August 22, 2013
Let’s face it, Sunday nighs suck. No matter what’s on AMC or HBO, there’s no getting around the fact that you have to go to work the next day.
Here’s something to make this Sunday suck a little less: free tickets to a show at Bottom of the Hill. This Sunday’s offering features a lineup of rock n’ roll and dance pop from all points of the Bay: Oakland’s Fever Charm, San Jose’s Koruscant Weekend and San Francisco’s Dangermaker. Details on how to enter are below.
To enter this contest, submit an email to jody.amable[at]thebaybridged.com with your full name in the body and ‘Fever Charm’ in the subject line. Winner will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets.
Sunday, August 25th
Fever Charm, Dangermaker, Koruscant Weekend @ Bottom of the Hill
9pm, $10, all ages. Buy advance tickets here.
August 19, 2013
Hey you. Yeah, you. How much do you love indie pop? (you’re reading The Bay Bridged, so I’m going to assume your answer is somewhere around ‘a lot’.) Second question: How much do you love free stuff? (You’re a human, so again I’m going to guess ‘a lot’.) Last question: What are you doing Friday night?
SF’s Sunrunners and Father President are joining forces with San Jose’s Curious Quail (who have done a little bit of downsizing recently, but will be no less busy in the coming months) at Bottom of the Hill this Friday. A full lineup of upbeat, super-danceable bands means you can’t really go wrong entering this contest. For ten bucks, you might even want to just buy yourself tickets. But if you’re feeling lucky, check out the details below.
To enter this contest, submit an email to jody.amable[at]thebaybridged.com with your full name in the body and ‘Quail Runs for President’ in the subject line. Winner will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets.
Friday, August 23rd
Father President, Curious Quail, Sunrunners @ Bottom of the Hill
9:30, $10, all ages. See above for advance tickets.
August 19, 2013
Electronic pop artist Porcelain Raft is back and moving out of his comfort zone. The solo project of Brooklyn’s Mauro Remiddi, Porcelain Raft’s first album, 2011′s Strange Weekend, was a buzzed-about landscape of dreamy-pop and loops in bubbling form. His new release, Permanent Signal, experiments with the unusual: slightly jagged, slightly off.
However, the pop sounds of Strange Weekend are still prevalent on Permanent Signal, out August 20th. Remiddi’s desire to experiment out of the hazy-vocals-dream-pop bubble is done right — just enough new elements still mixed with the vibe he previously perfected. “The Way Out”, for example, shows that while Remiddi is trying something new, he still sticks with the basics of what he’s best at.
Porcelain Raft’s hauntingly pretty new single is “Think of the Ocean.” The broken bits of this song are pieced together artfully, with Remeddi’s vocals adding an overlay of odd beauty. Remiddi will be playing Bottom of the Hill next month! Listen to the track and watch the official video below.
August 6, 2013
At the time I sat down to compose this debrief of the Owen show at Bottom of the Hill last Thursday, I was simultaneously in deep conversation with a friend debating the best Owen records. The contenders were the tightly crafted, mid-discography At Home With Owen, and the earlier I Do Perceive, executed in the classic sound that felt right out of the dust of Kinsella’s best known venture, American Football.
The debate could literally go on forever, but what it implies is that Mike Kinsella has a pure songwriting ability that keeps fans coming back for the same songs, in the same venue, over and over again. This was probably my third Owen show at Bottom of the Hill, and the setlist hardly changes. What’s more, it almost always includes a couple false starts to verses, pauses for cell phone feedback, constant beer banter or tasteless jokes, much to the elation of his longtime fans in the audience.
So, there’s always a comical aspect to Mike Kinsella’s sets. He puts himself out there honestly, with full vulnerability, no matter what — playing solo acoustic on a stool, with only his own personal initiative pushing him (or, delaying him) through his set. His onstage stunt last week involved first, this cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.” Straightforward, it sounded as if he went into it blindly after hearing the hit on the radio once or twice. Regardless, Kinsella nails it better than his own songs, in some ways.
Next, he starts playing “Dancing on My Own” on YouTube through his iPhone, proceeding to ask a member of the crowd to hold his phone up to the microphone while he runs upstairs to grab another beer…
We’ll keep this short and sweet. If you enjoy the cover, he has others recorded: “Femme Fatale” by The Velvet Underground, “Girlfriend in a Coma” by The Smiths, “More Than Words” by Extreme and “Stolen Bike” by Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.
Owen played with Laura Stevenson and Shawn Alpay at Bottom of the Hill on August 1. For more music involving Mike Kinsella, check out his latest project Their/They’re/There, which released an EP on Polyvinyl earlier this year.
August 2, 2013
Girl Fox is playing Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night, and why no, you’ve never heard of them. Don’t be silly.
Just kidding. Surprise surprise, Girl Fox is just Guy Fox in disguise. For their appearance with Ghost and the City and Fortress Social Club at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, they’ll be knocking out a special set of covers, probably dressed similarly to the way they appear in the photo above, which they’ve asked us to share with you. What kind of covers they won’t say, but considering their track record, we can pretty much guarantee you’re in for a good time.
