The imaginative marriage of Maite Urrechaga (bass, vocals) and Tony Kapel (drums, vocals) — aka Pocket of Lollipops — brings you Letters to Larrup, five tracks in the sparsely atmospheric, bass-boinging, speak-sing style that the Miami-based art punks pull off so well. Stream the EP in full below.
Miami art punks Pocket of Lollipops have released a video for “Angry Kittens”, the lead track from their latest LP, Broken Balloon. Directed by Chris Salazar, the video meshes decelerated live footage from a Wynwood show during Art Basel 2011 with sensually sinking red lollipops and colored discs encircling the mouths of bassist/vocalist Maite Urrechaga and drummer/vocalist Tony Kapel. As on previous material, “Angry Kittens” features Urrechaga at her Kim Deal-like best (especially when she sings, “So to wake you up, honey/Ding, ding ding, ding, ding, but you miss that pussycat”) and Kapel doing a Fred-Schneider-through-a-funnel impression. The duo once again prove that K Records-styled minimalism is still fresh and evolving.
This is the second installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we have asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release. We will be posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
First up in this installment, we have PLAINS covering “Lithium”, track five on Nevermind. PLAINS frontman (and, at times, only man) Michael McGinnis recently released the band’s debut album to (our) rave review. A prolific songwriter and self-described “studio rat”, McGinnis says he doesn’t have “any memory of hearing Nevermind for the first time.”
“It’s just one of those records that was always around cause everyone had it,” he says. “Any time I revisit it though, I realize more and more how much it influenced me.”
Revisiting “Lithium”, McGinnis accentuates the bass-driven groove of Nevermind’s grooviest track and adds a church-worthy Mellotron behind Kurt Cobain’s dismissal of Sunday morning in a cover that pays homage to the original tune.