Pink Mountaintops have shared their video “North Hollywood Microwaves,” from their upcoming record ‘Get Back’ Out 4/29 via JagJaguwar. Directed by Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), “North Hollywood Microwaves” is a chugging anthem with screaming sax solos and features rapping by Hardy, who is known for her black humor and David Lee Roth-level stage presence.
Director Annie Hardy says, “I’d like to imagine I supplied at least some of the inspiration for “North Hollywood Microwaves.” I met Stephen McBean through my good friend Joe Cardamone (who produced the Pink Mountaintops LP) who always knows who to introduce to who. Joe, Stephen, Travis Keller and I met for lunch, first at my house in North Hollywood (clue 1) and on the way to Mrs Peaches Soul Food I told the car a story of a not-so-distant past that found my house (Full Psycho HQ) rocking 4 microwaves (clue 2). A few weeks later Joe told me Stephen had heard my side project PnP (a “free jizz” band of all improv music that Joe was lucky enough to record: a 51 minute freestyle musical odyssey that I’ve yet to outdo (clue 3)) and Stephen wanted me to come rap on a song. Wouldn’t you know it, I went down and threw down two mere freestyles and forgot about it until Stereogum told me they were debuting it. I asked Stephen if I could make a music video for the song and he said yes. Stephen sent me an amazing video of himself dancing which really legitimized my video. I came down with a vicious kidney infection that ended with me in the ER, which couldn’t have worked out better for the “me and Rod Stewart at the hospital” part of my freestyle. All in all I’d say this video and the experience was a great one and is just more proof that the universe is a magical place for anyone that dares to adventure… And that North Hollywood rules.”
In support of the new release, Pink Mountaintops are hitting the road in May, playing a few festival dates along the way. Stops include Austin Psych Fest and Sasquatch. Some serious pros will be joining Pink Mountaintops on tour: Steve McBean on guitar/vocals, Gregg Foreman (Cat Power) on guitar, Steve Kille on bass (Dead Meadow) and Will Scott on drums (Wolf Mother, Mooney Suzuki). Don’t miss the chance to catch them live. Check out the full list of North American dates below.
Pink Mountaintops North American Tour Dates:
4/30/14 @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/1/14 @ Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
5/2/14-5/4/14 @ Austin Pysch Festival – Austin, TX
5/6/14 @ Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM
5/7/14 @ Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
5/8/14 @ The Western – Scottsdale, AZ
5/19/14 @ The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
5/22/14 @ Harpo’s Upstairs Cabaret – Victoria, BC
5/23/14 @ The Fox – Vancouver, BC
5/25/14 @ Sasquatch Music Festival – George, WA
5/26/14 @ Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
5/28/14 @ The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
5/29/14 @ Casbah – San Diego, CA
5/30/14 @ The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
7/13/14 @ RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfet – Ottawa, ON
It’s doubtful that Stephen McBean set out to make The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Primer when he started conjuring the songs that would come to be Pink Mountaintops’ Get Back. The record’s beginnings were reasonably straightforward: McBean had moved to Los Angeles, taken a long hiatus from Black Mountain and an even longer one from Pink Mountaintops when he met producer Joe Cardamone, lead singer of Icarus Line at Valley Recording Company in Burbank, CA. The two bonded quickly over Flying Nun bands, Television Personalities, Roxy Music, Johnny Thunders, and Born Against. Joe was excited to meet someone he actually liked. Stephen was excited to work with someone who said “Sing it like you would’ve sung it when you were 21.” Simple enough, right?
But ask him to set the scene and you’ll hear about a motorcycle shop owned by Michael Barragan, former member of Los Angeles noise rock band Plexi. You’ll hear about an endless supply of rock ‘n’ roll video documentation for last minute inspiration or deevolution in the living room. Ask who’s on the record and you’ll get a constellation of greats: J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr & Witch), Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, The Fall & Cass McCombs), Steve Kille (Dead Meadow), Daniel Allaire (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cass McCombs & Darker My Love), Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Jon Wahl (Clawhammer), and Gregg Foreman (Cat Power & Delta 72). Randal Dunn (SunnO))), Earth, Sun City Girls, Boris) mixed Get Back at Avast! Studios (Bikini Kill,Mudhoney, Christ On A Crutch, Soundgarden) in Seattle. Howie Weinburg (Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Danzig, Ramones, Slayer) mastered it in Laurel Canyon.
Ask about the record itself and McBean will tell you about “Alleys, curbs, walls, and cigarette stained gig flyers. An island on the Pacific coast. Fake British towns. Slayer posters. The beauty of youth. It’s about listening to Driver’s Seat and ‘Guns of Brixton’ and hotboxing The Duster.” And suddenly it becomes clear: when the aliens do touch down and they don’t know rock ‘n’ roll, you can play them Get Back start to finish, and that’ll be all they need.
1. Ambulance City
2. The Second Summer of Love
3. Through All The Worry
5. Sell Your Soul
6. North Hollywood Microwaves
8. New Teenage Mutilation
10. The Last Dance