July 18, 2011

Someone Else Talking: The Mallard


Someone Else Talking is a new column for Sound on the Sound in which I harass a musician long enough that they cough up the fascinating gems that are their current inspirations.  Be it music or food or film or folly, I want to know what’s getting these people up in the morning.  And because I want to know, you get to read about it.


The Mallard has been a staple of The Daily Choice for years now, and everything she does is immediately squeezed on to my to-listen-to list.  Her music and her set-up have progressed greatly since I first started listening to her, and I’m more than excited that she, with her impressive new cohort Dylan Tidyman-Jones, will be lighting up the stage of a certain special Sound on the Sound 5th Anniversary show with their sludgy take on garage rock in just a few weeks.  The Mallard is close friend, and neighbor of mine, so I thought it only appropriate to kick off the inaugural posting of Someone Else Talking” with her fantastic discoveries.

Without further adieu, The Mallard:

I don’t own an I-POD and I walk everywhere in San Francisco, it’s the time I let my legs become metronomes and I walk to the beat of a song, though often they’re riffs or beginnings of melodies that I let churn in my head until I put some lyrics to or rearrange or until they either become an annoyance or a song. This is probably why I don’t have any songs in 3/4 or 7/8.

I also listen to only a few bands at a time. Sometimes too much, Noah can attest: “Jesus Christ on a fucking crutch* Greer, do you only listen to Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall?”  I want to figure out their tricks and patterns (because that’s all songs are.) Once you hear them enough times, you can begin to predict the patterns. I can only assume that those bands are also listening to a few other bands too much. Then those patterns are getting stuck in their heads as they walk back from the liquor store. So here are songs that I listen to too much, my roommate are sick of them, I’m not.

*Noah does not have such a dirty mouth, I added the bad words for comic effect.

Semi-streets – Sic Alps

I think the perfect way to walk to this one is on piles and piles of crunchy leaves.

2 Mora Mora Land – Lightning Bolt

This is a great “running away from scary things” kind of song.

An Inquiry Perpetrated – Thee Oh Sees

You should wear your loudest sounding shoes or boots while walking to this one. (I’ve also been listening to Hounds of Foggy Notion a DVD of songs they recorded in fields and by highways in San Francisco).

The Mallard – Old Hates Tatestale

The Mallard – Ex

Come see The Mallard at The Columbia Theater on August 5th. Do it!

June 1, 2011

The Daily Choice: Ty Segall – You Make The Sun Fry


There is no current trend in music I’m enjoying more than the current move towards rock and roll incorporating the bigger, ballsier engines of metal and grunge.  Garage rock I love you so, but it’s enchanting, in a diesel oil smudged hands kind of way, to hear you co-habituating with the huge guitars and speedy solos of your darker, meaner siblings.  Ty Segall, a proprietor of this trend from the outset, jumps right back in to the sludge pool on his first single of the highly anticipated Goodbye Bread. “You Make The Sun Fry” skirts around the usual speeding beams of grunged out rock ‘n’ roll Sir Segall usually fires at his audiences, instead slowly growling it’s way into drummed out explosions and squealing guitar.  It isn’t metal, but it isn’t just rock ‘n’ roll, it’s their trashy cousin with a secretly photographic musical memory.

Goodbye Bread drops on Drag City on June 21st.

Ty Segall – You Make The Sun Fry

April 13, 2011

The Daily Choice: Ty Segall – Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (T. Rex Cover)


The most exciting bit of Record Store Day news I’ve heard so far is quite easily the release of the six song vinyl-only EP Ty Rex by San Francisco’s red-headed garage son, Ty Segall.  Tapping in to his inner Bolan, the well-coiffed rock ‘n’ roller’s newest release is a six songs of T. Rex covers.  Ah-mazing.

“Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart” is the first hint at what’s to come.

Pick it up at your local record store this coming Saturday.

