11/11/2011 10:39 am ET | Updated Jan 11, 2012

Dog Ears Music: Volume 201


L.A. rock quintette Everest is the sound of deep places. The unit was founded in the aughts by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Russell Pollard (Sebadoh, Alaska!), with Jason Soda (guitar, keys, vocals), Joel Graves (guitar, keys, vocals), Elijah Thomson (bass, vocals), and Davey Latter (drums, percussion). The ensemble issued its freshman EP in 2006 and has since delivered up two more projects to collect. Shared stages include Neil Young, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Jakob Dylan. Collaborations include Rob Schnapf, Fritz Michaud, and The General Assembly. Download "Catalyst," from Everest's 2011 sophomore full-length On Approach. Buy full album!

Genre: Rock

Artist: Everest

Song: Catalyst

Album: On Approach

Malcolm McLaren
Art-punk/hip-hop magnetar and style icon Malcolm McLaren was born one of two sons in post-war London, well-heeled and spitfired. After art school, McLaren headed off to Chelsea in the early '70s, where he held court on Kings Road, and planted his feral footprints. His collaboration with Vivienne Westwood gave birth to a paragon of counterculture couture and one son (Joseph Corré of Agent Provocateur). McLaren went on to become a legendary glam/punk-rock manager of The New York Dolls and The Sex Pistols, followed by Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. Credits include "Buffalo Gals" with the World's Famous Supreme Team, the film Fast Food Nation, and a trail of swagger. The impresario passed away in spring 2010. Remember Malcolm McLaren with "Boys' Chorus (La Sui Monti dell'Est)," from his 1984 project Fans.

Genre: Rock

Artist: Malcolm McLaren

Song: Boys' Chorus (La Sui Monti dell'Est)

Album: Fans

Etran Finatawa
Niger's Etran Finatawa is a unified musical collective of two cultures, Etran N'Guefan (Tuaregs) and Finatawa (Fulfuldes). The outfits were brought together by the straits of trouble in the Sub-Sahara region, and joined forces at the Festival au Désert in Mali 2004. The ensemble has issued three releases to date. Highlights include a 2007 nomination for the BBC World Music Radio Award and a 2009 appearance at World of Music, Arts and Dance. Discover Etran Finatawa with "Ronde," from their 2006 debut Introducing Etran Finatawa.

Genre: World

Artist: Etran Finatawa

Song: Ronde

Album: Introducing Etran Finatawa

Aunt Martha
Alt-art-rock trio Aunt Martha is comprised of New Englanders Brian Kim (bass/violin), Garrett Leahy (percussion), and Tim Noyes (vocals/guitar). Founded in 2008, these youngbloods evoke a luxury of time. Now New Hampshire based, this self-styled "band of men" grows on the road to include Eddie Byun (guitar/bass) and Todd Brehm (keys/vocals). With four recordings to collect, get "Blue Buildings," from Aunt Martha's 2011 Norway, ME (Extended Version).

Genre: Alternative/Art Rock

Artist: Aunt Martha

Song: Blue Buildings

Album: Norway, ME (Extended Version)

The Forminx
The Forminx are the Greek beat-pop quintette featuring Vangelis Papathanassiou (organ/keyboards), Vassilis Bakopoulos (guitar), Sotiris Arnis (bass), Costas Skokos (drums), and Tassos Papastamatis (vocals). The band, based in Thessalonika (Greece's Second City), reached its pinnacle in the mid-'60s with vinyls for Decca and London Records. Highlights include films Theodor and the Gun and Peripeteies me tous Forminx (The Forminx Story). The unit disbanded in 1966, when Vangelis launched his globally triumphant solo career. Revisit The Forminx with "Il Peperone," from their 1965 album The Forminx.

Genre: Pop

Artist: The Forminx

Song: Il Peperone

Album: The Forminx

Film School
Atmospheric rock league Film School was founded in San Francisco in the late '90s. The refreshed lineup, transplanted to L.A., is frontman Greg Bertens, guitarist Dave Dupuis, bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, keyboardist Jason Ruck, and drummer James Smith. Early members included Nyles Lannon, Justin Labo, Ben Montesano, Donny Newenhouse. Since inception, the band has released four full-lengths, an EP, and a handful of singles. Buy "Time to Listen," from Film School's 2010 release Fission (Bonus Track Version).

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Film School

Song: Time to Listen

Album: Fission (Bonus Track Version)