Chris’s Top Songs Of Twenty-Twelve

The Barbaras – these dudes created some of my favorite songs released in 2012

As with every year, I’m listing off my favorite songs (in alphabetical order) and keeping to a three song maximum per band, because there’s just way too many to list all of them! And we’re off.

A:

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro– “Here I Am”
Atlantic Thrills– “Foreign Lands” “Acid Rain” “Give It Back”

B:

The Barbaras– “Breathing Underwater” “How Many Times” “Only One”
Bent Shapes– “Bites and Scratches” “Leave It Till You Need It”
Best Coast– “The Only Place”

C:

Cumstain– “Ghost Love” “Rollin Wrong” “Sit and Twist”

D:

Dangeresque– “Walking Dead”
Diamond Rugs– “Blue Mountains”
Dirty Virgins– “Cheap Talk”

E:

The Electric Street Queens– “Beefcake Baby” “She’s Gotta Bruise” “Doncha Wanna Work At the Brewary”

F:

Fagettes– “If I See Him Again” “On Drugs”
Fat Creeps– “700 Parts” “Nancy Drew” “Secrets”

G:

Gangbang Gordon– “Life At the ABC” “QMI Fatties”
Ghetto Cross– “Still”
Gravys Drop– “Made to Love” “Runaway” “Happy Birthday”

H:

Hunx
– “Private Room” “Always Forever” “I’m Not The One You’re Looking For”

J:

Jacques Le Coque– “Grow Up”

K:

King Khan & The Shrines– “Bite My Tongue”

M:

Maine Coons– “Ghetto Queen” “Tired and Inspired” “Uniform Choice”
The Migs– “You and Me” “Fuzzy Son” “Take Take Take”

N:

Natural Child– “Faces of Death”
The New Highway Hymnal– “Hey Kid (Gotta Run)” “More” “Blackend Hands”
Nobunny– “Assholes” “At the Mall”

O:

The Orwells– “Halloween All Year” “Mallrats (La La La)”

P

Peach Kelli Pop– “Panchito Blues II” “Dreamphone”

S:

Saba Lou– “Until The End”
Shannon and the Clams– “Angel Baby”
SKIMASK– “Get U Back” “Fine China”
Slimers– “Spaghetti Ann”
Squall– “Repulsor” “No Life Here”

T:

Ty Segall– “Thank God For Sinners” “You’re The Doctor”
Ty Segall Band– “Wave Goodbye”

Y:

Yankee Power– “Stray” “Adopted Love Doll” “Real Folk”

WERS & Allston Pudding Review Best Coast @ Royale (7/18/12)


WERS
Unfortunately we missed the big Best Coast/Those Darlins Royale show last Wednesday :( but I’m glad some other folks did. Check out some reviews below of their Boston show.

http://wers.org/2012/07/19/best-coast-at-the-royale/ Article by Mariel Wade

 &
http://allstonpudding.com/review/bestcoast.php Article by Neil Patch

And why not give ya some nice live vids. Here’s “Boyfriend”


 

Random Badass Playlist For Y’all to Enjoy…

1) Buddy Holly– “Dearest” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebsYCJinxKU

2) The Dixie Cups– “Chapel of Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTq7w8P6_2I

3) Bent Shapes (formerly Girlfriends)- “I Was Here But I Disappear” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4UVdsc_ps

4) Best Coast– “Sun Was High (So Was I)”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xdansEXFjg

5) Best Coast– “The Only Place” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoPoRuNTo9U

6) Wavves– “Wavves” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyxwkUUrpTI

7) Antsy Pants & Kimya Dawson– “Tree Hugger” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R378SwPH-b0

8) The New Highway Hymnal– “Hey Kid (Gotta Run)” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Yxb54zxSw

9) Lotus Plaza– “Rain Down” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO0V3fD8z7c

10) Joey Ramone– “What A Wonderful World” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFbkVOBAorE

11) Elvis Presley– “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqv5b0UjR4g

12) Smith Westerns– “Imagine Part III” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLAlSRf-fDk

13) Righteous Brothers– “Unchained Melody” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiiyq2xrSI0

14) Everly Brothers– “Made to Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUdYW4ZYjUo

15) Rolling Stones– “Monkey Man” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNY8eYmzdH4

16) The Animals– “We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpBSvN1a50

17) The Duprees– “You Belong To Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCeNCvwEFU8

18) Natural Child- “Ray Thompson’s Blues” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEjxdnC1vQ4

19) Go- Go’s– “Vacation” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxC8KatxJxo

20) GG Allin– “I Wanna Kill You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeTNfoSu9nI

21) GG Allin– “Fuck Authority” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6FNvENuGuk

 

Review: Best Coast – “The Only Place” (2012)


