November 8, 2013
Photo: Denee Petracek
It makes more sense when you watch it. A blurry, flickering callout to B-movies of old, the “The Man Man” video sees Ty himself being stalked by a car full of creepy creatures. The video is the first from August’s Sleeper, out now on Drag City. Watch the video below.
Ty Segall will be embarking on a few European tour dates at the end of the month. Check out the schedule on his website.
September 3, 2013
Ty Segall returned to San Francisco with his new Sleeper Band for a special acoustic performance at the Great American Music Hall last night. Mike Donovan, Jessica Pratt, and David Novick supported the show.
Jessica Pratt took the stage around 9pm, battling the buzzing crowd with a quiet, acoustic solo set. The singer-songwriter announced that this would be her last show in San Francisco as a San Francisco resident, and politely asked the noisy crowd in the back of the venue to keep it down. Early on, there seemed to be a rift between those in front who actually gave a shit about the music, and those in back who seemed to be more interested in keeping the Labor Day social hour going. Pratt, visibly annoyed — albiet angelic in her stage presence — continued to play a few new songs, and a few from her self-titled debut.
Mike Donovan, formerly a primary member of the recently dismantled Sic Alps, performed a bluesy acoustic set with William Keihn on drums and Eric Park on an additional acoustic guitar. The performance started out with a largely forgettable set of blues-tinged folk rock jams, but eventually livened up a bit as Donovan busted out his harmonica.
Ty Segall took the stage around 10:40 with the Sleeper Band, consisting of Charles Moothart on drums and electric guitar, Sean Paul Presley on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Andre Luttrell on electric bass. Segall masterfully played his own acoustic guitar while singing his heart out for the duration of the set, except for the electric guitar solo finale of “The Man Man”, during which he played drums.
The seated performance was basically an extension of the band’s FYF set, only in a far more appropriate indoor setting. Sleeper, Segall’s first album of 2013 (out now on Drag City), was played in its entirety. The order of closing tracks “Queen Lullabye” and “The West” were switched and preceded by b-side “For Those Who Weep” (featuring Presley’s impressive whistling skills).
Sleeper is a somber, more personal affair than we are used to hearing from this SF garage rock institution, as the (mostly) acoustic psychedelic folk album confronts “pretty weird family stuff” surrounding the passing of Segall’s adoptive father eight months ago. Having written the album in San Francisco, Segall told Noisey that the album was unaffected by his recent move to LA. While the set didn’t elicit any crow surfing or head bashing, it did showcase his acoustic guitar shredding skills and emotional vocal dexterity.
Shifting the mood of the evening, Segall went on to lead acoustic renditions of garage rock favorites from his extensive back catalog. “Caesar”, “You’re the Doctor”, “Ghost”, “Sad Fuzz”, and “Girlfriend” got the crowd moving up until the encore break.
After locating the owner of a lost passport, Segall returned to the stage for a solo cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”. He was joined by his band for three more acoustic encores, including “You Make the Sun Fry” and a cover of Love’s “Live and Let Live”.
The nostalgic setting of San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall fit the bill perfectly, bringing a satisfying close to the long weekend. If you missed the show, catch Ty Segall’s Sleeper Band at Big Sur’s Fernwood Resort on Wednesday, or at Oakland’s The New Parish on Thursday.
August 30, 2013
The one and only Ty Segall is swinging back through his home base of San Francisco next week as part of his tour in support of Sleeper, the recent psychedelic folk break from his usual garage rock reality. Segall will be performing the album in full Monday night at the Great American Music Hall with support from Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), Jessica Pratt, and David Novick, and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader of The Bay Bridged.
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Earlier in his Sleeper tour, Segall performed at Oregon’s Pickathon, where KEXP caught up with him and some cohorts at the festival’s Bunny Glade for an intimate acoustic set, with performances of “Crazy”, “The Keepers”, “Live and Let Live (Love)”, and “Sleeper”. Watch the mini set, and get full details on Monday’s show, below.
Ty Segall, Mike Donovan, Jessica Pratt, David Novick
Great American Music Hall
September 2, 2013
August 29, 2013
This special bonus episode of our podcast surveys some of the many noteworthy concerts taking place in San Francisco this fall. It’s produced in conjunction with KQED Arts‘ upcoming Fall Arts Guide, which will offer a complete preview of upcoming highlights from the Bay Area arts world.
