Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Various Artists

Warpaint are three ladies and one gent from L.A. who recently signed to Rough Trade Records, who will release the band’s first full-length album later this year. They are currently in the studio recording the album with producer Tom Biller who has produced Beck, Karen O, and Liars. Their debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, was mixed by John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Released on Manimal Vinyl, the EP captures the band’s unique blend of psychedelia and dreamy vocals that they’re known for creating live. Warpaint will be coming to Austin on February 24 with Akron/Family, and they'll be back in town in March for SXSW.
Los Angeles Times:

"Combining the dense, shadowy mood of some early Cure with the sonic drift of Mazzy Star and Cat Power's more hazy vocal work, Warpaint occupies a challenging space where the mood can vary from deep woods come-down to fierce primal ritual. It hits an especially sweet spot live, where the ladies sometimes swap instruments or hone in on those spine-tingling harmonies."

I've mentioned Ty Segall a few times before. After clawing his way out of the Bay Area garage scene with a frantic one-man-band act that the locals couldn't get enough of, Segall has now given up the solo act for a three piece that destroys sonic and melodic boundaries with manic glee. The new live setup is a better reflection of his studio work—which generally starts with his one-man-band setup and builds from there. The sound is still his own brand of neo-psych garage rock, with waves of reverb and thud straight from the 60s. Ty Segall will be in Austin for SXSW.

"Lemons gives new life to a psychedelic garage sound bolstered with giant riffs meant for huge venues. And in the hands of a manufactured monstrosity like Jet, this approach led to commercially-viable disaster. But Ty Segall isn’t a fake. Lemons dials up the wattage and bombast with hooks that stray often and unabashedly from the soulful-screeching of his self-titled debut, but without sacrificing the intensity that won him notice."
The good folks at Matador hooked me up with the Casual Victim Pile about a week before Christmas, and I listened to it cover to cover at least five times before the new year. I had seen most of these band names on various bills around town, but had never actually heard a lot of them until I got my hands on this compilation. It's the best regional rock compilation I've heard since The Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit. Other than Woven Bones, who I was already a fan of, I've been most impressed by the songs of Lost Controls, The Distant Seconds, Follow That Bird!, and Elvis. Find more CVP info at the link.

The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is worth taking for a spin. This track featuring Peaches and Henry Rollins in one of the better moments on the album if you ask me...

Stumbled across this David Bowie BBC Radio collection while listening to Pandora...
I saw this DOOM album on a few "Best of 2009" lists and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because it's some of the best hip-hop I've heard this year. Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to this guy's innovative style, this is an album that deserves multiple listens. This is DOOM's first output after three and a half years of near-complete silence. In addition to tracks produced by DOOM himself, the album includes production by frequent collaborator Madlib, as well as the late J Dilla.

Predator Vision is the New Jersey/New York-based trio featuring Matt Mondanile of Real Estate and Ducktails, Etienne Pierre Duguay of Real Estate, and Ben Daly of Wavehead. As Predator Vision, these guys do nothing but deliver the most stoned-out, meandering psychedelic guitar jams ever put to cassette tape. Fire it up and push play.


Manny Morales said...

Wow, I have to say I really, really like Warpaint. I like their sound and the video enhances the music and gives it a dark mood. I'll make it a point to see them when they come in Feb. Thanks for the new find, Manny.