Monthly Archives: February 2012

february 2012 mix

Positive Destruction // february 2012 mix

01 The Mallard : vines 00:00
02 Terry Malts : nauseous 03:14
03 White Fence : swagger vets and double moon 06:04
04 Young Prisms : floating in blue 08:27
05 Cool Ghouls : witch’s game 12:09
06 Synthetic ID : throwaway 17:18
07 Magic Bullets : what took you so long 20:04
08 Nodzzz : true to life 23:19


mp3: Colleen Green // “Goldmine”

New tropical jam from Oakland/LA’s Colleen Green,  from an upcoming LP on Art Fag entitled Milo Goes to Compton. Pre-order that here. [via]

Colleen Green // “Goldmine”

What’s going on this week? (Valentine’s Day)

T.I.T.S, Uzi Rash @ Hemlock Tavern, 9pm [free vday show]

The Spyrals, Moonbell, Permanent Collection @
 The Knockout, 9pm

Rvivr, True Mutants @
Thrillhouse Records, 7pm [free]

Bart Davenport, Sam Flax, Extra Classic @
Cafe Du Nord, 9pm [7″ release show]
Terry Malts, Airfix Kits, Cocktails @
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm [record release show]
Lotus Moons, Cool Ghouls, Plant Tribe, Down Dirty Shake @ 
Stork Club, 9pm

Sydney Ducks, Neon Piss, Synthetic ID @
Benders, 9pm [7″ release show]
The Mallard, Asabov Sobelo @
Dreamers and Make Believers (14th x Guerrero), 9pm [record release]

Donovan Quinn @
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm [record release show]

Anything else?

video: Terry Malts // “Nauseous” (Yours Truly)

[cool vid by the dudes at]

album pick: Royal Baths – Better Luck Next Life

by Sky Madden

With a stinging vengeance comes Better Luck Next Life from the Kanine imprint (great releases this past year from Young Prisms, Surfer Blood and Dream Diary). On their sophomore effort the Royal Bath boys Jigmae Baer and Jeremy Cox evince more of their gloomy catharsis. Always dependable for not being blissed out, but rather strung out, blacked out and freaked out, the new cuts here delve further into the rabbit hole. On BLNL they do what it is they know best by taking refuge in the bonfire and finding safety in harms way. And in taking comfort with discomfort, the Baths come on strong, straight out the gates with opener and first single off the album “Darling Divine.” Wrapped in bent notes and vocal snarls, “Darling Divine” is Next Life’s prologue, a kiss off for what’s to come of the Royal Baths newest chapters on damaged love and depravity.

The Royal Baths mythology comes to life on Better Luck Next Life with the vocal play between the two, which is eerie as the they often mimic each others’ intonation and timbre. The constantly hard rolling rhythm section makes a cold bed for Baer and Cox’s prophetical vocals, sometimes softly spoken or dismissively rattled off with sinister confidence. On songs “Faster, Harder,” “Nightmare Voodoo” and “Map of Heaven” their kaleidoscope reflects dystopic scenes, casting images of high heels walking in the opposite direction, bedroom abuse and blackened intimacy, that complicate the idea of pleasure. The lyrical bravado and restless instrumentation on “Be Afraid of Me”  calls to mind the experience of involuntary twitching while falling asleep or just starting to regain consciousness. This is to say that for all the destabilization of guitar and vocal battles on BLNL  there are areas of meditation, moments of transportation. The angular pierce of Cox’s bizarre scale crawls are back too. He’ll solo in and out of verses, playing at speeds conjuring a freak vibrato that races against Baer’s howling, effecting the sound frequency of bow to violin. There is a sweaty, closed fist, “Fuck yes,” instance of this on side A track “Burned” where the two drown each other out in sound.

The recording is the band’s cleanest, warmest yet featuring a new a version of “Black Sheep.” Better Luck Next Life is a grinning nightmare for fans of shamble pop or anyone who’s survived a two-faced girlfriend. If Better Luck Next Life is on in a room near by and you’re sitting down you’ll stand up. If you’re in a coma, you will be shaken out of it.

“Do you think I don’t know what’s wrong? It is me.”

Royal Baths // “Darling Divine”

mp3: White Fence // “Swagger Vets and Double Moon”

Our morning has been completely consumed by a totally mesmerizing track from White Fence, an immersive, psychedelic jam from the forthcoming Family Perfume double LP, to be released by our buds over at Woodsist. Listen below via FADER, then pick up tix for the Ty Segall + Mikal Cronin + White Fence show in a few weeks at Great American Music Hall.

White Fence // “Swagger Vets and Double Moon”

What’s going on this week? (we’re throwing a party)

[more photos of The Mantles, by Robert Khoury]

Plastic Villains, Cool Ghouls |
Bottom of the Hill, 6pm [free show/ noise pop party]
Wild Moth, Heist, Street Justice | The Knockout, 8:30pm
Wet Illustrated, Magic Leaves, Noah Gundersen |
Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 8pm [free]


Lana Del Ray |
Amoeba, 6pm [free]
Gardens & Villas, Young the Giant |
Rickshaw Stop, 9pm [popscene]
Flails, Dimples, Mo Odds, Pink Films | Thee Parkside, 9pm
The Younger Lovers, Los Headaches, Guitar Magazine | Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Bare Wires, Toys that Kill, The Pharmacy |
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]

Brother Jt, Nothing People, Swiftumz |
Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm
Digital Leather, Blasted Canyons, Glitz |
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]
The Mantles, Pamela, Rat Columns |
Engine Works (17th & Capp), 9pm [positive destruction showcase]

Indian Jewelry, Jealousy |
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Anything else?