To promote the upcoming Power of the Riff festival (five West Coast shows starting next week), Southern Lord Records has put together a free mix tape for download featuring artists on the tour. Among them are local bands Black Cobra and Acephalix, who each play one of the Bay Area stops. Full track list here:
01 ALL PIGS MUST DIE "Pulverization"
02 BAPTISTS "Good Parenting"
03 EYEHATEGOD "Jack Ass in the Will of God"
04 MASAKARI "Trapped In The Mold"
05 ALPINIST "Hak Nam"
06 SKIN LIKE IRON "Consequences"
07 EARLY GRAVES "Wraiths"
08 SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP "Sundown"
09 PENTAGRAM "Call The Man"
10 BLACK BREATH "Children Of The Horn"
11 PLAGUES "Breathing"
12 HARASSOR "Glory Raped"
13 ACEPHALIX "Interminable Night"
14 BLACK COBRA "Negative Reversal"
15 ÆGES "Roaches"
16 SLAVE "Rise Of Shame"
17 TRAP THEM "Carnage Incarnate"
18 NOOTHGRUSH "Oil Removed"
19 PELICAN "Strung Up From The Sky"
20 WINTER "Eternal Frost"
Southern Lord Presents: THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2011:
8/15/2011 Elbo Room — Winter, Noothgrush, Trap Them, Black Breath, All Pigs Must Die, Acephalix
Doors @ 7:00pm
8/16/2011 The Mezzanine — Pentagram, Pelican, Alpinist, Masakari, Early Graves, Baptists, Aeges
Doors @ 6:30pm
The newest track from popular alt-hip-hop group Das Racist draws a lot of influence (consciously or not) from local "based" artists like Lil' B. That's apparent from the song's title — it's named for mega-pop star Michael Jackson — and from the incessant, chant-like chorus: Michael Jackson/A million dollars/You feel me? — Holla!. Check it out here.
and it's pretty fantastic. His version of the Kreayshawn super-smash — available on his new mixtape, downloadable in its entirety here —actually uses only the original beat and hook; other than that, it's a completely original, completely Weezyfied, completely X-rated freestyle. Listen below:
Dig some crusty mid-tempo death metal? Yeah, thought so. Check out Carnal Law, the debut from local band Vastum here.
Stonesthrow crooner Mayer Hawthorne can sure rock a pinstripe shirt — and hey, he can sing, too. This week Hawthorne released his new EP, Impressions, as a free download. It includes reinterpretations of relatively obscure tunes by the Isley Brothers and Electric Light Orchestra, plus a heartbreak ballad by the electro group, Chromeo. Rolling Stone blogger Matthew Perpetua praised the singer's delicate balance of slickness and subtlety, which makes Impressions seem modern, even as it resurrects old source material. We'd add that although Hawthorne doesn't have quite the chops of his forbears, it's certainly hard to resist that chalky male alto. Check it out for yourself, and see if you agree.
Sub Pop just released a new MP3 from local singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz. “I Don't Get That” is available for download and will be featured on Stoltz' upcoming album To Dreamers, to be released October 12th on the Seattle label.
The East Bay Express' Annual Best of the East Bay Party is coming up on Friday, August 6, at Jack London Square. As usual, we have a great lineup of local bands performing at the free event, which will also include live art, a car show, extreme sports, dance battle, food, fashion vendors, and lots more. 5-11 p.m., all-ages, free.
Here's a sampler of some of our headliners:
Mighty Underdogs "Science Fiction":
Last month, Two Gallants' Tyson Vogel announced his solo project. This month, his other half, Adam Haworth Stephens, is unveiling his new solo debut. Here's a new track from We Live on Cliffs, slated for a September 28 release date on Saddle Creek. No local shows announced yet.
Here's a leaked track from Oakland vocalist Karyn Paige.