Weekly Roundup: Meatbodies, Allah-Las, Tijuana Panthers, Devon Williams

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 09:15am | Post a Comment

Meatbodies – “Tremmors”

The latest great garage-rock band from S.F. delivers an explosion of fuzz riffs and reverbed vocals that cut cleanly through like a scalpel on “Tremmors.” The song is heavy and huge, but it’s handled delicately—the solo could only be described as lightly demonic. I love the way the song switches up to a new fuzzed out set of chords two-thirds of the way through—it’s just icing on the cake. Meatbodies comes from L.A.-based Chad Ubovich, who was Mikal Cronin’s bassist and then guitarist as well as the bassist in Ty Segall’s Fuzz project. Segall previously released some of Ubovich’s home recordings under Chad & The Meatbodies, and now the simply titled Meatbodies album is due soon on In the Red. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 16 and The Echo Aug. 28.


Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”

The hypnotizing new video for Allah-Las’ “No Werewolf” is kinda like taking taking the old Spirograph toy to a new extreme. (Also WTF this ’70s commercial for Spirograph is kind of amazing.) It was entirely made in Russia by this sculptor artist Mikhail Sadovnikov, whose creations are made with wet clay on the potter’s wheel. This new Allah-Las album is sounding all kinds of intriguing after the serpentine riffery of first single “501-415” and this instrumental cover of The Frantics’ 1960s garage classic, which really shows off the band’s economical surf-rock prowess. Worship the Sun is due Sept. 16 on Innovative Leisure. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 15.


Tijuana Panthers – “Nobo “video

For their video for the loungey “Nobo,” from the Long Beach band’s latest album, Wayne Interest, the band goes all James Bond by way of a less shagadelic Austin Powers. I like the idea of an Agent Pi. The band is about to go on tour with Fucked Up; they’ll be at the El Rey Aug. 21 and the Glasshouse in Pomona Aug. 22. The band just came through for a set at Amoeba Hollywood, you can see pictures from that show here.


Music Go Music – “Inferno”

It’s nearly impossible to resist Music Go Music’s update on ABBA’s maximalist disco. “Inferno” isn’t exactly subtle, but it’s impeccably crafted, pairing sultry verses with a big ol’ booty-shaking chorus. The Highland Park band’s next album, Impressions, is due Aug. 19 via Thousand Tongues.


Devon Williams – “Puzzle” video

For a song as romantic as “Puzzle,” its video has sure has a lot of close calls. This montage of living dangerously accompanies the jangle-pop maestro’s new single brilliantly. Williams has been by Amoeba a few times recently for DJ sets, in case you were able to make it to those, and we’d like to thank him for that! Gilding the Lily is out now on Slumberland. He’ll be on a few killer bills coming up—Echo Park Rising Aug. 17, S.F.’s The Knockout Sept. 11 with Melted Toys and The Mantles, L.A.’s Troubador Oct. 25 with Tennis and a few more California shows after that with Frankie Rose.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: If you didn’t get tickets to see Arcade Fire at the Forum, there’s Upset, Ceremony and more at the Roxy ($15) and Castro at El Cid ($10)

Saturday: Burger a-Go-Go! has Best Coast, Bleached, Dum Dum Girls and more at the Observatory ($32.50)

Sunday: Yes, Beyonce and Jay Z are at the Rose Bowl ($40+), but barring that, you could go see minimal wavers Xeno & Oaklander at the Echo ($10)

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