Band:
Best Coast
Release: 5/2012
Label: Mexican Summer

Comments: Best Coast has been on the KLYAM radar for a couple of years now. Time flies, but it doesn’t seem like 2010 was all that long ago. That Art Fag 7″ was packed to its three song core in terms of really distorted sounding pop. Good stuff. Crazy For You was pretty impressive; it neatly worked around its cliche lyrics and repetitive arrangements. So even though a lot of it sounded the same, a lot managed to sound different. With the The Only Place, things start off on a weird note. The same titled debut single is quite catchy, although it is a bit more of a showcase of the new producer. It never manages to be boring. “Why I Cry” isn’t too far off from the previous track musically with its relatively ‘big’ chorus and right-back-at-ya amount of hooks. “Last Year” tells us what the Vivian Girls did four years prior: “I believe in nothing”. On production display here is what producer Jon Brion might have had in mind for Bobb Bruno, which is to offer assaults of lead guitar that capture the listeners attention. “My Life” has its own fair share of nooks and crannies, like a violin (or something of that nature) and an acoustic guitar.  “No One Like You” has Bethany’s fine voice on display, that damn acoustic guitar, and the words “crazy” and “girl”. It sounds like an oldie, but goodie — country/early rock and roll style. The song that really caught my attention though is the next one, “How They Want Me To Be”. Mainly because of the lyrics. Who is ‘they’? And I thought this about the media or her mom up until ‘you’ came in. I should’ve known! Anyway, this slow ballad is catchy you have to admit. It’s not something you’d want to listen to over and over, but I mean there’s a shit load of extra vocals, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, and guitars that you just don’t usually get from your usual Best Coast song. “Better Girl” has Bethany recalling the “no fun”  line that was popularized by her dude Wavves. The song is forgettable, but serves as a bridge to the next, “Do You Still Love,” which uses the bass as a propelling force. The ending is cool and must have felt pretty good to create in the studio. “Dreaming My Life Away” is a change of pace on this record (it was re-recorded after initially being released a couple of years ago). Some have noted its jazz — the organ and drumming can be thanked. Not my cup of tea as you might expect, but in context it is interesting. And I guess that’s kind of the thing here. In context, everything seems interesting. It is a lot like Crazy For You, but you’d be bold to say this could exist without Bethany starting to ‘settle down’ or having Brion kicking around. “Let’s Go Home” brings us back to “The Only Place” in many ways, or – if you are a cynic – to that ridiculously annoying Magnetic Zeros song “Home”. To end the album is “Up All Night,” which boils down to a new age 8th grade final dance slow song. No wonder to choose a prominent sounding organ and some “ooohhhs”. To call this a wrap, here’s what I think happened on this LP: Best Coast still wanted to sound like Best Coast, but with more tightness, a little less originality, and bunch more appeal. I don’t really see this as a win or a loss for the band or its fans. From what I’ve read so far, it might be all too easy to shit on or all too easy to call an improvement over Crazy For You. I can’t picture a new wave of young adult girls latching on to this as some kind of ‘indie’ answer to Taylor Swift or acoustic Katy Perry. Not out of the question, though.

Show Alert: Best Coast/Those Darlins @ Royale + New BC LP!

KLYAM faves join forces for a show Wednesday July 18th at the Royale! Best Coast headlines, Those Darlins open.

ALSO Best Coast is releasing a new album on Mexican Summer entitled The Only Place. Here is the track list followed by a set of Spring and Summer tour dates:

01 The Only Place
02 Why I Cry
03 Last Year
04 My Life
05 No One Like You
06 How They Want Me to Be
07 Better Girl
08 Do You Love Me Like You Used To
09 Dreaming My Life Away
10 Let’s Go Home
11 Up All Night

03-10 Denton, TX – 35 Denton Music Fest
03-12 San Antonio, TX – The Big Spill at the Korova
03-15 Austin, TX – Parking Lot at 9th and Trinity – Google Music SXSW Showcase
03-15 Austin, TX – Urban Outfitters Back Lot Performances
03-16 Austin, TX – Stubbs – Spin SXSW Showcase
03-17 The Hype Hotel – Hype Machine SXSW Showcase
05-18 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern *
05-19 Oakland, CA – Fox *
05-21 Portland, OR – Aladdin *
05-22 Seattle, WA – Neptune *
05-23 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore *
05-25 Aspen, CO – Belly Up *
05-26 Boulder, CO – Fox Theater *
05-27 Lawrence, KS – Granada *
05-29 Omaha, NE – Slowdown *
05-30 St. Louis, MO – Firebird *
06-01 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
06-02 Houston, TX @ Free Press Fest *
06-03 Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas *
06-16 Glasgow, Scotland – Garage
06-17 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
06-18 Birmingham, England – Academy
06-20 London, England – SBE
06-21 Brighton, England – Coalition
06-22 Isle of Wight, England – Isle of Wight Festival
06-24 Atlantic City, NJ – Metallica’s Orion Festival ^
07-09 Orlando, FL – The Social ^
07-10 Miami, FL – Grand Central ^
07-12 Atlanta, GA – Variety ^
07-13 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle ^
07-14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club ^
07-16 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ^
07-17 New York, NY – Terminal 5 ^
07-18 Boston, MA – Royale ^
07-20 Montreal, Quebec – Le National ^
07-21 Toronto, Ontario – Pheonix ^
07-23 Columbus, OH – Newport Theater ^
07-24 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ^
07-25 Madison, WI – Majestic ^
07-27 Chicago, IL – Vic ^

* with JEFF the Brotherhood
^ with Those Darlins

Read More at http://www.pitchfork.com/news/45653-best-coast-announce-new-album/