Posts by: Tim Draut
December 5, 2013
San Francisco-based producer Avalon Emerson is readying her debut 12-inch vinyl release. Coming soon on Icee Hot, “Pressure”/”Quoi!” includes the two title tracks on the A side. Side B features two remixes of “Quoi!” from Tuff City Kids (Running Back’s Gerd Janson and Lauer), including a “Techno” mix and a “Disco” mix. The set will be available for digital download on January 13. Expect a vinyl release from Icee Hot soon. For now, you can preview clips from “Pressure”/”Quoi!” below via SoundCloud.
While “Quoi” is an outstanding new single, it isn’t her first. Avalon Emerson has previously released dance-worthy digital tracks including “Caroline” and “Church of SoMa”. We premiered her Cybernetic Edit of Blue Hawaii’s “The Other Day” earlier this year. No Fear of Pop recently interviewed Avalon Emerson, providing an in-depth profile of the talented local artist.
As one of the Bay Area’s most promising new DJs, Avalon Emerson can be caught spinning vinyl at various nightlife institutions around town. She is a resident/co-founder of San Francisco’s new Play It Cool series, and will be supporting Kim Ann Foxman at Public Works Loft on January 11. Tickets are available now.
Kim Ann Foxman, Avalon Emerson
Public Works Loft
January 11, 2014
9:30pm, $10-15, 21+
December 5, 2013
Push the Feeling is throwing its last dance party of the year this Saturday night. If you’re still standing after The Bay Brewed, head over to the Lower Haight’s Underground SF and vibe to some deep house jams courtesy of San Francisco locals C.L.A.W.S. and Roche. Roche will perform a live set, while C.L.A.W.S. will provide a headlining DJ set alongside residents epicsauce and YR SKULL.
C.L.A.W.S. is San Francisco’s Brian Hook, drummer for Bronze and organizer of discontinued dance parties Gentleman’s Techno and OK Hole. His “That Magik” 12-inch was released in March via Portland-based label Ecstasy. Hear the title track below.
Roche, an XLR8R favorite and a local ambassador for 100% Silk, is a veteran of Push the Feeling and other local showcases. He has been known to bring his entire vintage synth and drum machine collection to his shows, so Roche should end this year’s Push the Feeling series on a high note.
Push the Feeling: C.L.A.W.S., Roche (live), epicsauce, YR SKULL
December 7, 2013
9pm, $6 (21+)
December 4, 2013
This Friday’s Haçeteria club night will take place in the Public Works Loft, featuring live appearances by two local house favorites, Cherushii and Glenn Jackson. Ben Deploy (Storehouse) will also spin a 90 minute DJ set of “early rave delights.”
Cherushii, the moniker of San Francisco’s Chelsea Faith, is celebrating the release of her debut EP. Queen of Cups is available on 12″ vinyl and digitally from 100% Silk. Cherushii is a Haçeteria veteran, and recently finished a tour with Maria Minerva. Preview Cherushii’s new Queen of Cups EP below.
Oakland audiophile Glenn Jackson is still flying high off the buzz surrounding his Morning Swim EP released on Ceremony Recordings earlier this year. As one half of James & Evander and a collaborator involved with other local projects such as Benefitz and Hoodcats, Mr. Jackson is a hot commodity on the dance floor these days (and a very chill dude, to boot). Stream the Coyote Clean Up remix of “Save” below.
Cherushii, Glenn Jackson, Ben Deploy (DJ)
Public Works Loft
December 6, 2013
9pm-3am, $5 ($10 after 11)
December 3, 2013
Running In The Fog, the moniker of San Francisco’s Amanda Harper, is releasing her debut vinyl EP this month. Silver is out on December 10 via Father/Daughter Records. Running In The Fog will perform at a free show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall this Wednesday, with Yonat & Her Muse and DJ Cool Greg. However, Harper’s official EP release show will likely be in January.
Two new songs from the Silver EP were just released. Stream “Sail” and “Desire” below. You can also hear the title track here. Running In The Fog draws inspiration from ’90s R&B and soul, as she weaves synths, live drums, and silky vocals into dreamy, contemporary pop tracks.
Yonat & Her Muse, Running In The Fog, Cool Greg
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
December 4, 2013
9:30pm, FREE (18+)
November 25, 2013
Making their San Francisco debut, Glasgow-based trio PAWS (Phillip Taylor, Josh Swinney, Matthew Scott) will headline the Monday night show. Their lyrically-charged pop/rock album Cokefloat! was released last year on FatCat Records. Stream two tracks from that release below, and be sure not to miss tonight’s rare West Coast performance from this fast-rising UK band.
Stockton-based Phono del Sol veterans Surf Club will also be performing tonight. The Craft Spells-affiliated, shoegaze-oriented band led by Frankie Soto recently put out a split 7-inch with Oakland’s Manatee on Death Party Records. “Swoon” to their lastest single below.
Tiaras, which lacks even the slightest internet presence, is the local side project of Ryan Grubbs and Kyle Hoover of Ganglians, with Adam Finken, Antonio Gualco, and Ryan Hansen. Their mysteriousness on the Web is forgiven due to their solid live shows, as demonstrated at Professional Fans Showcase 006.
