Premiere: Listen to tracks from Kid Trails’ and Silk’s split EP

Patrick Jeffords of Kid Trails and Chris Prudhomme have been collaborating since Jeffords toured on bass with Prudhomme's Painted Palms, and the two always had a mutual respect for each others' songwriting. Prudhomme has moved on to New Orleans, but he had the idea of reconnecting with Jefford's for a split EP cassette with Kid Trails and his solo project Silk, which is set for a June 2 release on Death Records. It's a bit of a sentimental album for Jeffords, as it was the last self-recorded music he recorded on his laptop before it died last November. Prudhomme also [...]

Giveaway: Small Black at the Independent this Saturday

A little over a week after the release of their third album Best Blues, Brooklyn-based synth-pop group Small Black, head to San Francisco to shake up The Independent on Saturday, October 24. Since the introduction of the band’s acclaimed self-titled EP, Small Black has released three full-length albums on indie rock label Jagjaguwar. The foursome has since embarked on a tour in support of their latest LP beginning in early October. The line-up consists of front-man Josh Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums). Each member has been together since before the formation [...]

Giveaway: Painted Palms’ LP release show with Meat Market, Antwon + Sad Andy

Local electronic psych-pop duo Painted Palms are hosting an album release show at Rickshaw Stop this Thursday in support of their second full-length LP, Horizons. The all ages event, presented by Different Fur Studios and Professional Fans, will also feature support from Meat Market and Antwon with Sad Andy. In other words, Bay Area, it's time to fucking party, and we've got your tickets: To enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Painted Palms at Rickshaw Stop, email with “Painted Palms” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the [...]

Mixtape: San Francisco Songs for Summer Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Summer Songs (Podcast #365) Even though San Francisco's summers get an unfairly bad rap, that doesn't prevent us locals from enjoying many of the best parts of the season. Days at the beach, barbecues, road trips, street fairs and festivals: sure, you might need to carry a light sweater on some of your summer excursions, but the long days can't be beat for outdoor fun. With the solstice kicking off summer earlier this week, we've compiled this mixtape of songs for the season, collecting new and recent releases by San Francisco Bay Area bands that [...]

Painted Palms – “Disintegrate”

I spent a significant part of 2014 listening to Painted Palms' Forever. The way the songs often looped in and out of themselves, all the while integrating new and addictive hooks - I seemed to discover a new earworm from that album every time I listened. We're knee-deep in to 2015 now, and Painted Palms have a new album on the horizon . . . appropriately, the album is entitled Horizons, and is scheduled for release on September 4th via Polyvinyl. The first single, "Disintegrate," is everything I loved about Forever and more. It's multilayered and buoyant; tightly woven, and [...]

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Painted Palms close out 2014 at Bottom of the Hill with Waterstrider and Blood Sister

What's that? You have no idea how to celebrate the end of 2014? Fortunately for you, Painted Palms knows how to end a year - with a show at Bottom of the Hill. Yes, you can either partake in the more cliche New Year's Eve rituals - bar-hopping, house parties, playing a drinking game to Anderson Cooper's Times Square coverage on CNN, taking a shot every time he awkwardly laughs at one of Kathy Griffin's uncomfortable jokes - or you can come dancing to the band's unique genre mashing electro-indie-rock sound. The group has plenty of reason to rejoice in 2014, a [...]

Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights Download: Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights (Podcast #353) In 2014, Bay Area artists released a wealth of great records, with highlights coming in an array of genres: garage pop, indie rock, electronic pop, and hip hop. The year brought new acclaim to ascendant locals like tUnE-yArDs and Tycho, the latter of whom just released a deluxe version of his stellar 2014 album, Awake. Also on the rise are The Family Crest, who grabbed well-deserved NPR attention for the band's sophomore LP, Beneath the Brine. It was a year of impressive debuts: Cathedrals built a strong following [...]

Painted Palms plays Slim’s Closed Doors Concert Series, Noise Pop tonight

If you read this site even only once in a while, chances are you've already heard the benevolent, sun-bronzed psych-pop duo Painted Palms. They are, after all, San Franciscans (via Louisiana), and they're making an appearance Friday for Noise Pop supporting Cold Cave. Slim's sat down Chris Prudhomme for "Sleepwalking" and "Angels", a couple acoustic versions of tracks from the new album Forever, and a soft cover of Brian Eno's "Everything Merges with the Night" in anticipation of tonight's show (and you know, also just because he's awesome). Check back for future installments of their brand new Closed Doors Concert Series via [...]

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Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Painted Palms, Holly Herndon, Pontiak, Blank Realm)

Editors' Picks is a feature collecting music that we’ve been enjoying recently. Anna: I've hit play a few times on Painted Palms' Forever, always enjoying and finding the whole record to be a great uplifter for weary afternoons. Most recently, however, the album came up once again in my Rdio feed, and as I listened through, the hooks of "Not Really There" really dug in, and I haven't been able to stop listening since. The song has an incredibly infectious spirit, an almost glimmer-y quality, as it pops and echoes and comes back again in its circular, easygoing melody. Forever [...]

Listen to 'Forever,' the new LP from Painted Palms

San Francisco's Painted Palms are releasing their first full-length LP, Forever, next week on January 14 via Polyvinyl, but you can hear it now streaming over at Pitchfork Advance. Their second release since last March's Carousel 7", Forever was written the same way that the duo of Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme made music when they were living in different states -- piecing together elements composed separately. Despite that approach, Forever shows no signs of disjoint—the 60s psych-pop reverent tracks are smoothly built, and the album's bright sounds seem as cohesive as ever. But while the album sounds as perpetually sunny as its title, the subject [...]

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