August 20, 2013
Wymond Miles of The Fresh & Onlys proved himself a proficient and poignant songwriter on his 2012 debut solo album Under the Pale Moon. Written and recorded over the span of two months, the critically lauded record is the result of a draining period in the artist’s life, with most of the songs giving into his raw emotion and pure exhaustion to stunning effects.
Days after his band announced a new EP, Soothsayer, he dropped the news that his sophomore LP Cut Yourself Free, will be released with Sacred Bones on October 17. Self-recorded on tape, the record will have lost none of Miles’ distinctive, textured guitar edge, though from the sounds of the first single “Passion Plays”, the album is a more seasoned and confident venture into the post punk realm, with analog synthesizers of the early 1980s bringing both dreamy and manic vibrations.
No word on a record release show, but he’ll be kicking off a North American tour in September, before pausing for a stint down the West Coast with The Fresh & Onlys and resuming his solo road trip back up north and then out east in November. Check out the tour dates below, which include two stops at The Chapel, and keep an eye out for the official October release of the “Passion Plays” single, complete with a b-side cover of The Terminals‘ “Bat Wing”.
09/06 – Salt Like City, UT – Urban Lounge †
09/07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater †
09/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ?
11/06 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit ¥
11/07 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah ¥
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ¥
11/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ¥
11/11 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar ¥
11/12 – Seattle, WA – Barboza ¥
11/15 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club ¥
11/16 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle ¥
11/19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace ¥
11/20 – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange ¥
11/21 – Allston, MA – Great Scott ¥
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle ¥
11/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ¥
† w/ Deerhunter
? w/ Weekend
¥ w/ Crocodiles
Weekend, Disappears, Wymond Miles
September 12, 2013
Crocodiles, Wymond Miles
November 9, 2013
August 1, 2013
San Francisco post-punk four-piece Wild Moth will release its full-length debut album Over, Again September 17 on Asian Man Records. Can’t wait to hear it? No problem. You can exclusively stream the first half of the forthcoming release right here on The Bay Bridged.
Following the band’s Mourning Glow 7-inch EP and self-titled 10-inch, Over, Again was recorded by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden in Palo Alto. The new album expands upon the band’s dark and heavy sound, with speedy pop melodies fluttering under the heavy-shredding guitars and commanding drums. It’s a solid effort, but don’t take my word for it.
Wild Moth recently opened for Shinobu and Speedy Ortiz at Bottom of the Hill. It was definitely wild, and I’m looking forward to seeing these dudes play a full set. The band is heading out on tour this month – check out a full list of dates below.
July 23, 2013
It’s tough these days to stand out in the technicolored sea of psychedelic rock that is the Bay Area. But San Francisco producer Al Lover does it well. He’s remixed the likes of Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Thee Oh Sees, but is now taking a stab at the ol’ original recording game. Last week, Noisey premiered a track from his 250-pressed 7″ single and impending LP Space Magick - both out sometime this fall on PNKSLM Recordings, date TBA. Featuring Tim Presley of White Fence on guitar and vox, the new song “Snake Hands” is slightly creepy and certainly trippy.
Al Lover tells The Bay Bridged that DMT is a key ingredient in the making of the new record, and “Snake Hands” in particular attempts to reach unknown spirit realms – at whatever cost. “To me this song is the part a bad trip that gets really heavy to the point where you think it wont end, and then you break through it and feel cleansed and reborn, kinda. If that makes any sense.” We get you, Al. Listen to the hallucinogenically-cleansing track below.
Al Lover is keeping busy with a few other projects – namely, the monthly mixtape Elevated Trasmissions for Austin Psych Fest, and another original mix for the Swedish Festivalrykten, featuring psych and garage greats like Dead Skeletons and FIDLAR. He also has a San Francisco gig approaching; catch his live beat set at Bottom of the Hill on July 31st, alongside Coo Coo Birds, Face Tat, and Bubblegum Crisis.
Coo Coo Birds, Al Lover, Face Tat, Bubblegum Crisis
Bottom of the Hill
July 31st, 2013
9pm, $8, 21+
February 1, 2013
San Francisco folk-rocker Thao Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down have a sparkly new album by the name of We the Common, out February 5th. We’ve already heard some early tracks, “We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)” and “Holy Roller,” but the latest to surface is a much-anticipated collaboration with freak-folk wunderkind Joanna Newsom (who also dwelled in the Bay Area for a time, little-known tidbit).
