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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Did Usher Borrow From Homer Simpson on 'OMG'?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM




So the rabbit hole deepens with the revelation (or conspiracy theory, if you prefer) that the bridge in Usher's "OMG" bears slightly more than a passing resemblance to a song Homer sings in a late-season Simpsons episode...


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Listen To This While High: Acid-House Forefather 'Raga Bhairav,' by Charanjit Singh

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

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Hear this while high: "Raga Bhairav" by Charanjit Singh.

Behind the buzz: This sliver off a 1982 EMI-India album Synthesizing - Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat was hailed earlier this year as the accidental invention of acid house, some months shy and several thousand miles away from its accepted provenance in mid-decade Chicago. One hesitates to grant full faith and credit -- rock crits have been Trevor-Ropered into repeating some crazyass shit ere this -- but it seems that in the thunderous dawn of the Reagan Age, Bollywood session man Singh sired a decade's worth of electro-oontz through this double handful of traditional Indian ragas into a double LP's worth of proggy, synth-heavy disco. First crate-dug late in the Dubya Era and touted as "antique futurism" by Pitchfork, the album itself was reissued on Bombay Connection; I heard this very track in the sonic welter of Burning Man 2010. Singh's music sounded gloriously contemporary and entirely appropriate. This is one of the best slabs of blogged music of the past year, and comparable to finding Hello Kitty in a 1938 Hoot Gibson western.

Today's weed: A doughty and aromatic sativa called "Green Crack."

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Discover the Balearic Spells of Sorcerer Before He Plays on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Sorcerer - TERRI LOEWENTHAL
  • Terri Loewenthal
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One of our city's many hidden musical gems is a solo tunesmith by the name of Dan Judd. Judd is more elusive than hidden; he's already released two full-length albums under his Sorcerer moniker for the Tirk label -- White Magic and Neon Leon, respectively. Still, appearances from the DJ/producer are rare, so we were pleased to discover that Sorcerer will performing this Saturday, October 23, at the monthly disco-centric Grow Up party. Before Judd takes over the decks at Madrone this weekend, we decided to share a few of his spacey, Balearic sound concoctions here.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Listen to the Lengthily Titled New Album by S.F.'s Sad Bastard Book Club

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Sad Bastard Book Club
  • Sad Bastard Book Club
It probably goes without saying, but we'll repeat it nonetheless: Fans of sprawling post-rock epics are losing their shit over the return of the genre's elusive Canadian demigods, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Included among those eager music lovers are surely the members of the San Francisco-based Sad Bastard Book Club -- a band whose brand-new album, Another Family Dinner at the Saturn Residence Ends in Tears, seems to take a lot from the aforementioned act and its related side projects. So, until Godspeed hits Great American Music Hall in February of next year, we'll wait patiently, listening to the music made by these Sad Bastards, which we have for you after the jump.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stop, Drop and Roll: Justin Bieber is White?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Biebster on the mic
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I think I can still legitimately claim to have never heard a real Justin Bieber song, which doesn't bother me very much. Doesn't keep me from appreciating his cherubic wholesomeness and his unauthorized novelties, such as the Sigur Rós-caliber majesty of "U Smile" slowed down 800% and the probably ill-advised Kanye West remix of "Runaway Love." 

And now there's this, Wherein Bieber, reincarnated as Shawty Mane, rhymes for about a minute over the beat to "Speaking In Tungs," the last track on Dipset protégé Vado's debut album, Slime Flu, released on Tuesday. 


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Has Literally Never Heard of Train

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Think he's heard of Lil Wayne?
  • Think he's heard of Lil Wayne?
Well here's a gem from this week's Pop Quiz interview in the SF Chronicle: When Chronicle music critic Aidin Vaziri makes a witty aside in an interview with James Murphy (who is performing at Treasure Island this weekend, as you may have heard), it comes out that the LCD Soundsystem figurehead has truly never heard of Train

You know, Train, the San Francisco band whose single "Drops of Jupiter" was seriously inescapable back in like 2001 and still appears on radio playlists and iPods and other places with alarming frequency.

Train! You really have to read this:
 

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Friday, October 8, 2010

John Lennon's Untold Bay Area Connection

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM


John Lennon would be 70 tomorrow, were he still alive. And today, on the eve of Lennon's would-be birthday, The Bay Citizen's Scott James broke the story of a heretofore untold connection that Lennon and Yoko Ono had with the Hong family in San Mateo, whose modest home they stayed several times during the '70s.

Lennon even previewed a new song he was developing on the family's piano. It was called "Imagine."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Download Elephant and Castle's 'Kaleidoscope of Sound'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM

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  • Elephant and Castle
Thanks to websites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, self-starting DIY musicians and producers around the world can instantly deliver EPs, albums, and single songs to the awaiting masses of the Internet in a streamlined way -- charging as little or as much as they want for their goods. It's helped put the release of music back in the hands of the artists, and it makes the future of the self-sustained music world that much brighter. I've been discovering a lot of interesting local and out-of-town music from these  sites--the most recent of which is Bay Area beatmaker Elephant and Castle.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Free Download: Listen to Jaswho? and His Alleged 'San Francisco Sound'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Jaswho? - MARTHA TRAER
  • Martha Traer
  • Jaswho?
Apparently, Bay Area-based multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer/vocalist Jaswho? (pronounced Jase-hoo) has been crafting his club-friendly music for over a decade -- a style that is allegedly "at the forefront of the 'San Francisco Sound.'" I can't say I'm familiar with the "San Francsico Sound," really (I wasn't aware we had only one), but suffice it to say, there are apparently some infectious, pop-leaning dance tunes in the works for his upcoming debut album, Nudroid Musik (out on November 2 via Temple Music Group).

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Is '90s Rave Music Making A Revival? Listen to Lone and Tell Us

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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I've been a fan of Nottingham-based producer Matt Cutler (a.k.a. Lone) for about a year now. I was initially turned onto his music through 2009's woozy, sun-soaked beatscape Ecstasy & Friends, which Cutler released on Werk Discs. As Lone, the tunesmith incorporated some of electronic music's most infectious sounds -- shiny synth melodies, vintage samples, and herk-jerky beats -- into one brilliantly soulful style. But things have changed a bit for Lone as of late. After Cutler started his own record label, Magic Wire, he revealed a fresh approach to Lone, and started writing dance songs informed by classic rave music.

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