The Rumble SF 5/4: Mister Loveless, James & Evander, The Fling

Mr. Loveless“The Old Pain” [audio]
The Fling“Wanderingfoot” [audio]
James & Evander– “Constellating” [audio]

It’s that time of the month again. The first Wednesday of the month where you get a free preview into a line up of the bands of tomorrow. And May is a good month. Not only is it a great line up of artists – featuring San Francisco’s James & Evander, Mister Loveless and LA-based group, The Fling – but it’s also my birthday. So if you don’t come for the music, come for that.

For free entrance, RSVP here. Or pay $5 at the door.

The Rumble SF 4/6 :: Winter’s Fall, Vanaprasta, Space Ghost

Winter’s Fall – “Anyways” [audio]

Vanaprasta“Healthy Geometry” [audio]

Space Ghost – “Drone” [audio]

Come to Milk Bar this Wednesday, April 6, for another great line up of ‘what’s next’ in music, featuring Winter’s Fall – a Berkeley-based 5 piece that sounds like Band of Horses meets My Morning Jacket; the LA-based group Vanaprasta that has such a buzz going they landed on Consequence of Sound’s “Top 25 Bands to Catch at SXSW”; and Oakland’s Space Ghost that will bring their bass and synth dreamy beats.

As usual, DJ Bagel Ted will be spinning beats all night. RSVP for free here on EventBrite or pay $5 at the door.

Just Want To Buy You Some Maracas, Girl

Artist: Nick Waterhouse
Homeland: SF

There’s a new kid on the block in SF. His name is Nick Waterhouse and I’m very quickly falling in love with his way back, rhumba, R&B tinged groovy sound. Get on it. All over it. And look to see him live and in the flesh at Bottom of the Hill on April 21 and The Knockout on April 30.

That Ghost – Songs Out Here

Artist: That Ghost
Album: Songs Out Here
Homeland: Santa Rosa, CA
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Featured Tracks: “To Like You” [audio]

Some might say that the one man band of Ryan Schmale, known as That Ghost, might be somewhat of a boy genius. Having self released three albums before he was seventeen would certainly classify him as ambitious. The now 21-year-old has recorded and is about to release his fifth album, Songs Out Here, on Two Syllable Records. Written partially on the grounds of author Jack London’s Bay Area estate, all the instruments on the recording were played by Schmale himself.

SF Spotlight :: Man/Miracle – “Don’t Waste It”

Artist: Man/Miracle
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Featured Track: “Don’t Waste It”

One year after the release of their debut album, The Shape of Things, Oakland-based Man/Miracle is hard at work on their next LP due out sometime this spring. “Don’t Waste It” is a taste of things to come with reportedly more singles coming soon. The group have a few tour dates scheduled – even playing with OCMD favs New Mexico – and will be hitting SXSW to boot. Check it out.

  • mar. 10 – Tin Can Alehouse w/New Mexico. 1863 fifth ave. san diego, CA
  • mar. 17 – Pinpoint Music Showcase, Austin TX (SXSW).  Lanai Rooftop Lounge, 422 Congress Ave.
  • apr. 26 – Great American Music Hall w/Tune-Yards.  San Francisco, CA.

SXSW Pick :: Bare Wires – “Family Heat”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Make way for Oakland-based Bare Wires, one of my favorite local garage pop bands. SXSW-goers, be sure to check out one of their shows.

MAR 15: The Scoot Inn 7:00 PM
MAR 16: Beerland 7:00 PM
MAR 16: Spider House 7:30 PM
MAR 17: Red 7 – Panache Showcase – 7:00 PM
MAR 17: The Spider House – Burger City Party ! 10:00 PM
MAR 18: CMR TYZ Party- 7:00 PM
MAR 20: Beerland – Panache Hangover Party 7:00 PM

Cowboy and Indian – “Hurt My Pride”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Who can get enough of Daniel James’ gravely, soulful vocals? I can’t. So I was happy to see that the Leopold and His Fiction frontman is now also a member of the newly formed group Cowboy and Indian consisting of Daniel (vocals and guitar) Jazz Mills, and actor Jesse Plemons (of Friday Night Lights). They put together this video for the track “Hurt My Pride”, which sounds so good, and expect to release their full length album in the Spring of 2011.

Doin’ It Old School with Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse & The Turn-Keys – “Some Place”

San Francisco-based Nick Waterhouse is a purist and just wants to make records …. the way they used to. And he’s done just that with his self-produced 45 RPM single, “Some Place” – a greasy, 60s era R&B, booty-shakin romp. Down to the Tee. The labels have been designed and hand letterpressed by an independent local printer; the recording was never processed by a computer, mastered from tape to lacquer; and the pressing was done manually with a true flat profile the same way the labels used to do it. Now that’s creative integrity. And oh yeah, it sounds effing awesome too. Buy it here. (Thanks Victor for the tip!)

Sonny Smith + The Sandwitches = Sonny & The Sandwitches

Sonny & The Sandwitches – “Throw My Ashes Off the Pier”

Singer/songwriter Sonny Smith is a San Francisco treasure. The album “Tomorrow is Alright” released with his band The Sunsets is one of my favs. Now he’s teamed up with some members of another local group, the Sandwitches, to release an EP on Endless Nest December 11. The music is inspired by his near death experience swimming off the coast of Northern California. Pre-order here.