Media Monday: Papercuts, The Fresh & Onlys, Social Studies

Collecting some Bay Area tracks from around the web: Via Pitchfork, here's the A-side from Papercuts' latest 7", White are the Waves, out now on Gnomonsong. The B-side is a Neighbors (Andy Cabic/Thom Monahan) remix of You Can Have What You Want's "A Dictator's Lament". Papercuts - "White are the Waves" The Fresh & Onlys' latest 7" revives a track from the band's sold out Bomb Wombs cassette. Out on Woodsist, "Second One to Know" is the latest hit from this unstoppable group. The Fresh & Onlys - Second One to Know (via gorilla vs bear) [...]

Video: Sholi – “All That We Can See”

Sholi - All That We Can See from Zeek Earl on Vimeo. Sholi remains one of 2009's best albums, even if Sholi has been quiet for some time. The band just sent over a video for "All That We Can See," a song that remains as potent as when I first heard it several years ago. It feels a little cyclical to once again discover the song in a new form, and there's something in the mix of new and familiar that makes me optimistic about the band's next chapter. Director Zeek Earl is also an aquarium videographer, who approached [...]

By |December 18, 2009|Tags: |

Tonight: KFJC 50th Anniversary Party

On October 20th, 1959 at 8pm, from a broom closet on the old Foothill College campus in Mountain View, California, KFJC began its very first broadcast on frequency 88.5 MHz FM. In the past 50 years KFJC has pushed the boundaries, ushered in the eras of punk, industrial, experimental, and noise, continued our commitment to genre specific specialty programming, and broadcasted from all over the world. KFJC has a long and fascinating history...Thanks for listening! KFJC celebrates 50 years of broadcasting with a free all ages show tonight at Cafe Du Nord (8pm). Seven Lies About Girls, Al Qaeda, Pink [...]

By |December 18, 2009|Tags: , |

Video: Two Sheds’ Yuletide Fireplace

Two Sheds Yuletide Fireplace from Two Sheds on Vimeo. Why didn't somebody think of this before? (If somebody did, please let me know in the comments.) You can't beat the combination of great Two Sheds music with the warm glow of a fireplace on your computer screen. I was having a particularly stressful time yesterday, and boy did zoning out to a few minutes of this thing help. Two Sheds - "To Be Alive"

By |December 17, 2009|Tags: |

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 2)

Here's the second part of our retrospective on great Bay Area albums from 2009. Read Part 1 of this collection here. Download all 32 songs featured in these two articles here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Sonny and the Sunsets - Tomorrow is Alright Sonny and the Sunsets - "Too Young To Burn" Grand Lake - Nevermint Grand Lake - "She's a Hater" Vetiver - Tight Knit Vetiver - "Everyday" Cryptacize - Mythomania Cryptacize - "Tail & Mane" Odawas - The Blue Depths Odawas - "Harmless Lover's Discourse" Still [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Scrabbel, Seventeen Evergreen, Amores Vigilantes (CD Release) – Thursday

Amores Vigilantes - I Love You More Than You Love Me San Francisco duo Amores Vigilantes release their debut CD West Coast Kingdom this Thursday the 17th at Cafe Du Nord (9pm, $10, 21+), where they'll be joined by Scrabbel, Seventeen Evergreen, and DJ Neil Martinson (SMiLE!). Amores Vigilantes - "Millions of Brazilians" From Three Ring Records: Parts of the Amores Vigilantes album...was secretly recorded in the basement of the San Francisco Chronicle, where former reporter Delfin Vigil used to smuggle instruments and musicians past security guards. "We really wanted this album to feel like a [...]

The Morning Benders: Big Echo out March 9th

The Morning Benders - "Your Dark Side" (from the Grain of Salt EP) Congrats to The Morning Benders, who just announced a few key details regarding their upcoming album Big Echo. The record will drop on March 9th on Rough Trade Records, and the band will be supporting it with a big cross-country tour, including a stop at The Independent on March 30th. Before they leave on tour, they'll be at Bottom of the Hill on New Year's Eve. Big Echo artwork and tour dates below: March 10th || Jonny Brenda's || Philadelphia March 11th || The Black [...]

By |December 15, 2009|Tags: |

The Northern Key debut at Eclectic Live

The latest installment of "Eclectic Live" takes place Wednesday night at Harlot (9pm, $5, 21+), featuring Tricycle Records bands Geographer and The Northern Key, and DJs Elise (SomaFM) and Jacob Fury. The Northern Key will be making their debut live performance in advance of the release of their self-titled first record in February 2010. The band's led by singer-songwriter Andrew Galluccio (The Red Verse), and the album was recorded and produced by The Morning Benders' Chris Chu at Different Fur Studios. Take a listen to "Proof" from The Northern Key below: The Northern Key - "Proof" (via TheNorthernKey.com) [...]

By |December 15, 2009|Tags: |
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