Music + Nightlife
The Flaming Lips broke out the boomboxes to make art, and this year, once again, you can, too.
Get in the act when “Unsilent Night,” New York composer Phil Kline’s free, all-volunteer outdoor boombox holiday concert, is unleashed on a far-from-silent-and-sleepy Bay Area for a seventh annual performance on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Mission Dolores Park.
Hercules & Love Affair was last year's soundtrack to runway shows, stores like Zara and anything that needed good disco pop infusing. The group has now distilled themselves into Jessica 6, fronted by the ever-captivating (and yes, tranny) H&LA singer/songerwriter Nomi Ruiz with Andrew Raposo on bass and Morgan Wiley on keyboards. Their sound's a bit darker and soulful (Check their Fun Girls EP here) than H&LA. They're playing tonight at 330 Ritch, so get out there and moodily dance away the rain.
Check out Nomi Ruiz in action at last year's YBCA's Artists Ball.
Rumors about where The Morning Benders would sign have been circulating for months. Well, Rough Trade Records has emerged as the lucky label to bag our Berkeley beloveds. The boys will release their sophomore effort, Big Echo on March 9th, then embark on a two-month cross-country head-lining tour. The album was produced by lead singer Christopher Chu and Grizzly Bear's bass player Chris Taylor.
Oh, hello Moon Duo. Nice to meet you. San Francisco's Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) are introducing themselves with a near seven-minute lo-fi-space-y and uber haunting jam. Listening to "Stumbling 22nd St" is like walking in to a Quentin Tarrantino movie during one of his classic stomach wrenching scenes. Sit tight for the release of Escape (Feb. 16, 2010).
Holy butts, Or, the Whale. In a True Blood moment the main character of said band's new video for "Rusty Gold" reveals his birthday suit and shape-shifts into a chocolate lab. Not sure what the message is here, but the video seems to be a perfect fit for the song's backwoods feel.
We're jumping into the "best-of" list fray. While there were MANY near misses, this list represents the 10 albums that were on our permanent rotation this year. 2010 is shaping up quite nicely, and we're looking forward to an even more exciting year in record releases...Now, let the snarky comments commence!
'Tis the weekend of hyped-up, sold out shows. Lady Gaga's Monster Ball is blowing through town (check out our Look of the Week to get prepped for that extravaganza) and Saturday's Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes GAMH show has been inspiring some pretty creative Craigslist pleas for tickets. We're a big fan of Edward Sharpe in the 7x7 offices (we play "Home" in an attempt to alleviate the chill situation) and are excited to see this band grace many of the year's best of lists.
Dust off the Chuck Taylors, the 18th annual Noise Pop Festival returns to our neighborhood venues February 23rd-March 1st. The west coast's reigning hipster-pop extravaganza announced early confirmations including Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Atlas Sound, and Four Tet. And, of course, there's always a local smorgasbord of talent and 2010 is no different with Rogue Wave, John Vanderslice, and Wallpaper set to play. For the music-tech inclined, the festival includes a mini-conference at the Swedish American Music Hall on Feb 27th.
Are local rockers are in mass exodus? Both Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Metallica's Kirk Hammett have sold their surprisingly tame Bay Area cribs. Hammet's Pac Heights mansion has been on the market since 2005 and sold for nearly $9 million, while Armstrong's Oakland hills home sold for $4.8 within months its September listing. Each comes with a private recording studio, of course. Roadies not included.
Not So Silent Night is pulling out all the stops this year, appealing to every kind of listener they have. Besides the Soundcheck Holiday Ball happening at Bimbo's 365 tonight, we're most excited about tomorrow's (12/10) Pre-Party at Mezzanine featuring sets from Gossip and Passion Pit, both of which we've been huge fans as of late. Unfortunately, as of writing, every one of Live 105's various Not So Silent Night events are completely sold out.