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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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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Tijuana Panthers, n. Lannon, The Intelligence

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2015 02:55pm | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Flamezesz”

wavves newNathan Williams has had a busy year, putting out a split disc with noise-pop compatriots Cloud Nothings, an album from a side project with his brother and others called Spirit Club and a split EP with MNDR with another side project, Sweet Valley. But now we’ll finally get a new Wavves album as well. V is due Oct. 2 on Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros., and he’s unveiled the frantically poppy “Flamezesz” as well as the previously revealed, Elvis Costello-esque “Way Too Much.” V is now up for preorder on LP and CD. Hear it below via Complex.

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Six Degrees of Vivian Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2013 04:06pm | Post a Comment

vivian girlsRemember the whole Pixies/Breeders/Belly/Throwing Muses web of bands many years back? Or, more recently, the Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown/Frog Eyes/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits band sprawl? And let's not even get into Broken Social Scene. Well, none of these band associations holds a candle to Vivian Girls and the myriad bands, collaborations, side projects and what-have-yous that spring from the New York noise pop band. In light of recent release from onetime-Vivian Frankie Rose and the upcoming release by Vivian girl Ali Koehler in Upset, I've attempted to make a Vivian Girls tree for y'all. I'm sure I missed like 20 bands, let me know if I have!

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Albums Out March 26: Wavves, The Strokes, The Cyclist, and More

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2013 11:07am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

 

Wavves - Afraid Of Heights

Wavves Afraid of HeightsCD $13.98

LP $22.98

Wavves’ latest album album mostly ditches the “King of the Beach” surf-punk notions of previous releases for a big, warm, alt-rock embrace that does wonders to highlight the quality of Nathan Williams’ songwriting. “Sail to the Sun” starts out with sparkling synths and moves into a thumping, surging rocker. “Demon to Lean On” is built for rock radio, with a catchy, two-note riff leading into its soaring chorus. It’s reminiscent of mid-’90s radio gems from the likes of Weezer and their brethren, but it’s also smartly built, with watery guitars and castanets seeping beneath the surface of its Pixies-inspired, quiet-to-loud dynamics and Nathan Williams’ paranoid lyrics. After starting out boldly, the album takes dark turns that should please fans of Wavves previous work, including the lo-fi attack of “Mystic,” which buries Williams under stacks of distorted sound before engaging with a singular synth riff. But he always brings it back to some of his hookiest songs yet, like the soaring title track, which makes use of backup vocals by Jenny Lewis and delivers another instantly recognizable, could-be radio hit from 1996. If only all pop-punk, surf-alt or what have you was this catchy, smartly written and unafraid of hooks! Afraid of Heights succeeds as Williams’ clearest bid yet for crossover success, yet it doesn’t sacrifice his essential slackery appeal. File it next to your Dookie, Blue Album and Doolittle records and embrace the fuzzy pop of Afraid of Heights.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Earl Sweatshirt, Har Mar Superstar, Young & Sick

Posted by Billy Gil, March 14, 2013 12:43pm | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Demon to Lean On” (Plus Preorder Afraid of Heights!)

Wavves AmoebaThe second released song from Wavves’ upcoming Afraid of Heights balances its various elements well — a simple riff building to a KROQ-friendly chorus with cool, watery guitars in the verses and soaring vocals. It sounds like the best bits of my high school CD collection condensed neatly to four minutes. Buzz Clips 4eva.

Preorder Afraid of Heights on CD or LP. It’s due March 26 on Mom + Pop. Also check out "Sail to the Sun" from Afraid of Heights.

 

Earl Sweatshirt – “Whoa”

Earl SweatshirtThe second taste of the new Earl Sweatshirt album, Doris, is full of sinister sounds — a reverbed out “whoaaa” that descends into the sewer, that ominous piano that creeps up halfway through, and a reference to “ol’ 2010 shit.” Could be referencing his backstory, about being plucked from obscurity by Tyler, the Creator (who appears on this track), joining Odd Future, releasing his first album at age 16 in 2010, then being sent away at  to boarding school in Samoa by his mother for getting into trouble. He’s been slowly re-emerging again, with big guest spots on Frank Ocean’s sublime “Super Rich Kids,” among other places. But from first track “Chum” and now this, Earl Sweatshirt’s past quasi-false starts and reintroduction will be a thing of the past once Doris drops. There’s no release date yet, so just keep an ear out. Am I the only one who wants to see this video made into a full film?

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