Tag Archives: Swiftumz

watch: Swiftumz | “Tuff Guy”

[directed by Anthony Marchitiello]

What’s going on this week?

Religious Girls | Young Lions | Hides @ Bottom of the Hill

Ava Luna | That Ghost | Youngman Grand @ Bottom of the Hill

Magic Leaves | The Lawlands | Grand Lodge @ Cafe du Nord
Crystal Stilts | The Mantles | Wymond Miles @ Great American Music Hall
Carletta Sue Kay | Detective Agency | Bugs in Costumes @ Hemlock Tavern

The Ettes | Nectarine Pie | Warm Soda @ Thee Parkside
The Wrong Words | Swiftumz | Huff Stuff @ The Knockout
Baby Talk | It’ll Grow Back | Symbolick Jews @ El Rio
King Tuff | Jaill | The Coathangers @ Bottom of the Hill

The Bruises | Dirty Ghosts | Sporting Life @ Bottom of the Hill
Social Studies | Battlehooch | Siddhartha @ Rickshaw Stop
Intelligence | Personal and the Pizzas | Ggreen @ Hemlock Tavern
Tambo Rays | Meat Market | Cogito | Evil Eyes @ Thee Parkside

Total Trash BBQ Weekend (Day 1)

Total Trash BBQ Weekend (Day 2)
Extra Classic | Low Flying Owls | Pony Village @ Hemlock Tavern

Anything else?

mp3 premiere: Swiftumz :: “Willy”

Here’s the extremely uplifting and heartfelt new single from Swiftumz, following up on his wonderfully understated debut album on Holy Mountain last year. Swiftumz plays in support of a fantastic bill at Verdi Club at the end of next month (also featuring LA-via-SF trio Wet Illustrated and The Mallard). RSVP for that show over here. Watch the video for “More Than Sleep” below:

Swiftumz :: “Willy”

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?

What’s going on this week?

[Wax Idols @ Cake Shop by Phil Maier]

Thee Cormans, Uzi Rash, Sweat Lodge @ Vitus, 9pm

Bare Wires, Meat Market, Big Drag @
The Knockout, 9pm
King Lollipop, Wild Ones, Up All Night @
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]
Religious to Damn, Wax Idols, Alexis Blair Penney @
Elbo Room, 9pm
Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams, Hank IV, Lenz, DJ Primo @ Mezzanine, 9pm [jonathan toubin benefit]

Dirty Ghosts, Swiftumz, City Deluxe @
The Knockout, 9pm
Deep Teens, Jealousy, Dadfag, Nathan Grice @
Amnesia, 9pm
The Soft Moon, Blouse, Blank Dogs DJ Set @
Cafe Du Nord, 9pm [captured tracks showcase]
White Cloud, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Moccreto, Arms N Legs @ Thee Parkside, 9pm
Zodiac Death Valley, Mister Loveless, The Spyrals, Baby Talk @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall,  8pm

Fleshies, Big Eyes, Wild Assumptions @
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]

Terry Malts, Balaclavas, Rat Columns, Yi @
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm [all ages]

Bare Wires, Unko Atama, Deadbeats, Adults, Glitz, Shop Talk @
Eli’s Mile High Club, 6pm [day 1 of Rock ‘N’ Roll Madness Fest]
Anything else?

video: Swiftumz // “2 Many Friends”

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.

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”