Greg Ashley: ‘Rarities & Unreleased Tracks’ out today

Today Bandcamp will once again waive fees and allow all money to go directly to the artists. All hail Bandcamp. No other music platform seems to give as much of a shit about their artists as Bandcamp does, so we need them now more than ever. Plan a shopping spree tomorrow that you can feel good about! You won't even have to line Jeff Bezos' pockets. Start with a brand new release from Oakland's lost legend, Greg Ashley. He moved back to Texas and is building a recording studio from the ground up with his dad. The cash will come [...]

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Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists Download: Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists (Podcast #413) Between streaming music services and social media, it feels easier than ever to find and consume an endless supply of new bands. But all of that access can also make it more challenging to find the time to keep up with previous favorites. There are plenty of good reasons to get excited about young bands, debut albums, and the prospect of discovering emerging artists, but there's also something uniquely rewarding to watching a great musician's career evolve over time. This mixtape collects new and recent music from twelve [...]

Greg Ashley celebrates a pair of new album releases at Eli’s

Photo: Sofia Bell Greg Ashley, a year after getting evicted and leaving California, only to return a month later, is back to grace us with two wonderful records that are right in his wheelhouse: deeply personal, heartbreaking narratives and cover songs. His new solo LP, Pictures of Saint Paul Street is available now via Trouble in Mind Records. With lyrics about subjects such as drunken nights, dirty streets, the current societal climate, and the high cost of being buried in Oakland, don't expect a real pick-me-up from this album. What you can expect is to know Greg a [...]

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Inaniel Swims of France covers Greg Ashley as a very sweet tribute

Greg Ashley and Inaniel Swims at the old Creamery Studios A little over a year ago, Caen, France's Inaniel Swims came to the Pacific Coast to play some amazing shows and record an EP at Greg Ashley's Creamery. The Frenchmen seemed to click with Greg - the EP turned out great and was pressed to vinyl, and Ashley booked a summer tour of France with Inaniel Swims as his backing band. A last-minute eviction of Ashley's Creamery Analog Studios led to a bit of a mental breakdown at SFO that kept Greg from ever getting on the plane to France, [...]

Inaniel Swims brings lazy French surf sounds to The Bay

At The Bay Bridged, we listen to every submission sent to us via our submission page. We really do. However, as a Bay Area indie scene focused organization, we don't spend too much time on your Dutch EDM producers, London bedroom acoustic artists, etc. However, Caen, France based Inaniel Swims added this note to their submission, and it made us pay closer attention than we would normally give our European friends: "Inaniel Swims is a french indie pop band influenced by Jonathan Richman and Surf music. We are touring in California in September. Our plane tickets are already booked! We [...]

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Mixtape: Hidden Gems from San Francisco Music in 2014 Download: Mixtape: Catching Up With Some Former Locals (Podcast #350) 2014 was another great year for releases from Bay Area bands, but some of the year's most impressive releases may not have initially received the attention they deserved. Those sorts of oversights are understandable given the volume of new albums coming out year-round. Still, as we approach the time of year when people naturally begin assembling their "Best of 2014" lists, it seemed like the right point to look back at ten of the year's most interesting local releases that may not have gotten their due when they arrived. [...]

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 [...]

Review: Wednesday Night Live with Jacuzzi Boys, Apache, Greg Ashley, and Terry Malts

In the beginning there were Beach Boys, who begot Soft Boys, and spawned Strange Boys...Now behold: Jacuzzi Boys!------All the way from Miami, FLA, the Boys headlined a very fine Wednesday night at the Rickshaw Stop.  I needed it bad.  Frankly, I was getting sick of San Francisco and all it's vap-O-pens.  Ocotal, Nicaragua is calling to me.  The first city in the world to suffer aerial bombings (guess who dropped 'em?).  They got a festival there in August.  They close down the streets.  Bands come from all over the country and beyond.   It starts at 10pm and ends around 7am.   After breakfast, donkeys in [...]

The MEGADOME Series at Chabot Space & Science, with Greg Ashley, John Morgan, The Ian Fays, Swiftumz

Step inside the MEGADOME, where the best local bands play beneath Omnimax-style films at Chabot Space & Science in the beautiful Oakland hills!  This monthly series is all brought to you by the good people at The Octopus Literary Salon. Expect storytelling, audience participation, tamales y Tecates. Each show runs from 6-11pm and is all ages. After the show, head upstairs to the giant telescopes and view the cosmos. Friday, August 29th enjoy music from Greg Ashley & John "Brothers" Morgan Films: The Mysteries of Egypt plus select silent shorts Greg Ashley is pure genius.  Perhaps best known for his seminal Texas band, The [...]

Don’t sleep on Greg Ashley’s ‘Another Generation of Slaves’ LP

Earlier this month, I tweeted, "I don't think enough people have been talking about how incredibly cool the new Greg Ashley album is", referring to Ashley's February release, Another Generation of Slaves. Well, The Bay Bridged is as guilty as the rest of the local music press - we haven't taken the time to mention it...until now. In short, just go listen to this album right now. Another Generation's jazz-meets-country vibe makes me think Ashley was influenced (at least a little) by fellow Texan Bob Wills, and through it all, Ashley exudes a coolness that makes me miss smoke-filled lounges [...]

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