BAGeL Radio is moving into double digits, and the man behind the vision, Ted Leibowitz, is throwing one helluva party. The host of the Glen Park-based indie rock Internet radio show recruited three great Bay Area acts – Mister Loveless, Churches, and Birdmonster – to help celebrate his baby’s tenth birthday at Bottom of the Hill on Friday, February 1st. The show is being produced in conjunction with SomaFM, the “listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative” Internet radio station that broadcasts BAGeL Radio along with nearly 20 other unique stations.
Admitting in a Facebook post that he booked “a far better lineup” than he had hoped for, Leibowitz noted that the show’s venue – the seminal SF club at the base of Potrero Hill – is his favorite place to see a live gig. Fitting then that he should land some of his favorite bands to help him celebrate a decade at the helm of one of the Bay’s most influential sources for independent and alternative music.
Natives of Walnut Creek transplanted 15 miles west in Oaktown, Mister Loveless are coming off a whirlwind 2012 that saw the release of their full-length record Grow Up, a stunning vision of post-punk that helped vault the quartet into the Bay Area indie rock stratosphere, garnering them accolades from both local and national media, including the #9 spot on BAGeL’s year-end best albums list. Check out the locally-flavored ode to their East Bay roots “Bridged And Tunnel Kids”:
Churches – the relatively nascent trio consisting of Caleb Nichols (Grand Lake, Port O’Brien), Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave), and Dominic East (Rogue Wave, Our Lady of the Highway) – released its eponymous debut EP back in April of last year and then dropped Lovelife, a two track 7-inch featuring a title track that arose out of Nichols’ “frustration at having his personal life and the personal lives of all LGBT people constantly subject to public debate.” B-side “Save Me” made its way to #13 on BAGeL’s list of 2012’s best songs. Listen below:
SF stalwarts Birdmonster (who headlined BAGeL’s “Half Dozenth Birthday Party” back in 2009) continue to shake out the cobwebs, playing another local gig after a 2012 that saw them begin their Singles Project, a collection of tracks recorded in bits and spurts during the years since their last proper release. Most recently, they put out two versions of the song “I Am The Wind”, including the “inversion” version, which you can hear below:
Head over to Bottom of the Hill on February 1st to check out these three great local bands and to celebrate a big milestone for Liebowitz and BAGeL Radio. Doors open at 8:30pm, and the music kicks off at 9:30pm.
BAGeL Radio 10th Birthday Party
ft. Mister Loveless, Churches, Birdmonster
Bottom of the Hill
February 1, 2013