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Weekly Roundup: Sego, Cool Ghouls, Hanni El Khatib, Youth Code

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2014 09:54am | Post a Comment

Sego – “Wicket Youth” video

segoThese Utah-via-L.A. Kitsune signees immediately get me for referencing Wicket the ewok from Return of the Jedi. Even if that’s not what they’re referencing, that’s not the point—“Wicket Youth” touches on familiar ’80s influences without really sounding like they’re retreading, instead infusing refreshingly plainspoken lyrics about nostalgia for youth with sparkling synth-pop flourishes. And it’s got a very ’80s, handrawn-style video to match. The Wicket Youth EP is out Oct. 27.

 

Cool Ghouls – “What a Dream I Had”

cool ghoulsHere’s the third track from the forthcoming Cool Ghouls album A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. It’s perhaps the most impressive track they’ve debuted yet, built on a slow, steady jangle and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” harmonies. Cool Ghouls keep the dream of San Francisco alive with songs like “What a Dream I Had.” Stream the track via Wondering Sound, and read my interview with them here.

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Hanni El Khatib Headlines Red Bull Sound Select Show Curated by KCRW on Oct. 21

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2014 05:02pm | Post a Comment

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Garage-rock troubador Hanni El Khatib is headlining the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, curated by our friends at KCRW. Hindu Pirates open the show.

It takes place at Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy, with Dan Wilcox (KCRW) hosting. Tickets are $3 with an RSVP (or $12 walk-up) and the show is 21+.

Hanni El Khatib released a batch of catchy garage-rock tunes last year called Head in the Dirt, produced by The Black KeysDan Auerbach. Read my interview with him here, and check out his episode of “What’s In My Bag?” below:

Hanni El Khatib - What's In My Bag?
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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, Chelsea Wolfe, Crystal Antlers and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2013 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Carried Mask”

youth codeL.A. dark synth music duo Youth Code has unveiled another song from their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released Sept. 3 on Dais. It’s a throbbing number reminiscent of industrial/EBM music pioneers like Ministry and Skinny Puppy, with a taut dance beat to match its grind and screeched vocals. It makes me want to go to Das Bunker and dance to darkwave all night. Can’t wait for this album!

 

Boardwalk – “I’m to Blame” video

boardwalk bandNostalgic, dreamy stuff from new L.A. duo Boardwalk. Fans of Beach House and Mazzy Star should feel right at home within the folds of this organ-fueled blanket of lo-fi dream pop. Surprisingly, their debut album will find a home on L.A.-based Stones Throw Records, which has grown and diversified from its beats-driven roots. Boardwalk is due Oct. 15.

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10 Songs to Download Now: Mikal Cronin, Hanni El Khatib, Cayucas, Classixx, Small Black and More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment

Starting a new feature to highlight some recent tracks available to download on the Amoeba site. Take a listen and if you like them, add them to your Amoeba shopping cart (you won’t be charged until you check out). All downloads are in the $.98 MP3 format; visit the album page to pick up higher-res M4A or WAV files.

 

mikal cronin mciiMikal Cronin – “Weight”

Starting with a stately piano and acoustic jangle, “Weight” opens Mikal Cronin’s excellent MCII on a classy note. Those Rubber Soul-style harmonies and crunching guitars at the chorus don’t hurt, either. This one’s a free download. (From the album MCII)

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ancient animalsAncient Animals – “Teen Wolf”

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Interview: Hanni El Khatib

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2013 11:02am | Post a Comment

hanni el khatibThere’s a fuck-all attitude to Hanni El Khatib’s music that makes his relatively straightforward garage rock so enjoyable. Maybe it’s that his songs are really catchy, pairing rock ‘n’ roll swagger with actual hooks. Or that he actually seems like a really cool guy, which I learned he is after interviewing him. Check out his second album, Head in the Dirt, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. He’s at S.F.’s Fillmore May 17 and L.A.’s Mayan Theater May 21, both with The Black Angels and Wall of Death.

PST: There’s a hint of desperation to the lyrics to some of these songs. I’m thinking of how “Family” starts with the lyric “I wanna be somebody else today” or the lyrics of songs like “Nobody Move” and “Pay No Mind.” Where do you get your lyrical inspiration?

hanni el khatib head in the dirtEl Khatib: Most of my lyrics are written in a very spontaneous way. Total stream of consciousness that I try to loosely connect to an underlying mood or theme. They usually reflect the mood I’m in at the moment, and since the record was written and recorded in such a short time-frame, I guess that’s just the place I was at.

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