Monthly Archives: May 2011

mp3 premiere: The Tambo Rays // “Itchy Eyes” & “Doubt”

[Photo credit: Justin Lamb]

With a slew of buzzing, jangled-out tracks available on their Soundcloud and a music video that was recently featured by sister blog The Bay Bridged, fresh-faced newcomers The Tambo Rays are poised to become summer staples on the San Francisco bar crawl. We talk to singer/lyricist Brian DaMert about man stamps and Ellen DeGeneres.

The Tambo Rays // “Itchy Eyes”

The Tambo Rays // “Doubt”

1.  “The total combined erect penis length of the three members is a solid and reliable 18.95 inches. Round up on a good day.”

2. “Sammy [the drummer] has a ‘man stamp’, the male equivalent to the ‘tramp stamp,’ located in the pelvic region just below his belly.  He lost a drinking bet to a tattoo artist. Naturally, this is why his man stamp is a PBR logo.”

3. “Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire population of Ireland, Norway and Panama.  We have 20.”

1. “Gucci Mane – It’s Alive ( Feat Swizz Beats) ( Funkineven Remix). Up until two weeks ago I had never even heard a Gucci Mane song. Then my sister burned me this mixtape compiled by Sinden featuring various British bass producers and it has been on repeat ever since. I don’t know why but this song causes me to bike and drive more recklessly than usual which is bad because I don’t have a license or helmet.”

Gucci Mane // “It’s Alive” ( Feat Swizz Beats) ( Funkineven Remix) [mp3]

2.Darker My Love- Post Mortem, Post Boredom. From the very start this song has straight up vibe. I’m a big enthusiast of interesting vocal effects and unique harmonies and this song has great examples of both. To me, the effects and layers a singer puts on their voice are almost as important as the part itself.”

Darker My Love // “Post Mortem, Post Boredom” [mp3]

1. “To write perfect pop songs.”

[hat tip to Pinglewood for the interview format]


See Gayngs, The Vaccines, Cults, Dirty Beaches at Clift Hotel this summer for the price of an e-mail

The Clift Sessions are an annual tradition in San Francisco, where the hotel and LA-based IAMSOUND Records — the label behind Salem, MEN,  and Suckers — unite in indie matrimony to bring you a “unique live music experience” at the Velvet + Redwood Rooms on Geary street.

Dates are as listed below, via [The Bay Bridged]:

E-mail to reserve your spot now (if it’s the same as before, you can also request a +1).

Stream one of Gayng’s trademark soft-rock ballads below, off Relayted, which dropped last year. You can also stream the new Cults LP in its entirety over at NPR now.

Gayngs // “The Gaudy Side of Town”

Bandcamp Trolling: Oakland

Colleen Green // I Wanna be Degraded
Ramones-influenced stoner popette singed to Hardly Art, currently touring the east coast.

Metal Mother // Shake
Pagan folktronica. New record features members of Oakland staples Beats Antique and The Yard Dogs Road Show (hat tip to The Bay Bridged)

Big Kids // Pier 14 Locals
Gig scheduled July 8th at Thee Parkside.


New content // announcements // housecleaning // etc.

First of all, thank you to all from reddit that joined us today from the San Francisco subreddit. We easily surpassed our one-day visit record. Hopefully many of you will stick around for future posts. Feel free to add us to your RSS reader of choice.

Secondly, and because I received some tips today due to point number (1),  I added some new links to the side bar. We want to encourage people to submit songs/tracks/events for bands that we may not have heard. Although we are focused primarily on garage-influenced music, I will listen to everything that is sent.

Thirdly, and perhaps most excitingly, we are partnering with Out of Focus TV, a local video blog that specializes in recording shows live in high quality audio and HD video. The guys at Out of Focus currently post their videos to their awesome Youtube channel, including the clip posted below from the Ty Segall/Strange Boys show at The Verdi Club back in March. They too have a garage-music focus, so we’d recommend readers who enjoy our content to check them out. We will be featuring more of their work when we begin posting show reviews next week.

Check back soon.

What’s going on this week?

