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September 2014
"Great Pine
With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Brown Show play the Roosevelt Hotel on 10.2

Folsom foursome, now locals, Brown Shoe recently released their latest EP, Lonely Beast II, the second of three EP's that symbolically unify an entire full-length. The single they're promoting off the EP, "Nightcrawler", is a surging rocker with indie rock inclinations that ultimately thrills and delights. It keeps the emotions genuine and real, and its lush soundscapes soothe with a feeling of cathartic release. The band is making an appearance at The Spare Room on October 2nd, and shortly therafter at Silverlake Lounge on October 24th.


Black Bananas drops music video for “Creeping The Line” featuring a gigantic teddy bear and strippers!

Black Bananas, the alternative rock band lead by the fur-adorned, aviator-wearing, erstwhile DC heroine Jennifer Herrema, has released the music video for "Creeping The Line" on September 11th. The band formerly known for their rock roots as RTX, garnishes laid-back auto-tuned melodies sung over an electric guitar. The Jess Holzworth directed video is creatively intriguing- prepare your eyes for crazy pops of color, 1 gigantic teddy bear, 2 very-skilled pole dancers, and 3 chic-looking dogs! Be sure to check out the rest of the tracks off their summer album Electric Brick Wall, out now. And if you’re heading to Los Angeles, catch them October 23rd at Los Globos in Hollywood. – Sade A. Spence


Stream: Girlpool, "Jane"

Minimalist garage duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have a cautionary tale for all of us through the vague, yet felt message lying within their cryptic track "Jane". The vocals are as clear as they can be and with good reason - these two have a story to share and they want you to hear every single word, built around a steady guitar line and a slinky bass throb that keeps the tension high as they hone in on their message: "girls and boys if you are listening/if you feel imprisoned/feeling like your mouth is glued tight shut/you were born for a reason/share all your feelings". The screeching cries that accentuate each verse seem to imply some sinister wrongdoing, which makes it all the more effective. Girlpool are officially releasing their self-titled debut EP on November 18th through Wichita Recordings. And make sure to catch their hometown residency at the Echo this coming December. 


Soft Swells release "Floodlights" on 9.30

Soft Swells release their sophomore album, Floodlights, on September 30th, which follows their self-titled debut (2012) and follow-up EP Lifeboats (2013). Their first single, "Floodlights", was just remixed by the electro-pop band EXROYALE, lending the original's garage sounding guitar riffs a slightly more mellow pop finish. "Don't you want to think this is our time", the song's mantra echoes in both versions. The band name also serves as a pretty good description of their music. It's derived from surf terminology, and their sound mimics the ease of the small waves it represents. Though they may have started small, their swell is definitely growing. They have a standing Monday residency at the Echo until September 22nd. After that, they'll kick off their tour - the next stop being Austin, TX. Catch them before their wave breaks. - Jennifer Mergott


Stream: Monogem, "Stay With Me"

Singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh, otherwisde known as MONOGEM, continues to bridge the current surge of eighties-leaning synth pop with nineties R&B with "Stay With Me", a soulful slow-burn with a metallic sheen that's a sharp contrast to her previous, more dance-oriented single "All We Have". Hirsh follows a measured, more atmospheric tone that brings her delicate, yet robust vocals to the forefront. "Stay With Me" should be part of her upcoming EP, which, according to her official facebook page, should be arriving very, very soon.


File under "insane lo-fi": Cretin Stompers and Big Muff Radio

They say that it's almost impossible to recover from a bad first impression, but when three dudes choose a band name like Cretin Stompers (pictured) it is obvious that they are not interested in impressing anybody... Nonetheless, this is what you may call a bicoastal supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Wavves and Jay Reatard (from LA) and Brooklyn's own BIG MUFF RADIO. Their debut record 'Looking Forward To Being Attacked' is quirky enough to deserve the "cretin" denomination - together with the 'fun' one - with its bizarre arrangements, insane bursts of madness, recurrent super high pitch shifted vocals, and an overall approach that's somewhat reminiscent of a crazier, lo-fi, garage pop version of early Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev. It sounds like the high pitch vocal trick comes from BIG MUFF RADIO's 'hat,' since 100% of his latest record 'The Immaculate Collection' features that effect. He will be performing at Baby's Allright tomorrow (09.10) with WAVVES.


Kelela shares new track with Le1f and P Morris

Kelela Mizanekristos's style and soul has caught not only my attention but also LA based producer Kingdom. Her sweet sounding voice and low key, yet hype beats spun a much-acclaimed 13 track mixtape last year called CUT 4 ME. The sinfully true lyrics tell stories of heartbreak, and relationships with rousing beats that really do lead from the car, to the club, and to the bedroom. Her newest single, OICU, featuring LE1F, has a twist of Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko and The Weeknd packed into one song. It’s catchy and extremely fun rapping to, especially if you’re anything like me and can’t sing. Producer P Morris composed a perfectly blended mix of freestyle, instrumentals and synergy between all the parties involved, effectively mixing complex beats to help this upcoming star emerge from LA’s underground scene. - Kayla Hay





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