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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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Weekly Roundup: The Mantles, Spaceships, Ty Segall, Death Valley Girls, Deap Vally

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment

The Mantles – “Memory”

the mantles bandThe Mantles’ Long Enough to Leave was a delightful traipse through New Zealand-style jangle pop, and now the Bay Area-based Slumberland band is coming back with a set of new recordings. They’re first coming out with the Memory 7” Dec. 2, featuring two new songs. Listen to the Felt-ish “Memory” now and get swept up in their sweet autumnal strums.

 

Spaceships – “Good Gradez”

spaceshipsNoisy L.A. duo Spaceships have a new self-titled EP coming out Nov. 4 on New Professor and we’ve got the first song now, called “Good Gradez.” It’s got the same distorted power-pop chords and snarled melodies of their debut LP, Cool Breeze Over the Mountains, with an ever-so-slightly cleaned-up sound to make sure Jessie Waite’s terrific vocals cut through clearly. I for one give this song an A+! Check out the interview I did with the band last week here.

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Noise Pop Band Spaceships Chat Before Their Melody Lounge Performance Oct. 9

Posted by Billy Gil, October 3, 2014 04:30pm | Post a Comment

spaceships bandSpaceships have come up from being outsiders to L.A. who just started a band together in 2010 to being written up in LA Weekly as darlings of the DIY community. The band, consisting of Kevin LaRose on drums and Jessie Waite on guitar and vocals, recorded their first LP, a blast of brash, melodic noise pop called Cool Breeze Over the Mountains, in the apartment they shared (look for the record in-store!).

Now they've got a month-long residency at Melody Lounge in Chinatown every Thursday night. Oct. 9 will be Amoeba Night, featuring Amoeba employees performing and DJing all night, with Spaceships (LaRose works at Amoeba Hollywood), myself playing in Crystales and DJing with Subtle Cues, and with Amoeba's Sean Evans DJing as well. I took a minute to speak with LaRose about how they got to where they are and what they're up to now.

You self-released your first LP last year. I know you guys recorded it in your apartment, can you talk a bit about how you managed that? Did your neighbors ever complain?

We recorded parts of it in our apartment, but stuff like the drums were recorded in various practice spaces around Los Angeles. Thankfully, no one ever complained.

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Weekly Roundup: Cozz & Effect, Cool Ghouls, Corners

Posted by Billy Gil, October 3, 2014 11:27am | Post a Comment

Cozz & Effect – “Cody Macc” video

cozz & effectSouth L.A. rapper Cozz & Effect is only 21 and just started seriously rapping last year, but he was good enough to land on J. Cole’s Dreamville label (via Interscope), who will release the young rapper’s debut, self-titled album on shelves Oct. 27. The video for his track “Cody Macc” sees Cozz rapping with increasing ferocity throughout an eerily empty Los Angeles, which kind of matches the solitary quality to the song’s production. Something about that combination of sounds and images makes this compelling, like he’s fighting for his life to be heard over the anonymity of an oppressively large city like L.A.

 

Cool Ghouls – “And It Grows”

cool ghoulsCool Ghouls are digging deeper into their native S.F. for the sound of their next record, mining the hippie Nuggets of yore to come up with their own garage spin on psychedelic pop. Following the excellent “The Mile,” now we’ve got “And It Grows,” which builds with thick twangy guitars and choral vocals until it unleashes a big, snaking riff over a smoldering groove. I’m lovin’ it. A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye is out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. Here’s my interview with them a while back.

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Weekly Roundup: RL Grime, Wand, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

RL Grime – “Reminder” (featuring How to Dress Well)

rl grimeThis track from L.A. producer RL Grime sounds like how you remember the best of late ’90s R&B in your head. With Grime’s bass-heavy, lingering production, “Reminder” does have a dreamy, lovelorn feel, but How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell, who’s pretty much the king of dreamy and lovelorn, is actually as lively and engaging as you’ve ever heard him before here. You’ll get a kick out of hearing him sing rapid-fire lines like Justin Timberlake. The track will be on RL Grime’s new album VOID, due Nov. 18 on WEDIDIT.

 

Wand – “Flying Golem” video

wandWand’s video for their stomping psych-rocker “Flying Golem” (off the recently released Ganglion Reef) is an explosion of ’90s- style animation, from the pixilation of old video games to early CG-animation to the sleazy cartoons of MTV’s “Liquid Television” (kids, look it up if you don’t know it). Man, MTV was cool in the ’90s. What the fuck happened. This would’ve been right at home on “120 Minutes.”

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