Posts Tagged ‘records’

No More Pain: gimme that jingle-jangle box

In Art Consortium on February 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Nearly two years ago, a friend and I were driving down West Sunset Boulevard–windows down, AC blasting–to survey hidden gems of East L.A. music, and she mentioned a New York equivalent for the kind of sound we were looking for: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. This was before No Age and Health came along, so we settled for Silversun Pickups, Monsters Are Waiting, and Irving for our magazine centerpiece, “Adventures In Silverlake.”

Not too impressed by the Pains’ early recordings at the time, I forgot all about ’em until last year’s CMJ when I caught a Knitting Factory showcase (with Depreciation Guild). They failed to grab my attention with their seemingly aimless jangling, and I focused my efforts on the more up-front, less original Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts in my CMJ Awards blog for Yahoo!.

So I’ve got to say, sweet Pains: I should have known you were painstakingly seeding and sifting through your favorite influences…getting on by having fun, playing shows–holding out on the good stuff only to unleash an astonishingly NEW pop record with a beautiful Sarah Records familiarity. I address to you my formal apology, Pains, with your choral pop “Young Adult Friction” C86 jangle, and I requite you with some early Primal Scream.

Primal Scream, “Velocity Girl”
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, “Young Adult Friction”