My friend Wes asked me what I thought of the new Best Coast. I had managed to avoid listening to it up until this point, as I was intrinsically averse to the hype surrounding it. But, upon questioning, I caved (admittedly, a lot sooner than I might have otherwise).
I guess I’ll start off with a little bit about my past, er, “relationship” with Best Coast. Initially, I loathed their existence. The romanticized burn out, California subculture still, to this day, really puts me off. I guess that’s just the Midwesterner in me coming out, for I find that sort of entitlement extremely offensive. Despite this, I begrudgingly agreed to shoot Best Coast at Pitchfork in 2010. Surrounded by hoards of screaming girls in crop tops, I incessantly rolled my eyes throughout Best Coast’s set.
That is, until about the fourth or fifth song. Something about the longing, the rejection, the lust totally struck a chord with me as I glanced back at by would-be, long-distance boyfriend.Every time you leave this house, everything falls apart.
And so I fell in love with the music of the glorious Pocahaunted. I came home from Chicago and listened to the album on repeat for months and months on end.Crazy For You would go on to be a definitive album in a handful of other ill-advised romantic encounters. Occasionally, I would consider how my love life might progress with Best Coast’s next album — maybe I would get lucky and meet a nice guy and Bethany would write yet another album of heartsick, goofy love songs for me to brood to.
So, I didn’t listen to the new album right away. I was afraid of the potential let down. Once Wes tugged for my opinion at the album and I finally gave it a listen, I was initially disappointed. It was so clean, it was so polished. Beth’s voice often seems flawless. And while I applaud her growth in vocal range, I desperately miss her sincerity.
And I realized this is what I missed in myself. I miss the blind naivety; I’ve been left jaded by the sugary sweetness of empty romance. It would seem that Bethany and I have both come to this insatiable junction in our lives. The song that really speaks to my dilemma with the album as a whole is “Do You Love Me Like You Used To.”
I wake up to the morning sun When did my life stop being so fun Wish I could care about someone The way I used to, when will this be done
I'm always crying on the phone because I know that I’ll end up alone Lord, please forgive me for my sins; I didn’t mean it, I just wanted to win
So, again, I fall for the music of Best Coast. No matter how upsetting I may find it at first, it always ends up puts my nose to the grind. Whatever the critics say, their music always makes me see myself more clearly. And I think that’s what music is supposed to do.
Lizzy sent this song to me a bit ago. She’s usually pretty good at pinpointing song’s that would suit my fancy, and she hit the nail right on the head with this one. There’s just something abouteupherial female voices… I mean between this song, POLIÇA, and this year’s Class Actress release, it would seem that’s a lot of what I’ve been listening to. Anyways, enjoy this, and feel free is to send me more recommendations.
Enjoying Lissie’s lovely cover album this afternoon. I’ve been putting her “Bad Romance” cover on mixes for a minute now, and I’m just now getting around to listening to the whole collection. Here’s a new favorite; enjoy!
This charming band emailed me their album a few days ago, but I had already beaten them to the punch after seeing them featured on Decoder. They are called Quarterbacks and they refer to themselves as twee-punk, but that’s a tag that I would really resist to pin on them. While the band certainly has an endearing quality to their music, they thankfully never take it to a cutesy level.
Their album Loveseat actually reminded me a bit of Let It Happen era MxPx on first listen. Not so much in their sound but more in their approach to songwriting. The tracks are all short (under two minutes) pop punk bursts with insanely catchy hooks, quirky lyrics, and simple instrumentation. It’s an easily digestible album that rewards multiple listens. The music is pretty sugary so I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but if your looking for fun-loving pop music devoid of any pretense then this might be for you. Quarterbacks know exactly what they are gunning for and I’d say they hit pretty close.
Pay what you want for the album on their bandcamp or grab the tape from Miscreant Records.
In about two weeks, King Tuff’s second album will be released on Sub Pop, and it will be an excellent day. This dude’s all about the rock ‘n’ roll, and this single is the perfect way to start your Monday morning. Enjoy.
About to post the new issue of the Miscreant, featuring an exclusive interview with Pearl and the Beard! Be sure to check back shortly and you can download the issue for free. Kyle did an amazing job with the interview; it turned out to be a lot of fun (as was anticipated of course), and JM, Jeremy and Emily were totally good sports about it.