Local Stuff: Earlimart, The Fresh & Onlys, Kisses, Thee Oh Sees, Kim Free, Wavves

Posted by Billy Gil, August 10, 2012 01:12pm | Post a Comment
Earlimart – “97 Heart Attack”
Earlimart is back! You may remember the Elephant 6 associated band’s 2000s releases like Everyone Down Here and Treble & Tremble. Well the L.A. band based around singer/guitarist Aaron Espinoza and keyboardist/singer/bassist Ariana Murray is back with a lovely, somber new track called “97 Heart Attack” and an accompanying album called System Preferences, which is due on physical CD and LP Oct. 16 from the band’s label, The Ship. So glad to have them back, although they never really went away — after releasing their last album, 2008’s Hymn and Her, they collaborated with Grandaddy members for the 2010 release of Admiral Radley’s I Heart California, followed by headlining tours and a support slot on Band of Horses’ tour. The band had kept busy composing soundtrack work and producing other artists, but now they’re back in full force and will appear with Grandaddy (Who are back too? Hell yes!) at the Henry Fonda Theater Aug. 13. So into all these L.A. indie pop bands getting back into the fold. 

The Fresh & Onlys – “Presense of Mind”
Here’s another new track (after the previously unveiled “Yes or No”) from The Fresh & Onlys upcoming Long Slow Dance, due Sept. 4 on Mexican Summer. I liked their last album, Play It Strange, but from the sound of these two songs, this is a huge step forward for the band, with a newfound confidence in its vocals and songwriting.

Kisses – “Funny Heartbeat”
Cute as a button L.A. electro-pop duo Kisses has a new track out that features production work from Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, who pretty much wrote the book on this sort of thing, and Tim Larcombe. No word yet on a new album; check out 2010’s The Heart of the Nightlife, if you haven’t yet. They’re at the Echo Sept. 27 and La Cita Oct. 4.


Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”

Thee Oh Sees are that garage band that makes all others seem a bit less authentic in its wake. The S.F. band released two great albums last year, Castlemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream, and they’ll release their 14th this year, called Putrifiers II, due Sept. 11 from In the Red. Pretty excited about this one, given “Flood’s New Light’s” simple, hook-laden perfection.


Kim Free – “Guantanamo” video

Lovely L.A. singer/bassist/violinist Kim Free has a new video from her album Angel Shadow, out now on LA’s Fine Records. The ghost story director Brad Breeck perfectly suits the sometimes Zola Jesus violinist’s wandering, spacious vocal and violin drone. She will be at Pehrspace Aug. 24.

Wavves – “Hippies is Punks”
This new Wavves track for the Adult Swim Singles Series is basically alt-rock heaven. Where have you been hiding, fuzz pedals? Come out and play. Don’t forget about Nathan Williams’ project with his brother, Sweet Valley, too, which premiered its first track a couple of weeks ago.


Shows this weekend:
Friday: Gap Dream, Cosmonauts, Team Ugly, Lindseys at The Smell (9 p.m., $5, all ages)
Saturday: Thinkture Fest with Babies on Acid (former Dios Malos members), So Many Wizards and more at Jones Gallery (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 2 p.m.-12 a.m., $5, all ages)
Sunday: Sigur Ros at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (7 p.m., $47.50, all ages)


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