Weekly Roundup: Warm Soda, Tera Melos, GRMLN, Shellshag, White Fence, King Tuff

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2013 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Warm Soda – “Busy Lizzy” video

warm sodaOakland’s Warm Soda have released a video for “Busy Lizzy,” from their excellent Someone for You, recently released on Castle Face. In the video, sexy librarian babe Busy Lizza walks around town and causes havok with her sheer babeness, all shot on VHS video. It’s like a great ’80s local commercial, set to one of the finest power-pop jams you’ll hear in this young year. They’re all over California in the coming days, check ’em out:

2/21 – San Diego – Soda Bar  w/Teenage Burritos, Shiva Trash

2/22 – Fullerton – Burger Records

2/23 – Oakland – Night Light w/Bad Vibez, Cocktails

2/28 – San Francisco – Noise Pop – Brick & Mortar w/Free Energy

3/1 – Pacifica – Winters Tavern

3/7 – Long Beach – Alex’s Bar w/Cigarette Bums, Feral Kizzy


Tera Melos – “Sunburn”

tera melosSacramento’s Tera Melos have unveiled the second track from their buzzed-about forthcoming album X’ed Out. Buzz is the operative word here — glorious guitar buzz, manipulated and strangled into convoluted math-rock guitar lines that bleed into big choruses. There just aren’t a lot of bands exploring guitar textures this way any more, and Tera Melos definitely fill a void. X’ed Out is due April 16 on Sargent House.


GRMLN – “Night Racer” video

grmlnMore good stuff from So. Cal.’s GRMLN aka Yoodoo Park. The clip and song both succeed at being somewhat dreamy with energy to burn, as we follow a driver racing though Southern California in hyperspeed, then backwards, in soft focus and sepia tones. It’s a pretty simple premise, yet it’s remarkably effecting at giving the song song emotional context. It feels instantly nostalgic, like your life flashing before your eyes as it happens. GRMLN released an EP, Explore, last year; no word yet on a full-length, but more GRMLN is promised this summer.


Shellshag – “Face to Face”

ShellshagBrooklyn-via-San Francisco outfit Shellshag are made up of duo John Shell and Jen Shag, who make shambolic indie rock with sweet lyrics like “We’ll raise a family, building lots of memories/And grow old together, what could be better?” on “Face to Face.” It’s a song they say is about touring together since the ’90s and keeping the dream alive while supporting one another. Cute! It works because you feel the weariness and sincerity in equal doses, keeping it from being cloying. Shellshag Forever is due April 16 on Don Giovanni.


White Fence – “Pink Gorilla”

White FenceTim Presley aka White Fence has a new album due April 9 on Castle Face called CYCLOPS REAP. For anyone who got into White Fence’s recent releases Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2, Hair with Ty Segall, and Is Growing Faith, this announcement from the prolific Presley is great news, as everything Presley has released remarkably have been consistent in quality. Hear “Pink Gorilla,” and read Presley’s very personal explanation of the album below:

“I have cyclops vision now. But I'm not a giant. I changed my name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat the same dream. I can let birds talk to me. I'm in jail. I have love and a whistle. I lay where the lotus lay and then spring the frozen flowers on any giving day. I apologize to those put in the trees, but I was gathering the Cyclops reap.

“In the span of 4 1/2 years. I've lived in two different apartments and have used three different rooms during this time. All in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, only a couple miles from one another. After the death of my father in 2008 I started writing and recording non-stop in these rooms. I can't say it was directly because of that trauma, but I think deep down it might have much to do about it. This record was initially going to be a collection of the many songs trapped between the 4 White Fence LP's.  As i was putting that together, there were more coming. a better crop. i couldn't stop. So, instead of a retrospective i said 'Fuck It.' might as well use the most current songs of the bunch. For the exception of ‘Make Them Dinner At Our Shoes’ which is from 2009.”

- Tim Presley

White Fence appear at UC Berkeley March 21 with King Tuff, Santa Ana’s The Observatory (Burgerama II) March 23 and S.F.’s Fillmore June 21 with Father John Misty.


King Tuff – “Sun Medallion”

king tuffKing Tuff’s wonderful self-titled Sub Pop debut last year wasn’t the first thing this guy put to tape — Burger will reissue his earlier album Was Dead April 30. “Sun Medallion” from that record is appealingly more psychedelic, low-key and lo-fi than the sunny garage pop found on the self-titled record. Look out for it in April.

King Tuff - Sun Medallion by BurgerRecords



Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Nick Cave signing at Amoeba Hollywood at 4:30! Then The Orwells, Gap Dream, Criminal Hygeine and DJ Justin Gage at The Echo (7:30 p.m., $10) 

Saturday: Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu), Kim Free, Ezra Buchla and Torn Humorist at pehrspace (9 p.m., $5)

Sunday: Black Marble, Cold Showers and Flaamingos at The Echo (10 p.m., $10-13) 

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