Friday, July 25, 2014

OV SUMMER SALE 7/25-7/27 = 10% OFF EVERYTHING + FREE GOODIES W/ ALL IN-STORE PURCHASES

Origami Vinyl is having a summer sale Friday 7/25, Saturday 7/26, and Sunday 7/27!

10% off off in-store and online! We also have TONS of stuff to giveaway, including tickets, signed test presses, posters, Tshirts, and MORE! Here's a breakdown for ya:


IN-STORE
In-store purchases come with dope special prizes*
Spend $20+ and get: a weird toy, an art print, a signed poster, or other goodies to choose from!
Spend $30+ and get: a surprise 7", cassette, T-shirt, or CD!
Spend $40+ and get: signed LP or surprise test pressing!
Spend $50+ and get: TICKETS! Or Signed test pressing!


Here are the shows we have tickets for:
-Burger Labor Day Fest @ Los Globos
-Murder City Devils @ Pappy & Harriets
-Superchunk @ CFAER
-Hundred Watters @ CFAER
-New Edition @ Nokia Theatre
-Jenny Lewis @ Wiltern
-The Hold Steady @ El Rey
-Benjamin Booker @ Echo
-Fucked Up @ El Rey
-Ty Segall @ Echo (tickets for ALL four nights available!)
-Dan Deacon @ Glasshouse
-Magik Markers @ Echo
-The Sonics @ Roxy
-Beardyman @ Roxy
-Shabazz Palaces @ Roxy
-NONONO @ Roxy
-The Helio Sequence @ Roxy

*These are only available while supplies last so don't hit snooze on these treats


ONLINE
Use the following promo codes to get 10% off your online purchases!
$20+: OVSALE20
$30+: OVSALE30
$40+: OVSALE40
$50+: OVSALE50
$60+: OVSALE60
... you get the idea!

So swing by the shop, pick up some of your favorite tunes and let us pamper you with some love. You deserve it ;)

OV PRESENTS: THE TIMES w/ Mark "Frosty" McNeill & Mukta Mohan @ Ace Hotel

It's Friday already?! That means the The Times is back tonight at Upstairs @ Ace Hotel! Throwin' down the jams for you this week we have Mark "Frosty" McNeill & Mukta Mohan.

The Times, created by our fearless leader Neil Schield, brings together an assortment of local LA DJ's, writers, and artists to throw down their favorite tunes on vinyl all night long at the Ace Hotel. This weekly event features a rotating cast that includes. Neil Schield himself, The Gaslamp KillerLA Record founder Chris Ziegler, graphic artist/designer Steve Harrington, radio DJ and photographer Mukta Mohan, co-founder of dublab Mark ‘Frosty’ McNeill, rhythm & blues musician/producer Nick Waterhouse, and DJ/musician Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch. With such a diverse line up, the tunes are sure to be an eclectic bunch, spanning all genres and generations!

The madness begins at 9PM! Be there or be square!

IN-STORE: The Spencer Owen Timeshare TONIGHT @ 7PM!

Oakland musical experimentalist, Spencer Owen is trolling the west coast, touring material from his latest release, Blue Circle, and here he comes with his band, the Timeshare to our loft!

Blue Circle (Owen’s ninth record- primarily a collection of revamped demo tracks) listens like an indie pop release but with added sonic eccentricities and genre bends that place it firmly in the fringes amongst art pop. Owen’s vocals rest primarily in quivering tenor heights - sometimes delicate (a la Owen Pallett), sometimes with snarl and sass, other times with soulful falsetto.

Owen spent his first nine years of semi-professional musicianship as a solo artist, playing his heart out to his own musical beats and backings provided via iPod, fondly dubbed, “the Karaoke Machine.” The addition of a band certainly works in his favor. The bass is particularly fat throughout the record (see, “It Work” and the reggae influenced “Factory Message”) and the drum-tracks, whether canned or live, hold it all down pat (“Thomas Curse”). So come check out the Spencer Owen Timeshare when they take roost here in OV at 7pm!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FROM THE CRATES

PREAMBLE: So Neil takes me aside and says, “Intern Ted, you see these MASSIVE shelves packed with old 7-inches? Yeahhh, I’m gonna need you to go ahead and price them. All of them. Kbye!”

