LA DIY institution The Smell celebrated their 15th anniversary this past weekend with a pink and proper two-night Quinceanera bash. I went the second night and caught several acts. First was vintage horror-core act the Centimeters, who have no less than three synth players behind their spooked-out weirdness. They noted that this was their first show since 2004, to which someone in the crowd yelled back, "That was before TiVo!" Next up came skronky avant-noise act Godzik Pink, the only band of the night prompting calls for an encore (they declined), followed by the intense post-punk outfit Get Hustle, featuring ferocious drummer Ron Avila. With origins dating back to 1995, they, too, predate TiVo. Closing it out were upbeat Smell regulars the Sharp Ease, comparative juniors of the scene. And as always, there were the Smell's trademark vegan cupcakes and grotesque toilet, which I prefer over a character-less sanitized venue any day of the week.
In addition to the Quinceanera, we caught the volunteer-staffed club's 14th anniversary last year. Here's to hoping the place endures 'til sweet 16. ¡Feliz cumpleaños, El Smell!
Turn Up to Keys N Krates' Diplo & Friends Mix
Occasionally, we the at Noisey will kindly request that you drop whatever you're doing and turn the goddamn motherfuck up. Now is one of those times.
Meet Amos: The Man Who Designs Moog's Wonderful Toys
Moogfest takes place in North Carolina this Wednesday and boasts a lineup including M.I.A., Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Dan Deacon and many more. So we talked to the man who dreams up synths.
I Went to Bogotá in Colombia For Festival Estéreo Picnic and Danced For Days
Noisey ditched North America for South to eat endless empanadas, catch up with Julian Casablancas backstage, get winded while dancing to Phoenix and find out more about Colombia's music scene.
Give Life Back to Fhqwhgads
How a Strong Bad/Daft Punk mash-up album helped bring out the magic in 'Random Access Memories.'
HEARTSREVOLUTION Talk Pop Culture, Feminism, and Michael Jackson's Crystals
"This is our love letter to this generation. It’s an invitation to a conversation…"
Behind the Lens: Sky Ferreira Is Not Racist
Discussing Sky Ferreira's video for "I Blame Myself" with director Grant Singer.
Lifting the Curse off Necrophobic, Swedish Death Metal's Forgotten Sons
After years of misfortune and tragedy, the overlooked band Necrophobic might finally be catching a break.
For Absolutely No Reason, Here Are Musicians' Favorite Snacks Today, April 20
Albert Hammond Jr., Curtis Williams of Two-9, Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms and others share some snacks they just happen to like.
The Weirdest Records of All Time
Featuring earthquake recordings, records pressed with diarrhea, and breastfeeding soundtracks.
Get Blazed and Make Some Custom Weed-Themed GIFs of Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, B.O.B. or Classified for 4/20
Are you high right now? Then you'll love making a GIF.