Mixtape: San Francisco’s Modern Psychedelic Sounds

This episode first appeared on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Psych_2017_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: San Francisco's Modern Psychedelic Sounds (Podcast #406) With the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love this year, the psychedelic sounds of the Bay Area in the '60s are back in the popular consciousness. But Bay Area psych music shouldn't just be thought of as a source of nostalgia; five decades after the Summer of Love, local bands are continuing to make stellar music applying a psychedelic lens to a number of styles and sounds. Sure, there are plenty of loud, heavy guitars at work in bands like Night Shapes and [...]

Mixtape: New SF Bands with Great Musical Resumes

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Musical_Resumes_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: New SF Bands with Great Musical Resumes (Podcast #344) In a scene as active as the San Francisco Bay Area, it's not uncommon to learn that the members of your favorite band are also involved in other musical projects. It's also not surprising to see bands break up, burn out or go through significant lineup changes, enabling former players to explore new terrain on their own. All of this means that a number of newer bands with unfamiliar names might have some familiar faces -- or, perhaps more appropriately, voices -- involved. It also means that if [...]

Video: Joel Gion – “YES”

Joel Gion, tambourine star of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and also leader of the under-appreciated Dilettantes, just announced his upcoming LP, Apple Bonkers. The album comes out on August 19 via The Committee to Keep Music Evil and The Reverberation Appreciation Society, and you can check out Gion's new video for "YES" below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iD_o9geDYA According to Gion: “With all the BJM members now living so spread out across the world, I found myself increasingly missing the album making process. This feeling of disconnect is what kick started me into exploring my own song writing process and turned out to be [...]

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Decades in, Brian Jonestown Massacre still sounds damn good

The Brian Jonestown Massacre opened last night's show with "Whoever You Are," from 1997's Give It Back, and gifted us "Jennifer" from 1998's equally masterful Strung Out in Heaven. We love you Anton. Always. "Wisdom," from '95's Methodrone - the second studio album - featured six guitars playing simultaneously, drums and the killer tambourine of Joel Gion. It managed to sound better than just about anything can sound at the Fox, where sound often blows despite a zillion dollars in gear.  There was a brief sound mishap with a too-long low rumbling, but even Anton seemed to forgive them. "The Devil May Care [...]

Art & Technology, Part II: Opportunities, Challenges, and Moving Forward

San Francisco (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) In Part I of Art & Technology, I spoke with the 16 musicians to uncover how musicians are experiencing and how they perceive the current state of the Bay Area. Based on the direction I assumed the interviews would go, the initial title of "Art & Technology" was "Art versus Technology", and it was supposed to be a single piece. However, as I spoke with each artist, the conversation evolved into one that placed those in the realms of art and technology next to each other, instead of head-to-head in competition. Based on my conversations with Mark Tester [...]

Art & Technology, Part I: The state of the Bay Area from the musician’s perspective

San Francisco (Photo: Samuel Wantman/Wikimedia Commons) The ongoing technology takeover and subsequent affordability crisis in San Francisco has saturated recent conversation here in the Bay Area. As the social, economical, and cultural landscapes continue to shift with no signs of slowing down, the dialogue has become muddled with brash accusations and blind finger pointing, and the fighting has gotten ugly on both sides. I spoke with 16 Bay Area artists - Pat McDonald, Pat Thomas, and Alex Fleshman of Cool Ghouls; Mark Tester of Burnt Ones; Matthew Melton of Warm Soda, Jeff Lewis and Elliott Kiger of The Spyrals; [...]

The Warlocks, LSD & the Search for God, Cellar Doors and guest DJ Joel Gion of Brian Jonestown Massacre set to hypnotize Brick & Mortar 2/16/13

Three decades of psychedelic sounds are coming together on February 16th in the intimate setting of Brick & Mortar. There will be an excess of shuddering guitars, reverberating vocals and distorted feedback to make for an evening that no psychedelic music fan should miss. Los Angeles-based rock and roll band The Warlocks are headlining the night and serving the crowd the same neo-psychedelic cocktails of shoegazey, experimental rock music that they've been crafting since 1999. Though the band's lineup began as a revolving cast of musicians, The Warlocks solidified as a five-piece outfit composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Bobby Hecksher, [...]

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