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Cheers to Our Toast, The Sandwitches' last round

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 29, 2015 10:22pm | Post a Comment
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lovely photo of The Sandwitches by Rachel Walther

It's been many moons since we've been accorded a fresh platter from San Francisco trio The Sandwitches, and this latest release courtesy of Empty Cellar Records, looks to be their last. Since 2008, bandmates Grace Cooper, Heidi Alexander, and Roxy Brodeur have consistently honed a distinct sound that is, simply put, a little bit old-time country and a little bit roadside oddities rock 'n' roll. Their ability to seamlessly blend twisted yet whimsical girl group harmonies with unfiltered, mood-infused heavy Americana has progressed splendidly with each release, making this, their third LP, arguably their finest effort to date.
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Before you even get your ears on it, Our Toast is a thing of beauty. Housed in very fine packaging adorned with gold leaf lettering and a cover tribute to unofficial 4th member James Finch (painted by Deirdre White), the record itself (on oxblood wax if you're lucky) is sheathed in a printed inner sleeve featuring lyrics on one side (lyrics, people!) and a sad clown band photo epitaph on the other–perhaps a testament to the posthumous work within. That said, there is a twinging finality vibe to this record that moves beyond the commemorative qualities of the tangible presentation. It's a feeling that lends suspicion to the pulse of each song like an omen or memento mori. And yet, regardless of any time the Sandwitches' sound has been described as "haunting", there is nothing ghostly about this energy at all. It's as if seven or eight of these nine songs are contending for the ultimate setting in sequencing crown: the last cut on side B, the swan song's swan song seat.

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Main Attrakionz Promise "A Real Celebration" At Their Amoeba Berkeley In-Store (June 30) In Support Of "808s & Dark Grapes III" (Vapor)

Posted by Billyjam, June 29, 2015 05:51pm | Post a Comment

For Main Attrakionz' anticipated Amoeba Berkeley in-store this week (Tuesday June 30th at 5pm), in support of their brand new 808s & Dark Grapes III (Vapor) that arrives in Amoeba Music the same day, the prolific Oakland hip-hop crew's Squadda B promises a most memorable show that will be "a real celebration of everything we've been through since Carter Middle School." North Oakland's Carter Middle school is where the rapper/producer born Charles Glover is referring to. It was there that he first met up with his partner in rhyme Damondre Grice, aka rapper Mondre M.A.N. From that point on, at the young age of 12 years old no less, it has been quite a ride for the inseparable, prolific, pioneering pair. From the get go, the go-getter, two talented pre-teens tirelessly entered every local talent shows they could find. And over the following years they would win a lot of them too. But more importantly they learned and grew from their experiences that would help pave the way for a career that, for artists who are only now 24 years old, has already been quite accomplished. They've recorded a shitload of music (approx 15 full-length projects although only two albums including the new one are commercially available), worked with such artists as Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky, been credited with being among the chief architects in creating the alt rap psychedelic hip-hop sub-genre of "cloud rap," and landed a deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records to name but a sampling of their accolades to date.

Music History Monday: June 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 29, 2015 10:17am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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Born on this day: June 29, 1953 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Colin Hay (born Colin James Hay in Kilwinning, Scotland) of Men At Work. Happy 62nd Birthday, Colin!
 


On this day in music history: June 29, 1968A Saucerful Of Secrets, the second studio album by Pink Floyd, is released. Produced by Norman Smith, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in August and October of 1967, and January - April of 1968. The bands' follow-up to their debut, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is recorded sporadically over a period of eight months, largely because of Syd Barrett's increasing mental instability due to his excessive consumption of psychedelic drugs. Guitarist David Gilmour is brought in to take Barrett's place, becoming a permanent member of the band in March of 1968. The album features songs such as "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and the title track, both of which will become staples of their live performances. The enigmatic cover art for the album is designed by Hipgnosis, making Pink Floyd the first EMI act (besides The Beatles) to have their album covers designed by someone other than EMI's art department). It is the beginning of a four-decade-long association with the graphic design company. A Saucerful Of Secrets will peak at number nine on the UK album chart and will not chart on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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One Album Wonders: Opal's Happy Nightmare Baby

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 29, 2015 12:00am | Post a Comment
 OPAL - HAPPY NIGHTMARE BABY (1987) 

Opal - Happy Nightmare Baby

Opal was an American band associated with the Paisley Underground and whose guiding force was David Roback, a guitarist and songwriter from Pacific Palisades. Roback graduated from high school in 1975 and in 1981 formed The Sidewalks who, renamed Rain Parade, were seminal within the Paisley Underground scene. 

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Roback quit Rain Parade in 1983 after the release of their debut and formed Clay Allison with Kendra Smith from The Dream Syndicate on bass and Keith Mitchell (drums). As Clay Allison the band released “Fell from the Sun” b/w “All Souls.” After they changed their name to Opal, they released two EPs, Fell from the Sun (1984) and Northern Line (1985), which were later combined and released as Early Recordings. Opal’s sole full-length, the mostly T.Rex-indebted (albeit almost narcoleptically laid back) Happy Nightmare Baby, followed in 1987. 

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Phono Del Sol: Tanlines, King Tuff & More In SF's Potrero Del Sol Park, July 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2015 05:11pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol

King Tuff
King Tuff

Amoeba partners with The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone for the 5th annual Phono del Sol festival on Saturday, July 11th. This all-day music and food festival features 12 live bands on two stages in Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco.

This year's line-up is fantastic! Rock out with Tanlines, King Tuff, Sonny & the Sunsets, Everyone is Dirty, and so many more while perusing local food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors. See the full band line-up below. There's nothing like the great outdoors!

Get your tickets HERE!

 

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