San Francisco Bands You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of – Part 5

Leopold and His Fiction

Do you like bluesy, southern fried garage rock in the style of The Black Keys, White Stripes and Kings of Leon? Then I think you’ll like this San Francisco trio called Leopold and His Fiction. I sure do.  Their self-titled debut is out now and are expected to release a new album early 2009.

Listen to ‘Come Back (Now That I’m Here)’:

 

 

Okay

I was taken the first time I heard Fremont-based band, Okay.  Mostly by Marty Anderson’s voice, which is strange, compelling and beautiful all at the same time.  His sound may not resonate with everyone but I find his songs with simple lyrics and sparse instrumentation achieve something bigger.

Listen to ‘My‘:

 

 

Port O’Brien

Oakland-based Port O’Brien has received critical acclaim for their autobiographical second album, All We Could Do Was Sing. Their ragtag indie folk/rock sound evokes the sounds of Neil Young and Bon Iver at times and back porch, drunken singalong sessions at others.   

Listen to ‘Pigeonhold’:

 

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Countdown to Outside Lands!

Whoo hoo!  Two more days to Outside Lands and Radiohead.  Here’s a mix I compiled of the bands I’m looking forward to seeing on Friday.  If I can cram it all in. Enjoy!  If you want the MP3 file, you’ll need to sign up for the OCMD Mixtape newsletter.

  1. Carney – Testify
  2. Howlin’ Rain – Dancer at the End of Time
  3. Black Mountain – Angels
  4. The Black Keys – Psychotic Girl
  5. Cold War Kids – Something is Not Right with Me
  6. The Benevento Russo Duo – Best Reason to Buy the Sun
  7. Manu Chao – Welcome to Tijuana
  8. Beck – Gamma Ray
  9. Radiohead – Bodysnatchers

the OCMD Mixtape: Best Songs of 2008…So Far

It’s the last day of July and half the year has gone and passed.  To celebrate, I’ve compiled a mixtape of my favorite songs (not albums) of the year…so far.  You can listen here, but if you want the file, you’ll have to subscribe to the OCMD Mixtape.  Enjoy!  

  1. The Raconteurs – These Stones Will Shout
  2. The Duke Spirit – This Ship Was Built to Last
  3. Elbow – Grounds for Divorce
  4. Black Angels – You on the Run
  5. The Black Keys – Psychotic Girl
  6. Beck – Soul of a Man
  7. Women – Black Rice
  8. The Raveonettes – Aly, Walk with Me
  9. The Ruby Suns – There are Birds
  10. Handsome Furs – Handsome Furs Hate this City
  11. Girls – Hellhole Ratrace
  12. Atlas Sound – Recent Bedroom
  13. High Places – Head Spins
  14. Beach House – Gila
  15. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  16. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
  17. Citay – Little Kingdom
  18. The Helio Sequence – Lately
  19. Art in Manila – The Sweat Descends
  20. The Dodos – Paint the Rust
  21. Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today
  22. Tilly and the Wall – Pot Kettle Black
  23. Rafter – zzzpenchant
  24. School of Language – Extended Holiday
  25. Jason Collett – Charlyn, Angel of Kensington
  26. The Morning Benders – Boarded Doors
  27. Jim Noir – Don’t You Worry
  28. Cut Copy – Lights & Music

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Danger Mouse – The Arbiter of Cool, Indie Music

I realized after obsessing this week over Beck’s new album, Modern Guilt‘, that I was listening to yet another Danger Mouse production. What is this guy up to and what else is he working on? A lot, so it seems.

Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is famously known for remixing Jay Z‘s ‘Black Album‘ over samples from The Beatles ‘White Album’ to create, ‘The Grey Album.’ From there he collaborated with Cee-Lo (as half of Gnarls Barkley) to release the hugely popular ‘St. Elsewhere’. He’s also produced the debut album from The Good, The Bad and The Queen, and the latest releases of Sparklehorse, The Rapture and Gorillaz.

This year he’s in top form with producer title for the following releases:

Martina Topley-Bird (from Tricky), ‘The Blue God’; Featured Track: Phoenix

The Black Keys, ‘Attack and Release’; Featured Track: Same Old Thing

The Shortwave Set, ‘Replica Sun Machine‘; Featured Track: Harmonia

Beck, ‘Modern Guilt’; Featured Track: Modern Guilt

With his influences firmly rooted in electronica/trip-hop, I’ll definitely be tracking his next move.

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