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August 26th, 2010

KOKOMA // Summer Nights Mix

Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokoma

Download: KOKOMA §ummer Nights mix

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I guess in other parts of the country peoples summers are winding down. In San Francisco summer nights are just beginning to crawl into the picture. This mix is a bit dark, dare I say, quite goth? But good goth, like melodic Belgian coldwave goth not cheesy eyeliner industrial goth.  I feel like that’s the way things are going, or at least that’s what I’ve been drawn to lately. It’s also mostly new songs, which is pretty exciting to me since I’ve also been pretty stuck in the early eighties and nineties scouring tapes for another upcoming mix.

The vignette I imagined it to score would be something along the lines of:

Haunted summer night spiraling outward from a shitty party in the city, stumbling to car in pursuit of better places outside of places, city skyline increasingly in distance, cold light, making it to coast and passing out as fog clears and the sand glows under the pale light of the moon. Etc, etc. You know, an average San Francisco night.

Anyways, this is it from me for a bit. Well, until I drop the other sunnier side to this mixtape, Golden Gloom, my mixtape embassy to the west later next week. I am off to Belgium and France and anywhere else I decide to visit on whim while in Europe for the better part of the month. Eventually upon my return I plan to make my home out in NY. Any readers interested in putting me up along my European trip let me know. Or if you recommend I visit anywhere that these songs might fit nicely into?

So long West Coast ((())))))))))\\

Download: KOKOMA §ummer Nights mix

Highlights and Tracklist:

Xymox – No Words

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I played this track at the Naturalismo Presents: Sleep Over & Pure Ecstasy show and had a few people come up asking who it was. This is an earlier (and much better take) of the song from an early E.P. by them before they became the Clan of…it’s some serious Maus-level type addictiveness. From 1984ish.

Airbird – Part of the game

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Something so sweetly sinister about this track. I haven’t really listened to much Brian Wilson this summer, but the Beach Boys tinged guitar licks in this dark track satiate on a similar level.

The Reekers – The Girl Who Faded

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Incredible acetate demo cut by some lost Bethesda 60′s band, super brooding and catchy.

Felt – Ferdinand Magellan

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Lawrence is god.

Tracklist

1. Airbird – Part Of The Game
2. SLEEP ∞ OVER – La Rose
3. The Antlers – When You Sleep
4. Balam Acab – See Birds
5. Wicked Fag – Spiky Sharp + Needle Belt (Long Version)
6. Sisters Grimm – Tar Baby
7. Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrop’s Drops
8. Tamaryn – Love Fade
9. Minks – Our Ritual
10. The Crystal Set – fool
11. Xymox – No Words
12. John Maus – Bennington
13. Fanuelle – Order
14. Anna Domino – Everyday I don’t
15. Sharon People – Wilderness
16. Pigeons – Envie
17. Suzanne – Shendah
18. The Reekers – The Girl Who Faded (acetate)
19. The Cure – Pirate Ships (RS Solo) (Rough Mix) (Vocal)
20. Biff Bang Pow! – It Happens All The Time
21. Felt – Ferdinand Magellan
August 3rd, 2010

Naturalismo Presents: Pure Ecstasy, SLEEP ∞ OVER and Rangers

Show starts at 8pm sharp and ends at 11. So don’t show up too late!

Pure Ecstasy, SLEEP ∞ OVER and Rangers @ Amnesia Bar

Friday, August 6th 2010

8:00 PM Sharp

Naturalismo is beyond excited to be putting on a show for three of the best live bands around right now. Pure Ecstasy and SLEEP ∞ OVER have both been cutting singles left and right over the last year that somehow manage to best their prior work consistently.  They’ve definitely fleshed out a golden gloomed melodic sound unto their own and I’ve already been told that their first few shows of this tour have won over all in attendance. I caught Pure Ecstasy live a few months back and he totally blew me away, from the sounds of it SLEEP ∞ OVER are only building onto that momentum with their own blend of dreamy gothgaze. RANGERS are also not to be missed, conjuring their fractured and distorted tunes from the digital ashes of past and present San Francisco days. Totally thrilled to be hosting them all on one night in San Francisco.

