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Mister Loveless - Photo by: Leah Travers

Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast features eight great Bay Area bands, including a lot of good stuff from new and recent releases. Before getting into the episode's contents, we hope to see you at our third birthday bash at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, February 5th (more info here)!

About all of the bands:

Burbank International ("Chicken Shoals") initially started as a humorous side project for local musician H.A. Eugene, but it's blossomed into something serious with the release of City of Burbank, the group's debut album. The band doesn't have any dates lined up currently, but we'll keep you posted.

Walnut Creek quartet Mister Loveless ("Good Story") mixes traces of post-punk, power pop and alternative rock into something we're eager to more of. The band will be at Thee Parkside on February 20th as part of the Scatterbrain Jamboree 2009.

In December, The Passionistas' ("Righters Block") released a split 7" with Hard Place that features three excellent new jams in under five minutes. You can pick it up from World Famous in SF.

Formerly known as Panda, Dizzy Balloon ("I'm Just Me") released their first self-titled album of ultra-catchy pop late last year. The band's currently finishing up a California tour before returning to SF for a Noise Pop show at Bottom of the Hill on February 28th.

Window Twins ("Dig A Well") is the new project from Tim Cohen (Black Fiction) and Jon Bernson (Ray's Vast Basement/Black Fiction), whose album I'm This Tall City comes out February 24th on Howells Transmitter/Broken Twilight. The album blends dusty beats and psychy sound collage into something really engaging and unique.

Your Star Was Shining, the debut album from San Francisco's L'Avventura ("Rocket Sue"), comes out on February 15th. Featuring a textured rock-pop sound, the band's offering a free download of the entire release over at their web site for a limited time.

I'll confess to not knowing much about SF's The Molloy Family Album ("Your Vessel"), other than that we're enjoying their haunting Americana-folk and that the band's planning to release a full length album sometime this year.

From San Jose, Careless Hearts ("Bus To Dallas") recently released Heart's Delight, which spotlights the band's mix of country, rock, folk and pop sounds. They'll be performing at the Beale Street Bar and Grill on January 31st.

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