Interview // The RAPTURE
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Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Super Sad True Love Story
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Interview // BEST COAST (2)

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photo by David Black

 

Interview from October 2011 via telephone

 

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino is hanging out at home in Los Angeles doing some final writing before going into the studio to begin recording her second LP. It's only been about a year since her debut album Crazy For You was released, and two years since her lo-fi, sun drenched and fuzzed out tracks started permeating into ears. By the blog watch, two years seems like a lifetime; but in terms of palpable success, Cosentino has been using those last two years to steadily climb not only the charts and away from the cat obsessed stoner public image that she herself had built during that time, but also into more rarefied circles of fame and fortune.

 

It was just the other day that she was rubbing shoulders with Tina Fey and being asked by Tracy Morgan to sing 'Respect' with him. She had a video directed by Drew Barrymore featuring a host of young stars including Chloe Moretz and Donald Glover, and in the witheringly backhanded compliment, has been a notorious target for HipsterRunoff's personal brand of caustic and ironic wit.

 

On second look, maybe she is in fact, deeper than just cats and weed. In fact, I might be inclined to think that, on one hand, she takes herself very seriously. And on the other, not seriously at all. Perhaps it's more that she takes her position in pop culture seriously, but herself not so much - though perhaps a little more with each HRO post. Cosentino seems cautious in her responses, and at times even defensive. She's frank though, and even speaks at length to explain her intentions and actions. 

 

Tuesday March 6 2012:

 

We first interviewed Bethany back in September 2010. I did this interview with Cosentino about a year later in October 2011. With the recent buzz surrounding her new range for Urban Outfitters dropping into stores in May 2012, it seemed an appropriate time to let y'all read the unedited conversation. This cat-and-weed-meme-indie girl with the songs about the everyday tragedy of heartbreak and love set to warm and fuzzy guitar has proven far more than a blip on the radar and doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. To be honest, I prefer Best Coast less when she's talking and more when she's singing. Less meme and more music, I say - and it seems, so does she.

 

 

 

INTERVIEW AFTER THE HUMP >>


Best Coast gets a Supervideo directed by Drew Barrymore

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"Two Gangs. One ruled the streets by day. The other by night"... And then you meet the gang members: Teenwolf's Tyler Posey, Kick Ass' Chloe Moretz, Community's Donald Glover, iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove and Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat. Hot, right? Now keep in mind that this modern, hipster version of 'Romeo & Julliet' is directed by none other than Drew Barrymore, soundtracked by Best Coast's 'Our Deal' and fought like West Side Story. This is definitely one of MTV's better 'Supervideos'.

 

Best Coast - Our Deal  


MTV's Buzzworthy Blog just posted a behind-the-scene gallery and here it is:

 

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Best Coast gets remixed by Lindstrøm

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Wait a minute. Why didn't I know Havaianas are actually cool outside of Brazil? I knew foreigners love to wear those flip-flops (specially the ones with the tiny Brazilian flag), but I was assumed it was a 'gringo in Brazil' sort of thing; like getting wasted with Caipirinhas on the beach whilst getting a lovely shade of sunburnt. Not that the company were actually marketing for the cool crowd or anything, but, well, they are. And they just produced something quite cool in fact: an exclusive Lindstrøm remix for Best Coast.


Yes, you read it right, in exchange for a 'Like' you will receive a badly-tagged-but-oh-so-great remix that makes Bethany Cosentino sound like she was actually produced by Phil Spector. And if you are in L.A. on the 22nd of July, you'll also be able to see Best Coast playing for free at the Havaiana pop-up store. Meanwhile in Brazil, we've got a bellybuttonless actress trying look sexy in their latest TV ad...

Havaianas ad (Brazil)

 

Stream the remix below and head here for the download link.

