May 15, 2013
It’s almost 18 months since we last did a psych-focused mixtape, which means there’s quite a bit to catch up on. The Bay continues to be a vital source for top-notch mind-expanding bands, whether it’s the heady drones of Carlton Melton and Date Palms, or the swaggering rock of Glitter Wizard and Coo Coo Birds.
Several of the groups included here have new records either out now or coming out soon. Prolific instrumental duo Barn Owl just released its fifth album, V, on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, cosmic rock group Lumerians is serving up The High Frontier later this year. While we’ve been following some of these bands for years, it’s exciting that they’re joined here by a number of newer arrivals, like Fuzz (a heavy rock project from Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart), Group Rhoda‘s experimental synth songs, and electrified jams from Golden Void and Life Coach (both of which feature the guitar work of Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless).
May 9, 2013
Locals Glitter Wizard and Carlton Melton team up tonight for an evening of psychedelia at the Hemlock, pairing the former’s metal/hard rock punch with the latter’s expansive drones. If the poster is any indication, the show just might melt your face off.
Glitter Wizard, Carlton Melton, Joy
May 9, 2013
April 1, 2013
For many, KUSF – one of only two decent SF independent radio stations alongside KPOO – disappeared overnight, leaving a dull, queasy unease about the subpar state of broadcast music in our culturally fertile hometown.
But, as with all things community here in SF, KUSF did not go quietly. They have been delivering the same program quality online (may we recommend our favorite show evah evah, “Off the Hook,” Mondays noon-3pm?) and mounting a legal challenge to USF’s sale of the 90.3 bandwidth to a classical station. (Listen to shows, get caught up and find out how you can help at savekusf.org).
To that end, they have been putting on some impeccably curated benefit shows, such as Friday’s Blowout Benefit at The Lab, featuring live bands and some of the station’s ace DJs.
March 28, 2013
Still on the hunt for a place to call home, the old Save KUSF (soon to be known as San Francisco Community Radio) crew is hosting another show to raise money for legal fees associated with their fight to get KUSF back on regular airwaves. Held at The Lab, the show will feature Carlton Melton, Oakland’s Disappearing People and Yogurt Brain, along with DJ Irwin and The Mixed Bag. Admission is $5-10, followed by those two little words we love the most: sliding scale.
Until the show, check out a video from Carlton Melton’s recent tour below and take a listen to KUSF-in-Exile’s online stream.
April 16, 2012
This Saturday is Record Store Day 2012, a time to celebrate independent record stores and break the bank snatching up exclusive, limited edition releases. Among the many, many tantalizing offerings coming out on Saturday are the following ten with Bay Area connections. For the full list of RSD releases, head here.
Rhymesayers is releasing a 10″ picture disc featuring artwork by SF’s Jeremy Fish, and new songs from Atmosphere and The Uncluded. The latter is the duo of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson, who are releasing a joint LP later this year. From the label:
“Bats” is the first track The Uncluded wrote as a group and pays tribute to Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen, former Moldy Peaches member Aaron Wilkinson & Tero “Camu Tao” Smith, all friends the pair had recently lost. On their journey to Austin via Minneapolis to pay respects to their friends Eyedea and Aaron, the song began to unfold and became their way of talking and coping with that loss. “Bats” became the string that sewed the entire journey together.
Deerhoof‘s latest collaborative 7″ is a split with recent tourmates of Montreal. The A-side features of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes adding new vocals and music to Deerhoof vs. Evil‘s “Secret Mobilization,” and the B-side is of Montreal’s new “Feminine Effects.”
Lex Records celebrates ten years with a beautiful-looking picture disc called Complex. The biggest names on the album are DOOM, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Danger Mouse, but the comp also features new songs from Jel, and Doseone and Fog performing as Crook&Flail.
September 16, 2011
- The SF Weekly reports from the SF MusicTech summit: “Will People Still Pay for Songs in Five Years?”
- Tonight, SF band Victory and Associates releases the successfully-Kickstarted album These Things Are Facts at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Take a listen below:
- The Bay Guardian had a great time seeing White Hills, Carlton Melton, and Dirty Ghosts at the Rickshaw Stop.
- If you’re in the mood for forward-thinking electronica, listen to this latest mix from the NXTLVL DJs.
- Among the many interesting revelations in this Girls interview, Christopher Owens has 83 songs completed that have not been recorded yet. That’s quite a few.
- This Nardwuar vs. Hunx and His Punx interview is definitely not safe for work.