Posts tagged “Best Coast

Summer hits: Dana Buoy, Superchunk, Summer Camp

Every summer needs a playlist. I usually make mine a week or so before Memorial day and update throughout the hot months. For me, the perfect playlist is a mix of power pop, punk, rock, alt country and electronic. My top summer song may be an anthem or a dance track.

While it’s not required that the word summer actually appears in a song, album or band name to mark the season, there’s no shortage of references.

Dana Buoy beat almost everyone to the beach this year with the May release of Summer Bodies, a rollicking Caribbean music-inspired album. Dana Buoy is actually Dana Janssen of the band Akron/Family, a group that sounds nothing like Janssen’s side project. The music on Summer Bodies is bouncy and uplifting. It’s definitely feel-good music and makes a nice soundtrack or playlist for summer.

Call To Be – Dana Buoy

Indie rock veterans Superchunk just put out a single, This Summer, which gets closer to that anthem thing I mentioned. But mostly, it’s just a great rocker and a cool summer song.

I feel like I have to mention Summer Camp, which is following up its awesome debut from last year, Welcome to Condale, with a five-song EP out July 10. The EP is called Always. Check out the title track below.

I love the new album, Correct Behavior, from Eternal Summers, which also comes out next month.

Also, Sweden’s jj just released a free digital EP, High Summer. You can get it here.

New releases by Best Coast and Beach House also get my vote for summer albums. (And not just because they have warm-weather connotations in their names.)

Also see New Music: Best Coast, Beach House


New music: Best Coast, Beach House

Two years after a pair of impressive albums, the two-person bands Beach House and Best Coast are back with follow-up releases. For Best Coast, the album, The Only Places, stretches out from the hazy sound on the band’s 2010 debut Crazy for You. Singer Bethany Cosentino sings uptempo country-tinged songs on the slickly produced The Only Places. Jon Brion, who has worked with everyone from Robyn Hitchcock to Kanye to Katy Perry, produced the album. It’s a bigger sounding set of songs and at points more enjoyable than Crazy for You.

Beach House, on the other hand, stuck closely to the script of the stunning 2010 release Teen Dream. The band is not breaking any new ground on Bloom. It’s still a fine album and the approach is far more interesting than Beach House prior to Teen Dream, which was just flat out boring.  On its fourth album, Beach House recreates that lush, dreamy soundscape defined by Teen Dream. Bloom is not the equal to that great album but it’s not far off.

The Only Place – Best Coast

Myth – Beach House

Beach House plays Pitchfork July 15 and Best Coast plays the Vic later that month.

No Joy plays Lincoln Hall

If you’re heading to the sold-out Best Coast/Wavves show at Lincoln Hall tonight or tomorrow, go early enough to see No Joy.

The up-and-coming band just released its debut Ghost Blonde in November.

Heedless – No Joy

Audio on the video below isn’t great.

You can watch the band’s NSFW video here.

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Songs of 2010

It’s always a challenge to narrow your favorite albums at the end of the year. I just published my list.

Picking the best songs of the year is hard as well. In addition to the tracks I included in my best-of list, here are some of the other songs I liked (and posted) in 2010. (There’s no order.)

When I’m With You – Best Coast

King of Spain – The Tallest Man on Earth

IRM – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Caterpillar Girl – Lou Barlow and the Missingmen

I Was Denied – Thee Oh Sees

Heathen Child – Grinderman

Ambling Alp – Yeasayer

Night Might – Strange Boys

Scissor – Liars

Mickey Mouse – Wavves

Neon Noose – Golden Triangle

I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem

Elephants – Warpaint

Bright Lit Blue Skies – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti

One Life Stand – Hot Chip

Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Free Energy, Male Bonding set to play Metro mini-fest tonight

Tonight’s show at Metro is like a mini-festival. Titus Andronicus and Best Coast alone would be worth the 18 bucks. Seventies throwbacks Free Energy and U.K. punks Male Bonding open.

A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus

I Want To – Best Coast

Free Energy – Free Energy

Year’s Not Long – Male Bonding

New release Tuesday: Best Coast, Menomena

There are a couple of new albums worth checking out.  Best Coast just played Pitchfork. Its debut full-length, Crazy for You, got an official release today. This is the chill album of the summer. Menomena also released a new album,  Mines. Both sound great.

Taos – Menomena

I Want To – Best Coast

Pitchfork festival Sunday preview: Pavement, Beach House, Surfer Blood, Big Boi

Pitchfork’s Sunday lineup is strong from beginning to end with the reunited Pavement headlining. I actually saw Pavement play a pretty lackluster show to a small crowd back in the day. But I’m looking forward to this show. There’s so much hype around the reunion that these guys are up against pretty high expectations.

I’ll be checking out one half of Outkast, Big Boi, playing just before Pavement. I’m also eager to see the vey mellow Beach House, which made one of the best albums of the year. The band plays an early 3:20 p.m. set. Another afternoon set worth seeing: Surfer Blood at 4:45 p.m.

Other most recommended sets: Best Coast, Girls, Here We Go Magic and Neon Indian. But looking through the lineup Sunday, there really isn’t a stinker (with the exception of Sleigh Bells, which plays the small stage at 7:40 p.m.).

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Trigger Cut (live) – Pavement

Shutterbug – Big Boi

Zebra (UK Radio edit) – Beach House

Swim – Surfer Blood

When I’m With You – Best Coast

Lust For Life – Girls

Fangela – Here We Go Magic

Sleep Paralysist – Neon Indian