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Nixon Music Trips to Burger-a-go-go!
We kicked off August with the rock spouting, tape spitting Burger Records for their female fronted fest, Burger-a-go-go. After packing up the camera and a handful of new Nixon faves we raced towards The Observatory in Santa Ana where some of the coolest ladies in music teamed up for an all day party.
There’s far too much music out there to try and keep track of it all. Trust us, we’ve tried. Thankfully, SoundCloud is that great leveler- where winners and losers, the triumphant and the struggling, the diamonds in the rough and the shining stars are born in the blink of an eye. It’s makes that age old hunt for new jams that much simpler.
Read the full post to learn more about our favorite bands featured in this playlist on nixon.com/happenings
Hidden behind long brown hair and mischievous smiles, there’s something charmingly messy about Madrid’s Deers. The four-piece, led by Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials, can easily be imagined wandering through winding Spanish streets, smoking cigarettes, and laughing at the weird faces they make when the sun’s in their eyes. Creating music for playful jokesters, the two sing along to guitars that sound as if they’re arm wrestling while each tosses back beer. It’s here that the heart of Deer’s lives- collaboration between friends.
Known for their two captivating lo-fi garage tracks “Bamboo” and “Trippy Gum,” we’re just as curious about this Spanish band as the rest of them. Recently they caught up with us to talk about the pains of recording on cell phones, what they’re listening to, what their musical friends are making, and how they’d love to play in a jail.
What are some bands you’re listening to right now?
Ty Segall, Black Lips, Mac Demarco, M.I.A, Shannon and the Clams, Kendrick Lamar.
What was the inspiration behind your sound?
The sound was caused by the rehearsal place- it was definitely not a recording studio, [we had] one microphone, one computer, etc. The improvisation i.e. half of the solo and base of “Trippy Gum,” and the drums, were done by our great friend, and producer, Diego Garcia from The Parrots. He’s a genius.
“Bamboo” feels raw and uncut; especially in the way you deliver your vocals. Can you talk a little about that process of recording? What was the writing process like?
We recorded “Bamboo” just the two of us, in an afternoon in our new rehearsal place. We knew the lyrics and the guitars, but we wanted the sound to be more “complete” so Carlotta played the drums and Ana the bass! We wrote most of the lyrics that same afternoon. Sometimes we take longer, but this time we were lucky!
What’s your favorite place in Madrid to play?
Probably the Wurlitzer- it was the place where we lost our virginity as a four piece and many of the bands we like went there to play, too!
Who did you listen to when you were sixteen?
You seriously don’t want to know that! We listened to all kinds of music: soul, rock, rap, and funk, Britney Spears…
An album usually involves friends- do any help you on the road while touring?
We have the best friends we could ask for! On every trip we’ve had some good friends with us-from Guadalajara to London and Berlin. It means a lot to us, plus more friends = more fun!
Any bands your friends are in that you can’t get enough of?
Yes! We are huge fans of The Parrots. One of our most influential bands ever. The drummer, Dani, was one of our first fans (even when we made only covers!) and filmed us at our second duo-concert. The bass player, Alex, gave Carlotta the DanElectro for her birthday, and was present at half of the rehearsals. He also helped us with tons of decisions. And Diego, the guitarist and singer, recorded and mixed the two little songs that made you ask for this interview.
Spoon return with soul leaning summer jam “Do You”
Britt Daniel’s sun soaked doo-doo’s break Spoon’s four year silence in classic form. Airy guitars and celestial keys bounce from hook to hook as Britt asks “Do you want to get understood? Do you? Do you?”
Now someone get popsicles, someone do something about this heat.
Tame Impala unearth “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” demo!
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker was “going through some old shit” when he stumbled across this early take on Backwards. The sparse arrangement comes straight from the bedroom with authentic clicks from piano keys and fragile, suppressed vocals. Check it out above, then give a spin to the original below!
After the drab of Manchester put a damper on their amps, the boys of (the now defunct) WU LYF set up camp in New Pork City and slapped a fresh name on their breezy sound. Tucked away in their world of Disco, House, and Balearic, Los Porcos have been trickling out some of the smoothest tunes to cross the Atlantic in years. As summer kicks off we figured they’d be the perfect pigs to make us a playlist of really smooth music. So break out your boat, lather up in sunscreen, and set sail to Los Porcos’ Yacht Rock playlist.
We met up with the boys of Eagulls during their tour stop in LA, a far reach from their Leeds home turf. While drummer Henry Ruddell got a fresh do’ from a local barber, we busted out our cameras, cracked a few beers, and sat around with the lads as they told us about life on the road.
Last time we checked in with Eagulls (way back in October 2013) was before the release of your raw and powerful self-titled debut, what’s changed for the band since then?
We’ve been very busy since with touring and showing people our music, its taken us to a lot of places we’ve never stepped foot before and allowed us to meet a lot of different people which is nice, the shows too have are getting busier and busier, so we’re happy with the reaction to the album. Other than that we’re just doing the same thing we’ve always done.
How was your experience playing Letterman?
It was fairly surreal, but a good experience as a whole. It’s a different sort of adrenaline to playing an actual live gig.
What are the essential’s on your tour packing list?
We’ve come to realise that packing light is key, as for essentials, socks, pants, toothpaste, music, books and water. Very ‘rock n roll’.
What’s the most important one thing/person/tool/instrument you have with you on this tour? (possible to include photo?)
I would say any one of the above, they’re all vital!
This one is for Goldy & Liam: You clearly know what you’re doing when it comes to making your guitars sound possessed (sorry), what are your favorite pedal(s) for the Eagulls sound?
Over the years we’ve built up a bit of a collection between us, plenty of chorus and reverb are a staple but we’re always experimenting, trying to make new interesting sounds to build a sonic landscape in our songs. The last track on the album started from the harsh siren noise and Opaque really came to life with the more harmonic feedback throughout it. It all helps to create an intensity and atmosphere in the songs so you hear and feel them.
We have a pretty obvious obsesseion with Parquet Courts and their diverse ’60s-influenced post-punkish sound makes us wonder what the dudes listened to growing up. The Texans-turned-Brooklynites picked up albums from other Texans like Lightning Hopkins and Butthole Surfers. They also had some pretty surprising choices from artists like REM, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Beegees, and Karlheinz. Check out their other pics above.
Listen to a stream of Parquet Courts’ own Sunbathing Animalhere.
"It ain’t retro, it’s total f**king recall," reads a quote on the Zig Zag’s Facebook. The Los Angeles punk rock band does make us to engage in cult status bad habit classics like quit our day jobs, drunk binge on pizza, body surf, and lose some teeth. Watch their vid for “So Stoned” above and you too will be craving that slacker life.