Weekly Roundup: The Soft Moon, Horrid Red, Oh No/Chris Keys, Paw City; Videos from Julia Holter/Nite Jewel, Ty Segall, Luna is Honey

Posted by Billy Gil, September 14, 2012 01:24pm | Post a Comment
The Soft Moon – “Insides”
More new Soft Moon! “Insides” is gloriously creepy, with its sustained, Gremlin-style whispered vocal hovering in the background like a ghost, while the foreground finds piercing new wave sound and Luis Vasquez stepping out of the shadows just a bit with a wordless sounding but emotive vocal. Along with the recently debuted “Die Life,” Zeros sounds like a winner; it’s out Oct. 30 on Captured Tracks (preorder here). Boy, all this great goth from S.F. Isn’t it like beautiful and everyone is nice there?

horrid redHorrid Red – I’m Terribly Hurt

I don’t know much about S.F.’s Horrid Red, but I’m incredibly intrigued after hearing “I’m Terribly Hurt,” a goth pop song that hits both sides of the coin thanks to that droning organ and soaring synths and breathless vocals both creepy and romantic. Nightly Wreaths is due Oct. 9 on Terrible Records.

oh no chris keysOh No/Chris Keys – “Devastation” (ft. Guilty Simpson and Montage One)
This is awesome — producers Oh No (who is Madlib’s brother) and Chris Keys pair up for Ashes, which comes out Oct. 23 on Heavy Keys. “Devastation” gets some guest appearance from Cali brethren Montage One and Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson, who offer pretty psychedelic rhymes about ligers and Santeria over paranoid production and vocal imitations of guns and helicopters — then there’s a random outro about a volcanic eruption, which is sure to lead into the next track, whetting our appetites for the rest of Ashes. The track premiered over at Pitchfork.

GRMLN – “Stand By Me”
Kyoto, Japan-born and Southern California-raised Yoodoo Park recently released the excellent, Beach Fossils-ish “Coral,” from the upcoming Explore EP, due Oct. 23 on Carpark Records. Now he’s releases a pretty straightforward cover of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. The beguiling lo-fi surf take on the classic sounds like a perfect end-of-summer mixtape track, and when taken with “Coral” speaks to the potential of this young artist.

Paw City – “Lonely Machine”
When was the last time you heard boy/girl vocal indie pop that managed to be this tasteful but also have like a big fucking alt-rock chorus? It helps that Paw City has Ariana Murray of Earlimart, who do that sort of thing, and her husband Michael Orendy of indie-pop group Frankel at the helm. Their self-titled EP is on Bandcamp. Listen if you love Grandaddy and cool forgotten bands of the mid-90s.

Julia Holter live at Amoeba
Nite Jewel & Julia Holter – “What We See”
As natural a pairing as you could ask for, L.A. electro art-pop artists Nite Jewel and Julia Holter team for this hypnotic outing, accompanied by a soft-focus video that looks like an impressionist painting moving. After watching and listening to this, I don’t want to do anything at all but lie in a field and stare upward. I love how the song sounds vaguely disturbing at the end, like something just broke up some perfect feeling. The song comes from a multimedia collection of artists called Dublab Presents: Lights From Los Angeles, out Oct. 23. The collection also features ESP, Dntel, Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Farmer Dave Scher, Sun Araw and more. The nonprofit Internet radio station and multimedia collective also has a 13th anniversary show Sept. 22 at Freak City (6363 Hollywood Blvd.).

Light From Los Angeles: JULIA HOLTER + NITE JEWEL from dublab on Vimeo.

Ty Segall – “The Hill” video
We’ve heard “The Hill,” the first single from Ty Segall’s third LP of the year, Twins (preorder here), featuring a lovely vocal from Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson. Now there’s an appropriately lo-fi psych video for the song. My favorite part: a YouTube commenter asking “does he ever sleep?” Obvi not. Twins is out Oct. 9 on Drag City. Ty’s on tour now and won’t be back to L.A. till a Dec. 15 show at the El Rey.

Luna is Honey – “¿Cuál es Luna?” video
L.A. alt-shoegaze outfit Luna is Honey has a new video from their self-released Coolbreeze EP. The video follows some sort of nighttime dream logic, like a half-remembered night out, while the song gloriously implodes halfway through amongst guitars and saxophone. Check them out at They’re at the Smell on Saturday.

Luna Is Honey - "¿CUÃ?L ES LUNA?" (Official Video) from J. Dendê on Vimeo.

This Weekend:
Two great shows in L.A. tonight — Dunes, Infinite Body, Protect Me and Naomi Punk at The Blue Star, and Eternal Summers, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Rainbow and Drug Cabin at the Bootleg Theater. Saturday has the aforementioned Luna is Honey alongside Michael Nhat, Bastidas and Brannigan’s Law at the Smell, while during the day one of my favorites, Dum Dum Girls, are playing Lobesterfest in San Pedro. Poolside is also playing the Getty Center at 6:30 on Saturday, and Hunx and his Punx with Shannon & the Clams and The Sister Ruby Band are also playing Los Globos that night; why not just try to make it to all of them? Sunday is Part Time Punks, which has an excellent bill with awesome lo-fi pop mage Mac Demarco playing with Ringo Deathstarr and Catwalk.

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