Weekly Roundup: Damaged Bug, POW!, Yell For Help, Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Billy Gil, January 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

Damaged Bug – “Eggs at Night”

damaged bug amoebaWelcome back, Weekly Roundup! How I’ve missed you. Did you miss me? I hope you had a great holiday and New Year. I have some sad news, which is that the most rollicking, prolific garage band in SF, Thee Oh Sees, are no more (at least for now), frontman John Dwyer recently announced. The good news is that Dwyer, never one to sit idly for more than a few moments, has a new solo album due under the moniker Damaged Bug. And it doesn’t really sound anything like Thee Oh Sees, but it does sound very good. According to promotional material, Hubba Bubba, due Feb. 25 on Castle Face, was made with “synthesizers, drum machines, and assorted hand-made electronics.” That’s certainly what it sounds like on this first taste, “Eggs at Night.”


POW! – “Hope Dealers”

pow! amoeblogSpeaking of Castle Face, on Jan. 14 they’ll release High Tech Boom by the SF band POW! The spaced out menace of “Hope Dealers,” which hurls forth on nervous post-punk riffs and overflowing sci-fi synths, seems to spoof the bougie, techy side of SF with its retro-futuristic slant. It feels exhilarating to hear some angry youths from up there. Check it out on BrooklynVegan.






yell for help – “Love Will Keep Us Together”

It’s not a damn Captain & Tennille cover. It’s a song by L.A.-based alternative pop duo yell for help, which sound a bit like The Ting Tings if they were better, with pulsing, trip-hoppy beats, sing-rapping, lots of odd interludes and fun boy-girl vocals. It’s still very new and all, but look for them to do lots of great stuff in 2014.


Cherry Glazerr - "White's Not My Color This Evening" video

The best-named band in L.A. released a video for its Breeders-on-speed song "White's Not My Color This Evening" that will make you want a cupcake real bad. The song comes from Haxel Princess, due Jan. 14 on Burger. They'll be at The Smell Feb. 14 and Burgerama at the Observatory in Santa Ana March 22.




Shows This Weekend:

Friday: L.A. garage rockers Dirt Dress are at Alex's Bar in Long Beach ($10, 8 p.m.)

Saturday: Indie pop band Tennis are at the Satellite ($15, 8:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Factory Records Night at The Echo with Boy Division ($7, 10 p.m.)

AND ...

Coachella's Lineup has been announced!

The show will feature a reunited OutKast, along with The Knife, The Replacements, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Arcade Fire, Beck, Lana Del Rey and loads of others. Check out the full lineup at Coachella's site.






























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