Here I’ve been since - sorting, sifting and pricing my way through a deluge of used wax.
The upside? It’s awesome.
In between the Donny Osmond and the Chaka Khan, we’ve got some really rad, rare, and fascinating vinyl here. So rad and rare in fact, that I have to share some with you. This is From the Crates.

BAND: Medium Medium
TRACK: “Hungry, So Angry”
LABEL: Cherry Red Records

Emerging from Nottingham, England – a town known for its bicycle industry, tobacco industry and yes – Robinhood, Medium Medium was an offshoot from an earlier punk project, The Press. The Band released their freshman single in 1979 – but what we have here is their second single, which surfaced in 1981. Fun fact: it was actually the first signing from Cherry Red Record’s then A&R, Mike Always. The song’s “new wave does dance funk” sound was light enough on its feet to soar across the pond and into the ears of the American alt-radio scene – even cracking the Billboard Top 50. “Hungry, So Angry” gave Medium Medium their first (and unfortunately their last) real jolt of notoriety. After the initial success and a U.S. tour the band was unable to keep momentum, eventually falling off the map after a unanimously rejected attempt at a full LP in ‘82. 

About the song: This song is tight. I wonder if they’d been listening to Fear of Music while writing the song - you get a definite Talking Head’s vibe between the chorus-heavy disco rhythms of the guitar and front-person John Reese Lewis’ Byrne-esque vocal mimicry. The band is often compared to contemporaries, Gang of Four, which makes sense as both lay claim to the dance/funk/punk sounds in the transitional space between new wave and post-punk. The song rests primarily on a bass and drum groove with the guitar adding half-muted, stuttering rhythmic slam-strums on top. The whole thing is sandwiched between raunchy, wailing saxophone solos provided by singer, Lewis. Alan Turton’s bass groove is the real standout, taking its cues directly from slap-style funk bass.
Lyrically we’re met with dense lines describing the struggle resulting from the semipermeable barrier between an artist’s work and personal life. After an initial intimate revelation, Lewis sings, “And I write this down, You stare at the ground,” adding, “It’ll embarrass you, ‘cause you hate the way I had to write this down.” In an artist’s compulsory search for truth, where does he draw his personal lines? Or is all fair game in love, war, and art?
Give it a listen - and come find it in the shop!

IN-STORE: Des Ark TONIGHT @ 6PM

Come down to the shop tonight at 6PM to see Des Ark play in our loft!

All the way from our nations capital, Washington DC based band Des Ark began over ten years ago as a "queercore" duo led by singer/songwriter Aimee Collet Argote. Since it's creation the band has seen different personnel, but has always been led by the powerful front-woman Argote. Her songs have a "quiet power" so to speak. Without excessive use of distortion and noise, Argote is able to captivate with her confidence and energy, and has the capability to move listeners with her honest and bold lyrics. Anything but shy, Des Ark is sure to be an awesome time so don't miss this one!

So come on down tonight at 6 to see Des Ark perform in our loft! Check out their track "My Saddle Is Waitin' (C'mon Jump On It)" below. See you tonight!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEW RELEASES FOR TO MAKE PARTY TIMES

Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again (w/ Signed Poster)


Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (Reissue)
Electric Funeral - Total Funeral
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
http://onlineshop.origamiorigami.com/*4-nightmare-and-the-cat-simple/dp/26046
Max Richter - The Congress OST
Alvvays - S/T
The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads
Torch Runner - Committed To The Ground
The American Songster Don Flemons - Prospect Hill
Spencer Owen - Blue Circle
LA Hell Gang - Thru Me Again
Kyuss - Wretch (Reissue)
Led Zeppelin - II (Deluxe 2-LP Version)

BREAKING NEWS: Eric D. Johnson Takes Over Record Club 7/22!

Tonight at Record Club we're going to have special guest Eric D. Johnson, who will be hanging out with us and premiering his new album, which won't be released until August 5th! What's more exciting than an exclusive sneak peek?!

