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Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino Talks 'The Only Place,' Dad Rock

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2012 10:26am | Post a Comment
best coastBest Coast's The Only Place comes out next week (pre-order from Amoeba here). Without spoiling it too much, I can say Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno and producer Jon Brion have produced the album you hope for, with Cosentino's voice maturing markedly over gorgeous cleaned up sonics, while the lyrics retain the directness and charm that made Crazy For You so appealing. I spoke to Cosentino a bit about what went into making the album, and asked her to produce a list from her beloved "Dad Rock" genre, which she graciously did. (See Best Coast with Abe Vigoda at the Wiltern May 18!)

PST: How has the way the vocals are presented on record changed? Does the way that has changed have to do with confidence, or was it always an aesthetic choice?
 
Cosentino: The vocals are just more present and up front — which has a lot to do with confidence and me just learning how to use my voice in other ways. Singing on stage every night for the last three years has given me the confidence to sing differently, and I wanted that growth to be showcased n this album. I’m a singer — that’s what I’ve always been, and I want people to hear that.
 
PST: “The Only Place” (download free from Amoeba) to me sounds like what I want to hear when I cross the state line into California. It has a similar vibe to a number of California songs but I think feels more L.A. specific because of its punkier feel, kind of like a fantasy of California mixed with the real thing. What was the goal with that song?
 
Cosentino: I wanted to write an homage to this place that makes me so happy and relaxed and I wanted to make other people feel the love I have for California. In a way too, I wanted To write a song that would make people be like “whoa wait — California seems awesome.” I’m trying to get the state tourism board to accept it as the new CA anthem!
 
PST: “Dreaming My Life Away” sounded really cool and different in its earlier version, sort of more overtly melancholy and somber than some other Best Coast songs. How does the new recording change things?
 
Cosentino: It has a pretty creepy feel to it, almost like David Lynch or something. The original recording had the same sort of feel, I just think the new recording includes a few new elements and sounds better than the first because it’s sonically better and my singing is stronger.
 
PST: What influences did you tap into on this record that you think are new influences or you didn’t tap into as much before?
 
Cosentino: I listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac while making this record, and though they were a band that I loved while recording Crazy For You, I don’t think the influence was very obvious. It might be a bit more on this record. I also just got really inspired by female vocalists, and I used those influences to sing to he best of my abilities.
 
PST: You stayed as a three-person live band sans bass for a long time but recently switched to a four-piece and worked with orchestral pop maestro Jon Brion. Was that important to keep Best Coast as its original form for as long as you could? How do you think you’ll continue to expand upon what Best Coast means, either live or on record?
 
Cosentino: We stayed as a three piece because we didn’t have time to add another live member — we literally toured for two years straight, and we knew we wanted a bass player, we just were like — when the fuck are we going to find the time to do this? When we went in to record the new record, we wanted to change it up, and we had the time to put together a new line up and we wanted to have a stronger live show, so we worked on that a lot. The band all always be Bobb and myself — we will never add another permanent members. That’s something we agreed upon from the start.
 
PST: Speaking of Jon Brion, he certainly makes the list of producers (like Steve Albini, Alan Moulder, Dave Fridman etc.) who really make their presence felt on a record. How did you balance what he brought to the record with your own style?
 
Cosentino: Jon didn’t want his fingerprint on this record — he didn’t want it to sound like a Jon Brion record — he just wanted to make a Best Coast record with a more sonically enhanced sound, and I think that’s exactly what he did.
 
PST: Would you consider making us either a list of songs or top 10 albums of your favorite Dad Rock?
 
"Dust in the Wind" - Kansas (from the album Point of Know Return)

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Local Bits: Best Coast, Ty Segall & White Fence, Derde Verde

Posted by Billy Gil, April 27, 2012 12:09pm | Post a Comment
Best Coast The Only PlaceBest Coast Covers Fleetwood Mac’s “Storms”
 
From Pitchfork, dad-rock loving duo Best Coast has covered a song by their beloved Fleetwood Mac, “Storms,” from their underrated 1979 album Tusk. For now, you have to track to about 58:10 in this edition of BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe & Maconie show
 
Here’s the cool part: You can get the cover on a 7” that comes with The Only Place at independent record stores. Preorder your copy of The Only Place here at Amoeba and you’ll get a copy of the 7” with the moody and beautiful “Storms,” which shows off Bethany Cosentino’s growing confidence as a singer of uncommon power.
 
