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Weekly Roundup: Cold Showers, Double Duchess, JIM, Superhumanoids

Posted by Billy Gil, June 19, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Cold Showers - "Plantlife"
cold showersWe were big fans of Cold Showers' debut record, Love and Regret, a rumbling, heavy run through gothy post-punk environs. The first thing we've heard from their new album, Matter of Choice, boasts bigger synths and cleaner production, pumping up the Highland Park band's sound till it's a hook-laden beast. On "Plantlife," Cold Showers reveal the pop heart that was always beating beneath the black shroud without losing an ounce of their estimable cool. Can't wait to hear the rest of this record, which is due Aug. 28 on Dais. Listen via Stereogum.




Double Duchess - "Bullshit"

double duchessThis terrific cover of a Grace Jones B-side comes courtesy of S.F.'s Double Duchess, a queer production/performance art duo who replace the music of Jones' glam-disco original with hedonistic house beats that seem to emit sweat and smoke from the speakers. But as long as we're talking about Grace Jones, check out this video of her (I think) lip syncing to the original—watch that businessman clap while she dances on his fucking table. Can she just own a room or what? Listen to Double Duchess' version below via Pitchfork. The duo is holding a release party for its debut album, All Eyes on Me, next Thursday, June 25, at SF Oasis.

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Weekly Roundup: No Age, Imperial Teen, Superhumanoids, Cold Showers, Hunx and His Punx, Soft Metals, Flaamingos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

No Age – “C’mon Stimmung”

no age an objectLast week No Age revealed the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming An Object, out Aug. 20 on Sub Pop — you can preorder the album now on CD or LP. Now we’ve got the stunning first song from the album, “C’mon Stimmung.” It seems to carry the relatively cleaned-up sound of their last album, Everything in Between, as drummer Dean Spunt’s vocals come through with more clarity and depth than before, while guitarist Randy Randall indulges in the sort of My Bloody Valentine-style guitar mangling that snags us every time. No Age have also announced an upcoming tour, which will come through L.A. July 25 when the band plays Santa Monica Pier. They’ll also be in Berkeley Aug. 23 at the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where they’ll appear with Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross.

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My Top 50 Albums of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 17, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

50. Purity RingShrines

purity ring shrinesPurity Ring make Cocteau Twins­-style dream pop by way of Salem’s hard-hitting witchhouse on an album more notable for its smooth blending of related genres than for its actual songwriting, but they’ve got a sweet sound nonetheless.

 

 

49. Cold ShowersLove & Regret

Cold Showers Cold Showers’ short and sweet debut heralds the arrival of a great new L.A. band, beaming shoegaze guitars over darkwave synths and goth-style vocals. (Read my review of Cold Showers' show here.)

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Weekly Roundup: Local Natives, Christopher Owens, The Growlers, Radar Bros., Maston, Cold Showers, The Ross Sea Party

Posted by Billy Gil, December 6, 2012 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives, Christopher Owens and The Growlers Albums Up for Preorder!

Local NativesI blogged a while back about the first songs from the upcoming Local Natives and Christopher Owens albums. Local Natives are originally from Orange County and put out a great first album, Gorilla Manor. The first song from Hummingbird is called “Breakers,” and it’s the most lush thing they’ve done yet. Meanwhile, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens of S.F. has unveiled the single “Here We Go,” a delicate ballad stripped of much of the distortion and reverb that caked a lot of Girls song to reveal a vital core. It’s the first song from Lysandre, due Jan. 15 on Fat Possum, which you can now preorder here!

 

Additionally, locally grown garage rockers The Growlers will release their new album Hung at Heart Jan. 22. Before that, check them out as part of an Amoeba Presents show at the Henry Fonda Theatre Dec. 28 with Dirt Dress, The Abigails and Sam Flax. Get your tickets at Amoeba Hollywood! Preview the new Growlers album below.

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Show Report: The Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber; Diiv, Violens and Cold Showers; Grimes

Posted by Billy Gil, October 12, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Melody's Echo ChamberBack on Monday night, I checked out The Raveonettes’ show at The El Rey Theatre. Although I like their latest album, Observator, more than some critics did, I admit I mostly went to check out opener Melody’s Echo Chamber, my favorite new band of the moment. The young band came out quietly, two girls and two guys dressed in paisley apparel befitting their swirling psych sound, akin to Broadcast plugging in with Tame Impala, whose Kevin Parker produced their excellent self-titled record (as well as his own new album, the amazing Lonerism, seriously check out both of these albums now if you haven’t yet). They played most of their sole record, starting with standout “Endless Shore,” which reminds me of Lush as much as any other artist, putting them firmly in line with classic shoegazers. Even without a drummer, piping in those titanic drums found on the record, the quartet played through most of the record pretty flawlessly, once stopping a song when a loop didn’t come in right or something like that. While witnessing the music press try to make sense of this hot new band, I’ve realized that a lot of times describing a new female-fronted band becomes an exercise in naming other well-known female-fronted bands from the last 20 years — there are only so many, given the tendency for female artists to be presented as solo artists society’s favoring of male-fronted bands — and that tends to be limiting. Melody’s Echo Chamber are a very good band; they do sound a bit like Broadcast and Stereolab, and if you have a problem with that, you’re nuts.

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