Put this one in your pipe and smoke it. Preferably at 3AM. The Frequency is an unsigned LA based duo that sounds a little like Air on a 70s acid trip. “Ego is the Drug/3AM” is the first half of the expansive B side from their new EP “Morning to 3AM”, out now and available for all of $2 on their website.
Social Studies founding members Natalia Rogovin and Michael Jirkovsky lead a rotating cast of characters with a sound that tempers the Fiery Furnaces with the love of pure pop songwriting. With a new full length slated for release in 2010, “The Hourglass” is a digital single that features the San Francisco band’s first new tracks since 2006. The band is hitting the East Coast in November for a tour. Check out their MySpace page for dates.
Tim Williams is an LA-based (by way of Brooklyn) troubadour who’s just released his latest album, “Careful Love.” The story behind the album is so sweet. As his bio tells it, “Careful Love” is a confirmation of Williams’ new outlook on life.
In May 2008, he had a change of heart – literally. After going through an intensive open heart surgery that left him bedridden for months, he began writing new material for the album. Once out of the hospital he also had courage to try new things, like going to Los Angeles for the first time in his life. He explains “Having lived in Brooklyn for such a long time, I was programmed to hate the sun-soaked city.” Instead, he loved California. He also met someone amazing and fell in love.
“Finally some warm sun
to heal all my new scars.
Life’s what you make it.
Now I can take it.”
“I Hit Another Wall”
Pitchfork picked up on the leak of this hardcore edit of Girls “Lust for Life” video. There have been various iterations of the video floating around out there. The director, Aaron Brown, created this X-rated edit using all the body parts that didn’t make it into the official music video from the True Panther Sounds label. This cut was leaked to The Sword, a gay website. The question is, how many Xs does a penis make?
Fast on the heels of The Flaming Lips acclaimed “Embryonic” album, the band have already recorded a follow-up; a track-by-track interpretation of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” which it recorded with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, a band that features Coyne’s nephew Dennis. The Guardian UK also reported that Henry Rollins and Peaches will make guest appearances on the cover album too. No release date has been announced yet.
“A Brief History of Love” is the debut album of the UK-based electro-rock duo, The Big Pink, and it has me completely enraptured. Their sound is modern and anachronistic all at the same time – like MGMT meets My Bloody Valentine. It took me a good month to wrap my head around the combination of that and it’s enormity. Once I made it past the wall of distortion and reverb to the other side of their music – the lyrics – I fell to my knees. The impassioned plea of “Velvet”, one of my favorite tracks, particularly slays me. “These arms are mine/ Don’t matter who they hold/ So should i maybe, Just leave love alone/ You call out my name, for the love you need/ Which you won’t find in me.”
The pair will make their way to San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on November 17. Count me in.
Whoo hoo! The 8th Annual Budget Rock festival kicks into high gear this week right in my backyard from October 22-25. The Eagle Tavern, Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill will play host to the West Coast’s longest running garage rock festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some great local garage rock, including The Gris Gris, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Nobunny, the legendary Mummies and more! The best line up for sure is Sunday, October 25 at Bottom of the Hill featuring nearly all of the aforementioned bands. Oh yeah, let the shitgaze begin!
1. Dan Melchoir Und Das Menace – “Wrapped in Fog”
2. The Mummies – “Die”
3. Thee Oh Sees – “Enemy Destruct”
4. Nobunny – “Boneyard”
5. The Fresh & Onlys - “Fog Machine”
6. The Gris Gris – “Mary #38″
7. Cheap Time – “Push Your Luck”
I don’t know what I found more compelling about the email Terrorbird sent me on Beardo recently – the album cover, the video, or the fact that High Times actually has an Unsigned Artist of the Month. Whatever it was, it made me laugh. And get a little nostalgic for some early Beastie Boys. Well turns out Beardo is on a roll – literally and figuratively, I guess. He’s just wrapped a tour opening for Snoop Dogg and they seem to be eating him and his debut album up. With tracks like “Snort Your Drugs,” “24 Hour Party,” and “Girls N Pills,” how can you not?
Beardo is scheduled to play Slim’s November 5. Check it out and enjoy.
Get on board. Kurt Vile will be playing San Francisco this Wednesday, October 21, at The Hemlock promoting his new album, Childish Prodigy, with Wooden Shjips (no that’s not a typo).