Meet ‘Hanni El Khatib’

There needs to be a word for feeling you get when an artist you’ve been digging but been to lazy to look up tour dates for, then you finally look up tour dates, and he played 30 minutes from your house – LAST NIGHT – and isn’t scheduled to return, ever. THAT’S the feeling I had a few moments ago for Hanni El Khatib. (Edit – Ha! I HAVE seen this guy. We caught him at the glass house opening for someone. Thanks to mrs launchday – a dear woman i lovingly refer to as the bride of frankenstein – for this morsel.) His music gets all seven of my toes tapping and my blackened charcoal heart a-thumpin every time he hits my ears. AAAAaaand of course he played here yesterday. Nobody tells me anything.

Here’s a great song from his 2013 record Head in the Dirt, which, if you’re on amazon prime, you can stream the record for free there.

He’s from San Fran but lives in LA now, and I can’t figure out for the life of me what label he’s on (do the kids even do “labels” anymore). Here’s another one of his tracks from that same session –

He’s got a new record out, he’s touring, catch him if you can. Oh btw his videos are totally awesome filthy so i had to work pretty hard to find the above cleancuts.

Meet ‘Viet Cong’

So here’s a little segment where I share awesome music with you. This is Viet Cong, and my local college radio station was playing them on my drive home tonight, and it was rad enough that I whipped out Shazam on that puppy and bought it on the internetmusicbox thing. They have a new record out (thats the good news) and they’re touring basically all year but (here’s the bad news) they already came and went through socal. But if you live in Norway or France, you’re in luck. Let’s face it, if you live in Norway, you’re always in luck, aren’t you.

Viet Cong is from Calgary (no way eh), and they’re on a label called JagJaguwar ( had to read that a few times), and apparently that is based in Bloomington. Is Bloomington still in Illinois, or Indiana, or somewhere over THERE (pointing to my left. My far, far left)? I was not aware that Bloomington had a record label, but there you go. with little gems like the viet congs, i wish them all the luck in the world.

btw i liked their little press release on pitchfork about their name, which I’ll just paste below.

Our band, Viet Cong, has existed for a little over three years now. When we named ourselves, we were naive about the history of a war in a country we knew very little about. We now better understand the weight behind the words Viet Cong. While we don’t take any concerns about the name lightly, we feel it is important to let you know that we never meant to trivialize the atrocities or violence that occurred on both sides of the Vietnam War. We never intended for our name to be provocative or hurtful.

We truly appreciate the seriousness of the feedback we’ve received, and we will continue to be open to listening to issues and concerns from all perspectives.

With love from the band Viet Cong.

Here’s another one of their songs.