It’s that time of year where we’re bombarded with endless songs of Christmas joy and cheer. Even Blink-182 released a Christmas album this year, for the love of god. But hark, how the herald angels sang when Bay Area chamber pop duo Foxtails Brigade released Time Is Passed, an anti-Christmas album of sorts. Delicate and somber, reading like its own holiday tale, “I’m Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year” is a treat to those whose hearts are feeling three times too small.
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Had to give some love to this delightful folky pop track from current San Francisco residents Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. “Holy Roller” is the first single ahead of their upcoming album We The Common, due out in February. Might be worth mentioning that We The Common is set to an include a collaboration with Joanna Newsom, a pairing of voices that should perfectly bounce around together like Mario and Luigi. In the meantime we can snack on “Holy Roller,” a sharply produced jam that is likely to have you hitting ‘repeat.’
Recently I became the co-host of a local music radio show on TradioV.com focusing on the local San Francisco and Bay Area music scene with some national content peppered in. We’ll have a band in the studio performing live every week and some other fun segments. Last night we premiered the show with special guests Kingsborough from Santa Rosa, CA. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you like what you see! We’ll broadcast every Wednesday at 8pm PST
Even for people who don’t take their music seriously, individual artists and songs usually have some kind of accompanying utility or context. You’ve got your workout music, getting ready to party music, breakup music, etc. One utility I’ve always found a difficult time fulfilling is “getting high” music. Think about it for a second – you can only put on The Grateful Dead so many times, and sometimes your best ideas just don’t work out once you’re under the influence.
Thankfully, you can at least one more track to those playlists. I’d originally listened to Astronauts, etc. while nursing an awful hangover and ended up putting it on repeat because it was so damn pleasant and smoothing while still being an engaging track. After sending over “You Can Yell” to a stoned friend it was confirmed that this translated well to burn time. 21 year old Berkeley student Anthony Ferraro has some magic up his sleeve.
Oh… and the music video is trippy as shit, too. Go figure.
Typically I try to hold this blog to a higher standard (aka no posting that Andy Milonakis/Diplo track) but it’s Friday so yannow, fuck it. Let’s party! Oakland-based party poppers Wallpaper recently released this fantastic ode to getting so shitty you throw up everywhere. So maybe it’s been a while for most of us, but at least the sentiment is fun. You could say it’s like listening to Asher Roth without feeling like a total douchebag.