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Weekly Roundup: Roses, Death Valley Girls, White Arrows, Babes, Myron & E

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2014 10:05am | Post a Comment

Roses – “It’s Over” video

L.A. dream-pop trio Roses recently released “It’s Over” as a single from their upcoming Dreamlover EP, out Aug. 5 on Group Tightener (you can preorder it now). Now they’ve got a video for the track, directed by Cassandra Hamilton, that sees the band along with friends in bands like Susan playing in the California countryside with oversized cartoon guitars amid neon butterflies and gorgeous wildflowers. Reminds me of classics like Smashing Pumpkins“Today” and Blind Melon’s “No Rain” in its sunny, carefree optimism and casual absurdity. Roses are playing the next Red Bull Sound Select show with Tanlines Aug. 20, curated by Amoeba Hollywood. More info on that coming soon!

 

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Weekly Roundup: Roses, Craft Spells, Whirr

Posted by Billy Gil, July 11, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Roses – “It’s Over”

Photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn

Ex-Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez has a new project, the dream-pop trio known as Roses, and they’ve got a four-song EP coming out Aug. 5 on Group Tightener called Dreamlover. The first song we’ve heard from it, “It’s Over,” is a stuttering, stunning new waver with David Byrne-esque vocals, dreamy synth washes and crashing shoegaze guitars. They’ll be at S.F.’s Hemlock Tavern July 15 and L.A.’s Bootleg Theater July 16 with A Sunny Day in Glasgow.

Craft Spells – “Nausea” video

Why are animated music videos the best? The frenetic black-and-white animation and Rorschach-style ink blotches of the nicely fit the woozy feel of the title track to Justin Vallesteros’ latest album as Craft Spells, which is out now on Captured Tracks. They’ll be at S.F.’s The Chapel July 17 and L.A.’s Echo July 20.

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The 10 Best EPs of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 19, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment

Oft lost in the great “best albums of the year” rush are EPs, those unimposing 18-minute-or-so releases that artists release between albums, to try stuff out or to unload extra songs. While you don’t get the whole enchilada of a full-album statement, EPs are like a great appetizer that leave you wanting more, and 2013 was full of delicious bloomin’ onions. Here are 10 that I liked, in no particular order.

BurialTruant / Rough Sleeper

William Emmanuel Bevan makes the kind of music Thom Yorke dreams about, dark, brooding electronic music that blends subgenres like dubstep (the good kind) while sounding like its own thing, future-seeking yet emotional and grimy. He hasn’t had a full-length album since 2007’s great Untrue, but he released several EPs this year, including the recent Rival Dealer 12” and, earlier this year, this release of two 10-plus-minute tracks, the first entrancing and inviting, the second morose and restless. 

 

 

Best CoastFade Away

Best Coast shed some of the sheen of their second album and reclaimed the scrappy energy of their first on this seven-song release, their first on frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s new Jewel City label.

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Weekly Roundup: The Goldberg Sisters, Daedelus, Haim, Roses

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment

The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”

The Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.

 

 

 

 

Daedelus – “Paradiddle”

daedelusL.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.

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Weekly Roundup: No Age, Best Coast, The Mallard, Lumerians, Sonny and the Sunsets, Roses, Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2013 10:41am | Post a Comment

No Age Announce New Album

Beloved L.A. noise pop duo No Age are releasing a new album Aug. 20 called An Object (Sub Pop), their first since 2010’s Everything in Between. The new album was recorded by the band at Gaucho’s Electronics in L.A. with collaborator Facundo Bermudez. No song has been released from the album yet; we’ll have it up here as soon as they do!

The tracklist is as follows:

1. No Ground

2. I won’t Be Your Generator

3. C’mon Stimmung

4. Defector/ed

5. An Impression

6. Lock Box

7. Running From A-Go-Go

8. My Hands, Birch and Steel

9. Circling With Dizzy

10. A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor

11. Commerce, Comment, Commence

 

Best Coast Announces Tour

Best Coast have announced a new tour, and true to form, they'll be playing with excellent bands such as Bleached, Lovely Bad Things and Guards. They'll hit the Fillmore Aug. 15, Big Sur's Henry Miller Library Aug. 16 and L.A.'s The El Rey Aug. 17, all with Bleached (the rest of Best Coast's tour dates can be found on their site.). They'll be debuting songs from their upcoming EP, which has no title or release date announced as of yet, but we'll keep you posted. If you were one of the lucky ones to pick up their recent "Fear of My Identity" b/w "Who Have I Become" Record Store Day 7", perhaps you'll hear those excellent songs too, in addition to those off last year's Jon Brion-produced The Only Place. Read my recent interview with Bleached here, last year's interview with Best Coast here, and check out Best Coast's entry into the Webby-winning "What's In My Bag?" below.

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