January 2010 Monthly Mix (Podcast #198)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/January_2010_Mix.mp3[/podcast] Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from eight great Bay Area bands. Some are submissions we've received at TBB headquarters, some stuff we've posted on the web site recently, all really good music. Subscribe to the The Bay Bridged weekly podcast to get each new episode downloaded free to your iTunes the moment it's published! About this week's bands: The Morning Benders' ("Promises") highly anticipated upcoming album Big Echo comes out on March 9th on Rough Trade Records. The band will be at The Independent on March 30th with Miniature Tigers. SF's Spencey Dude [...]

Best of 2009: Anna Gazdowicz of Stranger Dance on Grand Lake

For me, 2009 revolved mostly around a new home and new life in the City of San Francisco. Before that, I lived across the Bay in Oakland, and while it was time to move, it was sad to say goodbye to the Oak after two very fun and enlightening years. Grand Lake will always represent Oakland to me: a local band named "after a theater that named itself after a lake, that named itself after a man," all touchstones in Oakland's past and present. Grand Lake - "Concrete Blonde On Blonde" Grand Lake released Nevermint in 2009, a [...]

By |December 22, 2009|Tags: |

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 [...]

Free @ the Uptown Fri: Man/Miracle, Grand Lake + more

This Friday at Oakland's Uptown, a free local showcase will celebrate the theme "A Christmas Miracle," starring Man/Miracle, Grand Lake, Sparrows Gate (San Luis Obispo) and Pancho San (9pm). Pancho-san is the freshly spawned collaboration between a variety of Bay Areans including Eli Crews, the head engineer of New Improved Recording in Oakland and the host of our New Improved LIVE sessions. Their first album Oh Mellow Melody enlists the help of members of Beulah, Grand Lake, Port O'Brien, Rogue Wave, and Sonya Cotton. Man/Miracle - "Hot Sprawl"

Grand Lake covers Silver Jews and includes Port O’Brien on new EP

It's hard to fight the urge of covering the Silver Jews, and many do falter -- like Little Wings at Outlerlands Cafe, the night that almost didn't end due to Field's surprising thrill in covering Silver Jews and Grandaddy. Grand Lake has also fallen victim to the temptation. They've included a cover of "Slow Education" on their four-track EP out next Tuesday (preorders available on MySpace) and paired it with a fantasticly abstract video (above). Half of the EP is made up of covers, which also reveals a retired Port O'Brien track, "Pigeonhold." Caleb's rationale is rooted in his "stint" [...]

A plethora of Halloween shows

It feels like there are a ton of great Halloween live music options this year. Here are a few of the highlights: - LoveLikeFire and Loquat at Bottom of the Hill. Two quality indie pop bands and a bunch of DJs add up to a good night. - Looking for covers? Most of Citay will be at Amnesia, performing as "Bob Saggath". Unclear if there will be Full House-related costumes, but there will be Sabbath covers. - The always-reliable Wallpaper. plays at the Mezzanine. "Holla-Ween" also includes a $1,000 dollar costume contest. Wallpaper. - "I Got Soul, I'm [...]

Grand Lake goes on the Stork Tour + gives away a live single

San Francisco's Grand Lake finally makes the trek up and down the coast this week with a great variety of lineups, including the semi-local Buildings Breeding (Sacramento) and several dates with Guidance Counselor (Portland). Grand Lake - "Concrete Blonde On Blonde" The "Stork Tour" is named after their new two-track single, "Louise" and "My Father As A Forest Full Of Trees," free for download upon submitting an email address. More updates on Grand Lake include a line-up downsize to a three-piece, reflected on these live songs recorded at the Stork Club in Oakland. Tour dates announced after the [...]

By |August 17, 2009|Tags: |

A reconfigured Grand Lake headlines “OMFG Oakland”

Grand Lake - "Concrete Blonde On Blonde" "OMFG Oakland!," indeed. The 2009 Mission Creek Music Festival kicks off this weekend with a couple of Oakland shows, before heading back across the Bay for next week's festivities. Saturday's show is a great lineup of local folks at Rooz Cafe in Oakland. The full lineup includes Grand Lake, Make Me, White Cloud, The Blank Tapes, Colossal Yes, The Splinters, Ghost and the City, The Dashing Suns and The Double U. Grand Lake - "This City" (via Hippies Are Dead) Headliners Grand Lake passed along some big news yesterday regarding lineup [...]

By |July 7, 2009|Tags: |

Grand Lake headlines Deli SF Show on Thursday

Grand Lake - "She's a Hater" This week's featured podcast band Grand Lake headlines a Deli SF-presented show this Thursday night at the El Rio that also features Beatbeat Whisper and The Heated. It's been a mixed week for Grand Lake, with the theft of their van and stage piano being an obvious low, but the release of their excellent new Sandusky Sunset cassingle worth celebrating. You can hear the cassingle's two songs in this week's podcast and it will be available for purchase at Thursday's show. Beatbeat Whisper - "Up the Long Tracks" Thursday's show [...]

Grand Lake (Podcast #167)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Grand_Lake_Show.mp3[/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 profiles Grand Lake, an Oakland quartet whose debut release Nevermint has generated much excitement for their engaging, stripped-down indie rock. The band's led by bassist-singer Caleb Nichols (formerly of Port O'Brien), who reunited with longtime friend and Bloody Heads bandmate Jameson Swanagon (guitar) to record some songs and recruited Erika Pipkin (vocals/keys) and Ryan Parks (recently replaced by John Pomeroy on drums) for the project. For a group that developed in the studio, it's [...]

By |June 9, 2009|Tags: |
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