“Walk with a limp like Jason Voorhees.” Perfect line for just after Halloween. That comes from this spacey hip-hop track by Oakland’s DaVinci, with some great fluctuating production sounds from producer Keyes. He’s already released tracks such as “Nothin Finna Stop Me” as well from the upcoming The MOEna Lisa, due Nov. 6 from SWTBRDS.
Feeding People – “Island Universe”
Feeding People released a 7” of their sweet indie pop tune “Island Universe” last month, and now that song has gotten the remix treatment by Free the Robots featuring Phil Nisco. It’s the rare remix that completely reimagines the song and does so successfully — this time highlighting the song’s sci-fi potential, given that title, reminiscent of camp classic This Island Earth. Listen to it at LA Record. Both the original and remix are available to download at Amoeba.com.
The Cyclist – “Visions”
Good news for LA-based Leaving Records (and for us): LA’s Stones Throw Records has been announced as a distribution partner for the label, meaning it’ll be easier for the average person to nab their music. As part of the announcement, the labels have announced a dual release, a double-cassette compilation called Dual Form. Curated cassette label Leaving Records specializes in outsider forms of music long bubbling in the LA underground, from lo-fi ambient music to no wave pop. The label began in LA’s Highland Park (Hayyy! I live there.), started by duo MatthewDavid and partner/visual director Jesselisa Moretti. It started in late 2009 with a release by local J. Dilla enthusiast Dak, and now includes such artists as U.K. electronic artist The Cyclist, who’s chugging, mysterious “Visions” leads the pack on this new release. The set also includes a cover of Arthur Russell’s “You and Me Both” by local luminary Julia Holter (check out photos from her live set at Amoeba here), for whom Leaving Records released her 2011 album Tragedy. The set also includes Sun Araw and Dntel. Dual Form is out Nov. 6 on cassette and Jan. 22 on CD, vinyl and digital. Look for The Cyclist’s debut record from the label in early 2013.
Plateaus’ Self-Titled Record is Out Now
In my haste this week I was remiss to mention that San Diego’s Plateaus have released their excellent debut self-titled full-length record. Fans of fellow San Diego natives The Soft Pack should thrill at Plateaus, who share a similar aesthetic of producing garage-punk with surf overtones and real hooks. “Blackout” explodes out of the gates with a three-chord charge and shoutalong vocals. “Beach Coma” balances heavy guitars with Beach Boys-style lyrics about a girl who can’t get enough of boys at the beach. Their mellower tunes, like “The District,” still bustle with the energy of early Elvis Costello or The Exploding Hearts. One of their best songs, “Open Skies,” summons gnarled classic indie-rock riffery that does their forebears in the Pixies and Guided By Voices proud. Plateaus don’t necessarily do anything new, but their tunes are as addictive as can be hoped from a fresh-faced rock band. Check out their record, on sale now at Amoeba.
Shows This Weekend
Friday sees Com Truise, Poolside and Bonde do Role at the Echoplex, while Lord Huron and The Lonely Wild are at The Echo; both of those may be sold out, but they could have tickets at the door WHO KNOWS. Saturday classic electro indie poppers Saint Etienne are at The Fonda Theatre; tickets are $25 and are on sale at Amoeba Hollywood. Sunday indie pop supergroup Divine Fits (featuring indie hunk Britt Daniels of Spoon on vocals) are at the Fonda, tickets are $20 and are on sale at Amoeba Hollywood; and it’s the seventh anniversary of Part Time Punks at the Echo! Bush Tetras, Terry Malts and Dunes are playing, tickets are $15 at the door.