Poolside – Seasons Change mix
The last band I expected to hear from this fall/winter was Poolside. Their Pacific Standard Time album was so perfectly suited for the sunshine that it would seem perverse for them to go wintry, but that’s just what they’ve done with their Seasons Change mix, which the LA-based duo said they put together while driving through the Northeast in October. Listen below. On initial scan, it actually sounds pretty similar in spirit to their other album’s moody electronics, making you realize the power of suggestion. Also it sounds great no matter when you put it on.
The Fresh & Onlys Film “What’s In My Bag?”
SF garage-pop greats The Fresh & Onlys filmed a “What’s in My Bag?” feature with Amoeba, and we have it up to stream now. Check out their album Long Slow Dance if you haven’t yet, one of my favorite rock ’n’ roll records released this year.
The Fresh and Onlys - What's In My Bag?
Captain Murphy Unveils Short Film/Mixtape
This Captain Murphy thing is getting crazy. First the cartoon character rapper, who people (wrongly?) thought was Tyler, the Creator, popped up on a Flying Lotus track for Adult Swim a while back. Now he’s released a 35-minute video mixtape of psychedelic cult leader cartoon action hero sexy (oh yeah, it’s NSFW) hip-hop madness. What is it? Who is Captain Murphy? I’m sure we’ll learn soon enough. For now we know he’s associated with Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label. When he’ll release something physical, time will tell. Check out his YouTube channel, where you can hear two more tracks, and read more about him at Spin, though for the most part he’s still shrouded in mystery.
Cayucas – “Cayucos” video
Cayucas, a band named after the Cayucos suburb in San Luis Obispo, has released a video for a song honoring its namesake. Definitely a Gidget vibe to this one. It’s not too late in the year for beach videos, as Line & Circle proved last week. It was like 80 degrees on Tuesday! The Santa Monica-based band’s Cayucos 7” is out now.
Weekend – “Paradise” (Half Church cover)
Streaming via Pitchfork is Oakland shoegazers Weekend covering Half Church, whose short discography was collected into the 1980-1986 LP, released this week by Captured Tracks. This isn’t the case of a band covering an obscure ’80s band for coolness’ sake — Weekend’s Shaun Durkan is the son of the late Tom Durkan, Half Church’s singer. Check out the Half Church reissue as well as Weekend’s Red EP via Slumberland.
New Trash Talk video, Mellowhype song; Band to tour West Coast
Sacramento-based thrashers Trash Talk have a new live video, recorded at the Echoplex here in LA as part of concert series Check Yo Ponytail 2, put on by Iheartcomix. Trash Talk’s 119 is out on CD now, and the LP is due Nov. 27 (preorder here). They’ve been on tour with fellow Odd Future collaborative artists MellowHype, whose terrific Numbers album was released last month, though the LP streeted just this week. Check out “Break Ya Neck,” recorded by MellowHype MC Hodgy Beats and producer Thelonius Martin during a rubyhornet session. Hear it here, and watch a video about its creation here. The acts will play Dec. 17 in San Francisco at DNA Lounge; Dec. 18 in Los Angeles at the Echoplex; Dec. 20 in Anaheim at Chain Reaction; and Dec. 21 in San Diego at the Epicentre.
Madlib Scores Stones Throw Doc
Local label Stones Throw Records is getting the documentary treatment, and Stones Throw's Madlib will soundtack and score that film. Directed by Jeff Broadway, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records) will follow Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf and explore the label’s following. The film will also feature Talib Kweli, Questlove, Geoff Barrow, Earl Sweatshirt and Gaslamp Killer. The soundtrack will feature other Stones Throw artists as well, with both new and classic tracks, and the film and soundtrack will be released on a two-disc DVD/CD collectors edition box set. You can already get in on the action at Kickstarter; the film has two weeks remaining to reach its $35,000 goal.
Starred - Prison to Prison EP Stream
Starred is an excellent new LA duo in the vein of Mazzy Star and similar in kinship to newer bands like The Duke Spirit and Beach House. Earlier this year they unveiled the songs "No Good" and "LA Drugs," both of which have proven addictive in their own right. "LA Drugs" appears on this new EP, the biggest dose we've gotten yet of this new band. Prison to Prison comes out Nov. 20, and you can stream it now!
Shows This Weekend:
Thursday: Gentlemen Jesse & His Men, Summer Twins, The Henry Clay People and The World Record at Alex's Bar ($8, 9:00 p.m.)
Friday: Tame Impala with The Amazing at the El Rey Theatre (also Saturday; $22, 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday: Allen Bleyle's Hard Cider, DJ Jesspeleta, Go Chic, Kim Free, Pharoahs, Sister Mantos at The Smell ($5)