Weekly Roundup: Jessie Jones, Peacers, Dirty Ghosts, Du Blonde, Scott Bartenhagen

Posted by Billy Gil, July 16, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Jessie Jones – “I Ran So Far”

No, it’s not a Flock of Seagulls cover. “I Ran So Far” is the third song we’ve heard from Jessie Jones’ upcoming self-titled Burger debut. “I keep running, but I don’t know why,” she sings over a countrified gallop, her exacting diction and vocal tics helping to capture the feeling of unsettled wanderlust. Pearl Charles comes out July 28. Hear it via Spin.


Peacers – “Laze It” video

S.F.’s Mike Donovan of great psych-rockers Sic Alps has a new band called Peacers, whose self-titled debut album comes out tomorrow on Drag City. Give the video for “Laze It” about half a minute before the Stones riffs and psychedelic surf imagery gets going.


Dirty Ghosts – “Cataract” (Tobacco Remix)

S.F.-based Allyson Baker has a new album on the way this fall with her Dirty Ghosts project. Let it Pretend is the follow-up to 2012’s Metal Moon, on which she made with then-husband Aesop Rock, with whom she still collaborates, such as on his recent Skelethon album. Prior to the new album, they’ll release an EP called Cataract July 25 on Burger. Hear the No Wave-style original below and its groovier remix by Tobacco on BrooklynVegan, both of which appear on the EP.


Du Blonde – “Hunter” video

Du Blonde’s Beth Jeans Houghton may be from the U.K., but she’s taken quite well to her L.A. base, judging by her last two videos. Whereas the video for rumbling rocker “Black Flag” took a trip to Joshua Tree, the video for her Bowie-esque ballad “Hunter” takes us on a purposefully nostalgic, Super 8-shot joy ride through the city. The song is taken from Welcome Back to Milk, which is out now.


Scott Bartenhagen Black Dane EP

scott bartenhagenCentral Californian singer/songwriter Scott Bartenhagen’s Black Dane EP conjures endless roadway with its slowly unfurling pastoral country-folk. Listening feels like driving down the 5 Freeway and hearing the stories behind all the people living in small towns and random houses scattered along the way. It feels both private and grandiose, moving from intimate lyricism and a gently shuffling beat to a sunlit climax on “Beacons.” Check out the whole EP via Stereogum. It’s out now on New Professor.


Shows This Weekend

Friday: Tamaryn and Mystic Braves at the Skirball ($20)

Saturday-Sunday: Viva Pomona with Iceage, Christopher Owens, La Sera, Summer Twins, Nic Hessler, Froth and more at the Glass House ($20)


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