JEFF the Brotherhood – “Bone Jam”

JEFF the BrotherhoodBone Jam”


Jeffro Tull.  I like this guy’s style and this video.  This song is the first single off of JEFF the Brotherhood’s “Heavy Days” album,  due out October 13.    The Nashville-based group is known for their uncontrolled live show and “we’ll play anywhere” attitude.  So if that’s got you curious, be sure to check them out tonight at 21 Grams in Oakland.

Electronica Fans: Meet Hyperstory [MP3]

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Hyperstory“A Happening”


Here’s a tasty treat that landed in my inbox and very much appealed to my latent electronica/trip hop sensibilities.  Say hello to LA-based Hyperstory, the musical identity of Los Angeles based musician C. Scott Blevins. Due out November 10, his self-titled album oozes ambient beats and textures reminiscent of Gorillaz.

SF Spotlight: Sic Alps – “L Mansion”

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Sic Alps – “L Mansion


Man, San Francisco’s lo-fi garage rock scene is on fuego. And it doesn’t get any hotter than Sic Alps. These guys are so good it’s stupid. So good they toured with Sonic Youth.  So prolific that every time I turn around they’re coming out with more music that gets better and better.

Comprised primarily of Matt Hartman and Mike Donovan, the single-happy duo has been churning out music together – and a lot of it – since 2004. Steeped in lo-fi scuzz, their sound combines elements of grungy garage rock and 60s psychedelia . It’s both timeless and fresh and I never get tired of listening to them.

“L Mansion” is a track of their new  7″, out now on Slumberland.

Birds of Avalon – “Your Downtime Is Up” [Free MP3]

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Birds of Avalon, “Your Downtime is Up”


Yet another band hand plucked by The Flaming Lips to play their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in NY next month is Birds of Avalon. The Raleigh, NC-based group self-recorded the new album, Uncanny Valley, with all analog equipment. Mitch Easter (REM, Wilco, Pavement) helped mix the album. Yummy lo-fi goodness.

Stuck In My Head: Yo La Tengo – “Here to Fall”

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Yo La Tengo – “Here To Fall”


Obsessed: Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs, due out September 8.  Pre-order now on Matador. Then get your tickets to Treasure Island Music Festival to see them live on October 18.

What else is there for us to do…”

Concert Pick: The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ The Knockout

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band - “Testimony”


Whoo hoo! One of my favorite live acts from SXSW, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, has finally made their way to San Francisco and will be playing this Wednesday at The Knockout with the Bay Area’s very own Bart Davenport. Get your dancing shoes on.  Be there or be square!