We’ve been working with our director pal Matthew Desotell, handpicking music for the webs shorts he’s been making for Venice Beach-based denim demigods Hudson Jeans. More to come, but first up is a trio spots featuring the music of Superhumanoids and Sumsun (x2!), two of our favorite unsung artists.
13 Principles, with “A Crowded Hour” by Superhumanoids
The ever-sharp Nitsuh Abebe recently made the argument in his Why We Fight column that beauty in music, often maligned as the hallmark of generic appeal, needn’t be linked to dullness every time. In a world where Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs exist, it’s a point that’s hard to deny. Not that I’d want to. I’ll happily chase your No Ages, Wavvess and Fidlars through the garages, basements and vegan outposts of Los Angeles till the day I die, but I’ll never stop swooning to the pretty stuff, and there’s a lot of it going around locally these days.
Expect future posts on folks like Luke Rathborne and House of Wolves, over whom Jeff Buckley’s ghost looms large and glorious, but for now, I just wanna give love to Superhumanoids, who are currently recording their LP debut to be released next year. That’s their recent EP, Parasite Paradise (Hit City U.S.A.), streaming below, but do yrself a favor and hit the jump to watch their videos, which are also rare and pretty and sometimes a little strange. Toothy beauty.
Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Cheer Up Charlie's (Kathryn Yu)
For the final day of SXSW, I went big, big, big. Though I saw close to 40 bands over the duration of the conference, nearly half of those were notched on Saturday. Memorable moments not included in my Spin coverage below: Catching Wallpaper’s Ricky Reed when he leapt into the crowd at Vice Bar, head-nodding to Shlohmo’s beat-burbling set at Daedelus’ Magical Properties showcase, rocking out to the chillblues/blueswave of Writer in a dusty field at Cheer Up Charlie’s, and shredding my arm hopping a fence whilst trying to get in to see Big Freedia at Mess With Texas (turned out her set was long over, and there wasn’t actually a wait to get in). Yeah, you could say I went out in style.
- The Best and the Worst: Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dan Deacon, Jamie XX, We Are Enfant Terrible, Ty Segall, and Superhumanoids.
Dntel, producer for the Postal Service
Quick blog bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: MP3: Baths Remixed by Postal Service Producer*
- Dengue Fever Pick Up ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘True Blood’ Nods
- MP3: Superhumanoids Remix Meanest Man Contest
- MP3: KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole Drops Quantic Megamix
- Wavves Plays Madame Wong’s Before It Closes
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)
* An atmospheric opening with a looming bass line eventually breaks into the kind of low-key four-on-the-floor while chopped horns, strings and vocals enhance the dueling dynamic of chill vs. hyped, in Dntel’s remix of Bath’s “Rain Smell.”
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged anticon., Aquarium Drunkard, Baths, Black Flag, Chinatown, closing time, Concord Records, Dengue Fever, Devendra Banhart, Dntel, Dublab, Eriksolo, Flowering Inferno, funk-soul, Gold Robot, Jeopardy!, Jeremy Sole, KCRW, L.A. beat scene, L.A. punk, Madame Wong's, Meanest Man Contest, Postal Service, Quantic, Quarterbar, remixes, Superhumanoids, the Ramones, Will Holland, Will Wiesenfeld
N.E.R.D. kick it with Clifford (so Team Jacob)
We’re finally, truly all caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound. We’ve saved best for last — here’s the highlight reel expressly designed for your reading (and viewing, and listening) pleasure.
- FEATURED: Can Yeasayer Save N*E*R*D from Totally Sucking?*
- New Wavves Album, ‘King of the Beach,’ Streaming Now
- MP3: ‘Simple Severin,’ by Echo Park Pop Stars Superhumanoids
- Peanut Butter Wolf’s 5 Favorite Stones Throw LPs
- OK Go Loses Drummer to the Muppets in Staring Contest
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)
* Can a Yeasayer RMX save the Virginia Beach-born, Hollywood-bred band from it’s nearly decade-long obsolescence? “Hot-N-Fun,” featuring Nelly Furtado, is neither of the things that its title suggests.
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged Animal, awesome, bad wagers, Baron Zen, bedroom pop, Chad Hugo, Dudley Perkins, eagle rock, Echo Park, fake news, Franklin Thompson, Gary Wilson, grunge-pop, Hit City USA, Homeliss Derilex, Jim Henson, Koushik, Madlib, Nathan Williams, Nelly Furtado, NERD, OK Go, Peanut Butter Wolf, Pharrell Williams, San Diego, slackasses, Stones Throw, Superhumanoids, surf-noise, that other guy, The Franks, The Muppets, The Neptunes, Wavves, Yeasayer
A list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus clips for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions. More after the jump.
- Region: Silver Lake
Music: The Outline, Superhumanoids
Vitals: The Bootleg Theater on Monday, July 5
(details at LA Weekly)
The Franks, 'Duh' EP
New tunes in the INCHES column! Get over there already!