I Never Listen To Your Mixtape…

Artist: Lady Fortune
Album: The Light from the Television EP
Homeland: UK
Label: Moorhouse Records
Release Date: 12/13/10 (or 13/12/10 for you Brits)
Featured Track: “Mixtape”

Don’t you love when the lyrics to a song just nail it? Yeah, I got that feeling when I listened to this track from UK-based Lady Fortune. I knew from the moment I heard it that Nick (the vocalist who sent me it) and I were going to get along. I completely agree with his mixtape sentiments. (Eye to eye, Nick.) It reminds me of what I like most about music, which is it’s ability to more elegantly express or articulate a sentiment or feeling. Even if that sentiment is music snobbery.  With a sound a bit like The Strokes meets Jamie T., they’re beginning to make some buzz across the pond. Their new EP, The Light from the Television, is due out on Moorhouse Records next month.

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Artist: The Black Ryder
Album: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
Homeland: Australia
Genre: Shoegaze
Label: Mexican Summer
Track: “Let it Go”

Australian shoegazers, The Black Ryder, released their debut LP “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride” on Mexican Summer earlier this year. A great title that conjures up the work and ethos of Hunter S. Thomspon. A good parallel because both are deliciously distorted. The band is scheduled to make their live debut in San Francisco Thursday, December 2 at 330 Ritch as part of Popscene. It’s a free show so get there early!

12/1 @ The Rickshaw Stop: Phantom Kicks, The Actors, Sunbeam Rd.

Phantom Kicks - “Cut from a Different Clay”

The Actors - “First Date”

Sunbeam Rd.Rocketeer


Stuck in My Head: New Mexico – “Chosen Ones”

New Mexico - “Chosen Ones”

I have not stopped listening to this EP, Have You Met My Friend?, since it landed in my inbox. Fast, rough and dirty, it’s one of my favorites for 2010 for sure so make sure you pick it up. And this track in particular?  H.e.a.v.y. rotation. To the point where it’s become a morning ritual. Two cups of coffee and a shot of New Mexico and I’m out the door, ready to take on the world.

They’ll be hitting SF this winter and have a tentative date for January 26 at The Knockout. Yeah. Mark your calendars…get set…GO!

11/22 @ Milk Bar: Sister Crayon, Truckasaurus, Kites Sail High

Sister Crayon – “In Reverse”

Truckasaurus – “Quarters

Kites Sail High - “Always

Kevin at epicsauce.com is curating a great night of Monday night music at Milk Bar featuring Sacramento’s Sister Crayon, Seattle-based Truckasaurus, whose sophomore album just got a 8.2 on Pitchfork, and San Francisco’s Kites Sail High.

Jim Noir – Zooper Dooper EP

Jim Noir - “Cars

Yes, I know you all think @indierockgirl is a one trick pony with my never ending array of garage rock recommendations, but I do dabble in a little indie pop now and then. Mostly the British variety (don’t ask me why) and Jim Noir is one of those artists, much like The Bees and The Beta Band, that I have a big soft spot for. Jim is a quirky, eccentric, bowler hat wearing guy that does an excellent job of making psychedelic pop. Eanie Meany, My Patch and Tower of Love are some of my favorites. His new EP, Zooper Dooper, is out now and available for mere 4 quid. Buy it here.

Sexy Neighbors – “The Chain”

Sexy Neighbors“The Chain”

Sexy neighbors. I can tell you a thing or two about that because, hands down, my neighbor brings home THE hottest guys I’ve ever seen in San Francisco. Sigh, too bad he’s gay. (bah dum bum). True story, but I digress. In all seriousness, I almost chalked this album up as my beloved mystery album of 2010. It’s been on rotation in my car for months now but I lost the one sheet, lost the CD cover and the files on the album were not encoded with any information (shame on you Sexy Neighbors)! It wasn’t until I found the album cover wilting under a pile of used Blue Bottle coffee cups that discovered the identity of this band. Sexy Neighbors are Brooklyn-based group that bring me back to the debut days of Violent Femmes. Their messy sound teeters on the verge of completely falling apart. And just when you think it will, they pull it back together into something altogether different, compelling. It’s brilliant and full of surprises. I love it.

BRAINSTORM – “Beast in the Sky” 7 inch [Free Download]

Brainstorm“Beast in the Sky”

This duo from Portland came to me by way of another OCMD fav, Buke and Gass. With both of those bands being friends and Buke and Gass being friends of my friend, I feel we’re all just one big happy family now thanks to the Internets. BRAINSTORM have just released a 7″ for free download called Beast in the Sky, which, in their words, is “a flurry of sounds referencing Colombian Cumbia, African High-Life, and noisy prog.” Download it for free here.

Free SF Show: Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Bare Wires

Black Lips“Take My Heart”

Thee Oh Sees - “Tidal Wave”

Bare Wires“Dancing on a Dime”

RSVP here.

Dayam. Mike’s Concert Calendar is always full of good nuggets but this one takes the prize. Sailor Jerry is sponsoring a line up not to be missed Saturday, December 11 with The Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees and Bare Wires. All this at San Francisco’s new SF PublicWorks no less. The Black Lips are not officially on tour but in the studio recording their next album with Mark Ronson, a Grammy award winning English DJ and producer who’s worked with the likes of Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Q-Tip. An interesting collaboration indeed. Will they ever sound the same? We could find out. Reportedly they might be debuting some new tunes at the show! I predict fans will be hanging from the rafters for this one.

RSVP here.