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Welcome to the Cosmic Love BallHello Bay Area musical socialites! It was great to see you the other night at the Cosmic Love Ball with DJ Wyllys, the North Beach Brass Band, Materialized, and Rubblebucket! That’s right, it was another great year for the futuristic love circus called the Cosmic Love Ball, which is held at the Fillmore in San Francisco every year to celebrate life, love, and music. This year, the Fillmore was adorned with wall hangings around the auditorium with heart accents around the room, including a whole wall filled with heart lights. Naughty love was certainly in the air though. As you entered the Fillmore you were greeted by a statue of a blindfolded angel’s bust offering you the traditional Fillmore apples. It was certainly a symbol of how the night was to progress.

DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love BallThe evening started off kind of slow with people slowly trickling in, but the lively DJ Wyllys kept everyone energized in the main auditorium while the North Beach Brass Band kept people entertained upstairs in the Poster Room. Eventually, the North Beach Brass Band marched their way downstairs and onto the dance floor to announce the beginning of the evening. It was awesome having them come down and march through the crowd. It really got everyone moving and it felt like we were swept away to New Orleans for a moment. Once everyone was hyped up the lights went down and genre bending house band, Materialized, took the stage.

Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallIf you have not seen or heard Materialized go check them out right now. They blew the crowd away at the Cosmic Love Ball with their intense energetic beats, thundering bass, and killer synths. They either kept people standing in awe, or made people move uncontrolablly. Either way, people seemed to be transported to cosmic love bliss. It is really hard to pinpoint what genre Materialized really is though. In fact, on their website they actually say the following:

“Any attempt to pigeonhole Materialized as an electronica band, a jam band, a jazz band, etc. doesn’t really work since this band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.”

They seem to rely heavily on beats, but they seem to twist and turn enough to keep you guessing on what kind of band they really are. One thing is for sure – they are really good.

Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallAdding to the fun of the evening, artist Lebo was painting along to the music. It was great to see images appear before our eyes as he worked on them. It really seemed to add another layer to the music too. It was a great addition to the entertainment for the evening. Thank you Lebo! The Galactic Muses dancers also took the stage several times to add some drama and flare with their sexy dance moves and several costume changes.The Galactic Muses dancers


Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love BallSoon after Materialized finished their set, Rubblebucket came on. They were pretty good, and accomplished musicians, but I did not really care for their set as much for some reason. They seemed to be too showy with semi afro-cubanesque influences and some pop thrown in, and the combination really was not working for me. However, their horns were really good and I was definitely moving. In fact, the whole crowd seemed to really enjoy them and everyone seemed to be moving their butts. It was a really good time. What I really loved the most was when singer Kalmia Traver would hop on the baritone sax every once in a while and took command of the stage. Even better was the end of their set when she hopped down off the stage with her sax and started playing through the crowd with the rest of the band and the North Beach Brass Band to end the show as they walked out of the venue. It was an awesome way to interact with the crowd and change the atmosphere of the venue before finishing the evening. Good times had by all!

If you are around the San Francisco area next February I highly encourage you to check out the Cosmic Love Ball. It is a wonderful evening of good vibes, good music, and good times. I hope to see you all there next year!

 

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Noise Pop 2012: 20 Years in Posters

Posted: February 8, 2012 in News
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Noise Pop celebrates its 20th birthday in 2012, and its lineup once again features the expert curation of fresh-faced artists that we’ve come to expect: Die AntwoordBleachedGrimes and oOoOO are among the names that hit the scene recently and started making waves in a hurry. But there’s a hidden story in Noise Pop’s 2012 lineup – a slick tribute, on this notable anniversary, to its rich 20-year history of highlighting these acts on the rise. One need only look to the veterans returning to the festival’s lineup for 2012.

Of course, there’s headliner Flaming Lips, whose “Boombox Experiment” at Noise Pop 1998 provided a glimpse of the band that would establish themselves the kings of psychedelia in the following years. Archers of Loaf played Noise Pop in 1997. Imperial Teen, 1999. Built to Spill, while not technically Noise Pop alums, have been around longer…

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Your Day-By-Day Guide to Noise Pop 2012

Posted: February 7, 2012 in News
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Atlas Sound will play Noise Pop 2012.

