Thursday, April 30, 2015

Interpol Coming off a Killer Show at Coachella Playing Shaky Knees Festival (May 8th, 9th, 10th)





















I know where I will be next Saturday May 9th at 5:45 pm. I will be planted in front of the Piedmont Stage in Atlanta at the Shaky Knees Festival to see, to experience Interpol. Having come off their acclaimed performance at Coachella and still in the afterglow of their new LP "El Pintor" which many are regarding as their best record in years, Interpol is a band at the top of their game fully 18 years after their inception. If you see me come say hi. I will be wearing the American Pancake baseball cap and a big smile.
-
Robb






 Shaky Knees Fest

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Grounder's "No Ringer" Single Ends Way Too Soon

When you hear the driving dirty bass sound on "No Ringer" by Toronto based Grounders there is a subdued mania below the sultry slow burning build. Disjointed horn sounds percolate as the vocals keep it low and in control. The whole thing sounds so cagey, so cool in it's forward movement that at well over four minutes it seems to end way before it's time. There is not one iota of misplaced sound.

"No Ringer" is a little stunner and the single from Grounder's upcoming self titled full length debut album dropping this summer (2015) via Nevado Music, It is so damn tasty I am looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

GROUNDERS are Andrew Davis (vocals and guitar), Daniel Busheikin (keyboards), Mike Searle (Bass) and Evan Lewis (guitar). -
Robb Donker






Tour schedule

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EP Review: Front Lines by Masks We Made - Beautiful, Cathartic Sonic Landscapes

When you think about why certain kinds of music appeals to you it can open up a personal can of worms. For some of us, music is no more than background noise that helps pass time. For others it may primarily be beats and sound, passion percussion that fuels movement and dance and for others, songs may push deep emotional buttons.

And sometimes music acts as sonic Rorschach tests that we cast our own emotions, our own situations onto, good and bad. Sounds that truly help get us get through life's trials and tribulations.


Mask We Made out of Long Beach, California create atmospheric songs that feel so laced with emotion that you are immediately engaged and their latest 3 track EP "Front Lines" will take you places. The seriously somber tone of  of the title track built on some truly pretty (yet starkly dark) guitar lines sweep around you dramatically. When Andrea's vocals come in the tone is set in stone and the song feels like a monument to fallen soldiers whether the battle field imagery is metaphorical or not. I forgot to mention that Masks We Made are just a two piece band even though they do sound like more (even live). Nando's guitar work superbly sets moods a plenty. He uses his well crafted and emotionally wrought guitar lines as more of a set rhythm section than traditional leads and build a tapestry of accompaniment that perfectly offsets Andrea's poetry and evocative vocals.

 Speaking of her vocals, the character of her vocal delivery feels strong and her words feel firmly (almost stoically) placed. Rusty Hinges almost feels like a indie folk protest song. There is a late 60's retro edge almost. I thought of the iconic folk singer / songwriter Joan Baez who meant so much to my older sister. Andrea does not sound like her but there is a serious tone to her vocal sound, an emotional gravitas that is so heavy and present in Rusty Hinges with it's beautifully sad warm embrace. The first track, Hands Race, kind of rides on the rails. It has dashes of wanderlust and folk Americana. It feels wide and expansive.

"Front Lines", as my own personal introduction to Masks We Made, is a powerful one. Andrea and Nando paint moving sonic landscapes that are easy to embrace, easy to feel deep down inside because they are beautiful and cathartic at the same time.

-
Robb Donker


Friday, April 24, 2015

LA Based Filmmakers Gantz, Cohn and Mullen Partner with Sadgirl on Ambitious project Via Kickstarter




















(from Baby Fleas - Candy Bar)

I am a big fan of  Los Angeles based directors David Gantz and Theo Cohn who along with cinematographer and producer, Ben Mullen create short-form projects that play like full fledged films. This creative trio first came to my attention with the well crafted "The Spaceship" music video for the band Corners of which I wrote:

Corners' new video for "The Spaceship" plays like a pulpy passion play. Directed with an insane amount of detached flair by David Gantz and Theo Cohn it feels like a campy combination of Wes Anderson, Jean Pierre Jeunet and John Waters. Perfectly cast actors Samson Kohanski and Austin Carr vie for the affection of the comely Giselle Gilbert with deadly consequences. The tone of this mini movie captures the pulse of the post punk song which charges forth in it's over modulated glory amidst a thumping bass line, drums and edgy surf guitar. I love everything about this perfect meld of sound and imagery and if Gantz and Cohn decide to direct a full length movie I will be in line to see it.


