Premiere: Listen to Air Surgeon’s “Wardrobe”, off debut EP due on Death Records

San Francisco label Death Records is set to release Air Surgeon’s debut EP this spring. The local pop band is a long time favorite of Death Records – not only was their song “FRX” featured on the label’s first compilation tape released last December, but they also played the label’s inaugural tape release show. Run by Brian Wakefield of likeminded bands Melted Toys and Emotional, Death Records embraces the mentality of the SF "misfit" culture, consisting of mainly garage pop bands that are still standing strong but all too often brushed off in the wave of migration surrounding this particular [...]

By |March 3, 2015|Tags: |

Cotillon collaborates on new video for “Gloom”

  Recent LA-to-SF transplant Cotillon continues to forge his way into the depths of local territory with a new video for “Gloom”. The band’s frontman Jordan Corso teamed up with Brian Wakefield (EMOTIONAL, Melted Toys) to shoot and edit the video over the course of one sunny Monday in February. “Gloom” itself opens Cotillon’s self-titled debut LP, telling the story of a breakup and ruminating on being alone. Directed by Wakefield and shot all within the band’s own San Francisco neighborhood, the video captures Corso traversing Bernal Hill, overlaid with a noisy TV screen and shots of the band playing [...]

By |February 24, 2015|Tags: |

Never Young EP release show in March

Noisy rock group Never Young is releasing a self-titled EP on San Francisco label Father/Daughter Records, due out March 10th. So far the band has released two singles from the EP, a synth-powered punk track with the cheeky title “Like A Version”, and an NPR-premiered song “Ur A Front”. With a penchant for mixing ‘90s hardcore punk elements with more contemporary synthetic electronic sounds, Never Young creates a force to be reckoned with that carries from their recordings to their live shows. On March 14th, Never Young launches their new record live with an official record release show at Good [...]

By |February 23, 2015|Tags: |

POW! announces new LP, out on April 6th

San Francisco local synth punk band POW! is back with a sophomore LP Fight Fire out on Castle Face Records on April 6th. The group emerged in early 2014 with Hi Tech Boom, a debut that received acclaim for being a timely think piece on San Francisco’s socio-economic climate. Since then, POW! has transformed from a trio to a four piece. The album’s press release, written by Castle Face label owner, Thee Oh Sees frontman, and outspoken tech-boom opposer John Dwyer, reads like a 21st century Kerouac rant. Capturing the future-punk vibe of the album’s debut single “Liquid Daydream”, Dwyer [...]

By |February 17, 2015|Tags: |

Voyages in Vinyl

There is a time in many record collectors’ lives (including mine) when you’re surfing on Discogs, or standing in a frenzy of shoppers and tourists at Amoeba, and it suddenly dawns that there must be something more. Small record stores emerge from the city walls into your line of sight, almost as if they were hidden and revealed only to a keen eye. But little did we know that these shops were here all along, waiting for us to come in and explore. The great thing about record shopping isn't always finding what you wanted. It's about discovering a song [...]

By |February 11, 2015|

O, Annie Girl and The Flight, and Balms at Rickshaw Stop

With their eyes on the pulse of local music, Our House emerged in late 2014 with a goal of supporting and affirming the Bay Area art community. The group comes wheeling into 2015 with a show at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday night featuring the newly rebranded O (formerly Black Cobra Vipers), Annie Girl and The Flight, and Balms. We’re not just seeing some strong local rock bands on this bill - Our House says “this show will set the tone for not only this year but for our collective as a whole.” Made up of Annie Lipetz of Annie [...]

Cotillon moves to SF and releases a new track

Cotillon’s Jordan Corso is a new San Francisco transplant via LA, a relocation that started when Corso and his band were recording their forthcoming debut LP with producer Chet “JR” White (of Girls). The new album, due out on Burger Records early next year, is darker than Cotillon’s EPs. Corso and his band offer a first single “Before”, which is hazy, hardly beachy, and well fit for San Francisco fog. No Bay Area shows have been announced just yet for Cotillon, but hopefully it won't be long. With so much of the coveted local garage rock scene changing, Cotillon’s presence [...]

By |November 21, 2014|Tags: |

Tiaras release new video for “Anyone & Everyone”

Standing on the edge of releasing their first LP, Tiaras are a motley crew of San Francisco musicians, with members from other noteworthy local bands (most now defunct). Ryan Grubbs and Kyle Hoover were in Ganglians, Adam Finken was in Burnt Ones and Blasted Canyons and Antonio Gualco plays in FNU Ronnies and Fine Steps. Even though this is Tiaras' first video release, these are no new kids on the block. They've been playing live as Tiaras for nearly two years, and are about to release their debut LP via Sacramento label Mount Saint Mountain. With their garage-leaning power pop, [...]

By |November 12, 2014|Tags: |

8th Grader covers Drake live in-studio

So let’s be honest – it’s not really a big surprise that 8th Grader decided to put his own spin on one of Drake’s smoothest tunes. That said, the R&B local’s twist on “Hold On We’re Going Home” isn’t just a cover – it’s a live studio recording filmed at Jingletown Studios in Oakland earlier this month. 8th Grader’s personal style shines through, something often lost in copycat covers of pop songs.

By |October 22, 2014|Tags: |

Julia Lewis – “You Were My First Love” ft. Saint Tiimbre

From San Francisco producer Julia Lewis (aka Benjamin Failk) comes a new track “You Were My First Love”, featuring Saint Tiimbre, a collective comprised of Amp Live (of Zion I), vocalist Natasha Adorlee, and Falik himself. The song is part of a forthcoming EP by Julia Lewis, The Space Between Us, due out through independent release on October 28. The layers of “You Were My First Love” are definitely compelling; though Adorlee’s vocals sit somewhat shaky on the surface, there’s a strong base and a slow build with lots of white space, making Lewis’s track instantly gratifying without being a [...]

By |October 16, 2014|Tags: , |
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