Interview: Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss ‘The Terror,’ the evolution of their live show and much more
May 1, 2009 by Christian Cunningham · 1 Comment »
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A life long Californian, Keith studied photography at SF State while apprenticing with and assisting some of the bay area’s most renowned fine art photographers. He’s continued as a traditional black and white art contractor, working with a wide range of photographers, galleries and art institutions as well as producing his own work. As a purely traditional based photographer, Keith exclusively uses film cameras and a darkroom to produce his images.
I’ve enjoyed collecting, spacial organization and fine craft my whole life and photography, for me, is all of these.
May 1, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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An enterprising horror film producer would likely reject my suggestion to cast Tuscon’s Bob Log III as a slasher villain as too outlandish or implausible, someone audiences wouldn’t believe actually existed. They’d be wrong, of course. Here is a man who has spent a decade-plus playing around the country in jumpsuits of dubious cleanliness and always wearing a motorcycle helmet rigged to a telephone receiver that doubles as a microphone. His shows have a reputation for chaos, while the music is a rollicking one-man band driven by slide guitar and a veneer of sleaze.
Log’s got a new album out on the Bay Area’s own Birdman Records, the appropriately titled My Shit Is Perfect, and you can catch him on Saturday, May 2nd at Bottom of the Hill with tourmate Willem Maker and SF’s The Ferocious Few.
10pm, $12, 21+.
April 30, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · 1 Comment »
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TheBayBridged.com and New, Improved Recording are proud to announce the launch of New, Improved, LIVE, a monthly series of live studio sessions with top indie bands, recorded at the New, Improved Recording studio in Oakland, California. Our first session features the Bay Area’s own Deerhoof, with free high-quality mp3s, photos, and videos from the session exclusively available right here.
With a rich history in the Bay Area scene, it seemed only natural to invite Deerhoof in for the first New, Improved, LIVE session. The group is, after all, known worldwide for its unconventional indie rock sound and consistently excellent albums, like last year’s Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars). Their N,I,L set below includes highlights from their rich catalog alongside an exciting cover of “Let’s Dance The Jet”, an obscure song from the 1967 film The Day The Fish Came Out. As you’ll hear in the mp3s, the session captures the energy of the band’s live performances as expertly engineered, mixed and mastered by the New, Improved Recording team.
For even more, check out photos and video from the session, along with an interview with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier at our New, Improved, LIVE page!
New, Improved, LIVE, featuring: Deerhoof
We’d like to thank the band for the excellent performance. A number of exciting artists are lined up for future sessions, which will be published at thebaybridged.com/new-improved-live/ on a monthly basis. Acclaimed performers and a top notch studio means great free music that redefines the studio experience: New, Improved, LIVE.
April 30, 2009 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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Thursday April 30th: Music for Animals, Please Do Not Fight, Winter Gloves@ the Rickshaw Stop
Thursday at the Rickshaw Stop is the place to start the weekend early. Winter Gloves will be dropping what’s sure to be the most electronic cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to date. Local rockers, Music for Animals, was a Noisepop favorite at Benders in February, and Please Do Not Fight will be keeping the crowd alive.
The show starts at 8pm with a $10 cover.
Embrace the End, All Teeth, Not To Reason Why, History, Heavy Hills and Strike To Survive @ the Casbar (Santa Rosa)
Sacramento’s Embrace the End is heading to Santa Rosa’s Casbar before taking off on May 15th for a non-stop sixteen day tour through California and up the west coast, ending in Seattle. With a new album recently out, Ley Lines, as well as a recent line-up change, these guys are ready to get on the road and share the intensity reflected in their live performance.
Also performing are All Teeth, Not To Reason Why, History, Heavy Hills and Strike To Survive, all hailing from the Santa Rosa area). This will be a great night of local music and all ages are encouraged to come!
Read more about it here
Friday May 1: The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Battlehooch @ The Uptown in Oakland
Those looking for a good time on the cheap might want to make there way over to Oakland to check out The Hot Toddies. The wildly popular Oakland foursome are sure to get the crowd moving and singing along with their unique brand ofÂ infectious indie/pop.
Bay Bridged favorites Tempo No Tempo will be supporting on this one — get there early and be sure to see these guys do their thing…which is rocking socks off!
Opening up the show is BATTLEHOOCH, who’s experimental, layered sound results from many disparate elements and will be familiar to fans of Captain Beefheart and The Residents , but all together original and new as well.
April 29, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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A Bay Bridged reader tipped us off to this post over at the Chronicle‘s City Insider blog, the latest in the paper’s coverage of the ongoing conflict between the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and some of the Cityâ€™s best venues, including Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, the Great American Music Hall and the DNA Lounge.
You can find our previous posts about this issue here and here for more background, but here’s a quick recap: the ABC, charged with issuing and enforcing alcohol licenses throughout the state, has been challenging the liquor licenses of a number of historic City music venues, either by attacking technical or otherwise insignificant discrepancies in the licenses, or by imposing new, unreasonable conditions on their continued use. These licenses allow these venues to hold all ages shows, something already in too-short supply in the City.
The last we had heard, State Senator Mark Leno had a “positive meeting” with ABC chief Steve Hardy that resulted in a “commitment to working toward a resolution,” including ideas to draft new legislation to clarify venue licensing requirements or the creation of a new type of license specifically for music venues. All of this, tentatively, sounded like progress. [More...]
April 29, 2009 by Christian Cunningham · Leave a Comment »
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The Black Lips are back in town performing at the Great American Music Hall tomorrow night with Flowers Forever and local act Bridez and this time your ticket will do more than just get you into the show.
In an effort to support great local record stores, The Black Lips giving a bunch of Short Fuse 7â€s to local record stores of the cities they’re performing and offering the vinyl up to anyone who comes in AFTER the gig with a ticket stub. You can pick up your copy over at Amoeba SF starting Friday – I’d recommend doing it sooner then later before supplies run out.
Doors are at 8pm and tickets are $15. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
April 29, 2009 by Ben Richardson · Comments Off
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The crimson warmth of Annie’s was a welcome respite from the bluster of Saturday night, with high winds pushing put-upon smokers into the nooks and crannies of the facade. Bodacious women of all hues stared down from their black velvet boudoirs on the wall, and the charmingly intimate Folsom Street venue prepared for another night of rough-hewn independent metal. As oblivious karaoke enthusiasts flitted through to the back room, bands laid out their humble merch, bathed in the blue glow of Battlefield Earth on the TV, Travolta casting a dismissive eye on us man-animals below.
Glitter Wizard were first on stage, running through a shoddy, shaky set involving a broken string, some lame jokes, and a number of unnecessary vocal and synthesizer effects. Lying somewhere between punk, metal, and ham-handed psychedelia, the band seemed preternaturally young, singer “Wendy Stonehenge”‘s 70′s-style soupcatcher nurtured by that little-known patent medicine, Ironic Tonic. Keyboardist Doug Graves was the odd man out, both in age and in the mix, deploying some decent but inaudible keyboard licks and trippy-lite oscillations from a transistor-rich device next to his keyboard. With a little more rehearsal, the world’s fifty-seventh band with Wizard in its name might have some potential, developing their retro sound into something coherent. Maybe they need a new wand? 13 inches, with a basilisk-pubic-hair core? But I digress, magically. [More...]