Archive for September, 2012

BEACH HOUSE @ THE WILTERN

Posted in CONCERTS, MUSIC on September 28, 2012 by Keyvon

The hottest indie band on the planet right now, Beach House, performed 2 sold out shows at the Wiltern this past week. The Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally (accompanied by a sick drummer) threw down the most perfectly performed haunting dream pop you may ever hear. Their sound lives somewhere in the world of Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star and to some extent even Radiohead. Not quite electronic, not quite rock, but undeniably infectious. Honestly I can’t even make out Victoria’s words (or her face) most of the time, but the emotion she evokes with her beautiful voice is unparalleled.

The majority of the show seemed to be sprinkled with tracks from their 4 albums, but towards the end of the set was when the fireworks really started. Their penultimate song “Myth” from the new album Bloom, has my vote for best song of the year so far. They ended the show with what I consider to be their best and most popular track, the legendary “10 Mile Stereo”. The crowd was floored. Their exit was heart-breaking, but short lived. For their encore and true conclusion Victoria violently whipped her wild hair back and forth sending everyone into a fine frenzy before abruptly exiting for good. Whether it’s called shoegaze or dream pop or some 2013 phrase no one has coined yet, this band Beach House is one of my picks for best band out right now. No one is touching them. Great fucking show!

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Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo (right-click to download)

NEW TEGAN AND SARA

Posted in MUSIC with tags , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Keyvon

GB favorite Tegan and Sara just released their new single “Closer” from a yet to be titled album dropping January 2013. If you happen to live in LA don’t miss them at Staples Center on October 5th and 6th in support of The Black Keys.

YUNG PHAROAH

Posted in MUSIC on September 13, 2012 by Keyvon

A couple months ago I heard a new Ariel Pink song and was floored. I’ve never been a big fan of Ariel Pink or his Haunted Graffiti, but this song “Baby” of his was amazing. What was so special about this song? Well for one, it featured soulful LA crooner Dam Funk. And for two it was a cover of a¬†Donnie and Joe Emerson song from 1979. I didn’t know who the hell Donnie and Joe Emerson were until last month when I heard their version of “Baby” used in the Rashida Jones (pictured above) movie¬†Celeste and Jesse Forever. I was in the movie freaking out like what is this version? This ain’t no Ariel Pink. But… while searching for the super hard to find Ariel Pink version, I did stumble upon this groovy ass remix from Chicago/Boston producer Yung Pharoah. Click his name to sample more of his trippy, laidback beats. And the new Ariel Pink album “Mature Themes” dropped last month so you can cop it and leave that “Baby” on repeat.