Forlove – 'Holding Open' EP

Photo credit: Krescent Carasso Forlove is the solo project of Animal Friend singer/keyboardist Jasper Speicher. Although Animal Friend is definitely influenced by electronic music, Speicher takes those elements even further with Forlove. Extended synth dance rhythms dominate. "It's recorded music, so it relates more to house, dub, electro-accoustic, etc.," explains Speicher. Speicher has performed Forlove music live, with plans for more show in the works. Rather than stand behind a computer for an entire show, he does what he can to keep it interesting, including playing controlling a synth with a lightbulb. How do you control a synth with a [...]

By |January 21, 2014|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway: Music Video Race Screening Party & Awards Show @ Rickshaw Stop

We have two pairs of tickets to give away for the Music Video Race Screening Party & Awards Show at Rickshaw Stop this Saturday, June 15. If you are interested in getting hooked up, read on. In case you haven't heard, MVR is back for its second year. The event randomly pairs 20 musicians with 20 acclaimed local filmmakers to make 20 original music videos. At Rickshaw's screening party on Saturday, each of the 20 music videos will be screened for a live audience, as well as industry bigwigs such as Katie Gillum (Managing Director of the Disposable Film Fest), [...]

Animal Friend – "Just Fine"

San Francisco's Animal Friend caught our ear last year with the upbeat, falsetto, and synth-heavy "Sunset". They've come back with even more synthesizers on the track "Just Fine", which sounds like it could have come from the soundtrack to your favorite teen comedy from the '80s. The synth bassline that carries the song is a special throwback treat. Animal Friend's Jasper Speicher tells me the band is in the process of recording an album's worth of material as well as working on "a van that generates and uploads music based on environment and geography and weather data wherever we go." [...]

By |March 22, 2013|Tags: |

Animal Friend – "Sunset"

Photo by Ed Ng San Francisco's Animal Friend are definitely not the most skilled self-promoters I've encountered. They've been around for three years, but at the time of this writing, their Facebook page only has 14 likes (and one of those is me), the light grey text on the all-white background of their Bandcamp page is nearly impossible to read, and a true bio or list of band members is nowhere to be found on the web. It took about three months for Jasper of Animal Friend to reply to an email, and he gave me the following cryptic bio: [...]

By |October 11, 2012|Tags: |
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