Interview: Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss ‘The Terror,’ the evolution of their live show and much more
March 4, 2009 by Holden Way-Williams · Leave a Comment »
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Interview conducted by Holden Way-Williams, Christan Cunningham and Ben Van Houten.
Ian and Jay Pellicci, San Francisco recording engineers and brothers, have worked on tons of great local projects including Deerhoofâ€™s latest album Offend Maggie. We were interested in what they do as engineers, how they got started, and their upcoming projects. We got a chance to ask them about all of these things in an interview a couple weeks ago at The Bay Bridged Studio. This is the first of two parts to this interview. The second half will be posted next week. This interview has been edited for length.
IP: Iâ€™m Ian Pellicci, I work at a studio, I do live sound and I got a day job too.
JP: Iâ€™m Jay Pellicci and I work at a studio also, I donâ€™t do live sound, and I got a day job also, on occasion. Oh yeah, I play in a band called 31Knots, from Portland. Iâ€™ve played with Okay in the past.
TBB: What exactly do you do, as recording engineers?
IP: Typically, we just try to fill a roll thatâ€™s just more behind the scenes I guess, you know, just invisible, to a certain, or large degree, but I guess since it is recording and since there are a lot of choices you could make in the process there is invariably just definitely some sort of influence that you have on how everything comes out. Essentially recording and mixing musicâ€¦ Iâ€™m sorry I just went on a major tangent. I probably wonâ€™t even answer your question.
JP: Well you know, what you were saying about trying to be invisible, but as far as recording goes, thereâ€™s different engineers who try to take a different approach, Ian and I usually try to stay out of the way, just assuming that bands have a clear idea of what they want and leave a lot of the decisions up to them unless they ask for an opinion or something like that. But then thereâ€™s other engineers who will take a huge roll, acting like a producer saying something like, â€œYou should do this part againâ€â€”
IP: Or â€œThis song feels like itâ€™s lacking this elementâ€ or something or â€œMaybe it needs this other melodyâ€ or â€œIt needs to be extended or shortenedâ€ or something like that. Those can all be roles that you feel as a recording engineer, producer, mixer.
JP: Basically you get a band that comes in and if they want to record songs you set up a bunch of microphones and then say role and try to get them to feel comfortable and play some songs and at the end of the day you kind of balance out levels and make it sound like a song. [More...]
March 4, 2009 by Christian Cunningham · Leave a Comment »
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Today we are pleased to announce the latest contributor to our Artist in Residence series here at The Bay Bridged. For the next two months we will be showcasing the work of Nigel Sussman, an animator, designer, and illustrator who also plays in the local indie rock band As A People.
Originally from rural Maryland, Nigel studied drawing and painting at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA for two years. He then moved to Oakland for two years at California College of the Arts to complete his BFA with an illustration focus.
In his own words: “I do enjoy creating art for art’s sake, but I really feel challenged when the art is created to solve a specific problem, or serve a specific purpose, hence the choice of illustration over a more conceptually abstract artistic purpose.”
March 4, 2009 by Emily Logan · Leave a Comment »
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Amoeba Music and the East Bay Express will bring you back to Andy Warhol’s famous “factory” studio, with art, music and film in a divided warehouse space in Emeryville this Friday, March 6. The event is called “Factory Party” and will bring live silk screening, painting, filming, and screen tests as well as “iconic Factory furniture, artwork, and characters.”
For musical selections, the event will feature Velvet Underground cover band Nihilist Outlook and Grace and VU-inspired Exploding Plastic Amoeba. [More...]
March 3, 2009 by Emily Logan · Leave a Comment »
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Outside Lands, one of 2008′s largest music festivals that took over SF’s Golden Gate Park, will return in 2009 from August 28-30.
The festival is a partnership between Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions , Starr Hill Presents (the two latter also do Tennessee’s famous Bonnaroo festival) and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department.
The lineup of bands should be announced in the next few weeks, and we’ll keep you posted. Last year’s festival was headlined by Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson, and also featured Beck, Wilco, Ben Harper, Primus, Cake, Cold War Kids and many more. Check out their website for more details.
March 3, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got twelve great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music!
Once a busker on the streets of Calgary, Chad VanGaalen (“City of Electric Light”) is touring behind last year’s Soft Airplane. Catch him with Women and Tempo No Tempo on Tuesday, March 31st at Bottom of the Hill.
The Botticellis (“Up Against The Glass [Live]“) are heading down to Austin for SXSw, but before they go they’ll be performing at the Rickshaw Stop with BLK JKS and The Dry Spells. That show is Monday, March 9th.
Say Hi‘s (“November Was White, December Was Grey”) new album Oohs and Aahs is out today. On Thursday, March 12th, the band headlines a terrific show at Bottom of the Hill. Telekinesis, Built For The Sea and Anderson also perform. [More...]
March 3, 2009 by Joseph Hayes · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Day 6, News, Noise Pop 2009
Words by: Joseph Hayes
Photos by: Reid Williams
March 1, Sunday night, 10:15 p.m. in San Francisco, sheets of rain, the city’s inhabitants mope around between laundromats and cafes, peaking out from a video storefront awning, eating a soggy vegetarian burrito, contemplating sleep or catching up on episodes of Mad Men or the Wire in the hopes of having something to offer at the water cooler tomorrow, and…simultaneously…
Like a jet ski in a kiddie pool, Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington (aka the Homer Simpson of Indie rock) is parting through the sardine can crowd of sticky hipsters at Mezzanine, riding an ottoman down the balcony stairs, as 924 Gilman post-grad skater boys and girls alternately crowd surf and stage dive, yearning for beer, sweat or banana chunks to be splattered upon them, and giggly girls try to decide whether the barrel belly maniac is Tasmanianally sexy or kinda icky. As the urban legend goes, like all those homeless people, did someone bus this atypical SF crowd into town to the club tonight? Temporary dementia and cabin fever have commenced. [More...]
March 3, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Day 4, News, Noise Pop 2009
Photos by: Reid Williams
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