Sun, Fun & Much More in Best Coast’s ‘The Only Place’ Video

Rather than just singing about it, here’s a way to really convince the world that California is the best place: Record a sun-dappled video in which you traverse the Golden State’s beaches, backyard pools and basketball courts, having fun where you please. In the clip for Best Coast’s "The Only Place," Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno do exactly that, vibing outrageous in a way that distracts you from how puerile, though admittedly catchy, those lyrics are. That said, I’m still pretty sure California can’t be the only place until they fix that damn budget crisis. 

Expect to see this used in a tourism campaign sooner rather than later. Best Coast’s most recent album, The Only Place (go figure!) is out right now.

Acoustic Favorites From Best Coast To Duran Duran

“We never really do acoustic or unplugged things,” says Bethany Cosentino, the mastermind behind Best Coast. So it’s all the most exciting that an acoustic clip of the band, which just released its sophomore album, The Only Place, has surfaced.

Part of a Rhapsody session that included the songs “How They Want Me To Be” and “Last Year,” the just-released “No One Like You” video shows Cosentino and musical partner Bobb Bruno playing the heartbreaker of a tune outside of a park and completely acoustic, but without losing any of the intensity of the album version.

It’s not the first time a band has surprised us with an unplugged session, however. Here are some of our all-time favorites.

Nirvana’s “The Man Who Sold The World.”

The Rolling Stones’ “Love In Vain”

Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”

Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out”

New Music Tuesdays: The Best Videos for This Week’s New Releases

Music is generally released on Tuesdays, but these days, by the time an album drops, we’ve generally heard the singles, streamed the album and downloaded a rough mix. Still, what better way to decide if you want to part with your $10 or however long it takes you to download an album than to look at the videos that have come out, giving each artist a chance to share a new track and show off some weird vision or live performance that goes along with it.

Baltimore native and M.I.A. sidekick Rye Rye has been talked about for years, but it’s only today that she is releasing her debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! The lead single, “Boom Boom” is infectious, exciting and proves that good things are indeed sometimes worth the wait.

While official videos for tracks off of In The Belly of the Brazen Bull, out today, are scarce, here’s a video of British buzz punks The Cribs band playing two songs with the Smiths’ Johnny Marr. Not a bad way to be.

Poster girl for summer Bethany Cosentino and her band Best Coast are releasing The Only Place, the second Best Coast full-length today. And while no videos (especially none directed by Drew Barrymore) have been released just yet, here’s a clip of Beth & Co. performing the track ‘Why I Cry.” 

It’s not a traditional music video, but this intro to Philly-based mewithoutYou’s new album, Ten Stories, gives us a listen to the music and some behind-the-scenes looks at what went into making the record.

Download a New Best Coast Song, ‘The Only Place’

Bethany Cosentino, the driving force behind Best Coast, is set to return on May 15 with a new album called The Only Place. She’s made the title track free for download, and boy, what a difference a budget makes: those drums are booming, those vocals are clear, those guitars are stripped of their lo-fi and given a full-blown jingle jangle. "We were born with sun in our teeth and in our hair / When we get bored we like to sit around, sit around and stare / At the mountains, at the birds, at the ocean, at the trees / We have fun, we have fun / We have fun when we please," she sings. This ain’t Keats or Yeats, no. But gosh, it’s catchy. 

 

The song, if you couldn’t tell, is about living in California (where Cosentino is from), and why it’s the only place for her. "Why would you live anywhere else?" she asks, but I’d hope the rest of the country is appropriately jaded enough to respond to that question with the snidest sneer. Which is maybe sort of the point of her song, I guess, but still. The Only Place is out on May 15.

Morning Links: Best Coast Gets an Urban Outfitters Line, Scar-Jo Cast as ‘Psycho’ Janet Leigh

● Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino revealed on Twitter yesterday that she is following in the trendy footsteps of Kim Gordon before her and launching a clothing line for Urban Outfitters this May. "i’m stoked to dress y’all this spring," she wrote, adding that, "boys- you will look cute in a crop top, too!" [Stereogum]

Liquor stores need not worry: producers from Snooki’s Jersey Shore spin-off tipped off Jersey City’s baby boutiques weeks ago. [TMZ]

● Unusually thorough, Viggo Mortensen does not let a childhood hero go forgotten in this interview. Not even one. [BostonGlobe]

● Kanye West’s Giuseppe Zanotti ivory-beaded sandals, as debuted on the runways at Paris Fashion Week, can be yours for a mere $5,800. [Us]

● Scarlett Johnasson has scored the role of Psycho character Janet Leigh in Sacha Gervasi’s behind-the-scenes drama, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Anthony Hopkins will play Hitchcock, Helen Mirren will play Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. [Variety]

● Demi Moore has traded her fancy Cirque Lodge rehab for "vacation" at an undisclosed location. "She’s in no rush to get back to L.A.," explains someone close to her. Can you blame her? [E!]

