Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.
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Pure Bathing CultureSilver Shore’s Lake
I cannot wait for Pure Bathing Culture to release some new tunes. Until they do, this track will be on repeat, like it has been…for months. The band just played a sold out show at Doug Fir in Portland with my pals Radiation City, so felt the need to revisit this jam. This duo in general, but this jam in particular reminds me of The Carpenters mixed with Kool and the Gang, which inherently reminds me of my childhood because that’s all my parents listened to when I was growing up. Images of those moving ocean clocks that would change colors come to mind. Oh nostalgia.
I have a hunch PBC is putting some tunes out on either Secretly Canadian or Fat Possum, and for reasons I can’t reveal, possibly Domino, sometime this spring. The duo are also in the San Francisco indie rock outfit Vetiver, which is on Sub Pop. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Love speculating though.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic. The live show. Does it still matter? With so many, many bedroom projects that never (physically) see the light of day, but produce these incredible recordings, I can’t help but feel a bit cheated when they actually do emerge and can’t live up to the hype. All of the bands below are serious performers that really wow’d me with their live show.
Also, in case your not into 24/7 chilled out sex beats and streaming flows of consciousness, here are the six acts I really enjoyed in 2011 and have a hunch will be doing big things in 2012, with special emphasis being placed on their live performance, which for me, makes all the difference.
NO The New Zealand born, now Echo Park based five-piece band, that immediately draws similarities to The National, have played only a handful of live shows, but impressing the right people just about every time causing quite a bit of buzz in Los Angeles already. To walk into a venue and see the 8:30pm opener opener perform the way these guys do is really something. Extremely talented musicians and performers.
Having only a few singles out despite making a number of year end lists as well as NME’s ‘100 New Bands for 2012,’ Abadabad has already picked up a remix by Keep Shelly in Athens in addition for opening for them in Boston and NYC, and will be opening for King Krule this Friday, all of this of course building up to their anticipated album release this spring. They are the closest thing we will get to the Beach Boys, with a southern pureness that is so infectious, it hurts not to love them.
The once foursome, for the time being, duo of Caleb Moore and Beau Cole really have 2012 wrapped around their little finger. These guys have some serious lungs on them, and bring a luscious vintage rock feel, that they create so effortlessly by weaving beautiful harmonies and an intricate array of instruments, into a sound that is so powerful, it actually moves you. With one of the most powerful live shows out there right now, once L&P’s album (due out on Everybody Taste’s Analog Edition Records just about any day now), expect to hear their name buzzing all over the place.
Radiation City Having already opened for Youth Lagoon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., being named one of the acts to catch at CMJ 2011, landing countless features, along with a stellar Daytrotter Session and signing to Portland indie label Tender Loving Empire, it’s safe to say, this band is only going to get bigger. In sports they say you’re only as strong as your weakest member, well this band doesn’t have a weak link. Bringing this vintage, bossa nova lounge sound revival, with a live act that will melt your soul, Radiation City are here to stay.
With only two incredible garage-psych songs, wielding a slightly du-wop, pop exuberance, released thus far, I am shakin’ in my boots with anticipation for more tunes. If the rumors are correct, ILLLS is made up of musicians from local Oxford, MS bands Slow Talk (Steven Ross) and Young Buffalo. Which makes sense as the two songs fall in vein of these bands, along with other Oxford faves Dead Gaze, and Dent May. They sound a bit like Portland’s Nurses too. Whoever they are, this newly forged exploration into southern-soaked, experimental gaze is insanely infectious.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sold on this band based on their recordings alone, but once I was nestled into my chair at their live show, I was blown away. They really shouldn’t be on this list, as they recently signed to French Kiss Records, but with only a handful of songs released, and about a 1,000 Facebook fans, more people need to know about Races. Their live show is an experience in complexity. So many pieces coming together to create a rich sound with so much depth. Plus having a hot girl front and center never hurts.
Please Note: This list is not complete as I live in a bubble and can’t/won’t ever be able to read the entire internet. Just some thoughts on what’s to come in 2012.
Radiation City Babies (PoPoPePe Remix)
Budz Radiation City are back on tour, and have released a dope lil’ remix to celebrate. In case you live in a cave without a solid wi-fi signal, Rad City is known for blending vintage Latin inspired sounds with 50s dream pop nostalgia. So a remix of their tunes is not a simple feat.
Newcomer on the the the scene, PoPoPePe’s remix of “Babies” keeps just enough of the original elements in tact while creating an entirely fresh tune. I love how he chopped up the vocals, and made the guitar strings twinkle, while wrapping the entire track in a soft glow. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything quite like it. Really beautiful.
Listen to the remix above and the original track below.
Big ups to the incredible crew of music loving bandits that made this trip so special, and reminded me how lucky I am to live the life I do. I put together a list of my top moments from my week at the CMJ MUSIC MARATHONHERE, and as promised, below is the mixtape of all of the artists that moved me. After all, we’re all just trying to feel something; it’s music that helps us get there. Be sure to download the entire mix. Enjoy!
You’ve got three opportunities, that’s right, THREE chances to see bands that have graced the online pages of the most relevant blogs such as; Pitchfork, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Gorilla vs Bear, The New York Times, SPIN, Wired, Forbes, The Washington Post, Consumer’s AND Reader’s Digest, Women’s Wear Daily, Free Williamsburg, HEB, Christian Science Monitor, LA Weekly, The Onion, Tiger Beat, Cooking Light, Runner’s World, and many more! These bands are totally buzzin’.
Tuesday Oct 18th@ SPIKE HILL
Thursday Oct 20th @ PETE’S CANDY STORE
Friday Oct 21st @ GOUGIE’S LOUNGE at THE LIVING ROOM
Curated by Head Underwater, w/$1 PBR’s, Ty Ku Sake Shots, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Free Swag by Eventbrite + EVERYONE GETS LAID…
Check back for updates and set times coming soon!
Cuz cheap booze won’t last forever…
Recommended Show in Los Angeles TONIGHT!
My dear friends Radiation City have finally made it to Los Angeles and are playing at one of my favorite venues, the historic Troubadour. Rad City has received non-stop praise for their incredible live set. It’s going to be a great night you don’t want to miss!
AbadabadandRadiation Cityblew the roof off of Pianos so hard last night that New York called and asked them to play a second show tonight in Williamsburg. If ya in the hood come get silly with them atSpike Hill. Deets below:
8pm @ Spike Hill
184 & 186 Bedford Ave
Radiation City Minneapolis Construction Tour Video
Peep the sweet fan made tour/music video of Radiation City doing their thang, and if you’re in NYC tonight def check out their show at Pianos.