Yep, it's a weird idea: Oakland avant-hip-hop duo Themselves pairing up with German art-poppers the Notwist. The project is called 13 & God, and today sees the release of Own Your Ghost, the second full-length album to come from this unusual collaboration. There's also a rather ghostly video ... More >>
We haven't heard enough from Jel, born Jeffrey Logan, of late. An early mainstay of Oakland's Anticon collective, he released an excellent solo record, Soft Money, in 2006, then returned to the shadows -- or so it seemed. Upon closer inspection, he's been plenty active in projects like Themselves ... More >>
(Photo by by Serina Nielson) Strange when an indie record store in Salt Lake City lists among its most popular releases a relatively unknown band from San Francisco. But in the Jan. 22 issue of Rolling Stone's "local favorites" column, the Bay Area's own Uzi & Ari's Headworms was listed amo ... More >>
The Notwist Bimbo's October 27, 2008 Review By Ashley Harrell, Photos by Jeff Grossman A hypothermic lethargy seemed to have snuck into Bimbo’s last night behind the bundled-up fans of the Notwist. Even those running late nonchalantly retrieved tickets, got hand-stamped, meandered through the ele ... More >>
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