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Tonight is the last night of the Robotanists residency at Silverlake Lounge! Thank you to everyone who came out in the past three weeks to make these shows as fun as possible. We’ve premiered new music, given away limited download cards, listened to some brand new covers, given away vinyl as well hand-made goodies by the band themselves, and been having a really good time with the supporting acts each Monday night.
Tonight, Robotanists cap off their long month party with The Neighborhood (Ryan Dolliver of Hockey) at 8pm, Endless Hallway at 9pm, War Tapes 10pm and Skull Tape (Brad Breeck of The Mae Shi) at midnight… and with another night of music comes our last giveaway.
If you missed out on the some of the prizes earlier in the month – here’s a chance to make up for it! Just read the following instructions below and see what you can win this week!
What you will win:
By now you have probably heard how Robotanists have collectively gathered the courage to cover Radiohead’s The King of Limbs just 24 hours after it was released. It’s a daring move, but it takes some spontaneity and talent to rearrange an album that has only been out for a day. Just over the weekend, Robotanists managed to post their covers of each Radiohead song off of the 8-track album one by one on YouTube. After a few final touches through mastering, they now have their entire version of The King of Limbs available as a free download on their bandcamp page.
I also have the album available just after the jump for you to stream… Take a listen to it because it’s involved with this week’s contest! Remember today is Monday, so Robotanists will be continuing their residency at Silverlake Lounge tonight with Light FM, Hands and The Secret Language! Another residency night means another chance for you to win some Robotanist goodies!
[UPDATE: This contest is now closed.]
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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! This hallmark holiday just happens to land on a Monday and you know what that means… The Robotanists residency continues tonight at Silverlake Lounge. Last week, the band performed their new album, Plans In Progress, in its entirety with Death Kit, Twilight Sleep and Lanterns.
As for tonight, there’s going to be a heavy dose of estrogen with female fronted bands, Oh Darling and Kissing Cousins joining in on the fun. However – we just got news that a rather manly group by the name of Two Guns (from Long Beach) will be crashing the party and closing the night out.
I hope to see everyone out again tonight. Here are a few reasons why tonight will be particularly great:
- Robotanists will also be performing “Exiled State of Mind” tonight.
- Robotanists will have Valentine’s Day candy that includes a download of an unreleased cover b-side.
Wild Tonic will be premiering this unreleased cover by Robotanists next Monday. So make sure to check back next week! Now… for this week’s goodies and contest!
[UPDATE: This contest is now closed.]
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I must give a huge thanks to everyone who came out and made Robotanists‘ first residency night not only a successful night but fun night all around! The LA quartet played their new album, Plans In Progress, in its entirety and then closed the set out with their classic song, “Wait A Minute Here.” Live light installations by Dan Grayson were in full effect making their set even more mystical and supporting acts, Death Kit, Twilight Sleep and Lanterns all offered fantastic sets that went enjoyably late into the night! A few photos from Monday’s show are at the bottom of this post.
Next week’s residency night will fall on Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got a honey, celebrate privately on the weekend but come party with us on Feb. 14th with some smokin’ ladies! Los Angeles’ Oh Darling, Kissing Cousins, Robotanists + a special guest will all make you swoon with their musical talent in conjunction with their beauty. Also, if you really must do your own thing on Valentine’s Day, do it before the doors open at 8 or after the last band goes on! Single gals and guys, this may be the night you meet that special someone who just happens to have great taste in music. Who knows? We’re willing to be matchmakers if it means you guys come out for another great night.
Rewinding a bit back to last week, when we not only premiered Robotanists’ song, “The Ghost You’re Haunting,” Wild Tonic also offered free download cards for the first give people to correctly follow instructions in the giveaway. All you had to do was leave a comment telling me what makes Robotanists stand out in the sea of LA bands and then tweet the article. Plenty of you left comments but here are the five people who not only win a free download card for the new album, Plans In Progress, but also download cards for their two previous EPs, “Close Down The Woods” and “Shapes and Variations.”
Did you win? Find out after the jump…
[UPDATE: This contest closed at noon on Wednesday, February 9th.]
As previously mentioned, Wild Tonic – along with Filter and Overhead Records – is presenting Robotanists‘ first residency in Los Angeles. Every Monday, the quartet will be taking the stage at Silverlake Lounge to play some incredible new tunes off of their forthcoming album, Plans In Progress (out 2/15). They’ve also got some stellar lineups planned for the entire month and it all kicks off tonight with fellow local bands, Death Kit, Twilight Sleep and Lanterns!
Also, we are kicking off contests and other goodies here on the site. First up: I’m very proud to premiere Robotanists’ track, “The Ghost You’re Haunting.” The track may be the closer on Plans In Progress but the energy stays uplifting until the very last second of the song. Keyboards and tight drumming underneath compelling vocals all come together as one giant upbeat melody for an eerie subject. Listen to it below now:
Big and exciting news for Wild Tonic and all my lovely readers today! I am very happy to announce that Wild Tonic – along with Overhead Records – is presenting its very first residency in February featuring Los Angeles band, Robotanists.
The LA quartet will be taking the stage at Silverlake Lounge every Monday night where they’ll be premiering brand new songs off of their latest album, Plans In Progress, in addition to offering some stellar lineups with other local LA bands every week this upcoming month!
In celebration, Wild Tonic will also be offering a few exclusive songs/offers/contests with Robotanists. Read about them (and grab a couple of MP3s) after the jump!
I could be talking about the hilarious video and cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” Robotanists recently did for Gorillacoustic.com since it’s Halloween and all, but I really have to pay tribute to one of their clips I’ve been meaning to share with every one for quite some time.
Right around the time I started Wild Tonic (almost a year ago, actually!), I posted a cover of Robotanists’ cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.” It’s not what you think and if you don’t already know that by now, then I just got sad about all the gorgeousness you’ve been missing out on. The hip hop anthem for NYC had been beautifully turned around into an ode to the City of Angels – something softer and more intimate just by keeping the melody but changing the words.
It’s gorgeous listen; lead vocalist Sarah does such a wonderful job of putting an elegant veil over the melody with her velvet-smooth voice and the mixing for the track is amazing. It’s a perfect translation for a place that is less hectic than The Big Apple. When you’re watching the waves crash on the beach or just walking down the streets of Silverlake, there’s a lot of time to relax and think about some things – because you can in such an environment.
The official video for their take on the song portrays exactly what I’m talking about. Watch it after the jump and grab my one of my favorite Robotanists songs, “Wait A Minute Here” below!
Now as much as I love Hall and Oates, I’m not going to follow a Hall and Oates cover band around. Cover bands aren’t my cup of tea but I do love it when my favorite bands put out magnificent covers for a side project. See, side projects are supposed to be side projects and most of them are just for fun. However, if you’re The Bird and The Bee or Robotanists, cover albums come off as genius.
Robotanists made my Top 50 Songs of 2009 with their song, “Wait A Minute Here,” and they’ve recently released their Shapes and Variations album which includes covers of seven diverse tracks. You’ve got everyone from INXS to Lykke Li to Joe Jackson and the best part is that every track is completely breathtaking. As I’ve previously mentioned before, Robotanists have been featured on BeatCrave many times for a good reason. They are one of the few bands in LA who create down-tempo music that has the same integrity as a hardcore rock song.
Their cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” has been completely rewritten except for the melody and it’s a perfect listen on any LA day. Take a listen and you’ll learn why. If you like that, check out their smooth rendition of Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” (Robotanists translation: “Are You Really Going Out With Her?”)