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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: Michael Vidal, Tropic of Cancer, Cold Beat, Turbo Lightning, Wymond Miles, Spaceships

Posted by Billy Gil, September 26, 2013 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Michael Vidal – “Dreams (Come Back to Me)” – Free Download

michael vidal dream centerThe members of L.A. darkwave rockers Abe Vigoda have recently been focusing on other projects, including dream pop bands Roses and Dunes. Now lead singer Michael Vidal has unveiled a gorgeous collection of songs called Dream Center. “Dreams (Come Back to Me)” hums along on muted guitar and Vidal’s swooning baritone, sounding a bit like a Christine McVie-led Fleetwood Mac track until the groove goes full-tilt with a gleaming guitar rush at the end. Download it free from Amoeba.

 

 

 

 

Tropic of Cancer – “Plant Lilies at My Head” video

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Weekly Roundup: Widowspeak, Johnathan Rado, FUZZ and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 12, 2013 10:59am | Post a Comment

Lots of stuff this week!

widowspeak the swampsWidowspeak – “True Believer”

Howdy, pardners! We were big fans of Widowspeak’s dusky, dreamy last album, Almanac, which was released last year. Now they’ve got more goodness on the way in the form of The Swamps EP, with hints of a third album on the way. The EP is out Oct. 29 on Captured Tracks, and you can hear the Mazzy Star-in-a-ghost-town-style “True Believer” now.

 

johnathan rado foxygenJohnathan Rado – “Hand in Mine”

More rootin’, tootin’, country-flavored indie pop on the way from Foxygen’s Johnathan Rado. As if his band’s effing fantastic We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic wasn’t enough for one year (one of the best of the year so far, I’d say), California native Rado has a solo album, the awesomely titled Law and Order, due Sept. 3 on Woodsist. “Put your hand in mine, it will excite you” says the Nancy Sinatra counterpart to his Lee Hazlewood. Cute ‘n’ seductive.

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Show Recaps: The Milk Carton Kids, Dirt Dress, Femme Soup

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2013 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Milk Carton Kids AmoebaLots of shows in recent days. The Milk Carton Kids recently took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood, giving fans a healthy dose of their acoustic, Simon & Garfunkel-influenced story-folk. Though still relatively unknown, the band has cultivated a healthy following for the Eagle Rock-based duo, garnering fans of like-minded L.A. venues Largo and Hotel Cafe. Their soft, mellowed-out sound contrasts with their comedic, center-stage personalities, inviting you to come sit by their campfire and hear them spin a yarn and sing a tune. Milk Carton Kid Joey Ryan regaled the audience with the history of the ampersand, much to the delight of a few fawning girls in the front, proving that a cute guy with a guitar can literally discuss typographical history and young girls will swoon. They sang the countryish “Honey Honey,” with Kenneth Pattengale really going to town on his miniature acoustic guitar, with the top of it wrapped in a cloth napkin for maximum intimacy. Ryan bragged about his quick fingerpicking and delivered it with finesse on a bluegrass-colored song. He said the band grew up shopping for records at Amoeba, and it was now “quite an honor” to be playing at the store. Pattengale mocked Ryan’s consistently deadpan tone, saying, “Guys, I’m so f*ckin’ thrilled.” “That’s not a good impression,” Ryan quipped back. They sang a few morose tunes to close the set, joking that everyone thinks they’re from Michigan because of their melancholy folk sound. They’ll be at the Largo Theater May 8 and 9. See more picture of their performance here.

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