Album Picks: Deafheaven, Wavves, Girls Names, Shopping

Posted by Billy Gil, October 2, 2015 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

deafheaven new bermuda lpDeafheaven’s fusion of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock continues to grow richer and bolder on their third album. Following the crossover success of their much-celebrated second album, Sunbather, it may have been tempting for the band to trim off their rough edges — namely, the black metal influence that accounts for a large part of their sound — to focus on the more accessible parts. The fact that they didn’t speaks highly of their integrity, sure, but it’s also ensured Deafheaven stays an original. With five extended tracks, New Bermuda feels like one massive, evolving piece, making it easier to point to moments rather than entire songs that speak to you — the way “Luna” folds melodic chords into its double-bass barrage and ends up in a scenic place as lovely as anything on Souvlaki or Agaetis Byrjun; or how “Come Back” clears the way for Kerry McCoy’s chugging power chords and harmonic descending scales and George Clark’s shriek from the depths; or “Baby Blue’s” heroic, Pumpkinsy wah-wahed solos. Any metal fan can extoll the genre’s ability to soothe not in spite of, but because of its brutality and decibel level. There’s something about the music’s capacity to overwhelm and obliterate outside noise, memories, anxiety and trauma that’s rather unparalleled. Deafheaven’s commitment to bringing that sound into an indie-rock setting and vice versa has helped make them the best and most important metal crossover act since Metallica. Whatever your preferred noise is in which to lose yourself, New Bermuda is a crucial meeting point.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, James Ferraro, Hazel English, The Mantles, Froth, Gun Outfit

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Pony”

wavvesThe third track we’ve heard from Wavves’ upcoming V is the catchiest of the pack, a lovelorn jam that sneaks soul-searching lyrics into its surging power-pop chords. V is due Oct. 2 on Ghost Ramp/Warner.


James Ferraro – “Skid Row”

james ferraroAs avant-R&B artist James Ferraro may have based his last album, the neo-brutalist NYC HELL 3am, on a bleak view of the NYC landscape, the first song off his new album pulls a similar feat with his adopted second home of L.A. “Skid Row” feels like an art-damaged, half-awake reading of our particular version of urban decay, of 7-Elevens and acid rain and hip-hop beats rumbling in the distance and something beautiful (or sinister) lurking in the hallway. Recorded in L.A., Skid Row is due Nov. 13 on Break World.

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Weekly Roundup: Kelela, Wavves, jennylee, Six Organs of Admittance, Useless Eaters

Posted by Billy Gil, September 18, 2015 08:24am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “Rewind” video

kelelaSome serious Janet vibes from this new Kelela video. A co-production between Kelela, Kingdom and Nugget, the song is not only Kelela’s catchiest yet, it’s her warmest, in which we get the best sense of her as an artist beyond she of incredible production, a rolodex of brilliant co-producers and a velvety smooth voice. It’s on the much-anticipated HALLUCINOGEN EP, due Oct. 9 on Cherry Coffee/Warp.


Wavves – “Way Too Much” video

wavvesFor the video to their snappy power-pop gem “Way Too Much,” Nathan Williams and co. play in a basement while a bloody Underground Empire Wrestling match happens. Williams says he’s a big wrestling fan and has viewing parties at his place, but this was something else. “They had a baseball bat with duct tape wrapped around it, and thumbtacks stuck in there, and they were hitting each other in the head with it,” he tells Rolling Stone. Yikes. Watch below, and check out Wavves’ V when it hits Oct. 2.

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20 Albums to Look for This Fall

Posted by Billy Gil, September 16, 2015 04:35pm | Post a Comment

20 albums to look for this fall


ChvrchesEvery Open Eye

chvrches every open eye lp

Out Sept. 25

The Scottish trio made electro-pop gems splattered with emotion on their beguiling debut. For album No. 2, they’re just getting craftier on songs like the anthemic “Never Ending Circles.”


The Dead Weather Dodge & Burn

the dead weather dodge & burn lpOut Sept. 25

Alison Mosshart’s vocals tear down the heavens on the Zeppelin-esque new single “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” by The Dead Weather, the supergroup featuring Jack White on drums.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Painted Palms, Kevin Morby, Dirty Ghosts, Earl Sweatshirt, Cold Showers, HEALTH

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Heavy Metal Detox”

wavvesNathan Williams and co. have unveiled another new song from the upcoming fifth Wavves album. “Heavy Metal Detox” is a nervy bit of anxiety-laden power-pop, as Williams gets paranoid about all his bad habits, spends too long on WebMD and asks questions like “Have I lived too long? Why does my head hurt?” V is due Oct. 2, and you can preorder it now on LP and CD.


Painted Palms – “Refractor”

painted palmsThe next album by S.F.’s Painted Palms promises a sonic repertoire that includes shades of ’60s psych-pop, ’90s Creation bands and the minimalism of Southern hip hop. What! Well, for now we’ve got “Refractor,” a very good single that displays Painted Palms doing what they do best, which is crafting catchy little electro-pop gems that needle you into submission. Nothing too out-of-reach here, and that’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re needing a connector between Hot Chip and Cut Copy in your party playlist. Horizons is due Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl.

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