The Lemonade Incident
Out east-coast hip-hop homo and lyricist extraordinaire Soce delivers another solid set of great groovers for the homo-hop set with witty takes on everything from getting laid to not getting laid and everything in between. Unapologetic and with great music to back it all he weaves amusing and clever diatribes worthy of the clubs. My picks: â€śI Am (So Gay),â€ť â€śSD (Sucking D***),â€ť â€śStagnancy,â€ť â€śWork/Play (Bar Mitzvah remix),â€ť â€śBad Hair Dayâ€ť featuring Sandra Grace, â€śRoboticsâ€ť and four fantastic untitled bonus tracks two of which could be great videos.
When You Work I Sleep
Liquoretteâ€™s only offering from 1998 is re-released for those that need an injection of sultry white noise sonic riffs layered in boozy lyrics and melancholic grunge. Pleading lyrics drift through a wall of garage rock licks and bruises. My picks: â€śDonâ€™t Quit Your Job Joan,â€ť â€śI Work In A Mall,â€ť â€śOh Sheila,â€ť â€śGum Sharers,â€ť â€śLook Around,â€ť â€śMargaret Los,â€ť â€śVic Frith,â€ť â€śLight Bulb,â€ť â€śSanta Claus,â€ť â€śPrancer And Danerâ€ť and â€śWhat Is Purchased Is What Is Pure And Chaste.â€ť
Gomma Gang 3
Funking out somewhere between punk, disco and electronica land is the two guys of Germanyâ€™s Munk slipping slurpy beats with blessed vocals and a punky aesthetic to flow nicely including underground remixes, club hits and unreleased songs from the last few years. My picks: Munkâ€™s â€śDisco Clown (Midnight Mike remix),â€ť Who Made Whoâ€™s â€śSpace for rent,â€ť â€śSatisfactionâ€ť and â€śSpace Fore Rent (Dirt Crew Remix),â€ť Hiltmeyer Inc.â€™s â€śChefsongâ€ť and â€śFinal Ahh (Nicky remix),â€ť Midnight Mikeâ€™s â€śHot In The Kitchen,â€ť Munk & Chloeâ€™s â€śCe Kul (Francisco remix),â€ť Rammelzeeâ€™s â€śCheesy Lipstickâ€ť and Munk & James Murphyâ€™s â€śKick Out The Chairs (WMW version).â€ť
Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth Of Grunge
Coming up on the 20th anniversary of the Seattle grunge movement is Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth Of Grunge honoring the groundwork of garage rockers and queercore musicians who paved a way for those who later became multi-platinum artists including Nirvana. Witness quirky rockers, messy walls of moving sound, reverb-a-rama and feedback galore perfect for stage diving and thrashing around the floor in an epileptic fit. My picks: Blackoutâ€™s â€śHappy Hunting Ground,â€ť U-Menâ€™s â€śSolid Action,â€ť Babes In Toylandâ€™s â€śHeâ€™s My Thing,â€ť Tadâ€™s â€śGiant Killer,â€ť The Gitsâ€™ â€śSecond Skin,â€ť Hammerboxâ€™s â€śTripâ€ť and 7 Year Bitchâ€™s â€śThe Scratch.â€ť
Schooled in classic pop and old-school hip-hop is Londonâ€™s Audio Bullyâ€™s culling the classic touchstones of great dancefloor hooks and spicy lyrics to throw down cosmic, punked electro dance beats and jungle-ish dance hits. Think remixed Fatboy Slim with more bravado and funkiness. My picks: â€śShot You Downâ€ť featuring Nancy Sinatra, â€śBring Light,â€ť â€śGeneration,â€ť â€śI Wonâ€™t Let You Down,â€ť â€śEq-ing,â€ť â€śMade Like That,â€ť â€śAll Sing Along,â€ť â€śIâ€™m In Love,â€ť â€śIf You Want My Loveâ€ť and â€śRock Till Iâ€™m Rollinâ€™.â€ť
Gig alert! Latrice serves soul food at her release party Feb. 7 at SFâ€™s Duplex. You might recognize Latrice Barnett as the lead singer from San Franciscoâ€™s neo-soul Five Point Plan or even New Orleansâ€™ funk group Galatic. The singer/songwriter and studio musician also has toured extensively as well but now lands her own debut release of RnB-tinged soulful house grooving the blessings on all. Well-produced groovers will be popping up all over the dancefloor and look too for live appearances as she does seem to travel quite a bit. My picks: â€śIlluminate,â€ť â€śMake My Heart,â€ť â€śLove Is,â€ť â€śLessons Learned,â€ť â€śDĂ©jĂ vu,â€ť â€śBless This House,â€ť â€śSpirits,â€ť â€śPleasures Unlimitedâ€ť and â€śMy Endless Way.â€ť
Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers
Gig alert! Irving steps off the spaceship and has a good relationship talk Feb. 11 at SFâ€™s The Hemlock. Consistently lovely indie rocksters Irving deliver a full helping of worthy songs for the life and soul. Psychedelic folk rock undertones with deceptively relaxed vocals slip big ideas into your brain while your feet become fully engaged in their own dance. My picks: â€śThe Gentle Preservation Of Childrenâ€™s Minds,â€ť â€śSheâ€™s Not Shy,â€ť â€śJen, Nothing Matters To Me,â€ť â€śIâ€™ll Write The Song You Sing For Me,â€ť â€śThe Longest Day In The Afternoon,â€ť â€śI Want To Love You In My Room,â€ť â€śCare, I Donâ€™t Care,â€ť â€śLovely, Just Like Her,â€ť â€śHard To Breatheâ€ť and â€śThe Look Of Flowers That Are Looked At.â€ť
Twin AKA King Cobra
Kick-ass chick punksters King Cobra release a cute â€śhand-numbered limited edition mini threeâ€ť CD w/ hand letter-pressed cover and include a bonus temporary tattoo!â€ť Punkâ€™s DIY credo has never sounded better as they plow through three rockers â€śMalefic,â€ť â€śE.M.E.R.G.E.N.C.Yâ€ť and â€śBeneath Between Behindâ€ť all guaranteed to stimulate your nerves and disenfranchise the powerful.
