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
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Countdown to FYF Fest! Pt. 2
Rock out with part two of this week’s daily FYF-themed playlists, which we’ve slam packed full of Ty Segall, Albert Hammond Jr., Real Estate, and Angel Olsen.
Monday, August 18, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Countdown to FYF Fest! Pt. 1
It’s finally almost here—L.A.’s tenth annual Fuck Yeah Fest happens this weekend! In an attempt hold ourselves over until the actual festivities begin, we’ll be releasing a daily FYF-themed playlist featuring songs by all of the bands on the lineup. So listen up and get prepare your earholes for the dulcet tones of Phoenix, Mac Demarco, The Strokes, Grimes, Kelela, Blood Orange, and dozens of other amazing artists. Fuck yeah, indeed.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: The Coathangers
You know those weirdos who pack up their hemp pants and tie-dye everything into a multi-colored Guatemalan backpack and leave their whole lives to follow Phish around the country? I never understood those people (partly because I left hemp accessories behind in the 6th grade, partly because I have a nagging attachment to responsibility, but mostly because man, does that band suck). That is, not until I first saw The Coathangers play, and decided that I would have no problem ditching out on reality to follow them around the globe (but like, not in a stalkery way, okay?). The Atlanta-based all-girl punk outfit has been touring and playing shows for just shy of a decade, never slowing or losing any of the hell-raising energy that make each and every single one of their performances one to remember.