Tag Archives: Oakland

“Place I Like To Go” by The Easies (Premiere)

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The Easies is the new lo-fi project of Henry Moser who records out of his bedroom in Oakland. With a sedated pace and reverb tones, he purposely conjures the even keel of vintage surf and laid back indie rock that he claims is “reminiscent of the Northern California coast where he spent his childhood.” Here’s his debut single “Place I Like To Go.”

“There’s something crawling in my skin.”

The Easies: Facebook, Soundcloud

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“Steady Trippin” by Ghost & the City (Premiere)

ghost and the city 080815 17Ghost & the City is the Oakland-based project of bandleader Ash Maynor. Traditionally a progressive jazz outfit, the collective has recently experimented with soulful delivery (courtesy of vocalist Kia Fay) and trip-hop beats as felt on the dope opening track, “Steady Trippin,” of their forthcoming sophomore EP Patchwork Soul.

“Am I real or am I half asleep?”

Ghost & the City will perform on September 26th at Oakland Music Festival.

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Ghost & the City: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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“Mind’s Eye” by Guy Fox (Premiere)

10001187_707242749318443_1655785213951231776_oGuy Fox may be renown for their vibrant live shows fueled by buoyant brass and world pop, but at heart the Oakland-based band has always been an indie rock act. Their debut full-length, Night Owl, drops on August 21st and is their most accessible collection yet by delivering an intricate, ethereal ambience infused by subtle, sporadic pulses of groove funk. Here’s their latest leaked single “Mind’s Eye.”

“Let your mind embrace it all.”

Guy Fox will perform on August 21st at Rickshaw Stop.

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Guy Fox: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud

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“Runaways” by Stephen Bradley

IMG_1355Stephen Bradley has had an amazing career as No Doubt‘s faithful trumpeter/keyboardist, but he decided to impress us again by releasing his first solo EP Runaways. The Oakland native claims the four songs were inspired by the “transient and frenetic energy of Hollywood” after moving to the outlandish neighborhood. And thanks to help from co-producer Javan Slagle, Bradley was able to capture a smooth, modern amalgam of glitch pop, soulwave, and neo-jazz such as on the title track:

“Yeah I like the way it feels…”

Stephen Bradley: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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“2000 Seasons” by The Seshen (Astronauts, etc. Remix)

seshenphoto3_732_532The Seshen is a sonically diverse electro-soul septet who blend live instrumentation with digital textures –or as they call “beat-driven compositions with a strong emotional core.” On July 17th they will release a remix collection, Unravel Remixes EP, of their debut EP released last year via Tru Thoughts. And for the last track, “2000 Seasons,” they recruited fellow Oakland denizen Astronauts, etc. to conjure a cosmo-infused synthscape:

The Seshen will perform on August 17th at Bardot for School Night!

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The Seshen: WebsiteFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandcampSoundcloud

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“Never Going Home” by Hazel English

hazelenglishHazel English is the sobriquet of Oakland (by way of Sydney) denizen Eleisha Caripis. After working with producer Jackson Phillips (of Day Wave), she plans to release her debut EP this summer and judging by its title track, “Never Going Home,” it’ll be bursting with lo-fi jangle pop ideal for coastal road trips. Best Coast who?

“Turn the lights out when you’re leaving.”

Hazel English: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud

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"Faux Accords" Music Video by Futurebrite (Premiere)

ROCKFuturebrite formed due to a chance encounter between Oakland denizen Karen Kanan Correa (vocals) and Brooklynite Josh Grant (production) on an airplane. After their current projects faded out, the coed duo decided to collaborate in Grant’s studio overlooking the East River. What spawned was beat-heavy electro pop with a dark edge but also melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic.

Their debut EP Futurebrite Part 1 (the first in a series of three) will be released on June 11th and was mixed by Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Bruno Mars). The music video for their second single “Faux Accords” superbly compliments the song’s mood by striking and spraying bursts of fireworks over a deep dark night:

Free Bike Valet wanted to learn more about the making of the video so we asked Correa a few questions:

Was this music video just an excuse to release your inner child and play with fireworks again?
“Slow. Mo. Fireworks. What’s better than that? Bright, beautiful, cinematic.”
Did you burn yourself while filming?
“Not much. Though it was a challenge to get close to the big ones because your brain is telling you ‘No’ but your heart is saying ‘Yes!'”
Where was this video shot?
“We shot the big fireworks in Pacifica, CA at a closed orchid farm at night. The other sparkler shots we did on the beach at night in Oakland.”
Who directed it?
“There really was no director. It was kind of a group effort. Different people shot different things, I edited it and then I had a friend do some effects magic. It takes a village…”
Will you now use fireworks while performing “Faux Accord” live?
“Yes. Although I believe this will get me kicked out of most clubs everywhere. C’est la vie!”

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