On Baghdad by the Bay; September 1st: Mister Loveless, LILAC and Violent Vickie

31 08 2011

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Mister Loveless
Mister Loveless are a 4-piece rock band founded in 2003 by high school friends, Rob Miller and Charlie Koliha in a sleepy suburb of San Francisco called, Walnut Creek. Loveless (as those familiar with the band refer to them) grew from an angular, post-punk act to a sonic territory, all their own when they enlisted long time friend, Sean Gaffney and devoted fan, Nick Clark. The group currently resides in Oakland.

LILAC is pop religion for non-believers. A heavy driving acid grunge dream LILAC’s music, similar to Nirvana in spirit and intent, aspires to represent a subculture – A subculture comprised of the passionate, unusual, angsty, romantic, poor, queer, long-haired, starry-eyed, depressed, downtrodden, dirty, loud, funny, ugly, beautiful, and bright. They want the true singers and dreamers of the dream to take back culture and make it shine again. Their songs are a reach for eternal acts of passion in the face of death. It
is about love, but mostly sexual and even more, about heartbreak. It’s a flower and it is a drug.

Violent Vickie
Violent Vickie is a two-piece multi-media electro-punk band from San Francisco, Calif. Inspired by riot grrrl, experimental electronic music and electroclash, Vickie started writing songs in 2003, recording drum machines, keyboards, samplers, guitars, vocals and other assorted instruments onto a four track in her parents’ suburban home in Southern California. Her lyrics question society and address female stereotypes, TV, addiction and religion. She has since played throughout Los Angeles and the Bay Area, toured the West Coast, and played Ladyfest and Scutterfest. She has shared the stage with many bands including Mika Miko, The Sharpease, Boyskout, Eagle and Talon, and Dame Darcy. Her shows incorporate energetic, psychedelic visuals that complement the content of the music. After releasing two CD EPs, “Shut Yr Snatch” and “Violent Vickie EP,” she is currently producing and recording a full-length album entitled “Monster Alley” with the new addition keyboardist and producer Cat.

On Baghdad by the Bay; August 18th: Interview with BAM! BAM!, Gun and Doll Show, and Only You

18 08 2011

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Bam! Bam!

Bam!Bam! is the East Bay duo of Chloe Bam! from Stiletta, and Zola Bam! from Make Me and Boyskout. The two play a unique brand of tweeish punkish music that is inspired by early 90’s girl bands like The Frumpies, and The Breeders. The band has been together a little under a year and in that time they have opened for Shonen Knife, The Forgetters, and Grass Widow amongst others. In May the band released the first video for Why I had to Go the title track for their upcoming 7” which earned them acclaim from Bust magazine and the SFist who proclaimed them “the best band you haven’t heard yet. ” In October Bam!Bam! will embark on a west coast tour.

Gun and Doll Show

The Gun & Doll Show celebrates the online release of their newest album, American Radio Two. It is the much anticipated sequel to the band’s last effort, American Radio One, voted one of the top 50 records of 2004 by SF Weekly. The album is a versatile and imaginative auditory trip across the radio dial, representing all brands of American music, done Gun & Doll Show style. This is post-modern pop with Killian MacGeraghty’s provocative and risk-taking songwriting style at the center. MacGeraghty is the writer, lead singer, mastermind and ringleader of what he calls “The Gun & Doll Show Cirque du Chevrolet.” He has been called a “boulevard surrealist who actually rocks,” and he tackles a wide range of material on American Radio Two including the first female quarterback in the NFL (Can You Feel It), a rock star who should have chosen a different profession (Cowboy Lingerie Store), and the truth about self-righteous punk rockers (What I Hate About Punks). Further down the dial are requiems to bad relationships (Honest Girl & I’m Not Bitter), cloned celebrity babies (First Born), as well as terms of endearment (Jungle Ho).

Only You

Only You is the collaborative dream pop efforts of Micayla Grace (formerly of Leopold & His Fiction) & Rachel Fannan (formerly of Sleepy Sun). Combining core elements of surf rock and brit pop, Fannan & Grace are making us weep joy struck tears of nostalgia. Its the late 50’s early 60’s. Its falling in love for the first time, again.

Having shared bills with J Mascis, the Entrance Band, Young Prisms & Ben Chasney, Only You has also borrowed the talents of Rich Good (Kings & Queens, Psychedelic Furs), Hunter Burgan (AFI) & Jon Sortland (Cigar). They are currently recording in Echo Park California.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 11: Interview with Trainwreck Riders

11 08 2011

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Trainwreck Riders
The Trainwreck Riders are a rock ‘n’ roll country band from San Francisco. Singer Pete Frauenfelder grew up in Bernal Heights, and brothers Steve (drummer) and Andrew Kerwin (guitar) grew up in the Richmond District, starting their band in their basement during high school, they have had a number of bassists. In October of 2008 Shawn “Boof” Wyman joined as permanent bassist. Trainwreck Riders are also often joined at local shows by “Cayenne” Dan Massie on Dobro and lap steel. Forming in the early winter of 2000 the band was originally called Rockin’ Chair, but eventually had to rename in 2004 because of another band of the same name. Apparently, the Kerwin boys’ mother came up with the name Trainwreck Riders.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 3rd: Interview with La Corde, Waldo Astoria, Wet Illustrated

4 08 2011

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La Corde

La Corde’s dark, delay drenched punk provides a soundtrack to nuclear meltdowns, global recession, toxic southern swells, and artificial respiration. They’ve toured from Tijuana to Vancouver, playing shows with Defektors, Cat Party, Arctic Flowers, Face the Rail, Rank / Xerox, and Airfix Kits. Reviews of their 2010 self-titled EP drew comparisons from the Wipers to Hot Guts to Sex Church. Resurrection Records will put out their split EP with Costa Mesa’s Cat Party later this month, with another EP heading for the streets in September 2011 on Pyrrhic Victory Records.

Waldo Astoria

Waldo Astoria is Michael Lim and Kern Haug. Michael plays guitar and sings, Kern plays drums. When writing songs, Mike is Waldo, Kern is Astoria. When being people, Kern is Waldo, Mike is Astoria. The juxtapositions are Waldo Astoria.

Wet Illustrated