Mixtape: Stellar Musicians with Bay Area Roots

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Bay_Area_Roots_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Stellar Musicians with Bay Area Roots (Podcast #403) This episode first appeared on KQED.org. We showcase a ton of new and emerging Bay Area bands on these mixtapes every month, but have far fewer opportunities to revisit artists after they move away from the region. In this mixtape, we catch up with eleven acts with Bay Area roots, including Harriet Brown, who grew up in the Bay Area before heading to LA, where he's now poised to have a breakout year. Others, including Cotillon, spent fewer, but no less impactful years in the local music scene; for [...]

Sugar Candy Mountain stream new album ‘666,’ play record release show

Sugar Candy Mountain are quietly not a local band anymore after making a move to Southern California, but they are still honoring their Bay Area roots with pride. For one, their brand new album 666, which just came out last week on PIAPTK Records, was recorded against a vibrant Bay Area tapestry. The new album was recorded while they were still based in the Bay Area, between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, with Jason Quever of Papercuts in San Francisco and their Oakland studio. Running wild with their premise of "Brian Wilson [dropping] acid on the beach in Brazil" and [...]

Mad Alchemy psychedelic dance party with Oakland favorites

It seems Mad Alchemy, aka Lance Gordon and team, have their light-bending hands in all the psychedelic meanderings on the West Coast, and it’s not hard to see why. They’ve perfected a signature style of analog projections that leave artists drenched in liquid color, transforming any ordinary stage into a portal to celestial pastures. Tomorrow, September 10, Mad Alchemy is bringing their overhead projectors to Leo’s, where a local lineup will power a psychedelic dance party. Oakland favorites Sugar Candy Mountain and Everyone is Dirty will set a rock and roll tone before soul outfit Harry & the Hitmen closes [...]

Bandcamp’s first City Guide spotlights Oakland: Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Kid Trails, and more

Recently, Oakland's music scene has been raking in the national press. In February, it was Fantastic Negrito delivering the winning video for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest filmed inside of a freight train: "behind a desk made of a steel slab and a work bench, this soulful character won our hearts" was Bob Boilen's praise. The winnings included a place on the bill for a SXSW showcase alongside the likes of Charles Bradley and King Tuff, and now he's slated to perform at this year's Outside Lands. Now, Bandcamp – or more specifically, content curator Andrew Jervis – has taken notice. Jervis explains, "Oakland is considered home to [...]

Live This Month: January 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_January_2015.mp3 Download: Live This Month: January 2015 (Podcast #354) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you haven't adopted too many resolutions, consider adding this one to whatever you've already got lined up: resolve to go see more live music in 2015! As this month's podcast shows, January offers plenty of killer concert offerings, including a number of local bands with new albums. Tiaras is comprised of former members of stellar groups Ganglians and Blasted Canyons -- the new band isn't [...]

Get To Know: Royal Oakie Records and Tapes

Oakland's Royal Oakie Records and Tapes has been around since 2011, but they are poised for an especially busy 2015. Founded by David Glassebrook of Deep Ellum and Yasamine June, Royal Oakie has released albums from Deep Ellum, Cave Clove, and others over the last 4 years, and recently announced a fine pair of additions to their catalog: Sugar Candy Mountain's Mystic Hits, which is out now, and The Blank Tapes' Geodesic Dome Piece, set for a January 13 release. Royal Oakie is also planning releases in 2015 from Trans Van Santos, Deep Ellum, Fine Points, and more, while planning [...]

Sugar Candy Mountain releases Mystic Hits on vinyl, cassette

With the self-release of their debut record Mystic Hits under their belt, Oakland's Sugar Candy Mountain are taking it one step further with a real, actual record. Check the lead single, "Soak Up The City," below. http://youtu.be/86Vfm-yCjPs Originally self-distributed by the band in late 2013, Mystic Hits was picked up by Oakland label Royal Oakie, which is releasing it on the appropriately vintage mediums of vinyl and cassette. Cassettes contain a bonus track, "Copacabana", not included on the original release. Sugar Candy Mountain is the project of musicians-about-town Will Halsey, Ash Reiter, and a rotating cast of Bay Area friends [...]

By |November 12, 2014|Tags: |

Best of 2013: Russell Jelinek's highlights

John Murry (Photo by Amoreena Berg) I don't feel like ranking things, but here are some Bay Area highlights for 2013, limited to artists I wrote about: Favorite Albums: John Murry - Graceless Age: I tried to listen to Graceless Age in the background while doing some work on the computer. It didn't work. Murry punched me in the gut and took me away from whatever I was doing and totally consumed me. The standout "Little Colored Balloons", about Murry's heroin overdose in the Mission, may one of the most heartbreaking songs ever recorded, but there is so much more [...]

Interview: Sugar Candy Mountain talks new LP 'Mystic Hits' (WIN TICKETS!)

Sugar Candy Mountain, a project led by Ash Reiter and her band's drummer Will Halsey, just released their album Mystic Hits on their Bandcamp page. The LP is full of retro, reverb-heavy pop, but listening to it from start to finish will take you on a smooth ride across too many genres to mention. To celebrate the release, Sugar Candy Mountain plays Rickshaw Stop this Friday night with Sun Hop Fat and Sandy's, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter for a chance to win, email contest@thebaybridged.com with “Sugar Candy Mountain [...]

By |September 18, 2013|Tags: |

20 Sided Records dropping new comp, celebrating with four shows presented by The Bay Bridged

San Francisco's 20 Sided Records will release its fourth compilation on September 3, and the label is celebrating the new album with four – yes, FOUR – release parties in early September, all proudly presented by The Bay Bridged. The compilation – entitled These Strange Days – will features 21 tracks from bands on 20 Sided's roster, with an eclectic arrangement of artists from both the Bay Area and around the Western U.S. Included are Ash Reiter, The Blank Tapes, Cannons and Clouds, Li Xi, and Couches (a newcomer trio led by the man behind 20 Sided, David Mitchell). Following [...]

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