United Ghosts – “Unhypnotized” video
L.A.-based dream poppers United Ghosts today premiere their video for the song “Unhypnotized” exclusively on the Amoebablog. The song features lovely female/male vocal interchange over a film-noir-inspired riff, while the video sees the band seeming to de-brainwash a bunch of nerdy cult members with their extremely cool sound. Ironically, the whole thing’s pretty hypnotic. They’ll play a video premiere party at the Bootleg Theatre in LA next Wednesday! Download "Unhypnotized" free here.
So what’s the “right” way (UGH!) to make a video out of a 49-second hardcore song? Get Jack Black to star in a fake ’70s grindhouse/daytime action movie scene. The hardcore supergroup of L.A. punk greats Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald (read my interview with him here) and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba released a bracing self-titled album this year. This video reminds me of that scene in Anchorman where all the fake news dudes fight. I hope Anchorman 2 is good!
Touche – “I’m a Man Not a Machine”
LA duo Touche have a new single out that’s as nerdy-dancey as you might expect from its title. Sounding like a female Gary Numan, Alex Lilly (of Obi Best, and also a keyboardist and backup singer for The Bird and the Bee, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and The Living Sisters) sings about male inadequacy over simmering electro-pop with Bram Inscore (of Twin Shadow). The duo’s ’80s-inspired look and sound goes beyond the usual pastiche, with some neat guitar licks and production tricks, sounding kind of like an updated Berlin. The single is out Oct. 30, and they play West Hollywood’s The Standard Hotel Oct. 24.
Main Attrakionz – “Cloud Body”
Main Attrakionz’ “Cloud Body” would seem to be the calling card for the “cloud rap” genre — sort of the hip-hop side of the chillwave coin, with slowed-down rhymes over ethereal, spaced out production, epitomized on songs like A$AP Rocky’s “Peso.” “Cloud Body” takes it a step further by actually sounding like it’s being beamed down from the clouds, with Grown Folk’s production incorporating Laurie Anderson-style vocal loops and billowy synths, nailing the sound equivalent of flying in a lucid dream. The Oakland rappers’ flow is appropriately laid-back, rapping about eating and making weird jokes about Juwanna Mann and The KKK that swim around your head. I Google image searched the band, and I think they might like weed. Their album Bossalinis & Fooliyones is out Oct. 22 on Young One.
Incan Abraham – “Springhouse”
A beautiful new song from Incan Abraham, out on a 10-inch EP due Nov. 7 from LA’s JAXART Records (Races, So Many Wizards). The song feels grandiose, given its almost orchestral-sized drums and vocals and Vangelis-style synthesizers, but the band wisely allows enough space to make the song feel intimate. They’re compared to Grizzly Bear, and they also remind me of the aforementioned Twin Shadow in their earlier days. They’ll be at the Echo Nov. 30. Check it out at RCRDLBL.
This Friday, British gothgaze duo 2:54 are at the Palladium before their free show Sunday at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday at 5 p.m. They’re opening for similarly moody duo The xx, who also are at the Hollywood Forever cemetery the next day. Patti Smith also will be at the Wiltern, following her performance at Amoeba Hollywood Thursday (read more about that Friday), while dance-rock band The Gossip are at The Fonda Theatre Friday night — tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood for Gossip, ask at the counter. David Byrne & St. Vincent celebrate the release of their collaboration Love This Giant Saturday the 13th at the Greek Theatre, and Sunday L.A. indie rockers Seasons are at the Troubador, while The Smashing Pumpkins are at the Gibson Amphitheatre.