Thursday, November 20, 2014

Samples from both hemispheres

Several years ago, I'd mourned the assumed end of Skywave and wondered what had become of them, only to discover that the end of Skywave meant the start of A Place to Bury Strangers. Already, 2015 will mark the fourth album by A Place to Bury Strangers, Transfixiation, due Feb. 16 on Dead Oceans. Here's the lead single from the album, further proof that the band can essentially do no wrong. (Also! They'll be at the Echo in Los Angeles on Mar. 15.)

Kim Deal is predictably fabulous at 53 and has an EP coming out! The video for "Biker Gone" boasts a rather original plot and is the only video to come to mind that features a buffet.

Thee Gold Blooms, while not original in concept, are part of that fabulous rock movement in Australia mentioned on previous occasions, and would fit beautifully on the roster of Orange County's Burger Records, what with their breezy, lo-fi surf-rock sway and grainy vocals. They hail from Perth, and "Katie-Sue" will be released Dec. 5 on Pavement Records, an LP to follow in January 2015.

And, finally -- remember the Eversons? That wickedly funny band out of Wellington, New Zealand whose every song seems to be about their frontman pitted against the rest of the group? Everson Mark Turner has got a new band, The Emilys, and though this isn't necessarily the strongest first release possible, speaking musically, it's a collaborative project among visual artists and looks to be promising in the video arena.

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