Friday, September 12, 2008

Kim Gordon? Is that you?!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 9:58 AM

UPDATE: As expected, I've heard from the Happy Hollows' publicist and their manager re: my dickishness, and I'm happy to report that everyone involved with the band seems to 'get' what we do here and couldn't have been cooler. They believe passionately in their fledgling babes. In response, I'll say that I'm not feelin' the band, but to clarify, this particular post was meant to call bullshit on their press material, not necessarily them. That beatdown may come later if I feel up to it.

Best comment comes from HH manager Joshua Fisher: "Also, my dick played Spaceland." I wish I could have made that show, if you and your dick ever go back on tour, let me know.

I get that press releases are supposed to be pretty breathless in their praise for â?? and unoriginal comparisons of â?? the bands they're representing, but this is insane.

New femme-fronted hipster-garbage band The Happy Hollows (Nacho Cheesus! Even that name is dripping with overcooked Yoshinoya!) really, really want you to think of Sonic Youth when you think of them, as opposed to the more natural mental leap one would take: "Another girl in cute stockings, backed by geek-chic horndogs dirtied up just right, underenunciating bullshit about radiation and chirping coyly the way girls who want to seem precious sneeze. Nah, don't think that. Remember Kim Gordon? Yeah, that was fun. Let's drive that home.

From the press release & label's website:

Remember the first time you heard "Bull in the Heather" and realized you had an insta-crush on Kim Gordon? She had shaggy, bobbed hair, was feminine and non-chalant about her stunning expertise with a stringed instrument, and, best of all, she was a balls-y, innovative genius. Prepare to experience the feeling again. The Happy Hollows are a female-led, Los Angeles-based trio that is reminiscent of everything from Sonic Youth to the Talking Heads. With vocalist/guitarist Sarah Negahdari's girlie propensity for innovative structures, surreal lyrics, and signature finger-picking technique, the band's art-pop resonance creates a familiar Gordon/Moore-Weymouth/Byrne relationship...

Having born and bred their band in East L.A.'s music scene, The Happy Hollows feasted on a diet of 90's college rock, Broadway show tunes, and 80's pop (they are admitted fans of The Go-Go's), to get their sound just right. Post-inception, they played hundreds of shows at local venues, such as Spaceland and The Echo...

... a buoyant, liberating celebration of anti-lyricism and the destruction of pop. The sound is defiant, familiar, intelligent, and strong ...

First of all, I lived in East L.A. â?? McArthur Park, to be exact â?? and these bitches would get eaten alive, no joke. The "music scene" in east L.A. is reggaeton and that's about it. What they mean is east Hollywood â?? Silver Lake, Little Armenia, etc..â?? which I also lived in for a couple years. That ain't east L.A., it's Winter Park. Also, my dick played Spaceland. Sorry, but that means nothing.

Second of all, well, judge for yourselves. You know where I stand.

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