Eric D. Johnson, frontman of The Fruit Bats and frequent collaborator with The Shins, is coming out with his first solo record, EDJ, through Easy Sound. Featuring a number of deeply personal songs, Johnson wanted to make an album for himself. With beautifully cryptic and metaphoric lyrics Johnson creates a folky dreamscape with crooning guitars and floaty vocal melodies, that command attention and pack a punch with a quiet intenstity. Whether its a "melancholy groove" or an "existential make out song" theres something for everyone to connect with on this new record and to make a long story short, its going to be AWESOME and I can't wait to listen to it at Record Club!

Not only are we going to be listening to the new album, but you're also going to have a chance to purchase it before its released! Check out his song "Lose It All, All The Time" from his new album EDJ below. The tunes start at 9PM at El Prado. See you there...

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

OV WEEKLY: Holy Cow! There's so much happening this week!



Holy Cow!!!! There's so much going on this week I don't even know where to begin. (Keep your eyes peeled for a ticket giveaway somewhere in this post!)


Monday, July 21st
LA Font Residency @ The Satellite!

We love LA bands! We love garage rock! So naturally we're into local band LA Font. Lucky for us, The Satellite just enlisted them for a residency to close out July! With anthem-like songs and raw energy LA Font is sure to kick start your week and give you a reason to be excited about your Monday. Weather you in the mood to just chill and listen to some live music at an awesome LA spot, or rock out with these local heroes, mosey on down to The Satellite for a guaranteed good time. Check out their song "Motor Rally" below!



Corners Residency @ The Echo!

Now that all that nasty June Gloom has passed, it's high time July kicked into full gear! To help get the summer going, The Echo has recruited L.A locals Corners to get your beach towel out and get them beach-punk feet moving! Lolipoppers and garage maniacs through and through, Corners bring, raw licks, lo-fi production and general troublemaking with each hi-hat smash and wall of reverb. It's perfect for some sweaty July nights and we hope to catch you in the fray every Monday night! See you soon!



Tuesday, July 22nd
Eric D. Johnson at Record Club!

Tuesday night at Record Club we're going to have special guest Eric D. Johnson (frontman of The Fruit Bats and The Shins collaborator), who will be hanging out with us and premiering his new album, which won't be released until August 5th! What's more exciting than an exclusive sneak peek?! Not only are we going to be listening to the new album, but you're also going to have a chance to purchase it before its released! And there's more (It just keeps getting better and better)... If you purchase the album we'll also buy you a drink as a thank you! Check out his song "Lose It All, All The Time" from his new album EDJ below. The tunes start at 9PM at El Prado. See you there...



Thursday, July 24th
Des Ark in-store show!

All the way from our nations capital, Washington DC based band Des Ark began over ten years ago as a "queercore" duo led by singer/songwriter Aimee Collet Argote. Since it's creation the band has seen different personnel, but has always been led by the powerful front-woman Argote. Her songs have a "quiet power" so to speak. Without excessive use of distortion and noise, Argote is able to captivate with her confidence and energy, and has the capability to move listeners with her honest and bold lyrics. Anything but shy, Des Ark is sure to be an awesome time so don't miss this one!



White Fence @ the Echo!

Join White Fence for a two-night stint at The Echo thursday and friday nights! Another awesome LA band, the guys of White Fence are no strangers to performing in the Echo Park area. Having lived in the area for 4 1/2 years, frontman Tim Presley has been working non-stop on perfecting the astral, psych-pop sounds that we all know and love from the group. They seriously kick butt, and if you can't make it Thursday... that's fine because they're playing Friday too! Don't miss it.




Friday, July 25th
Joyce Manor @ The Fonda!

We've been talking a lot about Joyce Manor this last week here at OV since they came into the shop armed with donuts and their new album. This Friday they're headlining at The Fonda, and it's going to be epic!  Their new album Never Hungover Again falls on the pop side of punk, and intentionally so. According to an interview with guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnson, Joyce Manor has been in a perennial dialectic struggle between their pop-punk and hardcore sensibilities. Johnson claims, "The first thing we did was pop-punk wanting to be hardcore, and we succeeded. That gave us the confidence to focus on more pop stuff, which we wouldn't have had the confidence to do before..." And confidence is exactly what the band (Johnson particularly) need when writing and developing the album's more personal content - a task that the band's pop influences take care of. According to Johnson, the genre of "hardcore" displays its limitations when it comes to communication. In his words, "you just need something that communicates complicated emotion and melody can do that." That being said, there are many a moment in this record where Johnson's hardcore vocals certainly take control.