Ty Segall & White Fence – “Time”
 
I interviewed Ty Segall a while back about his collaboration with White Fence, called Hair, a match made in garage-pop heaven that was released this week — pick it up here. Here’s a fun psychedelic video of their song “Time” recorded for Room 205.

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Silver Lake Jubilee Schedule Announced

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2012 10:40pm | Post a Comment
UPDATE 5/25: Two-day passes are now $10 off at Amoeba Hollywood! Weekend passes are now $25 (plus $2 service fee).

The schedule for the 2012 Silver Lake Jubilee has been announced! The festival takes place on Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles and features two days of music, comedy, food trucks, vendors, beer gardens, and more.

You can purchase two-day passes to the Jubilee at Amoeba Hollywood for $37 (this includes a $2 facility fee). 

Saturday, May 26:
12 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27:
12 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
KINKY
Autolux
La Santa Cecilia
Las Cafeteras 
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
FIDLAR 
Matthewdavid
Allah-Las 
Virtual Boy
XBXRX 
La Vampires
Soft Metals
Moses Campbell
Catwalk
Dunes
JJAMZ 
Leech
Leslie Stevens & The Badgers
Robert DeLong
Wildcat! Wildcat!
Threeway
Black Boots
Public School Rocks
Aloe Blacc
Family of the Year 
La Sera
The Soft Pack
Abe Vigoda 
Maya Jupiter
LAKE 
Princeton 
Eastern Conference Champions 
TEARIST
Incan Abraham 
Gangi 
Chasing Kings
Summer Twins
Heatwave 
Contact Field Orchestra 
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Batwings Catwings
The Mormons
The Dharma Bums
Bright Beast
Little Guy
Silverlake Conservatory of Music



Best Coast’s ‘The Only Place’ Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2012 01:31pm | Post a Comment
Best Coast The Only PlaceBest Coast’s new Jon Brion-produced album The Only Place is available now for pre-order at Amoeba.com. Not only that, the California-lovin’ title track and first single is available to download. I heard it this morning on KCRW and am pretty pumped about it — everything sounds shiny and shimmery but still straightforward and not too clean, like finding a beautiful ring in the sand.

Free download
Free download of "The Only Place" by Best Coast.

The Only Place comes out May 15. Who isn’t excited about this? “Why would you live anywhere else?” After hearing the first track, I can’t wait for summer and I can’t wait for The Only Place.
 
Best Coast plays The Wiltern in LA on May 18th with Abe Vigoda. Go to it!

Silver Lake Jubilee 2012 Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Silver Lake JubileeThis year's Silver Lake Jubilee in Los Angeles is on Memorial Day weekend May 26 and 27. The two day neighborhood festival may be its biggest yet with more than 35 bands, 40 comedians and performers, food trucks, craft vendors, and beer/wine for the 21-and-overs.

You can purchase two-day passes to the Jubilee at Amoeba Hollywood for $37 (this includes a $2 facility fee). 

One of the cool things about the festival, aside from all the great bands, is its focus on environmental sustainability. You are very much encouraged to bring your own container and pour water for FREE from the fountains provided on site (that's a lovely change from other festivals that charge ridiculous amounts of money for very small bottles of water). Vendors use compostable food containers, and recycling and composting happens during the festival. Big no-nos inside the Jubilee include single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam, balloons, or other non-recyclable containers. 

When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 & 27

  • 12 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26
  • 12 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27

Where: Santa Monica Blvd., with entrances from Sunset Blvd. and Commonwealth

Here is the lineup (so far):



Abe Vigoda performing at Amoeba Hollywood in 2008:


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