Interview: Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss ‘The Terror,’ the evolution of their live show and much more
February 21, 2013 by Jason Shane · Leave a Comment »
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“Night Feel” – the band’s first release since their debut EP, July 2012′s kaleidoscope – is an entrancing blast of mellowed out, lo-fi rock, the head-turning next step in the four-piece’s catalog. The video matches the track’s vibe, with a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic (sound familiar?) journey to a tripped-out campfire dance party in the middle of the forest. It’s a stunning visual crafted by McGovern, who is making his first foray into music videos with this solid effort. Check it out:
You won’t have to wait long to see how “Night Feel” sounds live – The Tambo Rays play the Hemlock Tavern in the City tomorrow night, and they’ll no doubt be a celebratory mood in the wake of this new release. Fellow San Francisco denizens Sunbeam Rd. and Thralls open.
Stream and download audio of “Night Feel”, and get full details on The Tambo Rays’ gig at The Hemlock tomorrow night, below. The new track is also available on Bandcamp.
February 21, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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The (extended) Bay Area is losing a musical landmark as Sacramento’s The Hangar will be closing in March 2013. The Hangar is a multi-track recording studio in a large converted warehouse space that was operated for 12 years as Enharmonik Studios. The studio, owned by producer/engineer John Baccigaluppi, was made available for lease in 1998, opening its doors to recording engineers and musicians. Now, The Hangar’s doors will close permanently, as the recording facility’s 23-year run comes to an end.
Baccigaluppi wrote in a blog post that he is bummed out about “losing the space in the broader sense,” and proud of “being able to keep…rates low and affordable so unsigned musicians could afford to make good records.”
According to Baccigaluppi, some of his favorite records that emerged from The Hangar include releases from artists such as Sea of Bees, Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, !!!, Au Revoir Simone, Sister Crayon, Little Wings, The Mother Hips, and many more. Kanye West, Ian MacKaye, and Chris Robinson even briefly passed through the legendary space as well.
Baccigaluppi writes in his farewell, “We recording folks, we complain a lot. But the truth is that when you are in the room with an amazing artist that you’ve become good friends with and that magic starts to happen and you’re capturing a great song as it is coming into being and is immortalized into a recording that many people will hear, there is no better gig in the world.”
Despite leaving the storied studio, Baccigaluppi won’t be idle for long. He and Chris Woodhouse are constructing a new studio in the General Produce building, just a couple blocks away from The Hangar.
February 20, 2013 by Lauren Espina · Leave a Comment »
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We may be a few weeks passed the release of their debut LP Someone For You, and sure they’ve been playing a steady stream of shows around the Bay Area since then, but the four guys of Warm Soda are finally hosting an official record release party on Saturday, February 23rd at Night Light in Oakland. Like the band’s limited edition, translucent turquoise and rainbow-speckled vinyl (pictured above and unfortunately, sold out), its music is colored with a bit of everything – the important things, at least: sugary pop, fast-paced punk and filthy rock and roll all topped off with golden, glam sprinkles. Warm Soda tightened up its garage sound a couple notches for its first full-length album, just enough to showcase the production prowess of lead vocalist/guitarist Matthew Melton and guitarist Rob Good without overshadowing the band’s gritty energy, which is most palpable in a live setting. So come out to Oakland next Saturday to witness the band play one of its last Bay Area shows before departing for South By Southwest. Until then, watch the guys of Warm Soda lose it over a pretty girl in their playful new music video for “Busy Lizzy.”
Joining Warm Soda will be San Francisco’s Cocktails, a fuzz pop outfit that’s still riding the wave of its February 1st debut EP release show, and Oakland-based garage rock band Bad Vibes. Though these supporting acts are relatively fresh projects with one or less records to make up their catalogs, both bands have worked with Melton and Good’s Fuzz City Records, and were featured on the label’s first compilation, Summer Of Fuzz Volume 1. Head over to Fuzz City’s website to purchase the 2012 cassette, 7″s by local bands like Burnt Ones and Part Time, and, arguably the best Fuzz City product to date, the ridiculously simple yet undoubtedly clever “Warm Soda” coozie.
Warm Soda, Cocktails, Bad Vibes
February 23, 2013
February 20, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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To enter this contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged.com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted.
Friday, February 22nd
ALO, Diego’s Umbrella @ The Fillmore
The show starts at 9pm, $32.50, all ages. Click here to purchase advance tickets.
February 20, 2013 by Katie Kopacz · Leave a Comment »
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Just six months after Do415’s first highly successful Scene Unseen party, the Bay Area tastemaker has announced their second event of the series, Scene Unseen II, taking place on March 1st at 1015 Folsom. While the debut Scene Unseen party hosted mainly to the electronic-infused hip hop and rap scenes, Scene Unseen II boasts a electronic pop heavy lineup including Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, and Young Magic.
The lineup is exceptionally strong, especially considering Toro Y Moi’s recently released third LP, Anything In Return, as well as his highly buzzed-about cameo on Nosaj Thing’s latest track, “Try”. Scene Unseen II is conveniently placed to be the perfect after party for Noise Pop 2013.
