On Baghdad by the Bay, October 27: Interview with Planet Booty, Please Do Not Fight, Fake Your Own Death

26 10 2011

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Planet Booty
Planet Booty is a force to be reckoned with. Having started as a genredefying concept album by brothers Nathan and Dylan Germick that blends electropop, sci-fi synths, space funk and booty bass, the project has evolved into a live show of epic proportions. The 6-piece ensemble fuses electronics, drums, percussion, horns, marimba, guitars, and soulful singing (with a splash of choreography and theatrics) to create a hyper-charged and highly entertaining dance friendly experience.

Please Do Not Fight
Zen grew up in the suburbs. The suburbs of England, the suburbs of Connecticut, the suburbs of France, the suburbs of Illinois and finally the suburbs of San Francisco, California. With so much moving he clung to his friendships and it was amongst these friends in a garage in those suburbs that he fell in love with music. Influenced by the likes of The Weakerthans and The Get Up Kids he began writing power-pop infused indie rock tunes almost immediately. When it came time to begin Please Do Not Fight he turned to, not only the most talented musicians, but the very best people he knew for help. That has colored the bands mission statement since day one and while the line up may change Please Do Not Fight remains a collection of the very best people Zen knows playing the music they love. This fall sees the release of four news tracks as Part One of a trilogy of albums collectively titled ‘pastpresentfuture’. The band is currently comprised of Geoff McCann on lead guitar, Kyle Albery on drums and vocals and Chris Carmichael on bass and vocals. They will be headlining a CD release show at Bottom Of The Hill in their hometown of San Francisco on October 28th before embarking on shows up and down the west coast.

Fake Your Own Death
Described as literary, brutal and infectious, FYOD has been compared to bands like The National, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth and Interpol by both local and national press. The band is staples on Bagel Radio, Mutiny Radio, Soma FM, Radio Valencia and KUSF. FYOD has played several sold out shows as main support for Hockey, The Warlocks, You Say Party We Say Die, Admiral Radley at the Noise Pop Festival, Film School, White Denim as well as The Trail of the Dead at SXSW. Fake Your Own Death is comprised of Terry Ashkinos on vocals and guitar, Rob Easson on guitar, Dan Francisco on drums, Joey Fredrick on bass and Meredith Weems on keys.

On Baghdad by the Bay, October 20th: Interview with Sonic Love Affair, Birds & Batteries and Blank Stares

19 10 2011

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Sonic Love Affair (SLA)
The Sonic Love Affair, or SLA to its friends, ignited shortly after Y2K.  Upon learning that electricity still existed, the boys plugged their SGs into their Twins and unleashed an unrelenting torrent of gnarly rock and roll music.  They recorded for San Francisco’s esteemed Dollar Record Records, putting out a double 7″ and an LP.  Total hysteria followed shortly thereafter.  Hailing from Sack o’ Tomatoes, CA, but existing off nachos in San Francisco, the SLA have returned from a 4-year hiatus to deafen the masses.  Proudly wearing it’s influences on it’s fuzzy sleave [sic], the SLA bows down before the alters of the MC5, DMZ, Q65, KAK, UFO, and the almighty Pretty Things!  Our first show back is Saturday October 22, 2011 at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.  As part of the final Budget Rock extravaganza, the SLA will open the show for Boston’s righteous Lyres, SF’s rock and roll godfathers Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers, Atlanta’s sexiest Subsonics, and all the way from Hayward…the Dukes of Hamburg!!!  Tune in, Turn up, and let out a Treble Yell!!

Birds & Batteries
Birds & Batteries are on a steady rise with consistently sold out shows in San Francisco, several TV placements and a new album in the works. This fall they’ll be touring in support of the estimable two-piece, Peter Wolf Crier (Jagjaguwar). Birds & Batteries’ latest album is called “Stray Light” and its currently in the works at Tiny Telephone Studios (John Vanderslice) with the help of engineer, Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof). The album is a funky and classic-sounding collection of Sempert’s most inspired songs yet.

