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PREMIERE: Gold Casio - "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"

Leave it to Gold Casio to breathe some life back into this tired day of mildly holy appreciation. A particular appreciation of theirs (and anyone else that relishes surf music's pioneers) revolves around the Beach Boys, their opus Pet Sounds and everything that they've done for music in general.

Since 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds' release, Gold Casio have used their psychedelic disco elements to cover the most relatable Side two song on Pet Sounds, "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times." 

On their choice to cover "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" specifically, Gold Casio's Brock Grenfell said:

We wound up choosing this particular song because its got great melodies and it was kind of just resonating with us. Honestly, after what a shit-show year 2016 has ended up being, I feel like it's pretty appropriate. I think a lot of people probably feel right now like they weren't made for the times we're living in. 

SO. MUCH. TRUTH. See Gold Casio play for Do503 at the beginning of the new year with Glasys and Holidae House at Holocene but until then, enjoy their dance pop take on a Beach Boys' classic.





Visual Vices: Mattress - "Looking For My People"

 A present wrapped in gold that we were able to open early, Mattress's video for "Looking For My People" is another visual gift from director Jay Winebrenner and of course, another aural goodie from Mattress.

The "Looking For My People" video takes a voyeuristic turn, veering the "long winded performance shot" course most music videos typically take by swerving towards mild semblances of David Lynch's Lost Highway. It's everything to be expected and loved from a Mattress and Winebrenner collaboration - awkwardly funny and definitely a little strange.

Have a Mattress Christmas and enjoy the weirdness below. 

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Mood Music: Rio Grands - "Beverly"

Now that the flurries have stopped falling and the ice has melted away, it's time to start planning how we're going to celebrate the ending of the last immensely shitty 365 days. To help us get in the mood for what will most likely be a heavier than normal night of boozed debauchery, we've got some Rio Grands coming out of the speakers in preparation for their blowout bash.

They'll be taking over Alberta Street Pub on the 31st, playing two sets that are sure to get the party started. Their first one, starting around 9:30pm, will be all original songs. The second goes from 11:30pm through the arrival of the new year, with them honoring our fallen heroes David Bowie and Prince, as well as taking on some songs by the Cars, the Police and other 80's hit stars. 

Laser beams, helium filled inflatable animals, fog machines and DJ Toggle Beats will all most definitely be in full effect, so stop by. It's free and will be a lovely addition to your night's plans.





Con Brio Returns to the Bay Area for a Special Three-Night New Year's Eve

Con Brio is going to play three nights in San Francisco for New Year's Eve! The San Francisco based 7-piece band will showcase music from their electrifying album, Paradise (produced by Mario Caldato Jr.), with three Bay Area shows leading up to New Year's Eve, including at City National Civic (San Jose) on December 29, 2016 and two back-to-back nights at The Chapel (San Francisco) on December 30 & 31, 2016.Lead singer, Ziek McCarter's magnetic live performances with his swiveling hips, splits and backflips, have earned him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson and James Brown.

On Paradise, McCarter's lyrics tell stories about modern life through its contradictions. Narratives highlight police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement (the band's first single, "Free & Brave"), the struggles of city life ("Hard Times"), the rejection of societal pressure to equate success with a paycheck and abandon one's dreams ("Money"), and of course love ("Honey").

Don't miss them live this New Year's season!

12/29 -- City National Civic -- San Jose, CA
12/30 -- The Chapel -- San Francisco, CA
12/31 -- The Chapel -- San Francisco, CA

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Moon By You's Swan Song Album and Show

Not many modern acts have truly captured the endearing pop sensabilities of doo wop quite like Moon By You. Having transcended the usual bar most acts in the same genre typically operate at, Moon By You have used their time spent as soulfully psychedelic callback to one of the only good parts of that era to essentially run that part of the local scene. It seems MBY might be at its end, but they've left us a parting gift to soothe our disbanded sadness.

You Are an Alien is the band at its best, of course, showing the musical heights they've reached in such a short time. The album may be coming out on the low, with only limited physical copies to be acquired, but track comparisons to influencers like Temples and Iron Butterfly make it a worthy release to end on.

Tomorrow may be your last time to see Moon By You for the forseeable future, as they'll be playing Mississippi Studios with Washington stoner rock heavy hitters Weeed and the most delightful local acts in a while Reptaliens. We might be in denial, but let's see them off in style.

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