December 6, 2013
Australian dance rock duo Jagwar Ma is getting a bit bored of the “Madchester” comparisons. The term was popularized in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s in England, where a wave of bands like the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses mixed rock with drum machines, funk and house music to make something new.
Yes, there are similarities with the music that Sydney singer-guitarist Gabriel “Gab” Winterfield and multi-instrumentalist Jono Ma make; there may be more parallels than with other acts.
But Winterfield had never even heard the term before the reviews started coming in.
“I was born in ’89 so I sure as hell didn’t see it,” he said recently, in a phone interview from a pub in London, where the duo has relocated. “The younger crowds, the NME kids, they don’t know it. They know of the bands, but it’s not what they would associate the music with.”
The band, which includes touring bassist Jack Freeman, has been making waves overseas with Howlin, a debut album that piqued the interest of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and many others. But Jagwar Ma, which performs at The Independent on December 11, want to make a name for themselves that isn’t associated with a comparison to others.
“I’m always reminded of how much Tame Impala got slammed and told they sounded like Cream or something like that, and I think they’ve proven to the world that they’re something else,” Winterfield said.
Ma and Winterfield bonded over a shared love of experimental rhythms, psychedelia, surf rock and a bevy of varied influences. Howlin was recorded in rural France, where the two were able to escape their work and social commitments and concentrate on the music.
They grew out their beards and rarely had reason to leave their house. Ma, who Winterfield said has a love of cooking, even prepared many of the meals, such as Hunan chicken and duck confit.
Now that they are working on a follow-up album, they won’t need to relocate to a remote area to write and record.
December 5, 2013
Energetic live act The Dismemberment Plan returned earlier this year with their latest album Uncanney Valley, relieving a 10-year drought of new material. Now they are bringing bringing back their infectious tunes that made them famous in the first place to The Fillmore on December 10.
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The Dismemberment Plan, Telekinesis
December 10, 2013
December 4, 2013
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December 4, 2013
Swearin’, who took stage at the Rickshaw Stop on Monday night, is the band Pink Slip wanted to be. The Philadelphian/Brooklyn punk pop project of Allison Crutchfield packs all the appeal of a mainstream act with enough grit to still seem edgy. A. Crutchfield (in a Smashing Pumpkins shirt) is keenly aware. She’s clearly honed her voice to fit into the fuzzy bed of voluminous guitars while members Kyle Gilbride, Keith Spencer, and Jeff Bolt support. Gilbride also provided vocals on some tracks, like “Here to Hear,” which Swearin’ hit third.
Waxahatchee, led by Katie Crutchfield (and sister to Swearin’s Allison), headlined the evening. Katie’s sound is a sweeter counterpart to her sister’s, and surges and retreats with more earnest implications. The Crutchfields have made some serious strides since their last joint band, P.S. Eliot. Cerulean Salt, Waxahatchee’s release earlier this year, was warmly received for its devastating lines, recounting the details of growing up in a time where love is flawed and morality is fluid-—where ideals are dead and people grow up realizing the world isn’t gold.
Katie Crutchfield’s honest, dynamic presence settled into Waxahatchee’s sound nicely. Dealing the audience a cover of Mama Cass’ “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” which brilliantly complemented Cerulean Salt‘s main themes, K. Crutchfield dove into a more lighthearted recognition of independence and freedom.
Towards the end of Waxahatchee’s set, the Rickshaw Stop’s lights went out. While I have been to dozens of shows here, this was the first time I ever remember seeing this happen. The house turned on the stringed Christmas lights crossing the room’s ceiling and low stage lights as a substitute in the meantime, as Waxahatchee played on.
Though Katie was clearly uncomfortable (and even asked for the lights to be brought back on), they looked beautiful. It was unfussy–intimate, glowy and unadorned. It felt like a show no one else would see, if only briefly while the house readjusted their lights. It was as if any kind of sheen had been lifted, and Waxahatchee was telling us a secret, a truth no one else would know.
Cerulean Salt will surely be on many best-of lists this year, and their show at the Rickshaw proved why. Check out the album here, via NME.
