Merchandise

The Echo Presents

Merchandise

Ducktails, Wet Hair, Mark McGuire

Thu, March 21, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Merchandise
Merchandise
Merchandise is the result of years and years of hallucinatory heat and musical quarantine in the skinhead mecca of Tampa, FL. A trio-gone-duo-gone-trio again, the band has been active since 2008, releasing numerous cassettes and CD-R's, along with two full-length LP's on Katorga Works. It's members (RCC, PDB, DMV) all have strong roots in the underground punk community, having released records and toured with much too many acts to be mentioned in this fragment of a bio.

2012's "Children of Desire" marks a turning point for the band. Their initial post-punk palette has begun to actively incorporate various influences from krautrock soundscapes to country ballads, from 1950's crooners to Madchester dopers. Sounds and ambitions have grown and multiplied. The platform continues to grow and the future remains uncertain, but Merchandise show no signs of slowing down. Expect more tours and records and movies and books and etc and and and…
Ducktails
Ducktails
Ducktails, the increasingly less “solo” endeavor of Matt Mondanile, is set to release The Flower Lane, which is the project’s fourth album and his first for Domino. Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2012 with Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never) as Mondanile’s hectic schedule as a concurrent member of Real Estate began to wind down after a year in support of their Domino debut album, Days, the ten track album will hit the streets on January 29th to be preceded by the single release of effervescent pop gem “Letter of Intent.”

Taking a tangential turn away from solo home-recording of past releases toward the more collaborative environment of the studio, Ducktails’ Matt Mondanile roped in close friends and colleagues to make something more adventurous yet easy-going. The ten songs on The Flower Lane move across a range of expressive pop songs that are bright and expansive, but venture even further with forays into saxophone leads, synth lines and piano accompaniment that would have been at home on the early records of sophisticated guitar pop icons such as Aztec Camera and Prefab Sprout.

With brooding seducers “Under Cover,” “The Flower Lane,” and “Sedan Magic” along with a stunning cover of founding Clean/Chills member Peter Gutteridge’s “Planet Phrom,” the ambient pop of The Flower Lane is, from start to finish, as spirited as the time these folks had recording it. Support came in many forms, from the backing of the New Jersey band Big Troubles to contributions from Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Joel Ford (Ford + Lopatin), Madeline Follin (Cults) and Sam Mehran (Outer Limitz), to name a few, The Flower Lane defies the cliche of “embracing the big studio” by successfully making the songs feel immediate on an emotional level after they’ve passed through the dozen other wizardly minds of the studio collaboration while still conveying the fun they had working together.

One of the standouts on The Flower Lane is the duet between Future Shuttle’s Jessa Farkas and Big Trouble’s Ian Drennan on “Letter of Intent.” As with Felt’s “Primitive Painters,” where the contrasting voices of Lawrence Hayward and Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser exchange pained verses or with Tom Petty’s seductively plodding collaboration with former Eurythmic Dave Stewart on his synth-driven hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Letter Of Intent” is proof of the expanding range of Ducktails’ song craft.
Wet Hair
Wet Hair
Wet Hair is Shawn Reed, Justin Thye, and Ryan Garbes, the two remaining members of Raccoo-oo-oon that stayed in Iowa City after the band's end. Reed also runs Night-People Records, which Garbes often contributes to. Wet Hair began as a solo outing for Reed in late 2007 during the final months of Raccoo-oo-oon, and after the release of a 12" EP and the Irifi Cassette Garbes was added on organ and live drums. Wet Hair has evolved over time shifting the bands sound steadily towards a more refined pop sensibility. An experimental attitude and psychedelic atmosphere still prevails in Wet Hair's music and the core instrumentation of the band has largey stayed consitent throughout with Reed on vocals, synth, drum machine, + tapes and Garbes on live drums, + synth/organ.

To date Wet Hair has released a 12" EP on Night-People, three cassettes on Night-People, the LP's Dream and Glass Fountain on Not Not Fun, a split 7" with Peaking Lights on Not Not Fun, a split 7" with Rene Hell on Bathetic, and a split LP with Naked on the Vague on Night-People. In late 2010 Wet Hair added third member Matt Fenner to the group on bass and synth. Their third full length album, In Vogue Spirit, came out on De Stijl Records in May 2011.
Mark McGuire
Mark McGuire
Surrogate Channels" is a new, unofficial EP, recorded during the spring and summer of 2012, at Heavenly Bodies in Portland, Oregon. The first track, "Morning, and the Gold Coast" was inspired by the beautiful beaches of Australia, like Byron Bay and Surfer's Paradise. Reflections on mellow times hanging with Lawrence English, getting sunburned, sitting in the waves facing the shore and just floating, breaking into a public pool in Brisbane, 2am bike ride through briz, all the peace that the southern hemisphere brought me during my travels there. The second track, "Surrogate Channels", was recorded in July while I was home for a week with barely any of my gear, save for an almost fully-functioning SQ-1 that Adam Forkner had left on my porch that same week. Way more stressed-out than track one, foreshadowing jams to come on my next full-length.. The B side (or, track 3) was also recorded that same week in July, with the same, weird set of gear. "Controlled by Numbers" is a meditation on the numbers, dates, and symbols that have cycled around my life, and had a strange presence in the back of my mind. Music for unraveling, and re-alignment, beginning at dawn, and ending in the dead of night.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com