Weekly Roundup: The Soft Moon, Hanni El Khatib & Freddie Gibbs, Jack Name, Nedelle Torisi, Wand, Sonny & The Sunsets

Posted by Billy Gil, January 16, 2015 11:21am | Post a Comment

Hello! Welcome back to Weekly Roundup. If it’s your first time here, I gather songs and videos by artists from the greater L.A. and Bay Area that have been released over the past week or so. Here’s the first one of 2015.

The Soft Moon “Black” (Trentemoller Remix)

soft moon black trentemoller remixWe’ve already heard the strangely enlivening dark pulse of “Black,” the first single from Oakland artist The Soft Moon’s new album, Deeper (out March 31 on Captured Tracks; preorder now). This Trentemoller remix gives the darkwave track an even dimmer shade, taking it from hedonistic dancefloor jam to musky afterparty track. The Soft Moon will be at S.F.’s The Chapel April 28 and L.A.’s Roxy April 30.



Hanni El Khatib & Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”

L.A. rocker Hanni El Khatib teamed with rapper Freddie Gibbs for the song “Satin Black” as part of Converse’s CONS free EP series. You can check out the swaying electro-rock banger below. Hanni El Khatib plays Amoeba SF Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. His new album, Moonlight, is out Jan. 20 on Innovative Leisure (check out the video for the title track here). Meanwhile, Gibbs released the excellent Pinata last year with Madlib, if you haven’t checked that out yet.


Jack Name – “Watcher Talk”

jack name weird moons lpL.A.’s Jack Name released the excellent lo-fi pop album, Light Show, last year, without nearly enough fanfare. Hopefully his new Weird Moons mini album, out Jan. 20 on Castle Face, and an accompanying tour with the like-mined Ariel Pink will raise his status a bit (they’ll be at S.F.’s Bimbo’s 365 Club Feb. 7). Check out the thickly layered and spaced-out “Watcher Talk” below, or check out all of Weird Moon via Stereogum.


Nedelle Torisi – “Don’t Play Dumb” video

I love this new video by L.A.’s Nedelle Torisi, showing her as a Target employee eating spaghetti in her bed while watching “Family Guy” and then hitting up the club. The song itself is gorgeous, a gooey synth ballad with work from producer Kenny Gilmore (of Ariel Pink). Torisi’s Advice From Paradise is out Feb. 17 on Ethereal Sequence (distributed by Drag City).


Wand – “Self Hypnosis in 3 Days”

I’m a bad sleeper. This is what I need: three days of self-hypnosis to help me out. Oh just kidding, it’s a brain-frying, ripping, dripping psych-rock jam. Oh, well, thanks anyway, Wand, time to stay up forever! The L.A. band’s new album, GOLEM, is out March 17 on In the Red. They'll be at S.F.'s Great American Music Hall Jan. 29 (with Ty Segall) and L.A.'s Echo March 13 (with Death Valley Girls and others).


Sonny & the Sunsets – “Happy Carrot Health Food Store”

We’ve already heard the funky “Cheap Extensions” and seen its cool animated video. Now Sonny and his Sunsets have unveiled this chilled-out second track, full of flutes, fun synths and handclaps and subtle Bowie refs. Sounds like your brain swimming around while stoned and looking for Kombucha. Talent Night at the Ashram is out Feb. 17.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: The Budos Band, Death Valley Girls at the Regent Theater ($24)

Saturday: Geographer, Haunted Summer at the El Rey ($25+)

Sunday: Dead Kennedys at the Roxy ($30)

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