SISTER CRAYON, ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
Kisses is a Los Angeles-based pop project featuring Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson.
The band's sophomore release, Kids In LA, is a departure from the luminosity of their first album, focusing instead on the starker wintertime in Southern California. While The Heart of the Nightlife took listeners on a neon-hued journey through Palm Springs at peak vacation season, Kids In LA inverts that thematic motif, opting to explore the empty and slightly-haunted off-season of the vacation world.
Kids In LA was recorded over a year and a half and produced by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs and Tim Laracombe. Driven by crisp and thudding drum machines, the record is riddled with the evocative rhythms of late 80s freestyle (Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa). Paired with lightly-effected guitars and warm analog keyboards, the mood is distinct: cold and anxious, yet rich, inviting, and melodic.
"The sunny but sad dance music from this LA duo suggests Bernard Sumner jamming with Belle and Sebastian. ... Just behind Gorillaz, Foals and RJD2 in a list of the most blogged-about current acts, according to the Hype Machine, are Kisses, a new duo from Los Angeles who specialise in a sort of dreamy, wistful disco with a hint of 70s Guilty Pleasures about it – think Oh Lori by Alessi Brothers worked up into a high gloss by Gino Soccio. The name is revealing – Kisses. It's a reminder that, while funk was about sweat and sex, disco was about yearning and romance, ie ripe for the C86 treatment." --Guardian UK
An off and on recluse, Terra Lopez spent countless hours in her Northern California bedroom each day, recording hundreds of gritty, personal demos with her classical guitar and MPC. Staring at the ceiling of her apartment, she taught herself how to sing by studying vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Jeff Buckley. It was during this time that Lopez started to form the sound and scope of what would become Sister Crayon. Shortly after, Lopez met Dani Fernandez and the two bonded over hip-hop and the MPC. Inseparable, the duo started collaborating and word spread quickly about Sister Crayon on the West Coast. Over the years, the project has undergone numerous lineup changes and been bolstered by the addition of live keys and drums. With drummer Omar Barajas in the mix, Sister Crayon’s live show is passionate, dynamic and emotionally resonant.
Since Sister Crayon’s debut release Bellow in 2011, Lopez and Fernandez have worked relentlessly to reinvent the project, with the focus shifting back towards its founding members. The two have honed in on the electronic side of things, centering more on Lopez’s powerful, diverse vocal range while utilizing heavy beats and haunting melodies. Having toured nationally for most of 2012 with the likes of Built to Spill, The Album Leaf and Maps & Atlases, Sister Crayon went into the studio in late September to record the Cynic EP. The record is at times raw and inconsolable, inspired by Lopez’s absent father and daily frustrations with the past. Sister Crayon’s new body of work is unapologetic in its intensity, allowing them to create their most revealing work to date.
ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)
"Anthony Ferraro is a member of Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi touring band, but he also fronts his own project called Astronauts, etc. Today the band shares “I Know,” the first single from a fresh batch of recordings. Although Ferraro was at one point studying to become a classical musician at UC Berkeley — a career path derailed by arthritis — this track is a ’70s-style soft-rock gem that taps into some of the same lite-funk vibes as Toro’s recent work while maintaining its own particular flavor. That makes sense considering Bundick is the one who introduced Ferraro into the popular music scene in the first place. The groove on this one is strong despite the overall pillowy quality of the music. “Just hold me tight,” Ferraro croons in falsetto before a smooth guitar solo enters to usher in the next verse." --Stereogum
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