On Baghdad by the Bay, August 23rd at 8pm PDT; Interview with Ugly Winner, The Hooks, Hurry Up Shotgun

23 08 2012

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Ugly Winner
Ugly Winner formed as a three piece in 2008, playing shows around the Bay Area, touring the U.S. West Coast and working on songs for their first full-length entitled “Minutes, Years & Never”. The album was released in 2010, along with a split 7″ with San Francisco based band, Slow Trucks. Suffice to say, the band is rooted in San Jose DIY, local indie music, and art. They are synonymous, almost, with their bassist’s place called the “Ginger Bread House”, a destination for many touring bands choosing to grace the heart of Silicon Valley

The Hooks
Formed in Sligo, Ireland in 2003. We played two nationwide tours with Shane MacGowan, did a few 2FM Fanning sessions.
With 2004 came the trip across the Atlantic to edge of the Pacific and San Francisco.

Hurry Up Shotgun
Oakland’s Hurry Up Shotgun have been playing their muscular noisepop/rock for audiences across the bay area and beyond for 5 years now, growing more powerful with every show. In April of 2011 they went into the studio with Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet, Jello Biafra, Tool) and recorded their 2nd album.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 16 at 8pm PDT; Interview with Tremor Low and Permanent Collection

15 08 2012

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Tremor Low
Tremor Low is a four-piece band hailing from Oakland, California that creates insistent, brooding post-punk/new-wave music. Tremor Low brings their live experience to crowds throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, delivering a dense swell of synthesizers, iconic vocals and airtight rhythm. In 2012 the band will tour in support of “Kingmaker” hitting the road and inspiring new generations of misanthropes everywhere.

Permanent Collection
Originally beginning as the post-Young Prisms solo project of Jason Hendardy in 2011, San Francisco’s Permanent Collection became a more rounded-out affair when locals Megan Dabkowski (bass), Brenden Nerfa (guitar) and Mike Stillman (drums) were added to the mix. One part pop, one part shoegaze, with a punk spirit and energy, Permanent Collection exists in a world where it can scribble love notes to Creation Records on one hand, while nodding to neighbors Slumberland Records over the bay bridge on the other.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 9th at 8pm PDT; Interview with The Stairwell Sisters, My Second Surprise, The Seshen

8 08 2012

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The Stairwell Sisters
Which is exactly the kind of women that make up The Stairwell Sisters. Evie, Stephanie Prausnitz. Lisa Berman, Martha Hawthorne, and Sue Sandlin are career women, organizers, activists and mamas; making ends meet working and living in San Francisco. They also happen to crank out acoustic, old-time music with a punk-rock intensity. Somehow, between raising children, working and releasing records, they’ve taken their band to some rather well-regarded places – appearing on “A Prairie Home Companion,” festival stages from Lincoln Center (NYC) and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (SF) to Celtic Connections (UK), and many points in between.

My Second Surprise
After recording debut album ‘Avoidance As A Way Of Life’, Ayal moved to Brighton UK and released it (2005) under his own ‘StagFrenzy Recordings’ imprint. The album was signed to EMI Music Publishing and debut music video ‘perfect cure’ won the Israeli Grammy and played on MTV Europe. It was time to move on, this time to the States, where he spent part of his childhood. After playing SXSW 2007 he settled in San Francisco and started recording his second album, on which he’s doing pretty much everything (except for strings & horns). This sophomore effort, titled ‘Time To Move On’, was mixed in Tucson AZ by Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Iron & Wine) and self-released in 2009.

The Seshen
The Seshen is a 7-piece Bay Area-based band whose songs mix live and electronic elements. Their music utilizes electronic textures to suggest complex emotions and vivid imagery but also to blur the distinction between the abstract and the familiar. The Seshen takes influences from electronic music, hip-hop, pop, R&B, dub, and indie rock to create beat-driven compositions with a strong emotional core. The band consists of bassist/producer Aki Ehara, drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboardist Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman and synchronizer/sampler Kumar Butler, who provide the sonic backdrop for vocalists Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 2nd, 8pm; Interview with The Wild Kindness and Persephone’s Bees

2 08 2012

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The Wild Kindness
Mike Alexis (guitar, vocals), Doug Saenz (drums, keyboards), James Levis (guitar) and Ross Murray (bass) received their indie rock bonafides through years in the bands AM Magic, the Decoration, Upstairs Downstairs and Actionslacks. What brought these four together for another go-around is simple: old friendships, mutual respect and a shared musical history. No Craigslist; no hired guns. The timing was right and the Wild Kindness was inevitable.

Formed in June 2011, the band immediately got to work, writing songs and getting a few shows under their belt before hunkering down to record their debut EP, Coming Down to the Ghost. Recorded by James Levis at a warehouse in San Francisco’s SOMA district, the band spent random nights in early fall using borrowed mics and rack-mounted gear courtesy of Kyle McGraw from Faultline Studios. The result is a sharp-focused batch of songs with roots in psych, garage and indie pop.

Persephone’s Bees
Russian born singer/composer/keyboardist Angelina Moysov and Californian guitarist Tom Ayres don’t have a style or genre, unless Progressive-Retro-Psychedelic-Glam-Fusion-Circus-Pop makes sense — and it kinda does. Blessed with the support of the busy Brooklyn rhythm section of Robin Macmillan (drums) and Jacob Silver (bass), PBees live shows are mythical, magical, one of a kind moments of sheer fun! “Notes From The Underworld”, their first release on Columbia in 2006, was produced by Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stoneage, Nickel Creek). The second self-produced collection, “New In Berlin”, is just coming out, the title track describing Angelina’s lyrical predictions of a sic-fi world where “No revolution is possible in this…” and her insane Yoko Ono styled vocal screams. Still walking their own path between reverence and disloyalty for all their loved influences, the LP “New In Berlin” continues with the same tight arrangements, sweet vocals, and insane guitar that their fansdescribe as “mesmerizing”!