Gig alert! Brazilian lounge artist Luca Mundaca and DJs hold a full-press lounge CD release party Feb. 4Â at SFâ€™s Supperclub. Uber-lounging with Putumayo is nearly addictive as they prove again with the latest in the lounge series exploring Brazilâ€™s world influence on music culture. Liner notes in several languages including song lyrics will get you up to speed while all your cares slip away. My picks: Mundo Livre S/Aâ€™s â€śMeu Esquema,â€ť Luca Mundacaâ€™s â€śHa Dias,â€ť Bossacucanovaâ€™s â€śPrevisaoâ€ť featuring Adriana Calcanhotto, Marcos Valleâ€™s â€śAgua De Coco,â€ť Biaâ€™s â€śMariana,â€ť BiDâ€™s â€śE Depoisâ€ť featuring Seu Jorge, Dois Irmaosâ€™ â€śComo Vou Fazer (Remix)â€™ featuring Mariana De Moraes and Marcelaâ€™s â€śOs Grilos.â€ť
Sacred Ground: A Tribute To Mother Earth
Awards show alert! Grammy-nominated Sacred Ground: A Tribute To Mother Earth is up for Best Native American Music for this yearâ€™s Grammy Awards. Bay Area based Katahdin productions stunning compilation presents contemporary Native American music artists in a call to action. Great soul-stirring compositions invoke timeless people to â€śsave the environment,â€ť according to Katahdin president Lisa Thomas. â€śLife and our planet are precious and we need to regard it in a sacred way.â€ť My picks: Star Nayea, Primeaux & Mikeâ€™s â€śMountain Song,â€ť Bill Millerâ€™s â€śSpirit Wind,â€ť Joanne Shanandoahâ€™s â€śSeeking Light,â€ť Little Wolf Bandâ€™s â€śRavenâ€ť and â€śPrayers In The Wind,â€ť Primeaux & Mike and David Carsonâ€™s â€śLet Us Dance: Song Of The Eldersâ€ť and Walela & Joanna Shanandoahâ€™s â€śMother Earth.â€ť
Grammy Award-winning writer/mixer/producer William Orbit launches a new solo album of sonic blissed-out electronica beats with funky undercurrents and angelic vocals. Total ambient chill-vibe with a snuggly hidden agenda perfect for starting off or ending your day. Think love scenes on your favorite dramatic shows when you get swept away in the kiss. My picks: â€śYou Know Too Much About Flying Saucers,â€ť â€śSpiralâ€ť featuring the Sugebabes and Kenna on vocals, â€śWho Owns The Octopus?â€ť featuring Finley Quaye on acoustic guitar and Laurie Mayer on vocals, â€śFragmosiaâ€ť and â€śThey Live In The Sky.â€ť
The Ebb And Flow
Time To Echolocate
Gig alert! The Ebb And Flow wash up Feb. 16th at SFâ€™s Bottom of The Hill. Sonic garage rockers with lyrical gymnasts flying big ideas through your ears with clever pixies drilling in from the side while youâ€™re distracted. Best be careful. From â€śSee You In The Fjords,â€ť â€śWhen we robbed your house I took the living room I took just what I needed Bruno took the basement and the bedroom he looked under your sheets he made a messâ€¦â€ť My picks: â€śSonorous A) Time To Echolocate B) Ear Of The Other,â€ť â€śFramer Framed,â€ť â€śInterlude,â€ť â€śSee You In The Fjords,â€ť â€śCountry Versesâ€ť and â€śSweet Southern Harmonyâ€ť including the hidden Doors-like part.
Leaders Of The Free World
Maybe itâ€™s the shared weather that helps me appreciate San Francisco and London on equal footing. Perfect at night for clubbing and the moonlight is ideal for trolling in parks, then the morning is actually better when the fog has to burn off. Elbow gristles under that emotional weather â€“ sunny, overcast, distant, learning. Emo rock with introspective lyrics and strong verse seeping into our lives like a great statue in a lovely park on a cloudy day. From â€śMy Very Best,â€ť â€śGive that girl my very best / Though it never made the grade / When it seems that itâ€™s just not enough to love / Then love lie down / And would you tell her / Not to talk as if I died / Though a tiny part just did / And would you tell her / Iâ€™m from a long line of survivors / And Iâ€™ll be swinging with the kidsâ€ť. My picks: â€śStation Approach,â€ť â€śMexican Standoff,â€ť â€śMy Very Bestâ€ť and â€śGreat Expectations.â€ť