Weekly Roundup: Brian Reitzell, The Fresh & Onlys, The Donkeys

Posted by Billy Gil, March 21, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Brian Reitzell – “Last Summer” Featuring Kevin Shields

Let’s be honest, all I had to say was “featuring Kevin Shields” and your ears perked up. First, let’s talk about Reitzell. He’s served as the drummer for Air and Redd Kross, so already nice resume there. He has been a Hollywood music supervisor and composer, working with the likes of Sofia Coppola on The Bling Ring and Gus Van Sant on Promised Land, among others. Now the recuslive My Bloody Valentine frontman helps him out on the dreamily decadent “Last Summer,” which does have the feel of something from a Sofia Coppola soundtrack. That all makes sense—Reitzell is the guy who convinced Shields to do a song for her film Lost in Translation. Reitzell made the experimental Auto Music to sound like the drive from his home to his studio in Los Angeles, with all the small changes and evolutions of the journey represented in the music. The album’s out June 3 on Smalltown Supersound.



The Fresh & Onlys – “Bells of Paonia”

For a band that gets lumped in with the general garage-rock tag, S.F.’s The Fresh & Onlys have always kept things interesting and sound pretty different from album to album. Their latest left-turn is on “Bells of Paonia,” a shoegazer with a pretty melody, pulsating beat and fizzy guitars that flow constantly like lava. This sparer sound suits singer/songwriter Tim Cohen’s style quite well, highlighting how strong his melodies are without having to overly bury them in reverb or anything. It sounds pure and frankly fantastic, whetting our appetite for House of Spirits, due June 10 on Mexican Summer.



The Donkeys – “Scissor Me Cigs”

I used to live in San Diego, and it was tough to get anything done there. It’s just so damn pretty and pleasant. Luckily, chill San Diego dudes The Donkeys have gotten it together enough to record an album that’s almost like a tribute to the state, Ride the Black Wave, out June 3 on Easy Sound. “Scissor Me Cigs” has an easy, softly morose vibe, like leaving the beach at dusk. Check ’em out at The Church on York June 7.



Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Cherry Glazerr, Meat Market, Froth and The Hollows at The Church on York ($5)

Saturday-Sunday: Burgerama with The Black Lips, Death, The Growlers, Nobunny and more at The Observatory ($35 per day or $65 for both, 12 p.m. each day)

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