On Baghdad by the Bay, March 1st: Interview with Stages of Sleep, Hungry Hungry Ghost, Tomihira

29 02 2012

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Stages of Sleep
The Stages of Sleep is best described as experimental/alternative gypsy rock. Heavily influenced by such bands as Radiohead, The Gipsy Kings, Emily Wells, 2 foot yard to name a few, the end result of their eclectic sound could be characterized as “world music.” The band members, however, prefer to say that their music encompasses and defines a “cross-genre” style of music. It must be experienced live to be fully appreciated. The music is smart and witty with elements of flamenco, rock, jazz, classical acoustic and electric guitars, bass, violin, drums, percussion, sax and much more. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them live. The Stages of Sleep just recorded another EP at Tiny Telephone Recording studios which will be released April 2012.

Hungry, Hungry Ghost
Hungry, Hungry Ghost is the brain kin of native Floridian Alex Haager. It began while living in Berlin, Germany and eventually made its way to San Francisco by way of Brooklyn, New York, completing its glorious West Coast format with the help of fellow wanderers Logan Barrier, Heather Logsdon, Wagemann Pappe and Katie Schlesinger.

One full length album and one EP of their satirically-coined post-indie transcendentalist punk songs were released in 2009 on Brooklyn record label Infinite Best Recordings (home to New York darlings Twin Sister and Ava Luna), followed in 2010 and 2011 by a smattering of self-released digital offerings. A second full-length is currently in the works, albeit rather slowly.

Tomihira started playing live in and around the San Francisco bay area in early ’05. Playing for the remainder of the year culminated in the release of the debut full-length, Play Dead which was quick to receive praise from local press as well as catching the eye of some hefty blogspots nationally. Play Dead is the first full-length release from Tomihira, an indie space-pop band based in San Francisco. The band is named after Dean’s grandfather, who died at the age of 22 fighting on the side of the Japanese in WWII.




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