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2013 Mixtape: 21 Songs for the Time Capsule

Posted by Billy Gil, December 5, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Just about everyone could agree on “Get Lucky” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but there were lots of other great singles and album cuts released this year. Here are 21 you can download from Amoeba.com right now. Pretty sure these could just top out a 120-minute cassette tape, if my high school calculations are correct. Check out my top 50 albums list, too!

 

kurt vile wakin on a pretty daze amoebaKurt Vile – “KV Crimes”

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Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a great, melodically hazy stoner-rock record, but "KV Crimes" hits hard, like a song Tom Petty would kick out in five minutes and decide he was too stoned when he wrote it and leave it on the cutting-room floor for some bullshit like "Free Fallin'." Kurt Vile is like our more enlightened Petty, one who knows that off-the-cuff tracks can be the best.

 

From the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze

 

 

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Weekly Roundup: together PANGEA, Soft Metals, Wax Idols, Johnathan Rado, Chelsea Wolfe, Wymond Miles

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2013 06:21pm | Post a Comment

I’m back after a lil’ break! Here are some of my favorite local SF/LA area songs and videos of the past couple of weeks:

together PANGEA – “Snakedog” video

together pangeaWe’ve been waiting for some time for the next full-length from this band (who are now calling themselves “together PANGEA” rather than just Pangea, I guess to avoid confusion with other similarly named acts?). Still waiting on when that album will come out, but for now we’ve got the first new taste from the L.A. band, the slithery rocker “Snakedog.” Sounds like one of those dumb SyFy Channel movies! But it’s even better than that! I love these guys, can’t wait to hear more. The Snakedog 7” is out now on Harvest Records, and they’re on tour this fall, hitting Bardot in Hollywood Sept. 9.

 

 

Soft Metals – “Lenses” video

soft metalsI know I write about these guys a lot, but they seriously have the corner marked on slightly detached yet totally engaging synth pop. “Lenses” is a dreamy title track from their excellent recent release, and since their last video was such a sexy treat, I thought I’d post this one too. Watching it and listening to it sort of feels like being completely wasted and high at some weird after hours place where you start seeing things and you’re not sure what’s going on.

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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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Album Picks: Soft Metals, Guantlet Hair, Pet Shop Boys, Tig Notaro

Posted by Billy Gil, July 16, 2013 09:54am | Post a Comment

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L.A. duo Soft Metals continue to turn out excellent, icy synth-pop on their second album. Single “Tell Me” starts out minimally and coolly, featuring Patricia Hall’s ethereal, melancholy vocals and an ever-so-slightly menacing beat before a meaty synth hook comes in and makes it a great dark party jam. Similarly, the sexy tension of a track like “Hourglass” should find fans of likeminded, italo disco-influenced music like Chromatics and Glass Candy. Great for post-midnight dance parties.

Watch the unofficial video for "Tell Me" below, with footage from Killer Clowns From Outer Space!

Soft Metals - Tell Me from Violent Success on Vimeo.

 

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Weekly Roundup: No Age, Imperial Teen, Superhumanoids, Cold Showers, Hunx and His Punx, Soft Metals, Flaamingos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

No Age – “C’mon Stimmung”

no age an objectLast week No Age revealed the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming An Object, out Aug. 20 on Sub Pop — you can preorder the album now on CD or LP. Now we’ve got the stunning first song from the album, “C’mon Stimmung.” It seems to carry the relatively cleaned-up sound of their last album, Everything in Between, as drummer Dean Spunt’s vocals come through with more clarity and depth than before, while guitarist Randy Randall indulges in the sort of My Bloody Valentine-style guitar mangling that snags us every time. No Age have also announced an upcoming tour, which will come through L.A. July 25 when the band plays Santa Monica Pier. They’ll also be in Berkeley Aug. 23 at the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where they’ll appear with Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross.

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