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Warpaint debut video for "Elephants," begin tour with Natural HIstory Museum set


Warpaint | "Elephants" [via FADER]
Dir. by Bruce Muller

Strangely enough, this video plays more like a dim preview inside the souls of one of our favorite ambient outfits. It's all sorts of intriguing, from the director's manipulation of time to the group's apparent desire to stay hidden behind their freshened up exteriors. Mission accomplished in the enigmatic department, Warpaint. Mission accomplished.

Warpaint play The Natural History Museum on Feb. 5 with Yesayer.

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Local Natives top off 2009 with holiday surprises and au revoirs to Europe


Courtney Coles

Local Natives played a sorta-farewell set to a sold out crowd at the Echo just before Christmas Day, sharing their bill with Chief and Voxhaul Broadcast as openers. It would be Local Natives' final home show until they return to Europe in March. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor (nickname of their home/rehearsal spot/party dungeon) was released November 2 in the UK (Infectious Records) and won't be available in these states until February 16 (Frenchkiss Records). The band had a few copies available for purchase along with a Christmas gift to the sold out crowd: a poster bill specially made for this night's event. Show closer "Sun Hands" ended in true Local Natives fashion: by inviting the bands they've toured with on stage including Johnny Wilson (The Union Line) and Stewart Cole (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). -Courtney Coles

Click here for more photos of Local Natives' holiday show.

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January 2010
Globes on Remote
"The Woo Hoo Hoo
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The blissful electropop of Globes On Remote is meant to be absorbed while cruising the SoCal coast in a convertible with the top down, or sweating out your anxieties in a heated dance-off. The Woo Hoo Hoo mixes the guilty pleasures of '80s synth-pop and early '90s dance music with Beatles-esque harmonies and infectious vocals alternately reminiscent of Guster (“Space Camp”), Prince (“West Coast Kids”), and Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips (“Dance Of The Gravitrons”). That’s not to say that the band’s music is entirely derivative—the warming familiarity of the bouncing synths, crunchy guitars, and sunny lines like “Let’s all go ride bicycles” are countered by textured electronic layers and nuances that make for plenty of heady headphone discoveries on repeated listens. The Woo Hoo Hoo is a perfectly packaged pop debut album that showcases a new band with nowhere to go but up. -Hannis Brown





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Joe Firstman avoids bugging neighbors in new LP process, tours through February

Up until early 2009, singer/songwriter Joe Firstman played bandleader for NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly before the program's restructuring. Since then, the soulful Firstman has been putting together El Porto, his latest LP and fifth overall release documenting life between the El Porto coast and Venice Beach. Luckily, his neighbors never called the cops: "For three months, my neighbors were tortured with the slow, often painful incarnations of the music blasting out of the windows of my house/studio," Firstman said. "And they never complained, even when we recorded a full horn section in my living room." When it's worth hearing, it'd be a crime to call the cops.

Joe Firstman plays the Hotel Cafe on Jan. 21 | 21+ -- El Porto releases Jan. 26

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