When I heard this song as a demo last year it brought me to tears. No joke. Forget their ages, "A Little Late" is an honest, sophisticated pop song with a powerful message. The song is very cinematic and I knew it was going to be a challenge to capture that on film. When I saw the video for the first time I was BLOWN away. It's a compelling clip that is chock full of memorable moments. With all the heaviness in the world I hope you can take 5 minutes and watch this wonderful song and be inspired. When you've been in the music industry for as long as I have it's easy to become bitter and jaded, yet Skating Polly reminds me that growing older is not a license to resist change.
The new Ty Segall record, Manipulator, is top notch! It's drenched in psychedelic vibes. Sounding at times like a mishmash of T.Rex, the Stones, candy-coated guitar pop, and early 70s boogie rock. It feels both absolutely fresh and part of a rock conversation that's endured for decades. It has not left my turntable all week.
"One of the most vibrant, magnetic records of the year." - LA Times
The quartet has drawn comparisons to New York rock and punk acts as various as the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth. For some reason their music never connected w/ me until I heard "Raw Milk". Which lead me back to the full length Sunbathing Animal. It's a fantastic listen.
I heard the song "Archie, Marry Me" a few weeks back and found it impossible to resist. I would highly recommend seeking out this Toronto band's debut LP. It's lovely power pop steeped in romance, wit and melody.
"Kid Wave - London's newest exponents of youthful, sun-drenched guitar lilts - have already been picked up by well-versed pysch stable Heavenly Records which means they're already kinda cemented as a band worth listening to." -Noisey
On Friday evening I saw Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for the first time. Yes, it was a religous experience. Saint Nick put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen (top 10 of all time!). No joke. But, I have to give a major shout*out to the supoort act, Warpaint. A fantastic 30 minute set! I can't wait to see them headline.
Into the Wide — out September 9 (hear the first single, "From Now On" below)...
ESQUIRE.COM: The sun-drenched, Californian optimism of Delta Spirit seems to have totally disintegrated on Into the Wide. This record gets dark, man. Something clearly went on with you guys in between records. What changed?
MATT VASQUEZ: Welcome to New York! [laughs] We worked for two and a half years, living in an urban environment and learning how to be the new kids in town. It's been really fun and inspiring. The songwriting grew out of that.
San Diego or LA (not sure, I keep reading both...) lo-fi duo TV Girl's debut album, French Exit, is perfect for a week into summer. With its whirling instrumentation and dreamy synths it will have you reaching for your favorite tropical cocktail.
“This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.” – A.C. Newman *Bill Bruisers out Aug. 26th. *Check out the album title track below...