LA’s Kitten, fronted by force-to-be-reckoned-with Chloe Chaidez, has really locked down the 80s alt-rock pop thing, and are finally releasing their debut album this summer. I just love how Janet Jackson this video is.
This whimsical sultry swoonfest by Danish duo Quadron is wooing me out of my rainy day blues today. Frontwoman Coco O’s voice is so goddamn dreamy. If you want to listen to a really great soul album, check out the rest of the duo’s 2013 album Avalanche. Honestly, y’all. So nostalgic and transporting, I can almost pretend that the guy next to me on the subway didn’t just piss himself.
We finally got around to checking out Sylvan Esso’s video for their track “Coffee” and it rules. Dancing, house parties, puke and close ups all combine to make this video something spectacular. Watch out for their debut album coming out in May and an interview we have with them soon!
Married couple Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey make up Summer Camp, with a synth-heavy 80s pop sound. They’re playing an early show (6:30 PM) tonight, 4/11, at DC9, get $10 tix here or at the door.
See you tonight,
This song was introduced to me by a buddy of mine through a playlist we share. Upon reading about this guy, I’m definitely intrigued. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Chad VanGaalen got his start recording his own CDs with hand-made art. Shrink Dust, to be released at the end of April, will be his fifth full-length album, and beyond having some of the coolest artwork EVER, it is also partially the soundtrack to an animated sci-fi film project he’s working on called Translated Log of Inhabitants. I could write on and on about this guy, but I’ll let you just listen for yourself.
I’ve always loved Donovan’s trippy folk-pop odes of yesteryear and can’t believe he’s still doin’ it – he released another album just last year. I’m sure to give it a listen, but I’ll always be partial to this old gem. A song comparing The Jungle Book with the socio-political climate of the 60s? By a Scottish folk-singing girly man? Who influenced the Beatles, not the other way around? Sure!
We first heard about Ann Arbor-based Chrome Sparks a couple years back with his free album My <3, and of course his track “Marijuana.” You can definitely hear some of that album on this new track. He’s better than ever and playing at DC9 on 4/30/14. Get $10 tickets here if you’ll be around DC.
Okay. So, it’s quite possible that my obsession with SZA is bordering on unhealthy, but after listening to Z, her first full-length that was just released today, none of y’all can tell me nothin’. Between Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment is officially running the game in 2014. I’m not mad about it.
Fuzz is a project inspired by and named for the almighty “Fuzz Face” pedal: an effects pedal used for electric guitar and bass whose name alone is perfectly descriptive of its effect and sound. Its namesake band is masterminded by garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall and his childhood friend Charles Mootheart. After reading their bio on Trouble in Mind Records, it would seem that no description could do them better justice; “FUZZ brings the heavy; addictive & ferocious slabs of doomy fuzzed-out psychedelic rock & fucking ROLL that break open the gates of Hades & lurch forward like rabid hounds of Hell!” If that doesn’t sell you on them, maybe this layman’s youtube comment will: ”i would like to make a song, called : ‘ I was virgin before your songs Ty Segall’ “
Oh good lord, yes.
First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk band made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. “Silver Lining” is the first single from their forthcoming second LP Stay Gold, and if the rest of the record is as lush as this first single, I’d say we have a lot to look forward to.
Ladies and gents, meet my new obsession: Cherry Glazerr is an acid-washed dream-pop band out of LA fronted by guitarist dreamboat Clementine Creevy. I love this shit, guys.
“Get on your knees if you want a bite.”
Welp, HW&W (Huh What & Where) Recordings gives us yet another banger. This track is off of Tek.lun’s debut beat tape: Ridin’ Round. It’s available on bandcamp for a name-your-price with no minimum, but $how $ome love here.
GoldLink, rapping on this track, is coming to DC on 4/12, and one of our favorite producers, Lakim, will be opening for him. Get $15 tickets to their show at U st Music Hall here.
“In the back seat,”
I got totally blindsided by the release of Piñata, the collaboration lovechild of rapper Freddie Gibbs and beatpro legend Madlib, released just a couple weeks ago. This album almost sounds like a remix project – the combination of Gibbs’ grittier, drawling flows and Madlib’s sample-heavy, Dilla-style beats are almost antithetic, but it works.
That Scarface leather jacket though….
One particularly lazy couch-bound afternoon, my roommate put on L’Orange, and my interest was piqued. The North Carolina-based beat producer finds his inspiration in pre-1950s jazz (as you may gather) and has a vintage feel similar to old Wax Tailor and Nightmares on Wax. This track is off his 2012 album The Mad Writer, featuring yU, one of my absolute favorite DC emcees.