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Weekly Roundup: Earl Sweatshirt, Lawrence Rothman, Raw Geronimo and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 18, 2013 03:27pm | Post a Comment

Lots of new videos this week!

Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive (featuring Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)” video

earl sweatshirtThe third single from Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s upcoming debut LP, Doris (out Aug. 20 on Tan Cressida/Columbia), is another winner, full of woozy, spacey effects, and a slowed-down beat to match Sweatshirt’s laid-back flow. It’s not as flashy as “Whoa” or “Chum,” but it’s no less hypnotic.

 

Lawrence Rothman – “Montauk Fling” video

lawrence rothmanMaybe it’s because I just rewatched Mulholland Dr. for like the fifth time, but this new video from L.A.’s Lawrence Rothman is really doing it for me. The song is a kind of electro-symphonic ode to yearning, and the video’s decayed Hollywood mythologizing feels like a drag-performance-art version of Sunset Boulevard. Rothman appears decked out like a young Elizabeth Taylor, cooing “can I be your boyfriend?” while mirror-imaged women writhe around in leotards and 1950s-style underwear. The occasional creepy footage of an L.A. freeway or the Hollywood Tower (I think?) makes the video by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, The White Stripes, Marilyn Manson) an expertly crafted example of how subtly unsettling Hollywood imagery can be. The single’s out digitally and on 7” Aug. 6 from Mamaroma, Sigismondi’s label.

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Weekly Roundup: Shannon and the Clams, Honeymoon, GRMLN, Mikal Cronin, The English Singles, Books of Love

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2013 11:31am | Post a Comment

Shannon and the Clams – “Into a Dream”

shannon clamsShannon’s sweet snarl leads us through a tunnel-of-love melody and ’50s pop arrangement. The gloriously lo-fi production and Shannon and her Clams’ disorienting harmonies make the whole thing a fun, woozy ride. Dreams in the Rat House is due out May 21 on Hardly Art. Listen or download for free from Amoeba. Check ’em out at Amoeba San Francisco Thursday May 23 at 6 p.m.!

 

 

 

Honeymoon – “Sure Stuck”

honeymoonHoneymoon is an Australian-born, L.A.-based production duo whose upcoming album is said to be an update of ’60s/’70s psychedelic pop. It sure sounds that way from “Sure Stuck,” the second song they’ve released from the upcoming album. Think a more electronic Tame Impala. Honeymoon’s one to keep an eye on.

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Weekly Roundup: Classixx, IO Echo, Kisses, GRMLN, The Ross Sea Party, Sonny & The Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees, and more

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2013 03:36pm | Post a Comment

Classixx Releases ‘All You’re Waiting For,’ Featuring LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang

classixxClassixx’s recent singles in advance of Hanging Gardens, the L.A. act’s upcoming debut LP due May 14 on Innovative Leisure, have gotten their fair share of press, but now they’ve gone and dropped their best jam yet, featuring cool as F vocals from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang. Here’s your early summer jam.

 

IO Echo Unveil Interactive Video

io echoI’m already a fan of L.A. group IO Echo and their recently released shoegazey electro-pop album, Ministry of Love. Now they’ve released a cool interactive video for the title track that just makes them that much cooler. Wow. Why don’t more bands do stuff like this? And more importantly, do I win something if I rearrange singer Ioanna Gika correctly in the beginning? Check it out on VICE’s Noisey blog.

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Weekly Roundup: Jeremih & Shlohmo, Young & Sick, Hanni El Khatib, Kisses, GRMLN, Sonny & the Sunsets

Posted by Billy Gil, March 21, 2013 03:19pm | Post a Comment

Jeremih & Shlohmo – “Bo Peep (Do U Right)”

Shlohmo at Amoeba
Shlohmo DJing live at Amoeba Hollywood

Producer Shlohmo and R&B singer Jeremih have collaborated on a song that melds the styles of both artists, with Shlohmo’s dreamy beatscapes becoming harder-edged and Jeremih singing lushly, breathily while still singing those come-ons acrobatically (“I’m gon’ do you” he repeats, just slightly tamer than his track “Fuck U All the Time,” which Shlohmo has also remixed). It was recorded for Adidas’ “Songs from Scratch” series. Amoeba Presents Shlohmo with Jeremih at the Henry Fonda Theatre April 6; tickets are $20 (plus a $2 service fee), purchasable in-store. Read more here.

 

Young & Sick – “Continuum”

Young & Sick
Example of Young & Sick's artwork

Young & Sick’s “House of Spirits” was a sad little piece of electronic R&B in which the L.A. based music, fashion and art project lived up to its name, with lyrics about drowning in a car with the one you love. “Continuum” is no less obsessed with drowning, but it is less directly influenced by R&B, instead spinning out ethereal soul somewhere between likeminded acts How to Dress Well and Rhye. As much as I like the song, the story of how they released it sort of takes precedence — they released it via the Tor underweb, a sort of black market of the Internet that makes Craigslist seem like the Pennysaver, with killers for hire and all sorts of unspeakable porn. That and apparently they turned down six figures to do it their way and remain anonymous. They sure have their values in check! Read all about it in ForbesForbes, for crying out loud.

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Weekly Roundup: Warm Soda, Tera Melos, GRMLN, Shellshag, White Fence, King Tuff

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2013 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Warm Soda – “Busy Lizzy” video

warm sodaOakland’s Warm Soda have released a video for “Busy Lizzy,” from their excellent Someone for You, recently released on Castle Face. In the video, sexy librarian babe Busy Lizza walks around town and causes havok with her sheer babeness, all shot on VHS video. It’s like a great ’80s local commercial, set to one of the finest power-pop jams you’ll hear in this young year. They’re all over California in the coming days, check ’em out:

2/21 – San Diego – Soda Bar  w/Teenage Burritos, Shiva Trash

2/22 – Fullerton – Burger Records

2/23 – Oakland – Night Light w/Bad Vibez, Cocktails

2/28 – San Francisco – Noise Pop – Brick & Mortar w/Free Energy

3/1 – Pacifica – Winters Tavern

3/7 – Long Beach – Alex’s Bar w/Cigarette Bums, Feral Kizzy

 

Tera Melos – “Sunburn”

tera melosSacramento’s Tera Melos have unveiled the second track from their buzzed-about forthcoming album X’ed Out. Buzz is the operative word here — glorious guitar buzz, manipulated and strangled into convoluted math-rock guitar lines that bleed into big choruses. There just aren’t a lot of bands exploring guitar textures this way any more, and Tera Melos definitely fill a void. X’ed Out is due April 16 on Sargent House.

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