O Presidente and Pancho-san playing Make-Out Room on Friday
When I first profiled O Presidente back in January, half of the band was living in the Bay Area, while the other half was still finishing off their college degrees at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Finally reunited this past summer following graduation, it seems the band is going through another transition, but bandleader Andrew Zingg intends to forge on under the same moniker. "Our lineup is still in flux a bit," Zingg recently told me via email. "Nathaniel Draper and Thomas Yopes are skipping town, so we've got to fill their shoes." While Zingg and bandmate Tobias Butler figure things [...]
Video: Pancho-san – "A Fool, A Fall, A Foal"
Pancho-san has released a video for the track "A Fool, A Fall, A Foal" off their latest LP, Americans. It was premiered by Magnet Magazine earlier this month, but you can peep it above. There's a good reason why Patrick Abernethy, Pancho-san singer/guitarist, sent me the video for posting here on The Bay Bridged. Most of the footage from the video was shot at a show I put together down in Austin, TX a couple years ago during SXSW. It was shot by Olivia Parriott, whom I wrote about earlier this year because she directed a film entitled Valencia that [...]
Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293)
Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293) With its rich history of folk musicians and lyrical rockers, the Bay Area has long been a source of terrific singer-songwriters. Even today, while much of the buzz around local musicians focuses on some of our weirder (or, perhaps, more "now") rock subgenres, there continue to be numerous talented folks crafting lyrically-rich, deeply personal music. For some reason, 2012 seems like an especially strong year for local songwriters, with well-received new albums this year from beloved veterans like Mark Eitzel and Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon, as well as newer [...]
Pancho-san rolls out new album, 'Americans'
Pancho-san, a project of Patrick Abernethy (of Rogue Wave and Beulah fame), has released Americans, a follow-up to 2010's Oh, Mellow Melody. The word 'eclectic' gets thrown around a lot in reference to music, but Americans is an album that truly fits the bill. In contrast to Pancho-san's previous work, which stayed pretty firmly rooted in melodic, throwback folk, this one runs the gamut from beachy ballads to dreamy, blippy electronic tracks, all while retaining a rustic feel. Abernethy is backed on Americans by former collaborators Eli Crews and Pat Spurgeon. Preview the tongue-in-cheek single, "Americans Can't Be Romantic", below. [...]
Pancho-san plan to release a new record any day now; definitely playing Make-Out Room on Saturday 6/16/12
Pancho-san have a new record called American all recorded and mixed and mastered and ready to release. That should be happening any day now — certainly by the end of the month, according to singer/guitarist Patrick Abernethy. In the meantime, catch them Saturday night, 6/16/12 at The Make-Out Room and enjoy this preview track, exclusively available right here on The Bay Bridged: Pancho-san - "Americans Can't Be Romantic" If the quirky, synthy pop song that suddenly morphs into an acoustic-driven pop song that is "Americans Can't Be Romantic" has you wondering just what you can expect from the new album, [...]
Random, Happy Memories of 2011
Some years are great for shows – like 2008. Some are great years for albums, like 2009. But this was a great year for both, from the start. In the order I remembered them: Family Crest – My Living Room; 9/11 Duh. Can you believe this alterna-dad cream dream supreme? A stalwart and happy-go-lucky nonet of classically trained musicians show up at my house to play their lovely, life-affirming chamber pop on the anniversary of 9/11 and my teenage son sits in on clarinet? You just had to be there. But then we would have run out of pasta much [...]
Video: Pancho-san – “Kick the Fences Down”
Pancho-san "Kick The Fences Down" from Jim Granato on Vimeo. Check out this video directed by Jim Granato for the song "Kick the Fences Down" by Pancho-san (members of Beulah and Rogue Wave). The track is on their album Oh, Mellow MelodyBandcamp site. The band does not have any shows booked in the near future, but is working on another album due out early next year. Oh, Mellow Melody by Pancho-san
Free @ the Uptown Fri: Man/Miracle, Grand Lake + more
This Friday at Oakland's Uptown, a free local showcase will celebrate the theme "A Christmas Miracle," starring Man/Miracle, Grand Lake, Sparrows Gate (San Luis Obispo) and Pancho San (9pm). Pancho-san is the freshly spawned collaboration between a variety of Bay Areans including Eli Crews, the head engineer of New Improved Recording in Oakland and the host of our New Improved LIVE sessions. Their first album Oh Mellow Melody enlists the help of members of Beulah, Grand Lake, Port O'Brien, Rogue Wave, and Sonya Cotton. Man/Miracle - "Hot Sprawl"