FIDLAR – “Max Can’t Surf” video
Loveable L.A. garage punks FIDLAR have a new video for “Max Can’t Surf,” one of the best tracks from their self-titled debut record, built on classic-rock riffs with lyrics about Del Taco and a dude with no balance. The video follows band members on an acid trip via interstellar skateboards that look like the hoverboards from Back to the Future II. Too fun! See more pics from their Amoeba performance here, and read my interview with the band here. They’re also going on tour with Wavves, whose upcoming Afraid of Heights is due March 26 and it up for preorder; check ’em out together at the Echo March 20 and The Smell April 21.
The Soft Moon – “Insides” video
Oakland-based The Soft Moon aka Luis Vasquez has a video for “Insides,” a standout from last year’s darkwave release Zeros. Really nice effects on this, sort of looks like a graphic novel streamed through a projector and fits the gloomy nature of the song. It also puts the shy-seeming Vasquez in the center of the video, as does the song for an artist who primarily lets the music do the talking but who steps out of the shadows on this track.
Classixx – “Borderline” [feat. Kisses’ Jesse Kivel]
Last week L.A.-based duo Classixx unveiled the dancey “Holding On,” the first single from their long-awaited debut album, out May 14 on Innovative Leisure. For the B-side, they’ve teamed with labelmate Jesse Kivel of Kisses and Princeton for a sexy disco-noir track that kind of gives you the best of both worlds — Classixx’s disco-synth know-how with Kivel’s breathy, earnest vocals. Both songs are available to download via Amoeba now.
Cillie Barnes – “Brainwash”
L.A. singer Cillie Barnes has debuted a new track via Filter called “Brainwash.” It has a shuffling springtime thing that hits perfectly on these warm and gloomy days. Barnes sings “feel the energy” like a rallying cry while multiple layered vocals swim around her, creating a sort of school of fish where your attention is pulled to multiple elements moving in the same direction, over a stately piano-and-horn-laden arrangement. Barnes is still working on her debut album, but “Brainwash” already has smart money on her as the next big L.A. singer/songwriter.
Thee Oh Sees – “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster”
It seems like I talk about Thee Oh Sees every damn week on here, and I’m OK with that. The ever-prolific S.F. acid rockers just get better and better with each subsequent release, including their next one, judging by the sounds of it. After unveiling the dark ballad “Minotaur,” from the upcoming Floating Coffin (due April 16 on Castle Face), they’ve now released a barnburner rocker from the album, “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster.” Slow and cooing, with sudden yelps and punishing riffs that pour down like chocolate lava. Delicious and brutal.
Shannon and the Clams – “Rip Van Winkle”
Shannon Shaw of Oakland garage rockers Shannon and the Clams could wake the dead with her throaty, howling vocals, heard tearing through 2011’s Sleep Talk as well as Hunx & His Punx’s Too Young to Be in Love. So it makes sense that the Clams would sing about Rip Van Winkle, the mythical man who slept for 20 years through the American Revolutionary War. The rockabilly jam builds to a nasty “HEY!” that would rouse the laziest ne’er-do-weller. Dreams in the Rat House is due May 21 on Hardly Art. Hear it at Soundcloud.
Sonny & the Sunsets – “Imagine” (John Lennon Cover)
Last Bay Area garage rock song I’ll post today, promise. This countrified take on the John Lennon classic by Sonny & the Sunsets is prepped for Record Store Day April 20. He starts out way ahead of his band, giving it a nice one-take feel. My favorite part is the elegiac horn bridge that comes out of nowhere and knocks you off your feet. I just heard the original the other day at yoga and it totally threw me off, I couldn’t stop listening (yeah I go to yoga DEAL WITH IT).
Audacity – “Finders Keepers”
All right, finally an L.A. garage band (except they’re from Fullerton, close enough) to write about. Audacity have been kicking all kinds of ass for years. Please check them out live if you haven’t yet. They’ve got a new 7” coming out April 2 on Suicide Squeeze. “Finders Keepers” is more cleaned up than anything I’ve heard from them yet, while still retaining plenty of the punk energy that has made them such a thrill to witness. Perhaps it’s a preview for a new LP, which they’ll release later this year. The first pressing of the 7” is limited to 500 copies on translucent green vinyl, so snap it up quickly when it comes out. BTW They’re at the Echo TONIGHT with NÃ¼ Sensae, White Lung and Broncho.
Shows This Weekend
Sunday: KMFDM at the Fonda Theatre (get your tickets at Amoeba Hollywood for $26.50! Doors are at 8 p.m., show starts at 9)