there’s no use in crying if you’re drowning in the sea

La Sera – Running Wild

Jubilant post-chorus guitars and crashing drums crush themselves against downer lyrics in La Sera‘s second single from Hour of the Dawn, “Running Wild.” You can check out Katy Goodman’s also-excellent first single from the record here.

i’ve got something to give away and that’s my heart

About a month ago I saw Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls at SXSW, performing with her band La Sera. She was just the cutest, her bubbling personality tempering the stone-cold delivery on many of her songs. Even when her amp caught fire she was still cheerful, genially chatting up the crowd while rerouting her wires.

Whether live or on record, Goodman’s songs have a distinct energy, the ghost of girl-group sweetness pumped through the leader of the pack’s motorcycle engine. On her latest record, Sees the Light, the singles best showcase Goodman’s leather and lace make-up.

“Break My Heart” is catchy as hell, and as with all the best pop songs you’ll be singing along by the  end. Goodman uses her voice to smooth over the blistering chug of “Please Be My Third Eye”, keeping its guts from spilling out. “Drive On” is dark and pretty, and the guitars on “How Far We’ve Come” have a sludgy grind. Bringing the mood up are the somewhat island-leaning “Real Boy” and the country overtones of “I’m Alone”.

At only thirty or so minutes long, Sees the Light lends itself to being listened to on repeat, something I suggest as the days get longer and the promise of summer love starts to pique.

Sees the Light dropped 03.26.12.
Download “Please Be My Third Eye” and “Break My Heart“.
Get more info on La Sera here.

no, i don’t want to dance with you

A few new videos:

The Kills – Satellite (it didn’t work out for Bonny & Clyde either)

Vivian Girls – I Heard You Say (the band that dresses alike…)

Devotionals – Misericordia (vaguely unsettling)

And some we missed:

Washington  – Rich Kids (Eagle vs Shark party)

Cold War Kids – Audience (take to the studio, take to the sea)

Gypsy & The Cat – Time to Wander (song>video/band name)

Groove Armada – Paper Romance (this girl needs a nap)

i know you seen me on the video (true)

Superchunk – Digging for Something (shiny and new)
The So So Glos – Fred Astaire (these punks sure clean up nice)
La Sera – Never Come Around (a Vivian Girl gets vicious)
Violens – Violent Sensation Descends (if life was more like Rosemary’s Baby)
Frankie Rose & The Outs – Candy (if life was more like Carrie)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies (a sunnier vision of the future past)
Moondoggies – Empress of the North (quiet animation)
Foals – 2 Trees (puppy [?] puppets)
Sarah Jaffe – Clementine (beauty abound)
Wolf Parade – Yulia (forget-me-cosmonaut)