Just a final reminder about Wednesday night's benefit show for the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco. Four great bands, one of SF's historic venues: this is going to be a great time.
Also: there will be a warm coat drive held at the show. Bring any warm coats to donate on Wednesday night!
About the bands:
If you're still digging into the blistering Warm Slime, you better do it quickly, because Thee Oh Sees are reportedly releasing a new LP sometime this year. "Warm Slime is an intuitively-conceived, addictively impulsive lesson in peculiarity." (NME) "Much like Suicide, this is the sound of Thee Oh Sees returning to the roots of rock & roll and punching it in the gut." (Drowned in Sound)
Sic Alps just released the double-LP Napa Asylum on Drag City, and reviewers are calling it the lo-fi psych pop trio's best album to date. "Sic Alps are clearly both miles ahead of and miles away from their peers. Napa Asylum only further proves this." (Tiny Mixtapes) "[P]resented in a style that's less lo-fi than old-fi, as if Sic Alps were huddled around a single beat-up mic in a dusty 1950's studio." (Pitchfork)
That a zillion people identified Ty Segall's Melted as one of 2010's best albums doesn't make it any less true, and Ty and his band are even more ferocious live. "You're not going to hear many rock records that'll kick you square in the pants quite like this one this year, provided Segall doesn't up and crank another one out by December; the kid's got heart, brains, and quite an ear for a hook, and he throws himself body and soul into these tunes. Segall makes quite an impression in half an hour's time, and Melted's the best foot he's put forward yet." (Pitchfork)
Last year, The Sandwitches continued to develop their uniquely haunting blend of proto-rock and dark folk on several 7"s and the acclaimed Duck, Duck, Goose! EP. â€œ[T]he record feels at times like a jukebox full of dusty long-forgotten 45s, but...the band maintains an easy, totally natural cohesiveness throughout that makes How To Make Ambient Sadcake an endlessly enjoyable listen. The best album of the year that no one seems to be talking about.â€ (Gorilla vs. Bear)
About the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco:
Formed in 1987 "to foster the active participation of homeless and low-income San Francisco residents and front-line staff in the struggle for economic and social justice," the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco "works to defend homeless and low-income people from attacks on their rights and their persons, while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness that take into account not only poverty's devastating effects, but also its root causes."Tags: Sic Alps, The Sandwitches, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall