Members of Grass Widow announce new project, Bridge Collapse
The fearless ladies of San Francisco's Grass Widow have been known for their minimalist post-punk approach to music and impressive array of side projects. In the seven or so years of their creative endeavors, we've seen drummer Lillian Marling produce side project Ruby Pins and bassist Hannah Lew create a new label under the moniker Crime on the Moon. The first release on the label was Lew's personal project Cold Beat, which featured a multitude of Bay Area artists including (now debunk) the Mallard's Greer McGettick and Shannon and the Clams' Cody Blanchard. We can now expect a second release from Crime on [...]
Grass Widow's Hannah Lew releases new solo EP
There’s something deeply satisfying about listening to Cold Beat – the solo work from Grass Widow’s bassist and co-songwriter Hannah Lew. A whirlwind of weird synthesizers, electronic remixes, and heavy post-punk bass lines – Cold Beat’s Worms/Year 5772 is a dark and intriguing EP. Composed shortly after the passing of Lew’s father in 2009, the lyrical content focuses on questions of death and science fiction. Despite the grim content, Lew manages to harbor some great pop elements that exemplify her captivating and harmonic vocals. Along with presenting a fresh and deeply personal piece of work, Lew has managed to showcase some of [...]
Free tonight: Grass Widow curates soundtrack for silent film shorts at Public Works
Celluloid Salon series breathes new life into the audio-visual experience, pairing obscure silent film shorts with soundtracks curated (and DJ’d live) by today’s boldest musical talent. Free cocktails too! More info here and RSVP here to get on the list.
Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282)
Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282) 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. So our top recommendation this month isn't terribly surprising, but it's a festival we're extremely excited about. On July 21, 2012, we'll be throwing the second annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park. We've got seven great bands lined up -- The Fresh & Onlys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gardens & Villa, Dominant Legs, [...]
Stream the new Grass Widow album, 'Internal Logic'
San Francisco's own Grass Widow is streaming their new album Internal Logic over at Stereogum. A follow-up to 2010's Past Time, Internal Logic is a tight collection of tracks, showcasing the trio's layered vocal harmonies and slightly dischordant, pop-punk guitar sound. Internal Logic is being released on May 29th on the band's own label, HLR (short for Hannah, Lillian, and Raven). They'll be touring in support shortly after, and will be playing a hometown show June 22nd at the Verdi Club. Check out the full album over on Stereogum, or check out the album's first single "Goldilocks Zone" below: Grass [...]
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. [...]
Grass Widow unveils “Goldilocks Zone,” off new LP, 'Internal Logic,' out May 22nd
Although the title of the new track off of Grass Widow’s forthcoming full-length alludes to the classic childhood story, “Goldilocks Zone” harkens back to the Sirens of Greek mythology—assuming they were also equipped with a bass (Hannah Lew), a drum kit (Lillian Maring), and an electric guitar (Raven Mahon) on the island, that is. The latest is bit less jangly than its predecessor, “Disappearing Industries,” which first arrived in January, but it shares the same type of complex, cascading harmonies that this all-girl post-punk trio is so adept at writing; the layered voices of the three women, all of whom [...]
Get excited for The Raincoats and Grass Widow this Wednesday (3/14/12) @ Great American Music Hall
It could not be more appropriate that Grass Widow, with their jangly, disjointed pop and siren-like harmonies, would tour with London legends The Raincoats, who combine the whimsy of Melanie and Mo Tucker with the thrashy post-punk of bands like Kleenex/LiLiPUT and The Slits. The Raincoats were truly original, defying genres and famously influencing the likes of Kim Gordon and Kurt Cobain. Thirty-five years later, they continue to fire us up with the reissue of Odyshape on their own We ThRee label. Both bands will meet up in LA on Tuesday to open the West Coast leg of the tour; [...]
Grass Widow – "Disappearing Industries"
M'LR 036A - GRASS WIDOW - DISAPPEARING INDUSTRIES by M'lady's Records This morning Gorilla vs. Bear premiered a brand new song from San Francisco female garage-pop trio, Grass Widow. "Disappearing Industries" will be included on a split 7" out February 28 with the band Nature on M'Lady Records (home of Julianna Barwick's debut LP Sanguine as well as GW's S/T record). The band is making custom covers for a very limited run of 300 copies.
TBB Video Premiere: Rat Columns – “I Wonder”
2 - I WONDER by ROS RECORDS Rat Columns have a new video for their song "I Wonder," directed by experimental filmmaker and Grass Widow's bassist, Hannah Lew. Lew has made films for a ton of local bands, including Shannon and the Clams, Hunx and his Punx, her own band, and Frankie Rose and the Outs. Shot by Aubree Bernier-Clark, "I Wonder" has a pleasing editing aesthetic -- we love the triple-frame shots and fuzzy film quality. The song is on their recent EP available digitally and on vinyl from Smartguy. The lo-fi pop three-piece Rat Columns claim allegiance to [...]