Ty Segall – Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart

January 6, 2011

The Daily Choice: Ty Segall – Don’t Talk To Me (G.G. Allin Cover)


Ty Segall continues his upward ascension of all things garage rock with this Daytrotter produced cover of the late, great G.G. Allin’s “Don’t Talk To Me.”  Ty’s take is all raw throats and spittle soaked rage.  It sounds like there was little to no urine consumed though.

You can check out the entire Daytrotter session right around here.

Segall’s continuously better-getting album Melted is out on Goner now.

Ty Segall – Don’t Talk To Me (G.G. Allin cover from Daytrotter Session)

December 20, 2010

The Daily Choice: Versatile Kyle – Sick Girl


All month long (aside from one recently discovered error) I’m exploring the sonic scene of San Francisco and the Bay Area beyond.  Quite a ride dear sir, quite a ride indeed.

I know, I’ve already written about Sonny Smith and his almighty Sunsets.  I’ve already proclaimed my love for his band and his songwriting and the simplicity of his lyrics and how they still manage to work their in to the soggy wood of your brain.  And yet, with Sonny Smith managing to impress me more and more each day I couldn’t help but give notice about the second volume of his newest art/music project, 100 Records Vol. 2: I Miss The Jams.  A while back Sir Smith nearly drowned in the Bay, and the closeness to death inspired him to, well, create.  Create and create and create.  To create so much music of so much variety, he was able to stock an entire jukebox full of 45s of his newly christened imaginary bands.

The amazing folk at Turn Up Records have released an amazing box-set of 5 “incredible” 45s chronicling 10 of the bands Smith crafted from thin air.  I personally love “Sick Girl” by Versatile Kyle, a sort of low-beat, bass-heavy rock ‘n’ roller but I’m also partial to Earth Girl Helen Brown’s “I Wanna Do It”, a sort of two-part harmony doo-wop jam.  Check out the whole album, find your own favorite song, and just be happy that somewhere Sonny Smith is busily filling notebooks with new bands, new songs, new gifts to us.

The album features members of The Sandwitches, Ty Segall, and a host of other San Francisco luminaries.

100 Records Vol. 2: I Miss The Jams is out on Turn Up Records in January and at local San Francisco stores in a limited edition boxed set now.

Sonny and The Sunsets and The Fresh and Onlys will play Amnesia on New Years Eve.

Versatile Kyle – Sick Girl

December 13, 2010

Abbey’s Favorite Non-Local Releases of 2010



The Mallard

There was so much good music coming out of the Pacific Northwest this year, it was hard to avert my eyes and ears to listen to albums released outside of our cloudy corner of the world. But when I did, these were the artists and albums that I enjoyed most.

I know it seems like the snobbiest music blogger move to list a self-released cassette as their number one release of the year, but no one combined every sonic trend I loved in 2010 (psychedelic, lo-fi, girl, garage pop) better than the one-woman spectacular spectacle that is The Mallard and nothing sounded better than her wailing over road noise as I navigated the rainy streets of Seattle. Plus, with her debut full-length due out in 2011, I think you’ll be hearing lots more from The Mallard soon so I don’t feel all that guilty for sharing the obscure.

Without further explanation, my favorite releases of 2010:

1. The Mallard – s/t cassette 2. The Black KeysBrothers 3. Sharon Van EttenEpic 4. PhosphorescentHere’s to Taking It Easy 5. Sonny and the SunsetsTomorrow Is Alright 6. Tallest Man on EarthThe Wild Hunt 7. Local NativesGorilla Manor 8. The Morning BendersBig Echo 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.Horse Power EP 10. Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EP

Just Missed / Also Thoroughly Enjoyed in 2010:

Besnard Lakes / Best Coast / Ty Segall / The Strange Boys

August 11, 2010

The Daily Choice: Ty Segall – Imaginary Person


I don’t know what it is about the more garage-heavy sounding bands that pepper the San Francisco musical landscape, but there is a streak of prolific that courses through them that makes being a music, er, suggester both stunningly simple and deceptively difficult.  Easy, because with so many good bands releasing so many good albums, I barely have to think to suggest something new and amazing slithering out of the city.  Difficult, because the more and more I look over my selections and see that there’s certain artists consistently getting name-checked, positing the theory that I might just be a star-fucking groupie.

