Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"Backed by a bassist, guitarist and drummer (a friend who was winging it), Bee strummed an electric acoustic guitar and sang in her impassioned, emotion-filled voice, which seems to avoid hard consonants and thus almost sounds like she has an accent. Bee, who’s from Sacramento, started her career playing solo, so maybe that’s why the final song she played, alone, was the most powerful moment of the night — truly captivating." Read the whole show review and see the photo set of the show on East Bay Express here.
Friday, February 24, 2012
"Check out Brass Bed's collaboration with Allison Bohl on this cover of "He's Large." If you know anything about life, and good things, you'll remember that this song was featured in the movie Popeye. Not gonna lie, I had that soundtrack on vinyl and would sing this song at the top of my lungs until I exhausted myself and/or became distracted by other things." Listen to the track over on Vice here.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Am I going to get in trouble if I say this track sounds like Sonic Youth and the Aislers Set had a love child? I mean that in the best way possible. Sourpatch is a San Jose, CA based pop outfit that makes some dreamy tunes. We are loving what we are hearing so far and cannot wait for their sophomore LP "Stagger and Fade" dropping later this year via HHBTM.
Watch the video for"Things You Say" HERE.
"James Low has his proverbial shit together. After years without inspiration—his 2009 The Blackguard’s Waltz EP was the first release since what Low calls an “awful” 2004 live album—the longtime Portland singer-songwriter has a new band, a fiancée, plans to quit his day job and tour Europe, and a new album out with another on the horizon. The future looks so bright, in fact, that Low can hardly focus on his excellent new disc, Whiskey Farmer, which he refers to as “the country record.” “The pop record” is on his mind." Read the rest here at Willamette Week.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Monday, February 13, 2012
I’ve been trying to listen to more "multitasking music" lately: that's my term for those artists and bands that provide interesting background music that isn’t abrasive or distracting while I’m writing or reading, but are also just as satisfying to listen to closely. This is the kind of music Sourpatch makes. A four-piece from San Jose, California, comprised of two ladies on guitars and vocals and two dudes on bass and drums, Sourpatch is of the self-proclaimed “90s pop-worship” genre, although I don’t think that does their unique sound adequate justice.
Most of the songs on their second full-length album, Stagger and Fade, are either about being in giddy “like” (they just don’t feel like love songs), or having one of those painful, amounting-to-nothing-except-taking-up-all-of-the-space-in-your-brain kinds of crushes. But sometimes “like” can feel heavier and more urgent than “love”, and that’s what Sourpatch does best: they convey strong feelings through understated, low-fi songs, with the self-awareness that “like” maybe isn’t as serious as “love”, but it sometimes it can rule (or suck) just as hard.
Read the rest HERE.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
"The beauty of the EP is that you gain insight into a band’s mission and response to what their fans want. With Dig Your Grave, The Pharmacy‘s newest EP, they’re giving their fans more of the cool psychedelic garage rock that they know and love, and as a new listener, I’m curious to hear more." Read on at The Owl Mag.
Everything in the story of Sourpatch has been leading to their second album,Stagger and Fade, which leaves their peers in the dust.
Formed in San Jose, CA. in late 2007, Nicole Munoz, Christine Tupou, Mander Farrell, and Rich Gutierrez's music is bruised fruit; it's rancid candy. It's a cute joke turned around and shoved back down the listener's throat. They are in love with being alive, knowing it can be taken away at any time, and goddamn it feels so good.
Sourpatch endorses a gender freeing, queer positive, all-ages, feminist hinking, crush worthy lifestyle. They embody what it feels like to come to a vista point of influences, to embrace matriarchal ideals imparted years before their time and take on a radical critique of the world around them.
Building on a breakout with their first full-length, Crushin' in 2011 the band and their label (HHBTM Records) received national attention from publications like The Village Voice, NPR, and Bust magazine. 2012 finds them poised to take an even bigger leap forward.
Read the rest HERE.
Monday, February 6, 2012
She is not new to recording, as her Gild the Lily EP is what lead many to become hooked to her voice and songs. What also leads people to her? Being engaging, in terms of being affected by the lyrics, the occasional simplicity of the music and arrangements which will hopefully make people hear her for more than what’s on the surface (musically or visually).
Rickman will be going on tour in support of the album, to tap into your consciousness in order for you to keep listening. This is where she’ll do a tap or two:
03.01.12 – San Francisco, CA @ Viracocha w/ Zoe Boekbinder
03.02.12 – San Diego, CA @ Six Palms House Concert w/ Zoe Boekbinder
03.03.12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe w/ Zoe Boekbinder
03.04.12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ TBD w/ Zoe Boekbinder
03.07.12 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage
03.08.12 – Portland, OR @ The Old Church
03.09.12 – Spokane, WA @ The Museum of Arts & Culture
03.10.12 – Port Townsend, WA @ The Upstage
03.11.12 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
03.12.12 – Pendleton, OR @ Great Pacific
03.13.12 – Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
03.15.12 – Nampa, ID @ Flying M Coffeegarage
03.16.12 – Logan, UT @ Why Sound
03.17.12 – Provo, UT @ Muse Music Cafe
03.18.12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Dig Collective House Concert
03.20.12 – Denver, CO @ Unit E
03.22.12 – Lincoln, NE @ Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso
03.23.12 – Warrensburg, MO @ Cafe Blackadder
03.24.12 – Omaha, NE @ Side Door
03.25.12 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
03.27.12 – Ames, IA @ The Space for Ames
03.28.12 – Fairfield, IA @ The Beauty Shop
03.29.12 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Fugue
03.30.12 – Madison, WI @ The Project Lodge
03.31.12 – Chicago, IL @ High Concept Labs
04.02.12 – Bloomington, IN @ Rachael’s Cafe
Read the rest HERE.
Friday, February 3, 2012
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
So, this is the birth of Appleonia. More music and more videos are on the way; many more ways to give yourself over to the siren song of Jessica's mysterious voice, where the brightest colors walk hand in hand with the dark. Watch the video below and check out some out takes here.