White Fence – "King of the Decade"

Tim Presley is set for his third White Fence release, a new double album entitled Family Perfume Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. The two volumes are out April 3rd and May 15th, respectively, through Woodsist, and now you can listen to a brand new song entitled "King of the Decade" which will appear on Vol. 2. White Fence – “King of the Decade” White Fence just announced they will be performing at this year's Woodsist Fest, presented by Folk Yeah!, which will take place at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur over August 4-5. Two day passes to the festival have already sold out, however [...]

By |March 15, 2012|Tags: |

Waterstrider release new live video from Berkeley's Cloyne Court (playing at Bottom of the Hill on 3/17/12)

Berkeley indie-pop/rock sextet Waterstrider have released a live video a new unnamed song being performed at UC Berkeley's Cloyne Court co-op, where the group met and formed. The video begins with just two of the members walking down a hallway performing, and throughout the song, the rest of the members jump in one-by-one, climaxing at the end in beautiful acoustic harmony. Waterstrider will be headlining Bottom of the Hill on March 17th, with support from DRMS and The Buttercream Gang. Tickets for the show are available here. Last year, the group released the Constellation EP, which you can stream below. [...]

FWY! (Art Museums/Teenage Panzerkorps) releases new cassette tape

San Francisco musician Edmund Xavier has released a new EP entitled San Clemente under his moniker FWY! The EP is available on cassette tape through Moon Glyph Records, and it's also available for digital download through FWY!'s Bandcamp page. Named after the southern California beach town, San Clemente is a healthy offering of ambient tracks audibly intended for moments on the open road with stretches of long highway ahead. Some of Xavier's other projects include the now-defunct Art Museums and Teenage Panzerkorps (DER TPK) .

Vir – "Joy in Space"

Take a listen to a new song, "Joy in Space," courtesy of Oakland post-punk/noise pop/psych trio Vir. "Joy in Space" is one of the first tastes from the group's forthcoming album, Engineers, which is slated for a May release. Engineers will be the band's third LP, and their second on Vibraphone Records. Vir recently played Noise Pop, opening for Bob Mould's performance of Copper Blue at Bottom of the Hill.

By |March 6, 2012|Tags: |

Asthmatic Kitty's Denison Witmer comes to SF on 3/10/12

It's safe to say singer-songwriter Denison Witmer went through a lot in his personal life while making his forthcoming record, The Ones Who Wait (out March 16th on Asthmatic Kitty Records). Over the span of time in which the album was created Witmer got married, started a business, lost his father and then found out he was going to become one himself. While discussing his new album, Witmer says it is about "patience and reverence. Being mindful and open to what you’re experiencing. A desire to take hold of what’s happening in your life, yet trusting the mystery of it enough to let go and [...]

'Unmentionable': Guitarist Jameson Swanagon releases new album

Jameson Swanagon (ex-Grand Lake) has released a new solo guitar album, Unmentionable, and it is available for download at his Bandcamp page for $5. Unmentionable is the follow up to Swanagon's 2010 release Desolation Happiness.  Swanagon is also involved in a couple of new Bay Area groups including Zach Rogue's band Release the Sunbird and Some Ember, which also includes Dylan Travis of Man/Miracle.

Michael James Tapscott releases new LP on Bookmaker Records

Michael James Tapscott, cofounder of psychedelic-ambient rock group Odawas, has released his brand new LP, Good Morning, Africa, on Bookmaker Records. Available as a limited edition (300 copies) 12", the LP also features Andrew Kenower, who contributed field recordings to the record. Good Morning, Africa alternates easily between dark ambient field tracks and psych-folk singer-songwriter music. What is produced is a solid psychedelic ambient journey. Take a listen to "The Last Canadian King" below:

Apparat to perform rare SF show

  Berlin based electronic artist Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, has announced two special U.S. shows in March including a stop in San Francisco at 103 Harriet on March 9th. These shows will be live sets with full instrumentation highlighting the group's most recent release, last year's The Devil's Walk, which was recorded in Mexico. Apparat will return to Mexico to play two shows and hit Los Angeles at the El Rey, before heading to SXSW for a week of showcases. Take a listen to the new single "Candil De La Calle" above, and check out a clip of the [...]

By |March 1, 2012|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2012: Porter Robinson @ Fox Theater 2/24/12

"Where's Porter?" "When is Porter going on?" "Has anyone seen Porter?" "PORTER, BROOOOOO!" Electro-house/dubstep DJ and producer Porter Robinson may have one of the most loyal fan bases in EDM, as witnessed Friday night at his nearly sold-out Noise Pop show at the Fox Theater. Of all the Noise Pop shows in 2012, this one seemed to produce the most raising of eyebrows, especially if you have kept tabs on the 19-year-old's meteoric rise to fame over the past two years. At 19 years of age, Porter Robinson shouldn't even be able to legally enter a majority of the clubs he [...]

By |February 28, 2012|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2012: 'Re:Generation'

It’s that moment when Ray Manzarek, co-founding member and keyboardist of The Doors, yells at Skrillex to “pump the living shit out of it, man” that you realize you have never seen a music documentary, or expirement, quite like Re:Generation. Sponsored by the Grammys and Hyundai, Re:Generation pairs five DJs with a genre of music and artists from within that genre in order for each to make a unique collaborative song. Skrillex goes rock ‘n’ roll with the Doors in L.A; Mark Ronson goes jazz with the Dap-Kings, Zigaboo Modeliste, Erykah Badu,Trombone Shorty and Mos Def in New Orleans; legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier [...]

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