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Warm Ghost CD release party at Glasslands on 2/12

Warm Ghost (birth name Paul Duncan) play music best experienced in a dark, damp, basement setting after you’ve knocked back a couple or a couple too many, Duncan’s vocals sounding so dark and echoing that he very well could have railed lines off a vodocer with Ian Curtis. In embracement of our digital age, his songs feature electronic-based instruments such as sythns, drum machines, and processed field recordings, to create listenable, enjoyable, and even danceable (if you count languid head-nods and toe taps) soundscapes of our modern day. In collaboration with Oliver Chapoy, Warm Ghost will be releasing their EP Uncut Diamond (Partisan Records) ion February 15. Don't miss their CD release party on 02.12 at Glasslands. - Katie Bennett

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The Great Nostalgic: Spirit World

In anticipation of the planned March release of their second full length Hope We Live Like We Promised, The Great Nostalgic is posting a vid every month. Latest out is the appropriately quirky "Spirit World". The album is already available on vinyl right here, with some generous bonus items thrown in. 

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Eagle and Talon's "In Manila" due out at the end of February

 

Kim and Alice of Eagle and Talon create an indie pop ensemble that is fun, sexy, and original. Their vocals are smooth and soft, and their music is danceable...think an early, toned-down Madonna meets The Like with a post-punk twist. You might have seen the girls performing "Coast That's Closest" on the hit/guilty pleasure series 90210. Their second full-length album titled "In Manila" will be available at the end of February on Bi/Akka records, so stay tuned!

-Jenna Putnam

 

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Vivian Girls clean up their sound for third release - free single download

Vivian Girls are about to release their third album (first one on Polyvynil).  "It's cleaner and more hi-fi than the previous records," Cassie says of Share the Joy, which the band recorded at Rear House, the home studio run by Jarvis Taveniere (of the Brooklyn combo Woods), who engineered the album. "The sound is more open, more free. I think that this album really shows our strengths as musicians, and shows us melding together musically. It's more psychedelic and less shoegaze. There's also a lot of organ on it, which is new for us." - You can download the first single "I heard You Say" for free here.

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Best of The Bay Area Emerging Artists 2010 Top Three: Weekend, Michael Musika, The Family Crest

Surely it comes with little surprise that everyone's favorite of last year Weekend has topped our list and been named the Best Emerging Bay Area Artist of 2010. After causing a huge splash with their wildly successful EP (earning itself a Deli SF Album of the Month Award), impressive Noise Pop performance, and a currently successful new release Sports, Weekend have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with around the Bay Area. As they depart for their tour with the Wire we wish them the best exporting the finest of San Francisco's wonderfully shrill shoegaze-y noise-rock.

After a contentions reader's voting period Michael Musika earned himself a second place nod. Contrasting Weekend with a more subdued acoustic style Michael Musika brings some representation to the poll for the Bay Area's folk community.

Finally, after coming in first in the reader's poll The Family Crest took third for the overall contest. Bringing an orchestral indie-rock sound to the field, this placement hopefully will help The Family with their latest release The Village.

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