July 7, 2009

Let’s be Local Natives


I always take you guys’ suggestions to heart when you email me all giddy about a band you’ve just seen or stumbled across. So when three readers in one week emailed me about Silver Lake band Local Natives, I made sure to pay attention.

I haven’t had the privilege of seeing them live yet, but all three who wrote had just done precisely that, and raved about their energy and melody. Me, I love the clattery percussion and the summery sound. They boast “the charisma to tempt even the most despondent hipsters and shy concertgoers into dance machines,” which we can all admit the world needs more of.

Local Natives have been on tour with Blind Pilot (who we love) and will be heading out for a few dates with Of Montreal. They end the summer with a residency at LA’s Spaceland. The Heartbreak Tango blog wrote winningly that “If Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear consoled their broken hearts in the corner of a dive bar, this is what it might sound like.”

Airplanes – Local Natives

I really super-dig the song “World News,” you can stream that one on their MySpace, and they have the Sun Hands single due out next week (hear that one here).

UPDATE: Holy mackerel. I was already planning to post this today and Matt Picasso just tripled my joy.

This cover is enough to make me immediately want to run away with these guys to faraway lands, or at the very least invite them to my next summer BBQ and give them many implements of percussion:

Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) – Local Natives

Ahh, that felt so good.

[photo by the luminous laurie scavo]

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  • Is it okay to like this more than the original?

    Matty D — July 7, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  • Okay, that was just a fabulous video. I now have to go listen to all of their music, based solely on that cover. Thanks as always.

    Stephen — July 7, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  • Wow. I really like this!

    spookycat — July 7, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  • Almost more fun than you can pack into one YT vid! I have a tremendous urge to grab some stick and “play the tree”. Loved it! Yeah, I gotta see these guys. Thanks, Heather, you always pass along the best stuff!

    ruralgurl — July 7, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  • Thanks! I’m really enjoying these guys. They are doing a couple of shows in London next week, so I think I’ll go check them out.

    Callie — July 8, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

  • Jubilation!!!!! That was cool.

    Tony — July 9, 2009 @ 3:53 am

  • I wish I had neighbors like that…

    Side A Track 1 — July 9, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  • I love these guys!

    Kelly — July 9, 2009 @ 8:31 am

  • as i said, they are my favorite LA band. thanks for swiping my image.

    it was a great show!


    28deep — July 10, 2009 @ 1:59 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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—Hunter S. Thompson

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