July 31, 2013
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
You can’t talk about Bay Area concerts in August without acknowledging the biggest of them all, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which returns to Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. The festival is sold out, and with good reason: the lineup offers everything from Paul McCartney and Nine Inch Nails to King Tuff and local bands like Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Outside Lands isn’t the only festival this month, of course. There’s also the First City Festival in Monterey (which we previewed in our last mixtape) on August 24 and 25; that same Saturday in San Francisco, there’s the 20th Street Block Party, with Two Gallants and Mac DeMarco.
While festival season is in full swing, there are plenty of compelling non-festival shows in August as well. Jel‘s return with a new album is long overdue, but Late Pass arrives on Anticon this month; Jel’s release show at The New Parish finds him joined by Doseone, Main Attrakionz, and Odd Nosdam. The other local bands included in this episode are all new to the podcast. From the catchy soul of Myron & E to the layered electronic folk of There’s Talk, it’s easy to be excited about the wealth of local talent on display here.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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July 25, 2013
It feels like Jel‘s being a little hard on himself by calling his upcoming third LP Late Pass — it’s not like he’s been dormant since 2006′s Soft Money, what with his involvement in Themselves, Subtle, and 13 & God, and his recent production work for Serengeti. But it’s exciting to hear overdue solo work from the producer/rapper, whose new LP arrives on Anticon on August 20th. Find some good headphones or speakers to listen to “La Resolve” — tinny computer speakers wouldn’t do it justice.
June 19, 2012
It seems like we can’t stop talking about Oakland producer and Anticon co-founder Jel around these parts. From playing our Noise Pop Happy Hour in February to remixing and heading on tour with Sleigh Bells, the guy’s been making newsworthy moves for months. Now you can add a new 67 minute free mix titled “Jel Mix Mice Elf” to the list. Covering 30 different tracks by Jel and other notable Anticon label mates (Sole, Doseone, Themselves, 13 & God, etc), the mix moves deftly from beat-heavy tracks to the signature Anticon experimental hip hop sounds.
If you’re traveling this summer, you can catch Jel on tour with Sleigh Bells around the rest of the country or bring your dancing shoes to his headlining show in San Francisco on August 8th at Milk Bar. We’re also looking forward to the new Serengeti LP C.A.R., which drops July 31st on Anticon and was co-produced by Jel and Odd Nosdam.
Full tour dates below:
May 16, 2012
Check out this very cool remix by Jel — aka Oakland’s Jeff Logan — of the Sleigh Bells‘ single “Comeback Kid,” from their newest album Reign of Terror. The remix reduces the overblown guitar attack of the original song into a sort of hazy underbelly for Alexis Krauss’ vocals. It kinda sounds like you’re playing the song through crappy speakers (which you might be) while beats from your roommate’s hip-hop records bleed through the walls.
Jel is also opening for Sleigh Bells for the July segment of their tour. Full dates and the original video for “Comeback Kid” below.
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.
March 8, 2012
If the record’s half as weird as this collaboration sounds on paper, we’re in for a treat. Stream the entire EP here:
February 24, 2012
Artwork by Luke Judd
The Bay Bridged Presents: A Noise Pop Happy Hour
Friday, February 24th, 2012
5pm, FREE, 21+
About the bands:
February 23, 2012
Date: Friday, February 24th
Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 38 bands
Already Sold-Out: Despite the fact that Two Gallants are playing two nights at Edinburgh Castle, both are sold out, as is Wye Oak, Bob Mould, and Jolie Holland. The return of Bay Area indie-pop band Imperial Teen this year has been met with lots of excitement, as their Cafe du Nord show will also be out of reach, unless there’s a Craigslist miracle.
Check These Shows Out: It shocks me to say that the Veronica Falls show at the Rickshaw Stop with Bleached, Brilliant Colors and Lilac is not sold out. On this evening, fans of garage pop should find no competition — this is a solid lineup and a great Friday night activity.