixture on the Los Angeles scene, but one who you all need to know about: So Many Wizards.
Led by scruffy Nima Kazerouni, the band’s second and latest EP, Love Songs For When You Leave Me (released August 2010, and produced by Chris Chu of The Morning Benders) has received attention from Pitchfork, Buzz Bands, Beat Crave and Aquarium Drunkard, singling out their tune “Nico” as a favorite. It’s a simple song – airy unintelligible lyrics glide along a hazy melody – perfect for floating around on a summer day. The rest of the EP is similarly light, quirky, lo-fi, “bedroom pop.”
If you live in LA, you can’t miss them. The band has played every venue and festival within a 20 mile radius of the city – multiple times. Kazerouni and bandmates, Warren Woodward and Erik Felix are also three of nicest fellows around; they were even kind enough to play Tadpole Audio’s first show last November, where all proceeds went to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now, they’re being featured as part of Brand X’s second installment of their LA Unheard Concert Series with Puro Instinct on April 4th. It’s at the Echoplex, and it’s free so if you live in LA there is no excuse for missing them.
Fortunately for everyone else, they’re playing two unofficial events at SXSW this year:
- “Slab x Slab Fest” / Wednesday March 16 / Zen on Guadalupe (3423 Guadalupe) / on at 4:00PM
- KXLU & The Smell Present “What By Whatever” / Thursday March 17 / Domy Brooks (913 E Cesar Chavez) / on at 6:40pm
You can buy their EP digitally on iTunes, OR you can buy a physical version – which comes inside of a rad, handcrafted, one of a kind journal, placed in a secret hiding spot cut into the pages – here. Keep you’re eyes peeled though – I have it on good authority a new 7” will be coming in the next month or two.
Amanda @ Tadpole Audio