After a dozen envelope pushing projects behind their collective sleeves they are partnering up with LA punk surf-wop band Sadgirl. It may very well be their most ambitious project to date, will be shot on film and they are jumping into the crowd funding pool to bring this dream, this vision to fruition. I encourage you to visit their Kickstarter page (here- do it now!) and help make this happen. Here is the video that clued me into their skills:





Ben Mullen - 2015 Cinematography Reel from Bellpepper Pictures on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Charlyne Yi - "Reincarnation" (Official Video) is a Blissful Mantra

Charlyne Yi's Official Video for "Reincarnation" finds the diminutive creative spark clad in leathers and traveling down sunlit California highways on a motorcycle as she sings this sock hop torch song about wanderlust and love.

The ballad stirs and swirls dreamily along until it becomes a crescendo in sustain. It is so charming and sweet in a kind Brian Wilson's "Smile" sort of way and then it blows up even more with an out of sight very cool trumpet accompaniment that is downright blissful. The repetitive refrain is so joyous that the song turns into a lovely mantra that could go on forever and not wear out it's welcome. It instead becomes part of you, just like your heartbeat or breathing itself... that is until it sadly ends at only a little over 2 minutes.

Reincarnation is from the album "Live from Hell"
check it out here: https://folktalerecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-from-hell

-
Robb Donker


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vomitface - EP "Another Bad Year" drops May 12th. Their own caustic blend of metal, grunge and punk (proto, post and crust). Stream: Never Make It

Jersey City's Vomitface is dropping a brand new EP on May 12th. "Another Bad Year " contain 5 tracks that pummel you into submission. There is the bi-polar punk cruncher Bruise with screaming sustains and twitchy melodies that fall into crust punkish metal screams. The almost 90's grunge punk stir of Travelers Cheques with a stalking cadence and a big chorus that has an almost post grunge Alice and Chains heart buried in the punk drama. Did She Come Alone which for me is the most delicious track on the EP has a punk swing with a Chorus that feels like The Stooges meets Nirvana but not. It is as addictive and catchy as anything I have heard this year (or last). The last track, Luckiest Man Alive is fun and insane full of blood and spit. It feels like the outsider who gets beat up by the neighborhood bullies. It goes down swinging with a masochistic grin on it's face. The first track, offered up for you to sample thanks to Jared Micah (vocals / guitar), Preetma Singh (Drums) and Sam Palumbo (Bass), is a playfully disjointed punk affair called Never Make It. It almost plods along like a dull ache. It is drum and bass heavy with guitar squeaks and squeals and dirty scrapes. Like all the songs on "Another Bad Year" it is a well crafted beautiful mess of a song. Vomitface is able to create songs that feel like full on brawls but with truly hooky engaging melodies. They also blend elements of metal, punk (proto, post and crust) into their own caustic sound. I absolutely love what they are doing.

-
Robb Donker




Album Review: The Sideshow Tragedy - Stream "Capital" There's A Riot Going On

We all listen to music for a myriad of reasons. It is an art form that might be the most primal. The impact of two objects creating percussive cadence and the random hum in one's head that materializes into a discernible melody is as natural as the earth and sky. As the
primitives acquired speech (and well before the first song structure came to be) I imagine that the percussive impact of stick to rock first accompanied the raised patterned rhetoric of the rabble rouser.

