Fading Parade, the fourth album from locals Papercuts (aka Jason Quever), is a little jangly, a lot melancholy, and a good place to start when you want to give old Morrissey a rest. There’s even a bit of Earlimart or The Stars of Track and Field in lead singer Quever’s quavering, whispery vocals.
“All of the Lights,” one of the hottest tracks on Kanye’s masterfully produced My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy gets the Pretty Lights remix treatment.
The Fleet Foxes just announced a new album scheduled for release May 3rd, and an accompanying tour that will stop in the Bay Area at the Fox Theater (where else!) on May 5th. Helplessness Blues follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut, which was named the best album of that year by Pitchfork, among other accolades.
There’s something welcoming about a no-frills rock band. On their new album, Parallel South, local trio Jake Mann + The Upper Hand bring a mix of melodic pop and the best of 90s guitar bands, with singer-songwriter Mann’s layer of grainy, sometimes Dylan-esque vocals landing on top of the pot.
With weather this warm, Groundhog Day doesn’t matter much this year. So here’s something else to populate that February 2 slot: Head to Dolores Park Cafe for a set from LA-based quintet Goldenboy, fronted by former Elliott Smith member and Bright Eyes touring musician Shon Sullivan.
The Most Extravagent Single in History? That’s what Datarock is claiming with Catcher in the Rye, set for for release on March 21st. If you shell out the clams and purchase, you get a designer toy with a USB stick with 110 tracks, 1,500 photos, 20 music videos, and a new hour-long concert film. Added bonus, the toy was designed by Brian Flynn of Hybrid Design and San Francisco’s own Super7. If you just want to hear the new tune, listen below.
[audio:http://girlieaction.com/music/datarock/downloads/Catcher_In_The_Rye.mp3] Datarock “Catcher in the Rye”
Local bass clarinetist, composer and 12-year Bay Area resident Aaron Novik is releasing an album based on the works of three “outsider” poets from the streets of the Mission (Bart Alberti, Swan, and Michael B. Loggins).
We’re not sure if Luke Rathborne is worthy of the John Lennon and Elliott Smith comparisons bestowed upon him by at least one other publication, but “Dog Years” sure is a nice little ditty for a sunny afternoon. Kind of makes you want to stop what you are doing and roll around in the grass for awhile. Look out for rathborne’s two new EPs Dog Years and I Can be One.
[audio:http://lukerathborne.com/Dog%20Years%20-%20Luke%20Rathborne.mp3] Luke Rathborne “Dog Years”
Get pumped for Chromeo’s upcoming gig at the Fox Theater with “I’m Not Contagious,” off of the duo’s iTunes Live from Montreal release that was just made available today. Tix are still available for their February 18th show in Oakland, but act quick, other stops on the tour are already sold out.
French dance-pop outfit Yelle are looking for a strong start in 2011 with the first single off of their second album Safari Disco Club. The title track was released this morning, and more should be on the way as we approach the album’s March 29 release date. A follow-up to 2007′s Pop-Up, look out for “sonically deeper, multi-layered, and emotionally more diverse” songs on the new album, according to Yelle’s publicist.
Yelle “Safari Disco Club”