Local Stuff: Ariel Pink, Ty Segall, Puro Instinct, LOL Boys, Starred, Soft Pack

Posted by Billy Gil, July 13, 2012 02:29pm | Post a Comment
So much West Coast goodness coming our way this week, I’ll just get right into it …
New Ariel Pink – “Only In My Dreams”
Ariel Pink debuted a new song this week from his upcoming Mature Themes, the regal-sounding “Only In My Dreams.” Loved the “Baby” cover, but it’s great to hear that his new originals are great, too. Mature Themes is due Aug. 17 on 4AD.

Ty SegallNew Ty Segall Coming — Again
Won’t I ever shut up abou this guy? Not when he’s making such great music so consistently. On the heels of his White Fence collab Hair and his searing Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse comes a new album just credited to the king of SF garage himself, called Twins. It’s out Oct. 9 on Drag City. The next time he’s close to this neck of the woods is Oct. 14, at the Treasure Island Festival.
New Puro Instinct – “Dream Lover”
Speaking of Mr. Pink, his friends in dreamy duo Puro Instinct have a new song, “Dream Lover.” It’s not a Mariah Carey cover, although I bet that would sound amazing. This song finds them branching out, getting bigger than the sound they debuted on Headbangers in Ecstasy. Sounds like My Bloody Valentine by the pool. It’ll be on an EP later this year.

LOL Boys – “Changes” [ft. Heart Streets]
Originally hailing from Montreal, these guys make sort of lo-fi jazzy house music. And they are called LOL Boys, which is pretty good, although I feel like it should have been LOL Boyz. I’m pretty bewildered by the whole thing in a good way. Their debut Changes is out July 17.

starredStarred – “No Good”
Now this is where it’s at — hazy L.A. acoustic rock from Brooklyn transplant Liza Thorn and cohort Matt Koshak. Thorn used to be in a band called Curls with now former (WTF??) Girls frontman Christopher Owens, which might give you a clue as to the duo’s pop songwriting chops. “No Good” is just all kinds of good, touching those sweet spots for which we usually turn to the likes of Mazzy Star, The Sundays, Cowboy Junkies, some Cocteau Twins and Dum Dum Girls. Check it out at Pitchfork. I really can’t wait to hear more Starred. A 7” of “No Good” is promised sometime in 2012 from Pendu Sound, which also has their spacier track “Cemetery” up to stream.

soft packNew Soft Pack – “Saratoga”
One of our favorite local bands The Soft Pack are coming back with a long-awaited second album called Strapped, due Sept. 25 on Mexican Summer. “Saratoga” moves quickly with gauzy noise that seems to erupt everywhere, like the best half-remembered night of your life. It’s a classic indie rock rev-up jam, like The Walkmen’s “The Rat” or Broken Social Scene’s “Almost Crimes.”

Shows This Weekend:
Friday: Sonny & the Sunsets, Wet Illustrated, The Blank Tapes @ The Echo (8:30 p.m., $8)
Saturday: Viva Pomona with La Sera, Grass Widow, So Many Wizards, Tijuana Panthers and more @ The Glass House (5 p.m., $14)
Sunday: Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration with Triple Chicken Foot, Rod Melancon, Son Ark @ The Echo (5 p.m., FREE)


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