March 17, 2010 by Jake Butler · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under News, Show Coverage, Show Reviews
A friend of mine from SoCal told me to check out Holly Miranda (because she is awesome, I was told) at the Fox. Scheduling conflicts prevented that from happening but, to my luck, Holly was playing Cafe du Nord only a few days later. Better yet, the Du Nord show included some local supporters opening up the bill.
I made it in time to catch the last few songs of Tortured Genies. I’m really digging the 60′s pop revival that’s going on and the Genies bring their own flair to the sound. Floating along like a cool California breeze, the room was filled with good vibes, swaying – not thrashing, mind you – bodies, and a sense that we were all hovering a couple inches above the ground. ‘Twas the perfect segue into the non-condescendingly aloof shoegazing of Foxtail Somersault.
Foxtail Somersault thrust me into an early 90′s flashback, bringing up thoughts of the Happy Mondays et al. With a sound like theirs, it’s often easy to overlook the musicianship involved, especially when listening to a recording. Seeing them live, I couldn’t help but latch onto the sonic landscapes painted by guitarists Seiken Nakama and James Spadaro. Never overpowering the rest of the sound, they found the pocket early and filled it just right. Elizabeth Anderson’s vocals were like an aural conundrum. They were light and wispy yet rich and full, all at the same time. The texture they brought to the room evades any possible written description on my part, so you’ll just have to see them live for yourself.
March 16, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Mp3, News
Top-notch bill of Bay Area experimental rock bands at Amnesia this Thursday night (9pm, $7). Common Eider, King Eider (ex-7 Year Rabbit Cycle) headlines the show, which doubles as a release party for a new split tape from Oakland duo Raccoons and Hiss & Hum. Das Blut and Marigold Crowns also perform.
March 16, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Stream the episode:
In celebration of our third annual Bay Area Takeover party this Thursday, March 18th at Austin’s Beauty Bar, we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to music from all 15 bands that will be performing at the show. Whether you will be in Austin or not, these are all bands that play around the Bay regularly, and they’re all well worth checking out. Also, Nicole and Anna took over hosting duties for this episode, so enjoy that change-up before our dour monotones return next week.
The editors are all heading down to Austin this week for South by Southwest, although we’ll have Bay Area-related content going up all week. We’ll also be on Twitter from Austin, so be sure to follow @thebaybridged.
About the bands:
- Sonny and the Sunsets (“Too Young To Burn”), 12pm on the Inside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.
- Or, the Whale (“Rusty Gold”), 4:40pm on the Outside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.
- Geographer (“Kites”), 12:50pm on the Inside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.
March 16, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Mp3, News, Video
An Oakland band known as HIJK have been playing in and around the Bay Area since their early days as Hijack the Disco. Back in 2007, HIJK released The Pen and the Letter, an album full of hyper late 90′s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs.
The band is now set to release RINRâ™¥ (Our Eye and Our Heart), which will be celebrated via an official release show this Thursday, March 18 at Cafe du Nord (8 pm, $10, 21+). Fellow locals Love is Chemicals and Rademacher will open the evening’s festivities, which are also meant to celebrate the birthday of HIJK’s bass player (Karl Tupper).
In the meantime, you can get a taste of HIJK by listening to their 2007 Bay Bridged podcast, streaming the entirety of RINRâ™¥ on the band’s website, and checking out the video for “Paper Boat” below (which has been featured at both the San Francisco De Young Museum and the Lago Film Festival in Italy).
HIJK – “Paper Boat”
March 15, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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The week’s chosen bands all share a few similarities: they’ve recently released new singles, are about to embark on national tours, and two of the three are stopping in Austin this week for SxSW.
Before releasing Panorama, Birds & Batteries shelled out the free download “Out in the Woods,” an “extended prog-house jam” sampling both the upcoming record and their last record, Up To No Good. While in Austin, B&B will be playing our Bay Area Takeover at the Beauty Bar, as well as other shows (listed after the jump).
On a similar game plan is the local stringed metal band, Judgement Day, also making the teaser-before-the-record move. Their self-released Peacocks/Pink Monsters will be out April 13, but until then, enjoy the very last track from the album, “Genosha”. They claim to perform this song uniquely every time, which will be reinvented this Saturday at SxSW at the Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, and have additional tourdates after the jump.
Our last audio sampling of the week is a pop-disco number from Sugar & Gold, the first track off their April 27th release Get Wet! (Antenna Farm). S&G tourdates can also be found by clicking the link below.
Sugar & Gold – “Feels Like Fire”
Tour dates for all three bands after the jump: [More...]
March 15, 2010 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Columns, Feature Article, News, Shredification
Spring is wending its way towards San Francisco, and the improved weather will be accompanied by an array of exciting metal albums and the tours that follow in their wake. Bands both local and national will have new wares on display — here are a few of the choicest to anticipate.
Jucifer – Throned in Blood (April 6th, 2010, Nomadic Fortress Records)
No matter how many times I enumerate Jucifer’s essential details, they’re still completely captivating. To wit, Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood are the world’s heaviest husband-and-wife team. As if that weren’t quirky-cool enough, they’re also officially nomadic, having no base of operations other than their rock and roll RV and a trailer full of amps — guitarist/singer Valentine plays the loudest, largest guitar rig I’ve ever experienced personally. When I saw them at Annie’s Social (RIP!) she had 11 cabs set up.
The music is an arresting blend of sludge, shoe-gaze, noise, stoner-metal, and thrash, and its played with an atavistic conviction that most bands can only dream about (In a recent interview, Valentine mentioned that her husband’s hands are frequently damaged, due to his habit of playing cymbals with his fists). Their previous release L’Autrichienne (Relapse, 2008) was a masterful concept album about the French Revolution, capturing the band at its versatile best. Judging from the cover art, the new LP has a similar historical bent; presumably they’ll play some of it live when they rumble Thee Parkside on March 18th.
March 12, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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There are times when an allegedly “full length” album is so brief that it feels more like a glorified EP, and then there are times when an EP is so lengthy or ambitious that tagging on the “EP” bit feels like an unintended slight. Tartufi‘s new The Goodwill of the Scar EP may be one of those latter cases, as the 12″ (out this month on Southern Records) features a single, twenty-six minute long track entitled “The Butterless Man,” which was recorded with Tim Green at Louder Studios late last year. Our own Fenny Kuo shot a three-part series on the making of the new record. Part one is above, with the other two after the fold.
Also, remember how we were helping Tartufi give away Nests of Waves and Wire one song at a time? We’re still doing that, so here’s “Dot Dash”: