Archive for September, 2010

FYF FEST 2010

Posted in CONCERTS on September 6, 2010 by Keyvon

LA’s premiere indie rock festival, FYF Fest, returned to the LA State Historic Park this past Saturday. This may have been their most impressive line up yet, featuring headliners The Rapture and Panda Bear. But some of the smaller bands where the ones gaining all the attention. Actor Ryan Gosling brought his band, Dead Man’s Bones, to the stage with an unbelievably cute Kids Choir accompanying him.  Self-proclaimed “No-Fi” musician Washed Out may have been the only traditional electronica act on the bill, but he was definitely a stand out at the festival. But most of the buzz was surrounding an act that stepped on stage oddly enough at 3:30 in the afternoon. It had to do with the very eagerly awaited set from L.A. indie rockers, and GB favorites, Best Coast. There were more photographers ready for Best Coast than maybe any act all day. They opened with their increasingly popular single “Boyfriend” and had the crowd from jump. I’ve been pumping this band up to everyone I know, and they are easily the best new band of 2010. Their sound is definitely lo-fi, but they can still rock out when need be. You could tell they were a new band from watching their performance. They seemed very green, and still a little awkward, but I appreciate that. I like watching a new band taking on the pressure of stepping into the spotlight and still being able to rock a large crowd. And seeing how their live performance grows over time is one of the best parts of being a music fan. Overall Best Coast had a monster set and made some new believers out of those in the crowd who weren’t as familiar with their music as the die hard hipsters.

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Best Coast – Boyfriend (Ghostwaves Edit)

Washed Out – You Feel It All Around

CATCALL

Posted in MUSIC on September 3, 2010 by Keyvon

Catcall is a new female artist from Sydney. The people working on her debut album are the same that work with Aussie giants Empire of the Sun, so you know it’s gonna be fire. I recently received an extended mix of her new single “Swimming Pool” which clocks in at almost 10 minutes. It’s an epic track produced by old schooler Julian Mendehlsohn, who’s remixed tracks from the likes of The Pet Shop Boys and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The song definitely doesn’t feel like 10 minutes long. When it’s over you still wish there was more coming. It’s probably because Catcall’s voice is so chill and the production is so solid, the song never tires. This song will definitely be going down at the Labor Day Pool Party this weekend.

Catcall – Swimming Pool (Julian Mendehlsohn Re-edit)