Best Coast Archive

Best Coast – That’s The Way Boys Are (Live)

Best Coast put out an EP last year, which, is becoming the standard somewhat low-commitment way for an indie-band to generate some buzz and to shop around for a label deal. The Make You Mine EP features 60’s style girl-band type songs drenched in shoe-gazer guitar feedback – chocolate and peanut butter to me.

This past Tuesday, Best Coast released their debut full length album Crazy for You on Mexican Summer records. The Shoe-gaze feedback of the EP was traded in for “Wall-of-Sound” type echo-y production with the guitar feedback sheen all but gone. Oh well. It still sounds good and the songs are good even with a bit less ‘peanut butter’ than I would like.

This is a Lesley Gore cover that articulates Best Coast’s influences pretty clearly as performed recently at South Street Seaport. This show is the first (or among the first) performances with recently poached drummer from the Vivian Girls.

Also check out TSOI post and mp3 from a Best Coast show back in April.

Download: Best Coast – That’s The Way Boys Are (Live)

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Best Coast – When I’m With You (Live)

Best Coast, based on the strength of their 4-song ep, made an honorary “Bands to Watch” accolade for my year-end best-of 2009 list. Best Coast have a nice 50s girl-group aspect to their songs with the recordings drenched in fuzzed-out Jesus and Mary Chain-esque guitar. [JAMC, incidentally, are big fans of the 50s Phil Spector era too.]

Anyway, I was hoping to saunter into their recent show at Knitting Factory, a roomy venue, and buy a ticket at the door and was taken-aback by it being sold out. How can a band with a hand-full of singles sell out the Knitting Factory? The only plausible answer to that question is that TSOI’s favorable mention catapulted them into hyper-space.

Here is the best track off of their Make You Mine ep as performed live that night: “Feeling of Love” “When I’m With You”.

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Download: Best Coast – Feeling of Love (Live)

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