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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, The Growlers, The Skygreen Leopards, Superhumanoids, Girl Tears, Death Valley Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”

youth codeIndustrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.

 

The Growlers – “Good Advice”

the growlersA whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.

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Weekly Roundup: Pyramid Vritra, Medicine, Tomorrows Tulips, Part Time

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2014 10:04am | Post a Comment

Pyramid Vritra – “Track 3”

pyramid vritraPyramid Vritra (aka Hal Williams) is one of my favorite young rapper/producers around L.A., having released the excellent Indra earlier this year on Stones Throw. Now he’s got a new EP out called Palace, with each of its six songs representing a corridor or room in a house. I’d say “Track 3” is like an elegant living room with sun filtering through the windows. Williams’ goal with the new EP was to shift attention to his flow and storytelling abilities, which are often folded into his dazzling productions. Yet “Track 3” features some truly psychedelic rhymes and wordplay that is fun to get lost in. It’s like he says himself: “He never ever be what you predicted, listen.”

 

Medicine – “Turning”

medicine home everywhere lpWell Medicine sure don’t seem to be slowing down on their second go-around. After the L.A.-based shoegaze greats reunited and released their first album in 20 years, the excellent To the Happy Few, last year, they’ve already got another one headed our way. Rather than continue riding ’90s nostalgia waves, the band has augmented their sound with Brazilian-inspired sounds and rhythms, as can be heard on the first single “Turning,” which bounces on a rumbling rhythm but remains defiantly ’gazey and psychedelic, like a post-punk Os Mutantes. Home Everywhere is due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks.

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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: Roses, Death Valley Girls, White Arrows, Babes, Myron & E

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2014 10:05am | Post a Comment

Roses – “It’s Over” video

roses bandL.A. dream-pop trio Roses recently released “It’s Over” as a single from their upcoming Dreamlover EP, out Aug. 5 on Group Tightener (you can preorder it now). Now they’ve got a video for the track, directed by Cassandra Hamilton, that sees the band along with friends in bands like Susan playing in the California countryside with oversized cartoon guitars amid neon butterflies and gorgeous wildflowers. Reminds me of classics like Smashing Pumpkins“Today” and Blind Melon’s “No Rain” in its sunny, carefree optimism and casual absurdity. Roses are playing the next Red Bull Sound Select show with Tanlines Aug. 20, curated by Amoeba Hollywood. More info on that coming soon!

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Weekly Roundup: Christopher Owens, The Donkeys, The Aislers Set

Posted by Billy Gil, July 18, 2014 12:23pm | Post a Comment

Christopher Owens – “Nothing More Than Everything to Me” video

christopher owensI randomly this week put on Girls’ first album, Album, expecting it to not age as well as it has in the past few years. But it really is the perfect summer album. Since that band’s demised, Girls singer Christopher Owens released an underrated solo album, Lysandre, and now has a new album on its way called A New Testament. The country and gospel touches that were prevalent on his last album and the second Girls album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, are here but twanged up a bit and honed down to a bite-sized portion, sounding not unlike a cleaner version of something that would’ve been on the breezy Album. See Owens play as house band for a kids’ dance in the video below for “Nothing More Than Everything to Me.”

 

The Donkeys – “Scissor Me Cigs” video

the donkeys ride the black wave lpSan Diego’s The Donkeys produce a melancholic surf rock on their recently released Ride the Black Wave album that suits the sleepy “second city” of Southern California well. The video for “Scissor Me Cigs” showcases another record store, M-Theory of San Diego, as well as the band’s hometown with a kind of hazy Sunday afternoon feel.

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