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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?

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”

december 2011 mix

Positive Destruction // december 2011 mix

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01 Yikes // “The Cars”
02 Sic Alps // “Breadhead”
03 Wax Idols // “Hitman
04 POW!// “Night Train to Fog Town”
05 Ty Segall// “It”
06 Thee Oh Sees// “The Dream”
07 The Spyrals // “Sunflower Microphone”
08 Swiftumz // “Angelita”
09 Part Time // “Touch Me Responsibly”
10 Wet Illustrated // “(Where I Wanna Be) Buried”

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”

What’s going on this week?

[Grass Widow @ Yard Show]

Outdoorsmen, Los Headaches, The Shrouds @
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm

Los Headaches, Midnite Snaxxx, Wrong Words @
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 7pm

Grass Widow, T.I.T.S, Erase Errata @
Public Works, 9pm
Magic Trick, Devon Williams, Wet Illustrated @ Amnesia, 9pm
The Spyrals, Michael Beach, Hypatia Lake @
Hemlock Tavern, 9pm
Brightlighters, Moonlight Orchestra, Plastic Villains @ Kimo’s, 9pm
Nectarine Pie, Meat Market, Pool Honeys, Death Lens @
Eli’s Mile High Club, 7pm

Grandma’s Boyfriend @
Brainwash Cafe, 8pm

Melted Toys, PreTeen, Tint @
El Rio, 2pm [benefit show/early afternoon]
Mark Sultan, King Lollipop, Lovely Bad Things @ Hemlock Tavern, 9:30pm
Violent Change, Dreamdate, LA Drugz, Croissants @ Thee Parkside, 9pm

Mirah @
The New Parish, 9pm

mp3: Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

Here’s another infectious jam from what will surely be one of our favorite records of the year: Wet Illustrated‘s debut LP 1 x 1 x 1 drops October 25th on True Panther and can be pre-ordered here (first 100 on blue vinyl). The group’s aforementioned Halloween record-release party w/ The Mantles @ The Secret Alley is a no go, so make sure to check out their Facebook for details on a new show coming soon.

Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

West Coast Tour Dates
11/16 – Los Angeles w/Devon Williams
11/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia w/Devon Williams, Tim Cohen
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Reed College at Winch/Capehartw/Devon Williams, Hausu
11/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Glen 360 w/Devon Williams, The Shilohs
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/Devon Williams, Craft Spells
11/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Bows & Arrows w/Devon Williams, Touchez
11/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/Devon Williams