The Sideshow Tragedy, a two piece blues garage rock outfit out of Austin Texas, are about to drop their fifth album, Capital, on May 5th. Apart from the devastatingly deep grooves that resonator guitarist / frontman Nathan Singleton and drummer Jeremy Harrell cut in this record it maybe the stories that draw the most blood. Singleton has vocal pipes a plenty filled with scarred desperation. He is doing provocateur rock, high on a soap box or pulpit telling stories and asking questions about heavy issues. When the down home porch rock of The Winning Side falls face first into a fierce bombastic battle of sounds it is an exhilarating and confrontational push and pull, a moral play about playing for the winning team (social or politically speaking) instead of the moral one. The production feels as alive as a student protest on the verge of a riot.

Two Guns pumps like a piston fueled by slide guitar, hand claps and drum explosions that highlight Singleton's red faced diatribe about real life Devils, war crimes, drones and our apathy about them. It is a tightfisted rock hymnal and the choir erupts at the end. If there is a sonic respite from the heaviness it is Animal Song. It is mid-tempo and lush in it's urgency. The multilayered vocals add a sense of family, a sense of hope to the casual engaging melodies. Keys To The Kingdom is so formidable in it's rock stance forward movement that it feels as anthemic as a big rock stadium early U2 battle cry song.

While Capitol may not serve answers to the provocative questions it stirs up, it at least does a lot of stirring. This is thinking man and woman's rock and the injustice, social inequity, moral decay that lives and dies in the lyrics feels like old ancient tattoo's that fade slowly over time until we care not to see them. Sideshow Tragedy is fighting the good fight and the last track Plow is a stark bare cascading lineage of the haves and have nots (morally speaking) and of cold false promises. The final lines "and you will die pushing that plow" feels (to me) like a downer although a memorable one. Maybe I wanted those plowshares to be beaten into swords.

We all listen to music for a myriad of reasons. Capital by Sideshow Tragedy has an emotional gravitas forged out of historic injustices. Within it's bad ass and big garage rock framework it contains 9 tracks full of morality plays, of scarred poetry inspired by real events. It feels like rabble rouser rock and if it inspires anyone to become more socially or politically aware or involved it has done it's job. Good job guys.

Old Soul Records releases Capitol stateside and CRS (Continental Record Services) in Europe on May 5th, 2015. You can stream the album below and check out a live performance of Two Guns.

-
Robb
























Stream Capital:




 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Red Cosmos - "Dreaming In Unison" Trips Through Musical Worm Holes

Red Cosmos is the artful musical incarnation of Kim Tortoise based out of York (UK) and his latest "Dreaming In Unison" - a sprawling 12 track exploration of dreams present and future or at least that is what it feels like. There is a whimsical wide eyed futuristic tone to the album. Propelled by beats and programmed with airy synthesizer sustains it can sometimes feel like video game fare too but this only lends itself to the quirky charm.

I Went To See Your Doctor is dodgy and dancy with an 80's- esque Pet Shop Boys meets White Town feel. The best tracks (for me) has Tortoise trade a cool falsetto with his more natural voice with great effect. These tracks feel almost like duets like in We Should Have Kissed and my favorite track on this collection, Ode To A Beatnik that is wonderfully obtuse. With it's bell tones is feels a bit like Radiohead and Kraftwerk combined. I love the rushed vocal cadence on the chorus and the sampled voices. The hand snaps disorient and distract as they are meant to. It is a cagey vast track that will surely stay with me.

Some of the tracks veer into social commentary in a twisted way like the sycophantic Fan Club which bops along merrily and creepily. Meet Single Girls in My Area might be the song I would want to hear live the most just to see it done with a real drummer because it is so awesomely percussive. The weirdest track that steers headlong into zany world is Carnal Vindicator. It feels like one of those throwbacks like something you might find on an old Kinks or Who album. For me it is a joke that I don't get but that's ok as I appreciate the musical limb that Tortoise ventures out on.

On Monsters Of Pop Tortoise sings "There's a tear in space-time continuum where the bands of old crawl through.... The monsters of Pop refuse to drop and they're coming to a town near you" and as Red Cosmos he traverses through musical worm holes in unique ways. "Dreaming In Unison" is a weird and wonderful trip.
-
Robb Donker


Monday, April 13, 2015

Official Video: "Off The Ground" by The Traveling Suitcase from there album "Nobody Wins" - This song will stick in your head.



















