SuicideGirls Radio feat. Gary Calamar and Gary Richards
Dec 2014 17

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Gary Calamar and Gary Richards

Posted In All Things SG,Blog,Entertainment,Music,SG Radio

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This Thursday, December 18th on SuicideGirls Radio, Moxi Suicide and special guest co-host Charmaine Suicide will be joined by two legends of the Los Angeles music scene: Five-time Grammy nominated music supervisor and noted KCRW DJ Gary Calamar, who’s just release his debut solo EP “You Are What You listen To” and internationally renowned music maker and party promoter Gary Richards a.k.a. Destructo, who also has a new EP out entitled “West Coast.”

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Gary Calemar

Five-time Grammy nominated music supervisor and noted KCRW DJ Gary Calamar released his debut EP “You Are What You listen To” on October 14 via Atlantic Records. It’s a collection of gloriously catchy, sparkly rock & roll songs, filled with abundant wit and melody. Drawing inspiration from his rock heroes, his tunes alternately crunch as well as caress. Produced by John Would (Fiona Apple), the six songs that compromise the EP jam their way directly into your head.

So how does one go from music industry soldier to simply musician? Well, it’s actually more like an evolution than a career change. Known primarily as a five-time Grammy nominated music supervisor on shows like True Blood, Dexter, Six Feet Under as well as a KCRW DJ, Gary Calamar has always been a songwriter. None other than Iggy Pop recorded his tune “Let’s Boot and Rally” and encouraged him to keep churning out the songs. So after years of being a closeted songwriter with no time to record, up stepped Atlantic Records who heard a few demo tracks and asked to put the record out. And here we are, “You Are What You Listen To.”

Gary’s humble beginnings in the music business began behind the counter at LA’s finest record stores: Licorice Pizza (RIP), Moby Disc (RIP) and Rhino (RIP). He managed the criminally underrated LA band, The Balancing Act, who released three indie classics on IRS Records. From there he was offered a job at one of the world’s most influential radio stations, KCRW. He also co-authored the book Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again. But all the while he’s been entertaining his inner circle of music pals with his own compositions — glorious bursts of rock and roll mischief and majesty.

For more information visit GaryCalamar.com/.

About Gary Richards a.k.a. Destructo

“I think we’ve got something special. I’m so excited for this record and this sound we’re creating,” stresses Destructo passionately when discussing the journey that led to the making of the “West Coast” EP, his six-track release for Insomniac Records/Interscope that brings together the after-hours energy of dance music with the streetwise wordplay of contemporary hip-hop hit-makers including Ty Dolla $ign, YG and Problem. The collection also boasts a trio of genuine rap legends Too $hort, Warren G and Kurupt on this genre-smashing EP that announces a bold new direction for the producer/DJ.

After finding success with the “Technology” EP and the “Higher” EP, Destructo (a.k.a. Southern California-based promoter Gary Richards, famous for the influential HARD events around the globe) was ready to do something dramatic and inspired, setting himself apart from the sea of established and emerging producers on the dance music scene.

“I wanted to make music that no one else was really doing. I started really digging into new music on the internet and started hearing these tracks that were like house, but with heavy hip-hop samples from Biggie and Tupac mixed in,” Destructo explains of the genesis of his “G-House 2.0” sound.

“Originally, I wasn’t even thinking of making tracks, but for tracks to play in cool DJ sets that blended the two sounds. The only problem was that I couldn’t find enough of those tracks to make a full set, so I just thought the next time I went into the studio, I’d try my hand at producing some of my own.”

The results of that first studio session — along with Australian producer Wax Motif who joins Destructo on the entire EP as co-writer and co-producer — was the track “West Coast.” It found Destructo incorporating samples from Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” over a driving house beat to spin during DJ sets.

Already eyeing even more marquee rappers to create with on his forthcoming debut album, Destructo sees his music-making career as a direct reflection of the eclectic and inspired mix he always strives to attain at his HARD parties, where artists ranging from Flosstradamus to DJ Mustard to Jack U to Pusha T play to a panoramic audience that can connect to all of it.

“In production and throwing events, it all comes from my gut. I just go with what I like. I’ve always loved hip-hop, rock, dance music, I’ve loved it all. Mixing hip-hop with dance music is like peanut butter and jelly. It just feels like we’re really hitting on something good and I can’t wait to see how far we can take it.”

For more information on Destructo, visit his Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Soundcloud pages.

