Ty Segall Wants YOU To Do “The Drag”

There have been a lot of songs that present to you the moves of a new dance, and beg you to try them out. Most end in disaster (see “Macarena” -ed). In this case, before you’ve heard even a word of Ty Segall’s instructions the pounding beat will have your body moving. Then all that’s left to do is find a partner, grab them by the hand, and take ’em down to the floor. Now you’re doing “The Drag.” Hideously, wonderfully, brutally lo-fi.

Ty Segall
“The Drag” (download mp3)
from “Ty Segall”
“The Drag” (play)
(Castle Face)

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Scrabbel’s Oddly Peaceful “Riot Series”

If you ever wondered what it would sound like if symphony orchestras included groovin’ drums and a Gameboy, you could get an idea from this song from San Francisco’s Scrabbel. Vintage futuristic!

Scrabbel
“Riot Series” (download mp3)
from “1909”
(Three Ring Records)
“Riot Series” (play)

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Following the Pied TOPR into Righteous Oblivion

TOPR – “Follow the Leader (feat. Mode, Luke Sick & Eddie K)” mp3

‘Nuther thought crime from SF’s seasoned battle rap veteran, TOPR. On his latest collection of dire yet hilarious street screeds, “L. Ron Hustler,” we find our hero in a nihilistic mood, spouting venom in every direction, fighting, testifying, smokin’ drinkin’ and spittin’ verbal apocalypse with abandon. The bay area’s Charles Bukowski of hip-hop? Approximately. Don’t be alarmed by the cold ending to this track. That’s just how they do it in Gurp City. Parental advisory: this record is dangerous and wrong, and it could make your kids deface their Justin Bieber posters with depictions of degenerate sex and drug mayhem. Enjoy!

TOPR
“Follow the Leader feat. Mode, Luke Sick & Eddie K” (mp3)
from “L. Ron Hustler”
(Gurp City Digital)

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Silver Swans – “Are You Really On My Side” mp3

Silver Swans – “Are You Really On My Side” mp3

Who hasn’t at some point trusted the wrong person? With a hypnotic, electronic new wave groove and deliciously crunched guitars as a backdrop, singer Ann Yu asks the age old question, “Are You Really On My Side?” Along with producer-musician Jon Waters, Yu completes the duo Silver Swans from San Francisco, CA. Gr8 angsty-pop disco track from their “Realize The Ghost” album on Tricycle Records. Enjoy.

Silver Swans
“Are You Really On My Side” (mp3)
from “Realize The Ghost”
(Tricycle Records)

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Silver Swans turn doubt into pop joy

Silver Swans – “Are You Really On My Side” mp3

Who hasn’t at some point trusted the wrong person? With a hypnotic, electronic new wave groove and deliciously crunched guitars as a backdrop, singer Ann Yu asks the age old question, “Are You Really On My Side?” Along with producer-musician Jon Waters, Yu completes the duo Silver Swans from San Francisco, CA. Gr8 angsty-pop disco track from their “Realize The Ghost” album on Tricycle Records. Enjoy.

Silver Swans
“Are You Really On My Side” (mp3)
from “Realize The Ghost”
(Tricycle Records)

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Egadz – “Going Home” mp3

Egadz – “Going Home” mp3

San Francisco DJ and producer Egadz! has bent beats and busted boundaries for about a decade, and he’s calling it.. quits? Sort of, his l8est release, “Egadz is Dead” is a farewell to his current moniker, with a promise of new projects to come. Why do I care? Well, because his music is brilliant and I’ll be fascinated to see where it goes next. Gaining the kind of peer respect that Egadz! has done already is no easy feat in the fast moving and highly critical world of electronic music. I think the essential reason for his success is the compositions themselves. Check out “Going Home” for example. Almost classical in its tonal language, there’s a care and love put into every detail of the beats, melodies, sounds, and overall production that you don’t always hear in this genre. Frankly, a lot of electronic producers can be perfectly lazy, setting their filter sweeps and beats and walking away and going “Wheee! I made music!” Not so with more the dedicated and cre8ive practitioners. Egadz is Dead. Long live Egadz!

Egadz!
“Going Home” (mp3)
from “Egadz is Dead”
(Kid Without Radio)

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The May Fire burns hot

The May Fire out of San Francisco (via Chile, Colombia, Connecticut, and LA!) is a hard rockin’ foursome with great hair and better songs. Lead singer Catty Tasso is one of the best girl rock vocalists you’ve (maybe) never heard yet, and she’s a gr8 front woman. You can listen to some May Fire songs and buy their records at rcrdlbl.com, and do go see their show if you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

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The May Fire – “Plastic Army” mp3

What? Snow in Texas? What rhymes with Oranger?

My but I love me some Oranger. And they love them some heavenly pop rock, don’t they? This is brilliant.

Oranger
“Texas Snow” (download mp3)
from “The Quiet Vibrationland”
(Amazing Grease Records)
Oranger – “Texas Snow” (play)

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Oranger goes under to take us higher

Oranger – “Going Under”

One of my first discoveries as a music blogger was this fantastic San Francisco indie pop rock band called Oranger. Their songs are so good, and they deliver them old school.  That is, they are a tight, actual (as opposed to virtual!) band, with real arrangement skills, and they play and sing their work with a joy and love for it that you can taste. This song is juicy gold.

Oranger
“Going Under” (mp3)
from “Shutdown the Sun”
(Jackpine Social Club)

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