Too much great stuff this week and it’s Halloween!
Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys and Girls Club”; Announce New Album
Whoa, what’s going on with Dum Dum Girls? The band, started by singer Dee Dee in San Diego, began as a lo-fi post-punk project, like someone left their Supremes and Siouxsie & the Banshees records in the sun and spun the melted result. From there, they’ve gone more toward Pretenders territory, producing shimmery jangle-pop, but this first taste of their newly announced album, Too True, due Jan. 28 on Sub Pop, recaptures some of their early darkness with their newfound sheen intact, emanating darkness and sensuality with a slow-moving shoegaze pop throb. Uhh, it’s very sexy. Richard Gottehrer (who has produced Blondie and The Go-Go's) and The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, who both produced the band’s Only in Dreams and He Gets Me High EP, are back behind the boards. And way to go, H&M, for promoting your crappy clothes (which I buy) with actual cool music.
Best Coast – “I Don’t Know How” video
For the video to country-punk-power-ballad “I Don’t Know How” (from their recent Fade Away EP), Best Coast invited out a bunch of sk8r bois and grrls for an empty swimming pool party. Look for Juan Velasquez of Roses/Abe Vigoda doing an awesome skateboard luge about two-and-a-half minutes in. Check out pictures from Best Coast’s Amoeba Hollywood and SF performances.
Bleached – “Love Spells” video
Another awesome female-fronted So. Cal. band’s video? OK! This one’s perfectly tied for Halloween, looking like it was filmed on the set of a Dario Argento movie. Who knew the living dead just wanted to listen to cool surf punk? Oh look there’s BC. Check out my interview with Bleached here. Ride Your Heart is out now and is great.
Pure Bliss – “Thine Eyes”; I Need You Bad compilation out 11/26
I totally stumbled upon this while listening to some other crap, and thank god I did. Lord knows I love me some jangly garage pop like no other (What’s with all the “god” and “lord” business? We need some new expressions.) There are lots of great songs on this upcoming I Need You Bad comp., curated by Sonny Smith and chronicling the great SF garage scene (out Nov. 26 on Polyvinyl), featuring bands like Warm Soda, The Memories and Smith’s own Sonny & The Sunsets. This is my favorite track I’ve heard, a simple jangler with deep, Echo & The Bunnymen-style vocals. Despite those reference points, “Thine Eyes” is far from faceless; like Diiv and their wonderful “How Long Have You Known,” for example, Pure Bliss seem to know purity lies in simplicity.
Diane Coffee – “Green” video
Diane Coffee may be a man (Shaun Fleming, drummer for Foxygen), but he’s pretty andro on “Green,” a lovely, old-time R&B ballad from his great new album, My Friend Fish, which was released this week. Makes sense—this guy used to be a Disney voice actor! This one’s another skater punk video, this time with a love story. Diane Coffee is at The Echo Nov. 7.
Vex Ruffin – “Prime of My Life”
Vex Ruffin’s music defies typical description. Not quite hip-hop nor indie rock or new disco, it seems fitting that the Chino Hills-raised experimental pop artist has found a home on Stones Throw Records, where his stuttering electro-funk nestles in quite nicely. His self-titled debut record is due Nov. 12, and he’s at the Bootleg Theater tonight for Stones Throw’s Halloween party!
LA Font – “Diving Man”
I like this catchy, ’90s-ish alt-rock of LA Font. It reminds me of a buzz clip, which makes sense, since MTV Hive premiered the track. Where’s the music on MTV, you ask? It’s on a thing called MTV Hive now. It’s not on MTV2 anymore, where earlier today at the gym I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which is awesome, but some vids would be nice, you know? Now’s the time we even get to be nostalgic about when MTV2 played videos. No matter, MTV Hive has us covered, telling us about cool, unsigned bands like LA Font. They’re at The Echo Dec. 3, for the release show of their Diving Man album.
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