Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Willis Earl Beal, The Wrens, Terry Malts, Blood Sister)

Willis Earl Beal Jason: After hearing what Willis Earl Beal's voice was capable of in a handful of early videos when he was still something of an enigma a couple years ago, I was sorely disappointed when I heard his seriously lo-fi debut LP Acousmatic Sorcery, which was recorded on a karaoke machine and didn't draw out the best in this unique performer. That disappointment turned to excitement when I heard that this Chicago native anti-folk musician was releasing his sophomore album this month on XL Recordings. That new record, entitled Nobody knows., finally does Beal's talent justice, [...]

Live This Month: September 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #314)

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_September_2013.mp3 Download: Live This Month: September 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #314) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month's episode is stacked with album release shows for Bay Area bands, with Bay Bridged favorites like Terry Malts and Kelley Stoltz introducing new albums we're really excited about. We're also proud to be presenting a series of September concerts celebrating the release of These Strange Days, a brand new compilation of local bands curated by [...]

Terry Malts announce new LP, release first single "I Was Not There"

San Francisco punk outfit Terry Malts has forced themselves into the hearts of lo-fi garage fan ever since the release of their first recording, a six-track cassette, in 2010. Powered by an affinity for infectious riffs, the trio creates distorted, head-bobbing punk rock with a refreshing, uncalculated nonchalance. I don't have the stomach to call it pop punk, but they call it "chainsaw pop," and that pretty much says it all. Following up their 2012 debut album Killing Time, the band recently announced the September 10th release of their sophomore LP, Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere, on Slumberland Records. The [...]

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Review & Photos: Man or Astro-man?, Terry Malts, Chuckleberries @ Bimbo's, 5/11/13

Stardate 1993, planet 'aLaBaMa', Man or Astro-man? are born. 2013, flying via rental ship (their rocket ship broke down somewhere about 1/2 way to LA), they land 60 Earth minutes late at Bimbos 365. In decent English they report great losses of equipment in the aftermath, yet it didn't stop them from lighting a theremin on fire. At 24 hundred hours, the drummer celebrates his birth. The crowd attempts to teach traditional ballad, "Happy Birthday." Drummer - unimpressed. Local aliens Terry Malts held the middle spot of the voyage. The set begins with "Nauseous" and the sing along chorus of [...]

Review & Photos: Ceremony, Terry Malts, Comadre, Permanent Ruin, Synthetic ID @ Rickshaw Stop 2/27/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Photos by Nicole L. Browner It's not always clear which part of Noise or Pop you're going to encounter for any specific show — or frankly, whether the festival has a specific theme at all, besides a load of great musicians dropping into SF for a week — but the Ceremony show on Wednesday night at Rickshaw Stop proved to be a solid booking from top-to-bottom: hardcore, noise, fuzz rock, and circle-pit inducing guitar riffs all blasted out at one time or another throughout the night. SF-based Bay Bridged favorites Synthetic ID kicked it off with a furious set of [...]

Best of 2012: Mike Schulman on Terry Malts

My fave Bay Area band of 2012 would have to be Terry Malts, hands down. Full disclosure now -- I put out some of their records on my record label. Don't let that think dissuade you from taking my praise seriously though; I *hate*most of the bands on my label. Terry Malts encapsulate for me all that is great about noisy, poppy, punky music in 2012. They're conversant with a huge swathe of hardcore/punk/noise/pop but unlike a lot of bands don't seem at all weighed down by that knowledge. In fact, what continually slays me is how effortless they seem. [...]

Fuck You 2012

Has there been a shittier year than 2012? I can't think of one. Fuck you 2012! What a complete waste of time. Really we should strike it from the calendar. We could call it 2011b or something. With that said, here are a few redeeming qualities from the year that should not be named: 2012 did grant me my first chance to see a show at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Oh Big Sur, I love you. Oh Flaming Lips, thank you for bringing me back to Big Sur (and the show at Bimbo's in February was pretty [...]

Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295)

Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295) "Best of" lists are intrinsically a tricky proposition, but compiling them is made all the more difficult by the San Francisco Bay Area's rich pool of local musical talent. This mixtape compiles twelve of our favorite local performers from this year, all of whom had big years in their respective genres. Limiting the list to twelve meant that a lot of talented folks were left off, but this mix offers a nice sampling of some of the best that 2012 had to offer. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! About the bands: Ty [...]

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290)

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290) The Bay Area has held a prominent place in punk music since punk first became a thing, with groups like Crime, Avengers, Flipper, and Dead Kennedys among the genre's most important '70s and '80s bands. As punk artists began to achieve mainstream success in the '90s, Bay Area bands were again at the forefront, while a wide variety of acts continued to operate independently on local labels like Lookout! and Fat Wreck Chords. Given that history, it shouldn't be surprising to find that there's still a wealth [...]

Terry Malts and Uzi Rash play free show Saturday

In a city starved for all ages shows and free shows, you can't beat this opportunity to see Terry Malts and Uzi Rash on Saturday afternoon. Don't let the location, the Speakeasy Ales & Lagers brewery, fool you -- it is an all ages affair, but there will be tasty Speakeasy beers on hand for the adults. Terry Malts, by the way, have a new split 7" coming out in June on Loglady. Terry Malts, Uzi Rash, Synthetic I.D., Yi Speakeasy Ales & Lagers May 26, 2012 4pm, Free, All Ages

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