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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 Jordan Corso, his time in the Bay Area found him working with JR White to create Cotillon’s buzzed-about first album.

Still other artists included in this mix released a substantial number of records during their long stints in the Bay Area, like the prolific garage rock hero Ty Segall and the versatile Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. As this mixtape shows, wherever these musicians currently reside, they’re still creating compelling works well worth checking out.

Listen to the mixtape to learn more about all eleven artists.

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Track Listing

Sugar Candy Mountain – “Windows”

Talkies – “Break Character”

Foie Gras – “Devotee”

Harriet Brown – “Obsession”

Some Ember – “Magnetic”

bed. – “Girl”

Cotillon – “Alex’s Room”

Ty Segall – “Orange Color Queen”

Moon Duo – “Creepin’”

Avalon Emerson – “Natural Impasse”

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – “Love’s Refrain”