Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Cryptacize announce dates with Sufjan, Fiery Furnaces

Cryptacize have commenced two strong legs of tour, first with Sufjan Stevens, second with Fiery Furnaces. As noted on their blog, these could be the last appearances made for some time -- so be sure to catch this Asthmatic Kitty group when they return home to play Slim's November 21. Cryptacize - "Tail and Maine" Tour dates below: Sep. 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom* Sep. 25 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom* Sep. 26 - Champaign, IL @ Highdive* Sep. 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar* Sep. 28 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater* [...]

Cryptacize (Podcast #163)

[podcast][/podcast] Subscribe to the The Bay Bridged weekly podcast to get each new episode downloaded free to your iTunes the moment it's published! This week's podcast features Cryptacize, an Oakland quartet of eclectic pop wizards who recently released their excellent sophomore album, Mythomania. The band is led by Nedelle Torrisi and Chris Cohen, each of whom first found creative success separately -- the former as the solo artist Nedelle and Cohen with The Curtains and Deerhoof. After Torrisi performed background vocals on a Curtains recording and became a touring member of the band, the duo began writing music together, and [...]

By |May 12, 2009|Tags: |

Cryptacize, Battlehooch open for Ponytail tomorrow @ BotH

Weekends sometimes don't pan out to what they should be, which is why your Tuesday is looking so much better than the past few days combined: Cryptacize and Battlehooch are playing with Baltimore's fun-core Ponytail at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $10). As if no two better bands could exist in the Bay Area to open than Battlehooch and Cryptacize, which meet both the art rock and spontaneity criteria of a Ponytail-deserved performance. We'll have a featured podcast for you with Cryptacize tomorrow -- but in the meantime, check out the headlining band Ponytail. Their "8.4" Pitchfork-rated Ice Cream Spiritual [...]

Papercuts Bring it Back to the Bay

Friday night’s show at Café du Nord was a homecoming for local act Papercuts, the four-piece led by guitarist and vocalist, Jason Quever. “I can’t remember the last time we played at home,” remarked Quever. The night also welcomed the release of the band’s new album, You Can Have What You Want, a ten-song medley put out by San Francisco label Gnomonsong.  The set was a forty-five minute trip through the new album peppered with hits from the band’s previous albums Can’t Go Back and Mockingbird. To pigeonhole the group as psychedelic, pop, folk, or alt-country wouldn't be a fair [...]

Episode 160: April 2009 Monthly Mix

[podcast][/podcast] Subscribe to the The Bay Bridged weekly podcast to get each new episode downloaded free to your iTunes the moment it's published! Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast features ten great Bay Area bands, including a lot of good stuff from new and recent releases. About all of the bands: Still Flyin' ("The Hott Chord Is Struck") release their debut album today via the Ernest Jenning Record Co. The CD release show for Never Gonna Touch The Ground is May 9th at Cafe Du Nord, with Nodzzz supporting. The second album from local songwriter Ayal Nistor's [...]

Tri-record release show Friday: Papercuts, The Finches, Cryptacize

Tuesday marked the official release of Papercuts' newest concoction, You Can Have What You Want (Gnomonsong) -- and next Friday a triple whammy record release show at Cafe du Nord is planned with Cryptacize (Oakland) and the Finches, coming back from a show hiatus. Papercuts - "You Can Have What You Want" So far, You Can Have What You Want has been nothing short of warmly praised (Rough Trade had great things to say about it, as well as samples of a few tracks). Circulating with the iTunes purchase is a remix of "Future Primitive" from The Go! [...]

Cryptacize: songs from Mythomania

The folks over at Asthmatic Kitty have posted a bunch of mp3s from the excellent new Cryptacize album to whet your appetite for Mythomania's arrival on April 21st. This is the second release from the band, which includes Nedelle Torrisi (Nedelle) and Chris Cohen (The Curtains, ex-Deerhoof), and it's full of catchy, ambitious nuggets of retro-informed art-pop. Cryptacize - "Blue Tears" Cryptacize - "Tail and Mane" I've been told that the group had a superb performance at Noise Pop and you can catch them tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti [...]

By |March 16, 2009|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Friday Night Preview!

There's no excuse to stay in this weekend, not even the weather - Noise Pop's weekend forecast is more great music, rain or shine. On Friday the exceptional pop arrangements of St. Vincent can be heard at the Great American. "Now now," before she charms your socks off will be That Ghost (Santa Rosa), the quirky sound scientist Rafter (San Diego), and Cryptacize (out of the East Bay - think Camera Obscura with a splash of Deerhoof). Here’s a preview of what’s to be of their sophomore Asthmatic Kitty release, Mythomania: Cryptacize - "Mini-Mythomania" Carrying on with the [...]

Episode 149: Noise Pop 2009 Preview (Part 1)

[podcast][/podcast] Listen to the podcast here. This week's podcast episode is the first of two mixes spotlighting some of the many excellent bands performing during the 2009 Noise Pop Music Festival. We're pleased to be partnering with Noise Pop this year to once again deliver comprehensive coverage before, during, and after the festival. This episode features ten great songs from a mix of local and touring artists. About the bands: Thee Oh Sees ("Ghost in the Trees") kick off the show with an excellent song from their 2008 album The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In. Catch their [...]

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