Interview: WOOF discusses 'The Thrill of it All' LP

Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux WOOF is an exciting new project from Different Fur Studio owner and engineer Patrick Brown, and Robert Pera, whoreleased their debut LP The Thrill of it All on Bandcamp's blog last week. The album is a collection of outstanding, eclectic beats matched up with a large group of guest vocalists from hip-hop (and other genres) located in the Bay Area and beyond. In short, the beats are all unique and every guest appearance kills, making this one of my favorite releases in 2013. I chatted with Brown and Pera via email about the project, and here's [...]

By |July 25, 2013|Tags: |

Jel – "La Resolve"

It feels like Jel's being a little hard on himself by calling his upcoming third LP Late Pass -- it's not like he's been dormant since 2006's Soft Money, what with his involvement in Themselves, Subtle, and 13 & God, and his recent production work for Serengeti. But it's exciting to hear overdue solo work from the producer/rapper, whose new LP arrives on Anticon on August 20th. Find some good headphones or speakers to listen to "La Resolve" -- tinny computer speakers wouldn't do it justice.

By |July 25, 2013|Tags: |

The Mallard Streams final LP on SPIN

Well, ladies and gentlemen and everyone between, here it is. For your listening pleasure, The Mallard is streaming its second and final album, Finding Meaning in Deference, on SPIN, and bloody hell, it's damn good. Borderline indecently good. It simmers in tension, with vocals as manic as ever, buts it's also catchier than anything The Mallard has, or ever will, put out--the cheeky, toe-tapping, head bobbing rhythms of the opener "A Form of Mercy," the riffs on songs like "Guster" and "Decade," the slow groove of "React, " the eerie way Greer McGettrick sings "Just an Ending," like she's telling [...]

By |July 24, 2013|Tags: |

Interview/Giveaway: Cannons and Clouds fêting new EP at The Chapel

San Francisco's Cannons and Clouds released their new EP A Challenge to the Dark on July 16 via local label 20 Sided Records, and the band is set to celebrate the new album with a record release party tomorrow night at The Chapel here in the City. The new record is something of a departure from the band's earlier, mellower indie rock sound, delving into the realm of psychedelia-charged prog rock over three tracks that span 16 minutes, including the epic nine-minute title track. In the days before the record release show, I was able to catch up with lead [...]

Video: Jacco Gardner – "Chameleon"

Dutch psych-pop songwriter Jacco Gardner never made it to SF when he came to the US to promote Cabinet of Curiosities earlier this year, a sad fact that'll thankfully be remedied in a few months. Gardner's debut LP arrived on Trouble In Mind -- a clear sign of quality confirmed by the record's lush, colorful songs. On his upcoming US tour, he'll be bringing his band to The Depot at SFSU on October 3rd and The Chapel on October 5th.

By |July 23, 2013|Tags: |

Al Lover debuts new single featuring White Fence

It's tough these days to stand out in the technicolored sea of psychedelic rock that is the Bay Area. But San Francisco producer Al Lover does it well. He's remixed the likes of Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Thee Oh Sees, but is now taking a stab at the ol' original recording game. Last week, Noisey premiered a track from his 250-pressed 7" single and impending LP Space Magick - both out sometime this fall on PNKSLM Recordings, date TBA. Featuring Tim Presley of White Fence on guitar and vox, the new song "Snake Hands" is slightly creepy and certainly trippy. Al Lover tells The [...]

By |July 23, 2013|Tags: , |

Ty Segall's latest LP 'Sleeper' is out August 20th

Yes, it’s that time again. The one that comes not once, sometimes twice, and often three times a year: Ty Segall is releasing a new record Of course the succession of Segall’s freakishly rapid fire releases can be tracked under many names (Fuzz, Ty Segall Band) but Sleeper, due out on August 20th, 2013 via Drag City, takes us back to his solo roots. The album is Segall’s most recent solo effort since last year’s Twins. With such little time in between Segall’s array of projects and releases, one might wonder if his albums are beginning to blend together, one [...]

By |July 22, 2013|Tags: |

Premiere: Blue Hawaii – "The Other Day" (Avalon Emerson Cybernetic Edit)

San Francisco-based electronic musician Avalon Emerson has produced a cybernetic edit of Blue Hawaii's "The Other Day", which we are stoked to premiere right here on The Bay Bridged today: The original track closes out Canadian duo Blue Hawaii’s Untogether, one of my favorite electronic albums from earlier this year. While the original is a tranquil and introspective choral dreamscape, Avalon Emerson’s edit injects the track with a pulsing dance rhythm and vocal samples such as "This is Chief Inspector Clouseau speaking” and “Gimme a beat." The result is a hypnotically danceable testament to late summer nights. Ms. Emerson explains [...]

Friendzone produces tracks for Mykki Blanco and Yung Lean

I've been all up in my Friendzone lately, with the Bay Area "internet rap" production duo serving up a pair of heavy slaps for left-field hip-hop performers Mykki Blanco and Yung Lean to rap over. Although Friendzone (James Laurence and Dylan Reznick) has been up on the local beatmaker scene since 2011, the duo has definitely turned it up for 2013 by producing beats for the likes of A$AP Rocky ("Fashion Killa"), Main Attrakionz, Antwon, and Nature Boys. Fun fact: Laurence and Reznickhas played together in a band called Destroy Tokyo, which eventually evolved into Religious Girls. "Who Wanna Rumble" [...]

Interview: Bonnie & the BANG BANG, record release show 7/19/2013

Since emerging out of Oakland in 2011, Bonnie & the BANG BANG has been crafting its own distinctive brand of music that burns with western vibes, though not necessarily in the same way prescribed to genres like Americana, blues or country. Bonnie's sound is western is a way that summons imagery of both dusty boots and polished oxfords, endless desert highways and dimly lit bars, sometimes the swanky kind and other times the smokey kind. When asked how he would describe his band's sound, bassist Robby Cronholm offers "thrash folk," which may invite notions of aggression and shredding guitar parts, [...]

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