Posts by: Russell Jelinek
May 23, 2013
My favorite local folk singer Dyllan Hersey actually released her video for “I Wished Freedom” at the end of 2012, but it just found its way to my inbox this month. Filmed primarily at the Bolinas Skatepark, it’s probably the most relaxing soundtrack for a skate video you’ve ever seen. There’s also plenty of Marin sky and wilderness shots that fit Hersey’s music perfectly, followed by a four-minute spoken word outro from Hersey. It’s really quite lovely.
Hersey recently completed a successful tour of the Pacific Northwest and will be performing at the Blackbird Cafe in Inverness on May 25. It’s out of the way for most people, but I recommend spending an afternoon getting lost in the West Marin wilderness before finding your way to Inverness to see some folk music as the sun goes down. If for some reason you can’t make it to Inverness on Saturday, the fine folks at Rickshaw Stop added Dyllan to their July 10 show, opening for London folksters The Melodic. The video for “I Wished Freedom” and details on both shows are below.
May 22, 2013
We’re pleased to premiere a track off the new cassette, “Healing Enargy Crystels”, which I think is sending some subtle surf vibes my way, thus creating a daring new “Industrial Surfgaze” genre. DSTVV frontman Joel Cusumano told me the track is written from the “point-of-view of a dude who is really into crystals” but also manages to “rock pretty hard.” Indeed it does. You can stream “Crystels” below and pre-order Underground Product from Wormhole.
In addition to “Healing Enargy Crystals”, DSTVV also released a video for “Crusher”, directed by Andrea Scary aka Snow Wite. Let’s just say there’s an awful lot going on and it fits DSTVV’s style perfectly. DSTVV will play at the Milk Bar July 6. Details after the video.
July 6, 2013
May 21, 2013
Sandy’s is a new project for Alexi Glickman, who was previously the singer and guitarist for The Botticellis. Glickman, who now lives in West Marin, is currently wrapping up recording Sandy’s debut album, and has shared three tracks on his Bandcamp page. All three are well-crafted, breezy pop songs with just a touch of retro feel. Listen to “Lonely Hunter” below, and see them play Saturday at Hickey Fest, the great-looking festival we told you about late last month.
May 16, 2013
Split Screens, the project led by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, released their debut video last week for the track “Born”. The video was created by Cafiero, who says he was inspired by screenings at San Francisco’s Oddball Films, a stock footage company that has provided footage for Milk, The Summer of Love, and Mythbusters, among others. Created entirely from archived footage at the local Prelinger Archives, he presents the ideal scene for this dreamy, hazy track. Cafiero is currently in the studio recording the next Split Screens release (and recently brought in members of Guy Fox to lay down some horn tracks). Split Screens will play Brick & Mortar as part of a bill we covered here on Tuesday and will tour the Pacific Northwest with Fox and Woman. The video and show details are below.
May 15, 2013
The Night Light in Oakland offers a great lineup tonight, with Nashville lo-fi pop band Faux Ferocious as the announced headliners, but with a “Surprise Special Guest” playing last. It will also sadly be the second to last Bay Area show for Chris Edley, aka SAFE, before he moves to Vermont. Spencer Owen rounds out the lineup, and the show will be MC’ed by Joel Robinow (keyboardist for Howlin’ Rain).
Below, watch SAFE’s video for “Treason”, a track Edley says he wrote and recorded in 15 minutes, along with Owen’s Knock and Rock performance of “It Work”. Owen, whom we’ve mentioned here previously, will be play The Night Light without his band The Timeshare, but as the hilarious yet touching video for “It Work” shows, he can nail a solo performance. A sampling of Faux Ferocious’ music, full show details, and some info on SAFE’s final gig follow.
May 13, 2013
San Francisco solo garage rock machine Adam Widener will join fellow San Franciscans Primitive Hearts opening for Canadian punks The Steve Adamyk Band and Needles//Pins Tuesday night at Thee Parkside. Widener, who plays bass at his live shows, has performed with Warm Soda as his backing band for solo shows in the past. For Tuesday’s show, the well-connected Widener enlisted the help of drummer Phil Lantz and singer/guitarist Patrick Clos from Cocktails, and will use DSTVV‘s Joel Cusumano as his lead guitarist.
You can stream The Steve Adamyk Band’s most recent LP on Exclaim and listen/watch to the rest of the artists performing below.
Steve Adamyk Band, Needles//Pins, Primitive Hearts, Adam Widener
May 14, 2013
May 10, 2013
Photo by William Perls
Bay Area classic-soul duo Myron & E recently released a track from their forthcoming album Broadway, set for a July 2 release on Stones Throw Records. The pair met several years ago when both were on tour with Blackalicious. While touring in Finland, they met the Helsinki group The Soul Investigators, who are best known for their work with Nicole Willis, and a jam session led to a couple of single releases on the Investigators’ Timmion Records, and ultimately a deal with Stones Throw. Listen to “If I Gave You My Love” below, and catch them at the Starry Plough May 18 with The Bang, who we told you about last year.
May 9, 2013
San Francisco MC A-1 just released a new track, “Summertime Sadness”, where he rhymes over a Ryan Hemsworth remix of Lana Del Rey’s track of the same name. This isn’t the first time A-1 has rapped over a Lana Del Rey sample – “Now You Do” from The Thurl Tape uses Flosstradamus’ “Lana’s Theme” as its beat. While “Summertime Sadness” is well, very sad, Thurl Tape has a some more lighthearted material that does a great job complementing his sometimes serious lyrics.
A-1 has been gaining momentum over the past year, being named to the 2012 Thizzler Bay Area Freshman 10, releasing some great videos, and playing as many shows as possible. His most recent Bay Area gig was a sold out show at the Fillmore opening for fellow San Francisco native George Watsky.
This Friday, A-1 has his first headlining show outside of San Francisco at the New Parish in Oakland. Below, stream or download the “Summertime Sadness”, watch a great video of A-1 playing with a live band at Different Fur Studios, and get the full details on the Oakland gig.