Since forming in 2012, L.A. band Cherry Glazerr has attracted international attention thanks to their teen spirited lyrics and inimitable yet slightly puzzling genre (it's dream pop AND punk rock). This month, the trio (singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy, drummer Hannah Uribe, and bassist Sean Redman) head to Austin to play their first SXSW. We sat down with the band at Creevy's parents' house in Silverlake to talk about their creative process, balancing homework with sold-out shows, and their hard-to-pinpoint sound. Read the full feature here.
Here are five of our favorite tracks for this week, bringing us from Monday all the way to Friday! If these don't get you dancing, then check your pulse because you might be dead. —Corbin
Phoenix - SOS In Bel Air (Ariel Pink's Krystal Bamboo Remix)
Afterfest is almost upon us once again, and for the very first time we're throwing the party in Austin! We're excited to announce that we'll have an exclusive performance from Autre Ne Veut, as well as an exclusive DJ set from Matthew Dear. As always, Making Time's resident DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice with be DJing throughout the night. Everything will be going down Saturday, March 15th, from 10PM-4AM at Scholz Saengerrunde Hall (1607 San Jacinto Blvd). Admittance is free with RSVP, but make sure to arrive early to guarantee entrance.
In order to amp you up for the big event, Dave P. & Sammy Slice have also put together a DJ mix featuring some of the very futuristic sounds that you just might be hearing on the big day. Check out the exclusive mix here. See you in Austin!
Today feels like the perfect Monday to reference this soundbite from SNL, because "Mondays! Boy, I hate Mondays! They make me-eee so steamed" is exactly what I am feeling on this snow-filled nightmare of a day. But since that clip is only 20 seconds long, here are five other real tunes to keep you from thinking about the fact that it is March and winter is the worst. —Corbin
Rodrigo Amarante - Hourglass
If you only listen to one song this morning, make sure you make it "The Invisible Woman" by Woody and Pip. I'm seriously obsessed with this song. It made my Monday so much better, and when it picks up at the end, it will have you seriously dancing in your seat. —Corbin
Black Atlass - Burning Man
Friday again, y'all! And a foggy, sort of warm one at that. How exciting. It almost feels like the rest of our lives won't be spent in the soulless crush of winter. A true miracle. Here are some of my favorite internet tidbits from the past week to keep everyone feelin' as posi as the weather. —Katie
Boy, have we got some jams for you this morning! You're going to have a bit of trouble sitting still at your desk, so just let it happen: Bop your head, tap your feet and air guitar the first half-hour of the day away! —Corbin
Todd Osborn - 5thep
Happy Valentine's day, y'all. Is everyone having a good one so far? For me, the most exciting part of today is the fact that all the baked goods in the cafeteria are HEART-SHAPED and PINK, and I am going to get suuuuch a good Instagram picture of them. Other than that, I'm excited to eat romantic sandwiches later. My real Valentine's Day dream is a convertible filled with diamonds and a boy band, but for some reason, I don't think that's going to happen today. (SOB.) If your Valentine's Day plans are also lacking, here are some of my favorite V-Day treats from the past week(-ish) to keep your spirits up. —Katie
Our Music Monday post is totally special this week, because we've got an exclusive track to premiere from White Rainbow titled "Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer." After grooving to that one, make sure to check out our other favorites from this week, too. —Corbin
White Rainbow - Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer
We're welcoming in the month of February with five new tracks. Check 'em out below. —Corbin
Beat Culture - Shibuya (feat. KID A)
This week, there was an abundance of glorious music videos. HALLELUJAH. Even if January has been a barren wasteland of zero degree days, at least we can go out on a high note. Smell ya later, January. —Katie
This week we've got some new tunes from Ghost Culture, Lorca, Tone Ra and more. Check them out below! —Corbin
Ghost Culture - Guidecca (Edit)
Man, January is such a wasteland. Everyone's cold, and cranky, and there are barely any new pop songs for me to listen to. (Luckily it's almost February, month of discounted Juju hearts and everlasting love.) Here are some things from this past week that make everything a liiittle bit better. —Katie
Over the weekend Chromatics and Glass Candy played the Converse Rubber Tracks Live x UO event at the Tower Theater in Los Angeles. Before the gig, I interviewed Johnny Jewel, a man who wears many different hats. The L.A.-based musician is a member of both Glass Candy and Chromatics, and is currently scoring a television show and an upcoming Ryan Gosling-directed film. Needless to say, Johnny is one busy guy. Interview by Maddie Sensibile
Hey Johnny! What have you been up to lately?
I just had my first vacation ever for Christmas, and it was really cool. I went to Mexico. I never end up taking vacations during Christmas or New Year's, and if I'm traveling or try to take an extra day off, some work always comes up. This time of year everyone is on vacation, so nothing happened, and I didn't take a computer or a phone. I didn't listen to music for two weeks. It was pretty crazy. I was a little scared at first. I view myself as being okay with that, but I was worried I was going to have withdrawals and be embarrassed by myself. So, I did that, and since then I've been scoring a TV show that I've been working on for 20 hours a day. With film and TV, the music is important, and it's always the last thing. They don't think about the fact that music has to be made in real time. It's crazy cross-training for making pop music!
You performed twice at the Urban Outfitters Rialto launch party, with Glass Candy and Chromatics. What do you enjoy most about being part of two groups?
The bands are really similar in certain ways. We sound more like each other than Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks or something. Live, Chromatics is...there's more people, so it's more choreographed. Glass Candy is kind of a loose cannon. I never know what Ida is going to do. For me, it's fun to have the improvisational aspect of Glass Candy, which is always after Chromatics. Chromatics builds up this thick mood, and Glass Candy is like this huge explosion. Chromatics is more suspenseful and disciplined in a way, and Glass Candy is really punk. It's just me and Ida, so anything goes. Emotionally they are really different, too. I enjoy playing with Glass Candy more after I've played a Chromatics set, and I enjoy Chromatics better when I'm on tour with Glass Candy.
Regardless of what band you're playing in, who are some artists or eras that have long influenced you?
Well, I grew up in Texas, like in the '80s, pre-internet. You kind of felt that you were really alienated because all of the action was on the coasts. Now it's different, because everybody travels everywhere. It was hard to even get certain records in our town. You would just see things on MTV or in magazines, and you lived vicariously through that. My relationship with music and art has always been through a distant looking glass. That's just the way I learned to interact with art. That hasn't changed, but I developed a kind of fixation for climates or regions. I'm really into tropical. Like I just went to Cancun, you know! I didn't do anything but build sandcastles and chill out. I've always been really fascinated with bodies of water and things like that. I like fashion photography from the '70s and '80s, like Helmut Newton: Really tropical fantasies. We're all huge fans of Andy Warhol and the whole Pop Art era.