In this episode, Ben, Christian, and Jason offer some individual picks for must-see shows in the months ahead, alongside songs from the artists discussed. Along the way, we chat about the undeniable appeal of Thee Oh Sees‘ live shows, the emergence of music festivals outside of San Francisco proper, and much more. Obviously, this mix only scratches the surface of the variety of great shows headed our way in the coming months, but it’s full of events worth seeking out.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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August 6, 2013
Ty Segall and friends @ Pickathon 2013 (Photo: Joseph Schell)
Article by Anna Schell / Photos by Joseph Schell
Bay Area artists Ty Segall, White Fence, Jessica Pratt, The Devil Makes Three, and Diane Ferlatte played at Oregon’s annual Pickathon music festival this past weekend. After 15 years, Pickathon’s organizers have the winning festival formula dialed in: eclectic line-up + attendance capped at 7,000 + kid-friendly + environmentally-friendly = everybody’s happy. Featured musical artists tended to agree, frequently declaring the three-day festival a highlight of their touring circuit.
“Everyone in the world is trying to do what you’re doing here,” declared Leslie Feist, who began her first performance of the weekend by playing a sparse and riveting solo set (which she hadn’t done in seven years, she said). Feist headlined the festival, along with Andrew Bird and Divine Fits.
Located on Pendarvis farm in the aptly named Happy Valley, just outside of Portland, the festival grounds offered a range of unique stage-settings, from the open-air, arena feel of the two main stages to a series of barns and forested enclaves, which hosted more intimate shows. Most artists performed more than once, in different settings, eliminating the frustration of missing shows due to overlap. The more relaxed schedule allowed attendees to meander into performances they may have otherwise skipped and experience a sampling of musical talent.
Unique stage settings made for unique shows. Ty Segall played their first set at the “Woods Stage,” which was tucked deep into in a thick forest. The band played with acoustic guitars, with band members seated in a half-circle on stage to suit the tranquil vibe of the woodsy venue. It must have felt like a shocking change of pace for front man Segall, who’s accustomed to shredding his garage-punk tunes on an electric guitar, stage divers crashing into him at every turn. He still managed to rock-out, despite the unusual setup.
San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt played a sparse, haunting set in the intimate confines of the “Workshop Barn” venue, where she was given an opportunity to discuss her recent recognition as a musical talent. Pratt attributes her growing success in part to White Fence front man Tim Presley, who started a record label (Birth Records) in order to release her debut album and send her on tour. Seeing her play live, it’s clear what Presley saw in the young artist: her songs are ethereal, her voice trilled with a unique antique-like quality reminiscent of Joanna Newsom.
White Fence played their first set in the main stage area, where their raucous sound had plenty of room to breathe. Presley’s high and whiney guitar riffs rang out, his fingers a blur on the neck of a beat-up looking guitar he declared “very old and very broken.” On the other end of the musical spectrum (and the other end of the festival grounds), The Devil Makes Three capped night two of the festival with their usual catchy set of foot-stomping bluegrass tunes. The dance floor quickly turned into a dust bowl as people in the crowd stamped in time with the thump of the stand-up bass.
Perhaps one of the most unique artists invited to perform at the festival was Oakland’s Diane Ferlatte, who won over her audience, both young and old alike, with her interactive, musical storytelling. Although devised mostly for kids, Ferlatte’s stories had everyone balanced on the edge of their seat. Her tales ranged from well-known allegories to personal stories of her life growing up in New Orleans.
Other great acts at the fest included Texas-based Shakey Graves, a one-man band with an entrancing sound; Louisiana-based Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, who worked the dance floor into a sweaty tizzy; Austin-based Shinyribs, whose front man Kevin Russell (also of The Gourds) might be the most likable man in America; The Relatives, a self-proclaimed “gospel funk” group from Dallas and winners for most high-octane, dance-inducing performance of the entire weekend. There are plenty more worth mentioning here, but the best advice is to plan on attending Pickathon next year and be prepared to bust your musical palette wide open.
