The second wave of “From the Vault” series is here, featuring new recordings from STUDIO F at the beautiful Mophonics HQ in Venice, California.
R&B whiz kid Leonard Friend takes on the catchy single from the the buzzed about Los Angeles sister trio HAIM. Friend re-imagines the song with sparkling synths, a slowed down drum that gives a nod to Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” (aka the sample for Biggies “Juicy,”) oldZapp records, Phil Collins and TLC.
Noisey has premiered The Thermals new video for “The Sunset” from the band’s new albumDesperate Ground out now on Saddle Creek. The video is a bright, colorful and uplifting three minutes of film. The video stars Thermals bassist Kathy Foster as “The Boxer”, in an obvious ode to classic boxing films such as “Rocky” and “Raging Bull”. Much of the video is an homage to the opening credits of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, with Foster channeling Rosie Perez. “The Sunset” features many classic Portland, OR locales (like many Thermals videos) and was co-directed by Portland filmmaker Jeffrey Rowles and The Thermals themselves.
Brooklyn’s Neo-pop group Happy Lives take an entirely different direction on their first focus track “Feeling Right”, stepping deeper into the absurd and unknown. “Feeling Right,” is a youthful gloom-pop track sung from the perspective of two teenage lovers. The un-named female part swoons over her boyfriend, Jimmy, while Jimmy, crooning like Elvis, has a little less to say. Playful and sarcastic, the song manages to capture the quintessential feelings of teenage angst: “Tense and horny, what a special story.” If you are looking for the band’s previous grungy, intense machine sound- you won’t find it here. Sounding almost unrecognizable from the previous EP, Happy Lives probe an entirely new landscape of abstract thought here – weird, bouncy and unbelievably catchy.
Label: Innovative Leisure
Listen: Classixx : All You’re Waiting For (via SoundCloud)
If You Like: The Civil Wars, Merle Haggard, Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, check out Dillon Hodges.
Dillon Hodges plays Americana in the spirit of old-time music (bluegrass, folk, country and soul) with a deep bluesy voice and haunting melodies. His debut full-length album, Rumspringa drops May 14.
Sunday Night on the first weekend, as the sun sets, Tame Impala are hitting the Outdoor Theatre stage at Coachella.
For those that won’t be there in person, it’ll be streamed LIVE onYouTube. Times below.
Sunday April 14th: 6pm (PST) / 8pm (CST) / 9pm (EST)
Monday April 15th: 2am (GMT) / 9am (AWST) / 11am (AEST)
Tame Impala also, recently, dropped into the famous KCRW Studios in LA to record a live session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
For a taste of whats to come, watch the boys jam out ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards‘ in the studio ahead of the full session.
Seductive new video from Petite Meller for “Stevie Jobs”, directed by A.T.Mann & Guy J. Bolandi features Petite riding a massive computer mouse and Brooklyn-born dance-rapper Shamel Pitts dancing on a giant keyboard.
“And you’re opening for Phoenix on their European tour after this, that’s crazy! How the hell did that happen!?”
Demarco just kinda looks at me with a grin and a shrug.
Oh, I donno. They just came to one of our shows in Paris and liked what they saw, I guess.
The cool ambivalence toward what would otherwise be a career-defining moment for an up and coming band is a good summation of Mac Demarco’s appeal; that being to forgo taking life too seriously in favor of having a good time, an approach that shines through in both his recorded material and his live show.
Mac Demarco is a young man who began making music in Vancouver years ago with his friend Alex Calder under the moniker of Makeout Videotape, before relocating to Montreal and focusing on developing his own material. Last year saw the release of not one but two albums, the vampire-glam of his debut, Rock and Roll Night Club, and the breezy, slacker-rock leaning 2.
His show on Friday, March 22nd, at Sneaky Dee’s, was the first in a series of shows he and his band played as a part of Canadian Music week before taking off to Europe for the aforementioned Phoenix tour. The sold-out set was attended by an army of young men decked out in plaid who spent the duration of the set pogo-ing manically in front of the band, while a harem of fangirls opted to sit at the bottom of the stage as if it were an altar of some sort.
