railcars covers Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’

Covering a veritable masterpiece takes some serious moxie, but SF/LA-based Aria Jalali of railcars has done right in putting his own fuzz/noise electronic pop stamp on Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. (By the way, I've been listening to the original a lot recently, and does it start off with the best 1-2 punch of any album ever or what?) You can download the reworking for free via Bandcamp, and it's also out now on cassette and soon on vinyl. Hounds of Love by Crash Symbols railcars' forthcoming first full-length is titled Machine Glows Slowly, and is produced by Jamie Stewart [...]

By |July 8, 2011|Tags: |

Media Monday: video sessions from Honeycomb, Railcars, Thao + Daytrotters

Every few weeks comes the necessary roundup of recent media that we'd love to share from Bay Area bands. Merging gorgeous visuals with local independent music, One Night Music is a new treat for us. ONM's most recent session, with the mesmerizing collective Honeycomb, was documented back in December at BlueSix. The session includes downloadable audio, videos for every song, a thorough biography and contributed coverage from Mission Local. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdGdY-EooR8 Above, Viennese videographers They Shoot Music - Don't They have caught the Bay Area bug, releasing two videos sessions from locals Railcars and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. [...]

railcars remixes from Xiu Xiu, Lucky Dragons + more

The dually residing LA/SF electronic musician Aria Jalali, also known by the moniker railcars, has announced the release of an EP of remixes of his track, "Cathedral With No Eyes," originally from the 12" of the same name on Stumparumper last year. According to railcars, that release "recount[ed] the life of Edmund the Martyr, a 9th century king of East Anglia with songs about his life and succession to the throne as a young boy, his conquests, his suffering at the hands of vikings and death by their arrows." So far, the remix by Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) has been [...]

By |February 16, 2010|Tags: |

Railcars (Podcast #177)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Railcars_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week, our podcast features Railcars, the recording project of San Francisco's Aria C Jalali. Jalali began recording solo under his own name while at UC Berkeley, gathering a band under the Railcars moniker when he was invited to open for the Handsome Furs in early 2008. He returned to working solo to record Railcars' first 7" Cities vs. Submarines, released almost a year ago on Gold Robot Records. Recorded by Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) in his kitchen, the five-song set featured lyrics drawn from Aria's vivid recurring dreams, and sounds generated from a cornucopia of drum machines, synths [...]

By |August 18, 2009|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Deerhoof, Dorkfest, Bowerbirds

It's time for another Ticket Giveaway Wednesday! In addition to these great shows, you can win a pair of tickets to our own fundraiser, Regional Bias, in giveaways being held by our friends Broke-Ass Stuart and Mission Mission. Sunday, August 2nd - Deerhoof @ Great American Music Hall Deerhoof are back home headlining this Sunday at Great American Music Hall. If you haven't seen these Bay Area staples yet - you are missing out! We were also very fortunate to have them perform at our inaugural New, Improved, LIVE studio sessions in May. Deerhoof - "Giga Dance" To [...]

Railcars – life of st edmund (ponds) + “CASTLES”

Railcars - life of st edmund (ponds) + "CASTLES" Railcars recently tipped us off to this catchy-noisy track, containing the first two songs from the band's upcoming cathedral with no eyes EP, which is coming out digitally and on 12" vinyl in August. The EP's not the only thing the band has in the works right now. They're also prepping a 7" split with LA's Former Ghosts, a new collaboration between Freddy Ruppert (This Song is a Mess But So Am I), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), and Nika Roza (Zola Jesus), and planning to reissue their limited edition [...]

By |May 7, 2009|Tags: |

Railcars: Live in Paris

San Francisco's Railcars just got back from Europe and boy, are their arms tired discovered an excellent recording of their Paris show at La Fleche D'Or with Crystal Antlers. Railcars - "Smokestack City Arises!" (Live) The band is giving away the whole set online here. They'll also be releasing it, along with a show in Heidelberg, Germany, on handmade cassettes via the Room Tapes label. Railcars also has a bunch of Southern California shows coming up in April: April 3rd - UC Irvine April 4th - Biko Garage, Santa Barbara April 5th - The Camp, Costa Mesa April [...]

By |March 25, 2009|Tags: |

BAGeL Radio’s Half Dozenth Birthday Saturday at BOTH

It's birthday season, and this Saturday our friends at BAGeL Radio will be celebrating a big one - six years! The show will feature three great local acts: Birdmonster, Railcars and Ricky Lee Robinson, plus DJ Cory of Absolutely Kosher Records. Railcars - "Bohemia is Without a Sea" For those who don't know about BAGeL Radio, it's a 24/7 radio station that plays the best new and old indie music. As 7x7 magazine described: "Listening to indie genius DJ Ted spin live at shows around town or online at his CMJ award–winning site BAGeL Radio sounds just like [...]

Episode 142: Live This Month – December 2008

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_December_2008.mp3[/podcast] Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got ten great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music! About the bands: San Diego's The Muslims ("Beside Myself") recently changed their name to The Soft Pack, which means their buzz-building The Muslims LP is no longer self-titled. They'll be playing with The Morning Benders (Feature Podcast) and Miniature Tigers (Phoenix) at the Rickshaw Stop on Friday, December 5th. San Francisco's The Dilettantes [...]

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