Meanest Man Contest covers Thee More Shallows “Night at the Knight School”

Meanest Man Contest, an off-the-wall hip-hop/R&B/soft rock duo, released their debut album way back in 2003, and somehow they're still making great music today. Their most recent release is a cover of late San Francisco band Thee More Shallows' "Night at the Knight School". Meanest Man Contesttook a wonderfully odd song and applied their somewhat signature style of what I guess could be described as crisp/clean chiptune meshed with big fuzzy drums. It's all a great fit, and is available as a 7" via Weirdo Weapons, MMC's Eric Steuer's merch company, which also offers some very cool SF-related pins. [...]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with tunes from local artists

It's Valentine's Day, and what better way to express your love for your significant than with music? Here are some creations from a wide variety of Bay Area artists to help you make the most romantic day of the year perfect. Is anything more romantic than an acoustic guitar serenade? Well, maybe. Still, Field Medic, the solo project of Kevin Sullivan of Rin Tin Tiger has released a damn fine Valentine's EP of acoustic love songs that you can check out here for the first time. From the opening line of "I wanna spend my days off on opiates, and [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) It's conventional wisdom nowadays that bands no longer need record labels to release music into the world. Still, it would be foolish to think that labels no longer matter. A label association can be a critical stamp of approval for potential new fans; the best labels build audiences' trust to the point that they'll support new artists even before hearing them. All of this is to say nothing, of course, of the distribution services labels can offer, and any financial or booking support they might also provide. In recent [...]

Meanest Man Contest – 'Everything Worth Mentioning' LP

Meanest Man Contest has reminded me to not define an artist by genre or a record by year it was released. I missed the October 2013 release of Meanest Man Contest's Everything Worth Mentioning, but I eventually heard the heartbreaking track "In the Dark", the only entirely new song on the album. I was intrigued enough to learn more, and to my surprise, everything I read about MMC had the "hip-hop" label attached to the description. When I finally listened to the LP in full, I definitely heard some great rhymes from Eric Steuer and instrumental hip-hop roots, but that [...]

Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323)

Mixtape and accompanying text by Russell Jelinek Download: Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323) Last week, Slate lamented the lack of modern Christmas classics available, claiming Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." While mainstream music may lack holiday classics, our local indie scene is always cranking out a wide variety of Christmas hits every year. In this mixtape, we have twelve ALL ORIGINAL holiday hits from local acts, ranging from the tender perfection of Ash Reiter's "Christmas in California" to Jingle Boyz (aka Adam Healton) laying down some, uh, irreverent rhymes on [...]

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