I haven’t posted in ….ages! Do you even REMEMBER Heard Instinct? Probably not, but I remember you and I missed you and the game so much, I hooked up with Robert of See The Leaves to start Altr Ego — Essentially a music blog; made it with the intention of focusing on our monthly podcast. No BS, just good music (per my taste..)
I don’t want to say goodbye to Heard Instinct, my show at my school’s radio station keeps me from doing that completely, but if you still like good music (and Los Angeles) please check out the new blog. And I’ve got a few tickets to some shows in LA to give away on there later this week if that sweetens the deal.
& I’m on Twitter. Shameless, I know.
Los Craters - All That I Want
I’ve been totally SLEEPING on Los Craters and am wildly embarrassed — Check this: A Los Angeles band that is everything I like, has been playing live quite frequently and I haven’t listened to them until now? Like I said, I’m embarrassed to have missed out on them for so long.
I’ll put aside the self-deprecation and get to it: They sound fantastic; an act that would be at home playing at Pappy and Harriet’s — if you’ve been to P&H you’ll understand what I’m attempting to say — If you haven’t been, just visualize yourself chilling out in the desert drinking a cold one with not a care in the world (except maybe being a little nervous about the Hell’s Angels that might roll by the show and think you looked at them the wrong way.) If I have to compare: You’ll definitely be into Los Craters if you’re digging the The Growlers, Allah-Las or Night Beats. Definitely keeping tabs on these guys.
Check out some more songs here.
Bombón - Oh Baby •
I heard this band quite a while ago, I’m talking years here, but for whatever reason never posted about them when the site was in it’s “heyday” (read: when I wasn’t lazy and updated daily) —— anyway, I saw Bombon last year, maybe at Ham and Eggs or Redwood Bar, unfortunately I can’t remember WHERE exactly but I do remember they totally ruled!
You ever wake up on a Sunday morning and ask yourself “what ever happened to such-and-such band?” Well this is what happened to me yesterday with Bombón. Fast foward to today where I am posting “Oh Baby.” Looks like these ladies play live often, so I’m hoping to make the drive out to Long Beach/San Pedro soon to catch a set.
Not a new song by any means, but just to give you a little taste on how much fun they sound. Make them your go-to for power packed pop punk/rock n’ roll/surf rock band and you can thank me later. Crossing my fingers for some new material to pop up on their Bandcamp.
Cop the .mp3 here.
Blood Sister - Not a Resident •
In my internet-slumber, CA/NY merger band Blood Sister came about. I say ”merger” because the band is made out of members of Ganglians (which I like and have posted previously) and Night Manager (which I like and have also posted previously.) — Neck deep in guitar and effects I haven’t the knowledge to name. It’s loud and catchy pop and I’m into it. Hopefully an L.A. stop is in the works.
Grab some songs here.
Habibi - Siin •
I’ve finally been able to sit down and give Habibi’s self titled release a proper listen. The last song I posted on the site was Let Me In, and if we’re being honest it’s where I started listening to the album. I have a horrible tendency to start from the familiar.
Their strengths lie in quick songs with seemingly simple ear worm hooks, i.e.,Let Me In, Sweetest Talk. Then there’s Detroit Baby and I Got the Moves which both have the tenacity to be the choice sock hop anthems. Far From Right, Gone Like Yesterday and Sunsets took some warming up to and failed to grab me at first; the slow tempo of Sunsets has lingered with me for some time and I remain undecided. Though I figure that the songs which I still question will be the ones I will begin to enjoy in a live setting.
Siin is a total sell, vocals with a purely downtrodden demeanor I can get behind; light guitar picks and steady nonabrasive percussion make for a eerily pleasant listen — The lyrics make me feel as if I shouldn’t enjoy the song, but I am willing to take the risk of committing a negative.
And of course Tomboy; this is probably my favorite song off the album. As I’ve said before, I had heard a rough demo way back when; this cleaner version has everything Habibi are good at: an energy that fluctuates at all the right moments, repeated hooks and harmonies that can easily be sung along to. I’m compelled to say that if Dick Dale and the Mo-Dettes had met half-way, you’d get the rock and roll badasses that are Habibi.
