Weekly Roundup: Mikal Cronin, Bouquet, Tennis System, OOFJ, Deerhoof

Posted by Billy Gil, January 30, 2015 08:54am | Post a Comment

Mikal Cronin – “Made Up My Mind”

Power-pop master Mikal Cronin has announced his third album, the aptly titled MCIII, which will be out May 5 on Merge. And he’s shared the first song from it. “Made Up My Mind” has one of those great rocketship riffs Cronin does so well, along with some playful piano and Cronin’s weary earnest voice offering bittersweet melodies and lyrics. Cronin played every instrument on the new album, which includes a six-song suite. He’ll be at S.F.’s The Independent April 22 and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock May 1.


Bouquet – “Stacks on Stacks”

Sometimes you hear just a couple of notes of a song and you know you love it. Such is the case with Bouquet’s “Stacks on Stacks,” which touches on early electronic music with breathy, romantic female vocals akin to Stereolab, Beach House or our dearly departed Broadcast. The L.A.-based duo is composed of guitarist/vocalist Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, formerly of folk-poppers The Finches, and keyboardist Max Foreman of the experimental trio Tenebre. If you’re as curious as I am about Bouquet, check out their In a Dream EP, due March 10 via Ulrike/Folktale, and/or check them out with Zola Jesus Feb. 8 at Santa Ana’s Observatory.


Tennis System – “Memories & Broken Dreams” video

L.A.’s Tennis System recently came to Amoeba Hollywood to perform a set of blown-out shoegaze rockers from their latest album, Technicolor Blind. See photos from the show here, and read my interview with the band here. Check out the black-and-white video for one of their best songs, “Memories & Broken Dreams,” via Redbull.






OOFJ – “I Forgive You”

I like just about anything cinematic, and OOFJ’s music has drama for days. The L.A.-based electronic duo and real-life couple of Jenno and Katherine Mills-Rymer met while Jenno was working on music for Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. There’s something of the desperation of that film in “I Forgive You,” whose strings build towering tension that is only partially relieved by a dance beat and throbbing pulse  halfway through. Mills-Rymer breathily intones that she forgives her paramour, but we’re betting there’s some retribution there. Acute Feast is due April 21 via Ring the Alarm/Fake Diamond).


Deerhoof – “Black Pitch” video

Have you ever thought, I’d love to take a scenic boat ride with Satomi Matsuzaki from Deerhoof? Well now you can with their video for “Black Pitch,” off of last year’s excellent La Isla Bonita. They’ll be at Indigo Music Fest this weekend (see details below).

Oh, and Ariel Pink released a new video, watch and read about it here!

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Body/Head at the Observatory ($8)

Saturday: Ruiins, Talking Daemon, Sashcloth & Axes, Feral Kitty at Lot 1 (Free)

Sunday: Indigo Music Fest (Sat. and Sun.) with Deafheaven, Blonde Redhead, The Melvins, Deerhoof and more at the Observatory ($35/day)

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