Spencer Owen Timeshare in-store performance!

Owen spent his first nine years of semi-professional musicianship as a solo artist, playing his heart out to his own musical beats and backings provided via iPod, fondly dubbed, “the Karaoke Machine.” The addition of a band certainly works in his favor. The bass is particularly fat throughout his newest record, Blue Circle (see, “It Work” and the reggae influenced “Factory Message”) and the drum-tracks, whether canned or live, hold it all down pat (“Thomas Curse”).


Saturday + Sunday July 26th-27th


Did someone say sale? YES! We did! That means 10% off in-store and online purchases. All in-store purchases will come with super special prizes. We're going to have a bunch of free stuff with purchases from tickets, to posters, to vinyl! You won't want to miss out. Seriously.

TICKET GIVEAWAY!
Say Anything w/ Front Bottoms and So So Glos @ The Fonda - Send an email at highfive@origamiorigami with you're favorite super kewt internet kitty for a chance to win tickets!

What a week... Now that you know all the good stuff happening, plan accordingly!

Check our Twitter/Facebook for more cool stuff happening this week


Sunday, July 20, 2014

IN-STORE: Matt Kivel TONIGHT @ 5PM!

Come check out Matt Kivel this afternoon at 5PM in the loft!

Los Angeles singer/songwriter and OV alum, Matt Kivel is currently touring on the release of his newest album Days of Being Wild. Recorded over the span of six weeks in the summer of 2013, Days of Being Wild builds of Kivel's already successful formula of warm and melodious vocals with delicate acoustic guitar, by adding more of a kick with electric guitar reminiscent of the classic rock legends. That being said, he hasn't strayed far from his folk-rock roots and his songs are sure to make you swoon!

Surely theres no better way to spend your lazy sunday afternoon than in the shop with hometown folk hero Matt Kivel! If you're teeming with excitement and want something to hold you over until tonight, check out his single "Open Road" below. See you there!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ALBUM PREMIERE PARTY: Joyce Manor TODAY @ 3PM!


Joyce Manor has decided to premier their third studio album, Never Hungover Againright here in Origami at 3pm!

This is their first release off of Epitaph and check it out, the album doesn’t even actually come out until the 22nd, but we’re gonna have the band in-store TODAY to listen to the record and hang with us (and you!). That's tight, right? That's tight. Plus, you can totally pre-order it.

Never Hungover Again falls on the pop side of punk, and intentionally so. According to an interview with guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnson, Joyce Manor has been in a perennial dialectic struggle between their pop-punk and hardcore sensibilities. Johnson claims, "The first thing we did was pop-punk wanting to be hardcore, and we succeeded. That gave us the confidence to focus on more pop stuff, which we wouldn't have had the confidence to do before..." And confidence is exactly what the band (Johnson particularly) need when writing and developing the album's more personal content - a task that the band's pop influences take care of. According to Johnson, the genre of "harcore" displays its limitations when it comes to communication. In his words,"you just need something that communicates complicated emotion and melody can do that." That being said, there are many a moment in this record where Johnson's hardcore vocals certainly take control.

Ps. There may be special donuts (by our good pals Donut Friend) beverages and free tickets to their show at the Fonda to be had.

IN-STORE: GUIDES TONIGHT @ 7PM

Come by tonight at 7PM to see Guides in the loft!

LA-based experimental rock trio Guides, begin their latest tour on the heels of there self-titled debut release, a 3-song 7'' that gives a short, yet powerful taste of what is to come from this rock trio. With vague melodies and distorted guitars, Guides create an immense wave of sound, unique enough to captivate any audience. Frontman Chris Cogswell, backed by bassist Be Hussey and drummer Jayson Larson give a new and exciting spin on a classic shoegaze sound, while experimenting with song form, and instrumental textures, likely to make you leave the show with your mind blown! Check out the Facebook event page HERE.

