Gardens & Villa – “Bullet Train”
It’s not too early to get excited for music in 2014. This new track from Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa is a winner, flying high on falsetto harmonies and a deep, thumping groove, like a hipper, more psych-oriented Hall & Oates. The band’s second album, Dunes, is due Feb. 4 on Secretly Canadian.
Stream ‘I Need You Bad’ and Preorder Now
Sonny Smith’s curated compilation I Need You Bad collects some of the finest Bay Area bands and artists around, featuring local young guns like Warm Soda, Pure Bliss and Jessica Pratt. Listen to the whole thing here, and preorder the LP from Amoeba, due Nov. 25 from Polyvinyl.
Stream Kevin Morby’s ‘Harlem River’
Woods bassist Kevin Morby is a recent transplant to L.A. We’re happy to have him! And he’s got a new solo album due Nov. 26 called Harlem River. You can stream the whole thing now at Pitchfork. Judging by the sound of it, he’s settling into his sunnier new digs just fine.
Gap Dream – “Shine Your Light” video
Actor John Ennis possesses a certain genteel zaniness that made him a brilliant supporting player on the classic skit show “Mr. Show.” It’s great to see him in this new video from Fullerton's Gap Dream where he plays a boozey cop investigating some sort of berobed, glitter-obsessed cult, befitting of the sci-fi synths and off-kilter guitar arrangement. Gap Dream’s Shine Your Light is due Nov. 26 on Burger.
Qui – “Mucho Sex in America” video
L.A. noise-rock duo return triumphantly after a five-year absence with Life, Water, Living…, due Feb. 25. Their period of stasis is understandable, given the circumstances— guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk, along with former member David Yow, also of The Jesus Lizard, were hospitalized with life-threatening conditions in late 2007, then Cronk enlisted in the army, where he was almost felled by a roadside bomb and was given a Purple Heart and honorable discharge in 2011. Together with drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen, Cronk sounds and looks as though he could take on anything in the “Mucho Sex in America” video. Ropes, paint and champagne are nothing to this guy.
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