Neon Indian @ No Years Brisbane Powerhouse

Rival Schools, Johah Matranga, Suedehead // Slim’s, 8pm $14/$16

Jenny & Johnny, Nick Freitas, Whispertown // The New Parish (Oakland), 9pm $20  
The Black Ryder, Blackbird Blackbird (co-headliner), White Arrows, Wolf Feet // Rickshaw Stop, 8pm $12

Nodzzz, Milk Music, Doors US // Hemlock Tavern, 9pm $7
Dominant Legs, Aberdeen, Motifs, Sweater Girls // Cafe Du Nord, 8pm $12
White Denim, Fake Your Own Death, Angel Island // Bottom of the Hill,  9pm $13

The Undertones, The Mantles, The Smittens, Melted Toys // Rickshaw Stop, 8pm $15/$17**

Flexx Bronco, Soft White Sixties, MF Ruckus, Thee Heartbeats // Thee Parkside, 9pm $8
14 Iced Bears, Phil Wilson, Neverever, The Art Museums, Brilliant Colors, Terry Malts, Sea Lions // Rickshaw Stop, 5pm $15/$17
Rock n Roll Adventure Kids, The Rantouls, Night Howels // Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm $7

Neon Indian, Asobi Seksu // The New Parish (Oakland), 9pm $15/$20 
Eternal Summers, The Beets, Catwalk, Seapony // Hemlock Tavern, 8pm $12
Let’s Whisper, Mark Monnone (Lucksmiths), The Motifs, The Panduhs, Potion // Dolores Park, 2pm $FREE

**Allo’ Darlin (UK) had to cancel the first half of their tour due to visa problems. Melted Toys will be replacing them at the Popfest show Friday.

//SF Popfest starts this Thursday, with Dominant Legs playing at Cafe Du Nord.

//City Limits, a new label started by local bloggers Ears of the Beholder and See the Leaves, are releasing the first installment of a series designed to capsulize the sounds of a city featuring only artists from that given locale. Their first “time capsule” is the City by the Bay, with a track-list that includes The Sandwitches, Young Prisms, and Magic Bullets. City Limits Presents: San Francisco is out digitally May 31 with a vinyl following up mid-June. Pre-order here. [via GVB]

//The Tambo Rays debut coverage on The Bay Bridged today — watch the video for “Draggin Our Bones” on Vimeo, recorded by Katelin Hull-Nye, here.

Recap for the Week of May 16th: Ty Segall mellows out, S-S turns 10, Ganglians get weird(er)

Several big announcements/reminders for the next few days….

* Saturday: YesYesYes Magazine is having a fundraiser at AfterLife boutique on Valencia (cross street 21st), from 8pm-10pm. Magic Bullets side-project Terry Malts and Wet Illustrated are both scheduled to play, so get there early and buy enough booze to keep the magazine afloat. They also have a Kickstarter set up to help them reach their goal. [Judgement Day flyer].

* This Weekend: S-S Records 10 Year Anniversary shows Friday and Saturday (Bottom of the Hill), and Sunday (Hemlock Tavern). Read a little about the history of the influential Sacramento-based label here, courtesy of Michelle Broder Van Dyke, who also blogs for our friends over at NightFogReader.

*The guys at had a chance to sit down with Merrill Gaubus of tUnE-yArDs in Oakland before she set off on her tour. Gaubus talks about thematic elements present in w h o k i l l, her wildly successful second album. She also performs a rendition of “You Yes You,” captured here on Vimeo. (EDIT: If you are unaware of the great work video-art bloggers and SF-based has already accomplished in the short time they’ve been operating, including a deal with Pitchfork to record SXSW this year, cruise over and check the website out now.)

*Selection Records is selling 300 cassettes of Nodzzz “From Bleak to Blech,” half of which the tour took on tour to Europe. A day after our interview, The Bay Bridged talks with Anthony Atlas about Innings and what growing up in Olympia means for the band’s sound today.

*Ty Segall explodes onto the national blogroll, with the new single “You Make the Sun Fry” from Goodbye Bread (album artwork above) appearing at GVB, Stereogum, Pitchfork. Read the interview with Pitchfork where he talks about how MTV killed Laguna Beach.

*Ganglians put out a trippy video for Jungle. There are aliens and other weird stuff. An early candidate for video of the year, it probably deserves a post of its own. Watch it below.

mp3: new Ty Segall // “You Make the Sun Fry”

[via Dragcity]

Those who were at the last few Ty shows should recognize this jam, off the new record Goodbye Bread, which drops June 21 on Drag City.
The San Francisco pysch wunderkind is slogging around Old Europe this month and next, before returning to the states. He plays 7/2 at the Independent.

Ty Segall // You Make the Sun Fry


EDIT: There’s a really good Pitchfork interview with Ty about the new album where he talks about emulating Neil Young and introducing thought-out lyrics to his songs while avoiding the word “girl”. Read it here.