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Hear the Blank Tapes’ Winsome Garage-Pop Gem ‘Coast to Coast’

California crew's 'Vacation' is out May 14 via Antenna Farm

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // February 13, 2013

Vacation, due out soon from Antenna Farm Records, is the Blank Tapes’ leader Matt Adams’ first full album recorded away from his own eight-track. But the new record’s sunshiney “Coast to Coast” stays true to the Los Angeles- and Oakland-based band’s scrappy roots, touring through ’50s and ’60s pop classics with ramshackle warmth. The melismatic harmonies recall the Beatles before they discovered acid, but the Blank Tapes’ oh-so-slightly off-kilter update of the old jangly tropes should also appeal to fans of bands like the Parquet Courts and Foxygen. “We’re changing with the weather / We’re waking up the ghosts / It couldn’t get much better,” Adams sings. That about sums it up: Best Coast, are you listening?!

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