The South Bay's progressive and experimental music mainstay, KFJC in Los Altos, debuts its World Wide Web page this week — excellent news for Bay Area eclecticists unable to tune in the station's 100-watt signal. KFJC's home page will allow browsers to pull up the specific playlist of every KFJC DJ, then click on any record on the list to access a review by a station staffer. Music Director Alan Lowe says “already more than 800 reviews” are in the data base, “and only 790 are of various Can titles.” Reach KFJC at http://www.eygnus.com/mise/kfjc.html.
Bring the Noize
Berkeley avant-garde and noise aficionados should note the opening of Beanbenders, a largish (think Kommotion International) space on Shattuck devoted to giving noise a home in the East Bay, or what a press release calls “Absurd, Fantastic, & Exquisite Music for Today's Hard Times and for the Next Cycle to Come.” The club, which recently hosted a performance by Bob Ostertag featuring members of Mr. Bungle, is located underneath a comedy traffic school (performances start downstairs when the fun's over upstairs), and is currently maintaining a low (read: no advertising) profile. Call (510) 528-8440 for more info.
In brief: Bay Area darling Barbara Manning recently returned from a cross-country promo tour of community, college, and commercial radio stations, performing at 24 nationwide in just two weeks. The Manning-fronted S.F. Seals release Truth Walks in Sleepy Shadows on Matador later this month. … Other local releases include Undercover S.K.A.'s self-titled 2-toned madness on Solo Records; Dora Flood's 1301 e.p. on American Standard Recordings; the almighty Wynona Riders' J.D. Salinger on Lookout!; Hunters Point rappers Under Da Influence's Dogday debut; Souls of Mischief's much-anticipated sophomore joint on Jive; and Brian Jonestown Massacre's incredibly strange Methodrone on Bomp! … Hillbilly punkers Dieselhed played with Stone Fox in Portland last week at the fledgling North by Northwest Music Convention. The band will release a new disc, tentatively titled Tales of a Brown Dragon, on Amarillo in mid-October, featuring live favorites like “Wedding Song,” “John the Butcher Boy,” and “Snowblind.” … Rumor has it that locals Pee are enjoying something of a major-label bidding war, having been wined-and-dined in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago. … Finally, Lookout! and Slash Records are talking about a joint re-release of It's a Girl, the late-'80s punk-pop gem from San Francisco's defunct Sweet Baby.
By Seana Baruth