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YACHT – “Shangri-La” Video

Portland-born synthpop duo YACHT have already released a couple of videos from their recent Shangri-La, and now there’s a new clip for the title track. In the video, the group’s two members engage in all sorts of quintessentially Los Angeles activities: Surfing, tai chi, getting tattooed, drinking veggie smoothies, hanging out with white-clad cults. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2012 - 12:37 pm

YACHT – “I Walked Alone” Video

YACHT’s video for the cowbell-happy track “I Walked Alone” is a pretty simple affair. Throughout most of it, the Portland synth-psych duo are the only folks on camera, and it relies entirely on the gawky charisma of the two people in the group, as they cavort through a remote mountainous plain and an all-white room. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Under The Influence: YACHT Shangri-La

YACHT’s dynamic synth pop duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans took an untraditional route for this installment of Under The Influence, interspersing songs with books and pieces of art that influenced their new album Shangri-La. In the band’s words:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 1, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Download Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2011 Mix

Here’s the sequel to last year’s popular heartbreak of a mixtape, Cruel Summer. That one was worn, forlorn, and sexual, it was the soundtrack arc to your winter romance burning up and melting in the hot, hormonal sun. This year it’s just a party, really, soundtracked once again by some of the very best and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Indie Rockers Respond To NY Legalizing Gay Marriage

New York just became the 6th largest state to approve same-sex marriage. Yes! The Senate bill passed 33-to-29, Governor Cuomo signed the measure shortly after, and the law goes into effect in 30 days. A historic night to be sure, one probably best not spent in front of a laptop. Too late. But in case… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 25, 2011 - 12:26 am

YACHT – “Utopia”/”Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)” Video

YACHT paired Shangri-La’s “Utopia” and “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)” for this shiny Rene Daalder-directed video. More »

By: brandon / June 22, 2011 - 3:13 pm

YACHT – “Breaking The Law ” (Judas Priest Cover)

Here is the anti-authoritarian classic “Breaking The Law” in the hands of Jona and Claire of YACHT. If you don’t know YACHT and don’t know what to expect, just imagine Judas Priest but substitute the classic guitar riffs for cowbell and the raw metal for slinky post-disco and a woman singing for Rob Halford. Easy! More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 17, 2011 - 2:17 pm

YACHT – “Utopia”

So far you’ve heard “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire),” and “I Walk Alone,” now you can hear “Utopia,” another track from YACHT’s upcoming DFA record Shangri-La. This one’s the opening track, and it sets up the album’s utopian theme well, while other lyrics hint at their longstanding interest in cults and religion. I like… More »

By: jessica / June 7, 2011 - 5:39 pm

YACHT – “I Walked Alone”

You got plenty of Shangri-La background plus first single “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)” in Cole’s YACHT Progress Report. Dig deeper into Jona and Claire’s See Mystery Lights followup via “I Walked Alone,” streaming now at Some Kind Of Awesome.

Shangri-La is out 6/21 via DFA. More »

By: brandon / May 9, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Progress Report: YACHT

PROGRESS REPORT: Portland’s cosmic dancers to release Shangri-La this summer.

After being on the phone with YACHT — the dynamic twosome of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans — one thing quickly becomes clear: these two people are, in all likelihood, having a lot more fun than most people o… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / March 25, 2011 - 10:36 am

The Chemical Brothers, Chromeo, YACHT @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 8/29/10

Playing only a handful of shows in the States in support of their latest album Further, the Chemical Brothers went big for an electrifying debut at the Hollywood Bowl. As part of the KCRW World Festival, Chromeo was more than business causal with a hip shaking set while YACHT incorporated a slew of drummers and… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 30, 2010 - 8:56 am

YACHT – “Nausea” (X Cover)

YACHT visited BBC Radio 6, and did this cover of X’s “Nausea,” a song they’ve loved since seeing The Decline Of Western Civilization. They’ve been covering the song for a bit, including doing it at SXSW back in March. Enjoy their cover below, and that band photo above:… More »

By: jessica / July 21, 2010 - 2:37 pm

The xx – “Islands” Video

The video for their “VCR” had a youthful, romantic storyline, but the xx’s “Islands” strikes a different move, and a different pose, but also kind of the same pose, over and over again. You have to watch until the end to see how the choreography changes and becomes a story in itself, but it’s worth… More »

By: jessica / April 21, 2010 - 11:47 am

YACHT – “The Afterlife” Video

If you were chasing the dance party down in Austin last week, you couldn’t have done better than stalking YACHT: Their live sets topped lists, perhaps none crazier than the one Brandon, Scott, and I caught at the Cedar St. Courtyard on night last. As mentioned in our final wrap, the duo of Jona Bechtolt… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 23, 2010 - 1:27 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

YACHT – “Holiday” (Weezer Cover)

Fun fact: according to Jona Bechtolt, his YACHT partner Claire L. Evans “…used to run the #2 most-popular Weezer fansite.” Consider this cover a fan tribute then. “Holiday” is available on YACHT’s recent iTunes Session EP, but you can listen at YACHT’s Tumblr. More »

By: jessica / February 9, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser’s “Stroke Of Genius,” the MP3 that launched this decade’s most fitting musical legacy. Parts of two or three or thirty tracks mixed into one supersong? What better than mashups to soundtrack a generation of smartphone-wielding Adderall chompers coming of age i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

YACHT Remix Wolfmother

Jona and Clare magically make “New Moon Rising” sound much less like an overblown Lenny Kravitz outtake. You can download it, along with Fontän and Riton’s Cosmic Egg cracks, at Filter. More »

By: brandon / September 10, 2009 - 10:13 am

New YACHT Video – “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”

The video for YACHT’s perfectly summery “Psychic City (Voodoo City),” from their perfectly summery LP See Mystery Lights, has Jona and Claire demonstrate a slew of occult rituals, as some sort of spiritual enemies. Spiritual enemies with benefits. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2009 - 1:02 pm

New YACHT – “Psychic City”

Now a duo signed to DFA, YACHT have grand plans for See Mystery Lights, their debut for James Murphy’s label. One such plan involves bulging eyeballs (via their Boyd Elder-designed/holographic foil-incorporating album art), another involves a “carefully-crafted mix-tape … of all the songs and ‘songs’ that inspired See Mystery Lights.” On the back of “SummerMore »

By: Amrit Singh / May 27, 2009 - 1:57 pm