Thursday, February 28, 2008


Ladies and Gents, Yours truly will be singing some songs with members of Ancestors tomorrow night at the Mountain Bar in part of the "Ancestors Record Release" party. Both floors of the bar will be filled with audio and visual delights. Tony Tee Pee will be spinning records in between. Its free and the drinks are cheap. Come on down. We should be on stage bout 11:30pm.

475 Gin Ling Way (and Hill St.)
Los Angeles, CA 90012-1712
Phone: (213) 625-7500

-Sam James Velde
Cold Sweat Records


Cool little article about HAIRBRAIN here:

or read it here:

Hairbrain - The Music Event You Don't Know About

In a city where media brings in $38 billion annually to the economy, it almost seems strange to find people creating it out of sheer love. Anyone who made it to the Hairbrain event last month can attest profits weren’t the priority, and nobody would have dared to find something better to do with their time.

Hairbrain is a new, FREE, monthly event taking place on the last Wednesday of every month. Organized by Cold Sweat Records and TeePee Records, it provides a free rock show, a variety of DJs, and all the cheap drinks you would ever want to hold down. Currently held at La Cita in Downtown Los Angeles, the venue could be one of the most diverse in the city where hipsters and Latinos equally share the dance floor throughout the week, whether it be the experimental sounds erupting from the turntables of a DJ, or the mariachi music spilling out of the jukebox.

Set up underneath flashing Christmas lights between a couple red leather booths, local favorites Tweak Bird brought their bass-y driven blend of rapid tempo rock and roll to last month’s event. Without a raised “above-the-masses” stage at La Cita, Hairbrain provides a much more intimate experience for seeing some of the most unique bands coming out of Los Angeles—February brings the swaggering sounds of The Icarus Line for a rare performance.

Sam Velde, captain of Cold Sweat Records, says the event was inspired by a no-bullshit concept of fun. While spinning records with Buddyhead co-founder Travis Keller at the Scene Bar in Glendale a few years back, the two had too good of a time to not provide more people with an outlet for music fitting outside the mainstream. After teaming up with TeePee, Velde hopes to showcase more bands and DJs from regions outside of Los Angeles.

Both Cold Sweat and TeePee are independent labels providing the base for a variety of bands Mtv will never be hip to. Cold Sweat produces records for the critically acclaimed prog-rockers Battles, as well as the impossibly aggressive and loud Lords and Coliseum. Some psychedelia slips through on their roster as well with the excellent Starlite Desperation.

TeePee may best be known for hosting The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the past, but the label has since added LA's The Warlocks, and some of the gloomiest metal and fuzz-rock you can shake your long-haired freak flag to in bands like Earthless and Witch.

Again, Hairbrain at La Cita may be the one event in your busy, Hollywood lives worth setting some time aside for. For a gasp of fresh air and affordable drinks, I can’t think of another place I’d rather be. Doors open at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


The fine folks at LA RECORD have given HAIRBRAIN a nice shout out today. Read the article and more here:

or peep it here:

Presented by Cold Sweat, the label that had Lavender Diamond on vinyl before anyone and that gave Wives a full album, and also presented by Tee Pee, the label that delivers nourishing electric loudness to headache sufferers worldwide: Hairbrain, a new heavy sounds monthly at downtown’s flourishing La Cita. DJs tonight are Cold Sweat’s Sam James, Dante Adrian once of Starlite Desperation (who will be debuting his new band Spirit Army later this week) and boss Tee Pee Tony, sucked in by the inescapable gravity of combined playlists. Also up is a live set by Icarus Line, detailed further in here.

— Rob Battin

Monday, February 18, 2008


Thursday, February 21st

Icarus Line
Darker My Love
Hit Me Back
Tweak Bird
Crystal Antlers

+Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) & Sam James Velde (Cold Sweat Records) will spin the jamz all night long!

@ the Echo

1822 Sunset Blvd, LA CA
All Ages / 7:30pm / $10

This is a benefit for Matt Crunk of Qui to help fund medical bills & to help rebuild Manny Neito recording studio. Two amazing people, both of which have played a huge role in the Los Angeles music scene. Please help spread the word.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Ladies and Gents, look out for our 1st ever "Digital Only" release coming soon by DAN LE SAC vs. SCROOBIUS PIP!

Release date to be determined, but check them out here until then:

You can see them in America this April on day one of the Coachella Festival!...along side Cold Sweat alums BATTLES!

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are the musicians behind the 2007 song "Thou Shalt Always Kill". They are a two-piece band based either side of London.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008



Were pleased to announce the long awaited re-issue of the classic Ya Ho Wa 13 recording "Penetration" is out now on Cold Sweat Records.

For those unfamiliar, Easily one of Ya Ho Wha's heaviest offerings, "Penetration, An Aquarian Symphony" is arguably revered as their best -- one of the finest sacred, psychedelic death trips of all time, for sure. Djin's tripped out guitar work coupled with Zinuru's soundscapes and Father Yod's bellowing moans and chants create some of the most intensely spiritual and epic passages put to tape.

It was 1972, time of the cult-occult-commune explosion. By day, the Source Family served organic cuisine to John Lennon, Julie Christie, Frank Zappa and others at the famed Source restaurant. By night, in a mansion in Hollywood Hills, they explored the cosmos through the channeled wisdom of their charismatic leader, Father Yod. Father was an outlandish figure who had 14 "spiritual wives," drove a Rolls-Royce, and fronted the rock band Ya Ho Wa 13, now considered by collectors to be one of the most singular psychedelic bands of all time.



Wednesday February 27 2008

Cold Sweat Records & Tee Pee Records Present:

"H A I R B R A I N"

Featuring the unpredictably wicked and wild sounds of LA's "THE ICARUS LINE"

Guest DJn by Dante Adrian (of The Starlite Desperation/Spirit Army), Sam James (Cold Sweat), and Tony TP (Tee Pee).


336 S. Hill Street

HAIRBRAIN is a free, monthly event featuring live music and DJs...playing everything under the moon from pysch, garage, goth, heavy rock, hardcor, pop, freak folk and punk. Its free....and it goes off!

Friday, February 08, 2008


We had the pleasure of DJ'n Little Radio last nite on the "DJ Short Shorts" show.

You can download the set here.....and be tuned in and turned on to a cavalcade of freak flag flying tunes!

Other related links:

-Cold Sweat


Silver Apples of the Moon – Morton Subotnick
Light Show 2 – John Webster Johns
Puffy Cheek Town – John Webster Johns
Flagwavers – Swarm of Angels
Cuts – Peter Murphy
The Light Pours Out Of Me – The Magazine
To Fix The Gash In Your Head – A Place To Bury Strangers
Thinkin' Bout Chu – The Bambi Slam
Rocket Machine – Opal
Bringing It Back From Mexico – Mistress
Set It On Fire – The Scientists
God Out West – Link Wray
Tell Me When It's Over – The Dream Syndicate
1984 – The Records
1,000 Nights – The Hunt
Yo – Ya Ho Wa 13
Eternal Thirst – MU
Triceratops – Health
Morning Excuse – Amon Duul II
Pressure – Celebration
Oxygene Pt. 6 – Jean Michel Jarre
Bull in the Bell – Andrew Douglas Rothbard
Big City – Spacemen 3
Run into Flowers – M83