I don't usually get all that excited about new/current music, but when I do, I get EXCITED (think Girls here...) I've been listening to Best Coast, either on the stereo or in my brain, basically non stop for the last few weeks. I went and saw them play last night at Mercury Lounge and it was, yep, the best. There's a quality about Bethany's voice that I find irresistible--powerful, a bit of a rasp at the edges, occasionally seeming to teeter on the edge of breaking only to pull back at the last second.
Someone has made a couple of amazing videos for her songs using footage from old films. The one above is a scene from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. Be sure to check out the one from Un Homme Et Une Femme as well! And go see Best Coast if you have the chance, you wont be sorry you did.
P.S. Funny story: before I ever knew who Bethany was or had heard of Best Coast, I used to follow her (now-defunct) flickr because she would always post amazing things like tatoos of bong-smoking dolphins. Fast forward several months, and I end up with an internship at FADER...only to find out eventually that Bethany held the same position as I did right before my arrival. She was responsible for the excellent Thrintage column, and by extension, for making me miss California even more than I already did, no small feat indeed.