Weekly Roundup: Sonny & the Sunsets, Jessica Pratt, Tobias Jesso Jr., Colleen Green, L.A. Witch, Susan

Posted by Billy Gil, November 21, 2014 10:11am | Post a Comment

Sonny & the Sunsets – “Cheap Extensions” video

Sonny & the Sunsets have a new album on the way, and they already have an awesome, animated new video for the track “Cheap Extensions.” Follow the tail of a girl and her mysterious extensions over the Sunsets’ hypnotic groove. Talent Night at the Ashram was mostly recorded by Smith at home on his tape machine with the help of friends like Shayde Sartin (The Fresh & Onlys), Garret Goddard (King Tuff), Kelley Stoltz, Rusty Miller and Ian McBrayer. It’s due Feb. 17 on Polyvinyl. Read my interview with Sonny Smith back when they released their terrific last album, Antenna to the Afterworld.


Jessica Pratt – “Back, Baby”

jessica prattI missed this new Jessica Pratt song while I was out of town—my bad! Everyone should be aware that it exists, and that the former Amoebite is releasing her second album soon—On Your Own Love Again is due on Drag City Jan. 27. On the first track she’s released from it, Pratt’s elfin voice sings a pensive breakup tune amid loping, seaside acoustic guitar. Absolutely stunning.


Tobias Jesso Jr. “Hollywood”

tobias jesso jrThe story behind “Hollywood” is a familiar one: guy comes to L.A. to make it as a songwriter; things don’t work out, career-wise or relationship-wise; and he ends up back at home living with his parents, staring blankly at the piano. Then came the inspiration for songs Jesso Jr. told Pitchfork he wrote for himself, rather than to break into the music industry, including this noirish ballad that plays like something from a musical about coming to make it the entertainment industry, upended by lines like “I think I’m gonna fry in Hollywood.” The result is pitch-perfect. We’re glad he’s still trying.


Colleen Green – “Pay Attention”

colleen greenWe’ve been watching Colleen Green for a while now, as she’s blown up in the L.A. garage scene and released a bunch of great home recordings. Now Green has her first studio album due in February via Hardly Art called I Want to Grow Up, recorded with JEFF The Brotherhood’s Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Weissbuchand, according to Stereogum. “Pay Attention” is the fizzy, Ritalin-fueled first taste. I’m reminded a bit of Liz Phair’s early work here. This feels special and incredibly promising.


L.A. Witch – “Heart of Darkness” video

L.A. Witch have premiered via Wondering Sound a transfixing new video for their equally hypnotic track “Heart of Darkness,” from their self-titled EP, which is out now. The whole thing has a kind of sonambulist vibe, as frontwoman Sade sings “trust my kisses” like a succubus while her cohorts coo alluringly around her. Vaguely ominous and sexy. It leaves you wanting to replay and learn its secrets. 


SUSAN – “Pancake”

SUSAN are a new L.A. band that we love, and they’ve just released the new track “Pancake” via Stereogum. The band’s sweet harmonies blend with a spiraling chord progression that sounds like it’s coming apart, which should clue you into how this is gonna go. By the end of the short and pointed “Pancake,” singer/guitarist Jessica Owens is telling you “I hope you die alone.” Stream it via Stereogum.






Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Joel Jerome, Morgan Delt, Buttertones and Vinyl Williams at the Echo ($10)

Saturday: The Dream Syndicate and Froth at the Echoplex ($22)

Sunday: Amoeba night at Roses’ Bootleg HiFi residency with Crystales, Basement Babies and Hair Perfect (FREE)

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