Interview: Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss ‘The Terror,’ the evolution of their live show and much more
April 21, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast features ten great Bay Area bands, including a lot of good stuff from new and recent releases. About all of the bands:
Still Flyin’ (“The Hott Chord Is Struck”) release their debut album today via the Ernest Jenning Record Co. The CD release show for Never Gonna Touch The Ground is May 9th at Cafe Du Nord, with Nodzzz supporting.
The second album from local songwriter Ayal Nistor’s My Second Surprise (“Bring the Sunshine”) is called Time to Move On, and it’s available now. My Second Surprise plays every Sunday night at the Edinburgh Castle.
SF folk-rock band Bias Tape (“MMPP”) released their debut album A Part late last year. The band’s got two performances scheduled in May: at the Hotel Utah on the 19th and at the Swedish American Hall on the 21st.
April 20, 2009 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Tuesday marked the official release of Papercuts‘ newest concoction, You Can Have What You Want (Gnomonsong) — and next Friday a triple whammy record release show at Cafe du Nord is planned with Cryptacize (Oakland) and the Finches, coming back from a show hiatus.
So far, You Can Have What You Want has been nothing short of warmly praised (Rough Trade had great things to say about it, as well as samples of a few tracks). Circulating with the iTunes purchase is a remix of “Future Primitive” from The Go! Team, but the original version has been the jam since it was unveiled via MySpace in anticipation of the album. The first time I heard it was on Viva Radio, of all places, but undeniable was how addicting the song becomes after one listen. Jason Quever and his backing band pulled it off with grace at the Swedish during Noise Pop in February, joined by Alex Scally (Beach House), who’s also on the record.
After almost a year the Finches return, with a slightly freshened lineup: adding Gerry Saucedo and John Garmon. The release being celebrated is an EP, while Cryptacize presents us with their sophomore Asthmatic Kitty record, Mythomania. Building on their already delicately embellished art pop song, Cryptacize’s Mythomania continues to pace between eager beats and down-tempo serenades with slicing, almost surf rocky guitar riffs. The result is eargasmic and amusing, to say the least.
The Papercuts/Finches/Cryptacize CD release show will take place Friday April 24 at Cafe du Nord at 9:30pm with a $10 cover.
April 20, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · 2 Comments »
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Presented exactly as it was received:
“In 1984, A pressed an ear to the front of a fat stereo speaker as Dad dropped a fresh wax copy of Born in the U.S.A. on the turntable. In 2003, A and Chopko drank beers in a vast San Francisco parking lot next to what was then Pacific Bell Park until they, with the E Street’s opening strains tumbling faintly through the air, could no longer stand missing out. A scalper rolled by with nose-bleed bargains and the dudes obliged the Boss. In October 2008, Dame Satan stuffed into a mom’s sedan for an East Coast tour. The car came with a tape deck and two cassettes, American Beauty by The Grateful Dead and Born in the U.S.A. They almost wore the latter out, as the radio anthems, exploding with the bandleader’s bottom-less charisma and the crystalline 80s production, burned into their brains.”
Dame Satan – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen cover)
“Partially in homage, in February 2009, A (Andrew Simmons), Breezy (Brendan Sheehan), and Chopko (Michael Chopko) hunkered down in a friend’s San Leandro, CA living room to rip a cover of that album’s last song: “I’m on Fire”. Homeowner Ryan Henry engineered the sessions. A sang, played electric guitar, and shook a shaker. Chopko played electric bass, electric guitar, sang, and rattled percussion. Breezy played slide guitar, drums, cymbal swells, Space Echo vibes, and acoustic guitar. Breezy mixed. Louis Stephens polished the mix and mastered at Brown Desk Studio in Los Angeles, CA.”
After the jump, Dame Satan’s East Coast tour dates: [More...]
April 20, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Odawas recently relocated from Chicago to Berkeley and we’re excited to now have them as a Bay Area band. The duo of Isaac Edwards and Michael Tapscott have released four albums, including 2009′s The Blue Depths (Jagjaguwar). It’s a great album mixing ambient synths and sweeping rock.
