What do you get when you mix Richard Swift [the best that ever was/is] and Stumptown Coffee [also deliciously amazing]? A whole lot of awesome, that’s what. Swift recently opened his new show, Mt. Mountains, at one of the Stumptown stores in Portland. To adequately prepare for such an event, the fine coffee folks stopped by his Cottage Grove studio for a peak and a chat. Their report? “…it’s tough to tell which side of mad he’s hollering from.” DARN TOOTIN’. We also learn that Swift is a man of many things, some perhaps, that you would never know until NOW.
Cayucas are coming at you with their awesome new video for “High School Lover,” starring lead singer Zach Yudin and his band: Ben Yudin on bass (twin brother to Zach), Banah Winn on keys and Casey Wojtalewicz on drums. Missing in the action is guitar player Christian Koons. Although the video isn’t a complete narrative, Director Cameron Dutra called on the song’s origin when putting it all together. He tells us “‘High School Lover’ is about a girl who would write Zach love letters, yet he would never respond despite actually liking her back. I tried to abstract the idea of a high school girl’s notebook with doodles and sketches into stop motion graphics and titles.” Watch above!
“High School Lover” is found on Cayucas’s debut album, Bigfoot – out officially on April 30! Check out the album artwork above and the tracklisting below! Bigfoot was produced by none other than Richard Swift (record at his studio too!).
Tracklisting for Bigfoot
2. High School Lover
3. Will “The Thrill”
4. A Summer Thing
5. East Coast Girl
6. Deep Sea
7. Ayawa ‘kya
What a wonderful day! Secretly Canadian welcomes our newest signee, Cayucas, to the family. Led by Zach Yudin, Cayucas is California through-and-through. Each song is a perfectly crafted pop gem, complete with catchy, addicting melodies, syncopated rhythms and a breezy chorus of vocals. They release their “Cayucos” b/w “Swimsuit” 7″ next Tuesday, October 16. Pre-order your copy HERE. We look forward to a proper, Richard Swift produced full-length come 2013!
Today we get our first musical taste from Cayucas. Premiering this morning at MTVu, it’s the video for their new single “Cayucos.” Calling the video “a throwback to the timelessness of the beach and the people you share such a fond place with,” director Nolan Wilson Goff chose Corona Del Mar Beach and Whittier, CA as the backdrop to the video. Get your sunglasses, towel and swimsuit ready; we’re going to the beach >>> enjoy the video above!
“Take one gorgeous blonde with a flare for excellent summer dresses, throw in four awkwardly cute indie rockers, mix with one scenic beach and you get the catchy-as-hell, super fun to watch new video by Cayucas.” – MTVu
Here’s a treat for your Wednesday! Zach shares a new Spotify playlist with songs he’s lived with for the last year or so. Listen below!
“All i can really say about these songs is that I’ve listened to them a lot over the past year or so… & they’ve inspired me very much. It’s a mixture of new indie stuff, as well as oldies that I had to dig up from my CD collection & rediscover. For some reason or another, I love these songs…” – Zach
In a matter of days, Gardens & Villa will embark on a North American tour, sharing dates with both The Shins and Fanfarlo. Not only will be you be able to see the boys in various venues across the country, but also at some of the major festivals happening this year. After a stint at the Snowball Music Festival, the boys will head to perform at 35 Denton Festival, SXSW, Coachella, and finally end their tour with Sasquatch!
Holed up in Portland, OR for the last month, Gardens & Villa just finished recording their new EP with label-mate, Richard Swift. “‘I feel like we’re in some kind of Lost Boys hideout,’ says vocalist/guitarist Chris Lynch.” You can read more about their Portland stay in Sunlight through the Blinds: Gardens & Villa Heed Bridgetown’s Beckon. Read the rest of this entry »
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