Andy Cabic of Vetiver
Andy Cabic of Vetiver

Anna: Yesterday’s news that DOMA was declared unconstitutional and the US District Court’s ruling overturning Prop 8 would stand had me grinning from ear to ear all day long. I couldn’t bear to listen to anything that was not as happy and bright as my mood, so I turned to my default “Case of the Happies” playlist and found myself hitting repeat on Vetiver‘s “Can’t You Tell.” If I remember correctly, “Can’t You Tell” was the first song released for 2011’s The Errant Charm, and it makes me feel just as warm and wonderful as it did two years ago.

Nicole: This week has been an ‘ode to Polyvinyl Records’ for me — they premiered the full stream of Owen‘s new album, L’Ami du Peuple, and announced the first single off of The Dodos’ label debut, “Substance.” L’Ami du Peuple is one of Mike Kinsella’s finest deliveries, really emphasizing what an incredible drummer he is (and was back in the Cap’n Jazz days). He’s returned to the kit in a new band called Their / They’re / There with Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships). Polyvinyl released their 6-song 12-inch on Record Store Day, which I highly recommend checking out. Owen returns to SF on August 1 at Bottom of the Hill with Laura Stevenson and Shawn Alpay (of The Definite Articles).

Ben: It’s fitting that Hausu is set to play with Wild Moth when the Portland band is here next weekend. Both bands straddle that line between emotionally-charged punk and churning ’90s-style indie rock, and it’s an approach that just seems to scratch an itch I’ve had lately. In the same vein, Hausu’s tourmates, FF, sound pretty rad too! “Caught in a Dream” is the sort of grungey punk anthem that just gets better the louder you turn it up.

Hausu – “Chrysanthemum”

Jason: In the last week of the first half of 2013, I started to take stock of my steadily growing list of favorite albums of the year, and one record kept popping up every time I thought about what would rank number one if someone put a gun to my head today: Tony Molina‘s brilliant, punk-laced, fuzzed out, eleven-minute garage rock masterpiece Dissed and Dismissed. The album is painfully short but oh-so-satisfying, with Molina’s seemingly disinterested and disenchanted vocals being paced by the steady rhythms and riffs of his guitar. Listen to the entire album below – and don’t blink, because you might miss a song or six.