The clip-clop acoustic tune, “Kindness be Conceived,” is simplistic, lighthearted, and gorgeously harmonized (the combination of their voices is almost Feist-esque). The track seems to declare an equal mix of Nguyen and Newsom, with Thao’s upbeat and rattling guitar pop and Joanna’s tinkling, whimsical vocals.
If you can’t get enough of Nguyen, luckily she’s embarking on a US tour to coincide with the release of We the Common. She’ll play with The Get Down Stay Down at Amoeba SF on February 5th and will chime in for the Noise Pop 2013 roll call on March 2nd, when she’ll rock the Great American Music Hall. More details and We the Common‘s track listing are below.
January 24, 2013
Fresh from the infamous Girls break-up of 2012, Christopher Owens‘ newest project and solo debut, Lysandre, dropped last week (1/14/13) on Turnstile/Fat Possum. The candid, more poppy release was met with a resounding chorus of critic approval, as Drowned in Sound writes:
These songs marry the simplicity of the debut’s structures with the overarching consistency and ornamentation of record three (on this go round, adding a good deal of rasping sax and wistful flute), and it’s fun to hear how the two disparate periods of Owens’ trajectory meld together. Songs like ‘Here We Go Again’ and ‘New York City’ account for the otherwise baffling disappearance of the early surf-rock influences, while numbers like the title track snap with Owens’ penchant for tum-tee-tum pop (which enjoyed its final hurrah in Father, Son, Holy Ghost’s ‘Magic’).
Along with the new record, West Coasters also get a whole new set of tour dates. Owens will trek from San Diego to Vancouver during the last few weeks of March, hitting San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on the 23rd. Tour dates and tickets are available on his website.
Palace of Fine Arts
March 23, 2013
June 25, 2012
The Soft White Sixties released their new single “Knock It Loose” on Tuesday via Bandcamp. The track, which is available at a “name your price” special, is a hook-heavy, danceable blues track reminiscent of The Black Keys’ more recent work, and it comes with cover art featuring a beautiful, hazy black-and-white photo of the City skyline from the perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. Listen here on The Bay Bridged, and then head over to Bandcamp to download the mp3.
The band is hitting the road for their summer tour starting Saturday night, 6/23/12, at L.A.’s Bootleg Theater. Check out the full schedule of gigs below.
June 21, 2012
Just a year after releasing their double LP Napa Asylum, Sic Alps is back with their eponymous fifth album, which will drop September 11th on Chicago’s Drag City label. The first single, the album’s attitude-filled opening track “Glyphs”, premiered recently on Pitchfork. The song actually has a very Beatles feel—albeit a very lofi, raw Beatles feel. From the gentle, string-filled intro, to the bevy of dirty and angular, but oddly melodic guitars and vocals that follow, “Glyphs” showcases this band’s incredible talent:
Having just wrapped a tour of Europe in May, Sic Alps aren’t heading back out on the road until the Fall, when they’re playing a handful of dates with Thee Oh Sees in SoCal, Montana, and western Canada. Hopefully we’ll hear some additional material off Sic Alps as the album’s release date and the band’s Fall tour inch closer.
Check out full details on Sic Alps’ upcoming gigs, as well as cover art and the track listing for the new album after the jump. [More...]
May 21, 2012
Future Twin has announced a “dual release” for July 31: the band is putting out a new 7″, called the Resist 7″, as well as Future Twin Deluxe Edition, a CD that will contain both the new record and the Situation EP. Both are coming out on the Future Twin Inc. label — which is to say, both will be self-released.
Here’s the video for Situation EP track “Landslide,” which premiered on Impose.tv earlier this year. It’s a bit of a tour video with some candid footage of the band thrown in, to give you a nice little window into what it’s like to be Future Twin.
In the lead-up to the dual release date, Future Twin is playing a couple dates in Brooklyn, then coming back and playing the Hemlock here in their hometown. Details after the jump, along with a downloadable version of “Landslide.”