Thee Oh Sees – “Minotaur”
S.F.’s Thee Oh Sees are at it again, with a new album out April 16 called Floating Coffin. As Pitchfork reports, the album comes from “the mindset of a world that's perpetually war-ridden.” The track is more ominous than anything the band has released thus far from the outset, carried through with somber strings that sound amazing in their lo-fi setting, making Thee Oh Sees sound like some zombie orchestra. John Dwyer’s vocals are appealingly deadpan throughout. With having just released Putrifiers II last year and Castemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream both the year before, Floating Coffin sounds like it’ll continue their tradition of getting better with each release. Hear it at Pitchfork.
Local Natives – “Heavy Feet” video
Local Natives have unveiled an almost painfully charming video for their song “Heavy Feet,” a standout on the excellent recently released Hummingbird. It’s one of the rare videos I’ve seen recently where I immediately thought of the glory days of MTV — this shit would’ve been buzzworthy fo sho. Something about talking sandwiches, cute old people painting planes and burying a cake. It reminds me a bit of the looney Michel Gondry videos of the ’90s, though not as manic. Read my interview with the band here; see photos of their amazing Amoeba performance here.
Haim – “Falling”
Fleetwood Mac and Heart comparisons have pulled people into Haim’s fold, but since gathering more followers, the L.A. sister trio has steadily grown into a stealthier pop band, blending fashionable ’80s R&B influence into their sound that suits their multipronged vocal approach quite well. “Falling” is the juicy first taste from their upcoming EP of the same name, out April 1 on National Anthem/Polydor.
Painted Palms – “Click”
San Francisco’s Painted Palms are kicking off a tour by premiering the B-side to their “Carousel” 7”, “Click.” It’s as dizzying and romantic as the A-side, swirling keyboard sounds around aerobic vocals, moving from a Motown-inspired beat to dance pop partway through. Great stuff. They’re touring with the similarly minded Ruby Suns, hitting S.F.’s Bottom of the Hill tonight.
Classixx – “Holding On”
To be honest, this sort of disco revivalist stuff I usually avoid, but something about L.A.-based Classixx’s “Holding On” clicks for me. Echoes of Daft Punk’s immortal “Digital Love” flow through “Holding On,” with hints of weird disco like Was (Not Was) and breaks that sound pulled from an Art of Noise track. It reminds me of the rare times of going out in Hollywood and not hating it. Let’s go clubbing. Classixx’s debut record, Hanging Gardens, is out May 14 on Innovative Leisure.
Shows This Weekend:
Saturday: Michael Vidal (of Abe Vigoda), Cherry Glazer, Palm Reader, Corners at Pehrspace (8 p.m., $5)