Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Only You” Music Video by Taken By Trees

takenbytrees2Taken by Trees‘ (aka Victoria Bergsman) latest album, Other Worlds (Secretly Canadian), may have been inspired by visiting the beaches of Hawaii but they suit the coast of California as well. The Echo Park denizen claims she recorded nature sounds for inspiration and it’s easy to imagine a gentle tropical breeze blowing over her dub-pop beats, pedal steel plucks, and sweet lax voice. The music video for her new single “Only You” was directed by Armen Harootun and shows Bergsman blindfolded amongst a make-out party:

Taken By Trees will next perform at Make Music Pasadena this Saturday, June 1st.

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“Forget Me” and “I’m No Good” by Summer Twins (Premiere)

summertwins_20Memorial Day weekend has past which means it’s Summer Twins time again! The adorable (not actually twin) sisters from Riverside know how to melt hearts with their ingénue charm, twee style, and dreamy harmonies and with their new EP Forget Me coming out on June 4th via Burger Records, they’ll do it again.

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Recorded by Mark Rains at Station House Studio, the songs are reliably buoyant, whimsy, and coated in enough sunshine pop to suit either a beach bash or drive-in diner. And of course, the album also includes a cover of “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers. Burger Records will also be releasing two of the EP tracks (“Forget Me” and “I’m No Good”) on a 7″. But for now you can enjoy them here:

This Monday, Free Bike Valet is presenting Summer Twins’ first residency for the month of June at The Bootleg. The theme is “’50s Nite!” with additional performances by Heroes And Heroines and Michael Rey And The Woebegones. Dressing in vintage is encouraged and admission is free!

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If you can’t make it this Monday, you can catch them another week (and yes, every show has a different theme).

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“All I Wanna Do” Music Video by Y Luv

_DSC0091 copy copySanta Monica‘s Y Luv returns with their third EP Take The Ride.

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Recorded with Josiah Mazzaschi at The Cave Studio, the album is not as sonically psychedelic but more grandeur and arena hungry. Filled with zeal, the new Y Luv songs will seize your spirit for an epic ride filled with pop synths, vocal soars, and neon lights. (Lots and lots of neon lights.) Their first single, “All I Wanna Do,” features a music video directed by David Chang that shows frontman Freddy Janney sporting a bandana headband while cruising the desert in a mini-van. Well, that is until he’s haunted by the memories of a girl (played by Kelley Jakle from Workaholics):

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“Gone” and “Don’t Make Me Beg” Live Video by Michael Rey And The Woebegones

woebegones_2Just because Fontana isn’t located in the Deep South doesn’t mean it can’t have the blues. Michael Rey And The Woebegones unapologetically mimic a vintage rock vibe that once ruled the airwaves and record stores a half century ago. We may never know if they sold their soul at a crossroads in the dusty desert, but they sure sound like it. Here’s the first track off their latest EP Let The Good Times Roll:

And here’s a live video of “Don’t Make Me Beg” as filmed at “The Shed”:

Free Bike Valet presents Michael Rey And The Woebegones next show at The Bootleg for Summer Twins‘ first residency night on Monday, June 3rd. Also performing is Heroes And Heroines. The theme is “’50s Nite!” and dressing in vintage is highly encouraged. Also, admission is free!

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“Just One Kiss” and “Two Weeks” Live Video by Heroes And Heroines

R1-01976-0011South Bay natives Heroes And Heroines are all dudes, but maybe the “heroines” quit the band and they just kept the name. Now, the quartet (half are cousins) writes what they call “bubblegum punk” at their new house in Highland Park. Last year they released their debut 7″ with two surf-pop rock tracks that were recorded on analog at The Distillery in Costa Mesa.

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Recently they acquired a MCI JH 24 2″ tape machine and began recording analog on their own. The sonic result is a vintage vibe of nostalgia that superbly captures the garage pop rock and surf party culture of yore. Soon, a five song EP will be released which will include the fuzzy pop gem “Just One Kiss”:

And to prove the band’s shindig appeal, here’s a live video of “Two Weeks” shot completely from fans’ cell phone cameras at a house show in Los Feliz:

Free Bike Valet presents Heroes And Heroines next show at The Bootleg for Summer Twins‘ first residency night on Monday, June 3rd. Also performing is Michael Rey And The Woebegones. The theme is “’50s Nite!” and dressing in vintage is encouraged. Also, admission is free!

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“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” Music Video by Soko

soko-llaria-orsiniSoko is a lot of things (singer, songwriter, actress, lesbian, vegan), but forget about the labels and focus on what she really is: talented. The French chanteuse says she’s a “gypsy couch-surfer” but managed to call Echo Park home for a while. Her debut album, I Thought I Was An Alien, is due stateside on June 11th via Alex Ebert’s (frontman for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) local label Community Music.

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She might describe her music as “punk secrets” but really it’s dream pop dripping with romance that’s delivered by sexy beats (“I Just Want To Make It New With You”), folk ballads (“No More Home, No More Love”), or enveloping orchestrations like the single “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow.” The latter’s music video was directed by Soko herself and shot on Super 8 like a vintage home movie. In-between montages of tombstones, we see Soko sensually engaging and playing with Meghan Edwards (Miss M.E). This is love at its zenith. Carpe diem.

And here’s the song performed live with Jherek Bischoff and his orchestra at the The Moore Theatre:

Soko will perform this Saturday, June 1st at Make Music Pasadena.

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And on Friday, June 7th at Jubilee.

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“Diving Bell” by Opus Orange

OpusOrange.BandPicSanta Monica‘s Opus Orange recently released another album in the form of a soundtrack for the backpacking documentary Mile… Mile And A Half. Unsurprisingly, the quintet made another superb collection of indie pop rock well suited to accompany the ambience of people discovering the beauty of nature and thus also within themselves. (Frontman Paul “PB” Bessenbacher actually joined the film’s subjects while backpacking for some submersion inspiration to create the score.) Here, he returns to form with the soothing acoustic ode “Diving Bell” that’s perfect for any starry night next to a campfire:

Opus Orange‘s album release show is tonight at Hotel Cafe.

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“All I Need” by The Cerny Brothers

Cerney BrothersOver a year ago, The Cerny Brothers (Robert and Scott) left their rural Illinois hometown to start a folk band… in Los Angeles. Somehow, they managed to find a like-minded drummer (Cody Fontes) and upright bassist (Gabe Davis) amongst the concrete jungle. But despite their change in habitat, the brothers have refused to let their urban setting in West LA influence their naturally sweet sound.

For their self-titled second album, the quartet appropriately escaped to the more desolate and spiritually prone town of Ojai for a more suitable setting to record. Here, they teamed-up with producer Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Aaron Embry) at his studio that he built with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros‘ frontman Alex Ebert. The songs that spawned carry a raw energy as if plucked right off a mountain house’s front porch. The banjo picks and the vocals harmonize, but soon it’ll erupt into a blaze of Americana ardor. Here’s the track “All I Need”:

The Cerny Brothers’ self-titled album will be released on Tuesday, May 28th. And on Friday, May 31st, The Bluegrass Situation presents The Cerny Brothers with Joy Kills Sorrow at The Mint.

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“Ain’t One” by Haunted Summer

431943_10200309982124958_1825357442_nThe Silver Lake coed duo Haunted Summer returns with another eerie pop track called “Ain’t One” and this time the vibe is brighter with more frequent beats and heavier percussion. But Bridgette Moody’s soothing voice continues to entrance like morning sunshine breaking through tree branches. Their debut LP Through The Woods will be released October 29th and is being produced/recorded by Raymond Richards (Local Natives), Luke Ehret of Boxviolet, and Samuel Bing of Fol Chen. But for now, enjoy “Ain’t One”:

This Sunday, May 26th Free Bike ValetAll Scene Eye, Recording LA, and Heart On present Haunted Summer‘s first headlining show at The Echo with Draemings, Simone White, and White Dove.

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“Unusual Love” by The Echo And The Sound

The Echo and The Sound PRESS SHOTThe Echo And The Sound are a blues-punk duo that sound like a desert cantina house band forced to play in order to pay off their tequila tab. But actually, the two guys (guitarist/vocalist Brian Rich and drummer Douglas Jewell) bombard their music with unapologetic grit at local dive venues around Echo Park. Their self-titled debut EP was released earlier this year and recorded on analog by Mark Rains at Station House Studio. Here’s “Unusual Love”:

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