Lesser Lights


Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from nine great Bay Area bands — some submissions we’ve received at TBB headquarters, some stuff we’ve posted on the web site recently, all really good stuff.

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About all of the bands:

Oakland songwriter Brian Glaze (“Leader of the Band”) returns with his third LP Green Living, out July 13th on World Famous In San Francisco. He’ll be at McLaren Park on July 18th as part of the Mission Creek Music Festival.

We recently witnessed The Blacks‘ (“Sunday Boys”) stunning and bittersweet final performance, but the band’s legacy lives on with their new album Tiger Songs, out July 21st on Tricycle Records. Check out a great collection of photos from their final show on Flickr.

Oakland’s Sir Lord Von Raven (“Take It or Leave It”) includes members of The Time Flys and The Gris Gris, and their debut LP Please Throw Me Back In The Ocean is out now on HappyParts Recordings. The band has upcoming shows on July 3rd at the Ghost Town Gallery, and July 9th at The Stork Club.

Von Iva (“Guise”) recently released their latest EP Girls on Film, featuring a bunch of new songs alongside tracks from their previous album. The trio has a number of August dates on the East Coast that you can see on their MySpace page.

Bay Area indie pop stalwarts The Invisible Cities (“Marine Parade Road (Soupy)”) released their latest album Houses Shine Like Teeth a few months ago. You can download the new album for free for a limited time. More details about that can be found here.

Lesser Lights (“The Harvest Halt”) is the musical alter ego of Bay Bridged contributor Nate Baker. The singer-songwriter’s upcoming EP, One Day In May, was recorded with Aaron Prellwitz at SF’s Tiny Telephone and you can check out more of his music at his web site.

Conspiracy of Venus (“I’m Your Man”) is a female acapella choir with an affinity for the works of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and a reputation as a great live band. You can find out more about the band in our recent profile here and can catch their season opener show on September 3rd at the Rickshaw Stop.

Family Room (“Earthworm”) recently released their album Blood Orange, a stripped down folk-rock collection from Evan Jewett and an assortment of contributors . Check out a video of a live performance of this song at Vimeo.

James and Evander (“Bells”) is a new electronic project from the good people at 500 Records. In addition to making their debut The Awkward Turtle EP, the Oakland duo also has produced recordings for Grand Lake, The Aimless Never Miss, Form & Fate and others.