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Local Stuff: New Ariel Pink, Haim and Grass Widow Videos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 8, 2012 02:06pm | Post a Comment
ariel pinkHey y’all. Every Friday I’m gonna check in with what’s popping in the LA/SF area music scenes, plus my show picks for LA. This week Ariel Pink debuted a new song — well, a cover, really — called “Baby,” from his forthcoming album Mature Themes, due Aug. 21 on 4AD. The ultra-smooth jam features Dâm-Funk on a cover of a song by Donnie & Joe Emerson. It’s pretty great, as is the original — listen to the original here and check out the amazing record sleeve. They look like Scott Baio and Corey Haim if they were conjoined twins. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will be in SF Oct. 1 at Bimbo’s 365 Club and LA Oct. 5 at the Fonda Theatre.

 

haimSpeaking of Haim, the wonderful LA pop trio of singing sisters has a video for their summer jam “Forever.” I blogged a while back about how rad this song is, and now there’s a cool wheely-poppin’ video to accompany it. I need to find a pool right now.
 

 

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Local Bits: Grass Widow, Dante vs Zombies, Races Album Stream

Posted by Billy Gil, March 23, 2012 04:06pm | Post a Comment
Grass Widow – “Goldilocks Zone”

San Fran trio Grass Widow have a new album coming out May 22 on HLR called Internal Logic. The first song from it, “Goldilocks Zone,” sports the casual girl cool of The Breeders with a bit more post-punk angularity and noise-rock sound effects. Definitely excited to hear the full-length!

 



Dante vs Zombies – “Natural Disaster”

dante vs zombiesL.A.’s Dante vs. Zombies are set to release their first full-length April 10 from Neurotic Yell, called BUH. This is a band I wasn’t sure I’d like from reading about them, seeming kinda kitschy. Listening to “Natural Disaster,” I hear exquisitely polished, noir-ish indie rock with style to spare, reminding me a bit of another L.A. band, Fool’s Gold, and also recent Yeasayer. Plus singer Dante White-Aliano has killer pipes. Love the speed-up at the end. (Download via RCRDLBL.com)

 

 

Races – Full Album Stream

Races are a band I’ve written about a couple of times here as their sweeping orchestral pop showed major promise. Now their first full-length, Year of the Witch, is imminent, and they’ve put the whole thing up for streaming via SoundCloud. Sounds awesome!

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