Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Bleached
Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin have been making music together since they were pre-teens, banging out their first notes on their dad’s acoustic guitar in their childhood San Fernando Valley home. The two spent high school playing in bands together, most notably Mika Miko, the most interestingly named Dead Banana Ladies, and later played in a few bands apart before they came together to form Bleached. The Clavins took their mutual love of the ’60s era girl-group sound and The Ramones and Misfits-style punk rock and put out a string of beloved 7-inches and music videos before finally releasing their first full length Ride Your Heart (which is now available, along with a ton of other records, on our site) last April.
Since then Bleached has toured the world, playing alongside the likes of Haim, Best Coast, and Black Lips. To celebrate the release of their newest 7-inch For The Feel, which drops today, we talked vinyl, aesthetics, and the importance of a good album cover.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Nasty Gal’s FYF Podcast with Joyce Manor, Mac DeMarco, and More
FYF was hot and crowded and hectic and loud—thus the perfect place to test drive my new podcast! Armed with my extensive knowledge of podcasts (AKA listening to “WTF with Marc Maron”) and thorough band research (Google on my iPhone), I hit the pavement at the fest and grabbed some of my favorite acts including Joyce Manor, Mac DeMarco, Jessy Lanza, and Alanna Gruesome of Joanna Gruesome, to have a chat with them about how their music was going, their festival highlights, and the situation in the Middle East (just kidding). Miss Steaktooth joined me for a few of the interviews, and together I’m pretty sure we managed to make every single interviewee uncomfortable. Yay!
Listen below to enjoy my prepubescent boy voice and charming nervous laugh. – Yasi Salek
Friday, August 22, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Countdown to FYF! Pt. 5
For our fifth and final installation of our FYF-themed playlist, we bring you Kelela, Kindness, Joanna Gruesome, and Jessy Lanza. Listen up and get your game face on—the fest starts tomorrow!
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Countdown to FYF Fest! Pt. 4
Part four of our FYF countdown playlist—chock full of Earl Sweatshirt, Caribou, and Jaime XX—is sure to put a very goofy, very Mac Demarco-esque grin on your face.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Catching Up With Haim Pre-FYF and Post-”My Song 5″
Remember when The Spice Girls first spiced up our lives with their British flag shift dresses and sky-high platforms, and you and your entire group of BFFAEAE each had to self-describe as a Sporty, Posh, Ginger, Scary, or Baby? (Fun fact: I was Sporty). Well, with Haim, the L.A. born-and-bred sister shredders made up of big sis Este, middle sis Danielle, and lil’ sis Alana, it’s similar, except there are less of them, and you’d be stoked-as-hell to be any one of the members (Admit it: nobody actually wanted to identify as Scary in the former situation).
Just a few hours after the drop of their new video for “My Song 5″ off of their debut album Days Are Gone, I steal a quick phone call with keyboardist Alana (who, at the tender age of 22, is known as “Baby Haim”) and we chat about the quirky video concept, which features cameos by the likes of A$AP Ferg (who raps on the original track and is apparently “literally the nicest dude ever”), Grimes, SNL‘s Vanessa Bayer, and Ke$ha. – Jane Helpern