Weekly Roundup: Kelela, So Many Wizards, Tony Molina, Teebs, Tashaki Miyaki, Gallant

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “The High” [Prod. by Gifted & Blessed]

We’re nuts about L.A.-based underground R&B songstress Kelela around these parts. Her debut mixtape, CUT 4 ME, was an all-around highlight of last year’s releases, featuring Kelela’s silky vocals and ace production work by a number of L.A. underground artists. Well she’s got a couple of tour dates announced, including an April 2 show at The Echo (tickets on sale Thursday at noon), and a new song with “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. “I’d do anything for the high,” she sings passionately, breaking out her cocoon of chill without losing an ounce of cool. Great stuff.


So Many Wizards – “Daydream” video

An L.A. band who’ve been bouncing around for a while and keep getting better and better, So Many Wizards latest songs have a cool, mysterious air to them without sacrificing the songwriting intricacies they debuted early on. “Daydream” lives up to its name musically, floating pensively along like a cloud, while its video is cute yet slightly nightmarish, staring frontman Nima Kazerouni’s grandmother alongside a lot of pretty young things with scary eyes. They’re at The Echoplex Sunday night with SISU, Tennis System, Heaven and Nightmare Air for Part Time PunksMy Bloody Valentine night, you besta be there!


Tony Molina – “Nowhere to Go”

Bay Area guy Tony Molina has played in a lot of hardcore bands with names ranging from Dystrophy to Caged Animal. Now he’s got a solo thing going. He already released one of our favorite power-pop songs in recent memory with “Breakin Up,” off his Six Tracks E.P. His solo album, Dissed and Dismissed, is out March 25 on Slumberland, and we have the brief, Weezer meets Guided By Voices first taste with “Nowhere to Go.” Those 48 seconds have us itching for more.


Teebs – “View Point”

tashaki miyakiChino Hills-based artist Teebs is part of Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder clan, having released Ardour back in 2010 and then mostly appearing here and there via collaborations and such. “View Point,” the first thing we’ve heard from the upcoming E S T A R A, releasing April 8, pedals and floats on a tribal beat and ethereal, static-laced synths. Gorgeous and intriguing.


Tashaki Miyaki – “Cool Runnings”

Tashaki Miyaki isn’t some Japanese director you haven’t heard of. They’re an L.A.-based duo who weave sweet dream-pop blankets of sound to wrap yourself up in. “Cool Runnings” is so darling, with a Velvets-inspired arrangement, cooed girl vocals and sighing strings, that it makes us want to shout out: Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!


Gallant – “Forfeit” (prod. Felix Snow)

That’s it, there’s just too much great underground R&B out there. Every time you think you’ve heard all the How to Dress Wells and Jai Pauls out there, someone like L.A.-based Gallant steps up and shows this ain’t no passing fad (this ain’t no country club, either). Pitchfork says this sultry little number will appear on producer Felix Snow’s upcoming Zebra EP, and that’s about all we know at this point, though he did do this fun 20 questions interview. No hype is the new hype or something.


Easy Sound Label Launches

A new, L.A.-based label has launched called Easy Sound Recording Company. It’ll feature such established artists as Vetiver, Howlin Rain, Isobel Campbell and more. Its first releases will be Bay Area dream-pop band Papercuts’ new album, Life Among the Savages, as well as Rodrigo Amarante’s Cavalo. Both are due May 6. To kick off the new label, they’ll also release three split 7” singles on Record Store Day, April 19, with previously unreleased recordings from roster bands Vetiver, Howlin Rain, Papercuts, the Donkeys, Rodrigo Amarante and EDJ. Check out their official site here.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Dam-Funk DJing for FREE at Amoeba Hollywood! That starts at 8 p.m. Then you could head over to The Bootleg Theater for The Lovely Bad Things, Crystal Antlers and De Lux.

Saturday: Wow, what a cool show—goth heroes Clan of Xymox are playing L.A. for the first time in more than a decade, and they’re doing so at a club in Maywood, an intriguing little hamlet of South L.A. that’s begging to be written up by Eric Brightwell. They’re at the Obscure Lounge at 10:30 p.m.; tickets are $25.

Sunday: Great show at Part Time Punks—it’s My Bloody Valentine night, with shoegazey bands and PTP’s Michael Stock playing MBV songs all night. This one features SISU (whom I’ve interviewed here), the aforementioned So Many Wizards (interview here), and three more great local bands, Heaven, Tennis System and Nightmare Air. This one starts at 6 p.m., and it’s $9 in advance at the Echoplex.


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