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Weekly Roundup: Meatbodies, Allah-Las, Tijuana Panthers, Devon Williams

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 09:15am | Post a Comment

Meatbodies – “Tremmors”

meatbodiesThe latest great garage-rock band from S.F. delivers an explosion of fuzz riffs and reverbed vocals that cut cleanly through like a scalpel on “Tremmors.” The song is heavy and huge, but it’s handled delicately—the solo could only be described as lightly demonic. I love the way the song switches up to a new fuzzed out set of chords two-thirds of the way through—it’s just icing on the cake. Meatbodies comes from L.A.-based Chad Ubovich, who was Mikal Cronin’s bassist and then guitarist as well as the bassist in Ty Segall’s Fuzz project. Segall previously released some of Ubovich’s home recordings under Chad & The Meatbodies, and now the simply titled Meatbodies album is due soon on In the Red. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 16 and The Echo Aug. 28.

 

Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”

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Weekly Roundup: Woods, Tijuana Panthers, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 08:52am | Post a Comment

Woods – “Tambourine Light”

woods bandEven though they just released a new album, the excellent With Light and With Love, Woods already have a new, non-album single headed our way, the warm and luscious “Tambourine Light,” which will be paired with “Tomorrow’s Never Yesterday” (possibly a rejected James Bond movie title) on a single due July 8 from Captured Tracks and the band’s own Woodsist label. If you follow the whole Woodsist gang, you know they’ll be at Big Sur Aug. 5 and Pioneertown Aug. 16 for a pair of Woodsist fests, featuring Woods plus Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more.

 

Tijuana Panthers – “Nobo”

tijuana panthersI’m already a fan of the new Tijuana Panthers album, judging by their new-wavey first single “Cherry Street” and now this, a languid poolside rocker called “Nobo.” “Where do you get your money?” makes for an unexpectedly excellent chorus. Wayne Interest is due June 3 (preorder here) on Innovative Leisure, and the band plays The Roxy that night for free with Northern Tigers; they’re touring the West Coast with Fucked Up in August.

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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: 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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Join Us For First Fridays April 4 With Mikal Cronin and Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is once again sponsoring First Fridays at the Natural History Museum April 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Mikal Cronin at Amoeba SF May 28, 2013

This time we’ll be treated to performances by power-pop dude Mikal Cronin and garage-rockers Tijuana

Panthers. Mikal Cronin’s MCII ended up on many year-end lists last year with its fuzzy pop gems reminiscent of bands like Teenage Fanclub, such as the effervescent “Shout It Out.” Tijuana Panthers play a doo-wop inspired brand of surf rock on albums like last year’s Semi Sweet; you can read my interview with Tijuana Panthers from a little while back here.

Bands will start at 8 p.m. Before that, there’ll be tours on tracking and trapping L.A.’s wildlife starting at 5 p.m. with Beth Werling, Collections Manager of NHM History Dept., and a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on what evolution tells us about modern life, with with Dr. Marlene Zuk. And KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos will kick things off spinning tunes in the DJ lounge starting at 5:30 p.m.

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