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1. Pinback presents The Rob and Zack Show - ascii E.P. (self release)
2. Deep Sleep Ops - C25 (Electric Fur Records)
3. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void (Sub Pop)
4. The New Pornographers - Together (Matador
5. The Californian - Sea of Love EP (self release - Gold State Music)
6. The Happy Hollows - Spells (Autumn Tone)
7. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me (Drag City)
8. Fol Chen - Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty)
9. Everest - On Approach (Vapor Records)
10. Admiral Radley - I Heart California (The Ship)
Still soaking in the Pinback record and the fresh versions of old favorite songs, but a couple of newcomers are making a mark. The new E.P. C25 by Deep Sleep Ops is mighty impressive and tough to resist . Hypnotic and entrancing psychedelic shoegaze could be added to my review over at Radio Free Silver Lake.
I decided I'd better pick up the new Joanna Newsom album, Have One On Me, before I go to her concert at The Orpheum on July 31. I couldn't fathom it at first, but kept going back to individual songs and as one grew on me after another, I realized what an accomplishment this is. It's more accessible than Ys and features some amazing singing as she continues to grow as a vocalist. The three disc set is a challenge but gets better each time I listen to it.
The Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void, just won't fade away, especially now that I've heard it live. I still get chills when certain songs begin, and The New Pornographers' Together burns into my brain as preparation for their two concerts.
Seeing The Happy Hollows absolutely slay a crowd at the Hammer Museum on July 8, brought Spells back onto the list to keep company with Admiral Radley's I Heart California, who also performed at the same "Also I Like To Rock".
Three more local bands, The Californians, Fol Chen and Everest round out the list.