The official video for Off The Ground by The Traveling Suitcase is my first introduction to the band. Yeah, if you didn't know I sleep under large rocks. As directed by Brandon Dower (the bassist / keyboardist for the band) it deftly and instantly highlights the talents of drummer / singer / guitarist Nicole Rae. Bill Grasley rounds out this three piece rock outfit with his guitar talents. While the video has a trippy cool tone I can't help but focus on the song itself which is a kind of blendo rocker. It is dynamically dense moving from proggy syncopated sounds that give way to dramatic sustains of heaviness. There is that kind of dream theater taking place done up cool and sultry in that Queens of The Stone Age sort of way. Guitar work: RAD. Bass line: RAD. Drumming: RAD. Throw on melodies that engage and you have a powerful song and very wonderful introduction to a band that I am eager to discover more about. Oh, yeah, and they based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Off The Ground is from the band's album Nobody Wins which you can check out here (I know I will be doing just that).

Well, it is late and I need to go to sleep. Where is that large rock?
-
Robb Donker


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Heartwood - Single: You Should Really Thank Me / No One Can Do You Wrong - Pure Pop Rock In Panavision

Heartwood is a 4 piece rock outfit out of LA that proudly wears heavy pop and glam pop adornments on their sleeve. They are currently releasing 5 singles and the first two songs show their diverse styles and their unabashed love of pure rock musical tropes too.

You Should Really Thank Me feels almost bi-polar in it's construction. It starts off feeling like an almost garden rock ode in the Neil Young heavy electric vein and shifts dramatically to a pure pristine pop sound in the Todd Rundgren vein. I can tell you that upon first listen the shift felt awkward, daring for sure, but so poppy. I tend to gravitate to a more raw sound and the shift didn't sit well with me. As the song progressed, I must say that all the musical pieces fell into place for me. I also realized that there is a fair amount of theatricality to Heartwood's performance and overall tone. That this pristine produced sound is part of their thing, an ode to classic sounds (at least that is what I sense not having spoken to them). The backing vocals flooding in and erupting into a heavy pop rock ending is pure hard rock candy and they gladly relish in it.

Side B: No One Can Do You Wrong starts off as tweeny as a song in a Muppet Movie and then descends into a glammy rock affair with Brian Mayish guitar flourishes. This song like the first, turns very lush in it's production. It also feels like rock burlesque with grand guignol bloody heart as the lyrics delightfully kill those who get in the way. Now, the murderer may just be a metaphor for one who kills relationships but the violent imagery is playfully there nonetheless.

Heartwood's propensity for the theatrical feels a bit like a throw back but then today every thing goes in the current musical landscape and that is a good thing. There is definitely something enticing and mesmerizing about their approach. I have not seen them live but I know one thing, this kind of music that is overly dramatic and kind of cinematic has to be sold to work live so I truly hope that they are entertaining performers. If they are, they will go a long way.

-
Robb Donker


Diet Cig's Debut EP "Over Easy" - A Killer Pizza Slice Of Pop Punk

Diet Cig, the duo of front woman Alex Luciano (vocals / guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums) cut out a killer pizza slice of pop punk that mainly speak about navigating youthful self doubts and relationships from Alex's point of view. She doesn't mince words. Her vocal performance can sound at once pretty, pretty ballsy and petulant (at times). Noah's drumming is as explosive as it can be considering the musical material. He brings a ton of foundational energy to the short songs.

I like what I am hearing, especially Harvard and Scene Sick which has a comic underbelly to the lyrics. Alex's vocal tone and her specific characteristic sound is engaging and I truly look forward to hearing more from Diet Cig but while I am enjoying the songs, they are not making me feel all that much or making me relate to anything about them. Could be that it is because I am not a twenty something girl or could it be that the songs, lyrically / thematically feel a little self absorbed. I don't know.  A killer slice of pop punk, yes but on thin crust. A pretty kick ass debut nonetheless. Check them out on Father / Daughter Records.
-
Robb Donker


Thursday, April 9, 2015

King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard - The River (video) - Aussie Garage Rock Trippers Get Mellow



























