Local Stuff: The Soft Pack, Pinback, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, August 24, 2012 12:14pm | Post a Comment
soft packThe Soft Pack – “Tallboy”
Every taste we’ve gotten thus far of the new Soft Pack album, Strapped, has been an indication that the album presents a leap forward for the band in terms of songwriting and production. “Tallboy” is no exception, with its gently tugging melody and subtle horns that come in halfway through. Strapped is out Sept. 25 on Mexican Summer (preorder here). They're also playing FYF Fest Sept. 1-2; tickets are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood!



pinbackPinback – “Proceed to Memory”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Pinback, since their last album, Autumn of the Seraphs, in 2007. I grew up loving this band and am excited to have them back with a new song and album, Information Retrieved, out Oct. 16 from Temporary Residence Ltd. The same elements I fell in love with before are still intact — great guitar and vocal interplay, intimate sparseness — but I haven’t heard a soaring chorus like the one on “Proceed to Memory” before in a Pinback song. Leaves me hungry to hear the rest of the new album!


ariel pinkAriel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Only in My Dreams” video

More fun from the Ariel Pink camp — the video for “Only in My Dreams” from Mature Themes, out now, features Pink connecting with various ladies after being kicked out by his girlfriend (played by fellow L.A. goodie Geneva Jacuzzi). You’ll just have to watch to see this soap opera ends.


This weekend is Echo Park Rising in Echo Park. Tons of great local bands are playing all day Saturday, including Voxhaul Broadcast, Betty White, High Places, Black Apples, Amy Jo Williams, Dante vs. Zombies, NO, Gothic Tropic, Fool's Gold and more. Check out their site to find out more; see set times here; or just stroll around Echo Park haunts like 826LA/Time Travel Mart, Barragan’s, The Echo/Echoplex, Origami Vinyl, Taix, Little Joy, Short Stop, Echo Country Outpost, Bedrock Studios, Lot 1 Café, Masa and more.

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