As it did back in August, Scene Unseen II will feature a handful of local Bay Area artists, includingMPHD as well as DJs from Hard French, Push The Feeling, and many others. Most importantly, the party is free, so make sure to RSVP on Do415 and print out your ticket to get in.
Toro Y Moi, Washed Out (DJ Set), Young Magic, Take, Star Eyes, MPHD, DJ Dials, Hard French vs. M.O.M., Joaquin Barta, Push The Feeling, GoldenChyld, DJ Balance, VNDMG, Co-Yah DJs / Green B + DJ Daneekah (Scene Unseen II)
March 1, 2013
Free with RSVP
Chrome Canyon, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jonas Reinhardt, Shock, Chautauqua at Mezzanine this Friday, 2/22/13
February 20, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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Fire up the lasers, Chrome Canyon is coming to Mezzanine. New York synth artist Morgan Z – the man behind Chrome Canyon – will headline the electronic dance party on Friday, February 22 with support from local artists including Peanut Butter Wolf, Jonas Reinhardt, Shock, and Chautauqua.
Last year, Morgan released his first full-length album as Chrome Canyon, Elemental Themes, via Stones Throw Records. The solo composer produces spacey synth epics reminiscent of ’80s sci-fi soundtracks (think Gatekeeper, only less menacing), and Chrome Canyon’s live sets are also known for incorporating stellar light shows. Listen to “Generations” off Elemental Themes, below.
Peanut Butter Wolf, the DJ/producer alias of San Jose native Chris Manak, will support Chrome Canyon with a DJ set. Manak started the project in 1989 and also founded Stones Throw in 1996. Although Peanut Butter Wolf isn’t making as many hip-hop beats as he used to, he still DJs regularly.
Jonas Reinhardt is the experimental electronic project of San Francisco-based synth composer Jesse Reiner. After a few solo releases, Jonas Reinhardt eventually expanded into a full band, with Trans Am‘s Phil Manley on guitars, Mi Ami‘s Damon Palermo on drums, and Citay‘s Diego Gonzalez on bass. Reinhardt’s latest LP, Music For The Tactile Dome, is out on Not Not Fun. Stream the title track below.
Shock is the Bay Area dance pop project of Dan Judd, Terri Loewenthal, and Michael Taras. The trio released a 12-inch record of their outstanding single “Heaven” last year (stream it below). The act’s cosmic dance-club vibes have been seen at Push The Feeling and continue to spread across the local electronic scene.
Chautauqua, another Push The Feeling favorite, will provide the opening DJ set. Chautauqua is the Giallo-inspired electro project of synth duo Daze Luzius and Randy Ellis, co-founder of San Francisco label Voltaire Records, which is co-presenting the show alongside Stones Throw. Listen to their track “Suspended Animation” below.
It all goes down this Friday, February 22 at Mezzanine in San Francisco. Did I mention lasers? Get full details below.
Chrome Canyon, Peanut Butter Wolf (DJ), Jonas Reinhardt, Shock, Chautauqua (DJ)
February 22, 2013
Listen to tracks from Nosaj Thing and Giraffage to prep for their Noise Pop NightLife show this Thursday, 2/21/13
February 20, 2013 by Mike G. · Leave a Comment »
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LA-based dreamscape engineer Nosaj Thing plays a Noise Pop 2013 pre-party this Thursday at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Bay Area soundsmith Giraffage also plays, and there will be DJ sets by Joaquin Bartra, Chad Salty, and Brogan Bentley going on throughout the building’s many fascinating rooms. It’s a special edition of the weekly NightLife party hosted by the Academy, and it looks like it’s going to be all kinds of awesome.
Seriously, like, stupid awesome. From the NightLife web page:
In honor of Noise Pop’s 21st birthday, NightLife presents “Now that You’re 21, Let’s Talk Liquor,” an in-depth look at the origins behind the booze behind the bar, and the botany that goes into it.
Noise Pop is bringing their own lineup (BYOL) to the party: Nosaj Thing, whose upcoming release Home builds on a highly acclaimed first album, Drift, and follows numerous collaborations with artists like The XX, Flying Lotus, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others; and Giraffage, the creation of 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist/producer Charlie Yin, evoking a woozy yet familiar feeling that keeps fans coming back for more.
Nosaj Thing has a fantastic new album, Home, out now on Innovative Leisure, following a slew of crazy good remixes and collaborations with the likes of The xx, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and more. So to prep you all for the Noise Pop NightLife party, here’s two key tracks from Home that feature Nosaj Thing hooking up with some stellar guest vocalists.
First, Nosaj Thing teamed up with the Bay Area’s own Chaz Bundick (aka Toro y Moi) for “Try”, a soothing downtempo number. The vocals are so smooth, they’re almost like another synth dropping into the mix:
And here’s the video for “Eclipse/Blue”, which features Blonde Redhead‘s Kazu Makino supplying some gorgeous, shimmering vocals.
The homey Tim Draut recently wrote about the new Giraffage single “Close 2 Me” right here on this very site. Stream it below, and start to get very stoked about Thursday night.
Noise Pop NightLife
Nosaj Thing, Giraffage, with DJ sets by Joaquin Bartra, Chad Salty, Brogan Bentley
California Academy of Sciences
February 21, 2013