Best of 2008: Anna Gazdowicz of The Deli SF on The Heavenly States’ Delayer

My relationship to music changed pretty significantly after I took over editing duties at the Deli SF in March 2008. What opened up before me with this new concentration [...]

By |December 30, 2008|2 Comments

Best of 2008: Tartufi on Low Red Land’s Dog’s Hymns

The Details: Recorded [mostly] at The Hanger in Sacramento with engineer Robert Cheek tweaking the "knobs" and yanking on 'levers" - oh and manning the sound board [...]

By |December 30, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Tartufi on Low Red Land’s Dog’s Hymns

Best of 2008: Dylan Travis of Man/Miracle on The Hospitals’ Hairdryer Peace

The Hospitals write songs. This is important because if you manage to get a copy of their (sold out) new record, Hairdryer Peace, you might initially confuse this [...]

By |December 29, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Dylan Travis of Man/Miracle on The Hospitals’ Hairdryer Peace

Best of 2008: Julie Schuchard of Tricycle Records on The Morning Benders’ Talking Through Tin Cans

For years I have been watching The Morning Benders grow up. They have a genuine talent for writing pop that casts a dizzy intoxication much like The Shins and [...]

By |December 29, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Julie Schuchard of Tricycle Records on The Morning Benders’ Talking Through Tin Cans

Best of 2008: Will Benham of New and Used Records on Geographer’s Innocent Ghosts

I will remember 2008 as the year Bay Area music was put back on the map, thanks to the national attention showered on the likes of The Dodos, Birdmonster [...]

By |December 26, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Will Benham of New and Used Records on Geographer’s Innocent Ghosts

Best of 2008: Jon Bernson of Ray’s Vast Basement & Window Twins on Odd Nosdam’s Pretty Swell Explode

In the future, it will become known that David Madson spent the better part of his life on a hijacked Soviet probe, transmitting 3D images back to Earth. When [...]

By |December 26, 2008|4 Comments

Best of 2008: Maus Haus on Andy Tisdall’s Cotton Cannibals

Andy Tisdall is a member of Little Teeth, a band that put out a great year-end list record with Child-Bearing Man. But Andy's solo album, Cotton Cannibals, quietly self-released [...]

By |December 24, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Maus Haus on Andy Tisdall’s Cotton Cannibals

Best of 2008: Ben Thorne of Low Red Land on Dame Satan’s Beaches and Bridges

2008 found a number of fantastic local albums seeing release (and one, Tartufi’s Nests of Wave and Wire, seeing a delay that only means it will be my favorite [...]

By |December 23, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Ben Thorne of Low Red Land on Dame Satan’s Beaches and Bridges

Best of 2008: Pete Gidlund of Winter’s Fall on Birds & Batteries’ I’ll Never Sleep Again

I love a record that’s a tough one to crack. And speaking of eggs, you gotta have some huevos to lead your album off with a Neil Young [...]

By |December 23, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Pete Gidlund of Winter’s Fall on Birds & Batteries’ I’ll Never Sleep Again

Best of 2008: Adrian Bischoff of ipickmynose on Two Sheds’ Self-Titled EP

When this year started I had no knowledge of Two Sheds. After I heard "It's Hard" and then the rest of their album, Strange Ammunition, I was hooked. They [...]

By |December 22, 2008|Comments Off on Best of 2008: Adrian Bischoff of ipickmynose on Two Sheds’ Self-Titled EP

Best of 2008: Eric Ruud of Sholi on Why?’s Alopecia

 
"alone.... something something..." (repeat indefinitely)

It's 2pm on Good Friday and I'm in Oakland, walking home from the BART train to my apartment at 29th and Fairmount, trying to [...]

By |December 22, 2008|2 Comments

Announcing: Guest Bloggers Tell Us the Best of 2008!

We're going to be taking a break from regular news blogging over the next two weeks, but we've asked some of our friends in the San Francisco Bay Area [...]

By |December 19, 2008|Comments Off on Announcing: Guest Bloggers Tell Us the Best of 2008!