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Weekly Roundup: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Bleached, Local Natives

Posted by Billy Gil, January 10, 2013 02:59pm | Post a Comment

This inaugural Weekly Roundup features some great new tunes by Bleached, Local Natives and more. Just a refresher: This is the place where I highlight local and up-and-coming artists from around the LA and SF area, mostly. Email me at billy.gil@gmail.com if you would like to be included!

 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)”

thaoSF resident Thao and her Get Down Stay Down have released the first song from their upcoming new album We the Common. It’s a bigger, more fully produced sound and more politically charged song than her previous work, and I think the changes suit her music well. We the Common is due Feb. 5 on Ribbon Music.

 

Bleached – “Next Stop”

BleachedLA punks Bleached, lead by the Clavin sisters Jessica and Jennifer (formerly of Mika Miko), released one of my favorite songs of last year, “Searching Through the Past.” Now their first full-length record, Ride Your Heart, is up for release April 2 on Dead Oceans. “Next Stop” is the first taste of that record and features the hard-charging surf punk guitars and scrappy sister harmonies of their previous singles, honed down into a hearty two-and-a-half minutes.

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Looking Ahead to 2013 ...

Posted by Billy Gil, December 27, 2012 10:29am | Post a Comment

It’s still December 2012, but there’s plenty to get excited about heading into the new year, music- and movie-wise. Check out the preorders we have available below. 

My Bloody ValentineIn addition, new records hitting shelves early in the year include new records by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Spring), the late, great Broadcast (The Berberian Sound Studio [Soundtrack], Jan. 8), Frightened Rabbit (Pedestrian Verse, Feb. 5), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (II, Feb. 5), Azealia Banks (Broke With Expensive Taste, Feb. 12), Veronica Falls (Waiting for Something to Happen, Feb. 12), Beach Fossils (Clash the Truth, Feb. 19), Iceage (You’re Nothing, Feb. 19), Girls Names (The New Life, Feb. 29), Johnny Marr (The Messenger, Feb. 26), The Mary Onettes (Hit the Waves, March 12), Low (The Invisible Way, March 19), Wavves (Title TBA, March 26), The Knife (Shaking the Habitual, April 9) and, of course, Guided by Voices (English Little League, April 30). My Bloody Valentine are supposedly releasing their long-awaited follow-up to 1991’s classic Loveless, the favorite album of many a music nerd, as they’ve just announced via their Facebook page that they finished mastering their new album. Any MBV fan knows that recording, let alone mixing, let alone mastering a new album by the shoegaze titans is a painfully long and arduous process at best, so this is very exciting news! Though supposedly the record will come out on their website first, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything about a new, physical My Bloody Valentine LP.

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Albums Out Dec. 11: Jawbreaker, Green Day, Bruno Mars and More

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2012 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Jawbreaker – Bivouac [20th Anniversary Edition]

Jawbreaker BivouacCD $12.98

LP $18.98

Unlike some of its alt-rock contemporaries (call it emo or whatever, Bivouac is firmly 1991 in sound), Jawbreaker’s Bivouac is ripe for reissue because A) it can’t be found in your average record store, B) it was overlooked during its time and C) it has aged better than your average album of the era. Beginning with the roaring “Shield Your Eyes,” the album still hits hard, thanks to Blake Schwarzenbach razor vocals and the band’s scrappy attack. “Chesterfield King” echoes the boozy swagger of their elders in The Replacements, while “Sleep’s” sheet of guitars and hushed melodies place them as both Husker Du’s heir and as a band making music akin to their shoegazing brethren across the pond. For new listeners, especially those interested in some of the roots of emo, the brutal “Parabola” and the title track, which balances delicate passages with high-octane chunks of ferocious noise for 10 breathtaking minutes, should be elucidating in and of themselves. If only emo had stayed as good as Bivouac, we’d all be better off! The LP has four fewer tracks than the CD (as it did in the original pressing); the Chesterfield King EP also is reissued, including those four tracks (“Tour Song,” “Face Down,” “You Don’t Know…” and “Pack it Up”).

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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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Weekly Roundup: Local Natives, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Kitten

Posted by Billy Gil, October 18, 2012 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Live at AmoebaLocal Natives – “Breakers”

L.A.-based Local Natives have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming second album, Hummingbirds. It’s a bigger, more textured sound for the band, while retaining the rambunctious energy that made their first album such a delight. The band played Amoeba a while back as well — check out photos from that performance here.

 

 

Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”

Kendrick Lamar, of West Coast supergroup Black Hippy (Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul) and from our city of Compton, has dropped the first track form his upcoming first official album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (preorder here). “Backseat Freestyle” really does sound like he’s f-ing the world for 72 hours, as he says in the song. It’s tough and laid back and self-assured as its title would imply.

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