In the brief time I’ve lived in San Francisco, Ty Segall has already put out four full albums and a handful of a singles, just dumping his progressive garage sound on the masses.  His newest, Melted, heavy and throbbing, bordering on the edges of garage metal, is as good as anything he’s done before, and that’s saying much.  ”Imaginary Person” is a sort of hard edged bit of bubble-gum.  The shitty kind you’re dad used to buy you when he coached your baseball team, soft and chewy seeming on the outside, but brittle and blood-letting when your tiny teeth finally smashing through its rock hard surface.

Too much Ty Segall?  Not a terrible thing to complain about.

Ty Segall – Imaginary Person

December 29, 2009

Abbey’s Favorite Not-Northwest Songs of 2009


Nick of Elvis Perkins in Dearland ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

I have to say,  with such a vibrant year of local music, I spent the vast majority of my 2009 exploring things made in the Pacific Northwest; rather than venturing out in to the vastness of the internets and the rest of America. So most of these are pretty well known tracks, albums, and artists or from Noah’s Daily Choices — though I do hope you discover a new favorite you hadn’t heard before too.  These are the records and tracks recorded outside of the 206 that I most enjoyed and listened to on repeat in 2009.  (The top 10 may be in some sort of hierachal order, but after that the order is not nearly as thought out or meaningful.) 

“Much More Than That” and “For You” by Sharon Van Etten | download ‘For You’ | “Blood Bank” by Bon Iver | download ‘Blood Bank’ | “Airplanes” by Local Natives  | download ‘Airplanes’ | “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear | listen to “Two Weeks” | “Eet” by Regina Spektor | watch video | “Shampoo” by Elvis Perkins in Dearland | download ‘Shampoo’| “A Violent Translation of Concorida Headscarp” by Emperor X | download track | “Andrew” by Crystal Antlers | download ‘Andrew’ | “Kick Drum Heart” by The Avett Brothers | listen to track | “Lust for Life” (though “Laura” is also tempting me) by Girls | download ‘Lust for Life’ |


Girls at Capitol Hill Block Party ::: photo by Josh Lovseth

“Garble Arch” by Blame Ringo | watch video | “The Walls are Coming Down” by Fanfarlo | listen to track | “Flirted With You All My Life” by Vic Chesnutt | download track | “The Ballad of the RAA” by Rural Alberta Advantage |listen to track | “Safe Word” by Vampire Hands | download ‘Safe Word’ | “Future Primative” by Papercuts | download ‘Future Primative’ | “Tidal Wave” by Thee Oh Sees | download ‘Tidal Wave’ |  ”Crystalised” by The xx | listen to track | “Lisztomania” by Phoenix | watch videos | “Norway” by Beach House  | download ‘Norway’ “Vanderlylle Cry Baby” by The National | listen to track | “Can’t Talk” by Ty Segall | download “Can’t Talk” | “Day of Sunshine” by Lee & Willbee | listen to track | “Summertime Clothes” by Animal Collective | listen to track | “Save The Day” by Huck Notari 

December 11, 2009

The Daily Choice: Ty Segall – My Sunshine



Ty Segall is like a dependable pair of socks.

Seriously, I’ve been sitting here for twenty minutes trying to think of some sort of interesting thing to say about Ty Segall and “My Sunshine”, his brand new 7-inch, and I’m blank.  A white canvas waiting for the brush.

I’ll say this, it sounds good, keeps the toes warm, and doesn’t have any unappealing odors.  The kind of thing you’re happy to find in your Winter Solstice stocking.

Ty Segall – My Sunshine