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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, Warpaint, Tijuana Panthers, Audacity, LIZ, Bart Davenport, The Fresh & Onlys, Vertical Scratchers

Posted by Billy Gil, April 11, 2014 10:51am | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Drop” video

thee oh seesSo I guess Thee Oh Sees are still breaking up? I feel like I’ll believe it when I see it. But in the meantime, their new album, Drop, is due April 19 , aka Record Store Day (you can preorder it now on LP or CD). The visuals for their new video for the power-poppin’ title track reminds me of Spirograph and origami, except a lot cooler. Here it is, via Spin.

 

Warpaint – “Disco//Very” and “Keep it Healthy” video

warpaintI picture Warpaint a lot shier than they appear in the video for two songs from its recent, self-titled second album. For the darkly danceable “Disco//Very,” we see them cavorting in the streets with a bunch of skaters, coming off a bit like the girl gang from The Craft. Lots of fun hand-dancing. Then, night falls for the chiller “Keep It Healthy,” which sees the ladies’ nocturnal tune soundtrack nighttime skate tricks. Very cool, fun stuff that shows the band doesn’t take itself too seriously. Also Warpaint is one of the best albums of the year so far and you should get it now.

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Weekly Roundup: Brian Reitzell, The Fresh & Onlys, The Donkeys

Posted by Billy Gil, March 21, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Brian Reitzell – “Last Summer” Featuring Kevin Shields

brian retizellLet’s be honest, all I had to say was “featuring Kevin Shields” and your ears perked up. First, let’s talk about Reitzell. He’s served as the drummer for Air and Redd Kross, so already nice resume there. He has been a Hollywood music supervisor and composer, working with the likes of Sofia Coppola on The Bling Ring and Gus Van Sant on Promised Land, among others. Now the recuslive My Bloody Valentine frontman helps him out on the dreamily decadent “Last Summer,” which does have the feel of something from a Sofia Coppola soundtrack. That all makes sense—Reitzell is the guy who convinced Shields to do a song for her film Lost in Translation. Reitzell made the experimental Auto Music to sound like the drive from his home to his studio in Los Angeles, with all the small changes and evolutions of the journey represented in the music. The album’s out June 3 on Smalltown Supersound.

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Album Picks: M.I.A., Midlake, Connan Mockasin, Ducktails, The Fresh & Onlys, Tennis

Posted by Billy Gil, November 5, 2013 09:22am | Post a Comment

M.I.A. - Matangi (CD or LP)

m.i.a. matangi lp amoebaWorldwide stardom hasn't softened M.I.A. one iota; if anything, it's made her resolve to be the planet's most provocative pop star that much stronger. Following the all-over-the-map Maya, by comparison Matangi is laser-focused, utilizing harsh industrial noise much in the same way Kanye West's Yeezus did, though she fuses it with a worldbeat touch and heavy EDM nods. Most of all, Matangi succeeds because it sounds like an M.I.A. album, even if it's been digitally chopped up and reassembled more so than previous releases. Her opening tracks come on hard, dropping names of wartorn nations in the title track amid a digital grenade of atonal sounds, while "Warriors" drills with a minimalist hip-hop beat. "Come Walk With Me" starts like a love song, quiet with a reggae sway, before jumping off the rails with a hyperactive dancehall-house beat. Though these tracks touch on her typical subject matter of empowering the global masses, she's also having a great time, rapping like a cocky hip-hop star and subverting the formula. And the second half of Matangi is loaded with ass-shakers. "atention's" twisted beat makes it one of her sickest dance songs since "World Town." The previously released "Bad Girls" makes an appearance in all its bhangra-beat glory, and "Bring the Noize" is the album's instant classic, unleashing a brutal beat that makes most EDM sound like kid's music as M.I.A. pulls off sounding disaffected while spouting rhymes at an impressive tick. Matangi is a welcome comeback after a troubling period for M.I.A., proving her once again to be one of the most forward-thinking pop music entities around.

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Weekly Roundup: Poolside, The Fresh & Onlys, Captain Murphy, Cayucas, Trash Talk, Madlib, Starred

Posted by Billy Gil, November 15, 2012 03:06pm | Post a Comment

PoolsidePoolside – Seasons Change mix

The last band I expected to hear from this fall/winter was Poolside. Their Pacific Standard Time album was so perfectly suited for the sunshine that it would seem perverse for them to go wintry, but that’s just what they’ve done with their Seasons Change mix, which the LA-based duo said they put together while driving through the Northeast in October. Listen below. On initial scan, it actually sounds pretty similar in spirit to their other album’s moody electronics, making you realize the power of suggestion. Also it sounds great no matter when you put it on.

 

Fresh & OnlysThe Fresh & Onlys Film “What’s In My Bag?”

SF garage-pop greats The Fresh & Onlys filmed a “What’s in My Bag?” feature with Amoeba, and we have it up to stream now. Check out their album Long Slow Dance if you haven’t yet, one of my favorite rock ’n’ roll records released this year.

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Local Roundup: New Tracks from FIDLAR, SFV Acid, Vex Ruffin, Whirr; New Videos from Chris Cohen, Spaceships

Posted by Billy Gil, September 7, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment
fidlarFIDLAR – “Cheap Beer”
 
Like some unholy marriage between Black Flag and The Cramps, FIDLAR’s “Cheap Beer” is pure aural fuck  — “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU.” There’s more subtlety there within than that would imply — sweet little surf riffs, excellent solo, smart dynamics, perfect production without being self-consciously lo-fi. But the thing the L.A. band offers uniquely is that clear-cut dynamite party chorus, a rarity in the days of reverb-awash garage rock. FIDLAR’s deubt album will be released in early 2013 on Mom & Pop.
 




sfv acidSFV Acid – “Ashland Slumber”

 
This nasty bit of indie electro-house comes from L.A.’s SFV Acid, who sound like they’re coming into their own with this latest slab of sublimely grimey dance music. “Ashland Slumber” sounds a bit like Detroit house blasted out of shitty speakers and garnering extra feedback and reverb in the process. I love how lush the synths are vs. the brutality of the beats. Harsh, weird fun stuff. The Neighborhood Archives EP is due Oct. 15 on UNO.
 

 
vex ruffinVex Ruffin – “Take It”
 
Gnarly, nasty one-man-band punk out of L.A. Vex Ruffin’s “Take It” rides its bone-simple riff and drum machine (I think? It might as well be.) to great heights on Ruffin’s balls to the wall vocal. It’s kind of the punk inverse of Dirty Beaches’ one-main rockabilly noir. His debut LP is due next year on Stones Throw.
 

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