Giveaway: Win tickets to the first annual Oakland Echo

Oakland Echo may be a first-year fest, but it's already packing heat. Three nights, two Oakland venues, and an absurd number of psych bands, including headliners Lumerians on October 24 at The New Parish, Dead Meadow on October 25 at Leo's Music Club, and Cosmonauts on top of a day-long bill on October 26, also at Leo's. We're giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Oakland Echo. Send an email to with the show you want to attend in the subject line and your full name in the body. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by [...]

Connan Mockasin to play Bottom of the Hill Wednesday

Photo: Jen Carey New Zealand's Connan Mockasin will be hitting Bottom of the Hill this Wednesday with Oakland's experimental lo-fi duo Disappearing People and San Francisco's electro pop project Faux Canada. Connan Mockasin (born Connan Tant Hosford) just released Caramel in November via Mexican Summer. The new album is a spacey psych pop sensorium, wherein Mockasin wails and waxes on human sensuality. Recorded over a month in a Tokyo hotel room following a family crisis, Caramel pursues the same velvety texture as the word inspires - he maintains that he wrote the album to sound as smooth as the word suggests. The live performance promises to be as [...]

Mixtape: San Francisco's Newest Psychedelic Sounds (Podcast #306)

Mixtape: San Francisco's Newest Psychedelic Sounds (Podcast #306) It's almost 18 months since we last did a psych-focused mixtape, which means there's quite a bit to catch up on. The Bay continues to be a vital source for top-notch mind-expanding bands, whether it's the heady drones of Carlton Melton and Date Palms, or the swaggering rock of Glitter Wizard and Coo Coo Birds. Several of the groups included here have new records either out now or coming out soon. Prolific instrumental duo Barn Owl just released its fifth album, V, on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, cosmic rock group Lumerians is serving [...]

Review & Photos: KUSF in Exile benefit with Carlton Melton, Disappearing People @ The Lab, 3/29/13

For many, KUSF - one of only two decent SF independent radio stations alongside KPOO - disappeared overnight, leaving a dull, queasy unease about the subpar state of broadcast music in our culturally fertile hometown. But, as with all things community here in SF, KUSF did not go quietly. They have been delivering the same program quality online (may we recommend our favorite show evah evah, "Off the Hook," Mondays noon-3pm?) and mounting a legal challenge to USF's sale of the 90.3 bandwidth to a classical station. (Listen to shows, get caught up and find out how you can help [...]

KUSF-in-Exile's Blown-Out, Blowout Benefit II, 3/29/13

Still on the hunt for a place to call home, the old Save KUSF (soon to be known as San Francisco Community Radio) crew is hosting another show to raise money for legal fees associated with their fight to get KUSF back on regular airwaves. Held at The Lab, the show will feature Carlton Melton, Oakland’s Disappearing People and Yogurt Brain, along with DJ Irwin and The Mixed Bag. Admission is $5-10, followed by those two little words we love the most: sliding scale. Until the show, check out a video from Carlton Melton’s recent tour below and take a [...]

Review & Photos: Signs of life in Berkeley — Greg Ashley, Cracked Ice, Disappearing People @ Space Lounge, 6/8/12

The Saturn Cafe spawns new life in Berkeley with the opening of the Space Lounge. The Santa Cruz-based vegetarian diner brought quite the interesting line-up to downtown Berkeley. With four Santa Cruz Brewery treats on tap, this could be the start of something great (and WAY past due in our supposedly progressive city). The show opened with Disappearing People, who apparently live next door to Greg Ashley in the Ghost Town Gallery. Greg mastered their recordings at his own amazing Creamery Studios. It's guitar and drums. It's psychedelic. It's loud as fuck! They sounded better behind glass, and photographed better [...]

March’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 March 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 March 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog March 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Grass Widow - "Goldilocks Zone" 2. Ty Segall & White Fence - "I Am Not A Game" 3. Twin Steps - "Pinkie Promise" 4. [...]

Oakland's Disappearing People release 'Dissolve'

Disappearing People are a new two-piece lo-fi group out of Oakland comprised of drummer Landon Monroe Bates and vocalist/guitarist Scott Travis Johnston (Moccretro). The duo have just put out their first cassette release Dissolve which was self-recorded and then mastered by Greg Ashley (of Gris Gris). The six-song release is full of lengthy lo-fi psych tracks with whirling reverberated vocals over dark, grungy and hazy guitars and loops. The band will be playing a free show with The Night Game Cult (Portland)  and Brian Glaze on March 18th at Vitus in Oakland. The show is 21+.

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