There’s a popular term in the DJ community called “cauliflower ear.” It’s when you wear big headphones – a.k.a. cans – so frequently that the cartilage in the upper part of your ear begins to knot.
I have a very specific habit of twisting the cartilage between my fingers in private, the way someone might dig into their nose at a red light or scratch at their privates beneath the dinner table.
My gnarled right ear is a souvenir from a past life. It’s a scar, a tattoo, a piercing that never fully healed over. It’s a reminder of the way things were when I was fully immersed into a particular scene, dunked fully into the exquisite cultural tank of all-things music.
The 88 are a four-piece rock band from Los Angeles known for their unexpected and powerful live shows. Their self-titled 6th studio album, out now, signifies a momentous return to their signature hooky and hi-energy sound. Together since high school, the guys seem to have a blast playing together and it definitely comes through both live and on their recordings.
The album is a great listen. Weeks after receiving a copy, I’ve still got it in heavy rotation. It’s a swaggering, strutting romp mixed with a few slow-slung ballads for good measure.
If you’re in LA, hope to see ya at the record release party! It’s Tuesday, October 12th at the Troubadour.
I love this band so much. Their energy level is infectious and they’re all great musicians with a really tight sound. Admittedly we were short-staffed in the New Media department this day but successfully got the video shoot off the ground thanks to a lil’ teamwork. Check out the bands’ U.S. Debut below, taped live from the KCRW studios!