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Weekly Roundup: MellowHigh, Tera Melos, Best Coast, Upset, Mike Donovan

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2013 06:01pm | Post a Comment

MellowHigh – “Extinguisher”

mellowhighThe Odd Future trio MellowHigh (formerly a duo known as MellowHype) are generating much salivation for their first, self-titled album. One listen to the old-school-flavored “Extinguisher” and it’s not hard to hear why. “Hip-hop is back” one of them says near the end of the song. No doubt. The album’s due on Halloween via Odd Future.

 

Tera Melos – Live at Amoeba video

tera melosNor. Cal.’s Tera Melos are one of the coolest guitar bands around, wrangling their guitar necks around each other with much interlocking riff mayhem. See how they do it with a video of their performance at Amoeba SF below. Read my interview with the band here, and check out their album X’ed Out.

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Weekly Roundup: Alexander Spit, The Mantles, Sic Alps, Alela Diane, Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2013 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Alexander Spit Preps Instrumentals Mixtape, Releases ‘Valet Park, CA’

alexander spitAlexander Spit released a tantalizing debut LP earlier this year called A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside. Now the West Coast rapper/prouducer has a mixtape coming out that could make even more waves than his debut, judging by the first taste, “Valet Park, CA,” a blissed-out track with warped vocals. I doubt Valet Park is less a real place and more of a pun, but the displaced, quietly melancholic vibe he summons here calls to mind so many nowheresvilles of California.

 

The Mantles Release Second Song From Upcoming Sophomore Album

The MantlesThe Mantles sound a bit like they’re from New Zealand (home of The Clean, The Bats etc.), but they’re from San Francisco, so hurray for us! This band hits all the right jangly notes, evoking The Byrds with their harmonic singing but in a perfectly disinterested way, while their guitars have swagger in addition to the jangle. “Hello,” indeed. Long Enough to Leave is due June 18 on Slumberland.

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20 Super Rad Free Downloads from 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 20, 2012 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba.com’s growing free downloads section had a ton of great stuff this year. Here are some highlights.

 

Sufjan Stevens – “Justice Delivers Its Death”

This delicate ballad comes from Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas opus, Silver & Gold, Songs for Christmas, though its delicate beauty would fit on any of Stevens’ early, more acoustic releases.

 

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Pissed Jeans – “Bathroom Laughter”

Pennsylvania punks Pissed Jeans’ latest album, Honeys, is due Feb. 12 on Sub Pop. The first taste from the album is a ferocious blast, with singer Matt Korvette scream-talking lyrics quickly as the band bashes out two-and-a-half minutes of hardcore bliss.

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Sic Alps' Mike Donovan Takes Us Through the Band's New Album

Posted by Billy Gil, September 8, 2012 11:24am | Post a Comment
sic alpsSic Alps have long been an S.F. favorite, fusing the hippie aesthetic of the San Francisco of lore (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane) with the newer noise-garage ethos similarly employed by acts like Ty Segall, who played in Sic Alps for a time, and Thee Oh Sees, with whom they’ll play at the the El Rey Theatre Sept. 9. The band boasts a prolific career in a short time — the band formed in 2004 and has released over a dozen EPs, three regular albums and another, A Long Way to a Shortcut, compiling their singles. Now, they’ve chosen to give their fourth album a self-titled name (out Sept. 18; preorder here), and with that comes a somewhat cleaner sound, complete with strings, courtesy of Ryan Francesconi, who arranged strings for Joanna Newsom. I spoke with frontman Mike Donovan about the new album and the band’s trajectory.
 
PST: One of the most noticeable new sounds on the record is the strings on songs like “Glyphs” and “Rock Races.” Can you talk about how that came about and working with Ryan Francesconi?

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Thee Oh Sees, Sandwitches, Sic Alps and Ty Segall Play Benefit 2.9 in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 8, 2011 03:58pm | Post a Comment

Bring a warm coat to donate and read more about the show here!

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