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
San Francisco’s Sonny and the Sunsets have premiered another track from their upcoming record, Antenna to the Afterworld, via Stereogum. The new song, “Palmreader,” follows “Dark Corners,” which was dropped back in March. The new album is said to be inspired by the passing of singer Sonny Smith’s friend and will be out in June 2013 on Polyvinyl Records.
Listen to “Dark Corners,” Antenna to the Afterworld’s first single, below.
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 20, 2013
Enjoy this Rdio mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they’re all playing! For a full list of upcoming concerts in the SF Bay Area, check our Local Concert Calendar.
May 17, 2013
Ty Segall teams up with Chad & The Meatbodies to release new LAMC 7″ and gets his own guitar pedal!
It’s become an expectation that every couple of months or so, the hyperactive Ty Segall will release another little something new. This time, he’s teamed up with LA newbie Chad & The Meatbodies on the seventh installment of Famous Class’ Less Artists More Condos 7” series. This series is exciting indeed: Famous Class has asked nine of their favorite artists (seven released so far) to provide a new single for the A-side, then that artist picked their favorite new band to provide the B-side. Plus, all digital proceeds go directly to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, the charity named after Panero, who created the LAMC show series in New York to introduce locals to new up-and-coming bands worthy of discovery. Pretty cool, right?
It turns out that Ty Segall has a great ear for new music, but that’s no surprise. Chad & The Meatbodies’ B-side “Mountain” has the heaviness of a Black Sabbath song, the fuzziness of a FUZZ track, and the unexpectedly polished vocals of a 2011 or later album from Thee Oh Sees. Those are some big shoes to fill.
Segall’s track, “Music for a Film” offers something a little different this time – a slow build up with a jazzy presence and an uncharacteristic absence of vocals. It’s a little like ‘60s jazz-rock and it’s definitely worth listening to. The reverb god also recently inspired a new guitar pedal made by Death by Audio. It’s called the Sunshine Reverberation effects pedal, and each of the 100 units in this limited edition creation will be signed by Segall.
May 17, 2013
The Mantles‘ new LP Long Enough to Leave is slated for release on June 18 via Slumberland, and they’re streaming another track, “Hello”, off that forthcoming effort, the band’s second full-length. “Hello” debuted on Pitchfork last week, full of washed out ’60s garage rock psychedelia, but frontman Mike Oliveres dropped the borderline punk rock sneer found in the Bay Area-based quartet’s previous single “Brown Balloon”, opting for a more laid back and almost blasé feel. Listen to “Hello” and get full details on The Mantles’ record release party at Rickshaw Stop and upcoming East Coast tour below.
GRMLN offers “Do You Know How It Feels?” and “Hand Pistol” for free download, full-length ‘Empire’ out 6/4/13
May 16, 2013
Yoodoo Park dropped the debut EP under his GRMLN moniker back in October, and now he’s readying for the June 4 release of his first full-length Empire on Carpark Records. So far, Park (who jointly calls Santa Cruz and Orange County home) shared three tracks off the record, most recently offering “Do You Know How It Feels” and “Hand Pistol” as free downloads via SoundCloud. Esquire of all news outlets debuted “Do You Know How It Feels”, and British blog This Is Fake DIY premiered “Hand Pistol”, with both noting the major ’90s influences bubbling up GRMLN’s new material. The latter went so far as to say that Park is “heading even deeper down the route of nostalgia-rinsed grunge.” The tracks are no doubt a departure from the sound of the dreamier pop soundscapes of his Explore EP. Listen and download both tracks below:
May 15, 2013
It’s almost 18 months since we last did a psych-focused mixtape, which means there’s quite a bit to catch up on. The Bay continues to be a vital source for top-notch mind-expanding bands, whether it’s the heady drones of Carlton Melton and Date Palms, or the swaggering rock of Glitter Wizard and Coo Coo Birds.
Several of the groups included here have new records either out now or coming out soon. Prolific instrumental duo Barn Owl just released its fifth album, V, on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, cosmic rock group Lumerians is serving up The High Frontier later this year. While we’ve been following some of these bands for years, it’s exciting that they’re joined here by a number of newer arrivals, like Fuzz (a heavy rock project from Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart), Group Rhoda‘s experimental synth songs, and electrified jams from Golden Void and Life Coach (both of which feature the guitar work of Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless).