Burner Herzog releases ‘Wonderful American’ on Death Records

Photo: Caroline Hamel According to legend, Burner Herzog was born under an Oakland new moon while Jasper Patrick Leach (Brasil and several others) was recording "Dark Places," a song on Burner Herzog's debut Wonderful American. After recording Brasil's At Paradise Park (twice), Leach had decided to return to home recording. "I became frustrated with the traditionally linear process of making rock records and realized I needed to rethink my approach," Leach explained over email. "Once I began to work in this new mode, the things that started coming out did not sound like Brasil songs." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBgjneEhq5c The work of Burner [...]

By |September 21, 2017|Tags: , |

Jasper Leach announces new project Burner Herzog, debuts “Dark Places”

Burner Herzog (Photo by Caroline Hamel) Bands with clever pun names are often hit or miss, but one of the most hilarious I've heard so far is a winner in both senses. Meet Burner Herzog, the new project of Oakland-based Jasper Leach, whom you may know as the front man of Brasil. This new venture, he says, is to help him "indulge [his] pop side." He officially released his debut single "Dark Places" on Monday, and boy, is it baroque pop excellence. Armed with a harpsichord and a couple friends adding vocals and hand claps, he explores influences in John Cale and Paul Simon's Graceland to make [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Tags: , |

Tricycle Records throwing benefit show for Sivan Lioncub of Everyone Is Dirty this Sunday at Bottom of the Hill

As we told you back in February, Everyone Is Dirty’s Sivan Lioncub has been suffering from liver failure due to an allergic reaction to Augmentin, an antibiotic she was taking to treat pneumonia. Back then, some of her closest pals banded together to throw a benefit show to help with her mounting medical bills, and now Tricycle Records – the label that released Everyone Is Dirty's debut LP, 2014's Dying Is Fun – is throwing its hat in the ring to help support this unique and vibrant Bay Area musician. This Sunday at Bottom of the Hill, Tricycle Records presents [...]

Experience the next wave of Bay Area rock at The Knockout Thursday

Thursday night at the Knockout offers you a chance to experience the latest wave of Bay Area rock, with Michael and the Strange Land, Satan Wriders, bAd bAd, and Brasil all performing. Stockton's Satan Wriders, bAd bAd, and Brasil each released debut full-lengths in the last 12 months, while Michael & The Strange Land released their debut EP in January. All the bands have their own distinctive styles while maintaining plenty of the garage-yness edge Bay Area locals know and love. I won't bore you with describing their various nuances, but instead let you listen to the latest releases from [...]

Brasil releases live set of Pavement covers

Brasil just released their eponymous debut album last fall, and now they're back at it again – but this time with a much different project. Last week, the Oakland quartet dropped a live recording from an April gig at Awaken Cafe where they covered eight tracks by legendary indie band Pavement, including "Grounded", "Gold Soundz", "In The Mouth A Desert", and more. Initially reticent to play a set of solely covers, the band quickly warmed to the idea. Frontman Jasper Leach explains on Brasil's Bandcamp (in a wonderful stream-of-consciousness narrative): because we asked to play a cover show in oakland [...]

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Video: Brasil – “Stay in Town”

Oakland's Brasil released a video for the track "Stay in Town" off their self-titled LP. The track is a great reminder that Jasper Patrick Leach is an outstanding frontman, with his mile-a-minute vocals urging folks to remain in Oakland no matter what happens. The visuals include what appears to be vintage Oakland promotional footage, ending with some shameless dance moves from the lads in Brasil splitting time with some adorable astronaut monkeys. What more could you ask for in a video? Leach tells me Brasil has a busy 2014 planned: They'll begin recording their sophomore LP sometime this summer, with [...]

By |February 10, 2014|Tags: |

Everyone Is Dirty – "California" (playing The Night Light)

Remember when we told you about Converse giving away free studio time to emerging Bay Area artists? We're starting to see more and more new music and videos as a result of that project, including "California", the latest track from Oakland's Everyone Is Dirty. So far, I've enjoyed everything to come out of Converse's new takeover of our local scene, and "California" is no exception. (Actually, I take that back – I didn't like the strange rejection email Converse sent me telling me I would not be able to attend one of their great free shows at Slim's.) Luckily, Everyone [...]

Couches kicks off tour tonight 5/9/13 at Amnesia (watch video for "Killer Mutant Butterfly")

Nacent SF trio Couches are setting out on their "Real Lazy Tour" of the West Coast during May, and it all starts tonight at Amnesia with a set sandwiched between headliner Brasil and opener Old & Gray. Frontman David Mitchell (whom you may recognize as the founder of 20 Sided Records) describes the band's sound as "slacker indie rock," which he explains is "original indie rock, like Pavement, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf, Sonic Youth, etc." The three-piece is planning to release an EP in September as a preview for their debut full length, which should be out early [...]

Brasil and Everyone Is Dirty to play Cafe du Nord, 3/28/13

Brasil Two bands that were featured on our second "Best of Submissions" post are teaming up for a show at Cafe du Nord this Thursday, March 28. According to Everyone Is Dirty's Sivan Gur-Arieh, she and Brasil's Jasper Patrick Leach actually got to know each other via the post and decided it would be cool to play with each other sometime, and we couldn't be happier to have brought them together. Leach fronts Brasil, which recently released a single, "Drunk at the Controls". The straightforward rock track is highlighted by Leach's charismatic and slightly crazy lead vocals. Brasil has recorded [...]

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