TRACKS OF THE WEEK – 5/9/19 Edition
It’s an all-Cali edition of Tracks of the Week this time out, starting with LA: “All The Time” from French Vanilla gets us going with a post-punk anthem. Their new LP How Am I Not Myself, comes out 6/7 on Danger Collective, with a release party that night at Zebulon, LA, before heading out on tour. Midwest and East Coast dates are followed by their return in July with dates at Bootleg Theater, LA 7/27 and Cafe Du Nord, SF 7/28. Also, if you’re in LA, make plans for Danger Collective’s 5th Anniversary show, 6/28 at the Bootleg Theater. LA-based Patience is the brainchild of Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls, and the shift to idiosyncratic bangers is a delightful surprise. “The Girls Are Chewing Gum” is from Dizzy Spells, released last week on Night School Records.
As noted, we are currently in the midst of a golden generation of artists in LA, but lest we forget, the last similar era was kickstarted by the mighty Mika Miko, and the Clavin Sisters are still around, taking the form of Bleached. They’re back with a brand new LP, Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?, due 7/12 on Dead Oceans. “Hard To Kill” strips away the fuzz to better reflect their melodic savvy. LP release show is 7/11 at the Moroccan Lounge in LA, warming up for both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August in the UK, with a full US tour to follow.
Finishing off with a double-shot from the Bay Area, “Goo” is the new single from Culture Abuse, out now on Epitaph, and serves as their first release since last year’s full-length Bay Dream. Catch them on tour this summer with Tony Molina, in SF at the Chapel on 6/6, and in LA 6/7 at the Teragram Ballroom. Closing out the proceedings, it’s a new track from SF’s own Y Axes. “Get Away” is another taste of their forthcoming LP No Waves. Don’t miss out on their LP release party, 6/6 at the Rickshaw Stop, SF.