November 26 2007
Today we'd like to invite you huddled masses to vote for our favorite long hairs, The Willowz, as they compete for the prestigious VIDEO OF THE YEAR honor on MTV2 with their video for "Evil Son"! The vid, directed by Dim Mak super buddy Ace Norton, is a trippy travel through the wonderfully bizarre world of The Willowz. Follow the band as they play with fireworks, color separate M&M's, stack sugar cubes and do just about every other random act they can. Watch the vid and then VOTE over at MTV2.COM. Go to the "VOTE" tab and scroll down to The WIllowz then click the little box to the right. Vote as much as you want, because, well, the video is just that good! Also go check out the tour widget over there to check to see if the band is heading your way on their current tour.
November 21 2007
DIM MAK DELIGHTS
This lovely Thanksgiving Eve, we'd like to introduce you to our new weekly blog post called DIM MAK DELIGHTS. Here is where we help you get over your mid-week hump with some tasty exclusive and semi-exclusive treats direct from your friends at Dim Mak!
For our inaugural installment we'd like to share a pretty sweet MP3 that takes you right into the studios of Danny Masterson and Brent Bolthouse's weekly radio show on LA's Indie 103.1 FM called Feel My Heat. Our boys Foreign Born recently stopped by the show for a chat and to play some live tracks on air. Check out Foreign Born's acoustic version of "Letter of Inclusion" (electric version is on their debut album On The Wing Now) recorded LIVE on Indie 103.1.
If this taste of Foreign Born leaves you salivating for more, the band just announced a slew of tour dates in February 2008 with St. Vincent, more dates tba as well. Check out the those stops and the string of December dates they have with VHS or Beta over the sweet lil' Dim Mak tour dates widget that you can download (click GRAB THIS) and embed on your website, dashboard, etc! -----> Happy Thanksgiving!
November 19 2007
So THE DEADLY SYNDROME 's new album The Ortolan is getting insane praises and excitement from all over the States. The boys played a sold-out record release show at the Echo in Los Angeles to all their sweet LA fans and buddies on record release day. It was crazy!! The whole record is so rad that it was really hard to think of what track would give you the best "taste" of the Syndrome. Finally we decided on "Wolves In The Garden" ; it is a lullaby filled with Chris Richard's sweet vocals, kids xylophone and accordion and it shows why The Deadly Syndrome are one of our favorite new bands as well as the 2007 LA Times local band of the year . The syndrome spreads and you're all the better off for it.
November 15 2007
Dim Mak Records started in 1996. A friend of mine was in this band called Stickfigurecarousel and they just recorded a two song record that was going to be released by this label Bastille, Jon and Gabe Bowne (both pursuing law degrees now). At some point, I got involved and Bastille and what was now Dim Mak joined our money together to put out this record pressed to 600. From there Dim Mak grew mostly through my meeting bands playing in my apartment at UCSB that is where I met No Knife, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Cross My Heart, This Machine Kills and many others. We recorded the 400 or shows that we recorded in Santa Barbara - I picked 20 songs and released the first Dim Mak sampler "Live At The Pickle Patch"
Since then Dim Mak has released records by Bloc Party, The Kills, Pretty Girl Make Graves, Klaxons, From Monument To Masses, Icarus Line, Scanners, Mystery Jets, Oh No Oh My, Whitey The Rakes and many more (see www.dimak.com for all of them). It has always been about the music for me . . . I am inspired by art . . . currently we have two LA bands Foreign Born and The Deadly Syndrome . . .
I am often asked what does Dim Mak mean? Translated from Chinese, it means death touch. I've been obsessed with Bruce Lee ever since I was in third grade. Being one of the few Asian role models for me growing up, he became the light at the end of my rites of passage through adolescence as an Asian kid. It's been said that Bruce Lee was assassinated by some militant Chinese elders that weren't happy with what Bruce Lee was doing with Chinese gung fu and its traditions, teaching other non-Chinese their traditional and sacred dance and defense techniques. Some say that he was killed by what is called the dim mak. A way of channeling energy through the body by use of the power of chi and being able to penetrate through matter, in effect being a fatal blow. The label is more about Bruce Lee than anything else. It is not necessarily about the striking blows of certain kung fu practices, it's about my commemoration to an Asian brother that died. The only other role model in my adolescence I had other than my family.
I can not wait to turn you on to great music via RCRD LBL, Dim Mak and of course when I am out on the road . . .