Lots of new videos this week!
Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive (featuring Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)” video
The third single from Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s upcoming debut LP, Doris (out Aug. 20 on Tan Cressida/Columbia), is another winner, full of woozy, spacey effects, and a slowed-down beat to match Sweatshirt’s laid-back flow. It’s not as flashy as “Whoa” or “Chum,” but it’s no less hypnotic.
Lawrence Rothman – “Montauk Fling” video
Maybe it’s because I just rewatched Mulholland Dr. for like the fifth time, but this new video from L.A.’s Lawrence Rothman is really doing it for me. The song is a kind of electro-symphonic ode to yearning, and the video’s decayed Hollywood mythologizing feels like a drag-performance-art version of Sunset Boulevard. Rothman appears decked out like a young Elizabeth Taylor, cooing “can I be your boyfriend?” while mirror-imaged women writhe around in leotards and 1950s-style underwear. The occasional creepy footage of an L.A. freeway or the Hollywood Tower (I think?) makes the video by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, The White Stripes, Marilyn Manson) an expertly crafted example of how subtly unsettling Hollywood imagery can be. The single’s out digitally and on 7” Aug. 6 from Mamaroma, Sigismondi’s label.
GRMLN – “Teenage Rhythm” video
This old-people-in-high-school video is perfect for GRMLN’s “Teenage Rhythm.” GRMLN appeals to the sort that came of age in the ’90s, listening to the likes of Weezer, Green Day and Blink-182, and “Teenage Rhythm” can’t help but feel like some lost anthem of that era. Indulge your old teenager with the video below. GRMLN’s Empire is out now on Carpark.
Sonny & the Sunsets – “Natural Acts”
Much like their music, Sonny & the Sunsets videos have an awesome homespun quality, like kids making movies at home with a Super 8 camera. See the vicious and very close tennis game in the “Natural Acts” video below. You can read my interview with Sonny Smith here, and make sure to pick up Sonny & the Sunsets' Antenna to the Afterworld if you haven’t already.
Army Navy – “Crushed Like the Car”
L.A.’s Army Navy continue to make immaculately crafted power-pop on “Crushed Like the Car,” from their upcoming Crushed EP, due Aug. 20 on The Fever Zone. “Crushed Like the Car” moves elegantly from its melodic verses to hushed choruses and surging solo. Listen via Pitchfork.
Raw Geronimo – “Magnetic Love”
We’re excited to have L.A.’s excellent Raw Geronimo playing at Amoeba Hollywood Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. Check out “Magnetic Love” via GhettoBlaster, from their upcoming debut album, Dream Fever, a dreamy and uplifting ballad that showcases singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Laena Geronimo’s dynamite voice and her six-person band’s range. Come check them out in store and pick up Dream Fever July 25!
Shows This Weekend:
Friday: Noise-pop duo Spaceships are having an album release party for their Cool Breeze Over the Mountains LP at the Smell, with Shark Toys, Snow White and Palm Reader ($5, 9 p.m.)
Saturday: L.A. dreamers Haunted Summer are playing Chinatown Summer Nights with a bunch more bands, including The Dead Ships and Magic Wands. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Central Plaza, and it’s free. See the whole lineup here. Check back here soon to read my interview with Haunted Summer!