Once again, I bring you a short selection of newly released videos from Los Angeles bands, as well as videos for bands that will be gracing L.A. with their presence in the next week. These should be enough to distract you for the next 20 minutes or so. Have fun.
1) Vanaprasta will be playing twice in LA this week -- tonight at the Echo and then Saturday in Los Feliz at the Findig Gallery (4510 Melbourne Ave.) (the latter show is at 4 p.m.) Here's the video for their smash single "Healthy Geometry" where they get super grand and rock out Band of Horses-style:
And arguably even more amusing is their appearance on KTLA's morning show, where the host several times mis-pronounces their name and makes a Zach Galifianakis comparison in reference to lead singer Steven Wilkin's beard:
And if you haven't seen it yet, click here for their Kickstarter promotional video for the album and new record label (which also provides the option of making monetary donations to their musical endeavors).
3) Count Fleet is a new project from folk duo Elliot Glass, known primarily for his directorial work at www.little-videos.com (filming L.A. area bands (Avi Buffalo, The Deadly Syndrome, Ferraby Lionheart, etc.)) and Caitlin Dwyer, as well as a rotating list of guest stars from other L.A. bands (Belle Brigade, Henry Clay People, etc.). See RFSL profile of Count Fleet here. Count Fleet's EP doesn't come out until February 22, but in the meantime, here are two cool videos from the group:
"How It Ends"
4) At first listen, I thought Mother Mother sounded a bit too much like another Franz Ferdinand-ish, slightly overly polished early 2000's rock band, but then when the female harmonies came in evoking (I can't help it!) the New Pornographers, Mother Mother won me over on this track. They are playing at The Satellite on February 15.
5) Oakland's masked act Nobunny are playing at the 6th St. Warehouse on February 11th. The music seems to reference mostly garage rock, 60s girl bands, Ramones, and according to the press release, "a whole lot more". Actually, I think they sound a LOT like the Ramones. Here's a live performance in Groningen, Holland of "Not That Good". Worth checking out for the costumes alone:
6) I really do love the Decemberists, and for this reason I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'll be missing their show February 12 at the Wiltern. I'm even a bit more perplexed by this video they did recently for the normally brilliant children's show Yo Gabba Gabba (DJ Lance for next year's Superbowl Halftime Show???). I find it rubs my slightly the wrong way, but I'm going to post it anyway:
On the other hand, this cover (featuring Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on vocals) of Heart's "Crazy on You" encapsulates everything I want in a live performance and makes me further irritated that I'm not seeing them play:
7) Iceland's Sin Fang (side project of Seabear's Sindri Már Sigfsson) just released the following video for "Because the Blood" off his upcoming album Summer Echoes. THe video features Sindri skateboarding around Iceland in a beard. There's a surprise ending too. i
How do I usually end these columns again? Something about emailing me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com? Sounds about right.