SF Spotlight: Chucha Santamaria Y Usted

Chucha Santamaria Y Usted – “Fiebre Tropical”

Chucha Santamaria y usted! Que chucha?! Chucha tu madre, bitches. Say it like you mean it, then go chucha yourself because I don’t like that kind of vulgar slang on my site. Whether the soon to be married, Oakland via Puerto Rico and New York duo (Sofia Cordova and Matt Kirkland) had political defiance or social deviance in mind with that name, it kinda works with their MIA-esque sound. Their self-titled debut, released on Austin-based Young Cubs, is officially out today and sure to be your go to summer synth jam.

J. Irvin Dally – Sunroom / Teething 7″


J. Irvin Dally“Sun Room” [audio http://crash-avenue.com/Media/mp3/2_JIrvinDally_SunRoom.mp3]

Wunderkid J. Irvin Dally produced one of my favorite albums last year, Despistado. A simply stunning album you must add to your collection. And he’s back with a new limited edition vinyl 7″ Sun Room/Teeting, to be released by the Bay Area’s very own Pretty Blue Presents on July 12. Supporting the release, he’ll be touring the West coast with a stop at San Francisco’s Hotel Utah next Friday, July 8 playing in conjunction with Garret Pierce. Hello date night!

July 6 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
July 8 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
July 9 – Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
July 11 – Seattle, WA – High Dive
July 12 – Portland, OR – The Waypost

Painted Palms – “I Will Truck” (Dirty Projectors Cover)

Painted Palms“I Will Truck” (Dirty Projectors Cover)

“All of Us”

Canopy, the debut EP of the half San Francisco-based duo, Painted Palms, is out now on Secretly Canadian. The pair have been on quite a ride since they self released the album earlier this year, grabbing the attention of tastemaker label Secretly Canadian just days after blogs posted the first tracks. Of Montreal also took note and booked the band as the main support for their 26 date tour this year. Not too shabby for their first go! With a label behind them, they’ve scheduled a West Coast tour in support of their new EP, kicking off in San Francisco July 21 at Slims supporting Memory Tapes. Nice line up indeed.

[Stuck in my Head] Funeral Suits – “Colour Fade”

Artist: Funeral Suits
Homeland: Dublin, Ireland
Featured Track: “Colour Fade”

This song from Dublin-based trio, Funeral Suits, has been on repeat since it landed in my SoundCloud inbox last week. They’ve just recorded their debut album with acclaimed producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) set to be released this year. “Colour Fade” is the first single from the album. The group made their SXSW debut this year as well and have played with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, and Local Natives. Get addicted!


Thurston Moore – “Demolished Thoughts”

Thurston Moore’s (of Sonic Youth fame) third solo effort, “Demolished Thoughts”, is simply lovely. Quickly emerging as one of my favorite albums this year. Produced by Beck, the effort is being coined acoustic folk. But don’t let the wimpy genre fool you.  His music still has the same intensity you would expect from a Sonic Youth tune, just unplugged, and dusted with a little Beck fairy dust for ambience. An intoxicating combination.

The album features Thurston on guitar and vocals, Samara Lubelski on violin, Mary Lattimore on harp, Beck on synths, vocals and bass, and Joey Waronker on percussion, among others. Thurston will be stopping through the Bay Area with Kurt Vile for two shows next month. Hello!  Mark your calendars and reserve your seats for July 25 at The New Parish in Oakland and July 26 at Great American Music Hall in SF. In the meantime, enjoy this Take Away show from La Blogotheque.

The Morning Benders – “Ram On (Paul McCartney Cover)”

The Morning Benders – “Ram On (Paul McCartney Cover)”

Irresistible defined. When one of my favorite local acts cover a track from one of my all time favorite albums, ever. Love it. And if you’ve never laid your ears on Paul McCartney’s 70s masterpiece, Ram On. Do yourself a favor and get on it.

SF Spotlight : LILAC

LILAC – “So Young” [audio http://www.omega-records.com/lilac/01%20So%20Young.mp3]

Taking influence from bands like Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Girls, and Nirvana, LILAC is a young San Francisco band with a hot sound and a sweet story. A love story, really, between founding members Will Ivy and Kristen Knick. No stranger to the indie music scene around town, Ivy has played with local acts like BRIDEZ, Honey, Hunx and his Punx and Girls. Knick, a model and stylist, began exploring her musical passion when she met Ivy. The chemistry was immediate and LILAC was born. Shortly after guitarist and close friend Chrys Nodal and drummer Jesse Short were later added to the line-up.

Their self-titled EP is out now on iTunes, released on Omega Records and produced by Patrick Brown of Different Fur Studios fell in love with LILAC after seeing them live.  With a motto that reads: “Take risks. Get high. Make Love. Write Songs. Live Forever.” How can you not love them?

Check out their upcoming of shows (6/26- Parkside, 7/21-Independent).