UNDER THE RADAR: SKI LODGE - "Just To Be Like You".
The Brooklyn based quartet released a new video for the single "Just To Be Like You", a song that flirts with the jangly guitar sound and lush melodies of the pop masters of the 80s - think The Smiths and The Housemartins.
In the official video, Vile presents his hometown of Philadelphia in a surreal post-apocalyptic vista. Dressed in white with matching accessories, the singer/guitarist wanders around in the fifth most populated city in United States. But in Vile's world or in the video director's (HARRYS) vision, Philadelphia is a ghost town in an alternate universe - a moving snapshot of memories in future tense.
The Sound were an English post-punk band, formed in 1979 and dissolved in 1988. They were fronted by Adrian Borland and evolved from his previous band, The Outsiders. While never commercially successful, The Sound have long been championed by critics.
The Sound - Winning From the Lions Mouth Adrian Borland Graham Bailey (AKA Graham Green) Max Mayers Michael Dudley
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: COMSAT ANGELS - "Independence Day". The Comsat Angels formed in 1978 in Sheffield, England, playing a harsh but melodic post-punk sound, featuring slashing guitars alongside icy keyboards. Throug most of their career they maintained a stable line-up of Steve Fellows (guitar and vocals), Kevin Bacon (bass guitar), Andy Peake (keyboards) and Mic Glaisher (drums).
Playing garage-accented pop that reveals more than a passing influence of indie rock of the 1980s and '90s, Mikal Cronin was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll.
UNDER THE RADAR: MYSTERY PILLS - "The Glass Traditions".
Raj Dawson was born on the high plains of eastern South Dakota, but he’s spent the majority of his life in hilly Rapid City, closer to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore than the flat plains. In 2010, he adopted the name Mystery Pills for his guitar-and-synth-driven basement pop, recording his first songs in a Rapid City bank vault.
LIVE SESSIONS: ALLAH-LAS - "Don't You Forget It" live @ KEXP.
Allah-Las formed in Los Angeles in 2008 around a mutual love for records, Los Angeles history, and the beach. They are all surfers and cover the city from the East Side (Mt. Washington) to way out West (Venice Beach) - and their sound reflects the geography of the city.
UNDER THE RADAR: GIRLS NAMES - "Hypnotic Regression".
Northern Ireland's Girls Names music video for their single, "Hypnotic Regression". The Belfast band who debuted with the lo-fi post punk piece, Dead To Me, has transformed themselves to a studio-neat, high concept quartet with the follow up, The New Life. Directed by Nick Thompson, the music video for the tenebrous track, "Hypnotic Regression", looks like a sophisticated fashion ad.