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.
January 29, 2013
Like many of our favorite local rockers, Ty Segall has managed to smoothly bridge the gap between being a hometown hero and an international rising star, part laid-back dude, part far-out psychedelic brilliance. The video for “Thank God For the Sinners”, a ballad with garage rock veins from his third and final release of 2012, Twins, is no exception to his ability to awe listeners.
With a cabaret style made-up face that appears to be tinged with splats of black engine oil, Segall emerges from what can only be described as a mob of swarming human bodies. The video isn’t quite NSFW, but it certainly is highly sexual, creepy, and tastefully disgusting. Most of Segall’s videos (though there are few) are somehow both funny and artfully haunting. The ending of “Thank God for the Sinners” fits the bill, and while I could come up with a bunch of metaphorical attributions to slap on the video relating to Segall’s rise in fame over the past year and a half, I’ll let you watch and be the judge. Spoiler alert: if you’re not a fan of flesh and blood, proceed with caution.
January 29, 2013
After releasing three albums last year, Ty Segall is already back at it. As we told you at the beginning of January, he just released a 7-inch single with his guitarist Charlie Mootheart under the moniker Fuzz. The 7-inch, which features the tracks “This Time I Got a Reason” and “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream”, is already sold out, but you can still stream it via YouTube (below) or Spotify.
Apparently, Fuzz’s record label Trouble in Mind attempted to keep the project anonymous, going so far as to claim they “received an unsolicited email submission from [the band] & despite our best efforts, cannot discern who is responsible for these jams.” According to Segall’s October 2012 Spin profile, he and Mootheart mixed a handful of Fuzz recordings before leaving for the Twins tour last fall.
“I don’t really like touring,” Segall told Spin. “I’ve just done it too much. I’ve been on tour for three years straight, basically. It’s not my favorite thing; recording is. It’s so fun. You can get weird.”
The project’s first single reveals Ty Segall’s Black Sabbath influence more than ever before, making use of the iconic “Fuzz Face” petal to achieve two very heavy and, well, fuzzy sludge-rock jams worthy of repeated listening.
Fuzz will co-headline a Noise Pop show with OBN III’s at The Knockout on Thursday, February 28th. Both bands will perform the following evening at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland. Fuzz is also set to perform at Burger Records’ Burgerama II on March 22nd and 23rd in Orange County.
That’s not all Ty Segall’s been up to lately. In The Red Records just reissued two albums from his early projects. We are happy to finally hear The Traditional Fools‘ self-titled 2008 LP, which had been out of print. The label also reissued 2009′s Reverse Shark Attack, a collaboration between Segall and Mikal Cronin.
OBN III’s, Fuzz
February 28, 2013
OBN III’s, Fuzz, Bad Vibes
1-2-3-4 Go! Records
March 1, 2013
January 10, 2013
Nary a week goes by here at The Bay Bridged without a mention of Ty Segall. We can’t help it; there’s a lot to love about that guy. Here’s what we love about him this week: we have in our possession two tickets to his super-special show at The Fillmore with fellow local (or sort-of-local) faves Nick Waterhouse and White Fence. Oh, yeah. We mean business with this one. All you have to do is enter to win.
To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below.
Friday, January 18th
Ty Segall, Nick Waterhouse, White Fence @ The Fillmore
To win, be the first person to enter. Winner will receive one pair of tickets.The show starts at 9pm, $32.50, all ages. Click here to purchase advance tickets.
January 2, 2013
If you thought Ty Segall would slow down at all after an insanely productive 2012, you were wrong. Segall has again joined forces with cohort Charles Moothart (who played on two of Ty’s solo records and is also a member of the Ty Segall Band) to form another garage rock outfit, appropriately named Fuzz, and their debut 7-inch on Chicago label Trouble In Mind features the tracks “This Time I’ve Got A Reason” and “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream”.
As far as we can tell, Segall first discussed the project in a 2011 interview with the Memphis-based music blog ACHTUNG. “It’s really cool because I get to play drums again,” he said. “Charlie’s playing guitar. We haven’t figured out how to do it live, but I think my friend Mikal Cronin is going to play bass.”
Characterizing Fuzz as “Blue Cheer meets Black Sabbath” (an apt description to say the least), Segall sounded excited about the project, but it may have gotten got lost in the shuffle during 2012, which saw him release three full-length records – Hair (with White Fence), Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse, and his solo record Twins. Clearly not one to rest on his laurels, he and Moothart are pushing forward with the new project, playing a show at the Hemlock in San Francisco a few Wednesdays ago, and the 7-inch is already “temporarily out of stock.”
December 20, 2012
“Best of” lists are intrinsically a tricky proposition, but compiling them is made all the more difficult by the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich pool of local musical talent. This mixtape compiles twelve of our favorite local performers from this year, all of whom had big years in their respective genres. Limiting the list to twelve meant that a lot of talented folks were left off, but this mix offers a nice sampling of some of the best that 2012 had to offer.
About the bands:
Ty Segall Band – “Wave Goodbye”
Ty Segall topped a stellar 2011 with an unbelievable 2012, releasing an album with White Fence (Hair), a collaboration with his live band (Slaughterhouse), and a new solo album (Twins). All that time in the studio, though, didn’t stop Segall’s relentless touring and delivering reliably great live shows. Three albums in one year is crazy enough, but that they’re all so good? Scary.
Dirty Ghosts – “Katana Rock”
It took years after Parchman Farm’s dissolution for Allyson Baker’s new project to release its debut, but it was sure worth the wait. Metal Moon is a genre-mashing record brimming with energy, and now that Baker’s solidified her bandmates, we’re excited to see where Dirty Ghosts are headed in the future.
Terry Malts – “Nauseous”
Off a couple of seven inches and riotous live shows, Terry Malts were one of our favorite bands of 2011 and stayed one of our favorites in 2012. The release of their debut LP, Killing Time, this year showcased a lean, winning approach — feedback, super-charged tempos, and Ramones-worthy choruses.
The Fresh & Onlys – “Yes or No”
My favorite Fresh & Onlys album used to be the mid-fi pop glory of Grey-Eyed Girls, until, that is the band released Long Slow Dance, which confidently soared to remarkable new heights. It’s the cleanest sounding set from the group yet, full of songs that are layered and dynamic while retaining Tim Cohen’s touching sense of melancholy.
Blackbird Blackbird – “Tear”
SF’s Mikey Maramag served up lush, beat-driven songs on 2012′s Boracay Planet, blending organic and electronic sounds into tracks suited equally well for a set of headphones or the dancefloor. An upcoming tour with Starfucker is just the latest high profile slot for this young talent.
Social Studies – “Away For The Weekend”
With Developer, their second full length, Social Studies crafted one of the year’s best indie pop albums. Between Natalia Rogovin’s compelling vocals and the group’s tight musicianship, it’s a mature, thoughtful batch of songs that should win them plenty of new fans.
Download seven Velvet Underground covers from The Fresh & Onlys, Blasted Canyons, Burnt Ones, and more
October 24, 2012
As we previously reported, Castle Face Records is releasing a tribute album to The Velvet Underground & Nico in conjunction with the 45th anniversary reissue of that classic VU record. The bad news is that the label’s already sold out of copies — just another reason to see any of these bands at shows, I think — but tracks from the covers record have been steadily leaking around the web in recent weeks. Here’s the bulk of the record, most of which can be downloaded for your future listening pleasure.