December 6, 2013
On the music side, we’ve got a whole lot of terrific local bands, including Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes and Magic Fight, along with performances throughout the day by the North Beach Brass Band, and DJ sets from Jamie Jams. As a reminder, set times for the festival are as follows:
12:50pm: Magic Fight (Main Stage)
1:35pm: French Cassettes (Loft Stage)
2:20pm: Kelley Stoltz (Main Stage)
3:05pm: Golden Void (Loft Stage)
3:50pm: Shannon and the Clams (Main Stage)
4:50pm: Mikal Cronin (Main Stage)
On the beer side, there will be unlimited local beer tasting from over a dozen SF Brewers Guild breweries, including 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Company, Anchor Brewing, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, Cerveceria de MateVeza, Headlands Brewing Company, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewing.
And be sure to come hungry to The Bay Brewed, because Doc’s of the Bay and BOB CHA will be selling tasty food all day long!
Check out Avenue Live at The Bay Brewed
Avenue Live is developing a new voice-powered mobile music platform connecting artists, venues, promoters, blogs and colleges through custom radio streams. We are super excited for them to show off their new app on Saturday at The Bay Brewed, so grab a beer and check it out!
Uber is the Official Designated Driver of The Bay Brewed
Need a ride to Public Works or a ride home after the festivities? We’re partnering with Uber to give Bay Brewed attendees a free first ride up to $20! For the uninitiated, Uber is an on-demand car service app that brings a driver to you at the click of a button. Use the code BayBrewed13 when you sign up in-app or text the code to 827-222 to have a car at your location in minutes.
Get Prepared for The Bay Brewed
To get prepared for the fest, check out our Bay Brewed artist Q&As with Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight! You can learn more about the brewers of The Bay Brewed in Part 1 and Part 2 of our brewer previews!
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 6, 2013
Every venue in the city is special for its own good reasons, but no venue is quite like Viracocha. Located in the heart of Valencia, Viracocha is not an easily definable space. Hidden under the sheath of a storefront selling art, music, antiques and vintage oddities, it also functions as a haven for typewriter aficionados, and harbors a small stage for poets, musicians, and performance artists.
Founder Jonathan Seigel recently announced in Viracocha’s email newsletter that he plans to leave the city. What, then, will happen to the store?
A half answer comes from the fundraiser event happening today from 11am to midnight. In conjunction with the Valencia Corridor Holiday Block Party (an effort encouraging shoppers to spend holiday money on independently owned local shops) Viracocha will be hosting performances from 1pm to midnight. Part of the goal of the fundraiser is to raise enough money and awareness to allow the shop to do some large scale construction in attempt to comply with San Francisco building codes and regulations, thereby becoming a legitimate venue space.
The lineup features everything from acrobatics to poetics to a few live music performances. Oakland local Quinn Deveaux brings some blues to the room at 10pm, and the smokey folk rock band Whiskerman closes out the evening with at set starting at 11pm.
Quinn Deveaux, Whiskerman, Sparkbox (Kelly McFarling and Megan Keely), Emily Moldy, Shovelman, Dre Devis (Aerialist), Andrew Blair, Christian Cagigal (Magician), Cello Joe
December 6th, 2013
11am – 12 midnight
The Bay Brewed Artist Q&A: Shannon and the Clams talk “spaghetti western space ballads” and the best in Bay Area music and beer
December 5, 2013
The Bay Brewed, San Francisco’s only indie rock beer festival, returns on December 7 at Public Works for a third year of great music and beer. Over the next month, we’ll catch up with all six of the festival’s superb local bands to discuss how beer, music, and the Bay Area all fit together. In this edition, we catch up with Shannon and the Clams‘ singer and guitarist Cody Blanchard to discuss the band’s unique sound, their latest LP, and his favorite Bay Area music, venues, and brews.
The Bay Bridged: Your newest album ‘Dreams In The Rat House’ has been very well received by both the media and your audience. What was the recording process like for this record?
Blanchard: We spent a year recording it. We kept feeling it wasn’t good enough and we’d go back and record new stuff or re-record songs we did already. Most of it was recorded in Shannon’s old family cabin in Gilroy in winter where you have to keep the fireplace going all day and all night, some in my house in Oakland, then some in the house I moved into in El Cerrito toward the end of the process. It was fun to spend so much time on it, but also kind of wasteful and indulgent maybe.
The band’s sound has been described as everything from doo-wop and old school rhythm and blues to garage, surf, and psych rock. How does the band approach the songwriting process and how would you describe its sound?
We can’t write anything straight. If there isn’t something weird or unsettling in a song, it doesn’t feel right. To us, music isn’t satisfying unless it has something pop and something weird and unique in it. We struggle with coming up with a descriptive genre or phrase. Right now I like “spaghetti western space ballads,” but I don’t think its very accurate, hah.
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 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.
Why all this information? Well, we’ve got two tickets for one lucky winner who wants to go see The Dismemberment Plan. For details on how to win simply read below:
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The Dismemberment Plan, Telekinesis
December 10, 2013
December 5, 2013
San Francisco’s Scary Little Friends, who blew me away with their stellar debut earlier this year, just dropped a video for their track “City at Night.” The video takes you on a fun little journey through, well, the City at night, where white kids from the suburbs are ordering burritos and “pretending they don’t give a damn.” It’s good to put faces to voices and instruments as well.
Scary Little Friends are celebrating their album release Friday at a Bottom of the Hill show, where I’m sure singer Chris Jones’ impressive pipes will be on full display. The “City at Night” video is below.