Pour yourself a drink or light up to the utterly chill swill of King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard's The River. The seven piece Aussie garage psychedelic band that sometimes stir in jazzy garden rock flavors into their post punk fusion get really mellow on this track which is effectively animated by Jason Galea. Put on your tie dye shirt or take it off and trip out to this dream soundscape.
-
Robb Donker


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LISTEN: Skinny Chewy by Loose Tooth explodes in your mouth. Debut Album Drops April 21st on Fleeting Youth Records

























April 21st the debut album "Easy Easy East" by Loose Tooth based out of Philadelphia drops on the world via Fleeting Youth Records. Get excited as you listen to the album's second track Skinny Chewy. Dynamically dense, the song instantly explodes in your mouth like a thousand post punk pop rocks. I love the down beats and arc of the song as it shifts tones. This band definitely knows when to let the open spaces grab you by the collar as much as the fuzzy guitars.
-
Robb Donker


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Speedy Ortiz- Foil Deer (upcoming album) teases- Puffer, Graduates, Raising the Skate - Tour Dates including Shaky Knees Festival in May

























I have been thinking about Speedy Ortiz lately not only because I have been listening and liking the new songs  / teases for the sophomore album entitled Foil Deer that is dropping via Car Park Records on April 21st BUT the fact that I will get to see Sadie and the boys perform at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta (May 8th-10th). This is major for me. It is the first Festival AP will be covering since I relocated to Georgia from California and I have loved Speedy Ortiz since I first reviewed their Sports EP in 2012. Their first full length, Major Arcana was also on our Best of 2013 List. Oh, the possibilities.... maybe even an interview or at least a face to face "thank you" to Sadie Dupuis for enriching the musical landscape.

Check out the latest public offering from Foil Deer below.
-
Robb Curtius


PUFFER- from the upcoming Foil Deer

The latest track to be released as a tasty tease to Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz's second full length on Car Park Records cuts a new path for the band. It doesn't move like most Speedy Ortiz songs. It stalks at an industrial pace. It has an almost Euro-post new wave rock feel ala Bowie (Scary Monsters era) or Gary Numan. It is as catchy as can be but so different for what has come before. I need to chew on this one awhile swaying to it at the same time.
-



Raising The Skate - from the upcoming Foil Deer

Raising The Skate is once again mired in the delicious thick guitar wash that was so inspired on Major Arcana. Sonically, this track portends a pretty lushly produced album.


Graduates - from the upcoming Foil Deer

Major Arcana was heavy with Sadie Dupuis code poetry that was difficult to decipher. Graduates from a purely lyrical standpoint seems easier to interpret and the melodies feel (dare I say) happier. Sadie sings, "and we were pregnant on the balcony, and you caught me with a cigarette. I never put this thing on my lips... just crushed it and spit on where I laid it to rest" and my immediate thought was that this track feels more polished, and maybe even more mature. Would the Major Arcana Sadie dragged on the nicotine??? I don't know. I do know that Speedy Ortiz's sound has graduated to a new level here. It will be interesting to see who will want to hang with the head of the class and who will want to hang with the drop outs. There is certainly those of us who like hanging with both. Graduates is infectious.



UPCOMING 2015 TOUR DATES

04/22 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/24 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
04/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
04/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
04/29 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
04/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
05/01 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
05/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
05/03 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
05/04 – Champaign, IL @ Highdive
05/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/07 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
05/08 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/11 – Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
05/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
05/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
05/15 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
05/16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
05/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
05/25 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/27 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
05/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
05/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
05/31 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
06/01 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music HAll
06/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/04 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
06/05 – Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
06/06 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.
07/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

Major Arcana by Speedy Ortiz - A Dour, Messy, Depressive, Stunning Debut

originally published July, 10th 2013

Major Arcana, the debut full length album from Speedy Ortiz contain songs that are oftentimes shrouded in a kind of dour haze, a musical and emotional ennui stewing in heavy grungy guitar sounds in that Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Pavement sort of way but what elevates these compositions are the way the songs veer off (at a moments notice) into progressive lead lines that feel twisted in that Frank Zappian sort of way. This fusion of proto punk and post rock grunge work because the musicality is top notch as is the songwriting itself.

Speedy Ortiz's musical and emotion voice is that of Sadie Dupuis. Her vocal performance holds a lot of things, It is bittersweet. Beautiful and scarred at the same time, the lyrics, delivered with a hard undercurrent, are poetic code that is sometimes hard to decipher but the tone and feeling is not. In Tiger Tank Dupuis sings "oh my mouth is a factory for every toxic part of speech I spew" and she does navigate rough waters in many of these songs which may or may not have to do with life's battles with toxic people, with depression and the curiosity of what life is all about.

The music, the tone is not for the faint of heart. In Gary the guitars jigsaw puzzle so wonderfully. They are composed of puzzle pieces that don't fit and the song builds into emotional and sonic turmoil. The lyrics feel as vague as they do existential, "once you've sat with kids, it's so hard to leave their table... for the kids full grown and my, I've grown some very big teeth." Fun churns out so much post punk fun. It made me think of Chelsea Light Moving (more than Sonic Youth) and in some way The Pretenders but it is it's very own pulse pounder.

In a 2012 Youtube video Sadie plays an acoustic rendition of "Um Are" and apologizes (in advance) for it being "sappy" and I bring this up because she seems to feel more comfortable swimming in the uncomfortable and even hurtful part of life. I wonder if these superb songs are her catharsis. I know I need to hear, feel, songs that are born out of pain. Songs that feel sad in a way. I doubt she would apologize for the heart wrenching beauty of No Below. The first time I heard the song it slapped me across the face and punched me in the stomach. It, for me, veered into Aimee Mann territory a bit (whom I love as well). Speedy Ortiz's ability to mine this kind of song shows their brilliance. Sonically and lyrically it tells a story that you feel deep inside. It feels like an ode to the pains of childhood, of hard times at school. It is one of Major Arcana's high points.

Casper is creepily charming. It uses the dissonant guitar work superbly bending the tone like a carnival mirror. The song conjures up a strange dream theater and again, the musicality exhibited is so top notch. Plough feels at home in an underground club or garage, feels messy but is as tight as hell. In a way, it also feels like one of the most accessible songs production wise.

Major Arcana is a stunning debut from a band that will be around a long time. Purchase and cherish this record.

Release Date July, 9th 2013 on Carpark records.
-
Robb Donker

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ty Segall's F**king EPIC Performance of David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" @ Burgerama 4





















Ty Segall performs an incredible kick ass cover of David Bowie's Moonage Daydream while a stage full of lucky onlookers become part of the show. This happened at the recent Burgerama 4 in Santa Ana, California. I can only imagine that Bowie himself would absolutely love this live performance. I have seen Ty performing this Bowie classic acoustically on various videos but never in full electric glory and never so amped up and epic. Being a huge Bowie and Ty Segall fan makes this a veryd special piece of video so a huge thanks to Youtuber Christian Kassoff for capturing it. Another personal connection for me is that I happened to connect some random footage of Ty Segall and photographers in the "gallery" to my own off the cuff (and rather maudlin) rendition of Moonage Daydream back in 2012. I had shot and met Ty first in January 27th, 2011 when he played at the Echoplex along with Monotonix and Tijuana Panthers. Super nice guy and such an amazing artist. I have been a huge fan ever since I witnessed the incredible live energy he gave off that night. Enjoy this epic performance and thanks again Christian Kassoff.

-
Robb Donker


 Personal connection years ago:


 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Best Coast's Official Video for "Heaven Sent" is, well, heavenly.





















In the video for Best Coast's "Heaven Sent" Bethany Cosentino wears a pretty white lace dress and a crown of roses and Bob Bruno a buttoned up shirt. Rose pedals swirl in the air eventually giving way to red heart balloons. Shot with semi-slow motion zest and come hither allure as directed by Lana Kim and Bethany herself, the spartan look combined with a hazy filtered wash kind of mirrors the song itself which feels like Best Cost lush. Dreamy cool stuff.

-
Robb Donker

NOTES:  Heaven Sent is from Best Coast's third album California Nights due out on May 5th on Harvest Records . I haven't seen Best Coast perform since August of 2013 and am stoked to see them in May at the Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta.