Whew, there was a ton of crap released this week. I’ll have to make this snappy.
Victory – “Play It” video
I have never heard of Victory before, but he’s LA-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming and he makes really catchy, well-produced lo-fi pop. His video for “Play It” is similarly minded with its VHS vibes. It’s not just more ’80s worship, though — there are some serious psych waves moving through that fuzz bass. His self-titled EP is out now; his first full-length record is due April 23, just after SXSW! That’s kind of coming up, guys, we’re into 2013.
Tera Melos – “Tropic Lame”
Sacramento-based Tera Melos have a new album called X’ed Out coming April 16 via Sargent House. “Tropic Lame” is streaming now via RollingStone. I’m such a sucker for this tasteful, shoegazey alt-rock via Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. but also lesser-known bands like American Analog Set, Lilys and Ides of Space. “Tropic Lame” is not lame. It seriously rocks.
The Little Ones – “Forro”
LA indie-pop band The Little Ones have revealed the second single from their upcoming second album, The Dawn Sang Along, out Feb. 12 on Branches Recording Collective. Like their previous music, it’s immediately agreeable and updates their ’60s pop love with some of the rhythmic touches favored by many a current KCRW favorite. I think the changes suit them; it’s my favorite thing I’ve heard from them. They’re at the Echo Feb. 8.
Wax Idols – “AD RE:IAN”
Another awesome Slumberland band! Oakland-based Wax Idols are sort of in the vein of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but darker, more post-punky. This song takes a left turn halfway through, and I love that. Discipline & Desire is out March 30. I found one of their cassettes here at Ameoba Hollywood too! They play a record release show March 30 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in SF.
LA experimental pop artist Julia Holter, who released last year's excellent Ekstasis, contributed this live Arthur Russell cover to the Dual Form release from Stones Throw. The compilation, celebrating LA indie label Leaving Records joining the Stones Throw clan, is out now on double cassette and features artists like Sun Araw and Dntel. The album is out on CD and vinyl Jan. 22. That night Stones Throw is hosting a release party at Mr. T's Bowl in my very own Highland Park. Check it out for performances from Holter, Matthewdavid, Diva and more ($5, 9 p.m.). See photos from Holter's performance at Amoeba Hollywood here.
Ty Segall – “Thank God for the Sinners” video
I’m still letting Ty Segall’s Twins marinate a bit, since he released a bunch of other albums in 2012. So I’m glad he’s still supporting it, releasing this video for “Thank God for the Siners,” which is kinda culty, kinda “Sledgehammer” meets “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” And because it wouldn’t be a new year without a Ty Segall release on deck, his Would You Be My Love 7” is due Jan. 22, featuring the title track (from Twins) and a new song, a cool acoustic ballad called “For Those Who Weep.” He’s at SF’s The Filmore tomorrow night.
PAPA – “Put Me to Work”
LA’s PAPA have a great big rising star. Their copious energy and melodic chops are apparent on “Put Me to Work,” which now sports a cool Halloweeny new video. It’s from their upcoming full-length album, to be released later this year. Their A Good Woman is Hard to Find is out now. Check them out at LA’s Bootleg Theater Jan. 21 & 28, or Santa Ana’s Constellation Room Jan. 22.
Houses – “Beginnings”
All bands these days try to have interesting backstories, and Houses’ story is pretty fancy — their upcoming sophomore LP, A Quiet Darkness, out April 16 on Downtown Records, tells of a husband and wife trying to find each other on the 10 freeway after a nuclear holocaust, as told by real life couple and Houses singers Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina. Apparently they recorded it at abandoned houses along the actual 10 as they split time between their new home of LA and Sonic Ranch, a recording studio in Texas where similarly minded Beach House have recorded, among others. Nice, but they didn’t even need all that. The spacious sound of “Beginnings” speaks for itself.
Shows This Weekend:
Saturday: Michael Vidal (of Abe Vigoda), Norse Horse, Arjuna Genome, Moon Pearl at Pehrspace ($5)