Monday, April 21, 2008

Your Daily Lick: Joe Bagale

Joe Bagale (1 Beat Productions)

by Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 12:59 PM

This 25-year-old Oaklander's distillation of vintage soul, funk, and R&B has a patently modern sensibility: it refuses to settle in one sound and can feel as gritty as it does slick. Bagale wrote, produced, played all the instruments, programmed samples, and sang both lead and backup vocals.

Jay-Z Concert Rescheduled for Tonight, KMEL Listeners Irate

by Rachel Swan
Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Irate callers to Chuy Gomez's morning show on 106 KMEL did the hatchet job on famed East Coast rapper Jay-Z, whose much-anticipated concert with R&B megastar Mary J. Blige did not go down at Oakland's Oracle Arena last night. Due to technical difficulties with production -- according to concert promoters and Oracle Arena's Web site -- the show had to be rescheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. ; all tickets for April 20th will be honored for the April 21st performance.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Vinyl Lovers: Celebrate Record Store Day

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day, in which hundreds of independently owned music stores across the country will simultaneously celebrate the fact that some people still want to purchase CDs and vinyl. Locally, Amoeba Music will feature special guest DJ sets, giveaways, contests, and more from noon to 7 p.m. Pam the Funkstress of the Coup will be spinning at the Berkeley store, and Jello Biafra and Aaron Axelson will be in SF. Come out and show your support.

Your Daily Lick: Recliner

After the Fog (Poison Pen Records)

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Behold: indie rock for people who hate indie rock. Recorded on analog tape by Aaron Prellwitz (the Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, Hella) at San Francisco indie haven Tiny Telephone, After the Fog should, presumably, sound pretty hip. Instead it sounds like brash, run-of-the-mill garage rock.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Your Daily Lick: TOPR

The Marathon of Shame (2B1 Records)

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Yeah, we get it: all hip-hop's whack but yours, and all MCs suck but you. TOPR's flow is bold and distinct. DJ Quest and Dick Nasty's beats, samples, and production are bright-eyed and engaging. But the lyrics too often rely on clichéd posturing, deadening the impact of an otherwise impressive effort.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Your Daily Lick: Warren Teagarden

Across the San Joaquin

by Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Somewhere between singer-songwriter DIY and scrappy indie rock lies San Francisco's Warren Teagarden, who gussies up pretty basic solo pieces with bass, heavy-handed rock drums, and two guitars (fuzzed-out rhythm plus clean, lightly reverbed lead). Goofball lyrics round the whole thing off nicely.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Your Daily Lick: Finest Dearest

Finest Dearest (Bloodtown Records)

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM

It often seems like a cop-out to compare female-fronted rock bands to other female-fronted rock bands. But in this case, omitting names like Pretty Girls Make Graves (the sharp-edged rhythms), the Cranberries (the vocals, sans accent and soaring pitches), and Sleater-Kinney (the warm-hearted garage- rock aesthetic) feels more evasive than helpful.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Your Daily Lick: Shotgun Wedding Quintet

Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia)

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

You don't become one of the Bay Area's best live outfits by lying back and playing cool. A jazz/hip-hop hybrid wasn't enough for the Shotgun Wedding Quintet, so they threw rock, funk, and some other stuff in too. The lyrics can be irritatingly obvious, but at least they're intelligible.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Panda and Please Quiet Ourselves prove that the music industry is not just for grown-ups anymore

by Nate Seltenrich
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 12:41 PM

In this week's Express, read about two East Bay high school rock bands who have blazed their own paths into the music industry -- with almost no help from parents. Panda, five recent Piedmont High School grads now in their first year of college, plan on giving the band their all this summer. With a debut full-length coming in June and big plans on the horizon (including a name change ... Izzy Iguana was one option the guys considered), the band may just be too big for sophomore year come fall. Berkeley High's Please Quiet Ourselves already have an album out, are signed to a small indie label, and just returned from a trip to South by Southwest. Oh, and the lead songwriter and singer is only fifteen. Find the full story on the cover of this week's Express.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Your Daily Lick: The Drift

Memory Drawings (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

by Nate Seltenrich
Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

This San Francisco quartet's jazz-dub-post-rock fusion doesn't so much drift as flow, with nine-minute songs that maintain momentum and drama in the absence of pronounced peaks and valleys. Better still, they steer clear of the conscious aimlessness that preys on so many experimental rock acts.

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