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Dregs One delivers a fresh case of "Sucka Repellent" for fiends of classic Bay Area hip hop
More hella good hip hop—hyphy to chill—by JourneyBthaReason, DJ Vetti, Marquito, Isaiah Mostafa, Dakim, LaRussell, Guapdad 4000, Pallavi Kidambi, TroyLLF, Su'Lan
The time has come!
We’re honored to have Salami Rose Joe Louis performing alongside her good friend Mejiwahn plus James Wavey at White Crate’s live music showcase at Public Works this Thursday, September 29. Check out our interview with the artist, listen to some of her new music, and then order your tickets.
As always, thank you for supporting the best in Bay Area music.
FOG MODE IN FULL EFFECT
There’s hella good hip hop out right now. Scroll down past the neoclassical and punk, and you’ll see link after link after link to hyphy Bay shit. But there’s only one new album out right now that’s deeply, intensely, proudly, unapologetically Frisco, and that’s Sucka Repellent by Dregs One. Released on their own label Audio Vandals and featuring guest appearances by Husalah, DJ.Fresh, Cellski, DinaRo, Spice 1, and Frisco Baby, the new album from the fog mode maestro ruminates on living as a rap cat in the SF city life, from walking through the Tenderloin and getting geeked up to what it means to live as a true player and win in the rap game. As usual, it sounds like classic Bay underground hip hop, bumped and boosted for a new era. And there’s no mistaking that: Rooted in the classics that came before, a new era of SF hip hop has arrived. Join Dregs One for the album release party at Public Works on Friday, October 7 with support from City P, Grand-O, TroyLLF, JourneyBthaReason, Frisco Baby plus DJ sets by Abby Imperial and Baghead.
VIOLIN FOLK DANCE, WARPED
“While we know Harrison for his danceable fusions of Western and Eastern musics, the Sonata finds the composer enthralled with Arnold Schoenberg’s twelve-tone method. Not content to merely mimic, Harrison developed a technique of serial manipulation of intervals he termed ‘interval controls’ that he first fully realized in this piece.”
Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin is a seven-minute avant-garde classical piece composed in 1936 by Lou Harrison, an artist who first studied under Henry Cowell at San Francisco State University and later went on to teach music himself at Mills College, San Jose State University, and beyond. Performed by Kate Stenberg, recorded by Zach Miley at Oakland’s 25th Street Recording Studio, and released by Other Minds Records, this new rendition of old music stirs, stretches, bends, and collapses the sonic possibilities of a single violin, all while maintaining a folk dance quality.
TWEE GRUNGE, SWEET THRUM
Not quite as threatening as its cover’s bloody watercolors suggest, Bloodlust by MOP is the latest EP recorded and released by Oakland’s Smoking Room, featuring six short songs of twee-meets-grunge. The duo of Moira Brown and Samuelito Cruz layer a quartet’s worth of instruments, stacking guitar, bass, and drums into a fluid stream of hazy, fuzzy thrum, with Brown’s sweet voice cutting through it all. You can pick up a limited edition cassette of the EP on Bandcamp.
“BAY SHIT” by JourneyBthaReason
hip hop, hyphy, rap, Oakland
“Real Bay” by DJ Vetti ft. Stunnaman02, JourneyBthaReason, Nerdy KnowZ, Baby Bully & Frisco Baby
hip hop, rap, Oakland
“Smokescreen” by Marquito ft. Isaiah Mostafa
electronic, hip hop, instrumental, Bay Area
“Be on My Side”, a new “ddust version” by Dakim, released to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Brooklyn artist Melanie Charles’ debut Girl with the Green Shoes. The track was originally produced by D'Flower and mejiwahn.
electronic, hip hop, jazz, Oakland
“FUCK 12 FREESTYLE” from Tales of the Town ft. LaRussell & Guapdad 4000
hip hop, rap, Bay Area
“Ain't Gonna Stop Me” by Pallavi Kidambi
electronic, experimental, hip hop, Oakland
Forever Da Gang by Su’Lan
hip hop, rap, Oakland
“What You Think” by TroyLLF ft. Poo$ie & WantMoreN8
hip hop, rap, San Francisco
Our top show recommendations for the coming week:
[club] Bodysync (Giraffage, Ryan Hemsworth), Chrissy, Ray Reck — Sep 23 at Crybaby
[club] QUEERBAIT ft. Kudeki, Adam Kraft, Nonsuit, likeholywine — Sep 23 at F8
[disco] Grace Jones, Juanita MORE! — Sep 23 at the Fox
[metal] Hell Fire, Haunt, Screamer, Seven Sisters — Sep 23 at Eli’s Mile High Club
[neoclassical] Lubomyr Melnyk — Sep 23 at the Lab
[world] Jenn Johns, Lalin St. Juste, Damon Turner — Sep 23 at the New Parish
[latin] Carlos Vives — Sep 23 at San Jose Civic
[rock] Real Neato ft. Sugar Candy Mountain, Kelly McFarling, Sweet Plot, Quinn DeVeaux, The Quilters, Andrew St. James, The HA — Sep 24 at Rio Nido Roadhouse
[metal] Abstracter, Dearth, Carrion Bloom — Sep 24 at Eli’s Mile High Club
[elec] Portola ft. Toro y Moi, DJ Shadow, Justin Martin, Eug — Sep 24-25 at Pier 80
[hip hop] Frisco Summer Fest ft. Grand-O, Alien Mac Kitty, Monk HTS — Sep 25 at City Station
[rock] Kikagaku Moyo, Briana Marela — Sep 25 at the Warfield
[hip hop] Kamaiyah — Sep 26 at the Great American Music Hall
[rock] Viagra Boys, Shame, Militarie Gun — Sep 27 at the New Parish
[metal] Hog, Maggus, Demonsmoke — Sep 29 at Thee Parkside
[electronic] Salami Rose Joe Louis, Mejiwahn, James Wavey — Sep 29 at Public Works