If you are keeping track, tonight’s event at Cafe Du Nord marks Pro Fans’ fourteenth showcase. As usual, the Pro Fan DJs will keep the vibes rolling between sets by spinning deep cuts from their bottomless vinyl collection.
PAWS, Surf Club, Tiaras
Cafe Du Nord
November 25, 2013
November 22, 2013
100% Silk has been killing the dancefloor game this year, in case you haven’t noticed. Two of the label’s fastest rising artists, LA’s Magic Touch and Detroit’s Coyote Clean Up, are making their way down the California Coast this weekend. To kick off the mini tour, Professional Fans will present a 100% Silk Label Showcase at Neck of the Woods this Friday, featuring the two artists. Local 100% Silk producer Roche will be performing as well, plus a vinyl DJ set from Cool Greg (Pro Fans’ Gregory Hill). Octo Octa was originally scheduled to headline the San Francisco show, but was forced to cancel for reasons unknown.
If you missed the likes of Magic Touch and Roche at this year’s local dance parties such as Push The Feeling, Haçeteria, and NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, now is your chance to catch these shining groovemakers in action. Magic Touch just released a new EP called Nothing More on his own label, True Romance. You can preview that release below.
Watch the video for Coyote Clean Up’s “Awesome Luv” single off this year’s 2 Hot 2 Wait release on 100% Silk. The video is directed by Danny Lane and Julianne Farrelly.
Magic Touch, Coyote Clean Up, Roche, Cool Greg
Neck of the Woods
November 22, 2013
9pm, $13-15 (21+)
November 13, 2013
The Warfield enforced a strict “no photography” rule last Wednesday night, as per the request of highly anticipated headliner Mazzy Star. It was an understandable request, given the band’s choice of remarkably dim lighting. A flash would have been necessary, and in turn would kill the mood.
Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Mariee Sioux started the evening with a set of four or five long-form folk songs. She timidly remarked on how The Warfield was the largest venue she had ever played, performing lovely, poetic songs from last year’s Gift For the End, including “Twin Song” and “Old Magic”. She dedicated the last song to her mother, who was in the audience.
The Entrance Band ushered in a dramatic change of pace, with the trio jamming out solo-heavy cuts from their upcoming album Face the Sun. Frontman Guy Blakeslee sported a dapper red vest and pinstripe shirt, with drummer Derek James looking like some sort of psych-rock candy striper, yellow maraca in hand. Bassist Paz Lenchantin, who has collaborated with A Perfect Circle and Smashing Pumpkins side-project Zwan, looked very comfortable standing and kneeling on top of her amp. Lenchantin and Blakeslee leaped of their amps in unison during the finale of “No Needs”. Blakeslee made use of his guitar pedals, and at one point he collapsed onto his back, flailing his legs in the air whilst shredding on his guitar in classic rock star fashion.
Mazzy Star played for about an hour and fifteen minutes, offering a solid mix of material from each of their four studio albums. Led by the gorgeous vocals of Hope Sandoval, the band rotated between five and six members. David Roback alternated between electric and acoustic guitar, joined by an ever-present drummer and an extra guitarist as needed, plus a multi-instrumentalist who provided nearly everything else from keys to violin. Sandoval occasionally played tambourine and other shakers, and appeared to be operating some sort of digital tablet in front of her.
The muted blue and gray tones of the stage lighting were enhanced only by sparsely placed candles and a giant screen which flashed murky imagery reminiscent of the band’s album covers. Mazzy Star stuck to their typical setlist from this particular tour, opening with “Look on Down From the Bridge” and closing with an encore of “So Tonight That I Might See”.
While the band played about five songs from September’s comeback release Seasons of Your Day, the crowd was most enthusiastic during the opening notes of more familiar favorites such as “Ride It On”, “Into Dust”, “Fade Into You”, and “Blue Flower”. The dreaminess of Mazzy Star’s nineties releases translated well on stage, offering a soothing, opiatic vibe, enhanced by their choice of lighting.
“You guys are savages,” said Sandoval towards the end of the set. I’m pretty sure she meant this as a sarcastic compliment, given the tranquil politeness of the audience.
November 5, 2013
It’s already been a big week for reunion shows in San Francisco, with Television on Tuesday and Mazzy Star on Wednesday. On Thursday, Medicine will co-headline 1015 Folsom with The Telescopes, plus support from LSD and the Search for God. Greg, Katie, and Marisa of Professional Fans will DJ the front room along with Kevin Wood and Rye in the Sky. Jamie Jams and Josh Yule will DJ the main room.
The original members of Medicine reunited this year to record To The Happy Few for Captured Tracks (streaming below), their first LP in eighteen years. The noisy LA shoegaze band gained public recognition when “Time Baby III” appeared on The Crow soundtrack in 1994, three years after the release of the band’s debut album, Shot Forth Self Living.
The Telescopes are approaching the California stretch of their world tour. In September, the UK noise rockers digitally released their seventh album since their 1989 debut, Taste. The two-track album, titled HARM, is “a visceral exercise in harshly constructed noise” that was developed live, between three separate line ups over the course of twelve months. According to Bandcamp, the entire album was recorded entirely in one take, without any overdubs. Members of local supporting act LSD and the Search for God collaborated with Stephen Lawrie on the new album, which you can stream below.
Medicine, The Telescopes, LSD and the Search for God
November 7, 2013
10pm-3am, $15 (21+)