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April 2015
Sandcastle
"Skull Cauldron
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Skull Cauldron, Sandcastle’s latest LP, is a sojourn into a dimly lit wilderness. Recorded as a quartet (with the group moving forward without Micah Edwards) at West Philly’s Sex Dungeon, these songs pull you ever deeper into the thick of it with their hauntingly infectious sense of urgency and balance.
 
Album opener, “Atlantis Trance,” percolates as the guitar, bass, and drums tightly co-exist in a relaxed yet spring-loaded groove that is reminiscent to classic Talking Heads, while the quick-paced, tongue-twisting vocals run through a hypnotic, mythical tale. Continuing in a similar vain, “Wolf With No Eyes” is led by a spiraling guitar riff, reinforced with acoustic strums and low end that conjures ups an atmosphere of danger, climbing into the chorus: “Think I’m obsessive compulsive/I think I’ll think myself to death/Need a therapist or an alchemist to toxify my mind I guess.” This subtle searching of mental anguish grabs a hold of the listener, cautiously traversing the exploratory musical terrain. Casually, one slips into “Datura” as Sam Kassel’s secretively whispered vocals gain a foothold amid an up-tempo guitar-percussion combo that runs forward in fits and then lays back before a guitar burst leads you through the finish line.
 
“Wonder Where She Goes” has that catchy, restrained guitar plucking that lays down the foundation of its composition. As Kassel contemplates, “Am I too late for the ghost train? Am I too dumb for another plane?” The song appears on the cusp of breaking loose, but then steps back for a moment, until finally the pressure boils over. “And I can’t find, I can’t find the way/the way she walks when she walks away…”
 
“Evergreen” is a multifaceted tune that initially rides its acoustic guitar riff as Kassel prophesizes, “If I were a knight, I would be the Green Knight, I would be the Green Knight, and you’d be my Green Lady,” before it lands in a full stable of smoldering instrumentation. Then, the song transitions into a higher gear, led by the quickened pace of the guitar running anxiously ahead, while being propelled forward by the bass before falling back to that almost blues-rock zone with the thudding bass invigorating the track into an open-field mad dash. “Pterodactyls” sits in the shadows, marinating in an ominous tone of preparation for battle. It’s a clear yet heart-racing endeavor as bright injections of acoustic guitar serve as glimpses of daybreak.
 
“Medicine Song” creates a stir with its immediate fresh out of the blocks surge, dashing ahead for an abbreviated sprint, tempering off and then throwing caution to the wind when the final stretch is in sight. “Souls” puts the understated spoken vocals to prime use, developing a ghostly creeping self-aware vibe as the instruments tightly pulse around the unrelenting bass. The song takes turns jolting forward while refueling with reflective cool-down breaks as the song deals with the distance game of a relationship. “Yeah, sometimes she goes far away/Sometimes I get in her face/Yeah, even though we’re jaded/I still wanna play the game.”
 
The final chapter of the record, the adventurously forest-wandering instrumental “Drink Deep of the Skull Cauldron,” quixotically bookends the album. It’s an intoxicating concoction as Sandcastle marches forward as a four-piece beyond the menacing tree line. - Michael Colavita 

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Jordannah Elizabeth Smoota Disappearing People and Psychic Jiu-Jitsu at The Nightlight TONIGHT

The Night Light in Oakland will be bringing you a line-up TONIGHT of some great acts, including, our very own Assistant Editor, Jordannah Elizabeth! Jordannah Elizabeth brings together folk, psychedelia, and hints of R&B into one concoction full of encapsulating experimental sounds that get you lost in Elizabeth’s voice and dreamy instrumentation. Smoota, who just released his debut album “Fetishes” last month, truly delves into a myriad of genres. Just be sure to expect tons of organs & synths, a large amount of sound effects, and some great vocals provided by Smoota himself. Psychedelic punk band, Disappearing People, will also be taking to the stage, bringing some experimental lo-fi sounds to the bill. Lastly psychedelic rock band, Psychic Jiu-Jitsu, will be starting off the night.

Be sure to catch this great line-up of psychedelic and experimental bands. It’s something we highly recommend you don’t miss!


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Hudson Mohawke's remix of Jackson and his Computerband's song "Vista". BM has a couple shows in the coming week too! Check them out at on Monday 11/11

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Test vard below, their take on Hudson Mohawke's remix of Jackson and his Computerband's song "Vista". BM has a couple shows in the coming week too! Check them out at on Monday 11/11 at U St. Music Hall for the Worn Magazine's Raw Issue release party, and then at Rock & Roll Hotel on 11/17.

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Tricycle Records Releases 3rd Annual Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation - 11/11

Influential San Francisco based record label, Tricycle Records has released the newest edition of their annual compilation. The label's 3rd annual 'Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation' is a collection of 16 tracks and highlights local Bay Area artists like Odd Owl, Happy Fangs, Sioux City Kid, Kitten Grenade and more. You can download this awesome compilation for FREE at the Tricycle Records website on November 11th.

Also, you're going to want to attend the official compilation release show on November 13th at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall. The show's line up will include: The Hot Toddies, The Tambo Rays, Kill Moi and Odd Owl! This will be a night to remember, so make sure you make it out to this event! -jordannah elizabeth

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