Alexander Spit – “Artesia” (ft. Action Bronson)
Like most with the travel bug, my desire to visit faraway places takes a backseat to a lack of funds or time to go anywhere. So I’m glad to have this new song by SF rapper Alexander Spit, who along with Action Bronson, “got the summer planned” and takes us on a train across Europe to eat, drink and flirt around the continent, ending up in Queens and Boise. I love how the end goes all Blade Runner cyberdelic with robot voice effects and eerie keyboards. It takes you on a trip, even if you’re just chillin’ in Artesia, California! His album A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside is out Jan. 29 on Decon. Check out the recently released "That's Spit" as well.
Warm Soda Announces Debut LP and Tour
Great power-pop isn’t easy to come by, and Warm Soda spray out fuzzy guitar confection like it’s been bottled up and shaken — how’s that for an overblown metaphor? The Oakland band’s debut LP, Someone for You, is due March 26 on Castle Face Records. Their tour kicks off Jan. 25 at Oakland’s Night Light; they’ll be at SF’s Hemlock Feb. 1, Hidden Temple Feb. 16 and LA’s The Smell Feb. 20. Check out all of their dates on Facebook, and hear their song “Reaction” below.
Feeding People – “Big Mother”
Purveyors of vibrant, danceable indie rock Feeding People are putting out their sophomore album Feb. 5 on Innovative Leisure, called Island Universe. Lead singer Jessie Jones is only 19, and her band is releasing its second album — how’s that for making you feel old? “Big Mother” is a lot of fun, with Jones channeling her inner Grace Slick over heavy fuzz bass. That psychedelic sound is nicely built up with help from producers Jonny Bell of Crystal Antlers and Hanni El Khatib. Also check out the title track, available to download on Amoeba.com. They’re at the Echo Jan. 28.
Deap Vally – “Lies”
Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy is blessed with a voice calling to mind the grand lineage of Karen O, Joan Jett and Sioxsie Sioux, but her snarl is her own, and she and drummer Julie Edwards create heavy psychedelic blues that laughs in the face of coolness with rock abandon. The duo’s debut four-song EP is due April 9 through Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island Records.
Painted Palms – “Carousel”
SF psych-pop duo Painted Palms, consisting of Reese Donohue and and Christopher Prudhomme, have a seven-inch record due March 5 on Polyvinyl. The A-side, “Carousel,” debuted this week, give it a whirl. My guess is these guys won’t have to dodge Of Montreal/Ariel Pink comparisons much longer.
Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Please and Thank You”
Maybe the name threw me off, but I’d never heard LA’s Wildcat! Wildcat! ’till now. Very cool stuff. I like their more contemplative, mellowed-out spin on optimistic, slightly psychedelic indie pop. They currently have an EP out; no word yet on a new release.
FIDLAR release “Wait for the Man” Skate and Live videos
As I write this, FIDLAR is prepping to tear up Amoeba Hollywood for a live show at 6 p.m. They’re supporting their excellent self-titled debut album and released a live video, recorded at LA’s The Echo, and skating video to support the song “Wait for the Man” — if you can’t make it to Amoeba, you can see what you’re missing below. You can read my interview with the band here. They’re at SD’s Che CafÃ© tomorrow, play a house party in Santa Barbara Jan. 26 and then they’ll be in Japan and Europe for the next two months. Auf wiedersehen, bros.
On a special note: Echo Park venue Pehrspace founder and ambient band Timonium guitarist Adam Hervey is recovering from a stroke he suffered Jan. 16. As a musician who’s played Pehrspace, I can say Adam has made a great difference for struggling local musicians looking for an inviting, DIY space to play — Pehrpsace is that and more. Adam’s friends have a fund set up to help him pay for the exorbitant medical bills associated with this unfortunate condition. Please donate if you can.