The amazingly prolific San Francisco garage rock wizard Ty Segall has released a video for the song “The Hill,” featured on his forthcoming album Twins (his third this year). Directed by Segall himself and featuring Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson, the video travels through a bad VHS acid trip laced with oversized stuffed bears and just plain weird shit. Twins comes out out on October 9th via Drag City.
Spyrals, the debut self-titled full-length from San Francisco psych-rockers The Spyrals, is yet another impressive garage-y sounding record to come out of the Bay Area in the past year. Recorded at the band’s own studio on an eight-track reel to reel, the album shows two faces—one that recalls contemporaries The Fresh and Onlys or Women with a psych-pop sound, the other a heavier, droned out improvisational sound that ventures freely into the void. The nine reverb-drenched tracks offer up a mix of catchy guitar riffs and crashing percussion with a bluesy tinge added by the slide and harmonica work. Stream it below or purchase it from The Spyrals bandcamp site. You can also check out their video for album track “Trying To Please.”
Pancho-san is a new group formed by members of Bay Area bands Beulah and Rogue Wave. The group recently released this new video for the song “Kick The Fences Down,” which is featured on their debut album available for download via Bandcamp. Count these guys among the growing legion of talented contemporary psychedelic acts coming from the West Coast. [via The Bearded Rainbow]
As a big fan of San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys, I was psyched to hear news of frontman Tim Cohen’s latest full-length solo effort, The Glad Birth of Love. While Cohen’s solo material has always departed from the Onlys’ sound, nothing has veered as far off course as this one. To make that clear, Cohen even drops his own name for his band’s Magic Trick psuedonym.
The album features four, free-flowing compositions that venture deeply into the world of proggy psychedelia. Reminiscent of Genesis at times, Cohen and co. layer the songs with dreamy lyrics and stretched out Floyd-like instrumentation. A local cast of San Fran psychies including John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Grace Cooper, (The Sandwitches), Diego Gonzalez (The Dry Spells, Citay) appear on the album, which comes out August 23 on Empty Cellar. You can stream or download “Daylight Moon,” a seven minute astral excursion that shows Cohen’s continued progression as one of the most promising songwriters of today. Click here to pre-order the LP.