Premiere: Naytronix and déCollage’s electro trip-pop single “U.R.theoneichoose”

At work in the Botcave studio. In April 2019 Naytronix frontman Nate Brenner (Oakland's famed tUnE-yArDs bassist and Botcave Records co-founder), paired up with Denver-based avant-pop group déCollage to produce a pair of psych-electric singles that feel very much the musical offspring of these two collaborators. We hear the sweet Brenner vocals, Reed Fox’s pleasing voice and signature Naytronix drum twists paired with grunge-kissed synths and keys from outer space. “We met at Treefort in 2016, where we shared a showcase,” says Brenner about how the collaboration came to be. “And one of the guys from the group texted me after [...]

Naytronix and Salami Rose Joe Louis play Bandcamp June 7

This Friday, June 7, Naytronix (aka Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs) releases his latest album, Air, on Botcave Records. To celebrate, he’ll be playing a free show at the Bandcamp store in Oakland, along with Salami Rose Joe Louis. Nostalgic Montage by salami rose joe louis What a ridiculously good night we’re in store for here. Salami is funky soul with some cabana beats and surreal feels, and Naytronix is psych-rock and heavy plushness, a true master of the live drum-meets-synth beat. Come on out for this record release show and musical ear feast! No better way to spend a Friday [...]

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Easy Bay debut tape release features Exray’s, Glenn Jackson, E. Live

Oakland's Glenn Jackson of James & Evander and solo producer fame has teamed up with Dwight and Liz Pavlovic of Crash Symbols to start Easy Bay Tapes, a brand new label specializing in house, disco, and boogie type sounds. A new compilation is available to download via Bandcamp (stream it below), with physical tapes also available for sale. The Easy Bay Tape Release Show will feature live appearances by E. Live, Exray's, Glenn Jackson, and Naytronix on September 9 at The Night Light in Oakland. House, Disco, Boogie, and Other Oddities by Easy Bay The inaugural compilation features a collection [...]

Naytronix (aka bassist of tUnE-yArDs) to release LP ‘Mister Divine,’ hear single now

Solo projects are most always such a sweet deal, especially because whichever musician is involved gets to explore music on their own terms and without the weight of another bigger project. Such is the case for Naytronix aka Nate Brenner, the touring bassist of tUnE-yArDs. He's set to release his sophomore record Mister Divine on October 16 on the Berlin-based City Slang Records. This record, the follow-up to his debut Dirty Glow, was originally conceived of in frantic bits — in hotel rooms, basements, and tour buses, with Dur Dur, William Onyeabor, Khaira Arby, and Dizzy K playing on the stereo. Since Brenner was on tour with Merrill Garbus and company [...]

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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 [...]

tUnE-yArDs bassist debuts side project, covers Janet Jackson

Breakout Bay Area natives tUnE-yArDs have seen huge successes in the last year. Playing sold out festivals and to packed audiences at the Fox, their unique sound and music certainly draws a crowd. But their bass player, Nate Brenner (who also plays in Beep! and is known for his 'genre bending' style) recently peeled off on his own to debut a wild electro solo project Naytronix. Naytronix sounds a little like tUnE-yArDs dipped in The Police, James Blake, Charles Mingus, Stomp, and some electro band from the future we haven't heard yet but we know to be provocative. Weird, creative, [...]

Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278)

Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278) 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. It seems we're in a "when it rains, it pours" sort of place for significant new local albums, and this mix only scratches the surface of the latest in Bay Area records, with songs from Ty Segall & White Fence, Sleepy Sun, Whirr, and Blasted Canyons. On the touring front, Herman Dune and Royal Headache crossed different oceans to [...]

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