Archive for March, 2011

Spin: Vivian Girls Carry on Phil Spector’s Spirit

In a recent Spin Magazine feature, Vivian Girls were named one of 8 artists who most embody the Phil Spector “Wall of Sound” approach to songwriting and production. Other artists in the list of 8 include The Beach Boys, The Ramones, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The article reads: “Of all the indie upstarts to miniaturize the Spector aesthetic in recent years–from the Raveonettes to Girls to Dum Dum Girls to Best Coast–these Brooklyn babes might come closest to earning it.”(…)



Video: La Sera – SXSW 2011 – I Can’t Keep You In My Mind

La Sera – SXSW 2011 – I Can’t Keep You In My Mind

Video: La Sera (feat. Tennis) – Dedicated To The One I Love (cover)

La Sera (feat. Tennis) – Dedicated To The One I Love (cover)

[March 12, 2011]

Video: PUNKCAST | Cassie Ramone – Do You Wanna Dance

Cassie Ramone – Do You Wanna Dance

PUNKCAST1863-02-02 Cassie Ramone performing live at the FUNeral Party, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn on Dec 30 2010.

nyctaper – La Sera: March 2, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads

La Sera 3.13.11 - 34 from elawgrrl

La Sera is the new LA-based project from Katy Goodman, best known for her work with the Vivian Girls. La Sera may be an LA band but the Bowery Ballroom crowd welcomed Katy and her new band with open arms, and well they should have. La Sera more or less picks up where the Vivians left off, but adds a lighter California twist that befits their hometown. La Sera songs, compared to the Vivians, are suffused with a sunnier tone that borrows from the girl groups of the 60s and California surf rock, with the Vivians’ layers of feedback stripped away. That leaves Goodman’s voice and her pretty, spare arrangements, which is all to the good, as she can sing the hell out of these songs. This set included a number of new songs – impressive considering that Goodman release La Sera’s debut LP, La Sera, just earlier this year – as well as a spot-on cover of the Mamas and the Papas’ “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Despite her use of rotating touring bands (because Goodman continues as a member of the Vivian Girls, she cannot consistently keep one La Sera together), this band delivered the songs confidently, setting the stage perfectly for the headliner, Tennis (also recorded).

I recorded this set from the same location as the Tennis recording, but utilized only the Microtech-Gefell microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Vivian Girls Extend U.S. Tour

Good news everyone; Vivian Girls just tacked on a West Coast leg to their already-extensive spring tour. In addition to the old favorites, they’ll be playing new material from their upcoming album Share The Joy, out April 12. In addition to hitting the Eastern seaboard, Midwest, and South, Vivian Girls are going to work their way up the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Vancouver and everywhere in between. Afterwards, they head back through the Midwest to wrap things up in Cleveland in mid May. Click the link below to see a full list of Vivian Girls tour dates, and make sure to check them out when they pass through your city.

Sun-May-01 Los Angeles, CA            The Echo / Part Time Punks

Mon-May-02 San Diego, CA              Casbah

Tue-May-03 Santa Barbara, CA         Muddy Waters

Wed-May-04 San Francisco, CA         Rickshaw Stop

Fri-May-06 Seattle, WA                  Vera Project

Sat-May-07 Vancouver, BC               The Biltmore

Sun-May-08 Portland, OR                Holocene

Wed-May-11 Salt Lake City, UT         Kilby Court

Thu-May-12 Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

Fri-May-13 Lawrence, KS                Jackpot Music Hall

Sat-May-14 Bloomington, IN            Max’s Place

Sun-May-15 Cleveland, OH               Grog Shop


La Sera: On My Own | Under The Radar

“It’s Friday night in Philadelphia, and La Sera’s Katy Goodman is suffering with a bit of a cold. The Vivian Girls bassist/vocalist has been on tour with her solo project, La Sera, just getting back from a stint overseas, and tonight she will play opener to a sold out show with husband-and-wife outfit Tennis. Despite being visibly tired and her pipes in need of rest, Goodman sat down with Frank Valish pre-show to discuss her auspicious debut as La Sera, getting onstage for the first time to perform her own songs, and the difficulties of having an ex-boyfriend in the audience when you’re performing the song about him. (…)”

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