Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, Crocodiles, Joel Jerome, Spaceships, Male Gaze, Peach Kelli Pop

Posted by Billy Gil, February 20, 2015 10:04am | Post a Comment

Best Coast Announce ‘California Nights’

Best Coast will release a new album called California Nights on May 5 via Harvest. Hard to believe this is actually their major-label debut. California Nights follows the SoCal duo’s two critically acclaimed albums, Crazy For You and The Only Place and the 2013 Fade Away EP. They played a surprise show at the Echo this week, but if you missed that, they’ll be back playing shows in their beloved California next month. Hear a snippet of a new song in the album trailer below:


Crocodiles – “Crybaby Demon”

SoCal’s Crocodiles have released four solid LPs of perfectly scuzzy shoegaze pop, and they’ve now got a new one on the way called Boys, due May 12 on Zoo Music. Boys was recorded in Mexico City, and they say the area influenced them in terms of adding certain aspects of Latin rhythms to their sound. You can certainly hear that bubbling underneath the din of “Crybaby Demon,” with swinging percussion underpinning the organ-and-guitar-based drone and Byrds-ian vocals. We’re definitely excited to hear the rest of Boys. Hear it below via Stereogum.


Joel Jerome – “Everybody Wants Somebody” video

Singer/songwriter Joel Jerome has had a cult following since his days fronting dios/dios (malos) but is receiving a much-deserved bit of new attention on the strength of his tuneful new record, Psychedelic Thriftstore Folk, off of which the track “Everybody Wants Somebody” landed on the credits of a recent “Girls” episode. The new video for the song sees Jerome paying tribute both to his native Hawthorne and new home in Echo Park as he plays troubadour around various L.A.-area locales. Check out my interview with him from a while back when he played at Amoeba Hollywood.


Spaceships – “Stone”

We were nuts for Spaceships’ self-released Cool Breeze Over the Mountain LP, but their new track “Stone” dials back on the fuzz-guitar intensity of that record with a kind of echoey, spacey minimalism that maintains their lo-fi directness while still significantly expanding the duo’s sound. Bravo! Their Little Buddha tape is due Feb. 24 on new tape label Unsatisfied Records.


Male Gaze – “The Shining Path”

Male Gaze are a band that I know I’m gonna like just from their name, a clever reference to both their status as an all-male shoegaze band and the concept of the “male gaze” that sexualizes women in film. But in truth, Male Gaze are a band that doesn’t adhere too heavily to anything conceptual about garage, shoegaze, psych-rock or anything else, instead forging through “The Shining Path” with guitars that alternately hack like machetes and buzz oddly in the background like cicadas. Picking up on some serious early Psychedelic Furs vibes here. Featuring former members Mayyors, Blasted Canyons and The Mall, Male Gaze’s self-titled debut comes out March 23 on Castle Face. Hear it over at Death and Taxes.


Peach Kelli Pop – “Princess Castle 1987”

Ottawa-to-L.A. transplant Allie Hanlon, who makes music with friends under the Peach Kelli Pop moniker, has a new album coming out in April via Burger, and the first taste is the sticky-sweet “Princess Castle 1987,” a quick, chirpy bit of garagey bubblegum that’ll stick in your teeth long after 1:28 run time ends. PKP are at OC’s Burgerama 4 at the Observatory March 28 and S.F.’s Hemlock Tavern March 31.


Shows This Week:

Friday: Michael Vidal, Pool Honeys and more at American Legion Post 241 Baldwin Park ($5)

Saturday: The Black Lips, Portugal. The Man and more at the Rose Bowl ($108+ via TiqIQ)

Sunday: Roses, Tops and Kate Berlant at the Echo ($10)

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