Magic Trick (Record Release Party)
The Range of Light Wilderness, Pure Bliss, Cool Ghouls
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
Magic Trick is Tim Cohen (Fresh & Onlys, Black Fiction), Noelle Cahill, Alicia Vanden Heuvel (#poundsign#, Still Flyin), and James Kim (Kelley Stoltz Band, Court & Spark).
Empty Cellar Records is proud to announce the latest full-length album by Tim Cohen, The Glad Birth of Love. This is Tim Cohen's fourth album following his 2009 debut, The Two Sides of Tim Cohen (Empty Cellar), and two full-lengths (Laugh Tracks / Tim Cohen's Magic Trick) and one EP (Bad Blood) on New York's Captured Tracks label. Featuring guest appearances by John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Grace Cooper (The Sandwitches), Diego Gonzalez (The Dry Spells, Citay), and several other San Francisco musicians, The Glad Birth of Love is the first Tim Cohen album to not directly bear his name, but the name of his band, Magic Trick. Recorded in a tower at Tim Cohen's home this album marks a departure from his signature radio-ready song craft. The Glad Birth of Love is a 45 minute album composed of four epic long-form compositions saturated with Tim's uncanny pop sensibilities and vivid lyrical imagery. Transitioning seamlessly from sparse acoustic blues, to dense bass & oud ragas, to layered of lush vocal harmonies this album is a culmination of Tim's work to date.
"As a lyricist, Fresh & Onlys frontman Tim Cohen clearly evokes the early era of rock'n'roll he also explores in his music. His chord changes are simple without being rudimentary, his lyrics are romantic without being cheesy, and-- perhaps most notably-- his output is outrageously prolific without skirting inconsistency." --Pitchfork
The Range of Light Wilderness
Nine Ways to Begin a Pure Bliss Bio
1. While you slurped down a thimble full of DMT last CMJ, Pure Bliss merged two shimmering guitar leads into a single javelin of sound to split the heart of ecstasy.
2. Two musicians sauntered along either side of a white picket fence and struck it with twigs in the spring. At the fence’s terminus near the abbey, Frank Ene and Sam Weiss started a band.
3. Oakland has a moderate climate. Still, it felt quite cool when Pure Bliss formed in 2013.
4. Jean Genet wrote that “harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.” I think that at least one member of Pure Bliss agrees. Bassist Margot Rhodes is undecided.
5. “True conjurers, Pure Bliss . . . [They] yanked the gold outta the chaff in a five-gallon bucket for two nights room and board last winter.”
6. Forget what you think you know about Oakland—Pure Bliss leader Frank Ene lives in Berkeley.
7. In a band that drummer Sam Lefebvre calls rock but Ene calls pop, Joe Carducci susses a problem.
8. Pure Bliss covers Christian Death on Halloween and fawns over the Go-Betweens in private. The rest is speculation.
9. Boss TU-2 Tuner—Diamond Compressor—Menatone Red Snapper Overdrive—Z-Vex Mastotron Distortion—MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay—Boss CE-2 Chorus—Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb—Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler—MXR Micro Amp Boost—Boss TU-2 Tuner—Timmy Overdrive—Behringer RV-600 Reverb Machine—Z-Vex Fuzz Factory Fuzz—Janglebox Compressor—Boss EH-2 Enhancer—Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler—Boss DD-3 Digital Delay.
San Francisco's Cool Ghouls recently released the outstanding EP Alright Cassette, which is available for download on their Bandcamp page. Formed by Benicia natives Pat Thomas and Pat McDonald just a year-and-a-half ago, the Ghouls have already developed an intriguing sound. Heavily influenced by pop, psych, surf, and folk-rock of the sixties, Cool Ghouls sound a lot like what I imagine the Byrds would sound like if they always cranked it to 11. They write catchy melodies, but their tight harmonies sung at the top of their lungs are highlights for me. Throw in a little lo-fi production, and you have some material that is meant to be played loud with a smile on your face.
-Russell Jelinek, The Bay Bridged
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