Salazar is dubious about the existence of an encompassing “LA sound,” stating, “I think our sound is all over the place, influenced by so much.” His label ICAN attempts to capture the feeling of the East LA backyard party scene he experienced growing up with Adame, while Historia Y Violencia explored driving techno while maintaining a Latino feel. “I feel it’s important to rep LA,” he says, “because this city has always had a long history with dancefloors worldwide. Since the mid ’80s with Latin freestyle music to the mid ’90s with artists such as John Tejada and David Alvarado, LA has been present in the underground around the world.”
In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons, which resulted in two deaths, millions in lawsuits, and a devastating environmental impact.
Because there is such a thing as too good to be true.
"Mike [Kelley] told me that he saw this early, I guess you could call it a band, that I had when I was going to school in Toronto. He called it noise garage, which was actually great, because I never had a name for what we did. Our teacher, George Manupelli, got us a gig at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. They ended up pulling the plug on us. But Mike was there, and I didn’t meet him, but he said it kind of inspired him to go home and start a noise garage band. And I guess that became Destroy All Monsters."—Kim Gordon.
[Photo: Kelley and Gordon, Los Angeles, 1985. Courtesy of John Hamois.]