B. Hamilton keeps rock alive with “45 and Straight”

(photo: Luke Judd) You know how people (namely, Neil Young) used to say "rock and roll will never die"? Yeah, that...seems to have sorta happened. With charts dominated by pop, hip-hop, and R&B, and more and more room being (finally) made for an array of genres right here in the Bay Area, rock and roll ain't fully dead, but it does, in some ways, seem a little passé at the moment. But it won't if B. Hamilton has anything to say about it. In a new single full of heavy riffs from start to finish, "45 and Straight" finds the [...]

By |October 9, 2019|Tags: |

B. Hamilton shares ‘Covers of Others’

Oakland trio B. Hamilton just released a collection of cover songs, appropriately entitled Covers of Others. The project began as a reward for their Indiegogo campaign to mix and master their album Fight Everything — anyone who donated $100 to their Indiegogo campaign was allowed to choose a song for the band to cover. Originally intended to be a quick one-mic live recording, it eventually morphed into a proper album recorded by B. Hamilton (and Once and Future Band) drummer Raj Ojha. The collection is not really tied in any particular way, with covers of folks such as Brian Eno, [...]

By |February 14, 2018|Tags: |

B. Hamilton releases ‘Fight Everything’

Oakland's B. Hamilton, the project fronted by Oakland's Ryan Christopher Parks (who you may recognize for his all-caps "internet genius"), is releasing his Fight Everything cassette this Saturday night at a show at the Starline Social Club. It's a wonderfully odd bill, featuring electronic-based (but really genre-free) music from Go Dark and who knows what from Gay Henry. Hamilton says he's a fan of bills where "the acts aren't similar, and everybody is brought together by their love of alcohol." I must say, I agree wholeheartedly. As for Fight Everything...well, it's, been a long time coming for Parks and B. [...]

By |August 5, 2015|Tags: |

Giveaway: Mwahaha, B. Hamilton, The Burning of Rome play First Friday at The Night Light

Here's a pro-tip: You should attend pretty much any show put on by people named Dr. Motorboat and DJ Don't Tell Mom. The show they've put together for this upcoming First Friday at Oakland's The Night Light is, in particular, a serious no-brainer. A bill including Mwahaha, San Diego's The Burning of Rome, and B. Hamilton is a guaranteed good time. PLUS projections and an installation by Dr. Motorboat himself? Forget about it. We want to send one lucky winner to see Mwahaha, The Burning of Rome, and B. Hamilton this Friday night at The Night Light for free. Email [...]

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Phono del Sol Edition)

Phono del Sol 2013 takes place tomorrow, July 13, at Potrero del Sol Park. Get your tickets now! Jason: We've been all over K.Flay in the run up to Phono del Sol, most recently with our boy Roman Gohkman's interview with the talented Ms. Flaherty herself. Her new EP What If It Is is due August 6, and we've already shown you the video for the album track "The Cops". But as much as I love that song, there's another track off the album that I've had on repeat much of this week – K.Flay's collaboration with Detroit rapper Danny [...]

Mixtape: The Bands of the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival (Podcast #308)

Mixtape: The Bands of the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival (Podcast #308) On Saturday, July 13th, 2013, The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone are returning to Potrero del Sol Park for the third annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, an all day, all ages celebration of great music and food. We've got twelve amazing bands set to perform, led by SF's Thee Oh Sees and LA-by-way-of-Portland band YACHT. They'll be joined by garage pop duo Bleached, rapper K.Flay, guitar shredder Marnie Stern, and synth-pop duo Painted Palms, as well as Blouse, Radiation City, Social Studies, [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304)

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304) All too frequently, remixes are just okay, but when they are great, they're really something special. A truly great remix can shed new light on the original artist's work and stand on its own as a unique creation. That's no easy feat, either, given the tension between staying true to an original song's components and a reworker's desire to create something new and personal. These days, it feels far too easy to get remix fatigue. Reworkings seem to pop up almost immediately after original songs are released, and they can come [...]

B. Hamilton – "As Stupid as the Sun"

As Stupid as the Sun (Single) by B. Hamilton B. Hamilton funded the pressing of his first full-length Everything I Own is Broken last year, and returns with a new EP titled Stupid as the Sun, due out in late April. Here's the title track off of the album, an extended delivery of raspy, angered lines and quick riffs over the even textures of new drummer, Tyler Corelitz (Man/Miracle). Corelitz joined Ryan Christopher Parks on the recording of the EP, along with Andrew Macy (Aimless Never Miss, Pale Blue Dot), Joel Robinow (Howlin' Rain, Drunk Horse, Once and Future Band) [...]

By |March 29, 2013|Tags: |

Parks and Records Fest coming to Bottom of the Hill, 8/9/12 (win tickets!)

As a full-time environmental activist and musician, I've always had a real soft spot for Parks and Records — an indie label whose mission is "To support original music while helping protect the parks that we love." With bands like Silian Rail (favorite parks: Joaquin Miller Park, Eno River State Park) and Shuteye Unison (favorite park: Humboldt Redwoods State Park) on the roster, though, you don't necessarily have to even give a shit about the environment to find plenty to like. Which is why you should come out to the second Parks and Records Festival on August 9 at Bottom of [...]

April's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. So much good stuff came our way in April that we've actually got a two-part mix of blog songs this time. As always, we've included links below to download each of these songs individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Exray's - "Ancient Thing" 2. PreTeen - "Nueva York Is Too Far (from me)" 3. Swiftumz - "Willy" 4. Big Drag - "Let You [...]

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