Bill Baird releases ANOTHER album

Oakland's Bill Baird released Nightly Never Ending last week, and by my count, it's his SEVENTH album since 2016. Bill, quite simply, has an ear for mellow pop music, and Nightly Never Ending delivers all the sweet harmonies and melodies appropriate for activities such as laying in the grass or skipping. The album's available on vinyl via Super Deluxe and all the streaming places you could want. Listen below and check out his video for "Happiness is Forgetting" starring a PC from the '90s.

By |June 26, 2018|Tags: |

Live This Month: February 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: February 2018 (Podcast #422) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month's episode features a whole bunch of artists performing at the 26th annual Noise Pop Festival, which will be taking over local venues from February 19th through the 25th. There are so many great shows happening during Noise Pop 2018 that our picks barely scratch the surface, but enjoy new and recent music from Noise Pop performers Dick Stusso, Cuco, Sudan Archives, and Shamir. There are [...]

Bill Baird releases a pair of albums for morning and night

Local musician, experimental artist, and all-around brilliant guy Bill Baird has long been one of our favorites, whether he's inventing new instruments, creating an album with 11 billion possible versions, or producing hilarious art installations. Well, he's also a damn fine songwriter, which he showcases on a pair of new albums, Baby Blue Abyss and Easy Machines. Baird tells me the albums were conceived as morning (Easy Machines) and evening (Baby Blue Abyss) experiences. "One album you play while hitting the town with your friends, the other you play the morning after, head in hands, wondering what in the hell [...]

By |August 25, 2017|Tags: |

Bill Baird – “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”

Bill Baird is always busy, and he recently shared his newest dose of delicious pop, "Flying on the Ground is Wrong". Like much of Bill's work, there's layers upon layers of sonic goodness, a wonderful melody, and a hint of sadness. The hook in particular gives me some early sixties rock-and-roll feelings, which I appreciate: Bill Baird - "Flying on the Ground is Wrong"   Baird tells me this track will be part of "something special" he his putting together. Expect multiple albums released simultaneously on cassette via Moon Glyph sometime soon. That's all I know, other than the [...]

By |October 31, 2014|Tags: |

Watch the Music Video Race award-winning videos

The Music Video Race had its third annual screening and awards show July 20, and they've since shared the fruits of everyone's labor on the interwebs. Just like the last two years, the contest paired local filmmakers with local bands to create rad videos. It's a fun, unique event that I hope will continue for years to come. The winners are below, and you should take the time to watch all the videos on the Music Video Race's site. The Best Overall Video went to The Tropics and production company Bangers and Mash. Get up close and personal with The [...]

Phono del Sol: The LAST ticket giveaway before the show!

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees at Phono del Sol 2013 Phono del Sol is so close, we can taste it. In ten days, Potrero del Sol Park will be the epicenter of all that is right with the Bay Area independent music scene with a lineup featuring both locals (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Blackbird Blackbird, Yalls, Tony Molina, A Million Billion Dying Suns, The Tambo Rays, and Bill Baird) as well as a dash of out-of-town talent (Baltimore's Wye Oak and San Franciscans-turned-Angelenos Nick Waterhouse and White Fence). We could not be more excited to open [...]

Grab the new ‘Foamy, Gauzy’ compilation from Phono del Sol’s Bill Baird

Phono del Sol 2014 performer Bill Baird, whose genius Russell recently wrote about, just released a new compilation called Foamy, Gauzy. Give it a spin and download it for free below, and buy your tickets to Phono del Sol right now. Foamy, Gauzy (never heard of him, vol2) by Bill Baird Here's Baird's Facebook post describing the album and promising more archival comps and a new record: Dear internet, I released another compilation album that's free to download. It's called "Foamy, Gauzy" and it's got a bunch of songs that to me feel foamy and gauzy. Four of them have [...]

Win tickets to see Wye Oak, Tony Molina, and more at Phono del Sol!

Phono del Sol is one month from today, and we're gearing up for the home stretch by giving away yet another pair of tickets to San Francisco's best summer festival. Taking place July 12, 2014 in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park and featuring ten of the best local and out-of-town indie acts, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Tony Molina, and more, Phono del Sol Music Festival is slowly becoming one of the City's hottest summer shows, entering its fourth year in 2014. Find out how to win tickets below, and then check out [...]

Mixtape: Bands of the 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival Download: Mixtape: Bands of the 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival (Podcast #340) We're just a month away from the 2014 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! Our fourth annual all day, all ages fest returns to Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with a lineup full of great local and touring bands! This mixtape collects two songs each from all ten of the terrific acts performing at this year's festival, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Nick Waterhouse, Blackbird Blackbird, White Fence, Yalls, Tony Molina, A Million Billion Dying Suns, [...]

Phono del Sol: Bill Baird is a genius

Since discovering Phono del Sol performer Bill Baird's music a little over a year ago, I've been a big fan of his work. Like the headline says, I think he's a genius. An artist in every sense of the word, Baird not only creates great music ranging from straightforward pop to some of the most experimental sounds you can conceive, he produces wonderfully odd videos, creative live performances, and even invented an instrument, the Magnetetractys, which he tells me he'll bring to Phono del Sol. On top of it all, he has a dry sense of humor that will likely [...]

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