Check out the video and mp3 for “Harmless Lover’s Discourse” below:
Odawas are playing a free show at Amoeba SF on Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm. They’re also performing at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, April 25th with Autolux, Mini Mansions, and DJ Miles (Live 105).
April 18, 2009 by Michael Pistorio · 1 Comment »
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Words and interactive map by Mike Pistorio
The City has much to offer tomorrow by way of live performances. Head to Amoeba for DJs from 2pm-6pm and giveaways by the hour from 12pm-5pm. Streetlight Records on Market Street will host Anni Rossi — think Andrew Bird’s string melodies mingling with PJ Harvey’s lyricism. Those looking for a little alt-country should head to the Music Store in West Portal, where Lonesome Shack plays from 2pm to 4pm. Don’t forget to stop by the other shops in the city offering once a year discounts on your favorite vinyl.
Rasputin Music will be hosting Silversun Pickups at 4pm. Rolling Stone magazine calls these folks “a West Coast shoegaze band not afraid to wear its Smashing Pumpkins love on its sleeve.” If they don’t do it for you, you can’t beat the limited edition prints for sale, including a 7″ of Whiskeytown with 2 unreleased tracks from 1996; and, a Sublime 7″ both with only 3000 copies and only on Record Store Day. Yoni Wolf (Why?) and others will be DJing at Amoeba Berkeley
There may only be one record shop in Sac mustering the strength to put on an RSD event, but R5 Records makes up for all the other ones. Two music areas. 19 DJs from 9am to 5pm!!!!! 6 bands from 12-6pm. This show may just be worth the hour plus drive from the City, not to mention a HUGE parking lot sale of records and other musical merchandise. Armadillo Music in Davis will have Garrett Pierce bring out the folk, not to mention everything used in the store is 50% off.
Streetlight Records in San Jose is bringing the noise to the South Bay. four bands from 12-6pm. Five DJs from 11am to 8pm.
Around the Bay
Concord’s Rasputin is hosting Mister Loveless at 5pm. Santa Cruz knows how to rep the day too. Streetlight will be holding performances from 1pm-5pm, with bands like Motorcycle Snakebite, Mountain Animal Hospital, and Tommy Santee Klaws filling the bill. And just because Mavericks never came this year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out The Music Hut in Half Moon Bay who are having a party from 10-5 and will be swinging to the bluegrass tunes of Ten Brook and guitarist Mark Castralla.
April 17, 2009 by Nicole L. Browner · 6 Comments »
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Photos by: Charlie Homo
Tuesday night at the Fillmore, Fleet Foxes leadman Robin Pecknold constantly insinuated the band’s interest in moving to what he called “the place he thinks of when it comes to a West Coast sound,” yes, our own beloved city.
The first of three shows they’re playing in the Bay (including this past Wednesday night with Vetiver at the Palace of Fine Arts and next Tuesday at Oakland’s Fox Theatre again with Blitzen Trapper), Fleet Foxes were warmly received. And actually, the Foxes played astoundingly great if not better than their highly acclaimed previous performance in these parts (Treasure Island 2008).
April 17, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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As you have hopefully heard by now, Saturday is Record Store Day, when bands and labels of all genres team up with shops around the country to offer some special musical incentives to get you off your computer and into an actual store to buy music that’s been pressed onto a physical medium. A few years ago that idea of music you could hold in your hands didn’t sound all that nuts and some of us–ahem–still can’t switch to making many purchases through iTunes. All of this is to say why not stop by your local record store tomorrow and see if there’s anything that piques your interest?
Head to RecordStoreDay.com to check out a full list of the exclusive releases you’ll be able to find in stores tomorrow.
Many of the Bay Area’s record stores are having special events throughout the day. Amoeba has DJ sets from John Vanderslice, Kelley Stoltz, Kylee of Loquat, Aesop Rock, and more in San Francisco and Yoni Wolf (Why?) and others in Berkeley. Rasputin has Silversun Pickups performing at 4pm in their Berkeley store and Mister Loveless playing in Concord at 5pm.