October 23, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Coming to the Bay, Giveaway, News, Show Preview
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October 23, 2013 by M B L · Leave a Comment »
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Thee Ginger Baker made a pilgrimage to Oakland this weekend. Saturday’s two shows were completely sold out and Sunday only had a few empty chairs. It is hard to say what brought the crowds. Looked like a lot of folks last saw him playing alongside Eric Clapton with Cream or Blind Faith. I was among a smaller, slightly younger group that had seen the recent documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, more interested in Ginger Baker the man, one of the great drummers of all time but also a fascinating character that lived in Nigeria from 1970-76 collaborating with Fela. A man that is continuously followed by tragedy, some self-inflicted. A scary dude that tells it like it is with no patience for bullshit. If you don’t have time for the movie, check out this recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion was a four-piece with Ginger on a serious set up including double bass drums. There was a ‘drunk-driving taxi guy from Ghana’ on conga and bongo (Abass Dodoo). He played cowbell and three tiny cymbals mostly with his hands. Alec Dankworth played amazing upright bass and a mean electric to boot. The sax player, Pee Wee Ellis, sat in a chair the whole time. Ellis played with James Brown in the ’60s and Van Morrison through the ’80s and ’90s. He is one of those players that makes it look so easy. He wrote one song from the setlist entitled “Twelve and More Blues”. Solos went from sax to bass to drums with Ginger and the taxi-conga man playing together with a wild African result.
Ginger wrote one song while driving “at top speed” in the Atlas Mountains of North Algeria. He lost control of the vehicle and landed in a small village. The long hypnotic tune left me on camel back with William Burroughs when suddenly Ginger’s car comes flying through the sky to land on the dirt road in front of us.
They played “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter and “Ginger Spice” by Ron Miles with a fierce solo of tiny cymbals from Abass Dodoo. After a short break they played a slow blues with an unnerving metronome beat coming from the conga player. The last song of the night was a “killer” from Lagos Nigeria that was described as both “a lullaby and a war crime.”
For the encore Ginger commented that this was the 20th show in 10 days and it was “bloody hard work.” He suggested this might be his last show, and we might all see him die on stage. Indeed, he was panting and wheezing as he spoke between songs, years of cigarette smoking and the resulting COPD at work. He spoke of the tragedy that seems to follow him around, and despite the crowds nervous laughter, he insisted that it was not a laughing matter. The wife of his children was at the moment in the ICU and not expected to make it. These events always made him ask “Why?” which became the last song of the evening with breaks for the crowd to yell “Why?!” During this tune the sax player cut loose, taking us from Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance” to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”. The conga player pulled out some drumsticks and went haywire on those tiny cymbals, his arms a complete blur.
October 23, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Mp3, New Release, News, Show Preview
Oakland’s Clipd Beaks have returned with a new EP called Lost Offerings, out now on Moon Glyph. The band will be performing live at a cassette release show on Friday, October 25 at the Night Light in in Oakland.
Clipd Beaks have dabbled in various sub-genres over the past decade, maintaining an orbit around what could be described as psychedelic post-punk. The four tracks on the band’s latest release find Clipd Beaks plunging into dark, hazy psychedelia, ripe with grimy guitars, fluctuating vocals, and melodic pop ambiance.
Lost Offerings was recorded at White Rock in West Oakland and recalls the band’s dense and progressive live sound. Hear a cut from the new cassette release called “All Ways Closer” below.
Clipd Beaks, Elephant & Castle, Hiss & Hum, Safeword
The Night Light (Oakland)
October 25, 2013
October 22, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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Dig the twangy sounds of He’s My Brother She’s My Sister? Yes? Good, cause we’ve got not one, but two pairs of tickets to give away for their Indy show on the 25th.
HMBSMS are great. You don’t need us to tell you that. You might, however, need us to tell you that just as worth the weeknight trek are openers Song Preservation Society, whom we’ve waxed rhapsodic about before. Solemn and hypnotic, Song Preservation Society layer chilling harmonies over delicate acoustic rhythms. It’s much more awesome than we just made it sound. Proof below.
Check out the details below to enter for He’s My Brother She’s My Sister and Song Preservation Society. Caught a Ghost kick off the show.
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see He’s My Brother She’s My Sister at The Independent, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “He’s My Brother She’s My Sister” in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email.
