The Bay Brewed Artist Q&A: Shannon and the Clams talk “spaghetti western space ballads” and the best in Bay Area music and beer
November 27, 2013 by Jason Shane · Leave a Comment »
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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 Kelley Stoltz whose stellar new record ‘Double Exposure’ dropped back in September on Third Man Records.
The Bay Bridged: Your new album Double Exposure marries a number of different genres, from pop to garage and psychedelic rock. What is your approach to songwriting and how would you define your own sound?
Kelley Stoltz: It’s all music to me, and I just start strumming something on guitar or playing a drum beat and build songs from there.
You recorded Double Exposure in your converted garage, which you have dubbed Electric Duck Studio. What drives your dedication to home recording, and what was the studio experience like when recording this album?
Home recording allows me the freedom to wander in any time of day or night, when inspiration strikes and try and make up a tune. The experience making this LP was long and tiresome. It took two years to make because I was building the recording space and engineering several other bands at the same time.
The album was released on Jack White’s imprint Third Man Records. How did you get hooked up with that label?
I’m friends with his nephew. He works at the label and as such know I Jack a bit – we went on tour with The Raconteurs in 2006. After being dropped by Sub Pop, I called and spoke to my friend there at Third Man – they gave a listen and said they would like to put it out.
What’s the best Bay Area music venue to play as an artist?
What’s the best Bay Area music venue for catching a show as a fan?
Velma’s. [Editor: This venue is now closed.]
What’s your favorite album from a Bay Area artist this year?
What other artist or band are you most looking forward to seeing at The Bay Brewed?
Mikal Cronin. He’s the new me, only better.
What’s your favorite San Francisco-brewed beer?
I don’t drink beer anymore, but back in the day it was Anchor Steam, I suppose.
Head over to our Eventbrite page now to get your tickets to see Kelley Stoltz at The Bay Brewed, along with Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight. The event will also feature unlimited tastings from over a dozen local breweries all day long thanks to the SF Brewers Guild.
November 27, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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November 26, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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In case you couldn’t tell from the title, Shannon and the Clams have released a video for “Rat House,” directed by Shannon herself and shot and edited by the band’s Cody Blanchard. The song comes from the almost-eponymous Dreams in the Rat House, released in May to critical acclaim.
Check out the video below. If you have any interest in glitter, gorillas and/or g…chicken drumsticks (literally…chicken drumsticks), you’ll love it.
November 26, 2013 by Lauren Espina · Leave a Comment »
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A little over a month ago, Polyvinyl Records announced the release of its garage rock compilation I Need You Bad, a sonic snapshot of the local garage rock scene. Curated by Sonny Smith of Sunny & the Sunsets, the comp features Bay Area staples like Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones and Warm Soda as well as a few other artists from along the West Coast, including Burger Records’ latest darlings The Memories, who come from Portland.
The record is streaming in its entirety below and you can order the LP over at the label’s online store, but Polyvinyl is taking I Need You Bad a step further with a live celebration, appropriately titled I Need You Bad–The Live Show!
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Little Wings, Chris Cohen, The Memories, Fronds, DJ set by Sonny Smith
November 29, 2013
8pm, $12-15 (all ages)
November 26, 2013 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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As previously mentioned, Oakland’s own Quinn DeVeaux has put together two new full-length albums (that’s right, TWO). The first, Late Night Drive, is an easygoing solo endeavor, stripped down to just his soulful voice and simple instrumentation. The record is still evocative of DeVeaux’s early R&B influence, but with an added layer of classic folksy twang. The second album, Originals, features the Blue Beat Review (DeVeaux’s band) on a whole new set of upbeat tunes that will make you wish you had your dancing shoes.
Today, we’re proud to premiere these two new records from Quinn DeVeaux, available as a stream until the official release date of December 3rd:
And listen to ‘Late Night Drive’ directly on Soundcloud.
Quinn DeVeaux has two nearby shows between now and the end of the year: a show in Sacramento, and what should be a really unique New Year’s Eve show at Bimbo’s.
The Torch Club (Sacramento)
December 7, 2013
Gold Star Soul Revue, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Gaucho, Quinn DeVeaux
Bimbo’s 365 Club
December 31, 2013
November 26, 2013 by Katie Kopacz · Leave a Comment »
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Almost three full years after her last album was released in Europe (it was released in the states over a year later), Gothic songstress Emily Jane White has returned to deliver her fourth full length, Blood Lines. It’s not just an awaited release, it’s a nearby departure from her previous sound to something slightly more elaborate.
“This record is heavier than my other records,” she says. “It’s a little more stylized, in a way. I chose to use a lot of delay and reverb and that was all intentional. I wanted it to have a little bit more of a punch. My last two records are very more subdued and kind of quiet, and that’s fine. But I felt like I could do something that was a little more overstated and less subtle.”
To contribute to her vision of a more dynamic sound, White brought in additional instrumentation on Blood Lines that were not featured on her previous records. “I always did what I wanted to do with this record, but I definitely bounced ideas off of people, and that was really helpful,” she says.
Her European tour starts in March 2014, with dates in Brussels and Toulouse already confirmed. Though the schedule isn’t yet set in stone, White does mention that she has an artist planning a newly designed stage performance. “My intention is to have a little bit more of a choreographed light design and stage design, with costumes and stuff like that.”
She hopes to bring this element back to her tour in the States later next year. Expect something more electronic and rock-rooted. Though we can still hear her folk sound loud and clear in most songs, including a cameo from Marissa Nadler on the album’s first single, “Faster Than The Devil.”
When asked what she’s been listening to lately, she hesitates to pick just one. “I was listening to Fever Ray in my car today. I also really like that artist Group Rhoda. She’s local and she’s awesome.”
November 26, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Director Dalan McNabola met SF’s French Cassettes during this year’s Music Video Race, and the band and director reunited for this colorful clip for “Boys,” off the Cassettes’ recent album Gold Youth. According to the group:
We’re always on board to use an excessive amount of color in anything we do so the idea for the video came together pretty quickly, based on that concept. Our friend had just gotten back from a trip to India and she had some left over Holi powder that everyone throws at each other during this annual Festival of Color. So we used that and some other colors from the store to throw on each other and our friends that agreed to join us. Their only instruction was to wear white…and to not be too attached to the clothes they wore.