Bill's Indie Basement (1/12): the week in classic indie, college rock, and more – Brooklyn Vegan (blog)


Do you like supergroups? Me too. This week we’ve got three of them, including The Green Child which is Mikey Young (Total Control) and Raven Mahon (Grass Widow), plus Seattle’s Unlikely Friends (BOAT + Math & Physics Club), and Brooklyn’s Drawing Boards (members of Dirty on Purpose, TEEN and more). We’ve also got a premiere from Australia’s Totally Mild who will be at SXSW (and maybe other places) this spring, and the sub-zero dance music of Montreal’s Essaie Pas.

If you need more Basement-approved music: The Radio Dept just released their first single for their self-run Just So! label; The Posies are reissuing their three ’90s Geffen LPs on vinyl; Cavern of Anti-Matter (featuring Tim Gane of Stereolab) have announced a new album; Insecure Men (Saul of Fat White Family) announced their debut album; and US Girls shared another song from their terrific upcoming album.

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Totally Mild – “Lucky Stars” video

Australian band’s new album, Her, is out in February.



Melbourne, Australia’s Totally Mild are gearing up to release their second album, Her, on February 23. Centered around the heart-on-sleeve songwriting and gorgeous voice of Elizabeth Mitchell, most of Totally Mild’s songs are winsome, jazzy pop that’s somewhere between The Cardigans and Alvvays. But on current single “Lucky Stars,” it’s just Elizabeth and a piano, a delicate, vulnerable “love song to a band.” It’s delicate, vulnerable and absolutely lovely, with real happy/sad feel to it. We’ve got the premiere of the official music video, which is a one-take live performance with just a little story to it, too. Elizabeth tells us, “Lucky Stars is an exercise in intimate voyeurism, a momentary glimpse into the world of this woman as she plays a love song and hopes someone will hear it. A live performance shot by Tobias Willis that continues the character arc begun with the ‘Today’ video.” Watch that here: