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Weekly Roundup: Pyramid Vritra, Medicine, Tomorrows Tulips, Part Time

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2014 10:04am | Post a Comment

Pyramid Vritra – “Track 3”

Pyramid Vritra (aka Hal Williams) is one of my favorite young rapper/producers around L.A., having released the excellent Indra earlier this year on Stones Throw. Now he’s got a new EP out called Palace, with each of its six songs representing a corridor or room in a house. I’d say “Track 3” is like an elegant living room with sun filtering through the windows. Williams’ goal with the new EP was to shift attention to his flow and storytelling abilities, which are often folded into his dazzling productions. Yet “Track 3” features some truly psychedelic rhymes and wordplay that is fun to get lost in. It’s like he says himself: “He never ever be what you predicted, listen.”

 

Medicine – “Turning”

Well Medicine sure don’t seem to be slowing down on their second go-around. After the L.A.-based shoegaze greats reunited and released their first album in 20 years, the excellent To the Happy Few, last year, they’ve already got another one headed our way. Rather than continue riding ’90s nostalgia waves, the band has augmented their sound with Brazilian-inspired sounds and rhythms, as can be heard on the first single “Turning,” which bounces on a rumbling rhythm but remains defiantly ’gazey and psychedelic, like a post-punk Os Mutantes. Home Everywhere is due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks.

 

Tomorrows Tulips - "Glued to You"

SoCal shamble-rockers (not my term, but I like it) Tomorrows Tulips have a new one called When due Oct. 7 on Burger, and they've shared the first track from it, the alt-drone rock of "Glued to You." I hear a bit of Sebadoh's moody lo-fi in there, some Nirvana vibes with hangover-deadened senses driving this thing forward. I really dig this. If you like your Tulips with a bit more vim and vigor, check out a clip of the new power-popper "Baby" in this album teaser.

 

Part Time – “My Jamey”

part time bandS.F.’s Part Time (aka David Speck) has a new single out that’s a magical slice of synth-pop pie. “My Jamey” hops around on spacey casios and a Hall & Oates-style synth-funk groove like a kid just let out of class. It feels like delicious, ice cold frosting during this hot, hot summer. The song is on a split 7” with Gap Dream due Aug. 26 on Burger/Lollipop, while another Part Time cassette will come out Aug. 19 on Plastic Response, featuring rare and previously unreleased songs. Gap Dream and Part Time are touring together starting in August, hitting S.F.’s Brick and Mortar Music Hall Aug. 23 and L.A.’s Los Globos Aug. 25.

 

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Bleached and Haim at the Wiltern ($35)

Saturday: Heaven, Crocodiles, Tweens and Cashmere at Los Globos ($12)

Sunday: Steve Gunn and Matt Kivel at the Echo ($10)

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