San Francisco’s own Joyride, second billed after Crabapple, took stage after lead vocalist Jenna Marx introduced them. She is was playing double duty as the vocalist of both bands. Though the two bands had a very different vibe, Joyride was clearly the more polished of the two.
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
Brendan Canning has been a part of numerous projects in music for nearly 20 years and shows no signs of slowing. The Canadian guitarist is a key founding member of the sprawling Toronto rock band Broken Social Scene, as well as the recently-revitalized Cookie Duster, and plans to do the music for a video game involving director David Cronenberg.
None of these projects have slowed Canning down as he’s released his latest solo album earlier this year, You Gots 2 Chill. Canning has a live show that isn’t too be missed as he arrives at The Chapel on December 4. The Bay Bridged had the opportunity to speak with him about his new live show.
The Bay Bridged: How has the tour been going so far?
Brendan Canning: It’s been going good. We’re really finding our feet as a band, I’m touring with a 5-piece band and I really like the way we sound, people are coming out.
TBB: Are you playing any of the songs from the first solo album or are you sticking to the more recent tracks?
BC: I’m just doing the recent stuff and then some new songs on top of that. I did play “Antique Gold” the other night, but to be honest I just wanted to go out and tour this record and tour a different sound and write a few songs with this band because it’s more fun to go out and try new songs and see what the new band sounds like.
TBB: I’m sure that writing songs on your own versus writing them as a collaboration with other people is a much different process.
BC: Yeah, it’s different. I’m showing up with actual songs that have lyrics which I don’t really do that often. (Laughs). I kinda work a different way. I try to do everything but the vocals.
TBB: Do you feel like your method is more improvisational, like you play around with a riff and that evolves into a song?
BC: Yeah, I tend to do a lot of stuff just on the day, show up, try some different ideas, but other than pour over a song at home I feel like I’m just more into moods and melodies versus traditional songs.
TBB: When you were recording the album, aside from the guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit on “Bullied Days,” who else worked on the album?
BC: I worked with my friend Steve Singh on this record and there was a couple songs I did with Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. We were just sitting there trying to make an interesting piece of music. Steve is actually on tour with me too.
TBB: Are there any particular songs that are a lot different live than how you originally conceived them?
BC: They’re all different, it sounds like the album was the rough sketch for what a band could be even though there are finished ideas on there. I like them both, I just didn’t want to go touring by myself. (Laughs). I figured that would be too lonely.
TBB: I read that you were going to be joined by a violinist at your upcoming show at The Chapel in San Francisco. [More...]
December 3, 2013
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It’s December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists is King Krule‘s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, the debut LP from British songwriter Archy Marshall, a 19-year-old with a distinct voice and a penchant for raw art-pop. Meanwhile, fresh off a great performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Holy Ghost! returns for a two-night stint at The Independent; the super-fun electronic-rock band’s New Year’s Eve show is understandably sold out.
Locally, we’re most excited about seeing Mikal Cronin lead a great lineup of locals at our rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2013, at Public Works on December 7. He’ll be joined by Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries. While The Bay Brewed has become an annual tradition, a reunion show from The Herms is much less expected, but equally welcome. The band was an early Bay Bridged favorite, and a collection of their demos, Drop Out Vol. 1, was issued earlier this year by Castle Face Records. Another noteworthy local is Adam Widener, playing the Hemlock Tavern this month in support of Vesuvio Nights, which arrived in October on Speakertree Records.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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December 3, 2013
Last Tuesday, November 26, Santa Cruz noise rockers Comets on Fire played their first Oakland show in six years. The mighty Stranded Records managed to set it up at the fabulous White Horse Inn. Advance tickets sold out and there was a long line for tickets the evening of the show. The band formed in 1999 and disappeared in 2008. From Oakland they head to the UK for the All Tomorrows Parties festival. This was my first experience with the band.
Holy Echoplex! I have never see a band use an Echoplex (tape delay effect) with such enthusiasm. With multiple guitars blazing, they easily accomplished a wall of noise that filled the tiny White Horse. With little pause, the band burned through over an hour music that ran the gamut. My favorite moments sounded like Roky Erickson singing Neil Young’s “Danger Bird.” Low points veered into the feared jam band territory.