Themselves + Odd Nosdam deliver a glitchy energy @ BotH 8/1

The Odd Nosdam/Themselves show last Saturday at Bottom of the Hill was an awesome blend of ambient tunes and hip hop. Local artist Bre'r led the crowd easily into Odd Nosdam's set with spaced out, almost drone-like beats. Odd Nosdam's set was all distorted rhythm, repetitious breaks and bass heavy enough to disrupt bodily functions.  As Jel joined in for the second half of Odd's sonic acrobatics, things sounded more frenetic. Nosdam was all soundscapes and obscured samples, no spectacle and no frills. Themselves - "Rapping 4 Money Feat. Why?, cLOUDDEAD" Themselves represent the flipside of Jel's solo music. The [...]

By |August 7, 2009|Tags: , |

The Dry Spells release debut: Too Soon For Flowers

The Dry Spells, with their layered electric and acoustic instrumentation, are one of the Bay Area's many contributions to the exploding psych-folk scene.  Tracks like "Batwood" begin with plenty of rhythm and structure and devolve into a flurry of guitar riffs and violin.   Other songs feature solid backbone and somber tambourine. Can tambourine be somber? This one is - under searing guitar melodies.  The Dry Spells - "Lost Daughter" As with all self-respecting indie/folk/psych/rock/acoustic/electric/hybrid outfits, The Dry Spells feature one member with a biblical name, one beard and an affinity for all things analog. The band's debut album [...]

By |August 4, 2009|Tags: |

RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Don't worry.  You're not the only one confused by the landscape of laws surrounding sampling, DRM, remixing and similar music/new media issues.   Thankfully, web activist Brett Gaylor will be screening his recent film RiP: A Remix Manifesto at the Mezzanine Thursday, July 23rd. The film features hot-topic performer Girl Talk and attempts to demystify and explore current copyright and intellectual property law issues.  Girl Talk is the prime subject for the film.  The man behind the moniker, Greg Gillis, is a pioneer in the track-sampling arena, building his songs exclusively from the hooks, vocals and other building blocks of pop [...]

Agent Ribbons releases new 7″

When the all-lady, Sacramento based trio Agent Ribbons isn’t busy touring with Camera Obscura, they’re tucked away in Placerville, CA recording.  This month, the fruits of their labor will be available in the form of a 7” release entitled Your Love is the Smallest Doll. The record is a prime example of Agent Ribbons’ style: melodic, slightly twangy folk-pop.  On most tracks, Natalie’s vocals recall country greats like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.  Staccato rhythms and accordion on the title track lend it the sound of a madcap drinking song. Agent Ribbons - "Obituary" You can pre-order Your [...]

By |July 15, 2009|Tags: |

Upset the Rhythm @ the Lab

The bands playing at the Upset the Rhythm showcase on Sunday will be sure to do exactly that as The Lab hosts a sizable bill chock full of local and LA-based experimental groups. From self-described drum and shout group Foot Village to the surreal soundscapes of Lucky Dragons to the stark and sometimes creepy vibe of Gowns, the two things these bands all have in common is an uncommon approach to music-making and a UK based record label. Death Sentence: Panda! - "A+ Cannibal" Death Sentence: Panda! will be rounding out the aggressive side of things by bringing a feedback-heavy [...]

Rubies release ‘Explode from the Center’

For their first North American release, NorCal/SoCal band Rubies (featuring Simone Rubi and Terri Loewenthal of Call and Response) have blended a folksy singer-songwriter vibe with synthy dance-pop.  While that blend would evoke Jewel and Janis Ian jamming on a Moog for some, Explode from the Center is quite the opposite.  Chock full of well-structured, toe-tapping pop songs, Explode from the Center sounds similar to Feist exploring disco.   Signature tracks such as "I Feel Electric" and "Diamonds on Fire" are truly infectious and guaranteed to grace any indie-dance fan's summer playlist.  Rubies - "Stand in a Line" Rubies [...]

Starfucker Bring the Medicine to Bottom of the Hill

Photos by: Charlie Homo White Cloud, Atole and Starfucker deserved a better slot than a Tuesday evening, and dished out a unique blend of feedback-heavy electro pop that felt better suited for a Friday.  Local group White Cloud opened the night with a mellow - at least in comparison to Starfucker - set featuring rhythmic change-ups and occasional dissonance, while Atole delivered lots of dance-worthy synth rock punctuated with abstract vocals. Live touches like beat-boxing, scratching and ubiquitous Alan Watts samples did good things for Starfucker's performance, which also saw the the Portland quartet branching out into more intentional feedback than [...]

Themselves Release Free Mixtape

Themselves - "Take to the King" Following a six year recording hiatus, Doseone and Jel of hip-hop duo Themselves have released theFREEhoudini.  The 39-minute single track mixtape features guest performances from Themselves’ label mates Aesop Rock, Buck 65 and cLOUDDEAD just to name a few.  TheFREEhoudini is available for free download for a limited time.  You can also pre-order the limited edition CD version - which features fifteen minutes of bonus audio - on Anticons website.

By |June 25, 2009|Tags: |
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