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What’s going on this week? (we’re throwing a party)

[more photos of The Mantles, by Robert Khoury]

Plastic Villains, Cool Ghouls |
Bottom of the Hill, 6pm [free show/ noise pop party]
Wild Moth, Heist, Street Justice | The Knockout, 8:30pm
Wet Illustrated, Magic Leaves, Noah Gundersen |
Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 8pm [free]


Lana Del Ray |
Amoeba, 6pm [free]
Gardens & Villas, Young the Giant |
Rickshaw Stop, 9pm [popscene]
Flails, Dimples, Mo Odds, Pink Films | Thee Parkside, 9pm
The Younger Lovers, Los Headaches, Guitar Magazine | Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Bare Wires, Toys that Kill, The Pharmacy |
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]

Brother Jt, Nothing People, Swiftumz |
Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm
Digital Leather, Blasted Canyons, Glitz |
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]
The Mantles, Pamela, Rat Columns |
Engine Works (17th & Capp), 9pm [positive destruction showcase]

Indian Jewelry, Jealousy |
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Anything else?

Positive Destruction Presents: The Mantles

Presenting an evening with The Mantles — one of our favorite live bands — in what will be their welcome return from an unexpected (and unfortunate) hiatus Saturday, February 11th in the Mission District. Venue will announced one week before the show. Joining them will be an absolutely stellar crop of supporting bands, including  our buds in Pamela (it’s their EP release party), and Rat Columns. We have three pairs of tickets to give away for this one – just RSVP here and like the video posted in the event to enter.

listen: Pamela // “Desert”

Pamela‘s got a new 7″ out on Southpaw, featuring a re-do of “Cactus” — a track that was featured on their sold-out debut tape Pamela is Hungover. Listen below, and check back tomorrow for details on a Positive Destruction-cohosted record release party.


Positive Destruction albums of 2011

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

The Sandwitches //

The Sandwitches // “Joe Says”

14 Bare Wires // Cheap Perfume

Bare Wires // “Cheap Perfume”

Bare Wires // “Ready to Go”

13 King Lollipop // Woodland Whoopee Songs

King Lollipop // “Cheeseburger and Fries”

King Lollipop // “You Will Never Find Me”

12 Pamela // Pamela is Hungover

Pamela // “Lie Down (Eye Contact)”

11 Weekend // Red

Weekend // “Hazel”

Weekend // “Sweet Sixteen”

10 Wet Illustrated // Wet Illustrated

Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

Wet Illustrated // “Claws”

09 Ty Segall // Goodbye Bread

Ty Segall // “Goodbye Bread”

Ty Segall // “You Make the Sun Fry”

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.

Swiftumz // “4EVA”

Swiftumz // “Angelita”

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.

Blasted Canyons // “Ice Cream Man”

Blasted Canyons // “Death and a Half”

05 White Fence // Is Growing Faith

White Fence // “And By Always”

White Fence // “Lillian (Wont You Play Drums?)”

04 Ty Segall // Singles 2007-2010

Ty Segall // “Bullet Proof Nothing”

Ty Segall // “The Drag”

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.

Wax Idols // “Gold Sneakers”

Wax Idols // “Dead Like You”

02 Mikal Cronin // Mikal Cronin

This scuzzed-out compilation of pop songs marked a solid debut album from Moonhearts/Ty Segall collaborator Mikal CroninUnexpectedly wistful and incredibly catchy, this is a record we’ve been spinning endlessly.

Mikal Cronin // “Get Along”

Mikal Cronin // “Apathy”

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.

Thee Oh Sees // “The Dream”

Thee Oh Sees // “Carrion Crawler”

top 10 bay area bandcamps

Here are our top 10 favorite artist Bandcamps — our favorite source of high-quality streamable music — all of which we have written about before. Let us know if we’ve missed anything:

1. Burnt Ones

Features: Free download(s); full-album stream; extensive discography.

2. Art Museums (Burundi Cloud)

Features: Full-album streams; extensive discography; memories.

3. PreTeen

Free download of full EP.

Features: Reverse Shark Attack.





What’s going on this week? (we’re throwing a party)

(see Part Time @ Thee Parkside this Thursday)

Ty Segall, RTX, Heavy Cream //
New Parish, 9pm $10/$12 (18+)
La La Vasquez, Terry Malts, Pamela //
The Knockout, 9pm (21+)

Cull TV Launch Party //
John Colins Bar, 8pm $FREE
Teen Daze, Yalls, Speculator //
Public Works, 8pm $6 (21+)

White Hills, Carlton Melton, Dirty Ghosts //
Rickshaw Stop, 8pm $10/$12
Blackbird Blackbird, Radiation City, Appetite //
Bottom of the Hill, 9pm $8 (21+)
Symbolick Jews, We Are Hex, Endroit, Catharsis For Cathedral // Elbo Room, 9pm $7

Part Time, Pamela, Permanent Collection, Surf Club //
Thee Parkside, 9pm $5 (21+)
Personal and the Pizzas, Straight Arrows, Angora Debs //
The Knockout, 9pm $5 (21+)

Zounds, Culture Kids, Dadfag // Thee Parkside, 9pm $10
Th Mrcy Hot Springs, Uzi Rash, Nectarine Pie, Fut // Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm $6 
Bare Wires, Courtney and the Crushers, Lotus Moon, Nectarine Pie, Smokestacks // Eli’s Mile High Club (Oakland), 6pm 

Peter Hook and the Light //
Mezzanine, 9pm $22
Robbers on High Street, Allah-Las, Freedom Tickler // Hotel Utah, 9pm $10
Rank/Xerox, Kitchen’s Floor, Fat History Month, Yi //
Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm $7
Tartufi, Battlehooch, Birds & Batteries, Bare Wires, Phantom Kicks & more // Treat and 18th St., 12pm $FREE

Lumerians, Naked Lights, Infinity Riders //
Bottom of the Hill, 9pm $10

announcing Positive Destruction Presents

Extremely stoked to announce the following: Positive Destruction is partnering with our friends at Thee Parkside to throw our first Presents event Thursday, September 15th. The line-up features some of our favorites, including Mexican Summer-signed artist Part Time, the new Splinters side-project Pamela (it’ll be there tape release party), ex-Young Prism Jason Hendardy of Permanent Collection — and the San Francisco-premiere show for Stockton band Surf Club. DJing will be POW!‘s own Byron Blum.

Advance tickets are on sale for 5 bucks. Tickets at the door will be $7. Show time at 9pm — and since every band playing is amazing in their own right, you will want to get their early. 21+

RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

Part Time // “I Wanna Take You Out”

Pamela // “Lie Down (Eye Contact)”

Surf Club // “BB”

Permanent Collection // “Let it Go”