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Weekly Roundup: Gardens & Villa, Kevin Morby, Gap Dream, Qui

Posted by Billy Gil, November 21, 2013 08:57am | Post a Comment

Gardens & Villa – “Bullet Train”

It’s not too early to get excited for music in 2014. This new track from Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa is a winner, flying high on falsetto harmonies and a deep, thumping groove, like a hipper, more psych-oriented Hall & Oates. The band’s second album, Dunes, is due Feb. 4 on Secretly Canadian.

 

Stream ‘I Need You Bad’ and Preorder Now

Sonny Smith’s curated compilation I Need You Bad collects some of the finest Bay Area bands and artists around, featuring local young guns like Warm Soda, Pure Bliss and Jessica Pratt. Listen to the whole thing here, and preorder the LP from Amoeba, due Nov. 25 from Polyvinyl.

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Noise Pop Record Collective Party with Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets! Sept. 11th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 6, 2012 04:56pm | Post a Comment
Noise Pop and Amoeba Music continue the ever-popular and biweekly Noise Pop Record Collectivevinyl party Noise Pop Record sonny smith sonny & the sunsetsCollective with a show this Tuesday, September 11th hosted by Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets! The party goes from 8pm till midnight at San Francisco's The Homestead.

Here's how it works: fans are invited to bring their own record for the carefully selected celebrity host DJs to play over the course of the evening. When you come, just check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll be all set to party.

Be sure to RSVP for HERE, and get an exclusive Record Collective coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

PS: Sorry young vinyl fans, but Record Collective is 21+ only.

Band Crush: Earth Girl Helen Brown

Posted by Kells, June 3, 2011 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Bewitched at the drop of a needle, "nomadic psychedelic folksinger" Earth Girl Helen Brown owns my heart...

A customer turned me on to this jam as I was ringing up his purchase, the debut record from one of the fictitious artists associated with Sonny Smith's 100 Records project. Considering that more than a few of my favorite bands began as an inside joke (like the Sugarcubes) or some similar spontaneous venture (hello OOIOO) the scheme beneath Earth Girl Helen Brown's Story of an Earth Girl six song EP (on Forest Family) would be easy to miss if it weren't for the intergalactic, martian-love blues that color this collection of stellar musicianship --- a pleasant oddball mix of doo-wop, (earth) girls in the garage, Muscle Shoals soul, and a heady dose of feminine mystique.

"I Walked All Night" - Earth Girl Helen Brown


Captained by Heidi Alexander of the Sandwitches, with sandy sister Grace Cooper also on board along with a crew of SF local hitmakers (including Kelley Stoltz, John Dwyer and Sonny Smith, of course), this infinitely enjoyable record sets the bar way high for future endeavors. Limited to 500 copies on 10" white vinyl, Story of an Earth Girl dredges memories of some of my past loves and style crushes circa 80's (an obvious influence?), 90's (Meryn Cadell's "The Sweater"!!!) and all points beyond: xoxo!

"Story of an Earth Girl" - Earth Girl Helen Brown