Half Moon Bay to Napa: New ambient and techno works by Tomu DJ and Radagast the Brown
New interview and performance by Flung on Lower Grand Radio; plus new releases by Art Moore, Hell Fire, Primus, Quintessential & Eddou XL, Tony Molina, and more
When did your musical journey begin?
My mom always says that it was when she was pregnant with me and carrying me in Varanasi, India. My parents would go to these all-night concerts on the banks of the Ganga, the river in that city, and so she always says that’s where it started.
And that’s how my most recent interview begins, featuring Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist Flung, whose new album comes out on Virginia/NYC label Citrus City next week. Apricot Angel is a meditative, meandering collage of sparkling experimental pop, an exploration of nature, self, and between states. Ahead of the release, we were proud to host Flung for a live performance and interview on Lower Grand Radio.
A DREAM OF HALF MOON BAY
Sinuous pathways. Misty sightlines. Woody, leafy, wet brown carpets. The distant crashing of something. Are these the abstract constructions of some imaginary place or simply the sonic reimaginings of one of our favorite foggy, coastal cities? Emotional, upbeat, and subdued all at once, Half Moon Bay is a new full-length ambient techno work by Tomu DJ. Released on LA label Franchise and featuring contributions by DJ Manny, SUCIA!, kimdollars1, and blessingsnore, the album takes you on a psychic journey seemingly outside of space and time.
INDULGING IN THE MELANCHOLY
Another Plane Beyond Empiricism is a gentle offering to past, present, and future selves; a yearning for groundedness, reconciliation, and peace of mind. Napa-based artist Radagast the Brown (aka Ezekiel James Hampton) imparts a complex mythos through this work: Foreign memories seep through consciousness from the interdimensional, rife with a nostalgia that isn’t necessarily your own.
The album is sensitively infused with 20th-century classical music motifs and recontextualized sacred choral textures as well as other experimental renderings of the human voice. Consequently, there is no one genre that can describe this work; just the comfort that comes from indulging the melancholic ache of human experience.
On first glance, the intriguing track titles possess their own luring power: “Succumbing to Forlorn Fantasies” and “A Single Stitch from the Knitting God” invite a curious and open mind, yet one that is unsure of what or whose dream it’ll wake up from once the piece is finished. These are tracks to savor intently so as not to forget them—like holding onto dreams that are about to dissolve, just before waking.
— Elise Mills
Art Moore by Art Moore on Anti- Records
alternative, rock, Oakland
“I don’t know how to quit, I don’t know how to give up, and that comes from the seed of faith that my grandmother planted in me at a very young age. This industry is cutthroat and full of ups and downs, but those conversations she had with me about faith allow me to keep pushing.”
hip hop, Oakland
Reckoning by Hell Fire
heavy metal, thrash, San Francisco
Conspiranoid by Primus
alternative, metal, rock, Sebastopol
“Playful, punchy solo debut from San Jose rapper Quintessential (Broken Aces, Dirty Old Men); veteran Cali beatsmith Eddou XL produces.” My Cheese Budget Is Growing by Quintessential & Eddou XL was featured on Bandcamp’s New & Notable.
boom bap, conscious, hip hop, San Jose, Santa Cruz
In the Fade by Tony Molina
pop, punk, rock
Scatter My Ashes by Octet Ensemble and William Susman
classical, experimental, New York, San Francisco
Split by Mal Sed and Scy1e on Weird Ear Records
experimental, noise, Oakland
Our top show recommendations for the coming week:
[experimental] The Multivrs Is Illuminated centering queer and trans BIPOC artists across diasporas and genres — Aug 12-13 at the Lab
[rock] Spacemoth, There’s Talk, Beaunoise — Aug 12 at Bandcamp Oakland
[club] Experimental Housewife, 9-System, Taraneh — Aug 12 at F8
[club] NO BIAS x Vitamin 1000 — Aug 12 at Underground SF
[country] The Brothers Comatose — Aug 12-13 at Moe’s Alley
[jazz] San Jose Jazz Summer Fest — Aug 12-14 in downtown San Jose
[hip hop] Afterthought, Top Chefs, Bombsnax, Pu-Tang Clan, Frak — Aug 13 at El Rio
[club] Dusty Rhino ft. Donald Glaude, divaDanielle — Aug 13 at Public Works
[club] CandyGraver, Fitnesss, EelTank, Archangel — Aug 13 in Richmond
[club] 99%, Maria Morena, Yuca Frita, JUANNY DEPP — Aug 13 at Brix 581
[folk] Mariee Siou, Jacaranda — Aug 13-14 at the Sunshine Prophecy
[rock] Phil Lesh & Friends, Midnight North — Aug 14 at Stern Grove
[rock] Seablite, Neutrals — Aug 17 at Jack Kerouac Alley