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February 16, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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The dually residing LA/SF electronic musician Aria Jalali, also known by the moniker railcars, has announced the release of an EP of remixes of his track, “Cathedral With No Eyes,” originally from the 12″ of the same name on Stumparumper last year. According to railcars, that release “recount[ed] the life of Edmund the Martyr, a 9th century king of East Anglia with songs about his life and succession to the throne as a young boy, his conquests, his suffering at the hands of vikings and death by their arrows.”
So far, the remix by Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) has been posted for listening, but the EP will also include renditions by Lucky Dragons, Truman Peyote and more. The EP will be free on Aria’s website, and purchasable on cassette for the “cost of production and postage.”
railcars isn’t done with that news, however. Jalali also plans to release a tribute to Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love, made possible by fundraising on Kickstarter. Currently, Jalali is wrapping up his last dates on a European tour, but has, at this time, no performances scheduled upon his arrival home.
February 15, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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Before Noise Pop 2010 opens its doors and unleashes the festival force upon the Bay, a quieter collective of folk will take place on Wednesday, February 17th. Ash Reiter, who has been playing on and off around the scene for the past couple of years, has completed a full-length album and is ready to celebrate its release.
New Diamonds will feature more lovely, warm indie folk tunes that Ash Reiter has featured before, along with some more upbeat numbers. Joining her on Wednesday will be White Cloud and TV Mike & the Scarecrows. The show will take place at the Rickshaw Stop, starting at 9 pm, $10.
February 15, 2010 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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This coming Tuesday, the city of New Orleans will be subsumed under the boozy cloud of Mardi Gras. Those still recovering from the Saints’ feel-good Super Bowl win have just two more days to prepare themselves for a second helping of revelry and mayhem. Judging from the profusion of Saints-themed merchandise on their website, the members of Big Easy-based stoner metal supergroup Down are most likely part of this beleaguered, hangover-nursing group.
I became aware of the prevailing trends in Down swag while researching their forthcoming effort, a live CD/DVD (due 3/23) called Diary of a Mad Band (not to be confused with the Jodeci release of the same name). An incendiary live outfit, Down combines the sludgy heaviness endemic to their below-sea-level hometown with the limber, improvisatory tendencies gleaned from their southern rock influences. The 100 hours of live footage included are sure to be rife with amplified goodness, and at least 300 shots of drummer Jimmy Bower looking exactly like Animal on the Muppets.
Despite Down’s yeoman efforts, the live album is a curious commodity in today’s heavy music circles, more of a record label investiture than a labor of love. The well-known difficulties and risks involved in producing such recordings are well known, and bands tend to hew closely to a live-DVD format that features them recreating recorded material as closely as possible.
The profusion of these by-the-book cash-grabs is worrying, but counterbalanced by the small number of live releases in recent years that capture the urgency and creativity of a heavy band firing on all cylinders. Though by no means comprehensive, or in any particular order, the list below attempts to give credit to three bands whose live discs have done themselves and their fans justice.
February 12, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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To help raise money toward Haiti relief via Doctors Without Borders, on Friday Feb. 19 there will be a benefit showcase at Luigi’s Fun Garden sponsored by Sacramento News & Review,, featuring the local independent music of Two Sheds, What’s Up, Sister Crayon, Chelsea Wolfe, and many more (6pm, $10 suggested donation).
Of the bands partaking in the benefit, nothing more accurately ties them together than their shared residency in the Sacramento region. The diversity of sound is vast — from mathy prog to folk singer-songwriters — and an intriguing blend of hip-hop, funk and indie folk quality from Sister Crayon, who continuously grows through new membership and influence (we posted regarding their release last year). Here is a great piece on Sister Crayon recently published by The Sac Bee.
February 12, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · 3 Comments »
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On March 2nd, Secret Seven Records will release the vinyl-only compilation, In A Cloud: New Sounds From San Francisco, a simply amazing collection of 14 previously unreleased songs from some of the Bay Area’s best bands, including Thee Oh Sees, Sonny & The Sunsets, The Fresh & Onlys, Hannah & Raven (of Grass Widow), Jacques Butters, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches, Exray’s, Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month, Trainwreck Riders, Dylan Shearer, Paula Frazer, Tim Cohen, and Kelley Stoltz.
With the wealth of great SF bands around, snapshots of the scene like In A Cloud are both vital and unfortunately all too rare. But it would be wrong to label the record as just some “local music sampler.” Even if the regional significance doesn’t matter to you, the album is packed with gems, so much so that it’s been difficult to pick one track to post here.
After much thought, here’s Kelley Stoltz’s contribution, titled “Pinecone”:
In A Cloud is limited to 500 copies, so reserve your copy today at the Endless Nest store.
February 12, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 1 Comment »
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If you are in a Bay Area band, local filmmaker Eugenia Loli-Queru will not only shoot your music video, but she’ll do it for free. That’s right – free of charge, and you get your very own music video to help promote your band.
What’s the catch? Well, there really isn’t one. Eugenia is a self-proclaimed promoter and supporter of her local music scene, and she does so by providing this free service to bands and musicians.
February 11, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 2 Comments »
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The folks over at Yours Truly may have outdone themselves on this one. They didn’t just record a live rendition of a new song from a Bay Area band; they recorded a stellar session with the Morning Benders that also happens to feature a veritable hodgepodge of other local musicians. And because that can’t be enough: the whole thing is actually a bit of a tribute to one Phil Spector.
Recorded at Different Fur Studios, this video for “Excuses” allows for keen eyes to spot other Bay Area heavy-hitters: John Vanderslice, Golden Gram (Rogue Wave, Port O’Brien), Christopher Owens (Girls), and oh wait, is that the Mumlers? AndÂ Blue Rabbit? Who else is in there, bringing this new song from Big Echo to life?