Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Spinning Signs” by Painted Palms

photo-by-Andy-DeSantisCousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana but became separated when Donohue moved to San Francisco. The long distance forced the duo to write songs The Postal Service-style by sending the tracks back and forth. But even when Prudhomme eventually moved to the Mission District, they strangely continued to collaborate this way. Together as Painted Palms, they recently released their debut LP Forever (Polyvinyl Records) which consciously carries a vintage pop structure delivered by buoyant blasts of psychedelia-laced melodies. And it’s no wonder that Of Montreal‘s Kevin Barnes has taken them under his wing. Here’s their lead single “Spinning Sign”:

Painted Palms will next perform at the Bootleg Bar on Tuesday, March 4th along with HOLYCHILD, R.L. Kelly, and Kid Trails.

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“Jupiter” by Evan Mellows

EvanMellowspressEvan Mellows resides in the urban Arts District so we like to think he draws inspiration for his neo R&B by gazing at the city’s skyline while sitting on a dark rooftop. His debut album is due this summer, but for now you can enjoy the leaked track “Jupiter” with Mellows’ smooth voice gliding over haunting beats and keys:

Evan Mellows will next perform at the Bootleg Theater on Saturday, March 1st for Funk You Very Much along with Falcons, Supreme Cuts, Navid Izadi, Dead Times, Bahwee, Kid SheikhFord Prefect, and Joshua Benedikt.

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“Deep End” Music Video by Creative Adult

CreativeAdult_photo_Sara DavisSanta Rosa‘s Creative Adult isn’t a stranger to the Bay Area garage scene but they’ve just now released their debut LP Psychic Mess (Run For Cover Records). The album was produced by Godspeed You Black Emperor’s Efrim Menuck and still carries the band’s signature brash style highlighted by Scott Phillips’ oft mumbled vocals. But sometimes they manage to slow down and just groove, like their latest single “Deep End”:

Creative Adult will perform at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow (Friday, February 28th) along with No Age, Hindu Pirates, and Dune Rats.

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And on Saturday, March 8th at Church of York with Solids.

Then beyond…

3/9: The Hideout – San Diego, CA %
3/10: 191 Warehouse – Tucson, AZ #
3/12 – 3/15: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16: Spillover Fest – Dallas, TX
3/18: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
3/19: Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21: Holland Project – Reno, NV
3/22: 1234 Go Records – Oakland, CA

% – w/ Solids
# – w/ Pizza Underground

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“White’s Not My Color This Evening” Music Video by Cherry Glazerr

000059150006Cherry Glazerr‘s buzz reinforces the fact that everybody loves a cute teenager garage band (see Be Your Own Pet). But this Silver Lake trio also delves into dreamy psych pop as well as fuzzy lo-fi punk. The trio named themselves after KCRW host Chery Glaser and probably never thought they would actually meet her, but recently they did. Their second album, Haxel Princess, was just released via Burger Records and here’s the music video for its opening track “White’s Not My Color This Evening” which looks like a lost scene from a Harmony Korine movie (thanks to director Jamie Heinrich):

Cherry Glazerr will perform tomorrow night (Thursday, February 27th) at Echoplex along with Fidlar, Cheatahs, and Isaac Rother And The Phantoms.

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“Carousel” by Miner

Miner-Streambed-(1200x800)Silver Lake‘s favorite family folk pop rock act Miner will drop their highly anticipated debut album Into The Morning this Tuesday, February 25th.

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And just like their previous leaked songs, the new single “Carousel” delivers a signature escalation of harmonies blending over power acoustics into a “folkplosion” of pure California sunshine glee:

Miner will tour the West Coast with Cayucas this March.

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“Running Wild” Music Video by Fleurs

Fleurs_Press_003Simon French and Jack Diaz first met while scoring an independent film, but their sonic collaboration soon morphed into Fleurs. The Echo Park-based coed duo likes to lay down fuzzy dreamscapes with soft beats and heavy synths while Diaz’s vocals often cut through the haze with a soar. Here’s the heavily filtered music video (directed by Matt Sharp) for their first single “Running Wild” off their self-titled debut EP (Gold Format Recordings):

Fluers will perform this Thursday, February 20th at the Bootleg Theater for Blind Date L.A. #17 along with Mirror Talk and Deluka.

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“Forget-er” (feat. Julia Easterlin) by Kris Bowers

A_Kris_Bowers_photo_by_Topshelf_Junior_0761_Press_SizeModern jazz needs more young avant-garde cats like Kris Bowers. After growing up in Mid-City, the pianist attended applauded schools and won prestigious awards but his greatest accomplishment might be his debut album Heroes And Misfits (Concord Jazz).

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The album’s first single is “Forget-er” which begins with some soul scat from vocalist Julia Easterlin before breaking down into what Bowers does best:

Kris Bowers performs at the Bootleg Theater tonight along with Le J Keys Collective and Wilberta.

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“Constant Is The Calling” by Globelamp

_mg_3234a10x15When Elizabeth le Fey puts on a flower headband and plays in her Dana Point garage, she becomes Globelamp –a lo-fi project that strums dreamy psychedelia and records on an eight track. Her style is a whimsical ode to hazy lullabies and mystic daydreams and considering her likeness to a faerie, she might have fit in well with the freak folk craze of the mid-aughts. Here’s her song “Constant Is The Calling” off her recent album Star Dust which will soon be re-released by Gazelle Recordings with additional songs:

Globelamp will perform on Thursday, February 13th at Trip along with Spaceships, Mean Dream, and Honey Power.

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“My Heart Is Raw” by Jacq Becker

Jacq 1By growing up in Newport Beach, you’d think Jacq Becker would be a stereotypical Cali girl. But she claims:

“…even the sea and salt couldn’t bleach my dark hair and smokey soprano.”

And she’s right. Becker’s blend of smooth blues jazz pop is made for dim cabarets, not beach bashes. She cites Norah Jones as a major influence and it’s beautifully apparent. Hopefully she’ll finish her debut album soon, but for now here’s the endearing “My Heart Is Raw”:

Jacq Becker will next perform at the Bootleg Theater on Sunday, February 9th along with Ivy Levan and Miriam Bryant.

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“Swamp Thing” by Mean Dream

blurry face resizedChildhood friends Bela Messex and Ellie Gordon originally formed Mean Dream as an electronic act out of a tiny garage in Los Feliz. Eventually, the drum machine and samples were replaced by real people playing instruments. Now their lo-fi sound is a retro ode to gloomy British post-punk. They plan to release a cassette this Spring but for now you can enjoy (and download) “Swamp Thing”:

Mean Dream will perform on Thursday, February 13th at Trip along with Spaceships, Globelamp, and Honey Power.

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