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Coast Narcs: Noise Narcs Checks out Portland and San Fran’s Music Scene. Plus: New Sonny and the Sunsets

Phew. Blogging’s hard work. Typing. While sitting. With headphones on. Sure makes one’s bones tired. So to relieve the strain, two of the Narcs (Billy L and myself) will be taking off for the West Coast tomorrow. But because blogging is already a vacation, we’ll be “working”: checking out two of Philly’s musical sister cities, Portland and San Francisco. Our other contributors will do sporadic regular posting, and we’ll occasionally throw up a post form the road. Expect a full report the week of March 7.

To launch the feature, tomorrow on Monday we’ll be posting a long-form interview with Jeremy Barnes from A Hawk and a Hacksaw (and formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel). Jeremy’s from Alberquerque, but he’ll be playing in San Francisco on March 3rd at Cafe du Nord [Buy Tickets].

But, since San Francisco’s Sonny and the Sunsets just announced a new album and released a track, we’ll have to pre-launch the feature now. Hard to believe that their sophomore is already here given the number of side projects that frontman Sonny Smith has been working on. But this is welcome news, and a tasty tease of San Francisco’s wonderful garage scene. Hit After Hit will sees a April 12 release from Fat Possum.

Sonny and the Sunsets, “I Wanna Do It”

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Nuevo Cali: Girls, Dum Dum Girls @ Voyeur (Making Time), Philly, 4/2

Girls + Dum Dum Girls
Making Time, 4/2, Voyeur,
Philadelphia, PA

What to drink:
Sparks & PBR

Now that surf rock has migrated to Egypt and Croatia and that every indie band in the East Coast seems to be California dreamin’ (see: Real Estate, Beach House), the California sound was bound for a reinvention. The first wave had No Age and the whole LA/The Smell noise post-punk scene, but California has had a resurgence of a sound somewhere between ’70s classic rock and folk.

Since Girls broke onto the scene in 2008 with “Hellhole Ratrace,” they’ve gathered critical force and 2009’s Album gained the indie music double crown of a ten spot on Pitchfork’s year-end album list and a #6 on our own. For me, it peaked with “Hellhole Ratrace,” but that song is strong enough for me to be glad to see them on Friday at Philly’s legendary Making Time party.

Girls, “Hellhole Ratrace”

Also appearing are LA’s Dum Dum Girls, whom Pitchfork loves a lot more than I do. But their I Will Be has enough strong tracks to raise an eyebrow. And their Ronettes meets noise sound shouldn’t be affected much by a poor sound system. Not to mention that a little bird (well, R5‘s newsletter) tells me that Major Lazer will probably be doing a “secret” set w/ Diplo at Making Time after they’re done with their sold out show across town. A lot to like at this show.

Dum Dum Girls, “I Will Be”

Not appearing, but part of the San Fran scene, are Sonny and the Sunsets. I’m loving their dramatic freshman album, and their lead single, “Too Young to Burn,” is fast burning up the list of my favorite “Too Young” songs (cf. Phoenix, Nat King Cole,
The Big Pink, The Specials).

Sonny and the Sunsets, “Too Young To Burn”

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