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Bill and Tom Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel
Dec 2014 04

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Bill and Tom Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel

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This Thursday, December 4th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi Suicide and Nicole Powers will be showing the SG love to Bill and Tom Kaulitz of the German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel – and hoping they’ll love us back.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

**UPDATE**

ICYMI – Thursday’s show feat. Bill and Tom Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel. Huge thanks to all the totally awesome Aliens who made this one so special <3

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Mars and The Massacre
Nov 2014 20

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Mars and The Massacre

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This Thursday, Nov 20th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi Suicide and Nicole Powers will be joined by out of this world psychedelic/garage rock band Mars and The Massacre.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Mars and The Massacre
Mars and The Massacre (MATM) is an LA-based psychedelic/garage rock band originally hailing from Indianapolis, IN. Formed in early 2013, the group of martians has already gained a strong following in Los Angeles, being known particularly for their entrancing and unpredictable live shows. Members switching instruments is a common sight at a Mars and The Massacre show, as are bowed guitars, strange 1950’s sci-fi samples, television sets, projectors, Remote Controls as picks, fake blood, and even fire dancing.

For more info visit their website, Facebook and Twitter.

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Lee Ving of Fear
Nov 2014 12

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Lee Ving of Fear

Posted In All Things SG,Blog,Entertainment,Movies,Music,SG Radio

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This Thursday, Nov 13th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi Suicide and Nicole Powers will be joined by music and film legend Lee Ving.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Lee Ving
Lee Ving is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Los Angeles-based punk rock band Fear. Born in Philadelphia in the late ’60s, Ving joined Sweet Stavin Chain Blues Band playing with Michael Brecker and Eugene Busnar. Later, Ving moved to New York and formed the band Daybreak. In the mid-’70s, he moved to Los Angeles and in 1977 formed Fear. Ving has also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in Dudes, Flashdance, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Clue.

For more info visit: fearleeving.com/

SuicideGirls Radio feat. The Dread Crew of Oddwood
Nov 2014 06

SuicideGirls Radio feat. The Dread Crew of Oddwood

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Ahoy mateys! This Thursday, November 6th, SuicideGirls Radio, be taken over by a pirate horde fer a night o’ debauchery to be sure. SG wenches Moxi Suicide and Nicole Powers will be plyin’ the infamous Dread Crew of Oddwood with grog, checking out their hornpipes, and maybe stealing a little of their gold.

Ye can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [Aye aye! Note new time!] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If ye have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Folk, and Progressive Rock with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.

Oddwood set the stage for world conquest with the release of their albums Reign the Helm in 2009 and Rocktopus in 2010. Boozing, wenching, conquering, killing, and epic storytelling are commonplace in The Dread Crew’s lyrics, and their sense of humor and theatrical brilliance surface in their blood-drenched, critically acclaimed music video for “Queen’s Decree.”

These albums’ tales of comrades lost, bloody sieges, and drunken debauchery caught on so quickly that the demand for more manly and archaic music came to a head. So, In 2012, The Dread Crew of Oddwood forged their genre defining album Heavy Mahogany. Funded by the band’s rabid fans, this award-nominated masterpiece brandishes the true voice of their genre.

From the first note of “Meat, Bread, and Wine” to the last note of “Seafarer’s Medley,” Heavy Mahogany will take you on an unforgettable journey through time, space, and the seven seas. Captain William Kidd’s execution speech comes to life in “When I Sail’d,” and just when you think the fun is over, the crew sings songs of subjects as diverse as airships, zombies, demons, alcohol, and George Washington. Heavy Mahogany is the standard by which all pirate music shall be judged!

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is:

Captain WolfBeard O’Brady – Accordion / Vocals
Carpenter Ruba Jouba – Guitar / Vocals
Quartermaster Stark Cordwain – Irish Bouzouki / Tin Whistle
Bosun Deckard Cordwain – Mandolin
First Mate Riven Rahl – Toy Piano
Navigator Smithy Crow – Bass
Gunmaster Castle – The “Oddkit”

For moar on The Dread Crew of Oddwood visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Ricky Rebel and Bad Lands
Oct 2014 23

SuicideGirls Radio feat. Ricky Rebel and Bad Lands

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This Thursday, October 23rd on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Chloe Suicide and Nicole Powers will be joined by musical guests Ricky Rebel and Bad Lands.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 6 til 8 PM at our new state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

For updates on all things SG Radio-related, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Ricky Rebel

In 1997, recording artist Ricky G. burst on the music scene as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority who later toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, among others. Rodney Jenkins (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears) produced their first album, Keep On, and Michael Jackson signed the band to his own MJJ Music custom-label at Sony. In 2000, they signed with Madonna’s Maverick label to release their namesake album. The album reached #18 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and their signature hit, “Can I Get Your Number” peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 40 chart.

