Archive for March, 2012

Tour dates: La Sera | April 2012

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 – 7:30pm
Yuck, La Sera
The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Yuck, La Sera, The Makeup Sex
The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – 8pm
Yuck, La Sera
Constellation Room, 3503 s. harbor blvd,
Santa Ana, ca

Sunday, April 22, 2012 – 9pm
Neon Indian, La Sera
Hyde Lounge Mammoth,
Mammoth Lakes, CA



Video: The Phoenix interviews Katy Goodman of La Sera and Vivian Girls

“Video: @LizPelly interviews @iamkatygoodman of La Sera and @VivianGirls at #SXSW. Video by @neonsigh.” from!/BostonPhoenix/status/185101862679228416

Music Video: La Sera – “Real Boy / Drive On”

La Sera – “Real Boy / Drive On”
Directed by Travis Peterson

Listen to “It’s Over Now” from La Sera’s second album “Sees the Light”

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La Sera’s Sees the Light will be available in stores everywhere on Monday!


La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener “Love That’s Gone,” the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There’s a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles.  But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch – a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.
La Sera’s lyrics are smart but not heavy; phantasmal, like Daniel Johnston attending church every week of his teenage life, but with a bigger sophistication and a shiny, polished fidelity.  Lead single “Please Be My Third Eye” buzzes with an intensity and beauty rarely heard outside the first three Vivian Girls albums. (Not so surprising: La Sera IS Katy Goodman IS one-third of Vivian Girls.) “I Can’t Keep You In My Mind” is Shop Assistants great – just a genius straightforward refrain and sympathetic guitars to play it through.
Where the first La Sera album was super-dreamy in its layered vocals, Sees The Light is more direct, more aggressive; almost a soundtrack to a lost drive-in movie classic. This is not an album for half-hearted partakers in the heartache scene: just an all-consuming love for punk as pop and pop as punk.  Songs such as “Don’t Stay” soar away into the stratosphere, solemn and possessed of singular beauty. “Real Boy” is playfully driven in comparison: like being whisked away to a tropical island, while “Drive On” is tear-laden and full of hidden menace like a David Lynch film.
Sees The Light was recorded by Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, the Fall) in beautiful and hazy California.


Video: La Sera – “It’s Over Now” @ Red 7 / SXSW 2012 (March 14, 2012)

The Babies tracks “My Name” & “The War” will be released by Bad Paintings on Record Store Day, 21st April 2012

Bad Paintings will be releasing the new Babies single “My Name / The War” on Record Store Day, 21st April 2012, worldwide on 7”, Cassette and Digitally (23rd April).


There are only 500 of the limited edition 7” single and 50 cassettes.

We will be opening pre-orders on Monday 19th March.

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Press release:

Recorded in the summer of 2009, My Name and The War were two of the first songs ever written and recorded by The Babies. With the 7 inch single due to be released on Record Store Day, April 21st 2012, and digital single to follow on Monday 23rd April, this will be the first official release of these two songs. Capturing the band’s raw energy and honest, direct sound, the single also marks the first 7 inch release for fledging UK label, Bad Paintings.

Indebted to classic 60s songwriting and garage rock by the likes of The Creation, this single shows The Babies at their most open and organic. Sounding like Nancy and Lee singing on Surfer Rosa, the melodies wouldn’t be out of place on a Shangri-Las record. This is the edge of Wild Gift era X – pop without a hint of twee.
Having heard the two songs on a bootlegged early live recording, they became the favourites of Bad Paintings. As part of the Wrong Side of the River collective, the label’s founders helped organise a show for The Babies at their DIY event in York, UK. “I had honestly forgotten about The War and My Name until we were playing in York and the crowd requested we play them,” commented Kevin Morby (of The Babies and Woods), “it was such a pleasant blast from the past.”
He went on to say, “At some of our very first shows we always opened up with these tunes. They were both recorded in the same sessions as Meet Me In The City and All Things Come To Pass, but for some reason never had any release outside of a tour tape we made in 2010.”
“I’m glad that now they have found a home with Bad Paintings 3 years later!”
The single features My Name on the A side, a paean to youth and growing up, and The War on the B side, a song about confusion and helplessness. It’s a must for fans of The Babies, as well as related bands Woods and Vivian Girls – as Kevin put it, “although the songs may not be the best representation of the bands current sound, it definitely shows some of our deepest roots.”
The Babies are expected to release a second album during 2012, followed by an extensive tour, to include the UK and Europe.

Interview: Another Rainy Saturday » La Sera: How far we’ve come now

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“Sees the Light is the new album from La Sera, the project from Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman, marks a stark contrast with both her well-known band and its (quite good) self-titled, debut album. While Vivian Girls have a rock sound drenched in reverb and distortion, Sees the Light (out March 27) is an excellent pop album with ten songs of Jan and Dean-like summery, (mostly) upbeat songs that could sound equally as good as either the soundtrack on a 1950s beach party movie or a mixtape of love and/or breakup songs in 2012. It’s one of the most easily enjoyable albums of early 2012.”

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