July 22, 2013
Yes, it’s that time again. The one that comes not once, sometimes twice, and often three times a year: Ty Segall is releasing a new record
Of course the succession of Segall’s freakishly rapid fire releases can be tracked under many names (Fuzz, Ty Segall Band) but Sleeper, due out on August 20th, 2013 via Drag City, takes us back to his solo roots. The album is Segall’s most recent solo effort since last year’s Twins.
With such little time in between Segall’s array of projects and releases, one might wonder if his albums are beginning to blend together, one in the same. Fear not, his characteristic “Ty-fi” psychedelic style holds strong, as each album’s progression touches (if not ever so slightly) on another side of Segall’s mind. Sleeper is branded as the one that says ‘“Let Your Hair Grow! Be What You Be!”’
Meanwhile, as the launch date approaches, Segall returns from Paris’s City Sounds Festival to embark on a west coast tour, including a stop at FYF Fest in Los Angeles in August and back in the artist’s stomping grounds at the Great American Music Hall on September 2nd where he will perform Sleeper in its entirety.
The unsurprisingly psychedelic album art and the record’s ten song track list has already been revealed, as well as a promo commercial with a short clip of what is assumed to be the opening title track, “Sleeper”. Check it out below, and pre-order the album on Drag City.
Ty Segall, Mike Donovan
Great American Music Hall
September 2nd, 2013
May 17, 2013
Ty Segall teams up with Chad & The Meatbodies to release new LAMC 7″ and gets his own guitar pedal!
It’s become an expectation that every couple of months or so, the hyperactive Ty Segall will release another little something new. This time, he’s teamed up with LA newbie Chad & The Meatbodies on the seventh installment of Famous Class’ Less Artists More Condos 7” series. This series is exciting indeed: Famous Class has asked nine of their favorite artists (seven released so far) to provide a new single for the A-side, then that artist picked their favorite new band to provide the B-side. Plus, all digital proceeds go directly to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, the charity named after Panero, who created the LAMC show series in New York to introduce locals to new up-and-coming bands worthy of discovery. Pretty cool, right?
It turns out that Ty Segall has a great ear for new music, but that’s no surprise. Chad & The Meatbodies’ B-side “Mountain” has the heaviness of a Black Sabbath song, the fuzziness of a FUZZ track, and the unexpectedly polished vocals of a 2011 or later album from Thee Oh Sees. Those are some big shoes to fill.
Segall’s track, “Music for a Film” offers something a little different this time – a slow build up with a jazzy presence and an uncharacteristic absence of vocals. It’s a little like ‘60s jazz-rock and it’s definitely worth listening to. The reverb god also recently inspired a new guitar pedal made by Death by Audio. It’s called the Sunshine Reverberation effects pedal, and each of the 100 units in this limited edition creation will be signed by Segall.
Record Store Day 2013 is tomorrow (pick up vinyl from locals Ty Segall, Golden Void, Moon Duo and more)
April 19, 2013
Lovers of vinyl will go to bed tonight with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, as Record Store Day – the high holiday for audiophiles around the world – returns tomorrow, and more than 25 Bay Area independent record shops are participating in the madness. This year’s event (the seventh official RSD) features not only its usual array of special releases from high profile musicians, but a handful of local acts are jumping into the fray, dropping limited edition wax that will no doubt delight many scenesters from the Bay and beyond.
Included on that list of local denizens participating in RSD is SF’s reigning prince of indie rock, Ty Segall. Ty is back with his umpteenth release in recent years, a 7-inch entitled Ty Rex 2, which, like his 2011 effort Ty Rex, features covers of a handful of classic T. Rex tracks, “Cat Black (Wizard Hat)” and “The Motivator”. Listen to “The Motivator” below (via Soundcloud), and if you’re not familiar with the 1971 original, go here.
Other Bay Area acts joining in the RSD fun are The Bay Bridged favorite Golden Void, which is premiering two new tracks on their 7-inch release Rise to the Out of Reach b/w Smiling Raven, Moon Duo (with Circles Remixed), and Sonny & the Sunsets (with Imagine).
Check out the full list of special releases on RSD’s website, and figure out which local record shop will get your hard-earned money here. See you out there, and try not to trample anybody as you race to grab your favorite band’s limited edition vinyl.