10/8 Live Performance by Mist and Mast

8 10 2009

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Mist and Mast
Live Performance
Mist and Mast is the new project created by Jason Lakis who had previously released three albums under the name The Red Thread (on the Badman Recording Co. label). This is a mostly one man project recorded by Jason with the exception of a couple of keyboard and guitar parts provided by others. Our first reaction to Mist and Mast…is that this music seems a good deal more focused than the last couple of Red Thread albums that we heard. And that is a good thing…because it means Jason is allowing his music to take him into new and different territories. This self-titled album features nine tracks of thoughtful, slightly odd progressive pop. The soft, subdued vocals work remarkably well within the framework of these intricately arranged tunes. This doesn’t sound like an album created to sell units…but rather an artistic creation in which Lakis is simply transferring his thoughts and feelings into music. Pensive, thoughtful cuts include “Turn Into the Turn,” “Campfire Went Out,” “Glass Tiles,” and “Price of Fevers.” Plenty of neat stuff here, it’ll be interesting to see where Jason heads with the next Mist and Mast release…

Tonight! Live Performance by Eric McFadden; Interview with DadFag

1 10 2009

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Eric McFadden
McFadden is an American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from San Francisco Bay Area, California, at times described as “an authentic old-west troubadour and an absolutely wicked 6-string maestro.” Reviews note McFadden’s guitar virtuosity, distinctly melodic songwriting and “rich, deep” vocal tone. His recordings and performances are cross genre and his lyrics are often characteristically dark with an interest in the macabre side of life and love.

Everyone fled from the south: sweaty, bored and sick of explaining themselves. DADFAG started shortly thereafter in a borrowed practice space in Potrero hill. One year, 30 songs and 17,000 shows later…Eva, Alan and Danielle are still in San Francisco playing with dildos, baking pies and making people uncomfortable. Girls on guitar and vocals. Boy on drums.