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April 12, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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This Wednesday, April 14th will see a trio of local folksy bands at Cafe du Nord, some familiar, some not as much. Beatbeat Whisper will headline, with the sibling songwriting duo of Ayla and Davyd Nereo bringing their plucky, soft-spoken folk.
Todayokay will assist in opening the evening, and will simultaneously be celebrating the release of their debut EP,Â All This Weaponry. The darkly rich songs from the EP can be streamed in full on Todayokay’s website. Light-hearted, bluesy rock in the form ofÂ Vandella will kick things off; to prepare for the show, the band’s music can be streamed via MySpace and Facebook.
April 12, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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Every few weeks comes the necessary roundup of recent media from Bay Area bands. Check out this grab bag of videos from local groups.
It’s difficult to believe that LoveLikeFire are only just releasing their debut album now, given the attention and praise they’ve managed to collect within the Bay Area and beyond over the past couple of years. And yet, Tear Ourselves Away officially comes out in the US this week, as produced by Bill Racine (Mates of State, Rogue Wave) and recorded locally at Tiny Telephone. Check out the above video, from 2009, for “William,” the album’s lush, gauzy single.
Meanwhile, The Sandwitches have recovered from a stint at SxSW 2010 by releasing their first official video, for “Kiss Your Feet.” In this video, the band members find themselves in a remote cabin, in the middle of some dark and twisty horror movie-inspired situations. “Kiss Your Feet” comes from The Sandwitches’ 2009 album, How to Make Ambient Sadcake.
April 11, 2010 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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I have been derelict in my duty. The Bay Bridged is a site dedicated to local Bay Area music, and this column, since its inception, has played host to a profusion of national acts, mere visitors upon our salty shores and vertiginous hills. Today l begin to redress that balance, and I couldn’t be more pleased to start by showcasing local doom metallers in Orchid.
The doom metal genre has undergone precious few changes since drop-tuning was pioneered by Tony Iommi’s missing fingertips, and though unsuccessful stems and seeds have occasionally percolated to the bottom, the ripe buds of the art form — mammoth, fuzzy minor chords; hard-hitting, groove-oriented drumming — always seem to smell the same.
(Photo by Raymond Ahner)
You only have to take a quick look at Orchid’s belled-out hemlines to see where they draw their inspiration. Singer Theo Mindell, guitarist Mark Thomas Baker, bassist Nickel, and drummer Carter Kennedy each have one foot planted firmly in a rock and roll past, and their tunes hearken back to the golden age of Sab and Zeppelin, evincing a near-religious affinity for that bluesy, hairy Land Before Reagan. Their recent EP Through the Devil’s Door (The Church Within Records) delivers exactly the kind of otherworldly sojourn its title suggests, a kind of metal The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, except that the Wardrobe is an Orange amp and the only talking goats involved sport pendulous bare breasts and owe allegiance to Satan.
April 9, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · 1 Comment »
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why is there not a billion hits on thisï»¿ video?
Seriously, just watch it. Right now. And if your boss catches you, just say that you needed the morale boost to continue working that dead-end job. (Don’t say that last part. Just think it.)
April 9, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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With all of the other earthquakes that have been shaking the rest of the world lately, attention to the devastating Haiti quake seems to have gone by the wayside. The folks at SOIL are working to turn this around, however, by putting together a benefit for Haitian relief at Bottom of the Hill on Tuesday, April 13th.
SOIL stands for Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, and the organization is “dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti.” Their Tuesday benefit show will feature Anticon locals Jel (also of Themselves) and Odd Nosdam, as well as Chicago artist Serengeti. The show will be hosted by Los Angeles’ Nocando.
The show starts at 9pm, costs $15 for admission and $20 for admission plus two raffle tickets. It’s 21+, too.
April 9, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 4 Comments »
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With much sadness and nostalgia we share the news that beloved local band From Monument to Masses are calling it quits, as announced in lengthy statement made by guitarist/co-founder Matthew Solberg on Golden Antenna Records‘ website:
“…There is too much to say here about our experience. Weâ€™ll be blogging about it later, Iâ€™m sure. Suffice it to say, that Iâ€™m incredibly grateful for my time spent with FMTM and I wouldnâ€™t trade it for anything. From the responses we heard in talking to people about our music, Iâ€™m convinced that the music worked; it did itâ€™s job. It reached people on a different level than most musicâ€¦ and thatâ€™s exactly why I committed myself to the band in the first place…I loved every minute of it â€“ even the minutes that I hated. FMTM was a very frustrating band, mired in frustrating business relationships, frustrating personal relationships, and frustrating contradictions between what we wanted to be and what we were; where we wanted to go and where we were headed. Given these obstacles, FMTM fell prey to a sort of “band entropy” wherein everything that we tried to control slipped even further out of our control. Eventually, the net losses outweighed the net gains and no one was happy. Thatâ€™s when you know your band needs to break up, regardless of whether it breaks your heart or not…”
From Monument to Masses released four albums, and were equally appreciated for their commitment to DIY as much as their melodious, technical and politically passionate post-rock. According to Solberg, the band will play a final three-day tour in Japan, with hometown (NYC/SF) farewell shows possibly to follow.
The Bay Bridged can proudly say we covered FMTM throughout their reign as one of SF’s best bands. We invited them into the studio for Podcast #156 around the release of On Little Known Frequencies (Dim Mak) came out last year, and covered their show at Noise Pop 2009. Farewell, guys.
April 8, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Thinking a little ahead to the near future (for once), this coming Monday, the Elbo Room is hosting a solid and extremely affordable evening of Americana/psych rock, with Nick Jaina (Portland), Mark Matos & Os Beaches and Buxter Hoot’n (8:30pm, $5 and $2 drink specials!!).
Like other current superstars of the PDX folk scene — such as Loch Lomond, Shelley Short and Weinland — the Nick Jaina band boasts outstanding musicianship, vivacious stage performance and overall just embody the local folk flavor. Jaina is on the brink of already his fourth HUSH Records release, A Bird In The Opera House, which will most likely be available on the eve of its release.
Mark Matos & Os Beaches shall provide “rock and roll gospel” during the show’s midway stretch. Last year’s release Words of the Knife is also on the brink of greatness, as it is to soon arrive on vinyl, and the album credits note help from Matt Adams (Blank Tapes), Tom Heyman (The Court & Spark), Dave Mihaly (of Jolie Holland‘s band), Kacey Johansing, and the former members of Campo Bravo. Last, a name fairly fresh to our tongues is Buxter Hoot’n — who probably could also pull off the “rock and roll gospel” facade with their rampant psychedelic jamming, crossed with the genes of Crosby, Stills, and Nash-styled rural rock. Get your week started off right (or terribly, terribly wrong) with Elbo’s $2 drink specials, and a wide array of audible enjoyment.