The Blank Stares
The Blank Stares formed in 1999 in NYC. They have been recording, performing and causing mild ruckuses ever since. Holding a set of recordings close to their vest, they moved to SF and recorded and released their 2nd LP “All Blown Up” in in 2005. Guitars, Bass, Drums and a whole lot of singing are what these cats do. Treading heavy on the well worn path of rock and roll, The Stares rev shit up when they play and don’t let up until someone calls “uncle”. Their 3rd record entitled “Threee” is set to release in November, and promises more songs about space-born messiahs, insomnia, government paranoia, drugs and transsexuals. Tammi, Carlos and Tom’s earlier projects included, The Mensclub, The Jinkies, Papa Wheelie, and The Mink Lungs.

On Baghdad by the Bay, October 13th: Interview with We Be Echo, Brothers Comatose, Blisses B and Lenz

12 10 2011

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We Be Echo
Since 2003, this San Francisco trio has birthed a strange hybrid of punk/HC, jazz, dub, metal and extreme technical music. High energy, odd meters, shred guitar & hyper-dub bass lines form their sonic assault. The SF Examiner likens them to “a seizure with perfect timing… with head-noddable hooks” while The Owl Mag calls them “an instrumentally expressive musical force… hypnotic, astonishing music…”  The recent release of “Return to Nations” marks their third full-length release among several EP’s and compilation appearances, and tours in the US and UK.

The Brothers Comatose
The Brothers Comatose formed in the Morrison Living Room, birthed from the sonic gumbo of the famous Morrison Music Parties. The band consists of Ben and Alex Morrison – hairy brothers, both singing, with Ben on Guitar, and Alex on banjo; and (adopted brothers from other mothers) Gio Benedetti on Bass / Vocals, Ryan Avellone on Mandolin and Philip Brezina on fiddle.

In just two years the mighty quintet has made their way from the street corners and dive bars of their native San Francisco, to performances at such legendary places as the Strawberry Music Festival, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the High Sierra Festival, San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill, Slim’s and the Great American Music Hall, and have supported such acts as The Devil Makes Three, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earl, Trampled by Turtles, John Doe and the Sadies, Or, The Whale, and others.

Blisses B
Blisses B, rooted firmly in the city that embraces music in all forms imaginable, introduces another compilation of genre-crashing rock and psychedelia with their second fulllength album, Thirty Days, Sixty Years. Debuted on Nov. 9, 2010, the album was recorded, produced, and engineered entirely by the San Francisco-based quartet.

Thirty Days, Sixty Years explores the mathematical parameters that define our lives — weekends, vacations, adolescence, adulthood, the reality of how much time we have left on this earth — and the personal equations that result from the many caveats that can extend and shorten most of these time frames. Are we spending our time wisely, with the right people, and in the right place? What are we giving back?

LENZ is the new project featuring Andy Human (The Cuts, The Time Flys, Buzzer) Ray Seraphin (Impediments, Buzzer) and Brett Eastman (Montra,

LENZ reflects and absorbs both light and darkness. Vintage 80’s Keyboards and jangly guitars round out a sound that is both moody and triumphant, reminiscent of all your favorite pop-rock from the postpunk era, with a bit of krautrock thrown in for good measure.

LENZ has released a 7″ on SS records, an EP on Tic Tac Totally slated for release in November and a full-length LP due next year.

On Baghdad by the Bay, October 6th: Interview with Burnt Ones, Dandelion War and Generalissimo

6 10 2011

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Burnt Ones

Dandelion War
Repeatedly described as “Explosions in the Sky with vocals,” San Francisco’s The Dandelion War is working to shake the post-rock label and find another cliche to cling to. Mixing reverb-drenched guitars and vocals, occasionally frenetic drums, and, yes, a healthy dose of loud-quiet-loud dynamics, the bands crafts songs that take their time and fill up the soundstage. The Dandelion War’s first album, Geometries and Orchids, was released in the summer of 2010 to a healthy dose of critical praise. A video for “Sui Generis,” exploring the immigrant experience, also created a substantial online buzz.

Described as “the Inglourious Basterds of the Bay Area rock scene” (SF Examiner) and “left-wing fascists” (The Stranger), Generalissimo blend utopian impulse and ruthless pragmatism to create a sound that is “cold, aggressive, and mildly unsettling” (East Bay Express). Generalissimo’s bailiwick is tension and their oppressive manhandling of noisy, post-punk chaos testifies to an unmitigated mastery in that domain. Generalissimo are architects of sound and they will build their Neobrutalist Rock Monument to Order over the graves of noble apathy and limp tolerance.