Easy Bay debut tape release features Exray’s, Glenn Jackson, E. Live

Oakland's Glenn Jackson of James & Evander and solo producer fame has teamed up with Dwight and Liz Pavlovic of Crash Symbols to start Easy Bay Tapes, a brand new label specializing in house, disco, and boogie type sounds. A new compilation is available to download via Bandcamp (stream it below), with physical tapes also available for sale. The Easy Bay Tape Release Show will feature live appearances by E. Live, Exray's, Glenn Jackson, and Naytronix on September 9 at The Night Light in Oakland. House, Disco, Boogie, and Other Oddities by Easy Bay The inaugural compilation features a collection [...]

Live This Month: February 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_February_2016.mp3 Download: Live This Month: February 2016 (Podcast #380) 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. Noise Pop 2016 features prominently in this month's podcast, which shouldn't be a surprise given how many great bands partake every year in this annual highlight. Among other Noise Pop bands in the mix, check out new music from Seattle's The Cave Singers, a track from the acclaimed collaborative album by Kneebody and Daedelus, and recent tracks from DIIV and Julien Baker. Beyond Noise Pop, there [...]

Electronic trio Exray’s to join Push the Feeling DJs for special release party at SF Underground

Exray's are back. You may know them from their work on the score of David Fincher's The Social Network, but this San Francisco trio is pushing the boundaries of art and music in their own right. Following Jon Bernson's residency at the de Young Museum and various other releases from their multidisciplinary project Vessel XII, this group of intergalactic-minded producers (which includes Michael Falsetto-Mapp and Jason Kick) are putting out a record that explores themes they began in their 2014 EP, The Dome. Twelve, which will be released on February 12 through Howells Transmitter, focuses on the unexplained broadcasts that interrupted the programming [...]

By |February 5, 2016|Tags: |

Exray’s to bring the mysteries of Vessel XII to the de Young, the stage, and beyond

Last month, a strange email landed in my inbox. It was from Jon Bernson, musician, artist, playwright who is "resident sound designer" for the Tides Theater, and founder of the record label Howell's Transmitter. As you can tell, Bernson is a multifaceted dude, but this email was peculiar even for him—by which I mean full of links and what seemed like "information" yet completely cryptic at the same time. "Welcome to Vessel XII" was the subject line and there was a link to download a new EP from Exray's, Jon's lo-fi electro-pop band that also features Michael Falsetto-Mapp as beatsmith [...]

By |December 11, 2014|Tags: |

"One experiment of many": Tides Theater hosts Subliminal Messages this Saturday

Tides Theater describes its mission as "creating visceral theatre" and interprets that in some interesting ways. Last year I caught a play based on an investigative report about homeless vets in LA scored by Exray's frontman and Tides Theater's Resident Designer Jon Bernson, for instance. And this Saturday, he's curating a night of visceral ambient music called "Subliminal Messages #2." This is the second installment of Subliminal Messages, as you might have guessed, and Bernson has fine-tuned, it would seem, like a scientist tinkering in his lab, designing the experience for maximal sonic-mind-meld immersion. He was kind enough to explain [...]

By |January 16, 2014|Tags: |

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Lord Huron, Sore Eros & Kurt Vile, Exray's)

Lord Huron Anna: Seeing Lord Huron at this year's Treasure Island Music Festival was an unexpected treat. I had previously listened to the band's 2010 EPs (Mighty and Into the Sun), but had not yet heard the Lonesome Dreams full-length when the band took to the Bridge Stage on Sunday of the festival. I had idly enjoyed Lord Huron's early EPs - meaning, I listened while at work and didn't necessarily pay much attention - and seeing the band's energy and hearing the live renditions made me wish I'd made more of a previous effort to actively listen. [...]

Push The Feeling this Saturday with Exray's & Yalls

Push The Feeling is back at Underground SF this Saturday with live performances from local favorites Exray's and Yalls, plus DJ sets from YR SKULL and epicsauce. San Francisco duo Exray's have been working on a unique project called Vessel XII, an experimental audio-video endeavor with a sci-fi angle (stay up to date with their Tumblr), and their Trust a Robot LP was released last year. Exray's also did a cover of "Invisible Forces" by The Fresh & Onlys, which you can hear below. Berkeley powerhouse Dan Casey will return to Push The Feeling as Yalls, his electronic-pop alter ego, [...]

By |September 5, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304)

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304) All too frequently, remixes are just okay, but when they are great, they're really something special. A truly great remix can shed new light on the original artist's work and stand on its own as a unique creation. That's no easy feat, either, given the tension between staying true to an original song's components and a reworker's desire to create something new and personal. These days, it feels far too easy to get remix fatigue. Reworkings seem to pop up almost immediately after original songs are released, and they can come [...]

Ears of the Beholder hosting Twin Sister, Exray's, Some Ember, and Yalls (DJ) at Rickshaw Stop, 11/7/12

Ears of the Beholder is presenting Twin Sister at the Rickshaw Stop this Wednesday, November 7th, with local support from Exray's and Some Ember, plus DJ sets from Peter Arko (the man behind EOTB) and Yalls. Some Ember is the Oakland-based dark synth project of former Man/Miracle frontman Dylan Travis, who is joined on stage by bandmates Nina Chase, Josh Unger, and Peter Wallner. Some Ember's debut cassette release Hotel of Lost Light is out now on Crash Symbols. Watch a cosmic Rorschach test in the video for "Face Of Sand" below, which premiered on No Fear of Pop earlier [...]

By |November 6, 2012|Tags: , , |

Live This Month: September 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #286)

Live This Month: September 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #286) 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. September is overflowing with compelling live music choices -- so many so, in fact, that a bunch of significant concerts didn't make the podcast. Of the picks that did make the cut, however, our top pick is our fifth annual Rock Make Street Festival, which brings 70 arts and crafts vendors and twelve local bands to 18th Street and [...]

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