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Guillaume Amat

Andy Kong – “City Lights”

Pardon me while I take a moment to ease into the work week. The comforting croon of Andy Kong is perfect for letting memories run through your mind as you file away favorites for future reference. And when Monday gets to be too much, take “City Lights” with you on a walk and let the fresh air fill your spirits as you regain strength.

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Sammy Slabbinck

[PREMIERE] COLLAJ – “Lose Control”

Our man Collaj has never shied away from his sexual side but “Lose Control” puts a more straightforward approach on his mission statement. And after seeing “Lose Control” live a handful of times the past year I’m honored to help deliver this musk scented love letter to panties everywhere. And on a Friday no less! Time to peck out an SMS tour your own “brand new Bugatti” and set up a date this weekend. Then just imagine Collaj and I right there with you singing “Lose Control” in your ear the whole time.  Read more

Bozka Rydlewska

COLLAJ – “Tropical Vacation”

The party machine formerly known as 8th Grader is not known to mince words. Collaj is a man on a mission and right now that mission is to make sure all these bathing suits fit into his carry-on so nobody has to wait at baggage claim and he can get straight to the beach for a “biological situation”. Are you packed yet??  Read more

Jack Sachs

Painted Palms – “Disintegrate”

This new track from painted Palms is all about taking a moment to reflect on your past and then turning around and punching it in the damn face before continuing on with your bright future. There is enough grit and steam for the punching and enough synthy groove for the swaggeriffic walk away. Nice.  Read more

8th Grader - ALL WE CAN DO (prod by Carousel)

8th Grader – “All We Can Do” (Produced by Carousel)

Music for… lovers, dancers, huggers, and even those of us with that little shuffle step we only do when nobody is looking. You know its a party when two of my favorite sex-groove maestro’s, 8th Grader and Carousel, team up on a jam designed to “keep the fire burning” if you know what I mean.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: With both bands living in SF these days I’m hoping for more like this. Then a tour! Yeah, lets do it.

[MP3] Rio Rio – “Gorilla Gorilla”

Sounds Like… Two Door Cinema Club if they grew up in the midwest. Big spazzy hooks but with an undeniable American grit, Rio Rio are here to rock.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: You downloading the whole EP free here. Then coming to Bootleg TONIGHT! Rio Rio is coming down from SF for a killer show with TBE faves Magic BronsonWoodysproduce, Leland, and Black Gatsby (a.k.a. D’Angelo Lacy).



[PREMIERE] 8th Grader – “Tiger”

Sounds Like… George Michael and Blood Orange collaborating on an entry for a “sexiest song contest”. 8th Grader makes music much more mature than his name suggests. This is no Animal Planet special… “Tiger” is a jam for activities that normal 8th graders only dream about.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: 8th Grader heads out on a mini tour through SF, LA and Las Vegas soon. Catch him here in LA at Blind Date on June 25th!


Slaptop – “Sunrise”

Sounds Like… Friday got started already! If you aren’t already half checked out for the weekend then this jam will finish the job. Elements of an 8-bit dance battle whiz and zing around the sparkling production. Then when you think things couldn’yt get any more rad, the horns come in. Cue out-of-office auto-reply!

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: On my stereo all weekend. Then “Sunrise” is out 6/17.

The Family Crest – “Love Don’t Go”

“Love Don’t Go” is an undeniably catchy and uplifting alt-folk jammer in the vein of The Lumineers & the Mumfords but when you combine it with this 1-shot video on the streets of San Francisco the whole thing takes on a pretty magical vibe. A lot of excellence going on in one place here. Get on it.

Cathedrals - Unbound

Cathedrals – “Unbound”

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San Francisco’s Cathedrals have this one little song on their “Soundcloud” but it’s sure making a big splash. “Unbound” is a beautiful swirl of dueling boy/girl vocals and steamy tension. Perfectly spare guitar notes and big “oooh ahhhh” sing alongs send this jams straight to the top of the “repeat” list. More please!

Wildlife Control -  Analog or Digital

[MP3 / VIDEO] Wildlife Control – “Analog or Digital”

i could never could never get a job with a paid vacation ’cause the records i play are my only education

♫ Wildlife Control – Analog or Digital

  • Who: Two brothers
  • What: Big indie rock, like Capital Cities, The Henry Clay People, PK
  • Where: San Francisco & Brooklyn + Facebook
  • When: Buy their debut self-titled LP now.
  • Why: Rowdy indie rock jams don’t get any bigger or radio friendly than this. And I mean that in the best way. “Analog or Digital” is the kind of song that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Guitar and drums whipping by so fast it seems like the whole thing is one wrong step from coming coming off the tracks. I think its the bass that keeps it all together. Time to get the rest of the album! But first dig into this beautifully frenetic stop motion jam of a video.

Blackbird Blackbird - Boracay Planet

[EP] Blackbird Blackbird – BORACAY PLANET (w/ “It’s A War “)

which are you waiting for?

  • Who: Mikey Maramag
  • What: Oversized dream pop, like Toro Y Moi, KidsOf88, Humans
  • Where: San Francisco, CA + Facebook
  • When: Buy Boracay Planet now.
  • Why: Blackbird Blackbird was booked by Joel and scheduled to play day 4 of our SXSW showcases but a transportation disaster kept Mikey from the venue for hours. Had I heard him play that day I guarantee you this post would have happened months ago. I just didn’t know what I was missing. After finally tracking down his latest EP I was immediately blown away by “It’s A War.” What a rollicking piece of slightly dark tropical pop. The rest of Boracay Planet is full of shuffling and twitching beats under dreamy guitars that blend together brilliantly. Especially “Happy With You” (& this great Yalls remix of it here!) So it turns out the guy has been making music for years. His Bandcamp is a treasure trove of previous releases. Cheers to many more!