At SPIN.com, we get pitches from aspiring writers all the time, but one we received last fall was quite different. It came from Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, who said he was dying to write a column about his favorite new bands for us-so we hired him! For four months, the bassist-producer-social media maven contributed a weekly piece called Hopp on Pop, profiling acts like Japandroids, Mumford & Sons, Uffie, and dozens more.
But that was just the beginning. Starting Thursday, Sept. 16, Mark will take his tastemaking talents to the Fuse network with his new show, A Different Spin, which airs at 7 P.M. EST and finds Hoppus talking about all things music with co-host Amy Schumer. Get more info and behind-the-scenes video at trustmeiminaband.com.
To help celebrate the launch of A Different Spin, Mark is back on SPIN.com for one week only, sharing five of his favorite acts of the moment (one per day), culled from his incessant pursuit of all that rocks. (Click here to discover Mark's previous picks, and come back to SPIN.com every day this week for Mark's latest discovery.
Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino crafts awww-inspiring '60s girl-group-flavored surf rock about love, and its shortcomings. Along with songwriting pal/guitarist Bobb Bruno, Cosentino, 23, concocted one of the year's most alluring debuts, Crazy for You, and even collaborated on a track with Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij.
WHERE HOPP HEARD THEM FIRST:
"One of the writers-producers on A Different Spin actually suggested that I check out Best Coast.He's way into the indie rock scene, has good taste, and has never steered me wrong, so I bought the album before hearing any of the music.Glad I did."
WHY THEY ROCK:
"Surfy-type guitar-driven songs fronted by a female singer.Lo-fi.Lots of reverb.Lots of songs about broken hearts, falling in and out of love, and unrequited affections.To give you some perspective, when listening to their new album in my car, a friend turned to me and said, 'Wow, she really needs to find a boyfriend!!'" [Editor's note: She found one: Wavves frontman Nathan Williams]
HOPP'S TOP TRACK:
"'Boyfriend.'It's all in the hook, which is simply: 'I wish he was my boyfriend.'Side note: Technically, the line should be 'I wish he WERE my boyfriend.'It's called the subjunctive, people!!!"
LISTEN: Best Coast, "Boyfriend"(DOWNLOAD MP3)