Banks – “Waiting Game”
L.A. singer Banks makes longing sound sexier than the main event with “Waiting Game.” The song is produced by Sohn, who throws a nice, thick digital shroud over the whole thing partway in. Banks’ drowned-out vocals and style are reminiscent of The Weeknd, with whom she’s touring, and it reminds me a bit, too, of a grimier cousin to L.A’s Rhye. Best line: “I wanna lean on your shoulder.” Sweet.
SISU – “Harpoons”
It seems like everyone in the Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls vortex of great noise-pop bands has a side or solo project. The lastest is Dum Dums’ drummer Sandra Vu, whose solo project, SISU, sounds like a fun splatter of caustic pop judging by “Harpoons,” which gets its shuffling chorus lodged into your head only after hitting it with a little chaos, as softly pounding drums and light oscillating sounds accompany Vu’s sing-speaky vocals in a kind of creepy sound collage. Hear it on Soundcloud. She’ll be at Part Time Punks at La Cita Aug. 30 with Whirr and Nothing at 7 p.m. Look for her Light Eyes EP at Amoeba, and her first full-length, Blood Tears, is due Sept. 17 on Mono Prism.
Superhumanoids – “Bad Weather” video
Superhumanoids’ dreamy “Bad Weather” has a new video with an equally dreamy dude getting ready while his dream girl chills in the closet. That is until everything gets really fucking gross. Sorta NSFW, but not in a sexy way—I seriously can’t deal. Exhibitionists is out now on Innovative Leisure.
Death Grips – “Birds”
Tell me what this is. Death Grips’ last two releases were insanely good, but this is pretty much just nuts. This is self-released for now, given their label drama, so until their next official release, enjoy this brainf*ck!
Coachwhips Reissue First Album
Oh man, I remember innocently buying Coachwhips’ Bangers vs. Fuckers back in 2004 and falling completely in love with being smacked across the face with their brutally loud lo-fi noise-pop. The defunct S.F.-based band, which included John Dwyer of garage greats Thee Oh Sees, are having their first album, Hands on the Controls, reissued next week via Castle Face. Stream it now at BrooklynVegan and pick it up Sept. 3!
Shows This Weekend:
Friday: SISU at La Cita (see above)
Sunday: Johnny Mox, HABITS, Vision Quest and Bloody Death Skull at Almost Holden Collective