Tuesday Meridians, Date Palms, Mike Wexler, Koen Holtkomp @ Life Changing Ministries (1629 8th St., Oakland), 7pm Wednesday Scratch Acid, Thee Oh Sees @ The Fillmore, 8pm White Arrows, Races ...
New music from , who are releasing their debut LP YES ON BLOOD on sometime early next year. The Mallard joins tomorrow night in San Francisco at Thee Parkside for our second annual Presents showcase. Buy your ticket . RSVP .
The Mallard // “I Listen to Lyrics Last”
Nostalgic vid from the creator of one of our favorite albums of the year, featuring Brontez Purnell of The Younger Lovers. Directed by Brian Hamilton.
Hit up the new , off their new album “Better Luck Next Life”, out February 7th on Brooklyn label . If you don’t sense the dirge, check out our sit-down interview with the band before they left SF here.
Another excellent Hannah Lew-directed music vid, this time for SF’s . We’ve been down with the we’ve heard from these guys, who’s members span other acts such as Rank/Xerox and Total Control. Pick up the self-titled release over at .
Check out this gorgeous b-side track from off their recent 7″, now out on .
February’s , which will be hosting SF rockers Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, and The Togas – a supergroup cover band consisting of Ty Segall, Shannon Shaw, and Ryan Sambol among others– is releasing a 7″ to mark the event’s second year of existence. Mikal and King Khan and the Shrines appear on the split; listen to Mikal’s contribution, entitled “Am I Wrong” below.
And here’s a promo/teaser clip for The Togas:
[directed by Brian Lee Hughes]
The Bay Area absolutely smashed it in 2011, with some of our favorite artists releasing amazing albums, EPs and cassettes that we’ve been listening to endlessly this year. It was incredibly difficult to cull the past 12 months to our favorite 15 releases, but we did it anyway. Check them out below and let us know what you think in the comments.
15 The Sandwitches // Mrs. Jones’ Cookie
14 Bare Wires // Cheap Perfume
13 King Lollipop // Woodland Whoopee Songs
12 Pamela // Pamela is Hungover
11 Weekend // Red
10 Wet Illustrated // Wet Illustrated
09 Ty Segall // Goodbye Bread
08 Swiftumz // Swiftumz
Hunx collaborator Christopher McVicker managed to release one of the most understated albums of the year under the moniker Swiftumz. “Don’t Trip” is an immersive collection of hazy, moving jams that transcends the limits of bedroom pop.
07 Rank Xerox // Rank Xerox
Rank/Xerox // “Sterile Regions”
Rank/Xerox // “Nausea”
06 Blasted Canyons // Blasted Canyons
Never before has an ode to weed and ice cream sounded so raw, explosive and all-together effortless.
05 White Fence // Is Growing Faith
04 Ty Segall // Singles 2007-2010
03 Wax Idols // No Future
The debut LP by Wax Idols features singer/songwriter Hether Fortune elevating the charming pop sensibilities found on her earlier work to a complete full-length, with lyrics veering from the lovesick to the macabre.
02 Mikal Cronin // Mikal Cronin
This scuzzed-out compilation of pop songs marked a solid debut album from Moonhearts/Ty Segall collaborator Mikal Cronin. Unexpectedly wistful and incredibly catchy, this is a record we’ve been spinning endlessly.
01 Thee Oh Sees // Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Thee Oh Sees scorched through 2011, releasing two mind-blowing full-length albums and a singles only double-LP all while maintaining a frenetic touring schedule that recently concluded (with Total Control). Carrion Crawler/The Dream was announced only a few weeks after Castlemania, and proved to be the “pummeling” record John Dwyer promised it to be. An instant classic and our unequivocal favorite record of 2011.
[free sfsu show]
[night one of two]
[night two of two]
[+ special guest]
[east bay psychedelic disaster]
[ATA fundraiser/winter beach formal]
[girls rock camp showcase]