Songs You Should Listen to Right Now
Boogarins – “Erre”
Brazil’s Boogarins have created an excellent psychedelic pop record in “As Plantas Que Curam” (translated as Plants That Heal). It came out last Fall on LA’s Burger Records but after rave reviews for their live show from SXSW, they got a second push. Band members Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are still in their late teens and met while in school in …
Eno * Hyde — “Daddy’s Car”
The announcement of a full album featuring a collaboration between super producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, and so many more) and Underworld’s Karl Hyde was enough to make Jason Bentley shout with joy and share the news on Facebook. (and I can tell you for a fact he doesn’t shout with joy very often). It seemed …
Magic Trick – “The Store”
It was love at first listen when I heard Magic Trick’s “The Store”.
It’s my favorite kind of pop song, with surf guitar, and sweetly sung backing vocals layered over the baritone vocals of bandleader Tim Cohen. The band is based in San Francisco and it wasn’t until I did a bit more research that I realized it was Tim from …
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Cillie Barnes – “Veranda (RAC Remix)
Cillie Barnes perfectly – and seductively –captures young love (lust?) on this track from her “Happy Valley” EP , which recently got the RAC treatment (a rare remixer who makes ever track he touches better. He’s incredible).
The project is the latest musical incarnation of Vanessa Long. She’s been making music in SoCal for a while now, including as the …
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Sleepy Sun – “Galaxy Punk”
“Galaxy Punk” is the first single from NorCal band Sleepy Sun’s new record “Maui Tears” – a blast of psych-rock that is the sonic equivalent of taking a shot of tequila the minute you walk into a bar – no hesitation whatsoever.
It’s got a lot of punch, with some shimmery sections sprinkled throughout so you really appreciate when they go …
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James Vincent McMorrow – Cavalier
Once you’ve seen James Vincent McMorrow live, there is no doubt he is the real deal. You can feel his achingly beautiful vocals down to the core.
We haven’t heard much from the Irish singer recently (except for this incredible Chris Isaak cover) until “Cavalier”. It starts out sounding a lot like his previous work until he gets all R&B on …
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Jamestown Revival – “California” (Cast Iron Soul)
I just returned from a trip to the East Coast and I always miss California, even when I’m gone for just a few days.
When Jason gave this song a spin on MBE this morning, it really hit me. The duo – Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance – say they honed their sound on a back porch in Magnolia, …
Midlake – “Provider”
I’ve been hearing about the band Midlake from Denton, TX for years. I’ve always liked their songs but nothing really grabbed me. Yet, I had numerous friends who were obsessed with them. I wondered what was wrong with me. But then, they released “Antiphon”. NOW I’ve joined the fan club.
The band underwent a major makeover recently – frontman Tim Smith left the …
Booka Shade – “Love Inc”
Berlin-based beatmaking duo Booka Shade has a new album called “Eve” out this week. Jason Bentley says it is “atmospheric and cinematic”, a perfect nighttime album. They’ve been making music together for 25 years and continue to push forward. “Love Inc” is a great example.
Warpaint –”Love is to Die”
One of my favorite LA bands is the all-female quartet Warpaint and …
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Kelela – “Bank Head”
This summer, DJ Travis Holcombe put together a mixtape of some of his favorite songs, including this track from Kelela (with producer Kingdom), which is now getting a ton of buzz after her performance at NYC’s CMJ Music Conference.
Kelela was raised on the East Coast, born to parents who moved to the US from Ethiopia in the 1970’s, and is now …