Best Coast is the project of Los Angeles’ Bethany Cosentino, (formerly of Pocahaunted). Since April of last year, she’s been steadily releasing blissed out 7″ singles/EPs and demo cassettes of warm lo-fi beach pop melodies that call to mind the girl groups of the late 1950s or early 1960s like the Honeys or the Crystals. Its a sound that is fresh but nostalgic and catchy. Its intended by Cosentino to sound like the soundtrack to lazily hanging out on a cool beach wrapped in a blanket and making out with a cute guy/girl. And in many ways, Best Coast is a great pairing for the butternut squash and chickpea salad recipe Kasey has featured on eating/sf today. The recipe is comforting, warm and fresh. And although Best Coast has released a number of fantastic 7″s (all of which are pretty much sold out), my favorite so far is the When I’m With You 7″ which is also today’s Musical Pairing.
Cosentino said that when she returned to California from New York, she could think of nothing “more fitting than to record a bunch of songs about summer and the sun and the ocean and being a lazy creep” featuring “drums, beach boys bass lines, and other amazing things.” And with that in mind, she has achieved exactly what she sought out to craft. The 7″ features the a-side “When I’m With You” and b-side”This Is Real.” “When I’m With You” opens with a lazy, fuzzy guitar melody and Cosentino’s drowsy, affectless vocals: “the world is lazy / but you and me / we’re just crazy / so when I’m with you / I have fun.” The song suddenly unfurls into an upbeat jam as the drums break in and the beach party really gets going. This is one artist you’ll want to check out. Additionally, Best Coast is one of the artists performing at Noise Pop this year. She’ll be sharing a bill with Harlem at Cafe du Nord this Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in what promises to be a great show. Tickets are $12 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. If we are lucky we’ll be able to pick up copies of one of those sold-out 7″s at the merch table.
Head back to eating/sf to read Kasey’s recipe for the butternut squash and chickpea salad and follow her adventures of eating in.