Video: Hottub kills with love The previously unknown fact to take away from this nearly 10-minute documentary about Oakland's erotic hip-pop group Hottub is that the band divides its time between humping stage monitors in mismatching neon-colored clothing and paying the bills with jobs at a Verizon retail store and a public interest law office. This documentary captures the women of the band's adoration for their city, following them through the streets of Oakland to choice drug stores, delis and downtown historical venues. On the topic of Oakland's cultural revival, one of the ladies comments: "it's kind of like Oakland was on crack [...]

By |March 3, 2011|Tags: |

Recommended tonight: Eskmo, Blackbird Blackbird, oOoOO, DJG at The Independent

The Independent tonight (9pm, $15) hosts four flavors of SF electronic pop, with Eskmo, Blackbird Blackbird (performing with a full band), oOoOO, and DJG. Eskmo - "Cloudlight" Blackbird Blackbird – "Give You Everything" oOoOO - "Hearts" A portion of proceeds from tonight's show benefit the Mission-based nonprofit Precita Eyes, which "seeks to enrich and beautify urban environments and educate communities locally and internationally about the process and the history of public community mural art."

Out this week: New albums from Papercuts, Lumerians, Earth Girl Helen Brown, That Ghost

Here's a look at four Bay Area bands and artists who all released new records this week. While he's well known as a studio wizard, what struck me most in recently seeing Papercuts perform was that Jason Quever can also write a hell of a pop song. His first album on Sub Pop is the brand new Fading Parade. Papercuts - "Do You Really Wanna Know" Papercuts - "Do What You Will" Transmalinnia is the new Kntting Factory Records album from Oakland psych-rockers Lumerians, a band I tagged last year as in the running to become the Bay's next great [...]

City Limits Records announces SF indie compilation featuring Melted Toys, Exray’s, The Soft Moon, Tim Cohen and more

Local music bloggers Peter Arko (Ears of the Beholder) and Robert Khoury (See the Leaves) today announced the creation of City Limits Records, a label with plans to showcase music from a variety of regional music scenes. Appropriately, the duo are starting first with a San Francisco compilation featuring exclusive songs from a slew of great bands: Melted Toys, Young Prisms, Exray’s, The Soft Moon, Tim Cohen, Magic Bullets, Skeletal System, Kites Sail High, Fiveng, Sunbeam Rd., Maus Haus, Phantom Kicks, and The Sandwitches. Details below, and at their Kickstarter page, where you can pitch in and score yourself a [...]

Video: Ever Isles @ Chasing the Moon

Ever Isles @ Chasing The Moon from Scott McDowell on Vimeo. It's hard to stump music bloggers with new bands on their own turf, but Chasing the Moon's latest podcast guest Ever Isles is one that none of us over at The Bay Bridged was familiar with (though we spotted the lovely vocalist Kacey Johansing sitting on the studio floor). With no pretense, the session is full of gorgeous vocal harmony and set in an indoor forest that seems to capture the magic of this live performance perfectly. Hear more Ever Isles recordings from fall of last year on their [...]

By |February 24, 2011|Tags: |

Noise Pop Picks, 2/24-2/25: Bay Bridged Happy Hour, Tamaryn, The Stone Foxes and more

We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole bunch of Noise Pop events. Looking forward to something in particular? Let us know in the comments. Looking toward Thursday and Friday, although a number of great shows are sold out at this point, Noise Pop badges remain on sale until Friday at noon. With a badge, you're guaranteed entry to any Noise Pop show within the first hour after doors open. Obviously, our top Friday pick is The Bay Bridged Happy [...]

Listen to Mi Ami’s Dolphins 12″; band announces new tour dates

Mi Ami - Dolphins by Mi Ami Dolphins is Mi Ami's first 12" as a duo, out March 15th on Thrill Jockey. Since bass player Jacob Long's departure, the group has swapped out guitars and drums for synthesizers and drum machines. As you can hear above, though, the result feels less like a wholesale reinvention than an intensity repurposed. In other words, it's still Mi Ami, heading in an exiciting new direction. Below, see Mi Ami's East Coast/Midwest/Europe tour dates, and download "Hard Up." Mi Ami - "Hard Up" Mar 11 Brooklyn, NY Pianos Mar 12 Philadelphia, PA Danger Danger [...]

By |February 23, 2011|Tags: |

Garrett Pierce signs to Narnack Records

"Statue Song," which accompanies the video above, is the first offering from Davis/SF artist Garrett Pierce's upcoming album, City of Sand, due out later this year on Narnack Records. I recently commented on the inadequacy of the "singer-songwriter" label, and that sentiment certainly holds true for Pierce, whose mixture of moving melodies and frequently heartbreaking lyrics can produce results that are no less than astonishing. By way of further example, 2009's All Masks, one of my favorite records of that year, and an album full of beautiful music and aching subject matter. Pierce is currently giving the record away for [...]

By |February 22, 2011|Tags: |

Backseat Beat: Episode 8, part 2: The Definite Articles

Everyone knows what happens at the end of Revenge of the Nerds. The Tri-Lambs mop the floor with the Alpha Betas during the Greek Games, using their big brains and a Vader mask to demolish the meatheads in competition and score with the hot Pi Delts. The lesson of the movie is plain — the geek shall inherit the Earth. Backseat Beat episode 8: The Definite Articles, part 2 from Brad Robertson on Vimeo. In part 2 of episode 8, the Definite Articles don't have revenge on their minds. They also don't have nautical fire cannons, vegan donuts, brand-name vibrators, [...]

Recommended at Noise Pop, 2/22-2/23: Merge Records bands, Admiral Radley/Typhoon, Dirty Ghosts, and more

We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole bunch of Noise Pop events. Looking forward to something in particular? Let us know in the comments. Cafe Du Nord hosts a mostly Merge Records showcase on Wednesday night (8pm, $15), with resurgent indie pop pioneers Versus joining The Love Language and Telekinesis. The last band recently released 12 Desperate Straight Lines, a super-catchy album borne out of Michael Benjamin Lerner finding himself last July "with no band, a case of vertigo, [...]

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