It seems we're in a "when it rains, it pours" sort of place for significant new local albums, and this mix only scratches the surface of the latest in Bay Area records, with songs from Ty Segall & White Fence, Sleepy Sun, Whirr, and Blasted Canyons. On the touring front, Herman Dune and Royal Headache crossed different oceans to come do some U.S. shows, but both are stopping in SF in May. Additionally, if you don't immediately recognize some of the names in this playlist, you might recognize their main bands: Dana Buoy is Dana Janssen of Akron/Family's solo project, while Naytronix is the experimental pop of tUnE-yArDs' Nate Brenner.
Finally, the month closes with two great local festivals over Memorial Day weekend. In San Francisco, the 2012 installment of the SF Popfest includes several strong indie pop shows. Meanwhile, Oakland's 1-2-3-4 Go! Records has a packed slate of East Bay shows for a new festival called The Go! Go! Whatever your pleasure, listen to the mix and then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Amidst busy solo careers, Ty Segall & White Fence ("I Am Not A Game") found time to collaborate on Hair, a new record out now on Drag City. Locals Shannon and the Clams and The Mallard support them at The Independent on May 2.
Royal Headache's ("Girls") debut LP came out last year in Australia, and it's available stateside this month on What's Your Rupture? The band is performing at Vitus in Oakland on May 26 as part of 1-2-3-4 Go! Records' The Go! Go! festival.
Blasted Canyons' ("Holy Geometry") second record is a new EP called 2nd Place, out now on Castle Face Records. The band headlines a top-notch lineup at the Rickshaw Stop on May 23, with Sunbeam Rd and Fine Steps.
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500 ("Blue Thunder") is playing two intimate shows of Galaxie 500 songs at the Hemlock Tavern this month. At both May 11 shows, Wareham's trio will be joined by SF's Tortured Genies.