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THE VIDEOS THAT MADE MY WEEK w/Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) and Beth Varden covering Zola Jesus, Ifan Daydd’s Treehouse vid, Rhye’s hipster sex, Elephant & Castle live in the studio, Julia Holter’s latest single, and Flavio Rodriguez sexing up your screen. Enjoy!
Jenn Wasner and Beth Varden - I Can’t Stand (Zola Jesus Cover)
Ifan Dayfdd - Treehouse
This video is fucking dope, giving viewers a much more candid look inside the world of the electronic producer on the rise. And well you don’t need me to tell you this track is next level. Go buy Ifan Dayfdd’s Treehouse EP if you haven’t already, HERE.
Rhye - Open
Promiscuous hipster sex is the epitome of LA. Insane that this is the LA duo, Rhye’s first single. Really hoping they start playing shows in LA soon.
Elephant & Castle’s Mapzzz x Signal Flow Sharkbite Session - Sweet Someone
The first in the ongoing series of performances from burgeoning artists and producers live in Oakland’s Sharkbite Studios. Elephant & Castle is one talented dude with his hands in so many projects, def keep an eye on this guy.
Flavio Rodriguez - Ego
The homie at Egyptian Maraccas sent me this video he helped produce, and well, it’s really sexy and beautiful. Great tune as well. I’m just going to come out and say it, all of my friends are more talented than me. This vid is a perfect example. Flavio Rodriguez is a lucky guy.
Julia Holter - In The Same Room
I Can't Stand
by Beth Varden
album Friends Records 2011
Beth Varden I Can’t Stand (Zola Jesus Cover)
Friends Records 2011 Compilation
Jim and Brett of Balitmore based, Friends Records blew me away with what’s been almost a year long work in progress to collect exclusive or live material from artists on the label, along with some very special guests. Friends Records say the goal of the compilation was to create a time capsule/scene documentation project. The guys say they are hoping to put out a compilation like this every Thanksgiving. What a way to say thanks huh?
With most of the tracks premiering on Thanksgiving day, listeners were introduced to live recordings (Future Islands), brand new tracks making their debut (Weekends, Flock of Dimes, Celebration, etc etc), new bands being introduced (Sri Aurobindo, and Buhloones), unreleased covers (Beth Varden) and some lost unreleased songs like Dustin Wong and Molly Siegel of Ponytail’s 2005 recording, “Untitled.” Stand out tracks for me have been Weekends, Future Islands, Jason Urick, Moss of Aura, Co La, Soft Cat, Beth Varden, Vlonde and Lands and Peoples.
I chose Beth Varden’s cover of Zola Jesus’s “I Can’t Stand” to share with y’all for the simple fact that it’s amazing. It’s a stripped down version, but far from being acoustic. It holds true to the original darkness of the song, but does an overhaul when it comes to production and effects, removing just about all them, and slowing the track down to give it more of an epic feel, that cuts right to your core.
Look for an upcoming solo release from Beth Varden, and be sure to check out her main project The Violet Hour that also appears on this compilation.
DOWNLOAD Beth Varden’s cover of "I Can’t Stand" HERE.
DOWNLOAD the Friends Records 2011 Compilation for free from their bandcamp.