I’m Mac Demarco, and this song is called ‘I’m A Man” , he announced through a toothy smile, kicking off a set that featured a healthy amount of material taken from across both of his albums.
Whereas the recorded material comes off as laid-back music not unsuitable for drinking on a porch in the summer sun, performed live, it takes on a new form, retaining the playful looseness while also gaining an electric groove a la Grease Lightning.
Having seen Demarco before, a staple of his shows for me has always been the esoteric covers he sprinkles throughout his set. He’s done stuff as varied as the Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman” in the same show, and for Friday’s set he presented a cache of covers that was even more expanded and disparate. They fiddled with the opening riffs of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” between songs before launching into their first full cover of the night, a messy, adrenaline-filled take on Rammstein’s nu-metal anthem “Du Hast”. The highlight for the night in terms of covers occurred later, when the band delved into their own jangly take on Weezer’s Sweater Song. Although a lot of influence from the Blue Album can be noted in Demarco’s music, especially 2, the band made it their own by peppering the lyrics with goofy expletives, delivered by Demarco with the glee of a misbehaving 10-year-old.
The band’s endearing immaturity did not end there however, with Demarco evolving into some playground version of G.G. Allin towards the end of the set by charismatically displaying to the audience both his bare white ass (which some female audience members promptly attempted to spank), and eventually ramping up the sexual show-and-tell by pulling out his balls from his fly mid-song.
The band ended their set with “Still Together”, the closing ballad from their latest album. Demarco brought his girlfriend onstage to serenade her, however, as the band launched into a rocked-out, electrified version of the song’s bridge, the two began to make out before jumping into the audience to crowd-surf together in a display filled with the triumph of a scene taken from an 80’s teen movie. I left the venue that night covered in sweat, satisfied to have witnessed once again that Mac Demarco’s recent success is well-deserved.
[photos : John Szlazak]
The strokes’ fifth studio album Comedown Machine is out today. If you didn’t pre-order, you can now stroll over to iTunes to grab it instantly or you can order the physical album on Amazon or directly from the band’s official store. limited edition black vinyl and t-shirt bundles are still available at the store that include instant album downloads too.
The band is gearing up for more announcements, coming soon. You can enter-to-win an exclusive vinyl test pressing of Comedown Machine by letting the band know your favorite track from the album on Twitter using hashtag #ComedownMachine. More details and official rules can be found here.
This years Record Store Day list is here!
*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/20 street date, but are not RSD releases.
It is remarkable that after only seven years of exhibiting his work to the public, Baker has achieved worldwide recognition. In 2010 with the backing of Magnarella he had a sell-out show in New York and received a similarly avid reception in London the following year. In 2012 he was chosen to participate in the V&A exhibition Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion in collaboration with acclaimed British designer Sir Paul Smith. His forthcoming and much-anticipated exhibition in Los Angeles will cement Baker’s growing reputation as one of the most dynamic British artists of his generation.
WHO: Charming Baker
WHAT: Lie Down I Think I Love You -British artist Charming Baker is to stage his largest ever solo exhibition at Milk Studios, Los Angeles beginning tomorrow, March 22, 2013. Entitled Lie Down I Think I Love You, it will showcase new work exploring the unpredictable nature of love. It will comprise of 20 paintings as well as prints and sculptures. Baker will also unveil a sculptural installation depicting an oversized plastic toy passenger plane. Never having produced a work on such a scale before, this will mark a new phase in the artist’s oeuvre.
WHERE: Milk Studios | 855 N Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038
WHEN: Friday March 22 – 24, 2013
Solar Bears And Michael Robinson’s Psychedelic Supermigration Short Film. Features the following tracks from Supermigration:
A Sky Darkly
Our Future Is Underground
Happiness Is A Warm Spacestation
You And Me (Subterranean Cycles)
Phoenix’s Bankrupt! is one of our most anticipated releases of this year. Grab some new ear candy from the release below and Pre-order your album here: http://smarturl.it/Bankrupt