Thursday, December 31, 2009

Your Daily Lick: Thee Oh Sees

by Kirsty Evans
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Dog Poison (Captured Tracks)

Listening to Thee Oh Sees is like falling asleep and waking up in the Sixties. Fuzzy, occasionally distorted, and often downright psychedelic, Dog Poison is a loving homage to California’s hippie days. With a deliciously trippy vibe, eerily pretty vocal harmonies, and what may even be a Hammond organ, this album will take you right back, even if you weren’t born till the Eighties.

At the Eagle Tavern (398 12th St., San Francisco) on January 14. 8 p.m., TBA

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Your Daily Lick: Luce

by Kirsty Evans
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Corner of the World (Opus Music Ventures)

Luce makes lovely, delicate, subtle pop. With an overall feel that’s dreamy and slightly wistful, Corner of the World is a gorgeous album. Occasional folksy touches add depth, but never overwhelm the airy mood, and lyrics that are sensitive without being emo add the perfect finishing touch to this remarkably well-executed release.

At Yoshi’s Lounge (1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco) on January 3. 8 p.m., $3
At Slim’s (333 11th St., San Francisco) on January 15. 9 p.m., $15

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another Mom-and-Pop Record Store Bites the Dust

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Can’t say this is too surprising, but it’s sad nonetheless. El Cerrito cafe and record store 33 Revolutions closed its doors on Christmas Eve, citing the “challenging economy,” according to a message written by owners Dave and Taryn on their web site. The spacious store/cafe, which opened in Spring 2008, meshed a vinyl record store with the ambience of a cafe, and hosted live music as well. No word on what will happen to the space.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Your Daily Lick: Cousin Dale

by Kirsty Evans
Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Words That Rhyme (Petunia Records)

Another slice of classic pop-punk from Cousin Dale. The frequent Green Day comparisons are apt — Words That Rhyme is aggressive yet jangly, bitter but funny. The lyrics have the ironic self awareness of one’s own ridiculousness that all good punk needs, and the music is both snarly and catchy. Sing along when you’re having a lousy day and restore your sense of humor.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Your Lick Daily - Bassnectar

by Kirsty Evans
Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Cossa Frenzy (Amorphous Music)

Excellent new release from local dance luminaries Bassnectar. Heavy, funky, and nasty, this is what you want to hear when you’re lost in the middle of the dance floor at 2 a.m. Clever little touches like the inclusion of classical-music samples are to be expected from a band that’s recently included a Pixies cover in their shows.

At Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street, San Francisco) on December 31. 9 p.m., $75-$135

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Your Daily Lick: HYIM

by Kirsty Evans
Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Sex in the Morning (self-released)

Light, airy pop dominates on Sex in the Morning. Not nearly as silly as its cover might lead you to think, this is a polished release from an artist who doesn’t take himself too seriously. With hints of samba, reggae, and funk, and unexpectedly witty lyrics, it’s a sound tailor-made for the kind of clever, hippie-lite adults the Bay Area abounds in.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Your Daily Lick: Porkchop Express

by Kirsty Evans
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Fault Lines and Good Times (self-released)

Solid new album from local alt-country veterans. A common thread of ironic reflection on the peril of adult life runs through songs like “Bourbon and Bile” and “I Shot My Wife (Again).” With a sound that’s a little bluesy, a lot twangy, and a whole ton of country and some damn funny lyrics, it’s a witty little slice of Americana.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Your Daily Lick: Shirley Kirsten

by Kirsty Evans
Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

A Musical Journey: Scarlatti, Schubert and Chopin (self-released)

Accomplished local pianist, teacher, and graduate of New York High School of the Performing Arts and Oberlin Conservatory, Shirley Kirsten runs through a selection of Baroque composers including Schubert, Chopin, and the oft-neglected Scarlatti. Scarlatti, in particular, is notoriously difficult to play, and Kirsten handles it with impeccable technique, gorgeous tone, and general aplomb.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Your Daily Lick: The Christmas Jug Band

by Kirsty Evans
Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM

On the Holiday Highway (Globe Records)

Full of witty renditions of holiday-themed tunes, this album will get anyone into the true spirit of the season. Recorded live at seven shows across Northern California, this collection featuring local luminaries like Dan Hicks and Country Joe Norton will have you giggling into your eggnog in no time. An excellent antidote to seasonal stress.

At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on December 18. 8 p.m., $22.50

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Express Launching New Local Music Column

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Starting January 1, the Express is launching a new local music column, covering the week's news on clubs, venues, bands, labels, shows, and more. Send any pertinent press releases, MP3s, videos, and photos to Kathleen [dot] Wentz [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com.



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