All proceeds from this show will go to the fire relief fund for victims of the Oakland Ghostship fire.
Bands with clever pun names are often hit or miss, but one of the most hilarious I’ve heard so far is a winner in both senses. Meet Burner Herzog, the new project of Oakland-based Jasper Leach, whom you may know as the front man of Brasil. This new venture, he says, is to help him “indulge [his] pop side.” He officially released his debut single “Dark Places” on Monday, and boy, is it baroque pop excellence. Armed with a harpsichord and a couple friends adding vocals and hand claps, he explores influences in John Cale and Paul Simon’s Graceland to make a charmingly infectious number. It’s rooted in simple pop structures and builds with peculiar little distortions and hand claps, but it triumphantly chugs along until the very end. It leaves its marks in just under three minutes with a melody that’ll stick in your head and invade your hums for a long while.” – The Bay Bridged
EMOTIONAL (solo) is the spiritual manifestation of songwriter, singer, director, and Death Records founder Brian Wakefield. Wakefield, a San Jose native, has been a humble mainstay in the San Francisco music community since the early ‘00s, working with various bands, most notably the “dream pop quartet” Melted Toys. Wakefield has also served as a sideman to Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Cotillion, and Healing Potpourri. Emotional was initially embarked upon as an experimental side pop project to Melted Toys—it now serves as the signature vessel for Wakefield’s personal songwriting.
THE BJ RUBIN SHOW is “seizure-sparking, ape-Shit shenanigan-filled DIY musical genius.” – Noisey
“In Russia Katie NV is best known as the singer of the band Glintshake, specialising in a fulminating, gnashing-guitar-laden rock that evokes memories of its members’ teenage idols Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. Three years ago, while playing in Glintshake, she released an EP under the NV alias called Pink Jungle — exciting, danceable tracks influenced by Japanese pop, new jack swing and ’90s R&B. In addition, Shilonosova’s been active in Moscow Scratch Orchestra, revisiting the experimental composer Cornelius Cardew’s ideas and performing avant-garde pieces composed by its members and 20th-century classical musicians. This year, though, everything’s changing. On Binasu — “Venus” in Japanese — Shilonosova explores the territory of her favorites, among whom she lists Laurie Anderson, Haruomi Hosono, Tears For Fears and Ryuichi Sakamoto, in the process of it finding her own unique style and voice. Exquisite instrumentals like the opening ‘Bells Burp’, made from default Ableton bells and possibly handy for soundtracking the start of a wushu battle, are mixed with intricate, almost childish pop songs like ‘Kata’ and the title track. It’s a sumptuous and mesmerising work, at-times erratic but feeling totally accomplished.” – The Quietus
NICK FLANAGAN is a very funny comedian, writer, and actor who hails from Toronto, Ontario but currently calls California home. Known for his endearingly dark stand-up and for fronting bands like Brutal Knights and Wrong Hole, Flanagan’s first comedy album, I’m Here All Weak, was released six years ago on Talent Moat. His new album is out this month (Dec. 2016) via Radical Documents/Comedy Dynamics.