Noise Pop 2012 – its 20th anniversary edition – is shaping up to be something fierce. Atlas Sound is the final headliner to be announced, joining The Flaming Lips (who will playThe Soft Bulletin in its entirety), Built to Spill and Cursive atop the bill.

To that end, Noise Pop has dropped their 2012 schedule, and we’re already putting targets on the shows we’d like to see. Because “all of them” is not particularly helpful advice (though it’s an option we support, if you have a handful of clones at the ready), we’ve picked the one concert per day that we think will be exceptional (which was absolutely not easy to narrow down, by the way).

Shows are 21+ unless otherwise noted, and festival badges get you into every event except The Flaming Lips and Die Antwoord.

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Academy of Sciences
2/16/12 @ 6pm

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Flaming Lips To Play Noise Pop 2012

Posted: January 16, 2012 in News
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Flaming Lips will headline Noise Pop 2012.

Noise Pop 2012 has revealed another chunk of their lineup today, including a huge headliner with Noise Pop history: The Flaming Lips. They’ll join Cursive and Built to Spill as the headliners for the special 20th anniversary edition of the multi-venue San Francisco festival. Sleigh Bells, Bob Mould and The Fresh & Onlys are among the other names announced today.

The Flaming Lips will play the entirety of their album “The Soft Bulletin” on February 21st, 2012 at Bimbo’s 365 Club, with Release the Sunbird opening in support. Tickets are $50 and will go on sale January 15, 2012 at 10am PST. Festival badges which include entry to the Flaming Lips show will go on sale at 11am.

The band is a fitting addition to Noise Pop’s already-juiced 20th anniversary lineup. The act played Noise Pop in 2006 and, long before they were the weird colorful geniuses…

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Noise Pop 2012 starts on February 22, 2012.

Just announced: the Noise Pop 2012 lineup! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the San Francisco-based music festival features Cursive and Built to Spill as headlining acts, with appearances from Die Antwoord, Grimes, and Surfer Blood representing a particularly solid early lineup this year. The festival, known for its genre-bending bills, will take place across multiple venues and dates from February 22-25, and will feature upwards of 150 artists in total.

The inimitable Shepard Fairey, founder and creative mind behind the Obey brand, is responsible for Noise Pop’s graphic design this year, which can only mean one thing: the 20th anniversary Noise Pop merch will be incredible.

Full lineup as it’s been announced so far:

Archers of Loaf
Bleached
Born Gold
Budos Band
Built to Spill
Christie Front Drive
Craig Finn
Cursive
Die Antwoord
Disappears
Grimes
Imperial Teen
Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames
Laura Veirs & the Tumble Bees
Mount…

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If you are in the know, then you have probably heard about Spotify. Spotify is a wonderful Swedish digital music service that was started in 2008 in an effort to offer a legal alternative to online piracy. It has been popular for while in Europe and now it has finally made it here to the US!

Spotify lets users listen to over 15 million songs on their computers and mobile devices and allows the users to upload their own music to add to the ever-growing library. Users can also create a profile to set their music preferences, to favorite artists and playlists, and to even share their playlists with their friends for them to listen to.

The best thing about Spotify is that it’s free. That’s right, you can listen to almost any current song for free. There are actually three different plans that you can choose from. Spotify currently offers a free, ad-supported version and two other subscription plans that do not display ads. A $5 per month plan lets users access Spotify on their computers without ads, and a $10 per month version allows users to also access music on their mobile devices.

I have been using Spotify for a couple of weeks now to check out new music that I would not usually listen to. It has opened my ears to some new Pop, which I’ll admit has been nice. Today, I was also listening to Sublime with Rome‘s new album, Yours Truly, and I think I might pick it up now based on what I heard.

If you decide to check out Spotify then hit me up on there. I would love to hear what music you are into. My account is, of course, “MusicSumo.” Hope to hear ya around!

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