Huge thanks to Jessica Dean Harrison who leant her enchanting drawing skills to the poster art! Take that thing in. Beautiful.

Pure Ecstasy (10:00 pm) – Easy

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Nate Grace is totally unstoppable. He continues to channel some of the most intriguing melodies I’ve heard in ages. Definite post-Brian Wilson vibes.

SLEEP ∞ OVER‘s (9:00 pm) most recent 45 has been on non-stop rotation for weeks on end:

SLEEP ∞ OVER - La Rose

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SLEEP ∞ OVER - Outer Limits

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Rangers (8:00 pm)Deerfield Village

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Somehow these dudes are even better live than on record, pretty amazing to see the way the’yre able to translate their songs to the stage.

November 24th, 2009

Real Estate @ Hemlock Tavern Photos

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Photo by Devin Woolf

More to be added to the set shortly..

September 22nd, 2009

San Francisco Garage

Ganglians photo by Devin Woolf

I’ve been severely neglecting writing about San Francisco’s increasingly great garage and rock scene. Whether it be catching a Sic Alps show at the Sutros Baths, seeing Girls play some run down night club,  seeing a Bridez show in someones backyard, or seeing the Ganglians play one of their extremely rare Bay Area appearances it’s becoming more apparent each week here that there’s some very real momentum and talent to the unfairly under the radar musicians here. First off, to call any of the artists garage is to oversimplify, to my ears they’re the same music obsessive multi-genre interested music fans that are creating the music and thusly their music doesn’t boil down to 60′s garage derivatives but incorporates just about any genres influence they fancy into some great new fashioned rock n’ roll.

I can’t shake the feeling that it feels like the music scene here is about to boil over soon beginning with Girls new album Album, combined with the fantastic 7″ by Ganglians and a slew of other amazing San Francisco  artists releases and singles that I will run through some of right now. To be honest it’s refreshingly difficult to classify in any way many of these artists into one specific genre and that is truly what is making their music so interesting and making them more intriguing than the well worn derivative paths so many have taken in garage and rock influenced music.

First, go check out the Ganglians tracks  “Make it up” and “Blood on the Sand” from their most recent 7.” For now that’s the best glimpse you can get into their ever increasingly great mostly new songs live set. Also, if you ever can get the chance to see them live DO IT, I was unsure of how their sounds would translate live and I walked away stunned at how amazing they were live, easily one of the best shows I’ve caught in San Francisco.  Apparently Monster Headroom was recorded  over a year ago and their new unreleased stuff is insanely good live.

The Mantles – Don’t Lie

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Byrds meets the Chills with a little bit of Echo and the Bunnymen thrown in. What better a way to have your garage served?

Grass WidowLulu’s Lips

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Easily the best newish girl group I’ve seen live here in a long time. Their mult-part harmonies are beautifully done and every show they play here seems to get that much better.

Sic Alps - L’s Mansion

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This is Sic Alps newest single and it’s great. It can be be found on their new 7″ titled L’s. I like the direction they’re headed on this acoustic stripped down song.

Fresh & OnlysInvisible Forces

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I love this single of theirs, it sounds like some lost The Church b-side, only a bit grittier. I’m not that big on their live set, or even the rest of this album…but what a great single.

Ganglians

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Watch them play at a recent performance in Portland. Their guitar player just kills it.

This next video showcases their ability effortlessly shift from harder garage/surf songs to warped sunshiney California 60′s tinged pop.

Bridez are in my opinion really underrated and more deserving of some attention. This new video really captures their catchy rock n’ roll bravado pretty perfectly.

Ty Segall - Universal Momma

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Sweet tunes, cool dude.

Devin

November 20th, 2008

RODRIGUEZ PLAYS WEST COAST

Here are two shows you should really check out this upcoming weekend if you’re in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area. We’re big fans of Rodriguez’ album Cold Fact here at Naturlismo so we’re quite excited to hear it performed live in a few days. It’s the first time Rodriguez has ever played the West Coast so I suggest making it out if you can.

I’ll be out at the San Francisco show, full headdress and FUBU head to toe…

more information/buy your tickets for LA and SF shows.

Edvard

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