Vinyl Williams – “Higher Worlds”
Like Ariel Pink’s krautrock cousin, LA artist Vinyl Williams makes bleary lo-fi dream-pop with Can-inspired beats and basslines. The real kicker here is the smeared-over chorus. I had to check to make sure my computer wasn’t playing two songs at once; I was glad to hear it wasn’t, and that Vinyl Williams’ music is that dynamic and layered to cause you to want to dive in headfirst. His Lemniscate album is due Nov. 12 on No Pain in Pop.
Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”
Christopher Owens broke our hearts with Girls, then broke them again when he broke up his band this year. Now he has a solo album coming out Jan. 15 called Lysandre (out on Fat Possum). Here’s the first single from it, the delicate “Here We Go.”
100s – “Brick $ell Phone”
Berkeley rapper 100s has a funny new video for “Brick $ell Phone,” a synth-tastic rap track from his self-released Ice Cold Perm, in which he plays gangster “the perm.” Does anyone remember that SNL skit where they made fun of perms coming back? I miss that show being creative and less topical. “Romeo and Juliet, hot sex.” What a good line!
PAPA – “Put Me to Work”
LA indie rockers PAPA have a new song out from their forthcoming album in 2013. Listen to the hard-charging “Put Me to Work” here, and check them out at the Wiltern Nov. 17 with Grouplove and Superhumanoids.
Shows this weekend:
Electro artist Matthew Dear is playing Friday night at the El Rey (tickets are $20 and are on-sale at Amoeba Hollywood) while garage-punks Pangea and Fidlar are at the Echo. Saturday is essentially Halloween, since it falls on a Wednesday this year. Saturday sees the Dia de los Muertos event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, from 12 to 12; it’s all-ages, $10 and features Ozomatli, Very Be Careful, La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras and Tribu. Sunday, there’s indie poppers Lights at the Fonda ($17) and legendary folk artists Donovan at the El Rey ($55); both of those are on sale at Amoeba. On actual Halloween, on Wednesday, come in to Amoeba that day for our dog costume contest! And afterward, check out Hunx and Bleached at the Echo, with Bleached playing a set of Misfits covers. Happy Halloween!