November 15, 2011

Video: The Sandwitches // “In The Garden”.

"In The Garden" by The Sandwitches from the album Mrs. Jones’ Cookies on Empty Cellar Records. Directed by Ryan Browne (a Sunset in Sonny and The Sunsets/Tortured Genies), the video takes place in one of the Mission’s gems: Esta Noche. Yes, you’ve probably walked been and been confused by it. Say what you will, it is one of the ultimate drag spots in San Francisco. It’s nice to see a video pay homeage to it. The Sandwitches are currently on tour in Europe with Carletta Sue Kay.

- Pedro

November 4, 2011

Video: Real Estate // “It’s Real”.

Loving this feel good jam. “It’s Real” is off of Real Estate's new album, Days (via Domino Records). Perfect for those foggy fall days when you just wanna listen to some records and vibe out with your lover-friend. I first saw Real Estate back in ‘09 when the kids in Young Prisms were trying to find them a spot to play and  raise money for John of Sudden Oak. It was decided that Adobe Books was too small of a joint, so it was moved to the Sunshine Castle - it was a super fun show with too many inside jokes. Real Estate play with Big Troubles next Friday (11/11) at Slims. $17, Doors at 8PM.

- Pedro

P.S. Rumor is Real Estate and Big Troubles are DJing somewhere in the Mission after their show. Follow for deets.

November 2, 2011

Video: Christopher Owens // “Mr Blue” (via True Panther + Opening Ceremony).

A little over a year ago, Ryan McGinley had his opening for Life Adjustment Center at Ratio 3 Gallery. It was pouring rain, and I was heading home from the mall after buying some deodorant. A good friend texted me, and said I should head over to Ratio 3 to catch the show, he mentioned that Christopher Owens was going to do an acoustic set. I was stoked. I had never seen Owens live, and I had missed my opportunity to catch Girls live at the Knockout on NYE the year before (I had a ticket, but was too much of a lush to walk five blocks). Ratio 3 was packed to the brim. Everyone soaked, yet cheerful. I was dripping wet, but was moved by Owens’ tender nature. I had always wondered what happened to the footage of that night’s performance. Lucky for us, all the footage was edited and release via Opening Ceremony. Make sure to check out their site for additional songs - many of which appear on Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds).

- Pedro

October 18, 2011

Video: Nick Waterhouse // “I Can Only Give You Everything” (Dir. Dick Thompson).

I appreciate Nick Waterhouse's blunt honesty, and this track lays that out clearly: “I can't give you more than what I got.” A song about realistic expectations. People have said a lot of thing about Waterhouse's music, but let's boil it down: call it part of the R&B revival or “nu-soul,” the truth is that his jams are awesome. This track is off Waterhouse's latest single for “Is That Clear” (via IL Records). You can check out Nick Waterhouse & The Tarots tomorrow (10/19) at Slims (SF) w/ The Allah-Las. 8:30PM, $10/$13. Also, check out the mix Waterhouse made us back in March.

- Pedro

Also see Michelle’s Nick Waterhouse Interview for the SF Chron.

October 17, 2011

Video: White Fence // “Get That Heart”.

(Video via Impose Magazine) It’s a crazy thing - the music of Tim Presley (White Fence) has been in my life for over 11 years. As my musical taste evolved, Presley’s music has fit all sorts of moods: angst, love, anger, and reflection. Now, his brainchild/bedroom project, White Fence, has reinforced my appreciation of the best song writers on the west coast. If you have not checked it out yet, please do. Also, back in January (pre-NFR), I filmed this little video of White Fence performing “The Love Between” - check it.

- Pedro

October 3, 2011

Video: Light Asylum // Dark Allies.

I don’t even know what to say this is so good. In 2010, I got to see Light Asylum play live at the Eagle Tavern and it just killed. It was a sensory overload—lights, loud, smoke, heat—in the best way possible. LA is playing this Wednesday (10/05) at the Bowery Ballroom with Austra and later this month (10/18) for CMJ at Public Assembly.


October 3, 2011

Video: Dominant Legs // “Loving Now” (live acoustic).

This video comes via echolocale as part of their new series with the Noise Pop Podcast. Filmed upon a Grove Street rooftop, “Loving Now” (off the new LP Invitiation) brings you into San Francisco’s Indian summer with a tune about loving yourself and acting your age - perhaps for the sake of others. I’ve always been impressed by singer-guitarist Ryan Lynch’s romanticism and ability to turn out amazing pop songs. The now five-piece band is on their first national tour. If you’re not a native San Franciscan, be sure to get a taste of the California sunshine (tour dates below).

- Pedro

Oct 03 Denton, TX Dan’s Silver Leaf
Oct 04 Austin, TX Lambert’s
Oct 05 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Oct 07 Atlanta, GA 529 Club
Oct 08 Charlotte, NC Casbah
Oct 09 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Oct 11 Washington, DC Red Palace
Oct 12 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 14 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Oct 15 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands Gallery
Oct 16 Boston, MA Great Scott
Oct 17 Burlington, VT Monkey House
Oct 18 Montreal, QUE Casa Do Poploo
Oct 19 Toronto, ONT Drake Hotel
Oct 22 Chicago, IL Schubas
Oct 24 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Oct 25 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Oct 28 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
Oct 29 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
All shows with Nurses

September 27, 2011

Video: Ganglians // “Bradley”.

Bradley" might be the most graceful yet jangly song off the Ganglians' new LP Still Living (available now via Lefse Records). Directed by Jamie Harley (who has also directed videos for How To Dress Well, Memory House, and Twin Shadow), this video takes you to an intimate place of stripped ego, and heartfelt wanting. Hope you feel what I feel.

Ganglians are on a European tour for the next five weeks. They just did an interview on the BBC, check it out here.

- Pedro

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