Weekly Roundup: Jack Name, Tobias Jesso Jr., Vetiver, DVA Damas, Spirit Club, Hundred Waters, Sarah Bethe Nelson

Posted by Billy Gil, January 23, 2015 10:36am | Post a Comment

Jack Name – “Waiting for Another Moon”

jack nameLast week we shared noisy space-rocker “Watcher Talk,” from L.A. lo-fi maestro Jack Name’s new album, Weird Moons, which came out this week via Castle Face. Sample another track via The New York TimesT Magazine, featuring Name’s weary vocals singing existentially about the cycle of life, death and boredom over trumpeting synths. Check it out and the rest of Weird Moons if you’re into the likes of Ariel Pink, John Maus and older White Fence (of which Name was once a member).







Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe”

tobias jesso jr.This is only the second song ever we’ve heard from L.A.-based Tobias Jesso Jr., and it’s enough for us to call him one of the most exciting young singer/songwriters around. Like a young Elton John or Randy Newman, Jesso Jr.’s classic, piano-led arrangements work because there’s a level of passion and directness there that you can’t fake. A song like “How Could You Babe” feels nearly universal, covering well-trod breakup ground but focusing on the details—the acute pain of learning the person you loved has moved on in a big way—and sticking the landing with an immensely affecting chorus. That voice is something else, especially on that final bit. His debut album, Goon, is on its way March 17 from True Panther Sounds.


Vetiver – “Current Carry”

S.F.’s Vetiver (aka Andy Cabic) has a new album on the way called Complete Strangers, due March 24 on Easy Sound, and he’s unveiled the laid-back and jangly “Current Carry.” Recorded in L.A. with Bart Davenport, Gabe Noel and Josh Adams, co-produced and engineered by Thom Monahan, Complete Strangers deals with dualities, Cabic told Vogue, saying, “As with many of Vetiver’s better moments, sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy. An introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus. … I’m still figuring the album out. It feels like someone I’ve just met yet known for a long time.” Hear “Current Carry” below:


DVA Damas – “Wet Vision”

The new track from dark wave-ish artist DVA Damas seems minimalist from the get-go, but bits of Morricone guitar, slithering background noise and asphyxiated vocal samples keep you rapt as Taylor Burch intones in a bleak but self-possessed manner—you might have to lean close to hear what she’s saying, but you may not want to. The Wet Vision 12” is due Feb. 3 via Downwards.


Spirit Club – “Still Life”

Nathan Williams is taking a lil’ break from fronting Wavves to focus on some side projects, including Spirit Club, with his brother Joel and Andrew Caddick (aka Jeans Wilder). Some of the elements of “Still Life” will please Wavves fans, with crunching power-chords and cool, detached vocals. The return to a more lo-fi setting and layers of swirling harmonies has us pumped for Spirit Club’s still-untitled debut due in spring via Ghost Ramp, according to Stereogum. Spirit Club will also have a “special surprise” on the otherwise uneventful Feb. 14, so look out for that!


Hundred Waters – “Cavity” (Shigeto remix)

We loved Hundred Waters’ 2014 album The Moon Rang Like a Bell ’round these parts, so we’re welcoming of a remix album, which features new mixes of all 12 songs from the album by such artists as Dirty Beaches, Plaid and Illangelo. You can hear the laptoppy Shigeto remix of “Cavity” below. The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Remixed) is due Feb.17 via OWSLA, Pitchfork says. They’ll be at L.A.’s El Rey Feb. 13 and S.F.’s Great American Music Hall Feb. 14 (V-day date idea?).


Sarah Bethe Nelson – “Paying”

Burger Records doesn’t just put out records by great garage bands. Due March 10 on the SoCal label is the debut record by Sarah Bethe Nelson, Fast-Moving Clouds, and she’s unveiled the devastating break-up song “Paying.” Reminds me a bit of Red House Painters’ murky melancholia with a touch of Lucinda Williams’ hard-won resolve. Seems appropriate for an artist who spent much of her time as a bartender in S.F., witnessing countless drunken fights, break-ups, make-ups and make-outs. Recorded by singer/songwriter Kelley Stoltz, Fast-Moving Clouds definitely has our attention.

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: FIDLAR, Meatbodies and Frights at the Regent Theater ($13)

Satuday: Nosaj Thing at the Complex ($20)

Sunday: Boy Division at the Echo ($10)


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