Classixx Announce Remix EP; Preorder Hanni El Khatib's 'Head in the Dirt'
Leading up to the May 14 release of their long-awaited debut LP, Hanging Gardens, L.A. duo Classixx have announced an EP with remixes of their recent single, the infectious disco jammer “Holding On,” will be released April 2. It features this slightly slowed down yet no less shimmering remix by Jerome LOL, among others. You can download the original “Holding On” here.
Speaking of remixes, Classixx also recently remixed fellow Angeleno and garage rocker Hanni El Khatib’s track “Penny”; check out the remix, the original and preorder Hanni El Khatib’s Head in the Dirt (CD or LP), due April 30, also on Innovative Leisure.
Bleached Premiere “Dead in Your Head,” Album Out Next Week
Bleached have been steadily garnering attention since sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin formed the band in L.A., following the dissolution of their great punk band Mika Miko. Following several 7” releases, their debut LP Ride Your Heart is out April 2 on Dead Oceans; preorder it on CD or LP. While first single “Next Stop” rode fast on three-chord punky attitude, “Dead in Your Head” represents the Clavins’ first step toward becoming the next Bangles, forging their punk roots into hooky power-pop.
IO Echo Album Up for Streaming
L.A. shoegaze pop duo IO Echo has been on our radars for a while now, and their debut LP is finally ready to release next week on IAMSOUND. For now, you can stream the whole album via Pitchfork Advance to whet your appetite. It’s a bigger sound than the band had previously showcased, more sundrenched and grandiose, with gorgeous, wavering melodies.
Mikal Cronin Releases “Weight”
In the San Francisco garage scene, Mikal Cronin’s time as second fiddle to Ty Segall, for whom he’s played bass, would appear to be at an end. After releasing 2011’s terrific self-titled album, he’ll release MCII May 7 on Merge. The first taste is a powerful pop song with great dynamics and beautiful minor key hooks. Any fan of classic Beatlesesque pop should become a fan of Cronin after hearing “Weight.” You can also download his song released earlier this year "Shout it Out" here.
Haunted Summer Release “1996” Promo Single
A new, hardly-yet-noticed but sure-to-be critically lauded L.A. band Haunted Summer has emerged, consisting of the duo of John Seasons and Bridgette Moody. Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. Moody has the presence to keep the thing rooted, as the song suddenly swells and allows her to belt a bit more, and her lyrics speak of oddly evocative and nostalgic images (“All the things in the driveway…every night spent in uniform”). The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia. Oh, 1996 … Haunted Summer will be at The Satellite with Spaceships, The Hectors and TS and the Past Haunts Apri 5; RSVP here for $5 tickets.
Shows This Weekend:
Saturday: Tough choice — two great daytime shows: Poolside, Kisses, Yacht and others at the Santa Monica Pier (all ages, tickets are $18, doors at 3); or a free show at USC’s Campus Center Grand Ballroom for KXSC Fest with Chelsea Wolfe, Nguzunguzu, Dan Deacon and more. A nice problem to have.
Sunday: Wax Idols, whose recently released Discipline and Desire on Slumberland was one of my weekly picks, play the Echoplex with a few great fellow California bands, Cold Showers, The Mallard and Dream Boys. Get there early and see them all. It’s a Part Time Punks night, starts at 10; tickets are $8 ahead of time.