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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Premiere: Trails and Ways Goes For a Simpler Sound With New Single, "Escape"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 9:19 AM

DAVID WALLACE
  • David Wallace

When Oakland's Trails and Ways put out their vibrant debut LP, Pathology, earlier this year on Barsuk Records, the carefully layered sounds within it all stood out to form cohesive and nuanced productions. It's funny to think how some fragments of brilliance were left on the cutting room floor, only to be discovered later, in a uniquely opportune time....

Enter, "Escape," the band's newest single, a guitar-driven song that is more stripped down (in the best of ways) than what you'd normally except from Trails and Ways. It's a depart from the oft-tribal bossa-pop rock sounds we've come to love from this band, but the opening guitar sounds like something out of a '90's slacker romance film. Like Winona Ryder with a cup of coffee and Ethan Hawke tucking his bangs behind his ears in Reality Bites type shit. 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Premiere: Never Young's "New Villian" Is Noise Rock FFO: Fugazi, Great Local Music

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 12:32 PM

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Earlier this year Never Young hit the studio to record three singles: "Stress Hed," "Latex Heart," and "New Villian." Some press has called the songs a follow-up EP, but it's not. It's a singles tape to keep fans well-fed while the band gears up to record a full length with Jack Shirley in November. Today on All Shook Down we're proud to premiere "New Villian," a noisy track off that tape about "feeling guilty and acknowledging a less appealing part of yourself," according to Nikolas Soelter, guitarist of the group, who shares vocal duties with Christopher Adams.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Video Premiere: A Yawn Worth Yelling "Start Somewhere"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

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  • Karen Santos

A Yawn Worth Yelling is a four-piece, San Jose-based band formed in 2011. Tyler (lead vocals), Brayden (lead guitarist), Johannes (bass), and Taylor (drums) started the group while they were still in high school. Live 105 recently dubbed the band's song "Start Somewhere" as one of the 15 best local songs of the summer. And although summer is over, the ukulele playing in this song will make you feel like you're on a tropical beach. The band's outfits, on the other hand, will make you feel like you're watching a group of friends at a Mission District party who decided to pick up a few instruments and jam out.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Exclusive Premiere: Kat Robichaud's "Uh Oh"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Glam rocker Kat Robichaud didn’t have puppets in mind when she distilled her thoughts about lovers’ quarrels into the song, “Uh Oh,” but her collaboration with goth puppet master Dave Haaz-Baroque on other projects led to the creation of the song’s puppet-filled music video, which premieres here on All Shook Down.
The video opens with Robichaud sitting on a vintage love seat, surrounded by pop and geek culture artifacts, including a science textbook, a Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass, a toy Dalek, and a pith helmet and goggles hanging over a framed charcoal drawing of a feathered dinosaur.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exclusive Album Premiere: Rin Tin Tiger's Burial Grounds

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

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Anyone who has seen a Rin Tin Tiger show knows its a special sort of band. Singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Kevin Patrick Sullivan jumps, whoops, and hollers to the flurry of Andrew Skewes-Cox’s frenetic drumming, while bassist Sean E. Sullivan bolsters the band with his impeccable rhythmic timing. The band takes chances and pushes its boundaries in the midst of San Francisco's increasingly dynamic independent music scene.

For the band's first LP, Toxic Pocketbook, the boys worked with Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco to record on two-inch tape. The group mixed the finished album without the help of computers, and its commitment to that homegrown, analog sound is what helped put the band on the map. Rin Tin Tiger spent the next year touring the U.S. and preparing songs for what would become 2013’s Splinter Remedies.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Premiere: Owl Paws' "The Things I Forgot"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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  • Owl Paws
San Francisco's Owl Paws, who have been in the studio for a year and a half, move into avant-garde territory with their upcoming 12-track album Reservoir, due out July 10.

