Dissecting the Song: John Vanderslice – “I’ll Never Live Up To You”

It's a more than a little perplexing trying to figure out when John Vanderslice found the time to write and record a song like "I'll Never Live Up To You." Between running Tiny Telephone recording studio (which the San Francisco Bay Guardian declared the "Best Place to Record Your Analog Indie Rock Masterpiece"), producing albums for bands like Spoon and The Mountain Goats and working on opening up a whole new co-op recording studio, Vanderslice still manages to teach a introductory songwriting class for 8 to 11-year olds at Dave Eggers' hip, literary non-profit, 826 Valencia - leaving a seemingly [...]

By |October 29, 2010|Tags: |

Halloween weekend heaviness with Thrones, Acid King, Christian Mistress @ Hemlock Tavern 10/29/10

Halloween comes but once a year, so it's appropriate, on this spooky special occasion, that doom wizards Acid King grace us with a rare San Francisco appearance -- just two days before the most metal of holidays! Founded in 1993 by guitarist/singer Lori S. and drummer Joey Osbourne, Acid King has endured a host of line-up changes and label switches, but the core of the band's sound hasn't changed much, subsisting on steady diet of tectonic, down-tuned riffsmithing, thrumming leads, and Lori's otherwordly vocals. Can't say I'm sure which drummer or which bassist will show up at the Hemlock, but [...]

Our new banner artist: Brendan Sheehan

With the World Series underway we thought it would be a perfect time to change the face of the site with a new banner! This terms banner artist is Brendan Sheehan. Brendan Sheehan is a graphic designer and musician currently living in Playa Del Rey, California. You can catch him around the Bay playing shows with his band Sands (formerly Dame Satan) or just kicking it at the Ghost Mansion . The photographs used as the basis of his banner for the Bay Bridged were taken by his beautiful wife Katherine, whom he often collaborates with. More examples of their [...]

By |October 28, 2010|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Win tickets to see Isobel Campbell, Free Energy, Deerhunter, and Dominant Legs

Thursday, October 28th - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Willy Mason @ Great American Music Hall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCyhLLI9rks To enter send an email to contest@thebaybridged.com with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Isobel and Mark" in the subject line. The SECOND person to enter will win a pair of tickets to the show! The show starts at 9pm, $19, All Ages. Purchase advance tickets here. Friday, October 29th - Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Slim's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxhDEoYDI9s To enter send an email to contest@thebaybridged.com with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Free Energy" [...]

Photos & Review: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy off the beaten path in Felton, 10/25/10

This past Monday, Don Quixote's in Felton was lucky enough to host the one and only Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on his latest tour off the beaten path. As with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bonnie was joined by The Cairo Gang, and they sound like they have been playing together forever. The guitarist, Emmett Kelly, was particularly at home and brought some amazing Crazy Horse solos. Bonnie's voice sounded better than ever in the small, well-equipped room. I never thought he would remind me of Van Morrison, but he did...there I said it. Mr. Billy was visually arresting as well, all in [...]

By |October 27, 2010|Tags: , |

Lumerians: The Bay’s next great psych band?

http://vimeo.com/6736901 Last night's Aquarius Records 40th anniversary celebration was a really fun night all around, but a personal evening highlight was finally getting a chance to see San Francisco psych jammers Lumerians. Unlike a lot of the guitar-centric psychedelic acts, the quintet is all about rhythms, with a two-man percussion section that sends the songs hurtling forward, alongside repetitive, minimalist bass lines and oscillating synths. Intense, but not overly heavy, and highly recommended. The group's light show was a little lost amidst Du Nord's low ceilings (although there was a 3D sort of effect to having part of it projected [...]

By |October 26, 2010|Tags: |

A Bay Area electronic pop mixtape, featuring Blackbird Blackbird, Electric Sunset, oOoOO, and more (Podcast #235)

A Bay Area Electronic Pop Mixtape (Podcast #235) In compiling this mix of new and recent music from eleven San Francisco Bay Area-based artists, I've searched in vain for a singular theory to explain the recent proliferation of local electronic pop. Does the tech-heavy business climate here mean techier indie musicians, geeking out on synth sequencing and effects? Or are the Bay's bedroom pop songwriters employing more electronics as it continues to get easier to manipulate software synths to create satisfying layers of sound? Most likely, there's no single answer to explain the catchy melodies and experimental approaches employed by [...]

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