Weekly Roundup: Crocodiles, Deerhoof, Bloody Death Skull, Kisses

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Crocodiles Stream New Song ‘Teardrop Guitar’

Shoegaze guitar fans, rejoice — San Diego’s Crocodiles have a new album coming out. Following last year’s fine Endless Flowers comes Crimes of Passion, due Aug. 20 on Frenchkiss. They’re already premiered “Crimes of Passion,” and now comes the melodic rush of “Teardrop Guitar,” a perfectly named slab of classic shoegaze, vibing early Verve and Ride while maintaining their own sense of scrappy rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. It’s streaming now at NPR.






Deerhoof Releases ‘Breaking Songs’ Video

S.F.’s Deerhoof has released a video for its track “Breakup Songs” from the album of the same name. It at first seems like a huge bummer — I worry that “Breakup Songs” is code for the band breaking up, though they’ve had an incredible run — and the video features a crow man seeming to bring death to plague-invested peasants. How this leads to a dance party? You’ll just have to watch.


Bloody Death Skull Releases Barbie Video, Also Streams ‘Nirvana Song’

L.A.-based Bloody Death Skull make ramshackle, disorientingly dreamy folk, and their latest video, directed by lead singer Daiana Feuer, for “Girls Like You,” matches its naughty lyrics with a video featuring Barbie dolls in various compromising poses. It’s from their Oh My Gosh EP. And the band has been busy, also releasing “Nirvana Song” via SoundCloud, which the band says was written after spending a day immersed in Nirvana songs. Its cutting simplicity certainly brings to mind a tripped-out version of Nivana’s MTV Unplugged album, like their cover of the Vaselines“Jesus Don’t Want Me For a Sunbeam” reverbed and chilled out with cavernous harmony and casual tamborine. Check ’em out Saturday at the Airliner with bands like Sweet Bump It, Jimbo Jenkins and The Letters Home, along with art and readings from Charlyne Yi and others.


Kisses Mixtape Features Dedications from Members of Cocteau Twins, Saint Etienne, Jens Lekman and More

L.A. electro-pop duo Kisses, whose laid-back, freestyle-lovin’ Kids in LA was released last month on Cascine, have a mixtape of freestyle/funk classics up on their SoundCloud. It’s done in the style of the best radio station in L.A., 92.3, and its beloved host Art Laboe, whose dedications are a staple for listeners across the county. While classics from The Gap Band, Sade and Tom Tom Club are wonderful and all, the true eyebrow-raising comes from the people they’ve assembled to make dedications — Jens Lekman and members of Saint Etienne, Cocteau Twins and Taken By Trees, to name a notable few. It’s a treat just to hear Simon Raymone’s touching dedication to his wife, taking a break from the ’80s party to dedicate a song by post-rock heroes Explosions in the Sky. Art would be proud.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Roses, Kim Free, Steppe People and New Life at the Smell ($5, 9 p.m., tickets at the door); and Jubilee Music & Arts Fest, Friday and Saturday, featuring The Black Lips, The Drums and many local favorites (get your tickets at Amoeba for $50 plus a $3 service fee for a two-day pass)

Saturday: Bjork at the Palladium ($77.50-$137.50, 7:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Mimosa Music Series (!) with Rogue Wave and Thao at Federal Bar (FREE, 11 a.m.)

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