Episode 81: The Makes Nice

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Makes_Nice_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week we feature San Francisco's The Makes Nice, a trio who draw on a garage rock sound pallete, which they infuse with catchy melodic pop and the raw energy of punk. Much is made of guitarist Josh Smith, bassist Aaron Burnham, and drummer Jack Matthew's musical resumes, and they're certainly impressive, as the three have been (or currently are also) members of The Fucking Champs, The Mothballs, and Harold Ray Live in Concert between them. The band's debut album, Candy Wrapper & Twelve Other Songs, came out earlier this year to significant critical approval. It's a jam-packed blast [...]

By |September 11, 2007|

Episode 80: Jake Mann

Photo by Sarah Klinger [podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Jake_Mann_Show.mp3[/podcast] Although factually accurate, it feels like a disservice to call this week's featured musician Jake Mann a "singer-songwriter," perhaps because his new album, Daytime Ghost doesn't fall into the traps that so many solo artists do, balancing the density of a full band work with the unique vision of a single authorial voice. The album is a strong, engaging work definitely worth checking out. Lyrically, the new album contains poetic examinations of themes of urban decay and development, no doubt influenced by Jake's upbringing in the Central Valley and his job as a mapmaker. In [...]

By |September 4, 2007|

Episode 79: August 2007 Monthly Mix

Von IvaPhoto by: Kee Photography [podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/August_2007_Mix.mp3[/podcast] This week's podcast episode is our latest Monthly Mix, the one week a month where we sample from a variety of great releases by San Francisco Bay Area artists, instead of devoting the whole episode to a single band. This week we've got some great tracks, including a number from some recently released CDs. The episode kicks off with a song from Von Iva's brand new CD titled Our Own Island, which we previewed here. You can pick up the new CD at the band's web site or on iTunes, and can hear more [...]

By |August 28, 2007|

Episode 78: HIJK

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/HIJK_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week we feature Oakland-based trio HIJK who released their debut full length album The Pen and The Letter earlier this month. We first heard the band while they were still known as Hijack the Disco, including an earlier version of "Elly & Iffy" on an early Mission Creek mix and awaiting the full length album that we had heard was in the works. That song's chorus has been stuck in our brains since, and it's a joy to lead off this week's episode with the album version, which retains all of the addictiveness, but fleshes the song out [...]

By |August 21, 2007|

Episode 77: The Hot Toddies

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/The_Hot_Toddies_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week's featured band, Oakland's The Hot Toddies had us immediately hooked with their excellent debut EP. Since we didn't know anything about the band ahead of time, we were a bit blindsided by the band's sweet melodies and tight indie pop-rock sound which grounded their wry lyrics covering sex, love, and cars, among other topics. Unlike a lot of stuff we hear, it felt genuinely fun. The band's debut full length album, titled Smell the Mitten, meets the expectations set by the EP and singificantly one-ups it. The same great elements are there--the vocal melodies, tight songwriting, and [...]

By |August 14, 2007|

Episode 76: The Morning Benders

Photo by Matthew Renee [podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Morning_Benders_Show.mp3[/podcast] There's an almost alarming simplicity to the story of The Morning Benders, the Oakland/Berkeley-based band we feature in this week's episode of our podcast. When singer-songwriter Chris Chu was a senior in high school, he picked up a guitar. When he started college in Berkeley, he formed a band, which recorded the first songs he'd ever written on a laptop with one microphone. That record, Loose Change, vaulted the band into the spotlight, gathering local and national press for their catchy update on classic rock-pop sounds. That EP caught our ear, and we first included [...]

By |August 7, 2007|

Episode 75: Ray’s Vast Basement

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Rays_Vast_Basement_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week's featured band is Ray's Vast Basement, a musical project led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Jon Bernson that recently released its highly-acclaimed third full-length album, Starvation Under Orange Trees. As we noted last week, and as we discuss in the interview, the project began from pieces Bernson was commissioned to write for a theatrical adaptation of Of Mice and Men, although the resulting songs drew inspiration from characters and themes from many of Steinbeck's works. Using Steinbeck as a starting point for his "musical fiction," Bernson developed narratives drawn from his own experiences as much as Steinbeck's characters, resulting in [...]

By |July 31, 2007|

Episode 74: The Botticellis

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Botticellis_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week's episode of The Bay Bridged podcast features San Francisco's The Botticellis. Like many, we first about this band via their debut EP, and few debuts have hit us with as much punch, as the melodies in songs like "Killing Spree" hit immediately and stayed lodged in our brains for many days after. As a result, we've long been awaiting the band's debut full-length album, titled Old Home Movies, which they recently completed recording. As catchy and immediately gripping as the songs are, they're also full of those little moments that maximize replayability. From the tasteful use of [...]

By |July 24, 2007|

Episode 73: Monthly Mix for July 2007

Thee More Shallows [podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/July_2007_Mix.mp3[/podcast] This week's podcast episode features eight songs, all from new or recently released CDs by some great Bay Area bands: We kick off the episode with a song from Thee More Shallows' recent release Book of Bad Breaks, available on Anticon Records. You can click here to download "Night At the Knight School"--it's definitely one of our favorite songs of the year, from an album which has been receiving excellent reviews. Check out TMS over at their MySpace page. The band returns from tour for a show August 11th at the Great American Music Hall with [...]

By |July 17, 2007|

Episode 72: Low Red Land

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Low_Red_Land_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week's featured band is Low Red Land, a San Francisco trio we've been impressed by since hearing their debut album Weight of Nations almost exactly a year ago. Recorded live in two days, the album crackles with a dynamic blend of rock and roll and traditional Country & Western sounds mixed with personal lyrics drawn from the lives of the band members, long-time friends who moved together to San Francisco when the band started. That album, though, was only the beginning. When we spoke with Neil, Mark and Ben last week, they discussed their plan to record a [...]

By |July 10, 2007|
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