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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I’ve put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year’s band breakups. It’s a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Cassie Ramone – “Hangin On”

Earlier this year, Vivian Girls broke up, something that seemed to be looming as the years passed and the members moved on to other great projects. Frontwoman Cassie Ramone has been playing in her band with Kevin Morby, the Babies, but soon she will release her debut solo album under her own name. The TimeMore »

By: Miles Bowe / July 10, 2014 - 1:10 pm

La Sera – “Losing To The Dark”

The Vivian Girls played their last show ever just a few nights ago, and now that band’s former bassist Katy Goodman is already moving on. This spring, she’ll release Hour Of The Dawn, the third solo album that she’s recorded under the name La Sera. In a press release, Goodman talks about how she didn’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Watch Video From Vivian Girls’ Goodbye Concert

The Brooklyn indie-pop trio Vivian Girls announced their breakup earlier this year, and they found a nice way to send the band off: Reuniting with Ali Koehler, their best-known drummer, for goodbye shows in L.A. and New York. They played their final show at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio on Saturday night. Below, check out some… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 9:11 am

Vivian Girls Break Up

Over the course of seven years and three albums, the New York trio Vivian Girls developed a certain strain of Phil Spector-influenced DIY pop-punk, played about a billion shows, and came to personify a specific moment in Brooklyn indie rock. But ever since releasing 2011’s Share The Joy, principal members Cassie Ramone and Katy Goodma… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 12:55 pm

The Babies – “Mess Me Around” Video

The Woods/Vivian Girls side project the Babies released their sophomore album Our House On The Hill last year, and it’s one of those albums that seems slight at first but sticks with you. The fast, catchy jangle “Mess Me Around” is a prime example of the album’s stickiness, and now it’s got a video from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Cassie Ramone – “I Don’t Really Wanna Go” (Stereogum Premiere)

Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone goes somber with “I Don’t Really Wanna Go.” The track comes from a split 7″ with Hunx and the proceeds for digital sale of the song go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund, a charity that celebrates the life of the passed Tough Knuckles guitarist. Check out the track below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 21, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Stream The Babies Our House On The Hill

Next week, the Babies, the side project led by Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone and Woods’ Kevin Morby, will release their sophomore album Our House On The Hill — and now that they’re two albums deep, we might have to stop referring to them as a side project. We’ve already posted the album tracks “Moonlight Mile“… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012 - 3:09 pm

La Sera – “Break My Heart” Video

In La Sera’s video for “Break My Heart,” a fuzz-popper from her recent Sees The Light album, the artifacts lying around Vivian Girl Katy Goodwin’s room come to life and throw themselves into disarray. Cassandra Lee Hamilton directs, and it all amounts to an incredibly low-stakes Evil Dead sequel. Watch it and download the song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2012 - 3:28 pm

The Babies – “Moonlight Mile”

The Babies, the lo-fi psych-rock band led by Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone and Woods’ Kevin Morby, will release their sophomore album Our House On The Hill in fall. And the first single from the LP is a garage-pop chug called “Moonlight Mile.” We’ve got it streaming below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2012 - 12:08 pm

La Sera – “Real Boy”/”Drive On” Video

Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman records solo stuff as La Sera, and she’s about to release her new album Sees The Light. We’ve already posted her fun “Please Be My Third Eye” video, and now she’s got another clip for two of the album’s songs, a sort of video-within-the-video thing. In “Real Boy,” she’s a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 10:40 am

La Sera – “Break My Heart”

Katy Goodman’s La Sera project has another record due out later this spring, from which we previously heard (and saw the video for) lead single “Please Be My Third Eye.” Today she another sun-splattered, quick-hitting garage jam called “Break My Heart,” which you can download below. She’s also got some tour dates out west pre-SXSW,… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 15, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Play Vivian Girls’ Choose Your Own Adventure Game

Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman is learning to code in Ruby and, for the sake of the exercise or probably just for fun, she made a text-based Choose Your Own Adventure game. Instructions:
Directions for Mac OSX:

1. Download the file! Right click and save THIS FILE. Save it in your Downloads folder. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 30, 2012 - 5:03 pm

La Sera – “Please Be My Third Eye”

Vivian Girl Katy Goodman is set to release her second LP as La Sera in March, and today she promotes that release with “Please Be My Third Eye,” a breezy, rollicking surf pop jam. No wheels are reinvented, but why do they need to be? Wheels still seem to be doing the job these days. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 6, 2012 - 11:53 am

Katy Goodman Covers The Smiths (Stereogum Premiere)

Katy Goodman is a red-haired human being who, as Kickball Katy, plays bass in the Vivian Girls, and who, as La Sera, also makes solo music. Recording under her own name for once, Goodman has contributed a cover of “What She Said” to a new tribute compilation called Please Please Please: A Tribute To TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 15, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Ex-Vivian Girls Drummer Now Ex-Best Coast Drummer

Ali Koehler, the former Vivian Girls drummer who left that band last year to join Best Coast, has now parted ways with Best Coast. On her Twitter last night, in what I have to assume is some sort of subliminal dig, Koehler posted, “Cat’s outta the bag, I’m not in Best Coast anymore.” And whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Vivian Girls – “Take It As It Comes” Video

When we posted the Vivian Girls’ “Take It As It Comes,” I called it “a girl-group pep talk featuring Grease-style spoken word.” This chatty Travis Peterson-directed plays around with that aesthetic, albeit with Cure and Ramones posters in the background. More »

By: brandon / July 26, 2011 - 9:32 am

Dunes – “Tied Together” Video

Here’s a video from Dunes, the LA trio featuring ex-Mika Miko member Kate Hall. The affiliation is relevant for purposes of fingering their track “Tied Together”‘s sound — female-fronted post-punk with less spike, more wooze — and the cameos in its iPhone-cam video, a Google+ circle’s worth of friends from Mika Miko’s old Smell-y scene… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Vivian Girls – “Take It As It Comes”

Vivian Girls’ “Take It As It Comes” is a girl-group pep talk featuring Grease-style spoken word. More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 10:54 am

Black Lips Made A Video On The Bruise Cruise

Black Lips just announced their next album, titled Arabia Mountain. It’ll be out this summer, which makes this first video for “Go Out And Get It!” very appropriate. It was filmed during the band’s Bruise Cruise, which we mentioned back in August. The trip happened 2/25-28, so this video, filmed on the deck of the… More »

By: jessica / March 3, 2011 - 2:26 pm
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