The Bay Brewed Artist Q&A: Shannon and the Clams talk “spaghetti western space ballads” and the best in Bay Area music and beer
June 17, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Releasing what they’ve named a “trans-genre” album, The Aimless Never Miss introduce their first self-released full length, The High Dive to Lo-Fi, Volume 1. The album’s witty name and its audible diversity work hand-in-hand as quite the entertaining contradiction. About the The High Dive, which is for sale on the band’s website:
It’s taken over 2 years to produce, and is by far our most ‘experimental’ album to date. The 13 tracks range from rock to folk, Americana, punk, gypsy-jazz, and into the indescribable…If you like music that can’t easily be defined, and are bored with albums where every song sounds like the last…
June 16, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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This week’s podcast showcases San Francisco’s Magic Bullets, whose second full length album, Magic Bullets, came out yesterday on Mon Amie Records. The band’s first record, a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love, came out in 2007, and introduced a refreshingly catchy jangle pop sound calling to mind bands like The Smiths, The Feelies, Talking Heads, and Orange Juice. Over the next several years, the Bullets focused on writing and recording, gaining an EP, but losing two band members to Girls. That setback aside, the Bullets are now back and, yes, they sound better than ever. Guitarist Corey Cunningham has crafted a batch of dynamic songs that showcase both a minimalist restraint and a broader array of tempos, feels, and sounds. Singer Phil Benson remains a magnetic vocal presence, delivering heartfelt thoughts on love and romance. Fans of indie pop, do check this album out.
We sat down with the members of Magic Bullets recently to discuss their new album. We’ve also included four songs from their self-titled album in the episode.
Magic Bullets has a bunch of California shows over the next month. Full dates on their MySpace page.
- You can currently stream Magic Bullets on Spinner.
Announcing Regional Bias 2010: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Man/Miracle and Exray’s, live at The Verdi Club, 7/23/10!
June 16, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · 1 Comment »
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For the past four and half years, The Bay Bridged has been proud to champion the San Francisco Bay Area indie music scene through an innovative mixture of new media journalism and cutting edge live events. On Friday, July 23rd, 2010, weâ€™re excited to present our second annual fundraiser party, Regional Bias 2010, a celebration of Bay Area music and culture to benefit The Bay Bridged.
This year, we’re returning to the historic Verdi Club in Potrero Hill for a huge celebration of the things that make living in the Bay Area special. There will be musical performances by four of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area artists as well as some great local DJs.
We’ll also be tipping our collective hat to the Bayâ€™s vibrant visual arts and food scenes, with a happy hour art show and tasty bites from local chefs for sale before and during the show. In other words, this isn’t your typical fundraiser event. It’s a celebration of independent music’s vital place in Bay Area culture.
Regional Bias 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Verdi Club
Doors open at 7pm for happy hour art show, food, and DJs. Bands start at 8pm.
General Admission tickets: $20/$25 donation (only a limited number of $20 tickets will be available)
VIP tickets: $50 donation (includes free beer, food, hand-screened show poster, and a Bay Bridged t-shirt!)
This event is 21+
About the Bands
June 15, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 2 Comments »
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All Saints Day, a coterie featuring members of Vivian Girls and Cat Power, squeezed out their first live set ever Sunday night at The Independent, sandwiched between Young Prisms and Real Estate (NJ). This multi-generational project has provoked considerable curiosity around the blogs, based on their personnel and a single mp3, before only recently posting additional tracks on their Bandcamp site.
What comes of the combination of a current garage belle like Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman, and a seasoned musician who plays in Cat Power? Goodman ended up sounding a lot less like the retro Best Coast-style vocalist I’d heard online, performing as a serene, mature frontwoman. In stark contrast to the overly familiar beach-pop, hazy — however you’d like to call it — sound of the recordings, All Saints Day hinged on Gregg Foreman’s raw onstage decisions. He offered a Stooges-era, Brit-rock guitar tone synced with confident movement. And as if to maintain a classic mystique, All Saints Day wrapped up with the pleasing “Age of Consent” cover above.
