It's almost November -- the month when music scribes pull their ears out of whatever Sonic Youth/Public Enemy/Kate Bush playlist they normally exist to and begin cramming for that all-important professional exercise: The annual Best Of list. Picking the 10 or so best new albums of the year and placi ... More >>
As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamil ... More >>
Crime 1. San Francisco's Crime was the first West Coast punk band. Or at least the first to put out a record. (The Nuns and the Avengers were early, too.) Established in the summer of 1976 by Johnny Strike and Frankie Fix, Crime put out its first single, "Hot Wire My Heart" b/w "Baby, You're ... More >>
Yuck Unknown Mortal Orchestra July 26, 2011 @ The Independent Better than: Listening to Yo La Tengo records and wishing you were 16 again. Barely post-adolescent British kids Yuck released a self-titled debut album this year on Fat Possum, and holy shit, do I love it, and holy shit, does i ... More >>
Between Miley Cyrus covering Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and now Ben Folds covering "Sleazy" by (our guilty pleasure du jour) Ke$ha, we felt it was only appropriate this week, that we compile some other unexpected covers. Here are six of the weirdest we can think of. 6. Sonic Youth do ... More >>
Diamond Rings at Rickshaw Stop last night.Diamond Rings P.S. I Love You March 7, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Relying on the ballet or pastoral art scenes to get your fix of pretty. There's an argument floating around amongst a certain segment of indie rock fans that the genre has become ... More >>
He wanted to give.Now here's a video that fits well with the accompanying song -- we can't get a clear grip on either. Sic Alps new album Napa Asylum (out tomorrow) is a bewildering, dirty, vaguely depressing slog, and we mean that in a good way! So the video for its first single, "Do You Wa ... More >>
White CloudA band with members from Kenya and Argentina -- and whose musical interests include doom metal, blues, and Krautrock -- could only have originated in a hotspot of diversity like the Bay Area. White Cloud's supernatural smoothie of Sonic Youth-influenced squalls, crashing unpredictabl ... More >>
How the hipster set learned to shake their skinny jeans.
Wild Nothing@ Popscene September 16, 2010 Virginia's Wild Nothing probably could have picked a more appropriate venue for its San Francisco live debut. This Pitchfork-adored new wave outfit seemed as humble and shy-spoken as C86-influenced bands come. And the band's jangly bedroom po ... More >>
You remember Cornershop, don't you? "Brimful of Asha," and all that? Indian-influenced/descended Brits doling out pleasantly funky Britpop/dance-twee/multi-culti grooves? Pretty much inescapable on late-'90s radio?So what if When I Was Born For The 7th Time came out in -- *shudder* -- 1997? It br ... More >>
Stars perform their hook-heavy new record from start to finish on their current tour.
Noisettes Rickshaw Stop July 28, 2009 Better than: Any show I've seen in a long time. America hasn't yet fallen under the spell of London trio Noisettes, but it's gonna happen soon. They are well known in their homeland, and their latest single, "Never Forget You," leaps out of my speakers whe ... More >>
Wagonwheel Blues (Secretly Canadian)
Instant Gratification Dave Navarro loves porn and The Procussions By Lina Lecaro Looks like Dave Navarro is going to be all about instant gratification next year. The L.A.- born and bred guitarist, who launched his own Internet TV show and directed his first porno in 2007, has obviously become ins ... More >>
Trees Outside the Academy (Ecstatic Peace!)
BOSS (Ecstatic Peace!)
Comfort of Strangers
These bands actually rule -- just like the Grateful Dead does
Electrelane proffers that come close/go away rock; punk paragons the Leaving Trains do the "all original members" thing
Arrived in Gold
The 3rd Annual Noise Rock Picnic wreaks havoc on unsuspecting families. Black Dice and Animal Collective bring the Brooklyn noise.
Ghosts of Tables and Chairs
It's hard to figure Demonlover out, but it's fun to try
Not too long ago, in a studio far, far away, Iceland's múm developed a transcendental brand of indie-electronic music
Absolutely nothing -- unless you're Clear Channel Communications
Can Live 105 become a kool thing again?
Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes (Polydor)
KaitO is the successor to musical noisemakers like Sonic Youth and Stereolab
Leaves Turn Inside You (Kill Rock Stars)
Ego: Echo (Young God)
Stinky's Peep Show Four-Year Anniversary; The Gossip; "Live From the 215"
Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
(Touch and Go)
Happily, Zmrzlina's members aren't sure what their own music sounds like
The Promise Ring's Very Emergency!