Weekly Roundup: Damaged Bug, Best Coast, Ariel Pink, The Sandwitches

Posted by Billy Gil, April 17, 2015 11:48am | Post a Comment

Damaged Bug – “Jet in Jungle”

damaged bugThee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer has a solo project called Damaged Bug that produces buzzing, whirring analog electro-rock songs like “Jet in Jungle” influenced by krautrock and early electronic music artists like Faust and Can. This is the second track we’ve heard from Cold Hot Plumbs, which is out June 1 through Dwyer's label, Castle Face. Check it out via Pitchfork.








Best Coast – “Feeling Ok” lyric video

New Best Coast songs have been trickling in from their upcoming album California Nights (which is due May 4 on Harvest, you can preorder it now on LP and CD). “Feeling Ok” finds Bethany Cosentino utilizing her uncanny ability to channel her anxiety directly into fuzz-pop songs with candied melodies and straightforward lyrics. The best we can do sometimes is say “I’m OK today” when insecurity has been getting us down; Cosentino captures that moment of clarity brilliantly.


Ariel Pink – “Jell-o” video

You couldn’t ever accuse Ariel Pink of selling out. “Jell-o,” which sounds like a vintage commercial tune played through a child’s tape recorder until it turns into a psych-rock freakout, is as lovably weird as anything he’s done. The video by Dan Kapelovitz is appropriately a mashup of public access-quality video reminiscent of video artist Tom Rubnitz’s immortal “Pickle Surprise” video. It’s dedicated to the song’s co-writer, the late Kim Fowley. pom pom is out now on 4AD.


The Sandwitches – “Play It Again Dick”

S.F.’s beloved garage-rockers The Sandwitches are putting out their last-ever LP, Our Toast, June 9 on Empty Cellar. “Play It Again Dick” plays like a torch song sung in a dimly lit dive. Hear it below via Gorilla vs Bear.


Non-Coachella Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Panda Bear and Ducktails at the Roxy ($30)

Saturday: Record Store Day—we’ll have DJ sets from Puro Instinct, KNWLEDGE and Health and much more.

Sunday: Nic Hessler, Winter and CRE-SCEN-DO at the Echo ($10)

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