Giveaway: Mwahaha, B. Hamilton, The Burning of Rome play First Friday at The Night Light

Here's a pro-tip: You should attend pretty much any show put on by people named Dr. Motorboat and DJ Don't Tell Mom. The show they've put together for this upcoming First Friday at Oakland's The Night Light is, in particular, a serious no-brainer. A bill including Mwahaha, San Diego's The Burning of Rome, and B. Hamilton is a guaranteed good time. PLUS projections and an installation by Dr. Motorboat himself? Forget about it. We want to send one lucky winner to see Mwahaha, The Burning of Rome, and B. Hamilton this Friday night at The Night Light for free. Email [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304)

Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304) All too frequently, remixes are just okay, but when they are great, they're really something special. A truly great remix can shed new light on the original artist's work and stand on its own as a unique creation. That's no easy feat, either, given the tension between staying true to an original song's components and a reworker's desire to create something new and personal. These days, it feels far too easy to get remix fatigue. Reworkings seem to pop up almost immediately after original songs are released, and they can come [...]

TBB Premiere: Social Studies – "Away for the Weekend (Painless remix)"

Local indie rock heroes Social Studies are releasing their Away For The Weekend EP, which includes a handful of remixes, and we've got the exclusive premiere of the title track as reworked by Painless (a.k.a. Nicolas Dobbratz from of Montreal, Yip Deceiver, and Sugar & Gold). The original, off of 2012's excellent Developer (Antenna Farm Records), is a catchy-as-hell mid-tempo rocker. Painless turns it into a bass-heavy slow burner, mainly using Natalia Rogovin's vocal hiccups as the melody draped over the drums and low end. In addition to the original and remix of the title track, the EP also includes [...]

By |April 10, 2013|Tags: , , |

Mwahaha re-releases debut LP and signs to Plug Research

2013 has been a fruitful year for Oakland's Mwahaha. The electro-psych quartet caught the attention of LA-based Plug Research last month, and recently announced a re-release of their self-titled debut complete with bonus tracks. Mwahaha vocalist Ross Peacock tells The Bay Bridged the updated debut will be released on both double vinyl and CD, with the 6-minute bonus track "Amba" on the vinyl version and a 10-minute, unreleased techno song on CD. The self-titled re-release will be out March 26th, 2013 on Plug Research. On the recent partnership with Plug Research: so far, so good, Peacock says. "They have a [...]

By |February 25, 2013|Tags: , |

Mixtape: Fourteen Songs about Love for Valentine's Day (Podcast #300)

Mixtape: Fourteen Songs about Love for Valentine's Day (Podcast #300) In case you've managed to avoid this news until now, February 14th is Valentine's Day, the greeting card industry holiday that can compel even the least romantic to confront the topic of love. Over the past few years, plenty of our favorite indie rockers have explored the excitement and complications of love in terrific songs. Here, we've collected fourteen tracks about love's many facets, including the swooning romanticism of Real Estate, Cass McCombs, and Bare Wires. Affairs of the heart don't always end well, however, and the mix also offers [...]

Clipd Beaks, Mwahaha, White Cloud, Bryan Von Reuter collaborating on benefit concert for Children's Fairyland

Members of Clipd Beaks, Mwahaha, and White Cloud are teaming up with Bryan Von Reuter (of Cloud Archive) and Jeff Ray (of Taser Island) to play Magic Lantern, a benefit for Children's Fairyland, the iconic Oakland theme park (and non-profit) with its storybook sets, rides, and an animal menagerie, that also hosts a summer day camp and theater program for kids. What does "teaming up" mean, exactly? According to Von Reuter: "We'll be doing an electronic, loop-based performance that will be a partially improvised, partially composed amalgamation. We plan on having approximately three to four members up at a time, [...]

Phono del Sol Preview: festival openers Mwahaha blend electronic and rock sounds

"What’s in a name?" The query is posed in the very first sentence of Mwahaha's official bio. The band, formed in 2011, "answers that question with a smirk." And it is a knowing smirk, at that. Comprising former members of Clipd Beaks and Ned, the boys from Mwahaha — who will open this year's Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival, July 21 — are comfortable with their guitars, drums, synths and samplers, and it shows, as they unleash both the analog and digital on their debut self-titled LP with precision and taste — nodding to the schizo sounds of Skrillex [...]

Announcing the 2012 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival: Fresh & Onlys, UMO, Dominant Legs, Gardens & Villa and more!

Fans of indie music and food trucks take note: the 2012 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival is coming! This second annual celebration of great Bay Area music and food returns to Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco's Mission District for an all-day, all ages extravaganza on July 21, 2012. Produced by The Bay Bridged, Phono del Sol 2012 features seven top-notch indie rock bands, mixing local favorites with several of the West Coast's best performers for a day of exciting and eclectic sounds. Co-headlined by The Fresh & Onlys and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the fest will also [...]

Photo Recap: The Bay Area rocks South by Southwest 2012

Two Gallants at the Google Live Lot. 03/16/12 I present to you some photos of just a few of the Bay Area bands that played SXSW this year. I'm only one man, so I called on a couple friends to contribute photos as well. But even still, there was only so wide a net we could cast. For the first time in years, for instance, I somehow managed to not catch a single Thee Oh Sees concert — but have no fear, a Spin photographer captured this amazing moment (seriously, click through, it's worth it). Gratuitous second shot of Two [...]

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