Best Of 2012, Guest Editors: Imperial Teen On Joshua Tree

As 2012 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Imperial Teen has been around for longer than you think; roughly 15 years to be exact. Wielding its own distinct brand of pop/rock, the quartet has since crafted a solid niche for itself on the indie scene, particularly thanks to the experience of seasoned pros Will Schwartz, Roddy Bottum, Jone Stebbins and Lynn Truell. Known for its complex lyrics and catchy hooks, Imperial Teen has made a solid mark in the music world during its run, especially with new album Feel The Sound (Merge). We decided to test that experience by inviting the band to guest edit all week. Read our brand new Q&A with Schwartz.

Schwartz: That’s Joshua Tree National Park. My friends Steve and Glen have a house inside the park; it’s mind boggling. It’s art directed to a “t” so you feel like you’re on the set of a ’70s-swinger’s-pad movie; Steve makes these stained-glass installations, and there are big ropey knots with beads on them and mod furniture found at nearby vintage shops and Palm Springs estate sales. They have a dune buggy! I love the idea of it, but riding around in it hurts my ass, especially when Steve drives. I get scared; there are no shock absorbers. Other than that, I’m really able to relax and swim and overeat; to listen to the new bands that Glen turns me on to and read trashy magazines; to watch cult movies I’d never find myself watching or see interesting, relevant episodes of King Of The Hill, where we’ll pick out a catch phrase from Peggy’s crossdressing friend and say it for the rest of our lives.

Video after the jump.