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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 of their frenzy-inducing electro-pop at their MySpace page.

We’ve also included a great song from Music For Animals‘ excellent self-titled full length, released earlier this year on Three Ring Records. We are co-presenting the band’s next show this Saturday, September 1st at the Great American Music Hall, which also features Magic Bullets, Dreamdate and Transfer. It’s a great bill and we hope to see you there.

San Francisco’s The New Centuries recently sent us their 2006 self-titled release, which is a very nice mix of danceable rock and pop sounds with some noisier elements as well. You can hear more at the band’s MySpace page and web site, and you pick up the CD at CDBaby and iTunes. Their next live show is September 27th at Fat City with Master/Slave and French Miami.

The title track from Boneless Children Foundation‘s brand new album Stars for Anyone is a wonderful slice of indie rock we’ve been enjoying around the studios. The band released the album last week; you can find a music preview at their web site and hear more at their MySpace page. BCF’s next show is at the Elbo Room on Monday, September 24th, with Fpodbpod and Cult of Sue Todd.

In The Special Goodbye, singer and songwriter David Stockhausen is joined by Arthur Adams of Blammos and Tim Marcus, who also plays pedal steel in Or, the Whale and a number of other bands. The song we’ve included is the title track from the band’s latest EP, Silver Tongue, a very nice mix of electronic and traditional rock sounds. We recommend you check out more at their MySpace page. Catch the band Thursday, September 13th at Amnesia with All My Pretty Ones. The show starts at 9pm.

Holy smokes! Sleepy Seeds, the debut CD by The Matinees completely blindsided us in all of the right ways. It’s full of catchy, beautiful numbers featuring some sweet vocals. Check out more from this San Francisco-based indie pop duo’s excellent release over at their MySpace page.

We discussed the new CD from Numbers, titled Now You Are This earlier this month when the CD was released. It’s a terrific album from this always-evolving trio that’s out now on Kill Rock Stars. Head here to check out a video for the song “Mind Hole,” which we’ve included in this episode. Find more songs at their MySpace page and web site.

San Francisco’s Carta release their debut full length The Glass Bottom Boat next Tuesday, although you can already pick up a copy from their label Resonant and on iTunes. The album’s dense mix of ambient-leaning largely instrumental pieces has been receiving very strong reviews across the web and you can hear more at their MySpace page and web site.