The Saxophones release ‘If You’re on the Water’ EP, perform at Lost Church July 22

Parker Robinson Photography Last November, we told you about The Saxophones and their forthcoming lathe-cut picture disc EP. Well, it's finally all released and available for free download via Bandcamp, and it's just lovely: If You're on the Water EP by The Saxophones If digital isn't enough, you can also buy the picture disc I mentioned, but a mere 33 copies are available. The Saxophones say the lathe-cutting process creates "an eerie and distorted sound that is quite delightful to fans of scratchy records." Plus you'll almost definitely be the only collector on your block with a copy. [...]

San Francisco’s Pardoner release new, collaborative EP

  Several groups of artists are putting San Francisco's Outer Sunset on the map in a big way. One group of affiliates congregate under the tape label Discontinuous Innovation and include names like Toyota and Stucko, among others. Another includes the record label Wave Dweller, and bands Future Shapes, No Vacation, and the increasingly noteworthy Jay Som. Pardoner come from another, overlapping circle, but bring their own flavor — a distinct energy. The band recently released a self-titled EP, which follows two other EPs and a collection of B-sides. The new songs seem to signal a departure — not to say the other material [...]

By |July 18, 2016|Tags: |

Yea-Ming and the Rumours release ‘I Will Make You Mine’

The wait is over! I Will Make You Mine, the debut record from Yea Ming and the Rumours, is finally HERE. It contains classics you have had stuck in your head since 2015 but also some brand new material to keep you sane right on through 2065. Listen immediately and get your cassette copy this Friday from the world's greatest record company - Burger Records. Better yet, pick up a copy at one of their upcoming shows: The official record release show goes down this Sunday, July 17, at The Make Out Room with China, Joseph Childress & The Unending [...]

Tim Presley (White Fence) announces solo LP; hear jaunty single “Clue”

Tim Presley is somewhat of an enigma on the scene, the kind of musician where musical mastermind transcends persona. Bouncing between San Francisco and L.A., he's also bounced between projects: The Nerve Agents to Darker My Love to even The Fall. But that's no knock on his prolific work ethic, which has seen him releasing six albums as White Fence between 2010 and 2014, including one with fellow prolific musician Ty Segall, collaborating with Cate Le Bon as Drinks, and writing experimental music under the name W-X. All these myriad projects under his belt, he somehow has time for another, [...]

By |July 15, 2016|Tags: |

Sugar Candy Mountain stream new album ‘666,’ play record release show

Sugar Candy Mountain are quietly not a local band anymore after making a move to Southern California, but they are still honoring their Bay Area roots with pride. For one, their brand new album 666, which just came out last week on PIAPTK Records, was recorded against a vibrant Bay Area tapestry. The new album was recorded while they were still based in the Bay Area, between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, with Jason Quever of Papercuts in San Francisco and their Oakland studio. Running wild with their premise of "Brian Wilson [dropping] acid on the beach in Brazil" and [...]

Premiere: Listen to the somber pop of Guy Fox’s ‘Paper Roads’ EP

Guy Fox is one of those bands that somehow never disappoints. Over the course of their careers here in the Bay, the band has cultivated a distinctive, accessible sound defined by strong distinctive rhythms and overall good vibes. (Look back at our first coverage of the band in 2012 here.) On Paper Roads, the band continues their expert use of rhythm. Throw on some good headphones to get the full effect of the sonic experience - on every track, nearly all the instruments transform into additional percussion and every little note seems to have a distinct purpose. Recorded at Tiny [...]

By |July 14, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Walk through Bernal Heights with China

One of my personal favorite country/Americana/folk/whatever bands (both locally and beyond) is China. Their songwriting is brutally honest, and they're likely one of the most talented bands you'll ever see while sitting criss-cross applesuace in a recording studio. After a pair of digital EP's and the addition of Jacob Aranda and his pedal steel wizardry, China just announced their debut full-length: Pool of Tears, which is available on cassette July 22 from Royal Oakie Records. (Preorder here). To gear up for the release, China went up to Bernal Heights to record a video for "Everyone Thinks I'm a Loser." Royal [...]

By |July 13, 2016|Tags: |

Cool Ghouls are all grown up: listen to a pair of tracks from ‘Animal Races’

Cool Ghouls seemed so young back when we first wrote about them in depth nearly four years ago: they were purveyors of a joyous San Francisco sound that just felt like a gorgeous sunny day. After four years, tons of live performances, and an ever-changing city, Cool Ghouls have grown up a bit on their third LP, Animal Races (available on Empty Cellar Records August 19). They still play with a distinct California sound that highlights their tight harmonies over jangly guitars, but there's a sense of melancholy in the Ghouls' material to go along with some new instruments, (such [...]

By |July 12, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: WOVE – “The Climb”

Do you need a heavy dose of intense, sludgy, shredtastic music in your life? If so, you need to check out WOVE's brand new track, "The Climb": The Climb (Single) by WOVE The big fat guitars interacting with those tasty licks send me back to my younger, wilder days and make me want to revisit my Corrosion of Conformity CD's (after a few spins of WOVE, of course). Although WOVE is primarily based in Southern California, WOVE guitarist/vocalist Nate Mercereau is tightly intertwined (OR WOVEN?) with the local scene: the EP was mixed and mastered by Patrick Brown and Grace [...]

By |July 6, 2016|Tags: |

Interview: Oakland’s Flying Circles talk navigating scenes and writing debut record

Colleen Johnson is most known locally from her work in the band Silver Shadows, but a wonderful web of musical scene connections lead to the project she's latest associated with. She met Evan Hashi, former drummer for Calvin Johnson's The Hive Dwellers, in Olympia, and keyboardist Preston Bryant, utility player for AJJ, through connections in the Phoenix scene. Fast forward almost a decade, and they are now all located in the Bay Area and exist in the world as Flying Circles. Johnson and Hashi collaborated musically for some time before she met Bryant, but their debut as Flying Circles, In [...]

By |June 30, 2016|Tags: |
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