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Weekly Roundup: HT Heartache, Some Ember, Army Navy, Melted Toys, White Fence

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry” video premiere

ht heartache sundowner lpWe’ve got the premiere for the new video from HT Heartache, for the melancholy country-noir song “Cowboy Poetry.” Shot in stunning black-and-white in Joshua Tree, the video captures “Cowboy Poetry’s” sense of romantic yearning as well as a feeling of being purposefully lost. HT Heartache is the project of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Mary Roth, with help from multi-instrumentalist Christina Gaillard, who recorded the new album Sundowner over the past year and a half in Highland Park. It’ll be available at Amoeba Hollywood starting May 28, so check it out!

 

Some Ember – “The Thrashing Whip” and Album Stream

some emberNina Chase and Dylan Travis remember the other side of synthesized music, calling to mind the darkwave and coldwave momements of the 1980s without being overly referential or reverential. “The Thrashing Whip’s” light pulse beat is more reminiscent of an anxious heartbeat than a dance beat, its disintegrating synthesizers sounding like they’ve been sprayed with acid and Travis’ heartbreak croon traversing heady chord changes and ghostly sounds. However, Chase’s sweet backup vocals and the occasional glittering effect helps give the song a feeling of uplift through the gloom. Very intriguing. If you’d like to hear the rest of the California duo’s Some Ember LP (due May 27 on Dream Recordings), check it out on Stereogum.

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Weekly Roundup: Matt Kivel, The Fresh & Onlys, Big Search, Strange Babes, HIPS

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment

Matt Kivel – “Insignificance”

matt kivelBeginning with a sort of Sonic Youth-folk feel, Matt Kivel’s “Insignificance” reveals itself to be a graceful love song dirtied just enough with lo-fi grit. It’s the first thing we’ve heard from Days of Being Wild, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter’s new album, due July 8 on Woodsist. Kivel, who was in the indie-pop band Princeton with his brother, Jesse (also of Kisses), will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Aug. 16 for the Woodsist Festival alongside Woods, Foxygen and …

 

The Fresh & Onlys – “Who Let the Devil”

fresh & onlys house of spirits lp…The Fresh & Onlys, who have just released the third track from their upcoming new album, House of Spirits, which is due June 10 on Mexican Summer. The album promises a lot of variety, judging by the minimalist beauty of “Bells of Paonia,” goth country-rock of “Animal of One” and now the rococo Americana of “Who Let the Devil.”

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Weekly Roundup: The Skygreen Leopards, Craft Spells, Courtney Love

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

The Skygreen Leopards – “Leave the Family”

skygreen leopardsS.F. psych-rock duo The Skygreen Leopards have a new album due July 8 on Woodsist called Family Crimes, and they’ve released the first song from it, “Leave the Family,” a bit of sunny-sounding psychedelia with goth lyrics—“you leave the family and you don’t come back,” goes one refrain over jangly 12-string guitar. Donovan Quinn, one of the two Leopards, is a busy guy—he also recently released a great record with Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance under the moniker New Bums. In fact, that whole Woodsist gang seems to be bustling as of late, with Woods’ recent, excellent album having been released and the gang gearing up for new Woodsist Fests, one Aug. 5-6 in Big Sur and another Aug. 16 in Pioneertoown (featuring Skygreen Leopards, Woods, Real Estate and more). Thanks for keeping us chill w/your cool hippie vibes throughout the summer, guys!

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Tee Pees, Pillar Point, Boardwalk, RedRedRed, Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 10:50am | Post a Comment

Thee Tee Pees – “Indian Bingo”

thee tee pees lpThee Tee Pees don’t have time for your fancy studios and multitracking. But they do have time to record “Indian Bingo” 20 times (if you believe the guy shouting “take 20!”) at the beginning of “Indian Bingo” just to get that perfect balance of slop and fury. The L.A. garage-punk band releases its self-titled debut in late May via Manglor, and it’s already sounding like the party rock record of the summer.

 

Pillar Point – “Cherry” (Music Go Music remix)

pillar point lp amoebaHow did I miss fawning over the Bay Area’s Pillar Point (aka Scott Reitherman) and his excellent, recently released self-titled dream-R&B album? I’m a dum dum. At least I had the wherewithal to be on it for this remix of “Cherry,” which strips some of the gauzy texture from the original and adds a funk shuffle that makes it into an absolute jam. Known mainly for his work with Throw Me the Statue, Pillar Point is someone we’re gonna have to watch from here on out. He’s at L.A.’s Echoplex May 5 and S.F.’s Elbo Room May 6. Listen to the original “Cherry” here; watch the video for the gorgeous “Dreamin’” here.

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Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Trash Talk, tUnE-yArDs, The Donkeys, Zig Zags, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2014 10:41am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love – “You Know My Name”

courtney loveCourtney Love made news recently by announcing the mid-’90s lineup of Hole would reunite (along with Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Upset’s Patty Schemel), but that doesn’t seem to be happening for the time being. However, we do have a new double A-side due from Love, “Wedding Day” and this hardcore-inspired pop song. Her voice is sounding pretty cool again. It’s out May 4.

 

Trash Talk – “Cloudkicker”

trash talkSacramento hardcore band Trash Talk have unveiled the first taste of their upcoming fifth album, No Peace (due May 27 on Odd Future), the follow-up to 2012’s excellent 119. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes like bile, whiskey and Molotov. Delicious!

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