Weekly Roundup: No Age, Best Coast, The Mallard, Lumerians, Sonny and the Sunsets, Roses, Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2013 10:41am | Post a Comment

No Age Announce New Album

Beloved L.A. noise pop duo No Age are releasing a new album Aug. 20 called An Object (Sub Pop), their first since 2010’s Everything in Between. The new album was recorded by the band at Gaucho’s Electronics in L.A. with collaborator Facundo Bermudez. No song has been released from the album yet; we’ll have it up here as soon as they do!

The tracklist is as follows:

1. No Ground

2. I won’t Be Your Generator

3. C’mon Stimmung

4. Defector/ed

5. An Impression

6. Lock Box

7. Running From A-Go-Go

8. My Hands, Birch and Steel

9. Circling With Dizzy

10. A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor

11. Commerce, Comment, Commence


Best Coast Announces Tour

Best Coast have announced a new tour, and true to form, they'll be playing with excellent bands such as Bleached, Lovely Bad Things and Guards. They'll hit the Fillmore Aug. 15, Big Sur's Henry Miller Library Aug. 16 and L.A.'s The El Rey Aug. 17, all with Bleached (the rest of Best Coast's tour dates can be found on their site.). They'll be debuting songs from their upcoming EP, which has no title or release date announced as of yet, but we'll keep you posted. If you were one of the lucky ones to pick up their recent "Fear of My Identity" b/w "Who Have I Become" Record Store Day 7", perhaps you'll hear those excellent songs too, in addition to those off last year's Jon Brion-produced The Only Place. Read my recent interview with Bleached here, last year's interview with Best Coast here, and check out Best Coast's entry into the Webby-winning "What's In My Bag?" below.


The Mallard – “Iceberg”

the mallard bandWhen I heard there was an SF band called The Mallard that wrote a song called “Iceberg,” I was expecting twee garage-pop, not this hard chunk of dissonant, psychedelic post-punk. Thank the lords ’cause this is much more exciting. The sad part is the band has already broken up, but their second album Finding Meaning in Deference is still coming out July 25 on Castle Face, the label run by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer. You can listen now on Brooklyn Vegan.




Lumerians – “Dogon Genesis”

lumeriansOakland’s Lumerians have a new track out in advance of their June 6 album The High Frontier (Partisan Records). “Dogon Genesis” is built solidly on a two-note groove and krautrock-style beat, with clear-cut vocals spinning circles around in a trance-inducing six minutes of heavenly psychedelia.


Sonny & the Sunsets – “Palmreader” video

I know I just posted about this song last week, but I can’t get enough of it, and they just released a video for “Palmreader” that’s as lovably lo-fi as the song itself. If the song feels like a perfect summer day captured in musical form, its video is decidedly darker, with its cinema visitors getting an update on Un Chien Andalou. It’s a little NSFW. Antenna to the Afterworld is due June 11 on Polyvinyl.


Roses – “Florence Girls”

A new project featuring Abe Vigoda’s Juan Velasquez, Roses wrap shoegaze swirl around New Order basslines and swooning, romantic vocals. They’ve only got a few songs up on SoundCloud for now, but the early results are ravishing enough to have us itching for more. Check ’em out this Friday at Casa Indio for free — RSVP here. Download or stream "Florence Girls" from Amoeba for FREE!


Julia Holter – “World”

L.A. sorceress of song Julia Holter is prepping her next album, Loud City Song, due Aug. 20 on Domino, the follow-up to her enchanting 2012 album Ekstasis. The first taste is a bit of a departure from that album, just as haunting but sparer and with an orchestral flair in the song’s second half. The stark cabaret feel of the song gives new emphasis to Holter’s words and icy delivery, as she seems to launch each syllable with careful deliberation. It’s unsettling yet immediately familiar.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Roses, Heavy Hawaii and DJ Ryan San Martin at Casa Indio (RSVP here, 8 p.m., free, 21+)

Saturday: Make Music Pasadena with Yacht, Tanlines and more (free, all-day, all-ages); and Three-Dee Music Fest, with Raw Geronimo, Spaceships and more at Art Share LA ($12, 5 p.m.)

Sunday: ADULT., Frank Alpine and more at the Echo (10 p.m., $12)




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