● Harvey Weinstein wants Katy Perry to make her big screen debut as the wife of mobile-phone salesman turned Britian’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts, but only if his first choice, Adele, won’t take the role. Ouch. [Page Six]

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino on Her Cats and the Best Band Ever

Katy Perry might have the Song of the Summer, but for the Album of the Summer look no further than sixties surf-rock revivalists Best Coast, whose debut record Crazy For You is out today on Mexican Summer records (even their label is summery!). The band’s lead singer and real life California Gurl is Bethany Cosentino, a 23-year-old romantic with a gorgeous voice. While she’s currently touring Europe, we caught up with Cosentino a while back to talk about her influences, her obsession with her cats, why she ignores the internet.

One of your songs is about your cat, who’s also on the cover of your album. Why are you so obsessed with your cat? I have two cats, but my main cat is Snacks. He’s like a big fluffy orange tabby cat. He is the real life Garfield. My other cat’s name is Chloe and she was my childhood cat. She’s pretty old and mellow, but she gets bitchy. Snacks is the best cat, though. He’s our mascot. I got him around the time we started recording and playing shows. He is along for the ride. In fact he is staring at me right now and I think he knows I’m talking about him. We wanted to honor him, so we put him on the cover of the album.

You’ve been touring a lot lately. Any stories from the road? We are the most boring band. After shows we either go to our hotel or chill at someone’s house. We tell jokes that aren’t funny to anyone but us. There was a bunch of weird stuff that happened in Europe, but I can’t really remember all of it. I guess one interesting thing was that Ali and I got food poisoning, and Bobb ate the same thing but didn’t get sick. If the three of us party Ali and I totally get hung over and Bobb is fine.

Who are your influences in regard to your music? I listen to oldies and things like The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys and Phil Spector. That’s where a lot of inspiration comes from. I’m also inspired by the aesthetic of the era. Beach parties, California and summer fun. It makes me feel really happy and there is an innocence to it. The aesthetic inspires me more than the music.

Did you grow up on that type of music or did you gravitate towards it? Yeah I had a 70s mom, but I really started listening to it when I lived in New York City for a while in the winter. I listened to the Beach Boys and 60s stuff because it made me feel really happy and the weather was affecting me in a serious way. It helped get my spirits up. It wasn’t until I moved away that I started depending on it.

Who would you describe as the best band ever? I know this is kind of a stereotypical answer but I’d say The Beatles. Their earlier stuff is so good! Later stuff like the White Album and Magical Mystery Tour is a little too hippie for me. Everything that we have now would not exist if it weren’t for The Beatles. There will never be another band like them. They started that clean happy, bouncy pop music. Even if you don’t like The Beatles you listen to stuff inspired by them, so really you do.

Do you release on smaller labels on purpose or have you tried to work with bigger names? Yeah, we worked with a lot of self-run labels. We weren’t ready to record an album and I hadn’t written enough material. The time has come for a record so I’m really glad it will finally come out. I would get angry emails saying, “Why can’t I buy your 7-inch!” I would just have to apologize saying “I’m sorry, it’s not my fault they are all gone.” Best Coast has only been a band for a year, so I felt it was too early. It seemed like it was a good thing going and we didn’t want to rush anything. It was a good decision to wait, but when you headline a tour and you don’t have a record it’s weird. “I’m sorry I don’t have anything to sell you!”

Pitchfork said Best Coast was one of “indie-dom’s most promising new acts.” Does this put a lot of pressure on your upcoming work. Do you think you can handle it? I didn’t even know that they said that. I try really hard to not pay attention to what people say on the Internet because people say mean things. I don’t really read too much, especially lately, but now that the record is coming out a lot more shit talking is happening. That is a cool thing, it doesn’t really put too much pressure on us, I just hope people like the record.