Local Stuff: Videos from Trash Talk, Army Navy, ESP. Tracks from Particle Kid, Sam Flax, Fresh & Onlys

Posted by Billy Gil, August 31, 2012 11:56am | Post a Comment
Trash Talk – “F.E.B.N.” video

In the spirit of Amoeba Hollywood’s new Punk section, I’ll post about Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk and the first video, “F.E.B.N.,” from its upcoming album Odd Future Records, 119, on Oct. 9. Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator directed this bit of black-and-white mayhem in some sort of parking garage. Everything about this music/video is probably upsetting to lots of people. Which means of course that it’s pretty great. The song is less than two minutes long and somehow builds unbearable anticipation in its extended intro — all you want to do is turn it up and face the noise you’re about to hear head on.


Army Navy – World’s End video
L.A. indie pop band Army Navy have a video for the song “World’s End.” I had never listened to this band before; I only knew I might like them because their band name shares a name with a Camera Obscura album. And I do! The song is really nice, kind of sounds like “Blue Bayou” but is less dramatic, more morose, and there’s a key change, which I am a sucker for. The video is awesome for a number of reasons — it’s an old fake talk show, which is a done premise but is done funnily here, as this bizzaro, kind of bleak ’60s swinger thing, and features Freaks & Geaks Martin Starr, who I had no idea could be kind of sexy. The singer also kind of looks like Steve Carell. You have to watch it on Entertainment Weekly’s; I guess this band is getting pretty big. The song appears on a seven-inch with a B-side cover of Yaz’s “Only You,” which is awesome, duh. Their new album is due early next year.

ESP – “Serenade” video

Who is this? Oh it’s a new band. ESP are a trio from Los Angeles whose singer sounds quite a bit like Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, while the music is dark electro-pop surging on analog synths and Gang of Four-style live beats. The video’s pretty throwbacky, too, with its dawn-of-the-music-video-age bright colors and cheesy effects, plus Grace Jones/Howard Jones style of dress. Apparently it’s an update/homage to Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Rydeen” video. Does anyone have a problem with any of this? I sure don’t.


Their ESP EP is out now. No idea if they’ll have an album anytime soon. All I get from googling “ESP Los Angeles” are conventions full of terrible people in L.A. who believe in ACTUAL ESP.
Particle Kid – “Mosquito”
This lo-fi folk track buzzes and whirs like the bugs J. Micah Nelson sings about. Sometimes these reviews just write themselves. Kind of Neutral Milk Hotel, but darker, dirtier. The So. Cal. singer’s Shapes EP is out now. Oh yeah, he’s also Willie Nelson’s son.

Sam Flax – “Child of Glass”

S.F. electro-pop artist Sam Flax named this track after a super-scary if you’re a kid ’70s TV movie called “Child of Glass.” I had this Disney video as a kid that had a trailer for “Child of Glass” and that alone scared the Mary Poopins out of me. Thankfully, this song is a lot more fun than that. Age Waves is due Sept. 17 from the Sweet Sounds of Nothing and Burger Records.

The Fresh & Onlys – “20 Days & Nights”

The Fresh & Onlys also released a new song from its upcoming new album, Long Slow Dance, “20 Days & 20 Nights.” They also released a new music video this week; read about it on BillyJam’s blog. Why would I write about this band again? This album effing rules, that’s why. It’s out next week.

This weekend is FYF Fest! Look for tickets at Amoeba Hollywood, they only charge $4 for a service fee. Set times are up now. Check out my interview with White Arrows, Allah-Las, The Soft Pack and Redd Kross, who will all be at the festival.

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