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Electronic noisepop Meishi Smile announces tour dates with Chrome Sparks

Like a black hole, digital punk Garrett Yim distorts the boundaries of pop and noise; their binary opposition has always been a subject of interest to the California native. Raised in Anaheim Hills, Yim fashioned harsh sounds under the moniker Yuko Imada, taken previously by a late-'80s Japanese serial killer. Following Yuko Imada's cacophonic denouement Roppongi Nightlife, Yim reappeared in 2014 as Meishi Smile, and has pervaded the digital space with a musical aesthetic that mixes shibuya-kei and shoegaze.

While Meishi Smile's album debut LUST flickered pink noise with overcast picopop, 2015's fall follow-up ...Belong erodes saccharine gestures with a downpour of static. Ten provocative songs explore youth, death, dysphoria, and identity through the eyes and ears of a digital native.

Catch Meishi Smile supporting the Western tail of Chrome Sparks tour this week, and listen to "Belong". You can still win tickets to the sold-out Echo show; follow @MeishiSmile on Twitter for more details. - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Anthony Thompson

1/20 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

1/21 Seattle, WA @ Barboza

1/22 Los Angeles @ The Echo (Sold Out)

1/23 San Francisco @ Monarch


Banta releases new single "Someday", new album due out 2.12

It's been a over a year since modern soft-rockers Banta released their promising debut EP, an assured first statement that featured a strong reliance on tuneful arrangements. One of those tracks, "Someday", is getting a bit of a rework for the release of their debut full-length Dark Charms, which is due out on February 12th via eOne Music. The Echo Park residents have also provided us with some background into the titular track, which implies the acknowledgement of one's independence when making life's crucial decisions, whatever that may be. In Banta's current standing as a flourishing act, however, it sounds like their moment to break through is about to change from someday to now. 



James Supercave announces tour dates for Better Strange

Psychpop stalwarts James Supercave have announced that they were nearing completion on the highly anticipated debut LP Better Strange. The trio, led by Joaquin Pastor, has been drumming up the release since their last show at The Echo (which we covered, by the way) with film teasers. Now they've announced a tour with Austin's psych southern rock The Bright Light Social Hour. The tour starts three days from now in El Paso, Texas — Pastor and the gang will make their way through the Southwest and up to Seattle before the end of the month, see below for tour dates and locations. James Supercave's debut LP Better Strange is out February 12 — vinyl pre-orders now available through Origami Vinyl. - Ryan Mo

1.16 El Paso, TX @The Lowbrow Palace

1.17 Phoenix, AZ @Crescent Ballroom

1.20 San Diego, CA @Soda Bar

1.21 Los Angeles, CA @The Echo

1.23 San Francisco, CA @The Chapel

1.27 Eugene, OR @The WOW Hall

1.28 Portland, OR @Mississippi Studios

1.29 Seattle, WA @Tractor Tavern

LA punks West America release "Hello Dog Friendly" split with UK's Porridge Radio

Those who decry modern technology as something that keeps humans isolated and music overproduced will be swiftly hushed by "Hello Dog Friendly", a split EP by two bands who became friends over Soundcloud, despite being separated by a continent AND an ocean. West America, an LA duo that draws rowdy crowds in spite of singer/guitarist Hannah Shoenfield's tender lyrics, delivered with more fraught emotion than one would expect from a punk band. It's no wonder they hit it off with Porridge Radio - the band feels uncannily similar in spirit to West America. They're both noisy, with little care for polished takes; but their rawness counterpoints the poetics that lie beneath.

Both bands also have a penchant for eerie moments of experimentation - on West America's track "Gentrify the Moon", I mistook presidential candidate Ben Carson's voice, on a bizarre sample talking about stabbing someone, for David Liebe Hart's (the man who puts on creepy puppet shows outside the Hollywood Bowl after concerts). On Porridge Radio's end, standout song "Get Out of My House" feels gentle and ghostly, with distant moans floating over a sighing accordion.

The split is to be released digitally and on cassette January 13th, by Memorials of Distinction in the UK and Have To Do This in the US. Preorders are available now at the Memorials of Distinction Bandcamp. - Brittany Scheffler



Live Review: Media Jeweler at VLHS 1/10

"I wanna do Passport. I wanna do Passport."

The harmonics and bass loops of "Looking Glass Reprise" drowned out Sam Farzin's cries, and he relented. Christmas lights and butcher paper cutouts shuddered with each strum. The nondescript DIY space VLHS —cousin to recording house/makeshift venue The Palisades— has been a musical hub for Pomona and the greater Inland Empire for four years running. On Sunday night, over 40 warm bodies packed themselves inside the walls, resting on the half-pipe, offering bud and new friendships as the tremors of Media Jeweler rattled their skulls.

The atmosphere was loose, and it smelled like Red Forman's basement.

Earlier, Jack Connor of opening band hit me, Harold joked about his goatee before burning a hole in our stomachs faster than you can say Rafa's Tacos. DOCKS frontman Ranier Tinkelenberg broke a string, but still slayed the crowd with Jack's honeyblonde Tele. Winter Break (ex- Summer Vacation) let out the most luscious screams as Mark Chen and Aaron Kovac gazed into each other's eyes. And to top it off, Hillary Chillton spoiled us at the end of the night with a new song (as of now un-named), going overtime with closer "Sad Dad/Rad Dad".

Everyone knew the lyrics by heart. And everyone sang. Long live VLHS. 
- Ryan Mo


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