Monthly Archives: November 2011

What’s going on this week?

[Tijuana Panthers @ KSCR Fest]

Lady Lazarus, Pregnant, Jib Kidder @
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Water Borders, King Dude @ Elbo Room, 9pm
Violent Vickie, Primary Colors, San Cha, Hungry Ghosts @ The Uptown (Oakland), 9pm
The Tambo Rays, Little Hurricane, Musical Chairs @ Hotel Utah, 9pm

Too Short @
The New Parish, 10pm [rescheduled]

The Entrance Band, Matt Baldwin @ The New Parish, 9pm

Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Pangea @ El Rio, 9pm [mikal cronin on tour]
The Papercuts, Dominant Legs, Tim Cohen @ Rickshaw Stop, 9pm
Tijuana Panthers, The She’s, Melted Toys @ Bottom of the Hill, 10pm [the she’s record release]
Wax Idols, Burnt Ones, Manatee, Cruel Summer @ Vitus (Oakland), 9pm [wax idols’ record release]
Weekend, Terry Malts, Extra Classic, Sleepy Sun @ Verdi Club, 2pm [the bay brewed]

Cass McCombs, White Magic, Liza Thorn @
Great American Music Hall, 7pm
Peach Kelli Pop, The Wrong Words, PreTeen @
The Knockout, 6pm [early show]
Thee Oh Sees, Total Control, Bronze, The Mallard @ Verdi Club, 9pm


cool 2k11

NME recently put together a “cool list” of music makers and shakers for 2011;  GorillavsBear did a good job ripping it apart in their list and perhaps pointed out the obvious in stating that making “‘cool lists’ is not really that cool.” Nevertheless, here’s our Bay Area version. Let us know what you hate in the comments.

10 Shiv Mehra // Creepers

Creepers // “Spiral”

09 Corey Cunningham // Terry Malts

Terry Malts // “Tumble Down”

08  Lars Finberg // Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees // “The Dream”

07 Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin // “Get Along”

06 Mark Tester // BURNT ONES

Burnt Ones // “Do the Spell (Loud)”

05 Robbie Simon // Wet Illustrated

Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

04 Tim Presley // White Fence

03 Blasted Canyons

02 Chris McVicker // Swiftumz

Swiftumz // “Angelita”

01 Mike Donovan // Sic Alps

Sic Alps // “Breadhead”

video: White Fence // “Sticky Fruitman has Faith”

[directed by Micheal Shifflett]

Wax Idols back from tour, playing record release show @ Vitus next Saturday

[Wax Idols at Cake Shop via Phil Maier]

Fresh off their Kickstarted national tour with Terry Malts in support of No Future, the band’s first full-length out on HoZac, Wax Idols are playing their “official” record release show at Vitus Lounge in Oakland next Saturday, December 3rd with Burnt Ones, Manatee, and Cruel Summer. If you haven’t listened to the album just yet, it’s great. I have been streaming it at work on Spotify (along with the new Oh Sees record) pretty much non-stop and recommend you give it a listen. The Vitus show will also be celebrating a new Manatee‘s single on SLR, entitled “Single Payer Class War.” RSVP + more info on the Facebook event page.

Singer Hether Fortune’s other band, Blasted Canyons, play Positive Destruction’s second showcase event at Thee Parkside, Thursday December 15th. Read more about the showcase here.

listen: Ty Segall // “Cherry Red”

Here’s the sludge-fueled A-side to Spiders, yet another new track to add to Ty Segall‘s massive outpouring of jams this year. You can buy the 7″ over on Drag City. [via RSTB]

mp3: POW! // “Cyberattack!!”

Check out this jangly, discordant jam from our friends in POW!. “Cyberattack!!” is the second song off the band’s inaugural EP release Pretend There, which you can grab on their bandcamp. Catch them at Impose Presents next week, and in December at our second annual showcase at Thee Parkside.

POW! // “Cyberattack!!”

Positive Destruction presents: Blasted Canyons, Hot Victory, POW!, The Mallard

Beyond psyched to announce that we are once again teaming up with Thee Parkside to host our second Positive Destruction Presents showcase on the evening of Thursday, December 15th. Following up on the success of our inaugural event, the lineup features the creator of the best album of 2011 to date (Blasted Canyons), electro-dystopians Hot Victory (from Portland), POW! (it’s their EP release party) and the most recent signing to the Castleface label, The Mallard. (Incredibly sick woodcut above also by Greer McGettrick)

Tickets are on sale now. The show kicks off promptly at 9pm, and we encourage everyone to come earlier to catch all four bands. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Blasted Canyons // “Ice Cream Man”

Hot Victory // “ZENITH”

POW! // “Night Train To Fog Town”

The Mallard // “Fault”