[SF Shows] New Mexico + Tape Deck Mountain @ The Knockout 1.26.11

New Mexico“Amused and Abused”

Tape Deck Mountain – “It Goes Down”

This Wednesday The Knockout is the place to be for an outstanding line up of two of my favorite up and coming bands, Tape Deck Mountain and New Mexico. Be there!

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[Fresh Tracks] Tape Deck Mountain – “It Goes Down”

Artist: Tape Deck Mountain
Album: Secret Serf EP
Homeland: San Diego, CA
Release Date: 1.11.11
Featured Track: It Goes Down”

Tape Deck Mountain’s debut album, Ghost, was one of my favorite albums of 2009. If you haven’t heard it, go check it out. Well worth the listen. Filled with ambient electronics and intricate layers, it’s the perfect winter elixir. Happily they’re planning another winter release, Secret Serf EP, due out on 1.11.11. So auspicious.

Christmas Was a Total Bummer…

Tape Deck Mountain: “Blue Christmas”

“Christmas Time is Here Again

For San Diego-based Tape Deck Mountain, anyway, who released a couple of lo-fi Christmas tunes for your holiday blues listening pleasure. On a happier note, the band (one of my favorites in 2009) will release a new EP called Secret Serf on 1/11/11. I wonder how many albums are going to be released on that day. It’s gotta be auspicious or something, right? Anyway, all bummer aside, here’s to a very merry christmas. Bah humbug.

The OCMD: Best Albums of 2009

Alberta CrossBroken Side of Time
“Rise from the Shadows”


Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
“Ready Able”

Tape Deck MountainGhost

Ty SegallLemons
“It #1″

Atlas Sound Logos
“Quick Canal”

Flaming Lips – Embryonic
The Ego’s Last Stand”

Woods – Songs of Shame
Rain On”

Bear In HeavenBeast Rest Forth Mouth
You Do You

Amazing Baby Rewild
“The Narwhal”


Band of Skulls – Baby Darlin Doll Face Honey
“Death by Diamonds and Pearls” 


Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
“And The Hazy Sea”

The XX – The XX

She Keeps BeesNests

“Lust for Life”


Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
“The Prowl”


Fever Ray – Fever Ray
“If I Had A Heart”


Foreign Born – Person to Person
“Vacationing People


J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
“First Born”


Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise


Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
“Future Primitive”


Speck Mountain – Some Sweet Relief
“I Feel Eternal

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Shadows on a River – Shadows on a River
“In Business


The Veils – Sun Gangs
“The Letter”

The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

Jeff the Brotherhood – Heavy Days
“U Got The Look

Electric Tickle MachineBlew It Again
“Blew It Again”

Album of the Week: Tape Deck Mountain – ‘Ghost’

Tape Deck Mountain“Scantron”

These past few bone-chilling, foggy days here in San Francisco, I’ve been comforting myself in a blanket of fuzz from San Diego’s Tape Deck Mountain. And it feels so good.

The band’s debut album, Ghost, was written by frontman Travis Trevisan during all the free time he had after being laid off from his job last year. With a self-proclaimed ‘mid-fi’ sound, the album title is befitting of the slacker-fuzzed lullabies it creates. Filled with ambient electronics and intricate layers that give way to walls of crashing guitars, the album is intoxicating and the perfect winter elixir. Let’s just hope Travis doesn’t have plans to return to his day job.