[MP3] HANDS: “Magic Fingers”

It’s refreshing to hear something from LA that doesn’t sound like surf-pop or impeccably produced, utterly harmless, radio friendly indie pop/rock. Not that the Brooklyn scene is any less embarrassing or more authentic, to each his/her own, but LA seems to have a hard time being as loose, experimental, and organic as New York (and the rest of the mid-north east). Hands is a big, big exception, and apparently bloggers in and out of the LA scene have been taking notice (that’s what happens when you serve a glass of ice water in hell, amirite?). Even Filter Mag, sticking out amongst the peppering of smaller blogs, has chimed in. So are they really that great? Why all the hubbub? Here’s why:

HANDS – Magic Fingers

As Mark from yvynyl astutely analogized, perhaps there’s something in the California wildfires that a handful of LA bands are able to tap, some make of defiance that staring an inevitable wave of flame in the face can bring to true poetic craftsmen. Whether fire or some other muse — an awakening, a maturity, a loss, a connection, a failure, a success — there’s something profound in the origins of this music.

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HenryPlant July 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

“It’s refreshing to hear something from LA that doesn’t sound like surf-pop or impeccably produced, utterly harmless, radio friendly indie pop/rock.”

pssshhhhh! there’s a ton! for starters… you ever heard of ariel pink? the dude ALWAYS plays at the smell with other like-minded bands.

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Connor July 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I know the BK scene better than the LA scene, I’m mostly going from the stuff that gets submitted to us for review. of course there are bands in LA that don’t fit the stereotype I outlined, this is just a general impression I’ve picked up over the years…

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Kati Huff July 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Wow. This is really good.

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