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 [...]

TBB Song Premiere: Swiftumz – "Willy" / Chris McVicker talks video for "More Than Sleep"

Slacker savant Chris McVicker, a.k.a. Swiftumz, made a video for the impossibly catchy-yet-sulky track “More Than Sleep,” off of the excellent 2011 Holy Mountain release Don't Trip. The video seems to chronicle a day in the life of a lovelorn record junkie -- wake up, pine, play everything from Christian Death to Masta Ace, pine some more, lights off, go to bed. I chatted with McVicker about the video and what he's been up to since the last time we talked: TBB: Tell me about the process of making the video. Chris McVicker: I shot, edited, and even uploaded the [...]

By |April 25, 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 TheBayBridged.com 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" [...]

La Sera, Cold Showers, and Swiftumz play Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday, 3/7/12

One-third of the Vivian Girls, Katy Goodman will headline a show at the Rickshaw Stop Wednesday night as La Sera, supported by L.A.’s Cold Showers and San Francisco’s loveable and cuddly brat, Swiftumz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUM2kZkXLi4 On La Sera's sophomore release, due later this month on Hardly Art, Goodman has stripped away a few of the layers found on her solo project's self-titled debut for a more polished finish. Still very much a pop record, all the surfy punch remains on Sees the Light, but the vocals are prominent and -- gasp! -- are clear, not buried under dense reverb. The music [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Day 1 with Flaming Lips, Tumbleweed Wanderers, SorryEverAfter & Swiftumz

Day 1 ended at Bimbo's with the Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin. I'm more of a Clouds Taste Metallic guy, but damned if the Lips didn't put me through another test of faith. "Waitin' for a Superman" with only Steven and Wayne playing was powerfully beautiful. Between songs, Wayne shared his interpretation of the record. As much as we want to enjoy the beauty of life, we must do so with the understanding that a lot of horrible shit is going on all around us. There is more horror than beauty. Yet WE, WE can create more beauty (for [...]

By |February 23, 2012|Tags: , , |

Friends of Friends: Getting to know Swiftumz

Friends of Friends is a feature on The Bay Bridged where a little name-dropping never hurt anyone. We interview a local band or musician and get the low-down on the music scene from their point of view. Last time around, Cruel Summer was interviewed and recommended Swiftumz, a.k.a. Chris McVicker. Who will he recommend for the next installment? Keep reading to find out. If you've never heard of Swiftumz, chances are you've heard the music of Chris McVicker. He wrote the popular Hunx and his Punx single "Don't Cha Want Me Back," of which there's a bonkers, drugged out version [...]

By |February 21, 2012|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2012: Tuesday Preview

Over the next several days, we'll be running day-by-day previews of what to expect from the 2012 Noise Pop Music Festival. We're kicking off with a look at Tuesday's slate of shows. Date: Tuesday, February 21 Number of Noise Pop Shows: 3 shows, 10 performers Already Sold-Out: So Tuesday's Flaming Lips show is very, very sold out, and why wouldn't it be? To have a band that co-headlined Treasure Island playing their best record at Bimbo's is something pretty special. Tickets on Craigslist are going for upwards of $250, although it looks like folks are also proposing trades for Radiohead [...]

Taking Stock of November: Seventeen of our favorite songs from the blog last month

If you're anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of the new music that's constantly floating around the Internet. 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 seventeen new tracks from Bay Area bands that were posted on TheBayBridged.com in November, with links below to download each of them individually. The Bay Bridged - Best of the Blog November 2011 Mixtape Tracklisting: 1. Fine Steps - "Tomorrow for All of Today" 2. Churches - "Save [...]

King Lollipop debut LP preorder available from 1-2-3-4-GO!, playing Oakland tonight

Woodland Whoopee Songs of Ol' Callowhee by King Lollipop King Lollipop plays a cheap and early all-ages show tonight in Oakland at 1-2-3-4-Go! Records headquarters with Peach Kelli Pop and Swiftumz (Hunx collaborator with a great new record available as of last month). Woodland Whoopee Songs of Ol' Callowhee is out now digitally; physical copies are available to preorder from 1-2-3-4-GO!, shipping out January 17th on limited red vinyl.

Swiftumz – “Angelita”

Swiftumz - "Angelita" Swiftumz is a project of Chris McVicker, who has collaborated with Hunx & His Punx. His debut LP Don't Trip was released by Holy Mountain this fall. "Angelita" is the album's star track, but it doesn't speak for the LP as a whole -- it wanders in and out of fuzzy, dreamy pop and into a hip-hop sounding beat every so often. Here's a little about Swimftuz, from the label: The problem with imaginary combinations is that many of them actually already exist. Don’t Trip sounds like a collaboration between Nick Nicely and Eric Hysteric, over which [...]

By |November 10, 2011|Tags: |
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