Following the break-up of No Authority, Ricky re-emerged as the lead vocalist of Harlow from 2004-2009. He then reinvented himself. Retiring the name Ricky G. and becoming Ricky Rebel, he embarked on a solo career after My Chemical Romance invited him to co-star in their “NA NA NA” and “Sing” videos. In 2011, he released the Manipulator album featuring the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. In 2013, “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase Chart, the chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”. Now, in 2014, Ricky takes the stage again with his new release, “The Blue Album”, mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo). Catch him performing live at the Weho Halloween Carnaval.

For more on Ricky visit his website, Facebook and Twitter.

About Bad Lands

If pistol black mascara, fairy dust, Technicolor palm trees, dangerous love, and kaleidoscopes could be mixed in a blender and made into an intoxicating alt-electro pop elixir, you would have Love Heroes, the new EP from singer / songwriter / musicians Rocky Chance and Mowgli Moon, the L.A.-based partners-in-crime formerly known as He Met Her and now continuing their magical musical journey as Bad Lands.

On their new 7-song EP — which is a sequel of sorts to He Met Her’s critically acclaimed 2012 EP, Crime Novela, which MTV dubbed “Buzzworthy” and Elle U.K. called “a perfect soundtrack for long summer nights — Rocky and Mowgli metaphorically join hands and blissfully jump down the rabbit-hole into the darker side of love and lust.

“We are drawn to the rebellious kind of love – the kind that has no rules and knows no boundaries. We started noticing iconic couples that we looked up to for parading their passion whether or not everyone around them agreed to it. They were looked upon as reckless by society, but together had something dynamic which transcended anyone else’s opinions. They’re couples that do everything for love and they form this energy that’s super epic. We consider these couples heroes of love, they live only for each other and it’s that which we respect and adore,” says Rocky, who grew up in Encino, California.

Some of the tempestuous twosomes that Bad Lands was drawn to include Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, Mickey and Mallory from “Natural Born Killers,” and, of course Kit and Holly from the movie that inspired their new band name – the 1973 Terrence Malick film Badlands. “We actually wrote the songs first then applied couples to each one later, so really the songs inspired the couples,” explains Mowgli.

“Our sound was evolving and though we do everything creatively together, we wanted to be less of a duo and more of a band so we thought a name change was needed. We love the movie Badlands and the quintessential Bonnie and Clyde type of couple-on-the-run with not much more than their love to fuel their adventure,” explains Tulsa, Oklahoma-raised Mowgli, who became musical soul mates with Rocky after a chance meeting in L.A. in 2009.

The enigmatic artists have organically evolved from their disco-infused pop sounds of Crime Novela featuring the break-out track “Control,” which received considerable radio play from BBC stations in the United Kingdom and earned the band a place on MTV’s most “Buzzworthy” bands of 2012 list. While the trademarks of their feel-good sound and sexy chill vibe still shine through on Love Heroes, their songs are now darkly shaded with a moodier, more dramatic tone showing the seedier side of happiness that leaves the listener feeing high on love, music, sex and the energy created when two kindred spirits just like Mowgli and Rocky collide.

The majority of the EP (“Shotgun,” “Why Hide from the Knight,” ‘Toknight We Ride,” and “Attached”) was created with producer/artist Alex Kickdrums, while “Never Land” and “Gold Name Plates” were produced with Danja in Los Angeles. “We worked on these songs at Alex’s home studio in Brooklyn and also in the e-world from Acapulco and Los Angeles. To complete the EP we worked with Justin Warfield from the band She Wants Revenge in his Hollywood studio. He really helped us to solidify all of the songs and create the cohesive Love Heroes sound,” says Mowgli.

With Love Heroes, Bad Lands serves up an intoxicating pop noir love story prescribed for the wild at heart.

For more on Bad Lands visit their Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud.

NEW SG Interview: Andy Bell of Erasure – The Violet Flame
Oct 2014 15

NEW SG Interview: Andy Bell of Erasure – The Violet Flame

Posted In Blog,Entertainment,Favorites,Interviews,Music

by Nicole Powers

“What’s on the inside comes out. And I think at the moment we just feel like in some ways we’ve been regenerated.” – Andy Bell, Erasure

In spiritual teachings, the violet flame is a divine transcendent force that transmutes the negative and transforms it into a positive. It’s therefore a fitting name for Erasure’s sixteenth studio album, which was released on September 23rd, 2014. Though the effervescent synth-pop grooves are nothing short of a party, the lyrics hint at darker times.

As Andy tells me in our phone interview (which took place on the eve of the album’s release), following the death of his manager and former long-term partner in 2012, he found solace in a new relationship and feels like he’s been given a second chance in life. It’s this return to the good times that served as the creative fuel for The Violet Flame.

During the course of our conversation we talk about the new album and tour, the challenges of being out in an increasingly corporate and closed industry, and his two and four-legged sources of love and inspiration.

Read the full interview on SuicideGirls.com/.