March 4th, 2014
After close to seven years, we have decided to call it quits. It’s been really fun hanging out here and listening to so many great jams, but we all want to go focus on other projects for awhile. Thanks to all the bands who let us post up their music and took the time to write us letters – that was super nice of you. Sometimes we said some mean stuff about certain records, but just remember that it’s only the internet which we all know is entirely irrelevant. You can keep an eye on Johnny and Mark doing their other gigs and you can find everyone else over at Unpiano Books. See you soon…
March 1st, 2014
//flyer for sf show by ryan de la hoz
There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you discover that members of your favorite defunct bands have been palling around together and secretly playing music. In the case of Male Gaze, we’ve got Mark Kaiser (Mayyors), Adam Cimino (The Mall) and Matt Jones (Blasted Canyons) all conspiring to bring sweaty basement shows back to San Francisco and make sure that if you don’t have tinnitus by now, you soon will. Blankets of fuzz and dirty cymbal splashes rush in to push you around and if you can put aside a minor Ian Curtis impression, the vocals manage to ride up front just right and cut clear across the room. It sounds almost exactly like what you would think a Mall and Mayyors combo would sound like and that’s kinda of an amazing thing. The tracks below are early demos, but keep an eye out for an official release and if you are in Austin this month go here. Can you feel that? It’s the giddiness of finding something secret and new that is about to be huge.
Male Gaze – Think Twice (demo)
Male Gaze – The Cliffs of Madness (demo)
February 28th, 2014
This new project from Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn sits somewhere between smoldering and quaint. I’m sure most songwriters wouldn’t take kindly to being called quaint, but when songs are this safe and this clean, you can’t help but picture them as little precious ditties. Coming in after all the amazing Comets on Fire and Six Organs recordings, it’s hard to figure where this fits in. I mean Ben Chasny has hella solo albums and some of them are really out there so my first thought would be that maybe he found god or whatever it is that people do when they grow up. Fighting with your demons will make your music sound amazing and there is just no denying that. The songs on Voices.. are solid, but they run dangerously close to becoming background music as evidenced by the fact that I have been listening to it all day at work while I write – totally unaffected by either the music or their words. Don’t get me wrong, I like this fine, but let’s all call a spade a spade and agree that quaint may just be the right word after all.
New Bums – Welcome To The Navy
New Bums – Black Bough
February 25th, 2014
New Schoolboy Q dropped recently and it’s chocked full of LA and Oxy popping. I never connected to this dude too heavy, but he has his own flow most of the time and the beats are generally on point. He made a big show of saying that Kendrick put down the challenge and it was up to him to put out a classic. I don’t think there is anything classic about this record (least of all it’s corny title) but I didn’t want to turn it off immediately – which is rare these days. Who knows, maybe this record will grow on me. Maybe I need to live in LA to feel it harder? I dunno. One thing I did feel super hard was the production on ‘Hoover Street’. Flowing over a constant drum roll can be hard to pull off, but he found it’s place and kicked in hard. Good look on trying some difficult shit. (video)
Schoolboy Q – Break The Bank
Schoolboy Q – Hoover Street
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
February 21st, 2014
New tune from the Australian electronic band, HTRK. As with their last batch, I’m really digging the dark atmosphere and slow build. Can I just book a “dream show” with these guys opening for Soft Moon and Tycho? Actually don’t steal that idea, I think I really do want to book that lineup… Boards of Canada can show up with some gear and be like “is there any time to play? We have some new material.” and I’m like “uh I guess so”
February 14th, 2014
Little Dragon just dropped the teaser track to their new album due out in May on Loma Vista. These guys are a rare example of band that hugs the pop boundary super close, but never seems to let the dark side of that world overtake them. They just keep getting tighter and Yukimi’s voice just keeps getting better and better. This whole album sounds fresh as hell and we highly suggest you keep on eye on that release date (not to mention the slew of remixes that will follow). Regardless of how you feel about pop music and or the use of Auto-Tune, I dare you not to dance to this jam when it comes on in the living room of a house party at midnight. Everyone will be losing their shit like they were 18 and you’ll be like “damn, how’d they just do that?” (Video)
Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
February 10th, 2014
While I was wandering around the East coast last Summer, I had a car with a CD player and one lone mix CD that a friend had made for me. I must have listened to that CD about a hundred times and alongside all the other gems, there was this one song that burned itself into my memory of that time. F.J. McMahon’s songs are reflective and simmering in a way that sounds like a humid Summer evening at dusk. You just want to breath real deep and talk to a good friend about something heavy that’s been on your mind for some time. McMahon wrote this song along with his only album Spirit Of The Golden Juice shortly after getting out of the Air Force in 1969 and the tile song references his experiences in Vietnam, Thailand and the PI. Being from Santa Barbara, you can also hear some California in his voice, which I suppose makes it all the more nostalgic. Thanks Michelle – this is best gift you ever gave me.
F.J. McMahon – Spirit Of The Golden Juice
January 27th, 2014
//just so everyone remembers who the fuck this man is..
I like how people still talk about the Grammys like they mean shit. Or the Oscars for that matter. I can’t think of a single award show that has gotten it right in like 10 years. Everyone may as well be voting on the daytime Emmys. #laterforthatshit
January 21st, 2014
San Francisco’s own Tycho is something of a local legend; in addition to being a killer graphic designer under the moniker ISO50, he also filled the empty years where Boards of Canada didn’t release records with his now-classic “Past is Prologue” and 2011′s “Dive.” A teaser of the new record went up today, just one new song to hear, and part of me is pissed that they’re taking pre-orders for the March release date, but whatever – any new Tycho is good Tycho…
January 16th, 2014
Diplo took a second away from being a douche to create an amazing remix and remind us all why we liked him in the first place. If only he could shut up once in a while.