The folk-rock trio, featuring singer-guitarist Derek Schultz, bassist Tim Vickers, and drummer Lucas Siobal, stays true to their signature blend of emo and indie but experiment with more layers of decorative melodies and push progressive rhythms throughout the album. The groovy, jam-rock feel recalls indie bands Minus the Bear and Circa Survive, with a jazz-like drive. But there are also hints of world-fusion sprinkled throughout the album, creating serene moments of realization that are almost spiritual. And because the group rocks acoustic instruments, adding mostly ornamental electric guitar, reverb soaked piano, and an occasional bow across Vickers' upright bass, Owl Paws finds themselves in a shuffle suitable for fans of the Shins and the Arcade Fire.

Overall, Owl Paws' Reservoir is nostalgic, yet fresh — simple, but unbelievably technical.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Video Premiere: Crashing Hotels' "Could Ever Be True"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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  • Kristina Bakrevski


"Electro-goth." 

This is what San Francisco band Crashing Hotels dub their sound, and it's a classification that could easily place them in the same vein as an electro band like Cold Cave. But songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ao Anderson and drummer Tony Bednar's project's is a brighter one; a dance rock vibe that relishes in the extravagance of life and despair isn't an option. Their essence is captured in the subject of today's post, "Could Ever Be True."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Premiere: Emily Afton's "Words From Your Tongue"

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:19 AM

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There’s a new indie rock label in town.

Oaktown Indie Mayhem (OIM) bursts through the ticker-tape with a badass compilation featuring thirteen Bay Area bands. But this isn’t just a few friends who had a dinner party and decided to start a record label. No, OIM is comprised of three products of the Oakland indie scene: Oakland-based producer Jeff Saltzman, who produced The Killers’ triple-platinum Hot Fuss (you might’ve heard of it), label owner Sarah Sexton, who founded Oakland’s Mayhem Festival, and Oakland Drops Beats founder and musician Angela Tavella.

OIM Vol. 1 gave thirteen bands a three-day shot at recording a track with Saltzman in Oakland, using the same equipment, same studio, etc... and it succeeds in painting a promising and authentic picture of the Bay Area music scene. In one of those “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” moments, OIM Vol. 1 flaunts a very well-produced and inspired mix of local bands, that flashes the potential of the indie rock scene from both sides of the Bay. 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Video Premiere: Tony Molina's Taco Bell-Loving Fuzz-Pop Single, "Don't Come Back"

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Tony Molina in "Don't Come Back"
  • Tony Molina in "Don't Come Back"

Bay Area native Tony Molina is unabashedly fond of confessional pop, brooding hardcore, and Taco Bell. As principle songwriter of prolific San Francisco group Ovens, he recorded hundreds of poignant, brief pop songs with thick guitar riffs and blistering leads. But Molina simultaneously fronted a number of ferocious hardcore bands like Lifetime Problems and, currently, Caged Animal. "Don't Come Back" is the lead single from his solo debut LP, Dissed and Dismissed, which continues Ovens' basic, hook-laden guitar pop. But the acoustic intro heard in this video is actually a separate, 12-second track on the album entitled "Sick Ass Riff." The video is directed by Hannah Lew from San Francisco post-punk trio Grass Widow, whose resume also includes videos for the Mallard and Wax Idols.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Swingin' Utters Premiere "Stuck in a Circle" and Talk New Album and Tour Plans

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

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We're excited to premiere "Stuck in a Circle," a new song off Poorly Formed, the forthcoming album from S.F. punks Swingin' Utters, out Feb. 19 on Fat Wreck Chords. Written by vocalist/guitarist Darius Koski, "Stuck in a Circle" is a wistful, reflective tune that leaps from acoustic choruses into bristling, racing verses. Its mood is a striking contrast with "The Librarians Are Hiding Something," the soaring first single off Poorly Formed, which was co-written by the vocalists and guitarists Johnny Bonnel and Jack Dalrymple. We recently got in touch with Bonnel and Koski to talk about the new album and the run of Northern California shows Swingin' Utters will be playing in celebration of the new record, which includes a stop at Slim's on Feb. 24. Check out our conversation -- and hear "Stuck in a Circle" -- right here:

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