Review: Neon Indian, ‘Psychic Chasms’

Also part of The A.V. Club’s “stuff we missed” roundup of 2009:

Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms (Lefse)

Neon Indian, 'Psychic Chasms'

While bloggers raced to name the sound of Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo—“hypnagogic pop,” “chillwave,” and “glo-fi” being some of the more creative labels—he was probably resting easy, confident not only because he was being heralded as the tip of a rapidly expanding stylistic iceberg, but because he’d done a far better job at naming his own songs than any critic could ever hope to…

Grade: A (via The Onion / A.V. Club)

The Best Albums Of 2009

Everyone’s gotta have a list, right? Well, we critics for The A.V. Club were given the opportunity to write on any of our personal favorites that didn’t make the publication’s official countdown. Despite the presence of Fall Out Boy on said countdown, it was assembled democratically, with each critic having received 100 points to distribute as she/he saw fit on up to 15 records (with no more than 15 points for any single album).

The individual ballots have been published, and this link goes directly to mine, which includes writeups on game-changers like Neon Indian and Fool’s Gold, overlooked moments of greatness from DM Stith, Wallpaper, and Themselves, quieter things like Tiny Vipers, and creepy stuff like Fever Ray (plus a few others).

DM Stith, 'Heavy Ghost'

Recommended Rocking: Neon Indian, West Coast / Left Coast Fest

A short list of recommended L.A.-area shows for the coming week (plus videos for instant gratification). Click “details” for descriptions.

  • Region: Echo Park
    Music: Neon Indian, Keenhouse, Tiger City, Little Red Radio…
    Echoplex on Friday, November 20
    (details at LA Weekly)
  • Region: Downtown
    Music: Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, Matmos, Mike Einziger
    Disney Hall on Saturday, November 21
    (details at LA Weekly)

Free Lefse Records digi comp (Neon Indian, Calico Horse, Phaseone, more)

A new Northern California label based out of a treehouse, Lefse Records, has just released an impressive 18-track digital sampler of its roster, which not only includes awesome Brooklynite Neon Indian but several highly promising San Diego acts as well. Read more, and download the free sampler here (via LA Weekly). Below, you’ll find Calico Horse performing non-album track “New Years” [sic] for LiveDaily.