SPIN Premieres: HOTT MT Kidnaps Wayne Coyne, Growlers Diss Uncle Sam, Nick Waterhouse Slays

Been doing some blogging for SPIN lately, which included wrangling a trio of super sweet premieres from West Coast up-and-comers. Included: L.A. weirdos HOTT MT, who forced the lead Flaming Lip to do their bidding on camera; Costa Mesa beach bum kingpins the Growlers, who’ve dubbed America’s top-hatted human mascot a “dick”; and Nick Waterhouse, a San Francisco neo-greaser whose brand of soul revival won’t make you gag. Click below to dig in:

And some bonus Waterhouse for your troubles:

The Best of Coachella 2012 Weekend Two: Thom Yorke, Wallpaper, St. Vincent, Feist, David Guetta, Girl Talk, Miike Snow, Explosions in the Sky

Another thing that made Coachella 2012 so unforgettable was the fact that we experienced it twice. Our comrade in arms Christopher R. Weingarten did a helluva job summing up the weirdness of all that (read “Why the Hell Did We Go to Coachella Weekend Two?” via SPIN) while we here at Aural Standards took the chance to see just about everything we’d missed on the first run. Below are are four favorite sets from each day. Below you’ll find a list of what we covered with excerpted bits. Click on the DAY to read full reviews at SPIN.

FRIDAY
1. Wallpaper:  when he clapped, they clapped; when he bounced, they leapt…
2. Gary Clark Jr:  Black Keys could’ve learned a thing or two about the blues…
3. Explosions in the Sky:  floating in on a pillow of harmonic resonance…
4. Ximena Sariñana:  her powerful voice and innate charm won us over…

SATURDAY
1. St. Vincent:  jagged blasts of guitar like vines of cherry bombs blowing…
2. Feist: the hulking, honking horns added a marching band-sized heft…
3. David Guetta:  even 50 feet back from the tent’s edge, it was a furnace…
4. Miike Snow:  Lykke Li coaxed the ancient viking vibes out of the music…

SUNDAY
1. Growlers: putting it down for the wastetoids, beach bums and shitheads…
2. Modeselektor & Thom Yorke: he bopped and jittered to the hyper beat…
3. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: unceasing rhythms flagrantly defying the heat…
4. Girl Talk: taking breaks only to dance, head-bang or hype his loyal crowd…

Check out our coverage of Weekend One, plus other weirdness here.