A B & The Sea's debut album 'Constant Vacation' streaming now, plus an interview with Different Fur studio owner Patrick Brown

Sunshine surf-poppers A B & The Sea recently released their debut full-length album, Constant Vacation. The 10-track collection, which includes "Bone Dry," "California Feeling," and the title track "Constant Vacation," is an ode to a retro, clap-happy California beach sound exemplified in previously released songs like "Yellow-Haired Girl." We chatted with Patrick Brown, the album engineer and owner of Different Fur Studios in the Mission (where Constant Vacation was recorded), about the labor-of-love release. TBB: How long have you worked with AB & The Sea? PB: I've worked with the band since they moved to San Francisco around 2008 to [...]

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Mixtape: Surveying the Indie Pop Renaissance (Podcast #241)

Mixtape: Surveying the Indie Pop Renaissance (Podcast #241) We love psych rock, garage, folk rock, singer-songwriter stuff, and a variety of other musical genres here at The Bay Bridged, but our first love was, and will forever be, indie pop. From the jangly to the synthy, an uber-catchy, clever pop song is something to be treasured. After what felt like a few slightly lean years for the genre (from our perspective, anyway), we're now in the midst of a real fertile time for great indie pop. This month's mixtape collects over an hour's worth of great new and recent indie [...]

Bay Area Christmas music round-up 2010

We've heard these songs a thousand times before, but that's just part of their charm. Almost any band can contribute something new to these classics, and will perhaps create your new favorite version along the way. The Shants, Westwood & Willow, Ash Reiter, BLAMMOS, and A B & the Sea (featuring the SHE's) have done their part this Christmas season, covering the likes of "Please Come Home for Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman," and more (the BLAMMOS tune is an original, however). The Shants also have a video version of their cover on their website, while Westwood & Willow have an entire [...]

Latest Noise Pop additions: Admiral Radley, Tamaryn, No Age and more

Silje Nes – "The Grass Harp" The Black Ryder - "Gone Without Feeling" A B & The Sea - "Care Of Cell 44" (Zombies Cover) Since our first Noise Pop lineup announcement, a bunch of additional names have been added to the festival schedule, including the following: AB & The Sea Admiral Radley Angel Island Dave Smallen Dominant Legs No Age Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam Funk spinning 45s Silje Nes Tamaryn The Black Ryder The Ferocious Few Always good to see more locals added to the mix, and the turning-into-Mexican-Summer-shoegaze-night show featuring Tamaryn and The Black Ryder is an [...]

Rock Make Street Festival Lineup and Pre-Party!

We're excited to announce details about the third annual Rock Make Street Festival, taking place on Treat Avenue and 18th Street on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 from 11am-6pm. Presented by The Bay Bridged, Tartufi, and Cookie and the Dude, the free all ages festival brings together the Bay Area's arts and music communities for a hell of an all day party on the streets of San Francisco's Mission District. To be a bit more specific, we're talking three stages of local music and entertainment, 100 local arts and crafts vendors, beer gardens, a children's activity area, and a guaranteed good [...]

Review & Video: A B & the Sea, What Laura Says, So Many Wizards @ Cafe Du Nord 7/7

http://vimeo.com/13259318 Local favorites A B & the Sea brought their retro pop to Cafe Du Nord last Wednesday as a part of the local showcase The Rumble. Two out-of-towners -- So Many Wizards (LA) and What Laura Says (Phoenix) -- kicked off the free (with RSVP) show, presented by a consortium of Noise Pop, Future Sounds and The Owl Mag. So Many Wizards describe their music as "bedroom pop," but I would add "late-night romantics" to that description; the trio navigates short, atmospheric songs centered on songwriter Nima Kazerouni's forlorn lyrics. They sounded best when Kazerouni dropped his guitar and [...]

Tonight at the Rickshaw: Or, the Whale, AB & the Sea, Get Back Loretta

The Rickshaw Stop will host not just two stellar Bay Area bands and one band from San Diego on Friday, June 11th (8:30 pm, $10). The Rickshaw Stop will host one local country-rock mainstay, one relatively new surf-pop outfit, and one clever Beatles reference all at once. Or, the Whale - "Rusty Gold" AB & the Sea - "Suzie" Or, the Whale are scheduled to headline, AB & the Sea will play before, and San Diego's Get Back Loretta will open. All in all, not a bad way to spend the evening - and all ages are welcome.

A B & the Sea play BOTH Tuesday, release more songs

When we last checked in with A B & the Sea, the band was knee-deep in the viral marketing campaign to slowly release songs to the public, "unlocking" one at a time. Now, as more fans have downloaded and shared songs from the Boys & Girls EP, "Down and Around" has since been unleashed in both MP3 and video format (above). Those interested in checking out more songs from the EP (produced by Eric Frederic/.Wallpaper and Chris Chu/The Morning Benders and recorded at Different Fur Studios) can do so on the band's website. A B & the Sea are scheduled [...]

By |April 23, 2010|Tags: |

Live This Month: April 2010 (Podcast #208)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/April_2010_LTM.mp3[/podcast] Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got ten great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in April, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Swedish band Love is All ("Bigger Bolder") recently released Two Thousand and Ten Injuries on Polyvinyl Records. Princeton and Butterfly Bones join them at the Rickshaw Stop on April 16th. Local [...]

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