by Bill Pearis

Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse

Meet angel-faced, starched-shirted, vintage glasses-sporting producer and musician Nick Waterhouse, whose driver's license says he's 24 but whose record collection suggests he was born in 1942.

Amy Winehouse might be gone, but old-style soul and R&B lives on via musicians like Charles Bradley, Adele, Sharon Jones and L.A.'s Aloe Blacc. Now, here comes a kid from Huntington Beach with an ear for some of the rawest, most rug-cutting R&B ever pressed to vinyl, his preferred medium. "If I'm going to bother to use a real guitar," he says later, "I want a real sound wave.

He's just starting the first recording session for his debut EP on up-and-coming local label Innovative Leisure, which launched throwback garage-soul rocker Hanni El Khatib into the stratosphere. He's also in possession of a bevy of offers to produce and record, including with Weekly favorites the Allah-Las and a series of plum gigs, including an opening slot for Booker T. (of immortal soul band Booker T. & the M.G.s) and a spot at the Sunset Junction festival this weekend. He has a small but potent and quickly growing collection of fans, many of whom have become enraptured by his self-released 45 rpm vinyl single "Some Place," which sold out in an instant and now changes hands for almost $100 on eBay. [L.A. Weekly]

Nick Waterhouse's debut album Time's All Gone is out May 1 on Innovative Leisure. You can download "Some Place" from the album at the top of this post or stream it below. Around the same time, Nick hits the road with backing band His Tarots, a tour that rolls into NYC on May 19 at Mercury Lounge. All tour dates are below.

I caught a few songs at SXSW and he definitely had the joint jumping with his brand of in-the-red R&B.

Allah-Las at SXSW 2012

At the same showcase I saw Waterhouse's fellow Angelenos and labelmates Allah-Las, which was one of my highlights of SXSW 2012, where I wrote:

12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.

That single (produced by Waterhouse) came out this week and you can watch video below which is definitely in a mood with song (and slightly NSFW).

The Allah-Las and Waterhouse also share sides of a Record Store Day split single. It's an 8", which I suppose is the vinyl equivalent of "this one goes to 11." Gotta admit it looks pretty cool but good luck fitting it in your singles box.

Click through for Nick Waterhouse tour dates and track stream, as well as that groovy Allah-Las video.


Nick Waterhouse and His Tarots - 2012 Tour Dates
April 28: The Depot / Humboldst State University, Arcata, CA | 9:00PM
April 29: Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA | 8:00PM
May 4: Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Newport Beach, CA | 7:00PM
May 10: Center for Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA | 7:30PM
May 17: Sixth & I Synagogue, Washington DC | 8:00PM
May 18: Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA | 10:30PM
May 19: The Mercury Lounge, New York, NY | 10:30PM
May 28: Holocene, Portland, OR | 8:30PM
May 29: The Barboza, Seattle, WA | 8:00PM
June 6: The Verdi Club , San Francisco, CA | 8:00PM

Allah-Las - "Tell Me What's On Your Mind"

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