While I can see why some people feel the album is too short (read: randoms I talk to at shows), I feel differently. It’s long enough to show range, and maybe a glimpse into how the band will grow in future releases, and short enough that I remember most songs and can recall the favorites. Definitely recommend.
Buy it here.
These New Puritans - V (Island Song) Live
Is anyone else freaking the fuck out over These New Puritans hitting the road with new material? They’re only stopping by a few cities in the U.S., four to be exact: New York, Evanston, Chicago, and L.A.—-You better believe I already have those tickets to their Roxy gig. I can’t help feeling a little disappointed they are playing The Roxy.. considering I have seen TNP’s live setup, how is that going to even fit on that tiny stage? Will they sacrifice their usual ensemble setup due to space? And more importantly, will they play Elvis, Swords of Truth or anything off of Beat Pyramid or Hidden? You better believe I am stoked.
Buy tickets here.
Klaxons - There Is No Other Time •
2014 is turning out to be the year the bands we all loved in 2007 come back full energy. While I loved Klaxons back when I was post-Brit Pop obsessed, it’s taken seven years but I’ve finally come to accept the reality that I need to give up on my past musical obsessions in order to grow with the present.
Things just got real introspective, and kind of ridiculous. Sorry, I just have a lot of feelings for the musical likes of my 2007 self.
"There Is No Other Way" is the first song I’ve heard from Klaxons in ages. Do I like it? I like it for feelings previously mentioned, but I know if this song were to play, and I were on a dance floor..things would get so real, so quick. This is the kind of song Honeycut should play every night.
At the same time, it’s hard for me to refrain from mentioning Myths of the Near Future — because how much did that album rule? SO MUCH. This song has almost nothing of those ‘drug-fueled warehouse parties in the middle of nowhere’ vibes Myths gave.
I’m just making this shit complicated: this song is fun. It doesn’t necessarily mean their upcoming full-length due out this summer will be 10-or-so tracks of the same sound, it could very well have some remnants of Myth’s or be a completely brand new kind of awesome. I’ll have to force myself to be patient and avoid jumping the gun by blackballing their new album.
Habibi - Let Me In
I haven’t listened to New York’s Habibi in, maybe a year when the rough cuts of Tomboy were floating around, but am totally into this song. Let Me In is off Habibi’s debut album out now on Burger Records. Like most of Burger Records’ roster: they’re a fun listen. It’s that catchy rock that you sing a long to pretty easily, and probably leave on repeat until you get sick of it (hopefully you don’t.) I missed them play during Echo Park rising last year, but hopefully they’ll swing by our parts soon enough. Thumbs up on the album, Habibi!
Buy Habibi’s S/T here.
September Girls - Ships
Cursing The Sea is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Dublin’s September Girls. I don’t mean to throw a bunch of recycled adjectives your way when describing September Girls but sometimes you can’t really escape them (and unfortunately I sometimes don’t have the brain capacity to think beyond them): The album is a product laden with reverb and quite lo-fi that might strike some as a live production. Not to say that’s a bad thing about these twelve songs; whether by choice or necessity, the less-than crystal production works well. Ships, Left Behind, Sister and the title track are prime examples and coincidentally my favorites. Definitely recommend checking out the album.
The good news for us in the States: they’ll be at SXSW. And if Cursing The Sea is any indication of their live sound, and I think it is, they’ll put on a good show. Here’s to a Los Angeles show before or after Austin.
Cursing The Sea is out on Rough Trade now. Buy it here.
If you’re like me and read the NME religiously throughout high school, you’ll remember Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong. But let’s keep that name in the darkest corner of our memory bank and let’s not mention it in connection with TOY again—-I only bring it up for nostalgia’s sake. The members who ended up as TOY made themselves into pretty sweet band and should be treated standalone post-introduction. TOY are pushing their latest, Join the Dots, released last month through Heavenly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out their self-titled release, I definitely recommend checking it out as well.
Stoked for this one. See you there, Los Angeles.
TOY - Join the Dots [MP3]
Cold Showers - BC [MP3]