The futurist geometry of Salami Rose Joe Louis

(artwork: Cinque Mubarak) Salami Rose Joe Louis signing to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint has been one of the most exciting Bay Area musical success stories of 2019. Since she started performing under the multi-syllabic moniker, Lindsay Olsen has operated at a distinctive place at the intersection of lo-fi beatmaking and interstellar jazz. In many ways, this all makes perfect sense: Flying Lotus is an obvious contemporary in their shared musical space. But Olsen truly marches to the beat of her own MPC, which makes it all the more exciting to see music so idiosyncratic and full of color reach a [...]

Phono del Sol: ‘Weird’ is precisely what Salami Rose Joe Louis is aiming for

You can call Salami Rose Joe Louis a master chef. She uses rather simple ingredients — piano, guitar, bass, drums, keys — but the concoctions are complex and plentiful. Over two albums, son of a sauce! and Zlaty Sauce Nephew, the Bay Area-based producer/composer has brewed over 50 tracks of experimental, soulful, intricate sauce, and we’re all for every sampling she has to offer. “I’m pretty haphazard, as you can probably tell,” she laughs over the phone. “I have like all these one-minute songs. I like to write a lot, I have no voice in my head that’s like, ‘That’s [...]

Mixtape: The Bay Area’s Inventive Experimental Musicians

Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Inventive Experimental Musicians (Podcast #432) This episode first ran on KQED.org. A wide range of experimental musicians are pushing Bay Area music in inventive directions, deploying sound artistry to craft exciting new electronic, rock, punk and hip hop compositions. This mixtape features ten local experimental artists, ranging from the loud, abrasive guitar contortions of Cube, to warmer ambient sounds from Cruel Diagonals and Gonzalez & Reinhardt. The last of those acts is a new collaboration between two longtime musicians, manifesting drones via synthesizers and the tambura, an Uzbek string instrument. Unsurprisingly, there are a number [...]

The Bay Abridged: July 20 – Aug 2

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Boostive, Gene Evaro Jr., Salami Rose Joe Louis’ Band Of Science at Bocci’s Cellar (SC) July 21. When the long-time Santa Cruz dub, break, and chill-hop party band Boostive announced they were going to relocate to SoCal, some people took it harder than others — [...]

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