Sad News Alert: Kimo's closes early and won't live to see the end of 2011. All scheduled shows are canceled and moved to new venues. [via SFWeekly]

Geographer drops the first track, called "Life Of Crime," off its anticipated new album (out in February of next year), and it's gorgeous. [via Paste Magazine]

One of our favorite local artists, Mikal Cronin, releases a song, "You've Gotta Have Someone," not found on his self-titled debut album. [via The Bay Bridged]

Pitchfork names three Bay Area bands in its respected, end-of-the-year "Top 100 Albums of 2011" list. [via Pitchfork]

White Girl Mob member V-Nasty started 2011 in jail, and ended it doing a joint album with rapper Gucci Mane. [via SFWeekly]

Weekly Tape Deck names Young Prisms' Friends For Now in its "Top 20 Albums of 2011" list. [via Weekly Tape Deck]

Cassette-only music labels are back....or are they? [via SFWeekly]