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It’s time once again for the latest installment in our Monthly Mix series of episodes, where we collect a number of songs from new and recent releases by a variety of Bay Area bands. This episode also marks the debut of a new feature we’re going to start incorporating into our mix shows, a new short interview with a band we featured a year or two ago on The Bay Bridged to discuss a new album released since our first conversation.

About all of the bands:

Ted the Block (“Kicking Down The Ladders”) is the name of the solo project from Winston Goertz-Giffen, also a member of Saything and formerly of The Aimless Never Miss. His latest album Thinkinging… is an eclectic collection of patchwork rock full of melodic twists and turns. He doesn’t have any future shows listed, but we’ll keep you posted.

Love is Chemicals (“Over Land, Over Sea”; later, “My Ticker Tape Parade” and “Agitator”) kick off our series of new interviews with Bay Bridged alumni. Their sophomore work Song of the Summer Youth Brigade was recently released digitally and we caught up with the band at our studio to talk about their dynamic, evolving sound. You can purchase SotSYB on iTunes or from their web site.

We’ve also included an uber-catchy song from local garage-pop duo Sassy (“Sweet Child”). The band celebrates the release of their debut album Get a Grip this Saturday, June 28th at 12 Galaxies, where they’ll be joined by Von Iva, Hot Tub and El Fay.

San Francisco’s Young Moderns (“It’s A Dirty Job”) fly the power pop banner proudly on their upcoming album New Mission Renaissance. Catch this sextet at Amnesia this Thursday, June 26th, with My Sweet Earthquake, also included in this mix. They’ve also got a bunch of great live videos at their web site.

Ash Reiter‘s (“La Bahia”) self-titled album incorporates elements of jazz, folk and pop alongside her compelling vocals. She’s got a number of upcoming dates around the Bay, including one this Thursday, June 26th at the Million Fishes Gallery, and was recently the subject of a Daytrotter session.

My First Earthquake (“Stupid Baby”) brought us a fun synth-rock track from their recently-released debut EP. You can find out more about them in this interview Emily recently conducted and at their web site where they’ve posted videos, remixes and more. The band will be at Amnesia this Thursday, June 26th, with Young Moderns.

Fronted by a Belgian named Emile who their press release notes is addicted to plastic surgery and speaks little English, Mon Cousin Belge (“Tweaker Bitch”) brought us a rocking garage-meets-soul track from their upcoming album Quelle Horreur, out soon on World Famous in San Francisco. They’ll be at Thee Parkside on June 28th, with Ice Cream Socialites and The Caldonias.

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