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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.
April 8, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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Thee Oh Sees, a band not know for idleness, are set to release another album of garage-rock proportions. Warm Slime comes out on May 11th via In the Red, who also released 2009′s Help. Of course, the band’s also been releasing aÂ seemingly endless series of 7″s and EPs over the past year, as well as the Dog Poison album on Captured Tracks.
From the sound of things (i.e. “I Was Denied”), Thee Oh Sees are continuing in their tradition of experimental lo-fi, with a newly refined assault of sound and overall jovial feel, punctuated by a series of hyperactive “la la las.”
Thee Oh Sees are scheduled to play the Uptown this Saturday, April 10th (9:00 pm, $10). Fellow local punk rockers Grass Widow and Tropical Sleep will open the show. Thee Oh Sees will also play the Fillmore on April 23rd, opening for Yo La Tengo.
April 8, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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April 7, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · 6 Comments »
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One of the standout tracks from the In A Cloud comp is the debut song from Exray’s, the latest band from Jon Bernson (Ray’s Vast Basement, Window Twins, Black Fiction). The band recently released this video for the track, created by Jeanne Applegate.
Exray’s debut album has been completed, and will be released this summer by Howells Transmitter.
April 7, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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In celebration of the awards in 35 categories, the Weekly’s throwing a party tonight at 111 Minna from 5-9pm. To entice attendance: “Food will be provided by Kung Fu Tacos, Gold Mirror, Cinnaholic and Casa Sanchez. Open bar will be sponsored by Asahi Beer, Devotion Vodka, Distillery 209 Gin and Vitamin Water.” RSVP is mandatory, so send your name to email@example.com to get on the list.