I think Best Coast is just plain fun! Their lo-fi, poppy sound is perfect for kicking any get together up a notch. When their debut full-length LP, Crazy for You, was released back in July, I had no idea who they were until Katie over at Don't Warn the Tadpoles clued me in!
Now, I am definitely an East Coast girl but West/Best Coast loving Bethany Cosentino's vocals are a case of the Ronettes meet Jenny Lewis meet The Jesus and Mary Chain. The overall sound is definitely 60's surf rock, with simple lyrics and solid guitars and drums. It's a nice change from some of the stuff I listen to and makes me smile.
The band has just released a new video for their song "Boyfriend". It centers around a quinceañera, a Latin American celebration which celebrates a young woman's transition from childhood to womanhood at the age of 15. Best Coast actually had the honor of providing the entertainment at the celebration. Countrymouse's grandfather was from Colombia and there are relatives from several Latin countries peppered through his family tree. We attended his cousin's quinceañera a few years ago and I can tell you, these parties are serious business! (I think this particular one was fancier than my own wedding!) I find the video interesting because it exposes the viewer to a slice of culture they may not otherwise have had an opportunity to see and enjoyable because the girl gets her guy. (Who doesn't like a happy ending??)