Finally, the 2015 Tune Tourney‘s California bracket gets rolling. West coast start-times are such hell for east coast gamblers, we know. Stay up late and watch the game you degenerates; morning SportsCenter highlights just don’t cut it.
After voting for your favorite tune in each of the following four matchups, do the same in the Scandinavia, Oceania, and Canadia regions as well. Polling on all first-round matchups closes next Thursday!
Italians Do It Better is one of the best things about LA, and last year’s Chromatics’ single “Cherry” from the After Dark 2 compilation further enhances the legend. Johnny, Ruth, et al, take on the title track from The Growlers’ 2014 LP, Chinese Fountain
By contrast to that SoCal hive of scum and villainy, there are lots of wonderful things about San Francisco, and The Y Axes is one of them. “Neon Street” bounces from the East Bay Lookout! past into pop music future and back again to do battle with LA and Ariel Pink.
LA’s third entrant into the California bracket is in the form of Nick Waterhouse and “This Is a Game” from last year’s Holly LP. He takes on fellow Angelinos Classixx (with a big fat NYC assist in the form of Nancy Whang) and “All You’re Waiting For.”
Another SF-LA showdown: Painted Palms with “Hypnotic” from their 2014 debut album does battle with “Pyramids” from LA-by-way-of-NOLA producer Frank Ocean.