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Know Your Beach Bands

In the mid-’00s, we witnessed a torrent of new bands with “wolf” in their names. Among the acts with lupine roots were Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves, Sea Wolf, Wolf & Cub, and more. It got old, as trends do, and we reached Canis lupus critical mass in 2009 with Wolf Gang. The gentler… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / March 27, 2015 - 1:20 pm

How Does It Feel: DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Rolls On

Zachary Cole Smith opens the door wearing a collarless white button-down shirt so big it could pass for a nightgown. The 28-year-old DIIV frontman is also rocking a leather ball cap over his light brown shoulder-length locks, plus baggy white shorts and black low-cut shoes with tall black socks climbing up his calves. Short, slight,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 28, 2014 - 10:09 am

Bruce Smear – “Pick And Roll” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tommy Davidson plays in the chilled-out Brooklyn indie band Beach Fossils, but in his own time he produces music under the name Bruce Smear, whose Chlorine EP is out later this year. One listen to the new single “Pick And Roll” and any associations with Davidson’s main band will go out the window; this i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014 - 11:07 am

The Snow – “Memory Loss”

The Snow is a new supergroup featuring three frontmen of dreamy new wave and post-punk bands: Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum, and Holograms’ Andreas Lagerström. Their first single together, a Record Store Day release called “Memory Loss,” sounds exactly like you’d think — ethereal haze, gleaming guitar arpeggios, driving melodic bass, steady… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 10, 2014 - 11:21 am

Beach Fossils – “Generational Synthetic” Video

The fizzy, jangly Brooklyn indie-poppers Beach Fossils released their sophomore album Clash The Truth way back in February, but they’re just now getting around to making a video for first single “Generational Synthetic,” which maybe speaks to the whole “generation apathetic” thing they’re singing about. The clip appears to be footage of band dudes running… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2013 - 11:51 am

Captured Tracks Five-Year Anniversary Festival @ The Well, Brooklyn, NY 8/31/13 & 9/1/13

Over the past five years, Brooklyn indie label Captured Tracks has delivered a meticulously curated output, from superstars-in-their-own-right DIIV, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, and Mac DeMarco to reissues of ’80s UK indie pop luminaries like the Cleaners From Venus and the Wake with a legion of other artists in between. So it was more tha… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 3, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Stream Beach Fossils Clash The Truth

Beach Fossils have already given us “Careless” and “Generational Synthetic” from their upcoming sophomore effort, so we know that we’re in for another dose of their sparkly pop. Now you can stream the entirety of Clash The Truth before it hits shelves next week. Production on the record was done by Ben Greenberg from the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 12, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Beach Fossils – “Generational Synthetic”

We’re a month out from the release of Clash The Truth, the sophomore album from perennially chill Brooklyn reverb-rockers Beach Fossils. Last month, the band shared first single “Careless” with us. And now here’s another track, “Generational Synthetic,” which hits the same slow-wafting water-vapor sweet spot, with bonus kids-today talk. Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: December 2012

It’s the last Monthly Mix of 2012, sweet people. We did it! It hasn’t been an easy run over in this corner of the blog, to be honest. This year saw an ever-diminishing store of free MP3 downloads, as artists increasingly preferred promoting their songs in a streaming fashion, via Soundcloud and its ilk. Which… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 28, 2012 - 10:46 am

Beach Fossils – “Careless”

Diffuse Brooklyn guitar-twinklers Beach Fossils released their pretty great self-titled debut in 2010, and they’ve since spun off side projects like DIIV and Heavenly Beat. And early next year, they’ll return with a new LP called Clash The Truth. The Men’s Ben Greenberg recorded the album, and it’s got a guest spot from Blonde Redhead’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2012 - 11:23 am

Northside 2012 In Photos

Northside registered some memorable moments this year, from Kitty Pryde living the meme at Knitting Factory to a sold out Cameo Lounge for Stereogum’s showcase (hat tip to Guards, for winning the night — and the fest’s — breakout act honors). Photographer wagz2it roved the north Williamsburgian terrain and assembled a spread of photos for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Heavenly Beat – “Tradition”

Beach Fossils bassist John Peña started releasing music as Heavenly Beat just last October, but he’s already dropped a pair of 7″ singles, and he’s got an album called Talent coming shortly. We’ve already heard the Talent track “Messiah,” and today, he’s shared another one, a bubbly indie-pop track called “Tradition.” Hear it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Heavenly Beat – “Messiah”

Heavenly Beat, the solo project from Beach Fossils bassist John Peña, has already released two singles this year, and he’ll soon follow them up with the debut album Talent. The first song we’ve heard from the album is the sundazed disco-pop track “Messiah,” and you can download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Beach Fossils – “Shallow” Video

The video for Beach Fossils’ lazy-but-propulsive new single “Shallow” is one of these tour-life deals, collecting on- and off-stage footage from the past few years of the band’s life. It makes touring look fun despite every band ever’s insistence that this is not actually the case. Important question: People mosh to Beach Fossils? Where they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Beach Fossils Cover Slowdive (Stereogum Premiere)

A little while back, we posted a How To Dress Well cover of Xiu Xiu from a forthcoming fundraising compilation, The Ad Hoc Comp, a Kickstarter gift to those pitching in for the benefit of music journalism venture Today, we have another track from that compilation, Beach Fossils’ cover of Slowdive’s “Alison.” Hit the… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 27, 2012 - 11:38 am

Beach Fossils – “Lessons”

Last week we heard Beach Fossils’ new single, “Shallow,” and sure enough, that release’s B-side recently surfaced. Stream “Lessons,” another needling, dreamy rock track, below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 8, 2012 - 11:40 am

Beach Fossils – “Shallow”

Though Beach Fossils members like Cole Smith and John Peña have taken time to do their own thing lately (with their bands Dive and Heavenly Beat, respectively), the Dustin Payseur-led Beach Fossils outfit is still an outfit of high function. As they prepare their second LP, the band will put out the single “Shallow” next… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 2, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Heavenly Beat – “Faithless”

Beach Fossils bassit John Peña has a new solo side project called Heavenly Beat. He’s already released on 7″ single, and we posted both of the tracks that appeared on it, “Suday” and “Desire.” Now he’s got another one on the way, so we’ve got a track from it below. It’s called “Faithless,” and it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 17, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Dive – “Human”

Beach Fossils spinoff Dive put out a new track yesterday called “Human,” which will be released as a single later this month. Stream the track after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 16, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Heavenly Beat – “Suday”

A little while ago, we posted “Desire,” the other side of the “Suday” 7” that Beach Fossils bassist John Peña’s side project, Heavenly Beat, recently put out. Now, here’s the MP3 for “Suday.” Damn, between this and Dive — another spinoff of Beach Fossils featuring guitarist Z. Cole Smith — these dudes are like The… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 13, 2011 - 4:01 pm
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