The show starts at 7PM, but if your in the mood to get a sneak preview check out Guides' epic song "Careful, I Was Every Sin" below! Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 18, 2014

TED TALKS PRESENTS: TED LISTENS EP. 3

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THE SONG: "Shut In"
THE BAND: Strand of Oaks
THE ALBUM: HEAL
THE LABEL: Dead Oceans

I’ve had the distinct privilege of attending college in a forest. I say this because Strand of Oaks will forever be inseparable from mornings, half-asleep stumbling headlong into cold, reluctant jogs on the forest trails. Stuffing Leave Ruin (Strand’s first album) into my ears is what kept me going. The album’s introspective folk rock turned out to be the ideal soundtrack.
Enter HEAL, Strand’s fourth album. The tracks here were dredged from a fevered songwriting binge (30 songs in three weeks) by frontperson, Tim Showalter after coming off tour. The content is more upbeat and rock-centric (compounded by the help of J Mascis on “Goshen ‘97”)– portraits and vignettes of life’s intimacies abound.
So let’s talk about this week’s track, “Shut In.” As the title alludes, we are met with lyrics that construct a sort of universal internal contest– “How much do I care and how much do I try?” When Showalter opens with, "I was born in the middle, maybe too late, everything good had already been made," he encapsulates the existential struggle of many of us Americans in our 20's and 30's, staring down the supposed banality of our generation, oft proclaimed by our elders -you know...the ones who invented rock 'n roll. At the same time, the chorus works as an uplifting mantra, forcing us onward, into activity. "We try in our own way to get better, even if we’re alone."
The tune is built upon the simple oscillation of two chords strumming consistently, with the induction of an icy synth organ in the second verse that gives us an almost Springsteen vibe (makes sense from Showalter – an unabashed fan of older dad-rock). What really gets me is the guitar solo that comes tearing in around the two-minute mark - distorted, incredibly loud, overpowering. It’s a riff with such sing-song predictability…you can’t help but latch on. I’m not saying it’s out of place…but it is a definite statement, and a mystifying one at that. The question is, why? You’ll listen to it again and again regardless.
ANYWAY, I’m done. Pick up HEAL HERE!

OV PRESENTS: The Times w/ Chris Ziegler & Neil Schield TONIGHT @ Ace Hotel!

It's Friday dude, and you know what that means, The Times is back Upstairs @ Ace Hotel! On the slate this week is Chris Ziegler & Neil Schield, lookin' to get your groove going all night and weekend long!

The brainchild of our glorious leader, Neil Schield, ‘The Times’ brings together a diverse group of LA artists, musicians, writers, and DJs to share their favorite musical gems at the ‘creative mothership’ that is The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA. This weekly Friday event’s rotating cast includes Neil Schield himself, The Gaslamp Killer, LA Record founder Chris Ziegler, graphic artist/designer Steve Harrington, radio DJ and photographer Mukta Mohan, co-founder of dublab Mark ‘Frosty’ McNeill, rhythm & blues musician/producer Nick Waterhouse, and DJ/musician Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch. With a line up this diverse, the sounds are sure to run the gamut of nearly every genre and style created in the last one hundred years or so. These are THE TIMES!

The party gets started at 9PM dudes, so you better get all snappy looking quick!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ALBUM PREMIERE PARTY: Ryley Walker TONIGHT @ 7PM

Join us this afternoon for an album premiere party with Ryley Walker!

Coming all the way from Chicago, singer/songwriter Ryley Walker is currently touring on the release of his newest album All Kinds of You. Armed with his guitar, Walker brings an incredible energy with his unique twist on folk music and elaborate fingerpicking thats sure to make you're jaw drop to the floor. This afternoon we're going to hang out, have some pizza and dranks, and play the album in the shop with Ryley Walker himself, who will be stopping by before his show later tonight at The Echo!

So come on down tonight to hang and check out Ryley Walker's awesome new album! Wanna taste of the music before tonight? Check out All Kinds of You's track "Rollin a Top" below!

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JUST ADDED: The Coathangers signing 8/6 @ 7PM

THIS JUST IN! The Coathangers will be coming into the shop on August 6th from 7-8PM to do a signing before their show later that night at The Echo with The Bots, White Fang, & Cobalt Cranes (event info HERE). We're super excited! There will be pizza and drinks, courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. So come hang out and get your grub on with us and The Coathangers August 6th!

You can reserve your copy of their newest record, Suck My Shirt, on our online store HERE and pick it up the day of the event! Also, pick up tickets for their show are being sold in the shop for $12, cash only.  Check out this track from their latest album "Follow Me".