Fizzy, alt-rock distortion, cooing, girlish vocals and surf-pop melodies make up this duo’s incredibly likable debut record. With Frankie Rose (of solo, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts fame) on board, Drew Citron’s delicate songs get just the right amount of rhythmic punch and fuzzy bite. The songs range from sweet and easy (“Honey Do”) to kind of creepy and menacing (“Planet Birthday”) in a quiet girl in the back of the class kind of way. It’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—you can easily pick out the Pixies/Breeders references on songs like “Madora”—but that shouldn’t curb your enjoyment, as these two are far from the first to pull from that well. They’re even better on songs like “All the Things,” which build from that mold but stretch into strange ways, blending melodies and chords into the grays in between the bright color bands. And the production is pure ’80s college rock heaven, sounding like remastered C86 tracks or early Rough Trade songs that hadn’t seen the light of day before. So, you may know what you’re getting with Beverly, but in the capable hands of these two, that proves to be a very good thing.
You may recall Zach Braff had a huge soundtrack hit for Garden State back in the day, in which manic pixie dream girl extreme Natalie Portman told Braff The Shins would change his life. Guess they did, ’cause this new soundtrack will also feature a new song by The Shins called “So Now What” that was premiered earlier; you can stream that here.
The soundtrack to Wish I Was Here is due July 15 on CD, digitally and Aug. 5 on vinyl from Columbia. The movie is out in theaters July 18.
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Robyn & Royksopp absolutely tore it up for a sold-out, double-headliner bill at the Hollywood Bowl last night. The pair were promoting their new collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, and while that album is plenty terrific and they did play songs from it, both acts also made good with the hits, and Robyn played a couple of rare and/or new songs.
Royksopp played a set healthy with songs from their earlier albums (such as A.M.’s “Eple” and “Poor Leno”) and perhaps understandably with fewer tracks from their most recent album, Senior, a darker and instrumental affair compared with the flashing lights and high-profile guest spots of 2009’s companion album, Junior. The songs from that album sounded fantastic here, with a guest singer standing in nicely for The Knife/Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer Andersson (no terrifying mask, though) on Junior highlight “This Must Be It.” It sounded fantastic, though perhaps a bit subdued, but that may have been due to me having nosebleed seats.
Join us at Amoeba Hollywood for our next charity auction July 5 at 4 p.m. featuring guest host Shelagh Ratner.
Your bid on tickets, gift certificates and more goes to help LA Love & Leashes, a non-profit-run “pet store” dedicated to finding homes for dogs and cats from L.A.’s six city shelters. Amoeba will match winning bids up to $1,000.
At this auction, we’ll have:
- A $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox
- A $50 Urban Outfitters gift card
- A signed Charo CD!
- A VIP pass to the Amoeba in-store event of your choice!
- And concert tickets to the following shows:
- Haim – Aug. 7 at the Wiltern
- Jenny Lewis – Aug. 9 at the Wiltern
It is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.
Some people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.