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Bay Area Record Fair, November 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2017 06:43pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music around the Bay Area for a day of community, celebration, and camaraderie. This year they'll take over the Swedish American Hall and Cafe du Nord on Sunday, November 19th from noon to 5pm. Admission is FREE, but you can beat the rush and get in at 11am with $5 Early Bird tickets available HERE!

BARF's celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 40 independent record labels (Alternative Tentacles, Tricycle, Father/Daughter, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment. There will also be guest DJs spinning throughout the day and a raffle for stellar prize packs. See you at the Fair!


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Such a Vision: Grace Sings Sludge's Red Light Museum

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, November 24, 2014 07:14pm | Post a Comment
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photo via sludgegrace.tumblr.com

There are plenty of divas and dime-a-dozen darlings moving through the vanity fair on any given day, but there is only one Grace Cooper in existence. An artist, singer, and songwriter known in part for her countless collaborations with local visionaries and troubadours aplenty, as well as for her contributions as one-third of the oft celebrated and much missed Bay Area "girl band" The Sandwitches, Grace has lately released a new collection of songs as Grace Sings Sludge, an alias that serves as a monicker for her mostly-solo show, one that is apparently executed entirely on her own terms.

Following up from her past two Grace Sings Sludge releases with San Francisco’s Secret Seven Records, This Time It’s Personal and Last Year’s Friend, this new self-released album, Red Light Museum (via Empty Cellar), is a heady potion of lust, devotion, and darkened encounters that seems to be a more disturbed affair compared its predecessors, in a good way. One bewitching example of this is the opening track, "Difficult to Luv," what begins as an intimate, barely-there rhythmic apparition that slowly slips it's limbs around you, easing into a slow-handed throbbing inquisition for the "Jesus Christ of love" -- see the cattitudes aplenty video for the song, below:


Tim Cohen's Magic Trick album release party tonight!

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, August 24, 2011 02:00pm | Post a Comment
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Tonight tonight tonight! (((folkYEAH!))) presents the latest aural conjurings from local pop-psych wizard (popsyzard?) and Fresh & Onlys brainchild/frontman Tim Cohen's sleight of band side-project Magic Trick in celebration of their latest release The Glad Birth of Love (out on Empty Cellar) -- a record consisting of only four songs clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes that finds Cohen coloring outside the lines, expanding upon his improvisational troubadour habit by exploring a limitlessness of epic, long-form composition most gallantly, with more than a few influential favors bestowed from Joanna Newsom tucked beneath his armor.

That Cohen continues to maintain an excitement about his rambles comes as no surprise as his previous works, given his Two Sides, Onlys, Black Fiction, Feller Quentin, Smif Carniverous et al, are as different as pineapples and peaches but remain each enjoyable to the last. And this newly-born Glad Birth of Love is no exception, for it is most definitely Cohen's most ambitious release to date and features several heavy-hitter guest appearances like John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches, Diego Gonzalez of The Dry Spells and Citay, plus many more. The limited-to-100-copies edition “comes in an elegant old-style tip-on jacket” with an 11″ x 22″ poster featuring what one dear friend of mine declared to be "some scary-ass artwork."

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