Some Ember – "Flowers Open"

Oakland's very own Dylan Travis, who performs dark, experimental synth pop under the moniker Some Ember, has released a new track called "Flowers Open." The song is the first taste from his soon-to-be-announced sophomore cassette release, Pleasure. The expansive synth pop jam is vibrant with psychic energy and spacey sonic imagery. Some Ember performs with Yalls at The Glasslands in New York City on August 12, and will be returning to The Knockout in San Francisco on August 23 with Uncanny Valley and Group Rhoda. Some Ember's debut tape release Hotel of Lost Light is out now on Crash Symbols. [...]

By |August 10, 2012|Tags: |

Interview: Dan Casey discusses the differences between Yalls and his latest alter ego, Steezy Ray Vibes

Although Berkeley-via-Philly musician Dan Casey is best known for his funky electronic performances as Yalls, he has been making music under various monikers since 2003. From Lemons are Louder Than Rocks, to Yalls, to Steezy Ray Vibes and other secret underground projects, Dan is never afraid to explore new styles. You may have become familiar with Steezy Ray Vibes after a demo for the single "Empty City" was quietly released on Soundcloud a month ago. Buzz began to build around the blogs, and the project deservedly caught the attention of The Fader and other major tastemakers. Dan recently released the [...]

April's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. So much good stuff came our way in April that we've actually got a two-part mix of blog songs this time. As always, we've included links below to download each of these songs individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Exray's - "Ancient Thing" 2. PreTeen - "Nueva York Is Too Far (from me)" 3. Swiftumz - "Willy" 4. Big Drag - "Let You [...]

All Your Sisters – "An Awakening"

Jordan Morrison is a recent transplant to Oakland as well as the leader of All Your Sisters. "An Awakening" fuses noisy pop to pulsating synth lines, and if you like classic-sounding post-punk, you'll enjoy this one, as well as a few more from AYS which I've posted below. The band will be at SUB-Mission tonight, and at a house show in Oakland with Some Ember on Wednesday, before heading north on tour. MAY Tour 1 TUE - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SUB Mission w/Owl Paws 2 WED - OAKLAND, CA - LA SUITE w/Some Ember 4 FRI - EUGENE, OR [...]

Some Ember releases 'Hotel of Lost Light'

Hotel of Lost Light by Some Ember Dylan Travis' Some Ember project just released its first full length via Crash Symbols. You can stream Hotel of Lost Light in full above; it's available for "pay what you want" on Bandcamp, or in limited edition cassette form. Grab some mp3s, read the label's description of the new release, and learn how the project began in the aftermath of a serious car accident below. (Via Mapzzz) Some Ember - "Blood Drops From the Burning Heart" Some Ember - "Deep Ocean" Says Crash Symbols: Named for a piece in Galway Kinnell’s Book of [...]

By |April 25, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Yalls – "Real Fantasy" ( session); free East Bay show on Wednesday

Once Sacramento, now Los Angeles-based video producer gives Oakland electronic musician Yalls a strong party-vibe look with this session. Staged during a recent weekend trip to Los Angeles, this performance receives friendly help from Dylan Travis (Some Ember). It gives the bright, lyrically memorable "Real Fantasy" a new perspective -- the song's usual underwater echo has less impact on Dan's vocals, letting them fall further back in the mix. Both Yalls and Some Ember perform this Wednesday in Oakland at the first installment of a collaboration between Decoder and Mapzzz, appropriately named Easy Bay Wednesdays. Yalls, Some Ember, DJs [...]

By |April 10, 2012|Tags: , |

February's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are over a dozen new tracks that were posted on in February, with links below to download each of them individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog February 2012 Tracklisting: 1. Swiftumz – “More Than Sleep” 2. Sea of Bees - "Strikefoot (Live)" 3. Churches – “Feel Alright” 4. Ceremony – “Adult” 5. Sourpatch – “Cynthia Ann” 6. Hunx – “Always Forever” 7. Chuck Prophet – “Castro Halloween” 8. Howlin Rain - "Phantom in the Valley" [...]

Some Ember – "Era of Wind"

Hear a brand new track from Some Ember, the latest project of Oakland's Dylan Travis (singer of Man/Miracle). "Era of Wind" premiered this morning via Ears of the Beholder's guest post on PRTLS, just in time to get people excited about the Oakland electronic-heavy Noise Pop Pop-Up Shop this evening at 32 Page. That show features Some Ember with Giraffage and Shortcircles (7pm, $5).

By |February 8, 2012|Tags: |

Some Ember – “Deep Ocean”

Deep Ocean by Some Ember Man/Miracle frontman Dylan Travis has been keeping his electronic side project under wraps for some time, but today Some Ember debuts with "Deep Ocean." The track is part of a killer electronic/hip-hop compilation fresh out, Dope Mountain Fuck Vol. 2. The compilation marks a new beginning to a preexisting label collaboration amongst friends, Crash Symbols. Here's more on that: About a year-and-a-half ago I first met Dwight and his then girlfriend Liz while touring with Born Gold (then Gobble Gobble). It was obvious from the first handshake that I had just discovered two of my [...]

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