Local Natives, Christopher Owens and The Growlers Albums Up for Preorder!
I blogged a while back about the first songs from the upcoming Local Natives and Christopher Owens albums. Local Natives are originally from Orange County and put out a great first album, Gorilla Manor. The first song from Hummingbird is called “Breakers,” and it’s the most lush thing they’ve done yet. Meanwhile, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens of S.F. has unveiled the single “Here We Go,” a delicate ballad stripped of much of the distortion and reverb that caked a lot of Girls song to reveal a vital core. It’s the first song from Lysandre, due Jan. 15 on Fat Possum, which you can now preorder here!
Additionally, locally grown garage rockers The Growlers will release their new album Hung at Heart Jan. 22. Before that, check them out as part of an Amoeba Presents show at the Henry Fonda Theatre Dec. 28 with Dirt Dress, The Abigails and Sam Flax. Get your tickets at Amoeba Hollywood! Preview the new Growlers album below.
Radar Bros. – “If We Were Banished”
L.A.’s Radar Bros. have been making countrified slowcore for some time now in Los Angeles — in fact, their upcoming album, Eight, is their eighth album! It’s due Jan. 29 on Merge. The first taste is the warm, chugging “If We Were Banished.” That description makes me want egg nog, and so does this song! It’s a perfect winter blanket of gauzy distortion and spacey melody.
Maston – “Young Hearts”
A wall-of-sound trapped in a music box. Grandiose lo-fi pop comes in the form of L.A.’s Maston, whose “Young Hearts” is a pretty little pop song complete with horns and bells blown out with some awesomely spaced out production. I’m such a sucker for this shit. Shadows is due Feb. 12 from Trouble in Mind. They're at The Smell Dec. 14.
Cold Showers – “BC” video
Cold Showers’ Love and Regret, out now on Dais, is a nice slab of post-punk inspired by darkwave synths and shoegaze sonics. They’ve just unveiled the video for the sparkling “BC,” which they’ve paired with semi-obscured shots of L.A. at night — at some show, in the 2nd Street tunnel, running from something. Its narrative is unclear, but it seems to capture its subject’s mental state as she embarks on a detached nighttime journey through the city. Cold Showers are at the Echo Feb. 24 for Part Time Punks with fellow darkwave purveyors Black Marble and are touring around the country with Slumberland greats Veronica Falls after that.
The Ross Sea Party – “Two Things” Free Download
L.A. indie rockers The Ross Sea Party have their single “Two Things” up as a free download on their Bandcamp page. Check it out, along with the rest of their self-released new album, Hotel Pool. They’re at the Bootleg Bar Dec. 8.
Shows This Weekend
Friday: Bloc Party and Dum Dum Girls at the Palladium (8 p.m, $43)
Saturday: Audacity, BIg Eyes, Turbo Fruits and White Lunk at Los Globos (8 p.m.)
Sunday: Mulholland DÃ©rive, put on by Los Angeles Road Concerts, all along Mulholland Dr., featuring more than 110 artists doing site-specific work. It's free and runs from 12-6 p.m. Find out more at laroadconcerts.org.