SONG-FREUD: Astronauts, etc.’s “I Know”

Welcome to SONG-FREUD, home of the SONG-FREUD. Can I take your order??? ***** I’ve been out-Freuded, and like Harry when he and Voldy go wand to wand, my powers have backfired on me. My hands are shaking, my bowel movements are irregular, my virility has been sapped. What happened, you ask, my dear, committed readers? The blame lies at the feet of Astronauts, etc. Two days ago, I was at home, the ferret wrapped around my neck, a fernet and coke in hand, listening to the new Astronauts, etc. song “I Know.” And it was just too easy for an [...]

By |March 26, 2015|Tags: |

Idea the Artist shares new song; album release show this weekend

Last month we shared Idea the Artist’s track “The Ceiling”, which took her folk stylings and pushed them in all directions, adding in a mantra-like vocal hook and killer guitar riff. As the lead single off her upcoming album The Seafloor (out March 24), it captured a huge step forward for the Berkeley musician. Now, Idea has unveiled the album’s swirling title track and its accompanying video. While “The Ceiling” reduced the song to its stark, minimal parts, “Seafloor” is a swirling, exploding track that combines elements of gospel and guitar-driven rock, evoking a dizzying kaleidoscope of colors and movement: [...]

By |March 19, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: Bear Lincoln’s “Revival”

  Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column in the whole world that goes deeper than a Chilean mine. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for your cathartic pleasure, SONG-FREUD is a public service. It’s good karma to write, and good karma to read. ***** Gentlemen, we need to talk. I can smell an existential crisis from a mile away, and yours is easier to spot than Netanyahu’s vomit-inspiring smirk. I know that your spanking-good song “Revival” is about a celebration of youth, renewal, blah blah blah. But I also know that your name is a pun, and thus, everything [...]

By |March 19, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column in the whole fucking world that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area songs. Equal parts Pitchfork and Dr. Phil, SONG-FREUD is a public service to write, and good karma to read. ***** Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news, Sage, is that you don’t need much song-Freudian analysis. The bad news is that you should really talk to a gastroenterologist about the indigestion that you are clearly expressing throughout “Gas Pedal.” Grabbing the floor, wiggling intently; if you know anything about yoga, you know those [...]

By |March 12, 2015|Tags: , |

SONG-FREUD: French Cassettes’ “Teeth for Talking”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column in the whole world that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area songs. Equal parts Pitchfork and Dr. Phil, SONG-FREUD is a public service to write, and good karma to read. ***** It doesn’t take a Francophile to know that the French Cassettes aren’t French. That makes them liars. If you want proof, look no further than the title of their song “Teeth for Talking.” I’ve lived in France, I’ve eaten their cheese, I’ve been sneered at by their hipsters, and I will not let you take their name in [...]

By |March 5, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: Waterstrider’s “Calliope”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column in the whole world that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area music. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for your cathartic pleasure, SONG-FREUD is a public service. It’s good karma to write, and good karma to read. ***** I’m high in the Hollywood Hills, in a hot tub surrounded by three sisters that look a lot like Haim. They’re shooting Cheez Whiz at each other and filming it on Snapchat while Roger grills some vegan dogs and a vinyasa session goes down among the Grecian statues on the [...]

By |February 26, 2015|Tags: |

Premiere: Makeunder – “What a Lovely Bandsaw!”

(Photo Credit: Ginger Fierstein) Hamilton Ulmer finds weird ways to sing the blues. The music he creates as Makeunder is both maximalist and brutally raw, full of urgency while simultaneously fixated on the most minute details. His first EP, Radiate, Satellite, was recorded over five days on a laptop microphone, using only a handful of old instruments to tell the story of “the life and death of a rural Californian family.” What it lacked in sound quality it made up for in trap doors and unexpected turns; like the childhood home that Ulmer sings about (and in) over the course of [...]

By |February 24, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: Spooky Mansion’s “New Lawn”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area music. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for your cathartic pleasure, SONG-FREUD is also a public service. It's good karma to write, and good karma to read. ***** In this week’s SONG-FREUD, we turn our attention to the age-old spectacle of bestiality. Some people get freaky with dolphins, and others like to perform sex acts on horses, but on their tune “New Lawn,” San Francisco's Spooky Mansion take things to a whole new level. Their singer, Grayson Converse, is sleeping with a frog! (In the [...]

By |February 19, 2015|Tags: |

Premiere: Idea the Artist – “The Ceiling”

  "The Ceiling," the first taste of Idea the Artist's upcoming record The Sea Floor, begins with a mantra-like vocal loop. Halfway through the song, however, that loop is overtaken by a thudding, booming drum, and a playful guitar line; here is the moment the song has been yearning for: a sense of being grounded, no longer floating. It's the same sentiment that Idea the Artist hits right between the eyes throughout "The Ceiling": "I wish you were the ceiling, so you could love me," she sings, her voice full of electricity, leaps and swerves. This is more than a song about pining for a person, it's about pining for [...]

By |February 16, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: The Family Crest’s “The World”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area music. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for public consumption,  SONG-FREUD is also a public service. It is good karma to write, and good karma to read. ***** It doesn’t take a professional song analyst more than three or four shots of Lagavulin to realize that underneath the alarmingly joyful refrain of The Family Crest’s “The World,” some menacing forces are at work. “Build yourself an empty home, mold it out of soot and stone,” Liam McCormick advises as if this [...]

By |February 12, 2015|Tags: |
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