Get SF Weekly Newsletters

That's My Jam!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kanye Might Be A Dick, But That Hasn't Stopped A Record Number of People From Streaming The Life of Pablo

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 2:37 PM

virgilabloh_2016-feb-11.0.0.jpg
It's only the fourth month of 2016 and I already know — WITHOUT A DOUBT — that Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo is the best album of the year. The eclectic, gospel-infused album, which features the likes of Ty Dolla Sign, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance The Rapper, to name but a few, is a masterpiece. Sure, I might be biased, but I'm by no means a Kanye fan. Before TLOP, I was the-egomaniac-known-as-Yeezus' biggest hater. He's a narcissistic and a jerk and a misogynist. Not to mention, his last album, Yeezus, was a cacophonous disaster that melded too many disparate sounds and genres into one package. 

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

Thursday, October 28, 2010

That's My Jam: Salva's Beat-Heavy Synth Funk

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Salva (the person, not the cat)
  • Salva (the person, not the cat)
For a good while now, the main man behind San Francisco's Frite Nite label, Paul Salva, has stood firmly behind his label, making sure its delivery of futuristic, eclectic electronic music ran smoothly as it remained tasteful and interesting. But the label head makes music too, under the name Salva, and next year will see the release of his own full-length album, Complex Housing. Before that record drops via the Friends of Friends label -- complete with remixes from Machinedrum, My Dry Wet Mess, fellow Bay Area producer B. Bravo, and Lazer Sword's Lando Kal -- we can catch its first single over on The FADER, entitled "Blue."

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

That's My Jam!: The Frikstailers' Glowing World Beats

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Frikstailers
  • Frikstailers
Somewhere in the middle of the separate-but-similar worlds of electro, dubstep, cumbia, hip-hop, and house exists Argentinian duo Frikstailers (pronounced: "freak-stylers"), a party-starting outfit that wants to show you the future of South American club music. And on its recently released four-soung EP for the ZZK label, Bicho de Luz, the Frikstailers do just that.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

That's My Jam!: S.F.'s DJG Leaves a Big Void

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

DJG - KELLY N KOEHLER
  • Kelly N Koehler
  • DJG
San Francisco DJ/producer Daniel J. Grenier has been crafting bass-heavy, dubstep-leaning electronic music in relative obscurity for quite some time now. Under the simple moniker DJG, Grenier slowly and quietly built a sizable discography of assorted 12 inches and EPs for an array of different record labels over the course of about three years. His well-crafted tunes are moody, danceable, exciting, and above all else, very personal. Today, DJG let loose a mass of his unreleased songs in a two-part collection he's titled Voids.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

That's My Jam!: The Sight Below's Blurry Soundscapes

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Rafael Anton Irisarri - BOB HANSEN
  • Bob Hansen
  • Rafael Anton Irisarri
Like Oneohtrix Point Never and many of the artists that recently performed during San Francisco's On Land Festival, Seattle's The Sight Below chooses form over function when composing his dense, panoramic soundscapes. Producer Rafael Anton Irisarri crafts his amorphous songs with little more than heavily effected guitar strums, meandering synth loops, and almost inaudible rhythms that usually consist of a lonely, pulsing kick drum. Much of The Sight Below's sophomore album, It All Falls Apart (out now on Ghostly), follows that same style -- borrowing heavily from the ideas of minimalist and ambient composers like Brian Eno and John Cale, along with a bevy of electronic music's more entrancing genres. You can download two beautiful songs from that record, "Burn Me Out From the Inside" and "Fervent," before The Sight Below makes his way down to our fair city to perform at The Independent with Germany's Pantha du Prince on Saturday, September 18.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

That's My Jam!: Alex Ryan is Part Water, Part Everything

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Alex Ryan's mean beard.
  • Alex Ryan's mean beard.
I've just recently been turned on to the work of DJ/producer Alex Ryan. The San Francisco resident has been making original tracks and edits centered around disco, house, synth-pop, and other playful electronic sounds for nearly six years now, under the name Team Everything. While he still DJs under that moniker, Ryan has a new project underway with friend and musical collaborator Jasper Speicher. They call themselves Water, and this strange, upbeat dance track, "Kurt's Place," comes from the duo's debut album, which is still in the works. Check out our exclusive first listen after the jump.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

That's My Jam!: Rainbow Arabia's Global Dance

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Rainbow Arabia
  • Rainbow Arabia
Lately it seems like it's become increasingly trendy to tack any kind of world music-related buzzword onto your musical project. DJs, producers, and club nights are calling themselves 'tropical' despite having no real knowledge of the music, thinking the whole of an islander's sound palette consists of a bongo sample and a beat that isn't straight 4/4. So, it's getting to be that fans, critics, and artists alike need to be more discerning with the usage of certain genre descriptors. With that in mind, believe me when I say that L.A.'s Rainbow Arabia is an excellent globally minded production duo, dead set on joining the audio aesthetic of equatorial regions with its percussive, bass-heavy dance music.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

That's My Jam!: Tres Lingerie's Sampled Disco-Funk

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Tres Lingerie
  • Tres Lingerie
Something terribly huge and potentially awesome is going down at the Mezzanine tomorrow night. Under the flag of The Beat Electric Dance Show, a large number of San Francisco's best dance music DJs and producers are convening for one epic night of disco, boogie, soul, funk, and house music. The burgeoning Party Effects production outfit will perform its live proto-house tunes. The ladies of Hot Tub will own the club's stage with electro-leaning booty music and oversexed vocal stylings. Along with hosting the whole party, the Beat Electric crew of DJs will be dropping jam after burning dancefloor jam throughout the seven-hour party. And that's not to mention one of my favorite Bay Area production duos, Tres Lingerie, which will also be bringing its own funky disco beats to the Mezzanine's amazing soundsystem.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

That's My Jam!: Christian Martin Remixes Chromeo

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM

P-Thugg and Dave1 of Chromeo
  • P-Thugg and Dave1 of Chromeo
The upcoming third album from Canada's R&B-obsessed electro-pop duo Chromeo doesn't need any more help getting talked up online -- fans have been loudly anticipating Business Casual since the album's first single, "Night by Night," came out nearly a year ago. Regardless, this remix of the latest track to break off that forthcoming record, "Don't Turn the Lights On," by San Francisco DJ/producer/Dirty Bird Christian Martin, warrants a nod on its own. Hear it after the jump.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

That's My Jam!: 'Paper Cat (Sammy Bananas Remix)'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Sammy Bananas - JAMES RYANG
  • James Ryang
  • Sammy Bananas

Continue reading »

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"