There’s not much known about All Saints Day’s plans, apart from Goodman’s recent move to Los Angeles which might have something to do with the project starting its live course. All Saints Day will be playing The Echo/Echoplex tonight with Real Estate, Abe Vigoda, Kurt Vile, Woods and Nodzzz, and tomorrow at The Casbah in San Diego with Jeremy Jay and Heavy Hawaii.
June 15, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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We’re currently in the middle of this great moment of exciting young SF rock bands that draw on post-punk and/or shoegazer influences without attempting to clone Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain, or My Bloody Valentine. I’m thinking of local bands like Weekend, The Baths, Skeletal System, and Young Prisms, and now there’s another name to add to that list: Sunbeam Rd.. Fans of brainy/brawny/synthy rock, take note, the SF/Oakland band has released the Turtles, Magnets, Animals EP today for free download from its Bandcamp page and as a limited edition cassette tape. Check it out:
June 15, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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This week in the Bay Area:
Tuesday, June 15
Foreign Cinema, Sunbeam Rd., Slowness @ Hemlock
Wednesday, June 16
WomenROCK! with Bernadette, Stripmall Architecture, Conspiracy Of Venus, ZIVA, Burlesque performance by The Cheesepuffs @ The Independent
Jay Brannan, Terra Naomi, Jhameel @ Bottom of the Hill
Genius and the Thieves, Victory and Associates, Hi-Nobles @ el Rio
Friday, June 18
Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Stephanie Finch & the Company Men @ Great American
LSD & The Search For God, The Meek, Fuxa, dj Darragh Skelton @ Hemlock
Shellshag, Grass Widow, Dirty Marquis, Street Eaters @ el Rio
Devon Williams, The Impediments, Haunted Tiger, Blue Jungle, Cum Stain, Cosmonauts @ Pissed Off Pete’s
Saturday, June 19
Younger Lovers, Hawnay Troof, No Babies, Primary Colors @ 21 Grand
The Hot Toddies, The Albert Square, Please Do Not Fight, The Like Me’s @ Homestead Lanes
The Mumlers, The Aerosols, A B & The Sea @ Blank Club
Monday, June 21
Brian Jonestown Massacre, Federale @ The Fillmore
Sunbeam Rd – “Houseboat”
Conspiracy of Venus – “Soldier’s Things”
The Hi-Nobles – “Shake”
The Attachments – “I Wish I Could Be as Excited as I Am Now”
Chuck Prophet – “Let Freedom Ring!”
Hawnay Troof – “And I”
The Mumlers – “Coffin Factory”
Weekend – “All American”
Hank IV – “Dirty Poncho”
June 14, 2010 by Elizabeth Maki · 1 Comment »
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Thursday night, get crushed: My First Earthquake is releasing a new EP, Crush at the Rickshaw Stop (9pm, $10). The EP was recorded in one day at Hyde Street Studios, and its four songs ring true to MFE’s fun, clever pop with its upbeat rhythms and catchy melodies. The EP is available for free download right now at MFE’s Bandcamp page.
In describing the sound on the EP, the band says they are drawn to Beck and Prince, “who can explore styles and timbres but still keep a recognizable sound.” They added, “two of the songs on the EP are our most stripped down, while the other two have a ton going on: multiple vocal parts, rich synth parts, and a half-drunk mariachi band, for starters.” I’m going to repeat that last part for emphasis: “a half-drunk mariachi band,” hoping that footage of this concept ends up in one of their sweet videos.
In anticipation of releasing a full-length (possibly to be funded through Kickstarter), they’re giving this EP away free to “get the karma tumbleweed rolling,” as frontwoman Rebecca Bortman describes it. You can pick up a copy of Crush at the EP release party, where they’ll be joined by The Downer Party and The Attachments.
While you’re waiting for Thursday to come around, you can also download their album Downstairs, free for this week on Bandcamp.