October 22, 2013 by Lauren Espina · Leave a Comment »
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Featured on Polyvinyl Records‘ upcoming I Need You Bad garage rock compilation as well as last months’ Vans Classic & San Francisco showcase, Cool Ghouls are showing no signs of slowing down as they gear up for a small West Coast tour. Before heading up to Portland next month, the band will be headlining Hemlock Tavern this Thursday, October 24, along with a stellar, out of town line up.
Joining the Ghouls will be Seattle’s Neighbors, a four-piece outfit whose power pop riffs and occasionally off-kilter vocals, particularly on “Home,” the opening track of their Power Country cassette, make for an endearing, danceable brand of rock and roll.
Rounding out the night are Satan Wriders, a Stockton, CA-based band who captured the attention of The Bay Bridged with their surf rock riffs back in August, when our own Russell Jelinek included the group in our Best of Submissions series. Equally scuzzy and sunny, the group channels good-bad vibes by weaving classic pop ooh ooh oohs throughout cheeky vocals on their track “Sun Coma.”
Cool Ghouls Tour Dates:
10/24 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Hemlock (w/ Neighbors and Satan Wriders)
11/8 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Great American Music Hall (w/ Of Montreal and La Luz)
11/14 — PORTLAND, OR — The Know (w/ The Memories and The San Onofre Lizards)
11/15 — SEATTLE, WA — 20/20 Cycle (w/ Hive Dwellers and Chastity Belt)
11/16 — VANCOUVER, BC — Fall Down Get Down Fest at The Electric Owl
11/18 — SACRAMENTO, CA — The Press Club (w/ The Donkeys)
Cool Ghouls, Neighbors, Satan Wriders
The Hemlock Tavern
October 24, 2013
8:30pm, $7 (21+)
October 22, 2013 by Jason Shane · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Feature Article, News, Show Preview, Video
“This video was shot in my backyard in Oakland at my 25th birthday party,” recalls Sara “Sonic” DaMert of The Tambo Rays about the band’s video for “Take That”, a track we premiered back in August when it had the slightly more streetwise title “Take Dat”. “I asked renaissance woman and dear friend Katie Wheeler-Dubin to film the festivities, just like our parents did when we were kids. I wanted to have a clearer record to look back on than champagne-infused memories.”
It wasn’t until after the party that DaMert realized the footage’s potential for use as a video. “The idea to develop this footage into a music video was done so non-linearly,” she says. “When I watched the footage back I was so delighted – the candidness of everyone simply enjoying themselves was so blissful and lucid.”
That’s when the band decided to inject an intoxicating feel back into the video. “I then turned to magic-man Chaz Smedley to edit the footage, I found out about him by watching underground bay area hip hop music videos,” DaMert says. “He eloquently wove the footage from the party in with psychedelic visuals Brian [DaMert, her brother and the band's frontman] and I found in a box of VHS tapes at our parents’ house. Chaz perfectly captured the day in all its warmth and weirdness, as well as the song’s summery spirit.”
We couldn’t agree more with Ms. Sonic’s assessment. The video exudes the completely chill feel of a summertime backyard barbecue in the warmth of the East Bay, which is bolstered by her simultaneously disinterested and brash vocal delivery. Watch it below, grab a free download of “Take That” on The Tambo Rays’ SoundCloud, and then get full details on the band’s Wednesday show at The Milk Bar.
The Bay Brewed 2013: Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams to headline our rock and roll beer festival!
October 22, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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On December 7, 2013, SF’s only indie rock beer festival, The Bay Brewed, returns to Public Works for a third year of great music and beer. We’re now pleased to announce the festival’s lineup six amazing local rock bands, led by Mikal Cronin and Shannon and the Clams. Both acts have had banner 2013s, releasing two of our favorite albums, MCII and Dreams in the Rat House, and they’re both consistently great live performers. While you’re enjoying all of the excellent music, you’ll be enjoying unlimited tastings from over a dozen local breweries all day long thanks to the SF Brewers Guild!
The Bay Brewed 2013: A Rock and Roll Beer Festival
Unlimited local beer tasting from 13 great local breweries!
As we announced last week, festival tickets include unlimited beer tasting from 13 local breweries: 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.
The Bay Brewed is always a ton of fun, and tickets will move quickly, so GET YOURS RIGHT NOW!