 

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Best Coast is Crazy For Cats

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Best Coast fully embraced the cat meme. After using a picture of the lovely Snacks for the cover of their debut album, the amazing Crazy For You, they are now using him and a bunch of new cats for the new video. And to turn the meme factor even higher, they chose the hilarizous icanhascheezburger to host and release the video.

 

So besides a bunch of cats, is the video any good? If you are expecting a laugh you better go back to watching Ricky Gervais humiliate celebrities at the Golden Globes, but if you want an instant smiley face, the video does the trick. Specially, when you look at the details in it, like the cat directing the video sitting in a chair which says “TEH DIRECTOR” and an extra cute kitten driving the “TEAZ+COFFYZ” vehicle around the studio. My favorite part is when Bob Bruno leaves the weed behind (for once) to do some catnip with one crazy cat.

 

I only wished they had a keyboard cat reference in there.

 

Best Coast - Crazy For You

 

 

If you want to get a bunch of prizes from Best Coast and Wavves, you just need to make Snacks talk in the picture below, send it to ICHC’s caption contest and of course, be the best one at it. By the way, I love your hat, Mr. Snacks.

 

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Is all this a sign for Bethany's crazy cat lady future?

Best Coast joins The Go! Team

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We’ve been teasing y'alls about the collaboration between The Go! Team and Bethany Consentino from Best Coast and now that it's finally here we're almost exploding with happiness and we think you will be too; if you too believe that ‘Mean Girls’ is, like, the best movie everrrr and Lindsay totally should’ve won an Oscar for that.

 

Because ‘Buy Nothing Day’ is the perfect soundtrack for any good teenage drama. It sounds like an overly produced Christmas track that only The Go! Team could make work, combined with melodic indie guitars and Bethany doing her cutesy best at a 90s impersonation.

 

 

While we can forgive them for leaving Ninja out this one, we hope this doesn’t become recurrent in Rolling Blackout, because WE LOVE HER!

Wavves and Best Coast in Xmas collaboration

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We honestly believe that nobody will EVER manage to do a better Christmas album than Mariah’s original Merry Christmas. And if we were holiday people, we'd for sure throw a party with lots of food and this album on eternal loop - or at least until we got too drunk and went to bed.

 

But now Target might be becoming part of this our imaginary Christmas party celebrating little baby Jesus and stuffed turkey and mulled wine. Target are releasing a Christmas album with unreleased songs by artists like Crystal Antlers, Bishop Allen and a predictable - but no less welcomed - collaboration between Wavves and Best Coast.

 

You can have a taste of the sunny collaboration by our favorite lo-fi couple below, but if you want to stream the whole album you have to click here. Although to download the whole thing (for free), you'll have to wait until the 28th of November - which is much closer to the actual festive season, innit.

 

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In a Quincereña with Best Coast
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The day that fifteen year old girls realise that they don’t need to turn to crappy radio songs to express how (un)happy they are or how the world doesn’t understand how much they love this boy at school is the day that Best Coast will finally overtake Taylor Swift.

 

Not only for her sound; which is a sunny mix of the sixties and the nineties, but also for the lyrics. Honestly, how can they not connect to lyrics this straightforward: I wish he was my boyfriend. I'd love him to the very end but instead he's just a friend.


While the world isn’t a perfect place, we can all turn to the new Best Coast video for ‘Boyfriend’ to see pubescent teens falling in love in a Quincereña party (a Latino version of the Sweet Sixteen, except it's celebrated at 15) with Best Coast as the guest band. So sweet!  

 

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The! Go! Team! Is! Back!

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Everybody’s favorite indie big band is back with a new album full of collaborations and a free song which is the bomb! ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O.’, the heavily punctuated, amazingly titled new single is heavy, short and more straightforward than anything they've previously released. It gets you all sweaty and breathless in just 2:10 blistering minutes!

 

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But you'll have to wait until the 31st of January to listen to Rolling Blackouts. To make the wait even more painful, Ian Parton announced in a P4k interview that the likes of Best Coast and Deerhoof will be the guests on their third album.

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