Posted on04/19/2012bykevin|Comments Off on 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:
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.
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.
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.
mp3: Wax Idols // “Gold Sneakers”
This scuzzed-out compilation of pop songs marked a solid debut album from Moonhearts/Ty Segall collaborator Mikal Cronin. Unexpectedly wistful and incredibly catchy, this is a record we’ve been spinning endlessly.
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.
Posted on10/18/2011bykevin|Comments Off on 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.
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