Guy Fox, Ghost and the City, Fortress Social Club
Bottom of the Hill
August 3, 2013
July 30, 2013
Four genre-bending local acts are coming together for a raucous evening of psychedelic sounds at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night, with Convent-dwellers and old school psych revivalists the Coo Coo Birds joining forces with SF-based producer and remix-master Al Lover, purveyors of darkwave, electronic, post-rock beats Face Tat, and “anxietywave” pioneers Bubblegum Crisis (the side project of Sunbeam Rd.‘s Harrison Pollock). We’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader.
To win a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s show at Bottom of the Hill featuring Coo Coo Birds, Al Lover, Face Tat, and Bubblegum Crisis, email email@example.com with “Bird Lover Faces Crisis” in the email subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. The contest closes on Wednesday, July 31 at 2pm PT.
Listen to the latest and greatest from each of the show’s four acts below, and get full details on tomorrow night’s gig at Bottom of the Hill, below.
Coo Coo Birds, Al Lover, Face Tat, Bubblegum Crisis
Bottom of the Hill
July 31, 2013
9pm, $8 (21+)
July 26, 2013
Speedy Ortiz (Photo: Tim Draut)
Baby buzzband Speedy Ortiz rolled through Bottom of the Hill last night supporting their Best New Music certified debut full-length Major Arcana, which was released on Carpark Records about two weeks ago. Local punk rock bands Wild Moth and Shinobu opened the show. I was there. It was fun.
San Francisco four-piece Wild Moth kicked off the night with a set of rowdy post-punk garage rock. I was only able to catch the tail end of their set, but from what I saw these dudes were shredding pretty hard. Future headliners for sure.
Bay Area trio Shinobu also played a solid rock set, alternating between lo-fi garage and high-energy pop-punk revivalism. In true punk rock fashion, the last song found the frontman ditching his guitar and jumping onto the floor to belt out the vocals with a pent-up aggression that seemed to have been building through the duration of the set, despite his impressive guitar moves. Some random bro from the audience, whom I’m guessing was a friend of the band, jumped on stage to fill in on guitar duty during the raucous finale.
Massachusetts quartet Speedy Ortiz was definitely the main draw of the night, with singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis leading the band through songs from Major Arcana, plus a few earlier singles. The band opened with “Casper (1995)” and performed several other new album cuts including “Tiger Tank”, “Plough”, and “No Below”. We also learned that “Gary” is about Dupuis’ former Pokemon rival. Dupuis said she had been admiring the colorful calendars on the wall of “both” (as drummer Mike Falcone called the venue), an acceptable substitute for the MOMA being closed.
Older songs from the set included “Hexxy” and “Indoor Soccer”. Guitar player Matt Robidoux introduced closer “Taylor Swift” by announcing, “This song is called Amanda Bynes.” So relevant bro. The house lights flickered and the band didn’t even leave the stage before agreeing to play an encore of fan requests “Fun” and “Cash Cab”. Right before the encore, Robidoux said, “Last night I fell asleep at my grandma’s house…. This song is called royal baby.”
At times the vocals were overpowered by the guitars, but Dupuis made sure the crowd was able to hear her most resonant lyrics. Choice examples from the female singer include lines such as “wedding chapel exorcism under a dim lamplight” and “I’m gettin’ my dick sucked, on the regular.”
There has been a lot of discussion about Speedy Ortiz lately, and the fact that I literally have not heard one single person talk shit about this band makes me think that it might be more than just hype. The band has been lauded for the original, intellectual yet no-fucks-given style of its ’90s alternative-inspired songwriting, and you aren’t going to hear any different from me. This band sounds fresh both on record and off, as long as you can hear the vocals. Sorry if you missed the show.
July 23, 2013
Fresh off the release of their debut LP, Speedy Ortiz will headline a show at Bottom of the Hill this Thursday, July 25. Carpark Records label-mate and local favorite GRMLN was removed from the bill due to a scheduling conflict, but Wild Moth and San Jose’s Shinobu will support.
Major Arcana, the debut full-length from Western Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz, was released July 9 on Carpark. Following the Sports EP and a few singles, the new album asserts that singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ idiosyncratically arresting lyrical style is the driving force that separates the band from fellow ’90s-rock revivalists. Listen to album single “No Below”, um, below.
In a recent Pitchfork interview, Speedy Ortiz fancies themselves to be more exciting than the likes of Yuck, Surfer Blood, or The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Drummer Mike Falcone told Jenn Pelly: “I don’t think we’re boring on stage. When we played Detroit, Matt fucking left the building and stood in the middle of the street and played a guitar solo while we were playing a song.”
All boasting and comparisons aside, the Speedy Ortiz set at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday is sure to be a singular experience. Don’t expect there to be many tickets left at the door come showtime.
Bay Area band Wild Moth will release an album called Over, Again on September 17 via Asian Man Records, the label that also pressed Shinobu’s Strange Spring Air LP.
Speedy Ortiz, Shinobu, Wild Moth
Bottom of the Hill
July 25, 2013