Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Release Me

LA's Future Pigeon are dub rockers.

Right now, the weird thing is seeeing people eating ice cream and basking in 70-degree weather in February. This maybe okay in Miami, Florida, but totally unacceptable here in San Francisco, California. Yet, here we are, thumbing our nose at Mother Nature as we scratch our heads and try and figure out why we're wearing short-sleeve t-shirts in what supposed to be the dead of winter. If we don't get back to the fog and rain of a typical soggy SF, all our musicians will start recording Beach Boys covers or some such crap. Bring back the darkness!

With that said, I can tell you that running has been good, including a nice 5K race this past weekend, and the beginning of my second season high school track and field coaching with inner city SF squad the Sacred Heart Cathedral Irish. Watch this space for an interview with the second place half-marathon finisher from the afroementioned race, Craig Gaites whose stats and eyebrow ring will astoud you.

And speaking of stats, how about some music related ones, like the following relesae dates for some excellent forthcoming recordings. Towards the bottom of the calendar of release dates is the group pictured above, Future Pigeon, who sound like The Ruts or Pop Group produced by Lee Scratch Perry (actually equally inventive dub producer Scientist was on the boards for their debut album). They're dub punks with enough angst to impeach the president.

Listed below the dates are ARTIST, TITLE, LABEL and my own subjective brief genre description.

Alif Tree–French Cuisine–Compost–cinematic jazz
Jimmy Edgar–Colorstrip–Warp–IDM, techno
Measles Mu Rubella–Fantastic Success–Doubling Cube–dance punk
Shawn Lee's P-P Orch–Strings & Things–Ubiquity–follky funk

Bombay Dub–Bombay Dub–Six Degrees–downtempo
Okay Paddy–The Cactus Has a Point–Prison Jazz–indie pop
Various––Traveler 06–Six Degrees–global electronic

The Swims–Ride The Blueberry–Prison Jazz–indie pop
Landesvatter–Lax––Normoton–minimal techno
Nightmares on Wax–In A Space Outta –Warp–dubby downtempo
The Bamboos–Step It Up–Ubiquity–funk
Wechsel Garland–Easy––Karaole Kalk–jazz-folk pop
Mike Shannon–Possible Conclusions–scape–minimal techno
Markus Gunter–Lovely Society–Ware–tech-house

Hugh Masekela–The Chisa Years–BBE–Afrosoul/funk
Samite––Embalasasa–Triloka–African folk
Zemog El Gallo–Cama De La Conga–Aagoo–Exp Latin Funk

Karsh Kale–Broken English–Six Degrees–Asian electronic–
The Timeout Drawer–Alone––Consumers–indie electronic

Rahim––Ideal Lives–French Kiss–indie rock
Maratime–We Are The Vehicles–Flameshovel–indie rock
Various––Fabric 26: Herbalizer–Fabric–hip-hop/dance
Caroline–Murmurs–Temp Residen–IDM, folktronic
Future Pigeon–The Echodelic Sounds–RecordCollect –punk dub

Soul Position–Things Go Better–Rhymesayers–hip-hop

B.I.G. Crew re-present...
The Return of Grime City!

Friday February 17th at Anu bar on 6th Street between Market and Mission.

Grime/Dubstep/UKG with DJs and MCs
Jamin/Subtec/Munk/Megatron/The ONE/MC Child
special guest DJ Tomas/Voltage Music

Trust me, this event is going to run it red. B.I.G. are the West Coasts grime and dubstep specialists with nuff plates and test to sting and shock any soundbwoy. Plus they get deep on the freestyles, and the crew's got members hailing from ends like Oakland/SF/London and all roads, seen? This should be the smash up. Get with it, yuh dun know.