June 17, 2017

Quantic & Nidia Góngora

Quantic was living in Cali, Colombia for years, producing brilliant records with musicians and singers that fused reggae, cumbia, Caribbean sounds. This is the latest collab, and likely his last from Cali (he moved to Brooklyn). Singer Nidia Góngora hails from an Afro-Colombian community and brings some West African-flavored folkloric singing to Quantic's thick and slick thump.

June 7, 2017

Suzanne Ciani

Happy belated 71st birthday to electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. Here's a 40-minute solo performance on the Buchla synthesizer from earlier this year.

June 3, 2017

Dungen, "Häxan"

Dungen has been around for 18 years. The Swedish band exploded in the American underground in 2003, toured here for a few years, then went quiet. Now they're in the midst of a stellar second act. Here they are performing a piece of the soundtrack they wrote for an old silent film, which they've been spending this year performing beneath at screenings.

April 29, 2017

Juana Molina, "Lentísimo Halo"

Argentinian songwriter Juana Molina has a new record out in May. Instead of releasing a video of the hit single, she worked with the filmmaker Mariano Ramis to make a short film around one of the weirder tracks. The results are pretty outstanding. Ramos says he shot the thing, then animated every frame using "an inkjet printer, laser film paper, and soy sauce." Yum.

April 23, 2017

Zig Zags, "Riddle of Steel"

These guys really get it.

April 21, 2017

Luísa Maita, "Fio da Memória"

For her latest record, Luísa Maita tapped her fellow Brazilian Zé Nigro to add all kinds of electronic beats and slinky bass to her songs. I only know one word in Portuguese, but it works great here: Foda.

April 16, 2017

Cory Hanson, "Melted Rope"

Wand's frontman performing the song that hooked me on Wand. If you like this, seek out the full-band version. This was captured live at Aquarius Records, the now-defunct best little record store in the Mission (rest in peace).

April 14, 2017

Julie Byrne, "Sleepwalker"

Julie Byrne has a uniquely airy singing voice, a purposeful guitar technique, and a monster talent for writing songs. I feel chopped and simmered after spending an hour listening to her songs. They're like little temples of death.

April 8, 2017

Karina Buhr, "Pic Nic"

In her native Brazil, Karina is a counterculture icon. She publishes a feminist zine and puts out music that's an edgy, dancey mix of modern Brazilian stuff and riotous punk. And all this in fishnets!

Ty Segall, "Sleeper"

The song is from a few years ago, but this performance is with Ty's current touring band. I had the great pleasure of seeing these guys in February. Massive destruction. A strong Crazy Horse vibe, you'll tell from the video. Just imagine this at about 130 decibels and that's pretty much it.