Poolside – “Slowdown”
(Sally Struthers voice) Do you like watching scrawny L.A. hipsters swim and sing catchy tunes that sound like hip-hop without the rapping? Sure, we all do.
Poolside’s big summer single bowed yesterday on Pitchfork, along with its trashy summer vibes video. This thing was made to soundtrack the Ace and Standard hotels, all easy beats and lush synth hooks. Scoff if you must; this sort of thing is rarely done as well as it is here. Their nicely titled Pacific Standard Time album comes out July 9.
Best Coast – "The Only Place" video and KCRW performance
Best Coast debuted a super cute video for “The Only Place,” from the album of the same name, this week where Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno run around L.A. and give viewers a tour of the “real” L.A.: tacky souvenir shops, backyard pools, bikes, our gross but awesome river. And lots of Bobb! It’s as sweetly low-key and breezy as the song.
Also, Best Coast had an awesome Morning Becomes Eclectic performance this week, really displaying Cosentino’s growth in confidence with her voice, particularly on their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Storms” from Tusk, which I coincidentally picked up on vinyl yesterday.
Kitten – “Cut it Out” video
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the awesomeness that is the shoegazey pop of L.A.’s Kitten an their single “Cut It Out,” from the forthcoming EP of the same name, due Aug. 28. Kitten and singer Chloe Chaidez vibe Britney Spears and My Bloody Valentine with equal glee, sort of along the same lines as School of Seven Bells. Now they’ve got a video for it that reminds me of somewhere between Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” and Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”
Shows This Weekend:
Friday: Tonight’s a tie! Either Jesus and Mary Chain at Hollywood Park ($10 before 8:30, $20 after) or Japandroids at the Echoplex (8:30, $13-15). Really can’t go wrong either way.
Saturday: Make Music Pasadena — it’s free, it’s all ages, it’s all day and features Grimes, Cults, The Chain Gang of 1974, and locals like Dam-Funk (see photos of his Amoeba DJ set), Electric Guest, Dengue Fever, Grouplove, So Many Wizards, The Lonely Wild, NO, The Happy Hollows and more.
In the evening, there’s How to Dress Well at the Echo (6-10 p.m., $12-14)
Sunday: Part Time Punks at the Echo (10 p.m., $8-10) with RØSENKØPF, Bestial Mouths and Vex Ruffin
Poolside – “Slowdown”