2011-in-Review Mixtape: 50+ Signs of a Strong Year for Bay Area Indie Rock, Indie Pop and Folk-Rock (Podcast #267)

After surveying a variety of sounds coming from the Bay Area this year, we're ending our look back at 2011 with the world of indie rock, indie pop, singer-songwriters and folk-rock. While there were a lot of Bay-based success stories this year, no artist probably had a better year than tUnE-yArDs, and w h o k i l l is an innovative, ultra-catchy collection of experimental pop deservedly revered as one of the year's best albums. Beyond tUnE-yArDs, however, the list of big names releasing strong records this year shows why the Bay has the deepest talent pool in indie [...]

By |December 28, 2011|Tags: |

2011-in-Review Mixtape: Another Winning Year for SF Rock and Roll (Podcast #266)

The Bay Area has long been a leader in garage rock -- see the annual Budget Rock Fest, which celebrated its tenth and final installment this year -- and, from our perspective, that doesn't seem likely to slow down any time soon. Put another way, there's a reason so much of the national media spotlight has focused on SF garage bands. Folks like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees have developed into two of indie's most reliable acts based on an astonishing mix of volume and consistency: playing tons of shows and putting out tons of records, and doing both [...]

By |December 27, 2011|Tags: |

2011-in-Review Mixtape: Highlights from SF Psych, Drone, and Shoegaze (Podcast #265)

The San Francisco Bay Area's psychedelic legacy leaves big shoes for modern bands looking to get weird, but 2011 saw no shortage of heady, trippy music from locals, with Wooden Shjips, Lumerians, and Magic Leaves leading the psych rock pack. Barn Owl, The Drift and Moholy-Nagy headed in more ambient directions, while Jonas Reinhardt and Phil Manley explored the reaches of the synth-based universe. For those who prefer their drones more shoegazer-influenced, The Soft Moon, Young Prisms, and Moonbell crafted soaring textures from echo and distortion. This 90-minute mix captures twenty-one Bay Area and Northern California artists who released new [...]

By |December 23, 2011|Tags: |

2011-in-Review Mixtape: A Great Year for Bay Area Electronic Pop (Podcast #264)

Until the end of the year, we'll be launching a series of mixtapes capturing a whole bunch of the great Bay Area releases from the past year. We're kicking it off with this look at electronic pop. As we first observed a little over a year ago, the Bay Area is a fertile place for musicians exploring the wide world of electronic pop. From bands like Exray's, Mwahaha, Melted Toys, and Phantom Kicks, to one-man projects like Speculator, Parentz (a reader informs us Parentz is now a two-person group), Tycho, and Swiftumz, synths played a big role in the sounds [...]

By |December 22, 2011|Tags: , |

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263)

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263) We might be biased, but, from this vantage point, 2011 reconfirmed that the Bay Area continues to have the most vibrant music community nationwide. The SF scene cranked out a ton of amazing albums this year, and our final podcast of 2011 highlights twelve great releases from Bay Area artists over the past twelve months. This isn't a "Best of" list per se, but these acts did create some of our favorite music in 2011. We'll be doing more year-in-review coverage over the next few weeks, but, for now, enjoy this [...]

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